OPEN CALL FOR SOUNDS: Experimental Sound Lab

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The first outcome of the Experimental Sound Lab is going to be a collaborative album. Once the library is compiled and released, we are going to announce another open call for tracks created out of the sounds included in it. Thus, we are going to involve a bunch of people in the process of creation, aiming to reach new horizons in co-creation.

This project is intended to reflect and support the benefits of mass collaboration, turning mass collaboration into an essential element of the process of creation. That is, we are both contributing to and benefiting from freesound.org; a huge collaborative free sound database launched in 2005, where so far 2.5M of registered users have shared more than 170.000 sounds and organized them in more than 10.000 packs.

The library as well as the album will be officially presented during 2014 in various listening sessions which will take place in different countries. The first in joining the project are:

Harvestworks (New York, US)
Niu (Barcelona, Spain)
Netlabelism (Ghent, Belgium)


Submit your Sounds

Experimental Sound Lab: www.thalamuslab.com/experimental-sound-lab/
Guidelines: www.thalamuslab.com/experimental-sound-lab-guidelines/
Freesound: http://freesound.org/

We want to contribute to the cultural exchange between artists around the world, to encourage innovation and evolution, to combine ideas in different contexts, to join forces, to share and to collaborate on the Internet. With this in mind we are curating a free experimental sound library, which is going to comprise sounds by skilled artists from around the world.

We are looking for experimental, unique and outstanding sounds. We will listen everything, from acoustic to electronic, digital to analog, new or old, short or long. Submit what you think is really ‘good’ or somehow ‘special’.

We provide the following categories of sounds as a suggestion in case you need some more clue. This is NOT a final categorization and you may submit any sound. Probably the most special sound is not listed.


Experimental Sound Lab

  • Acoustic – prepared, rare, homemade, etc
  • Percussion – metallic, wood, skin, stone, pottery, etc
  • Synths – atmospheres, drones, basses, soundscapes, etc


-Special FX

  • Noise and distortion.
  • Glitch, digital.
  • Squeaks, creaks, rustles, etc
  • Radio, interference, electronics, etc
  • Aliens, ghosts, zombies and other freaky stuff


-Field recordings

  • Machines – trains, cars, spaceships, etc
  • Nature – sea waves, weather, rain, wind, storms, etc
  • Spaces – delays, reverbs



  • Send your audio files to contact@thalamuslab.com
  • Format: We prefer wav and aiff with a minimum quality of 44,100 Hz and 16 bits. For very large files please use flac. We accept any number of channels but only mono or stereo files, so if you want to submit a 5.1 for instance, send us the individual channel files.
  • License: Specify which license you want to use for your sounds: CC0 1.0 Universal (Public Domain Dedication) or Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0).
  • Pack: Specify the name of the pack and give us a short description.
  • Artwork: You may send us an artwork (optional).


Further information & guidelines see here.