The sound of America is the sound of the internal combustion engine

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Scott Melker returns with a really interesting track, Freedom to Go. Ok, so the title sounds a corporate slogan – it’s a car sharing scheme. But the track transcends that constraint. It takes noises from the street of cars and vehicles and turns it into a great electronic mood piece that I’ve happily sat through several times. The use of the Chinese erhu and the road crossing voice are especially inspired.

Scott says “I composed this song using samples of traffic sounds that I collected over two days in San Francisco… it was a really amazing project to be a part of, and I’m very proud of the result. Hopefully you will enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Blurb: New Song Created From Over 20 Different Traffic Sounds Turns Bay Area Traffic Into a Melodic Beat
Carma Launches Redesigned Site with Original Traffic-­Inspired Song Created by Famed DJ & Producer Scott Melker

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ­ February 11, 2016 ­ Timed to the launch of its redesigned site, carsharing platform startup Carma has teamed with internationally­recognized DJ and music producer Scott Melker to release an original song mixed from over 20 different Bay Area traffic sounds. Titled “Freedom To Go,” Melker’s song is produced with various recorded sounds ranging from idyll car engines, police and ambulance sirens, crosswalk beeps and commands down to a Chinese mandolin.

The song is part of a larger initiative to rethink traffic and congestion alleviation introduced by Carma, a carpooling and carsharing startup that pushes to get fewer cars on the road through maximum car utilization. “Most us accept traffic as unavoidable, but the truth is we have the ability to change it into a much better way of life,” said Josh Gotthelf, CMO, Carma. “The goal of this song was to illustrate how a different approach can turn something terrible into something good.”

Over a period of 2 days, Melker recorded hundreds of sounds familiarly heard during San Francisco Bay Area traffic on local highways, freeways and city streets. The sounds that made the song include:
● Ambient traffic noise
● Ambient voices
● Ambulance and police sirens
● Car door closing
● Car engine starting
● Car idling
● Crosswalk beeps and “Wait” audio commands
● Erhu (Chinese instrument)
● Fan belt
● Keys rustling
● Truck doors closing (retuned to create the kick drum)
● Truck driving by (Doppler effect)
● Truck trunk closing (retuned to create the snare)
● Truck coming to a complete stop
● Truck idling
● Seatbelt clicking close

“Until now, I had never attempted to make pleasant sounds out of such jarring samples,” said Scott Melker, DJ and music producer. “It was a fun challenge to create custom synths from the sounds of a rotating fan belt or drums from the sounds of slamming car doors and trunks. This project definitely stretched the limits of my production abilities.”

Second to LA, Bay Area traffic congestion is worse than anywhere in the U.S due to the booming economy. Local commuter traffic now starts before 5 am and stretches through mid­morning. When the average privately­owned vehicle in the U.S. is used only 54 minutes a day, Carma’s fleet of shared cars are netting in usage upwards of 10 hours a day.

“Freedom To Go” will be available to stream and download for free on Carma’s redesigned site launching today at ​​To find out more about Carma, visit their ​Facebook page or follow them on ​Twitter.​


~ by acidted on February 12, 2016.

2 Responses to “The sound of America is the sound of the internal combustion engine”

  1. This is really good. You’ve been a bit of a roll recently Ctel.

  2. Doesn’t feel like it but thanks

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