Friday, October 2, 2009

OOPs: Drag Boats & Hot Rods


I've been really interested in some old field recording albums as of late (like that Folkways Sounds Of Insects one). These two are from the '60s and sound pretty similar to each other, with loud engines fading into the distance, the occasional announcer commentary, audience applause (like when someone beats a world record), and in the case of the drag boats one, some seagulls.

The sounds of engines, taken out of context, is a very pleasing sound. It's a roaring drone that I'm pretty fond of. Someday when I have more free time, I'd like to edit both of these so that it's only the engines, without all of the silence and commentary in between, like what I did with the insects record.

Strangely enough, both of these records had the A side in playable condition while the B side is scratched to hell. That's why I'm putting up both of these records at once, because it's only one side each and, at least to the regular dude, most engines sound the same.

Honestly, I have no idea if these are still in print. My guess is not, but if they are I doubt anyone's really going to care that I have these shitty damaged vinyl sounds for free when whatever they're selling is probably all remastered in quadraphonic hi-fi and all that nonsense. But this is fun stuff. Nice and crackly, good for sampling (if you're into that), and for some reason reminds me of the opening scene in Flight Of The Navigator when they're at the Dog Frisbee Contest.

P.S. No sound sample because it's pretty self explanatory and you can just download it if you wanna hear it. Yeah, I'm lazy.


Anonymous said...

thanks a lot ...

doesn't matter that there's only the a-sides left. I think none of these pure sound LPs was ever released as cd.

Exeter said...

Way Cool!

Curty Ray said...


Anonymous said...

the boat side is brilliant!
Thank you

KL from NYC said...

Thank you.

iggy said...

Thanks for the cool shares. I love the surf sounds, whether made by man, woman or machine. You have made my day.

All the best,