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Do you work or sleep with white noise, gray noise, brown noise, or exhaust fans? I have a buddy who enjoys the sound of washing machines while he works in After Effects. I thought he was out of his mind. Until I began working longer hours in After Effects and realized that listening to EPMD could increase my stress. So I saved my 90s hip-hop favorites for spinning my legs on an exercise bike and I began listening to washing machines.

I want to create a place here for all who wish to write, daydream, edit video, whatever — while listening to fans, machines, and other sounds.

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Do you work or sleep with white noise, gray noise, brown noise, or exhaust fans? I have a buddy who enjoys the sound of washing machines while he works in After Effects. I thought he was out of his mind. Until I began working longer hours in After Effects and realized that listening to EPMD could increase my stress. So I saved my 90s hip-hop favorites for spinning my legs on an exercise bike and I began listening to washing machines.

I want to create a place here for all who wish to write, daydream, edit video, whatever — while listening to fans, machines, and other sounds.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Birds are Back, Baby... Ambience

    The Birds are Back, Baby... Ambience

    Birds and backyard ambience — as spring descends upon the Piedmont, so do the birds. And they were chatty this morning, so I stuck my microphone out the window.



    That's about all there is to say — Oh, stay away from Jimmy Connors tennis on the Atari Lynx. I found it cheap on eBay and decided what the heck.



    Watching Jimmy Connors in the early 90s at the US Open was fun. I thought that maybe his namesake handheld lynx game might that all over the tennis court rackets blazing fun? It doesn't.



    In the game, it is impossible to serve the ball, and when you return a serve, the computer effortlessly lobs it back. A blinking yellow square tells you where you need to position your player to return, so you run to it. There's like a second delay from button press to avatar swing, and you miss.



    Jimmy Connors was Mr. Volley. The game is death volley. Ooph — look the only reason to buy Jimmy Connors Tennis is to hear the voice of Jimmy Connors and crude lip movements as the legend welcomes you to the hardest ****** tennis game of all time.

    Blade Runner (1982) Outdoor Noodle... Ambience

    Blade Runner (1982) Outdoor Noodle... Ambience

    Uncommon Ambience: At the Movies—Blade Runner outdoor noodle establishment ambience. Eight hours of sound inspired by the scene where Rick Deckard gets something to eat before being "arrested" by Gaff.



    The Ritz at the Bourse, my favorite movie theater in Philadelphia, showed a rerelease of the 1982 film while my fiancé was in town. This was about 14 years ago—and it was either the Final Final Cut or the Pre-Final Cut before the Final Final Cut. I'm not sure. Either way, there were scenes I had never seen before, and I was excited to bring my future Mrs to share my love of Blade Runner in the subterranean movie theater I also loved. 



    "It was boring," she remarked after the film, "how is 'run' in the title when no one in the movie runs anywhere?"



    What the hell does she know. 

    All the President's Men, Vintage Newsroom... Ambience

    All the President's Men, Vintage Newsroom... Ambience

    Uncommon Ambience: At the Movies—Vintage newsroom ambience. 

     

    I've worked in large newsrooms, though none had operating typewriters. There were relics in our office, all of which were reduced to desk tchotchkes. The owners wanted to remind us that they wielded them for producing news, not like us fancy laptop people with quiet plastic keys. 

     

    Anyway, this movie-flavored ambience episode reproduces⁠ the newsroom scene⁠ where both Woodward (played by Robert Redford) and Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) declare that they "don't want to fight" while smoking a lot of cigarettes.

     

    In my news days, I had a bunch of obscure anime figures decorating my desk. And I wasn't allowed to smoke.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Wargames (the movie) Missileer Bunker... Ambeince

    Wargames (the movie) Missileer Bunker... Ambeince

    Uncommon Ambience: At the Movies, we are adding a new type of ambience this week. Themed ambience, based on the ⁠opening scenes of the 1983 film Wargames⁠. 

     

    This is a recreation of the hours preceding the Snyder and Phelps shift that ended quickly with a gun over a key-turn. I watched the film on the Home Box Office in 1984 (40 years ago) — and holy ****, the open still messes with me.

     

    But not to worry there isn't angst in this episode. This is the Tucker/ Bevan shift, and Bevan is a "prince."

    The Dark Creepy Closed Lane in the Bowling Alley... Ambience

    The Dark Creepy Closed Lane in the Bowling Alley... Ambience

    Bowling Ambience — This was recorded near the ball return of the dark lane on a decently attended Wednesday.



    And I don't know about you, but I keep getting fed bowling memes on social media. There is always some dude staring in a direction, then a bowling mishap plays, the dude reacts in a banal sorta' way before looking to a new place, and then we get a new ****** bowling mishap. This **** has been done—feed me more videos of bulldogs screaming.



    In any case... We're in the bowling alley today, way over on the dark side, where a lone light blinks. The bowling ghosts hide here.

    1980s Arcade Ambience

    1980s Arcade Ambience

    Retro Arcade Ambience — So picture this, your parents drop you off at the mall with five bucks, "we'll pick you up 10." Mom and Dad have a date night — and they're not playing around; they are going to the Red Lobster. Dad messed up, and now he's going to be paying for ****** lobster.



    The mall entrance is all glass and guarded by teenagers smoking cigarettes. "The **** you looking at, kid?"



    "I ain't looking at nothin’," You mutter as you hurdle through the door.



    "Yeah, you better run."



    Up some escalators and past the giant cookie place, fix your eyes on the Orange Julius and grip your five. The sounds of Space Invaders are audible now, drawing you closer to a room lit by dozens of flashing screens.

    • 4 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Samanthaj24 ,

Steak-ummmm

Not only do I come here for the unique ambiences that aren’t rain sounding like pee noises but, also the very humorous and anecdotal descriptions. Definitely my cup of tea..or coffee, whichever you prefer.

aprilmhb ,

The Brook was great

It’s so peaceful and I enjoyed the historical context!

nddoozer ,

Love the bacon one!!!

Bacon!

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