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Biao Tian: Animal sounds

Dear List -

I am forwarding Biao Tian's summary of responses he received
concerning his inquiry for animal sounds.


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Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 10:14:50 -0500
To: AUDITORY@vm1.mcgill.ca
From: Biao Tian PhD <biao@ln.nimh.nih.gov>
Subject: animal sounds

Dear list,

I have sent an inquiry about animal sounds on the internet sometimes ago
and got several responses. Many thanks again to those who have responded. I
also got requests to post the results. Here is a brief summary with my own
comments marked with *. I hope this can benefit some of you.


To: Biao Tian PhD <biao@ln.nimh.nih.gov>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 14:46:46 PDT
From: "Dan Ellis" <dpwe@ICSI.Berkeley.EDU>

Biao -

I built a web interface to a commercial sound-effects CD-ROM that I
worked on once.  It has a wide range of CD-quality sound effects,
including a range of animals:


Good luck. It's a bit of a hack - it can be slow.


*I found what I need there. Dan assured me that I can download them for
non-commercial use. I have also got a response from Aware Inc, which sells
the CD-ROM for $250.00 a piece.

Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 17:52:06 -0400
To: biao@ln.nimh.nih.gov
From: "Dave Mellinger" <dave@ornith.cornell.edu>
Reply-To: dave@ornith.cornell.edu

Try the Library of Natural Sounds at


David K. Mellinger, Research Associate
Bioacoustics Research Program            email  dave@ornith.cornell.edu
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology        phone  +1-607-254-2431
159 Sapsucker Woods Road                 fax    +1-607-254-2415
Ithaca, NY  14850-1999  USA

Dear Biao,
        The cornell laboratory of ornithology has a library of natural sounds.
These are mostly birds, but they have also cats, dogs, and other animal and
non-animal sounds. You can get the data from them on a DAT tape and easily
upload it to the computer from the tape (they may have even easier ways of
doing it these days, I got a tape from them 2 years ago).
You can contact them at:
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker woods road
Ithaca  NY 14850
Library of Natural sounds:
Tel. (607) 254-2404
Fax  (607) 254-2439
                        Eli Nelken

Dr. Israel Nelken                           | Tel: Int-972-2-757087
Dept. of Physiology,                        | Fax: Int-972-2-439736
Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical School |
P.O.Box 12272, Jerusalem 91120              | Email:israel@music.md.huji.ac.il
ISRAEL                                      |

*I have visited the site and found only bird songs, but I did not try very

Date: Sun, 27 Oct 1996 17:44:17 -0800
To: Biao Tian PhD <biao@ln.nimh.nih.gov>
From: levitin@interval.com (Daniel Levitin)

I am not sure, but I think there's a usenet newsgroup for this, something
like alt.binaries.sounds.animals.

Daniel J. Levitin, M.S., Ph.D.                  .
Cognitive Science & Human Factors

Interval Research Corp.                              levitin@interval.com
1801-C Page Mill Road                               Phone: 415/842-6236
Palo Alto, CA  94304                                  FAX:    415/354-0872

*The newsgroup is not on my news server, but it may exist somewhere.

From: Yoshitaka Nakajima <nakajima@kyushu-id.ac.jp>
To: biao@ln.nimh.nih.gov, nakajima@kyushu-id.ac.jp
Subject: Animal vocalization sounds

Dear Dr. Tian,
I found an audio CD which might be convenient for your purpose:

    KICG-1013 (King: Tokyo)

The title is long and in Japanese.  The disk includes dog bark, cat meow,
cow moo and many other animal voices.  It also contains insects' sounds.

                         Best regards,
                         Yoshitaka Nakajima
From: Gary Kidd <kidd@indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 96 09:45:34 -0500
To: biao@ln.nimh.nih.gov
Subject: animal sounds


Here's a summary of information about environmental sound collections that I
put together a while ago.  I know the Hollywood Edge collection has a good
sampling of animal vocalizations, but there are probably better ones
available.  The information below won't tell you where to find the best
collection of animal vocalization sounds, but it might give you a good lead.

If you'd be willing to let me know what collections you find, I'd appreciate
hearing about it.

Good luck,
Gary R. Kidd
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

kidd@indiana.edu  (MIME and NeXT mail welcome)

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Date: Wed, 4 Jan 1995 16:39:15 EST
From: "Gary R. Kidd" <KIDD@ucs.indiana.edu>
Subject: environmental sounds
To: Multiple recipients of list AUDITORY <AUDITORY@MCGILL1.BITNET>

Dear Colleagues,

Below is a brief summary of sources of recorded collections of environmental
sounds (and other sound effects) based on responses to the request I posted a
couple weeks ago.  Geffen Systems sent me a catalog of sound effects
collections and a demo CD (no charge). They handle the BBC and Hollywood Edge
collections (audio CD versions) as well as many other collections.  All but a
couple are on audio CDs and most are sold in sets of 5 or more, starting at
around $200 (some much higher).  Most single-CD collections are $60.  Both
Aware (Cambridge, MA) and Audiofile (Lexington, MA) sounded promising, but
they didn't respond to my email requests.  The information I gathered
convinced me that the Hollywood Edge CD-ROM was the best for my needs.
The NEXTSTEP CD-ROM is a subset of three Hollywood Edge collections and it's
a fairly cost-effective way to get a wide range of high-quality sounds in a
format that will be very convenient for me.

Thanks again to all of you who sent suggestions.

Gary R. Kidd
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

kidd@kronos.sphs.indiana.edu  (NeXTmail welcome)

BBC "SFX" CDs   - a collection of 40 CDs
BBC Enterprises Ltd., Woodlands, 80 Wood Lane, London W12 0TT, UK

Tonal Images.
505 W. 22nd St.
Suite #4E
New York, NY 10011
Hollywood Edge Sound Effects Collection  (NEXTSTEP CD-ROM)
Sounds from this collection (and others) are also available on audio CD

Cornel Natural Sounds Library.
Curator:  Greg Budney.  (607)254-2406
(email from Chris Clarck: cwc2@cornell.edu)

Gefen Systems in So. Cal: (818) 884-6294
-- handles many sound effects libraries

Aware, Inc. of Cambridge, (617) 577-1700
(John Stautner, VP of Audio, jps@aware.com)
Speed-of-sound Volume I: SFX

Lexington, Mass.
(617) 861-2996
Rich Goldhor (rich@afi.com)
"large database of sounds"

Kaboom! for the PC

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