The American Sound Bank

How can environmental audio recordings
help future generations make smarter environmental choices?

Sound tells us lots of things about environments. For example, the presence or absence of certain animals can tell us about the environment in a specific location including its health, stressors and what other things are required for such a species to exist within that environment.

Sound can also be used to recreate and restore environments and provide a historical record of a specific location over time. Wouldn’t it be cool to recreate or revitalize the American plains to an earlier time or listen to life on the streets of 1700’s New York? The American Sound Bank can provide this wonderful lens for future generations.

The American Sound Bank™ is a grass-roots non-profit effort to capture and archive high-definition recordings of America’s environmental spaces for use by future generations of scientists, researchers and historians. These recordings will provide scientists and researchers with informative snapshots of American life and living.

The American Sound Bank is one of the most important legacies we can leave future generations - and you can be part of it!

The American Sound Bank is a gift to future generations made possible by Explorers Like Us and the support of people like you.

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Technology

So, what are high-definition recordings and what do they matter?

High definition recordings are uncompressed audio (aural) recordings of exceptionally high detail. Recordings of this quality are particularly useful in science and research because they provide the tremendous clarity required by critical applications. They also provide great detail in the form of historical recordings.

The American Sound Bank collection is comprised of 100% high-definition recordings of environmental locations for use by scientific and research communities.

 

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Insight

How are high-definition recordings used?

 

Many we know of, and many others that will be discovered in the future. High-definition environmental audio captures important insights scientific assessments can miss. By capturing the presence or absence of environmental elements, researchers observe important changes and the impacts they have on spaces over periods of time. Analytics is only one of the applications for high-definition environmental audio. There are many other.

Imagine how awesome it would be to listen to streets scenes and environments in the 1700’s, 1800’s or the early 1900’s! From a historical perspective, high-definition recordings document spaces and species for future analysis and reference. The American Sound Bank makes this possible for future generations.

The applications of American Sound Bank recordings range from restoring spaces to their natural state, reclamation monitoring and environmental monitoring and reverse-engineering and documenting American spaces for future exploration.

However, without such recordings, none of these are possible.

Our Work

We're capturing America's spaces for future generations.

The American Sound Bank is a 100% non-profit philanthropic effort made possible by our growing network of volunteer recordists. We explore America's most fascinating corners during our traditional jobs. We capture and deliver the unique aural signatures for the American Sound Bank.

By 2022, we hope to have more than 5,000 base recordings of American and Canadian environments.

Oh yes, 100% of your contribution supports the American Sound Bank. This is a strictly non-profit project of Explorers Like Us.

Your Support Matters

Join us!

When you support the American Sound Bank™, your support provides future generations with the gift of historical insight that enables them to explore and understand their world in greater depth. Your first benefit is your unique gift to future generations.

As a supporter, you'll receive credit as being a part the American Sound Bank legacy. All supporters are noted within our collections in perpetuity.

Supporters providing more than $100 annually receive access to our annual America Live 360-degree audio experience that places you in the middle of some of America’s most remarkable spaces with lifelike Surroundia™ audio technology pioneered by Explorers Like Us Cinema and Sound. This remarkable edition is published each December as our gift to you for your support.

100% of your contribution supports the American Sound Bank. This is a strictly non-profit project of Explorers Like Us.

Welcome to the American Sound Bank.

 

Join Us March 1, 2018!