About the Sound Effects Library

ETHER SFX library by Tim Nielsen

Ether Cover“When I was about 10 years old, my brother got a Shortwave radio for Christmas. I was immediately enthralled. When I later inherited it, after he lost interest, I would stay up late into the night, listening to the crazy static, telemetry and voices scattered across the Ether. To this day these sounds amaze me. I took on the small project of collecting some of the various sounds that radios make.”

“Tuning AM, FM, but also going back to the Shortwave bands, Single and Upper Sideband. Years ago I learned of a recorder called a VC3, that was designed to record the sound of the Aurora Borealis. it turns electromagnetic frequencies into audible tones, and it proved to be an amazing device, wandering around a variety of electronic gear, and ‘listening’ the electromagnetic waves that they put out. So collected here are weird statics, data and telemetry beeps, the EMF signatures of things such as rack mount gear, LCD screens, telephones, computers. I hope you will enjoy them.”

Equipment used: Ether FX Library is 119 tracks, 96/24. Collected using a variety of gear, including a Sangean 909 Shortwave, a Realistic DX-302 vintage Shortwave, a small La Crosse emergency weather radio, a Realistic EMF Pickup, and the McGreevy VC3 EMF Recorder. All were recorded directly via line input to a Zoom H1 or H6 recorder, and have not been altered in any way!

About Tim Nielsen:

Tim Nielsen is a sound designer and supervising sound editor working in Northern California. His films include Lord of the Rings, Pirates of Caribbean, John Carter, and Maleficent among many others.

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