David Found Sounds: Bang a Drum

Found Sounds is a new SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

Few things are so satisfying as the feeling of banging a drum. Drums (and their machine counterparts) can serve as much more than just the backbone of a track, too — they’re a great source of some crazy and cool sounds. In this week’s installment of Found Sounds, we’re taking a look at some unusual drum sounds on the ‘Cloud.

Our first drum sound is a straightforward military snare drum cadence recorded by SoundClouder KarmaDrums, who frequently records and releases drum patterns and loops under a Creative Commons license for other musicians to pick up and use. These snare cadences were recorded in live in a theater, and the reverb is phenomenal.

Military snare drum cadence @ 92 bpm: unplugged, live, lo-fi, theater location by karmadrums


The next Found Sound this week was recorded by Tom Williams on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. The drums from a street parade off in the distance were picked up from a cottage window using the Olympus LS-10 recorder he had with him. The barking dog in the foreground adds even more atmosphere. Nice catch, and a great sound, Tom!

Drums in the night by Tom Williams


For our final Found Sound this week, we found the user Kall Binaural Audio, who took a very deep look at a drum kit. Using the KU-100 “dummy head,” which is a model of a human head with a mic placed at each ear. As a result, the recording is binaural, and really rewards listening with headphones. You can close your eyes, and really feel the acoustic color of the drums surround you. Especially great is the last track in the set, which takes a closer look at the cymbals.

Jon Bailey 3D Drum Demos by Kall Binaural Audio

That’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.

photo: snare drum by Vladimir Morozov

  • 365DaysOfSound

    Excellent finds. I especially like the KU-100 recordings. Excellent.

  • ehi! thanks for featuring my drums, i’m happy and honored. so free download for every soundclouder today for a lot of tracks :-) (gianluca KarmaDrums)

  • Great feature! We would also like to share some of our free drum loops that we have been working on for the past few months at our recording studio in Brooklyn with our “Loop-a-day” project. We have been focusing on the genre of live Dubstep as well as Drum & Bass with both dry and effected versions: http://soundcloud.com/abstractrhythm/sets/abstract-drum-loops-preview/

  • Thanks for the feature, Parker!