Found Sounds: The Ice Cream Truck

Found Sounds: The Ice Cream Truck

Found Sounds is a 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 sounds evoke the nostalgic memories of summer as intensely as the jingle of an ice cream truck. It’s sort of the “good news” equivalent of an emergency siren, and in areas where their summer arrival is eagerly awaited, the effect is practically Pavlovian.

Today’s first ice cream truck sound is a field recording from a musician who’s pretty prominent in his own right: Oliver Chesler, aka the Horrorist. He recorded this particular ice cream truck from right out his apartment window, and says that it must be “one of the happiest sounds on the planet”. We hope you feel the same way!

Ice Cream Truck by thingstocome


Of course, under the right circumstances, even such a happy little sound can start to take on a sinister edge. That’s what SoundCloud user robbymarshall demonstrates with his “Creepy Ice Cream Truck” sound, recorded with the SoundCloud iPhone app. It’s hard to imagine such a spooky jingle attracting many children, but I guess it does promise ice cream in the summer!

Creepy ice cream truck on Tuesday afternoon by robbymarshall


Finally, we’ve got a no-nonsense jingle from a more modern electronic ice cream truck jingle, recorded in Evergreen Park by millersetha of Houston, using the Android app. Be careful while listening: it’s going to stir up an appetite for the sweet stuff.

Ice cream truck at Evergreen Park by Millersetha

photo: Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream Truck / Roadsidepictures / CC BY 2.0

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

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