Published on November 10th, 2011 | by Jeremy Siegel
The Sounds of Occupy Wall Street and Protests Past
Public demonstration (peaceful and otherwise) have long been a part of human society. In the face of oppression, unjustice, or tyranny, humankind has, since the dawn of modern civilization, found ways to unite under a common principle in order to push back against those who have meant us injury – both physical and emotional.
So what, then, is the sound of protest? We went down the block to Occupy Wall Street with our cell phone recorders to find out. We give you: Occupy Wall Street Sound Effects!
And now for some tasty archival nuggets! Here are a few sounds from Belfast, Ireland riots, plus a 1986 industrial dispute protest, all pulled from the BBC Historical Sound Effects Library.
For more juicy protest sound effects, or for more on BBC Sound Effects, also see our recent post, Behind the NEW BBC Sound Effects Library (27,010 sounds beyond the BBC 1–60).