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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!

The Sounds of Occupy Wall Street by Pro 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.

The Sounds of Protests Past, from the BBC His­tor­i­cal Sound Effects Library by Pro Sound Effects

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).

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