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Coyotes

By Jim Wood on July 23, 2016 3:41 pm

Last week, a friend of ours who lives in the desert area outside Santa Fe was awakened around 3am by coyotes howling in the back of her house. She went outside and saw 4-5 coyotes, who, upon becoming aware of her, began what she referred to as their "kill sound." She went back inside to get her phone to record them, but the light from the phone spooked them and they split.

After hearing her story, I went to http://www.freesound.org and downloaded a bunch of coyote sounds: yips, barks, snarls and howls. I found that if you autotuned the howls, they sound like a Native American flute (perhaps that was the original impetus).

Material is all coyotes, all the time; even the bass drum (continuing the overall Pow-Wow feel) came from a truncated and filtered snarl. C Major pentatonic.

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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July 25, 2016 3:43 am

That is a super awesome use of the source material.  I never would have thought coyotes could sound so musical.  Very cool track.

July 25, 2016 3:33 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

That is a super awesome use of the source material.  I never would have thought coyotes could sound so musical.  Very cool track.

Musical and kinda scary. ::)

July 25, 2016 3:46 pm

I would love to see the coyotes play this live!!! A canine version of the Flying Pickets.....

Superb Jim.

July 25, 2016 5:14 pm
GrainBastard wrote:

I would love to see the coyotes play this live!!! A canine version of the Flying Pickets.....

They'd probably need opposable thumbs. ::)

July 25, 2016 5:59 pm

July 25, 2016 11:35 pm

I have new found respect and fear of those creatures! Great idea and use of source. The flute sounds that came out, wow!

July 26, 2016 3:28 am

Always amazed with your manipulation of sound, I often have coyotes roaming behind my house, quite the howl when they catch something, but never sounded like this!

July 26, 2016 10:29 am

Wonderful use of the source material. I would never have thought that the flute sound originally was a howl.

July 26, 2016 2:51 pm
miraclemiles wrote:

I have new found respect and fear of those creatures! Great idea and use of source. The flute sounds that came out, wow!

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Always amazed with your manipulation of sound, I often have coyotes roaming behind my house, quite the howl when they catch something, but never sounded like this!

Plantrain wrote:

Wonderful use of the source material. I would never have thought that the flute sound originally was a howl.

Thanks guys! I was surprised myself when I added an autotune plug-in to the howls track.

July 28, 2016 5:42 pm

Whoa.  Mind-blowing--particularly the "flute" sound from the coyotes.  Excellent manipulation, and a fascinating set of sounds.

August 4, 2016 3:32 pm

Really cool idea yikes and free sound is awesome for such smile A really cool groove throughout!

August 14, 2016 1:39 am

Hahaha....   nuts.  Bit of a Matmos vibe on this one.  Have you heard the Ben Frost track where wolves are sampled?  So fucking cool.

August 14, 2016 10:24 am

Great sounds. Hungry animals having a fresh meat party.

August 14, 2016 3:56 pm
onezero wrote:

Whoa.  Mind-blowing--particularly the "flute" sound from the coyotes.  Excellent manipulation, and a fascinating set of sounds.

Tone Matrix wrote:

Really cool idea yikes and free sound is awesome for such smile A really cool groove throughout!

rdomain wrote:

Hahaha....   nuts.  Bit of a Matmos vibe on this one.  Have you heard the Ben Frost track where wolves are sampled?  So fucking cool.

Q-Rosh wrote:

Great sounds. Hungry animals having a fresh meat party.

Thanks! No wolves around here, but LOTS of coyotes (keep your pets inside at night).

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