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I've been looking into the benefits of white/ambient noise on studying lately, and I think it's best to put on some cafe, busy library, study place ambient noise (with people talking in the background). I've been looking for audio tracks of this kind. So far I've found some that are simply "sound effects", which last < 1 minute. But what I really want is an audio track that plays for several hours with no looping.

I've searched several places but haven't found anything like that.
Is there some open data collection of ambient background noise that I described?

  • (Based on a question from geoff on Software Recommendations.) – unor Apr 23 '14 at 11:49
  • There are smartphone apps that will generate white noise in real time. We use such an app to put our baby to sleep in public place with a non-ideal sound environment. I am not certain copyright attributes the videos have, but on YouTube, I've watched "ambient" soundtracks such as fireplaces, rain, white noise, etc. Some go on for 10 hours. – Sun Apr 23 '14 at 22:05
  • @SunWKim : what you're describing is sometimes called 'Slow TV'. – Joe Apr 25 '14 at 19:25
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nature sounds offers kitchen audio...which may not be close enough. it allows for exporting 30min file
http://naturesoundsfor.me/

ok. i can't find anything longer than a few minutes. check out some of the results in the open audio community on archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/opensource_audio

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    Coffitivity data is not open. Could you please develop your freesounds.org answer? – Nicolas Raoul Apr 23 '14 at 6:22
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    I went, and all I could find is ~5 sound files that are just a few seconds long, very far from the "several hours with no looping" requirement of the question. – Nicolas Raoul Apr 23 '14 at 6:41
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    @albert I think it's fair to ask to expand the answer, based on meta.stackexchange.com/q/8231/254520 – philshem Apr 23 '14 at 9:30
  • indeed, tis fair...also, in the time it took you to write that comment, you could have searched it ;) – albert Apr 25 '14 at 2:33
  • that's 5 minutes, not 5 hours. – Joe Apr 25 '14 at 19:22

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