SONOTOMIA Sound Library is a digital collection of recorded sounds that is widely accessible to those curious to learn about and experience original sounds taken by participants of SONOTOMIA residencies across three regions, namely, Alentejo, Albarracín and Budapest.

The Sound Library presently includes sounds recorded during the course of the first and the second residency, which took place in Alentejo, Portugal, in fall of 2020 and in Albarracín, Spain, in fall 2021.

This Library is a living, transformational concept, which means that it is being continuously updated as new recordings become available.

In order to make this library accessible for a bigger audience, it is uploaded as source audio. The library is located on Freesound since this platform has a long history of providing one of the world’s largest and free of charge sound databases, and is well known among sound artists and musicians. Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps etc., released under Creative Commons Zero licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:

  • browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a “sounds-like” type of browsing and more;

  • upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license;

  • and interact with fellow sound-artists.

Sounds comprising the SONOTOMIA Sound Library are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal. SONOTOMIA participants have dedicated their work to the public domain and waived all of their rights to the work including those of attribution to the extent allowed by law. Anyone can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, both for non-commercial and commercial purposes. The full text of the legal code can be found here.

While anyone can download and use the material freely, SONOTOMIA would like to connect with those interested in using the sounds for their works or those wishing to get in touch with creative and cultural professionals participating in the SONOTOMIA project, please send us an email at or join our Slack channel.