Cable Car Soundscapes

Cable Car Soundscapes

Various Artists FW06129 / FX 6129

What could be the sound of heavy industrial machinery is in fact the noise produced by the famed San Francisco cable cars, a “living sound relic” as Shoshana Wechsler says in the detailed liner notes. This compilation presents the sounds produced by and related to the cable cars, capturing their hums and clatters which are in contrast to the modern urban noises now surrounding them. Liner notes include a thought provoking piece by Wechsler which includes information on the cable car itself.

Year Released 1982
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1982 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Sounds
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Sound effects

Download Liner Notes

101 Inside the Cable Car Barn n/a 5:43
102 Riding the Tracks n/a 11:17
103 Bellringing n/a 6:25
201 Voices n/a 14:31
202 Mettle of Metal n/a 11:26
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