Free audio recordings from the Berlin S-Bahn.

Yesterday I took a trip to Ikea in Berlin. To get from Prenzlauer Berg to Spandau takes about thirty minutes on the S-Bahn. I had my camera with me which also takes decent video. However, it wasn’t visual imagery I was after. I hit record but left the camera’s lens cap on. I was only after audio recordings.

There are a myriad of hot flash recorders on the market but I used what I had with me and I think the recordings sound great. Another advantage of recording this way is people aren’t really aware of what your doing. If I had a Sony PCM-D1 in my hand people may not speak naturally. I’m planning on using some of these recordings on my next album but your free to use them too. Remember it’s not the sounds, it’s how you use them!

The audio player will play each sample in succession:

You can download the 24bit Wavs by clicking here:

Berlin_S-Bahn by Oliver Chesler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at

photo credit: leralle


  1. Ah perfect! Time for a Trans Europa Express cover!


  2. Reminds me of Framework’s field recording experiments – check them out!


  3. really nice. i think i might try to use some. also, i am now following u on twitter.


  4. Thanks… and thanks for the Twitter follow. I hope to Tweet some interesting stuff for you. I noticed MusicThing posted my Twitter address… all day long I’ve been getting new people.


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