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Download, remix and explore thousands of royalty-free sounds from the Library of Congress

A new initiative called Citizen DJ aims to recreate the golden age of hip-hop 

A new initiative called Citizen DJ has uploaded hundreds of thousands of archived audio samples to a new browser app that lets users remix them on the fly. Started by the Library of Congress, users can explore free-to-use sounds in an interactive audio map, remix and combine them with beats in your browser, or just download them in bulk and explore them in your DAW. 

Sounds include sounds from motion pictures, snippets from interviews with actors, musicians and other celebrities, a free music archive and more. Most of the audio is small snippets to encourage sequencing with beats rather than a wholesale sampling of sections, inspired by 'the golden age of hip-hop'. You can try out, listen to and download the archive here

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