Scott Melker Transforms Bay Area Traffic Sounds Into a Beautiful Ballad

In partnership with Carma, Scott Melker found a new sense of musicality in the harsh sounds of everyday life
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In partnership with Carma, Scott Melker found a new sense of musicality in the harsh sounds of everyday life

Music is all around us. It's not always apparent to the untrained ear, but with every bit of noise comes a new melody, transforming ordinary sounds into something beautiful.

Over a period of 2 days, Scott Melker recorded hundreds of sounds familiarly heard during San Francisco Bay Area traffic on local highways, freeways and city streets. The sounds that made the song include:

● Ambient traffic noise
● Ambient voices
● Ambulance and police sirens
● Car door closing
● Car engine starting
● Car idling
● Crosswalk beeps and “Wait” audio commands
● Erhu (Chinese instrument)
● Fan belt
● Keys rustling
● Truck doors closing (retuned to create the kick drum)
● Truck driving by (Doppler effect)
● Truck trunk closing (retuned to create the snare)
● Truck coming to a complete stop
● Truck idling
● Seatbelt clicking close

“Until now, I had never attempted to make pleasant sounds out of such jarring samples,” said Scott Melker, DJ and music producer. “It was a fun challenge to create custom synths from the sounds of a rotating fan belt or drums from the sounds of slamming car doors and trunks. This project definitely stretched the limits of my production abilities.”

Listen to the track below and be sure to grab the free download here.