Wednesday, 26 April 2017

That Wild Style Baby Sample

Being a bit of an audio nerd does tend to get on my nerves sometimes.

You never know when a certain sound is going to spark off a day's worth of investigating the source.
I'll hear a brief sound then wonder where I've heard it before. Or sometimes I'll know immediately as in this particular snippet.

Listen to the first couple of seconds of this advert from Aveeno.
That baby gurgle sound. So far, so normal. For me though, as soon as I heard this on the tv I immediately thought of the movie, Wild Style.
There was a record produced in low quantities especially for the DJs in the film which consisted of specially-made funky instrumentals intended for the MCs to rhyme over.


One of these tracks - Baby Beat - begins with a baby expressing the same happy gurgle as the baby in the above ad and then progresses into the breakbeat.

They do sound remarkably similar though, don't you agree?
It makes me wonder where it came from in the first place. The baby noise must've been taken from some sound effects record and played over the track whilst the Wild Style recording sessions were going on back in 1982.

I'd love to know where it began.

Here are both the baby samples side-by-side.
But where does the source come from?
Who knows....


Phil Diesel said...

Same gurgle used on baby scratch...the app for the iphone

Stuart said...

Listen to the very beginning of this song from the 1960s. It's the same gurgle!

Stuart the old hippie in Bristol

Repo said...

Great work, Stuart!
The gurgle plus a little bit extra. Excellent.

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