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Broken Music by humon Broken Music by humon
A few days ago I was minding my own business watching TV here in England, when an ice cream van drove by.

English ice cream vans sounds nothing like the Danish ones, and it is quite possibly the most horrifying sound I have ever heard. In Denmark it's just a bell going DING DING DING. Here it's the sound of broken children's music, like and old scratched record that has been slowed down a bit. :fear:


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maisiethegamer15 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
some are just so creepy...
Gerbsterpers Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear-the one in my neighborhood is stalking me!
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the-third-guy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Not going to lie to you, ever since I watched my brother play Twisted Metal Black when I was six, the sound of ice cream truck music has always kind of unnerved me.
GreenwoodGoat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
British ice cream vans, of long(ish) tradition, have used what is basically a music box miked up to an amplifier and speaker to announce their presence to a neighbourhood. However, with the microphone placed right next to the chime strip/comb (to reduce the relative amount of external noise and vibration getting into the microphone, and reduce the amount of gain, and hence noise and distortion, required from the amplifier), all sorts of low-level harmonics that you wouldn't normally hear get picked up and amplified, including some pitch-distorting attack and decay artefacts. Try pressing your ear up against a music box if you get the chance, and you'll see what I mean. Plus the amplifier is going to be pretty small, and will still be driven pretty hard, which isn't going to help. I suppose, if you didn't grow up with it, it could sound disconcerting.

For me, the most unsettling public sounds would have to be air-raid sirens. We still had all the ones from WWII up until a few years ago, retained to give the British populace its four-minute warning of impending nuclear annihilation. Every year or so, each one would have to be tested - just a single rising and falling tone, but enough to remind you that it was still there, along with the threat that kept it there. And, on very rare occasions, one would suffer some sort of  fault, and proceed to crank out the full rising-and-falling tone until someone with the keys and the expertise was able to get out to it and shut it off. Much less scary after the Cold War was laid to rest, but still something to wake you up fast...
Awesomely-Happy-Hero Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live in America here, and I can tell you that our ice cream trucks USED to play cute, innocent children's music. Which, you know, you would probably find creepy, but I grew up with it. Lately, though, the ones that drive by say "Hello" every time a song ends. It's creepy as all-get-out. *shudders*
Crossover-lover56 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know how you feel everywhere i live i keep hearing the same chime over and over again since i was about 8 or 9
Julesworld99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Writer
Never before have I heard a ice cream truck as the bringer of nightmares
Ask-Lovisa17 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In Sweden everyone sings "Vi lurar små barn, vi lurar små barn. På deras sexårs dag" :3
proud2bstalker Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
in the philippines there are 2 well known brands: Magnolia and Selecta
People made a spoof for their ice cream tune:
"Ang Selecta at Magnolia ay parehas ang tunog kaya walang bumibili"
Translation: Selecta and magnolia have the same sound so nobody buys :)
Ask-Lovisa17 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD D'aaw that's so cool! We have many versions like: Vi knullar små barn vi knullar små barn på deras sex års dag. Which means: We fuck small kids we fuck small kids on their six years day. And we have: Vi lurar små barn vi lurar små barn på deras veckopeng. Which means: We fool small kids we fool small kids on their week money. Idfk what it's called in English
proud2bstalker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
hahahahahahaha! the masses have their quirks :)
Ask-Lovisa17 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Yep!
DisheveledinDesire Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
The Entertainer interspersed with random hellos has gotten creepier as I've gotten older.
JackieReaper Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wtf ahahahahahhahahah
WolfieGrrrl Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my! This happens to me in general whenever the ice cream truck drives by.

It's a sound that kind of terrifies me every year. It usually plays Christmas music of Fur Elise or something like that... but it switches between songs so fast, it's just... *shudders* I can't really explain it better than it sounds like someone tried to make a mix of songs that don't go together but ended up blending the songs into a tune that makes little sense and hurts enough to possibly wake the dead if only so they can groan in protest of the awful noise.

Nice job with this. :clap:
NamelessManic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Lmao, nice. Saw the movie ice scream have we?
dhxjcrd Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I know the feeling. I miss the old ice-cream van. Before, we also had the normal ding-ding-ding, but they've started to use creepy children music here too. It's terrifying, when you sit in the dark and play horror games, and then that creepy music comes out of nowhere. Oh Denmark, what have you become?
TheAwesomeHetalian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Is there a button that lets me automatically fav all your work? I've been looking for it, but I haven't had any luck...
essenceofthedark Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
*Nevermind. Just looked up the british ice cream truck's sound and OHMYGOD!!!! creepy!!!
essenceofthedark Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
The norwegian one too has kind of broken music/music with false tones. Quite terrifying, yes XD

[link] this one doesn't sound too bad actually, but it was the only vid I could find XD
taythebloodlust Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
LOL can you imagine a horror movie with that as the theme music, when the serial killer shows up?

"Run, it's the icecream Man!!!* Run away in a panic
Darkhero64 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
i get what your saying its so fucking creepy
lolgrace14 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should listen to the american ones they sound like this one [link]. To me it sounds like a rapist tht wants to have a good time.
Fire-Ninja-Yamakaza Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here, if I'm at my parent's place and I hear it I freak out until I realize it's the ice cream trunk. Scares me now that I'm not running after it as I was as a little kid
lolgrace14 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
french-farcie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
they're scary in america too! ... THEY COME TO REAP YOUR SOUL WITH ICE CREAM SCOOPS!!!
Austincaligan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this something I have also done ^^;
deisakufan101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
[link] Lol this is what they played in my neighbor hood when I grew up.
Envyfangirl1254 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Ya know here in america we call them ice cream trucks. They play the monkey and the weasel.
TeacupStarling Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I love your chibi drawings. So cute! xD
TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Come to America, the most jolliest here-comes-the-ice-cream-van sound you've ever heard. Children and I used to freak out in my neighborhood.
KyandiTsueMewMew Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, the dreaded ice cream truck music.
It's not much better in America...Every summer my street is filled with the echoes of a very sour "Turkey in the Straw"...Like nails on a chalkboard.
My grandfather owned and drove a soft-serve ice cream truck many many years ago, and it's because of this that my wonderful uncle D can't stand the song for the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill".
Bonniebluejeans Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ice Cream trucks are the same around here. I'm glad I'm not the only one TOTALLY CREEPED OUT by it. I call the beat up one in my neighborhood the pervmobile. Creepy. o___o

Fav'd for TRUTH.
Taschasan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL, I was once in America, and there was that one ice cream van driving down the street of our apartment in Harlem... at like, 11 P.M.!
I'm so glad that in Austria those things are not allowed do make any noise at all! (except the inevitable sound they make when moving, of course...)
takanemirai Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
One time I heard an ice cream truck driving down the street in front of our house at 1:00 am.
Ice cream trucks aren't allowed to drive down our street.
catchaotica Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's how I feel about the US ones too.
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dangsoo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
They are kind of scary.

NA-NekoAi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
i agree it is awful! i mean it depends... my memory says it has never been broken or haunting per se, just sort of creepy...
to explain!

Where i am from it is cold and very foggy year round and ice cream trucks are rare. i have heard maybe a handful in my area, and maybe a few when visiting south(weather has it's own funny pockets around here so warm weather is maybe an hour away.)

Yer just sitting there minding yer own business when you see one go by and it's so out of place and just... egh. Again it's cold and foggy year round so i'd take a batch of fresh cookies over silly ice cream any day xD Baked goods are just.. so much more personal ;3
CouriousKat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Ice cream trucks are the same in America. I WANNA TRADE! Or at least get an upgrade. But then all the evil little children who want ice cream wouldnt know when the truck came. Like thats such a bad thing... NOT. DING DING DING is definitely much less creepy than the music they play. You arent afraid of clowns by any chance are you?
Pen1tence Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahaha, there's a running joke over here, basically we're all astounded that children will run after that music. Hell I'll run after that music and I'm 17. XD
brokenwingsandheart Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
LOL I sooo agree with this! I get freaked by the crappy music too
Yesterday it played ring around the rosey
I covered my ears until it left
StarbyStars Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
like how everyone including me is telling you about they're creepy local ice cream truck sound :D
StarbyStars Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
whoa....where I live near uh Mexico Somewhere in Texas the ice cream truck is always playing Mexican music kinda broken to...I want ice cream....they don't drive down my street anymore..... :iconrazycryplz:
6dragonfly9 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha, we have the exact same melody here in Poland as well. I grew up with it, so I've never found it terryfying, though.
Paiwan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I know! It freaked me out too! I'm french, and we don't have those in France.
What horror movie DOESN'T have a creepy children music!
Aara-Cenz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see how that would be scary when you're not used to it my brother thinks that stuff is creepy but I don't really get it ^_^
DarkFireHeart62 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Artist
Lady-of-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
In America too. :giggle: However, there WAS a movie once that depicted a serial murderer of children who lured them to him pretending to be the icecream man...:fear::chainsaw:
LabellessCow96 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Haha! It used to be Teddy Bear's picnic when I was a kid, now it's some lullaby x_x creepy as xD
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