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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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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.
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