Market Sound Effects
Night Ambience Chiang Mai
Royalty Free Sound LibraryMarket Ambience Sound Library
Specs: 9 files • 24 bit / 96 kHz • 600 MB
Duration: Approx. 24 Minutes
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Recording midnight sound effects in dark streets at the Chiang Mai market!
If you’re looking for a spooky empty market ambience this sound library might be perfect for you!
Welcome to Chiang Mai at night. I got to this market around midnight and of course, there are no more tourists, and most of the shops on the side streets are closed, but that doesn’t mean nothing is going on.
People are always working, cleaning up, and preparing for the next day.
I drove down the dark little alleys and parked my motorcycle near several drainages. This was the first sound that I recorded and while recording several motorbikes and pickup trucks with products passed by. Behind the old rusty roll, gates are actually people watching tv.
During the recording, several rats crossed my path and the whole street with all these noises reminded me of an old film with Kurt Russel “Big Trouble in Little China”.
After these recordings, I plugged the DPA 4060 into the Zoom H6 recorder and walked slowly but steadily to the main market area. You will hear motorcycles pass by’s several times.
What I suspect is that these drivers are freelancers and drive to the main road to unload the products from the trucks and take them to the stands, and vice versa.
If someone buys a lot of food, you hire one of the guys on those motorcycles, load it up, and they bring it to your truck or to your home, restaurant. I guess because I passed a group of guys who were sitting on those motorcycles and waiting.
After passing the dark alley I came across a 24-hour shop and a man outside the shop was cleaning the street and using a broom which created a really nice sound effect. In the background, you can hear an old air conditioner running and a tiny cicada sits somewhere in the corner doing its thing.
I went on, left the empty market behind me, and went into another alley. This street was pretty busy at that time.
I saw a woman watching TV and listening to music. As I passed her, I ran into two men unloading products from the pickup truck.
I went closer to the main street and this street is the closest to the river with more vendors, people, and traffic. I saw a woman in the street who was unwrapping small plastic bags. I stopped next to her and recorded this sound effect. While she was unpacking and moving things, people were chatting in the background.
After I moved on, a pickup truck starts its engine, and several motorbikes drive past me. Everything sounds very relaxed and calm. No stress like during the day. I think that’s what I love about night recordings. Everything is just a little chilled.
I went back down the same alley, passed the woman with the television, and turned left to a butcher’s shop. This part inside the library has the most interesting sounds.
I saw that the street was already covered with water. One person cleaned the floor and the metal plates on which the food was prepared with a low-pressure water hose.
Another guy is playing with a metal bowl and then there is a scream from a guy who is really fun. Another guy shuffled and crushed the ice in the trunk.
Now I’m almost done with the recordings and walking along the market street passing the guys who are sitting on the motorcycles and waiting. Several cicadas are “singing” in the background.
There are so many great markets in Chiang Mai so don’t forget your gear if you ever come here.
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