Searching For Sound – Sampling With Baauer

This mini-documentary looks at Harry “Baauer” Rodrigues, the producer behind the original “Harlem Shake” video, and his travels ‘searching for sound’.

The samples that Baauer captured on his trip are available as a free download via the Ableton site.


Looking for a new direction in the wake of the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon, Harry Rodrigues traveled with production partner Nick Hook from the deserts beyond Dubai to the volcanoes of Japan, recording quirky sounds and ancient musical traditions to bend into raw materials to use in the studio.

14 thoughts on “Searching For Sound – Sampling With Baauer

  1. Yeah, amazing talent… travelling thousands of kilometres, recording all these beautiful sounds and then turning them into a pulp.

  2. Recording without headphones, not caring about the proximity and input level, yet sitting behind a big arse SSL… it all makes perfect sense in today’s audio world.

    1. You’re right. Source is not as important these days as what you can do to it in processing (depending on the type of music you’re going for of course). Why is that a bad thing?

  3. why is this documentary ‘mini’? i consider it full grown. done very well. with some splashes of advertising added, of course.

  4. most of these sounds exist in good sound libraries in the best quality you could imagine, recorded by top-class sound engineers with a top-class gear…
    why the hell they need to fly to another continent to record those sounds with a cheap hand-held recorders and then transform them into this mess?

    1. Because sampling seems to be the only remaining way to make personal SOUNDS….
      In the last few years the boundaries between SOUND and MUSIC have shrunk somehow, but still
      too much music is made with other people sounds, and from my opinion, this is anything but logic…

  5. I’m going to complain about a free download and talk negatively about music I dont understand because I am aging too fast!

  6. “Hey dude, could you just lay down another sick riff on that crazy desert-banjo-thingy? Thanks, bro! That’s gonna be the sweet hook on my new hit single that you’ll get no credit for!”

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