Somewhere Sounds


Somewhere Sounds is an ongoing collection of free sample packs for Ableton Live users. Curated by artists and producers operating across a range of genres, Somewhere Sounds (formerly Sydney Sounds) aims to become the largest collection of audio representing the passions that a diverse range of artists thrive on. 

The packs are created alongside artists chosen by Happy Mag. Each creator chooses a location, spends a day armed with field recording gear, then drops back into their studio to catalogue the sounds.  

Each Somewhere Sounds pack contains at least one drum rack, a selection of longer ambient or melodic samples, plus more. 



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Chelsea Warner took a literal stroll down memory lane sampling the Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.

Chelsea Warner is no stranger to found sounds and sampling, as she leans heavily on creating interesting and new sounds in her productions both for herself and for other artists she produces. Looking back on her childhood, she was inspired by two places for her Somewhere Sounds sample pack.

When Chelsea signed up for Somewhere Sounds the worlds of visual art and music met. Upon trips with her mother to the Art Gallery of NSW she fondly remembers how those events inspired her to create. Being a student of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Chelsea wanted to create music in a much different way from the usual internal setting.

Her goal for the sample pack was quite simple — find sounds with a tone or pitch so she can make a synth or keys rack to start the beat, and find some percussion from foliage to make drum sounds.

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“When Happy Mag asked me to be a part of Somewhere Sounds I was so thrilled. I really love all of the artists that have done this previously. So inspiring!

I work a lot with found sounds in my music. I love making my own samples, I love messing with things in Ableton. Stretching things and warping things are already a big part of what I do.

I chose the Art Gallery fo NSW because visual art has a big place in my heart. When I was growing up my mum would encourage my brother and I to do a lot of different creative things. We would go to the art gallery together when I got older so that holds a special place in my heart as a my creative roots and what initially inspired me to create.

The Conservatorium of music is where I’m doing my bachelor of music and where I had a lot of my first musical experiences outside of school. It was where the world opened up to me and I feel like I blossomed into a creative person and musician through being with and seeing a lot of amazing musicians around me.”

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Download Chelsea Warner’s Somewhere Sounds sample pack below.


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For 2022’s first Somewhere Sounds pack, Mr Rhodes samples a wrestling ring and more inside a Sydney boxing gym.

Mr Rhodes is a rapper and producer originally hailing from Lismore who moved to Sydney in early 2022. He’s been dropping tracks since 2018 and 2020 saw him win a Create NSW Generations fellowship. As a producer who works with sound design in Ableton and on his Push 2, he was a perfect choice to launch the Somewhere Sounds sample pack series in 2022.

When Mr Rhodes signed up for Somewhere Sounds, his passion for wrestling (that he shared with his cousin) and sound sampling collided as he found a gym in Forest Lodge, Sydney called Padded Gloves that features a full-sized ring, boxing bags, slam balls, and skipping ropes.

His imagination ran wild with percussion samples from body slamming, hitting boxing bags, sounds from the ring, and Mr Rhodes even found a few unsuspecting sounds in skipping ropes and the chains that suspend items from the gym’s ceiling.

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“When Happy Mag asked me to be a part of Somewhere Sounds I was super excited. I was a huge fan of their Sydney Sounds series and I use the sample packs regularly.

The thought of being able to create something to share with the rest of the producer and artist community, that they will be able to use for themselves, it makes me very full of joy and very keen to see what they do with it.

I chose the ring to create a sample pack because I’ve been a massive wrestling fan since I was nine. Me and my cousin — who has cerebral palsy — couldn’t do much sport so we would hang out and watch wrestling all the time and it’s how we connected. I thought it would be an awesome way to tell the story of my connection to wrestling and my cousin through sound.” 

Mr Rhodes boxing gym

Download Mr Rhodes’ Somewhere Sounds sample pack below.


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