Related project Sound of the Netherlands
Contact persons Maarten Brinkerink
Content type Sounds Soundscapes Sound Recording
Media type Audio Metadata


Het Geluid van Nederland or The Sound of the Netherlands is a unique sound archive available from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. This collection contains over 10.000 sound recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s. A selection of 2.300 recording of this archive is now available under an open license. It shows the evolving soundscape of the Netherlands and includes sounds of horse driven trams, venders and recordings from the Elfstedentocht in 1986.

The collection has been made available for use and reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license. This license gives explicit permssion to remix and distribute sounds, as long as the creator of the recording is mentioned and results of remixes are made available under the same license. Making these recordings available with geolocation and year of creation provides an interesting dataset for scholars and researchers about how sound changes over time.

The Sound of the Netherlands dataset is available via the Europeana API.