Sonny Pro Bono
Public Domain Samples Band

About

Sonny Pro Bono records sounds of everyday materials being used in novel ways to create brief compositions which double as samples to be used by other artists in their own works. Example: the sound of a old scanner dropped from a height of 25 feet into a bin of macaroni could later be repurposed as a snare drum sound. 

The band was formed to participate in Ace Hotel Pittsburgh's Artists in Residence program during the August of 2017, though anyone is free to form their own version so long as the works produced are public domain, and some attempt is made to make them publicly available. 

For this first effort, SPB partnered with Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, The Lower East Side Ecology Center (NYC), and The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. The band consisted of Kid Millions, SR Palm, E.E. and Ben Sisto.
 

Donations

If you've downloaded, enjoyed or used SPB recordings, or if you'd just like to be a cool helpful person, consider making a donation to the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
 

Attribution

It's suggested anyone working under the SPB moniker gives themselves credit using the following format:

Format:

Title of Composition, Pack Name
Author Name(s), SPB, DD/MM/YYYY, Location

Title_of_Composition-Pack_Name-Author_Name-SPB-00000000-Location.xxx


For Example:

A Scanner and Some Pasta, Sample Pack 01
Ben Sisto, SPB, 08/20/2017, Pittsburgh, PA

A_Scanner_and_Some_Pasta-Sample_Pack_01-Ben_Sisto-SPB-20082017-Pittsburgh_PA.wav


Downloads

Download full Sample Sample Pack (544mb, Google Drive)
Download Sample Sample Pack artwork

Compositions Included:

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Composition Previews

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Support Crew

Name Here, Photography
Eric Sheppard, postproduction engineer 

About Our Partners

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Some materials used in Sample Pack 001 were donated by the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR), a rad organization that promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. They achieve their mission through community initiatives including a shop where artists, teachers and everyone else can get the materials they need for their creative projects, and through our hands-on creative programs, both at their Center and around the region.
 

Ace HotelPittsburgh

Samples in Sample Pack 001 were recorded on site at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, a hotel which makes its home in a century-old former YMCA building at the heart of East Liberty. They're surrounded by a community that, through grassroots support, has helped to create a place both by the neighborhood and for the neighborhood.
 

Lower East Side Ecology Center / E-Waste Warehouse

The LESEC loaned us some microphones and a PC/audio interface. Their e-waste warehouse is the largest non-municipal provider of e-waste recycling services in NYC. It is New York City’s only free, permanent e-waste drop-off facility, acceptting all varieties of consumer electronics, which we reuse and recycle in an environmentally and socially responsible way. 

 

Contact

ben.sisto@gmail.com
#sonyprobono

 

Thanks to Our Partners: