While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Tuesday, January 3rd.
This post originally ran October 14, 2016.
Ambient sounds are especially useful while reading or writing, helping set you in a certain place (a forest or riding a train or sitting next to a fireplace) and immerse you even further. And if that place that you want to immerse yourself into is the Garden of Asgard or the shore of Valinor, then ambient-mixer.com has you covered.
Ambient-mixer.com is a community driven project that works to provide a number of unique audio loops without needing to download any apps or software. The website has a lot of the general ambient noise categories, such as nature and general music, but it also has an entire section dedicated to movies and series. This includes Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones, among many others.
Because the sounds on the website are community created, the themed ambient sounds feel like they were plucked perfectly from these worlds. The Harry Potter sounds have different options for each house, with the Gryffindor Common Room featuring people chattering while the fireplace crackles in the background while the Slytherin Common Room includes pouring water.
You can pick a sound mix and adjust it yourself. Turn down the background chatter or change the clinking of the glasses to come three times every ten minutes instead of five times.
Or if you are completely dissatisfied or feel you can do a better job or fill in a gap that isn’t available, all of the sounds are available for you to create your own. So instead of listening to a Stormy Night at the Leaky Cauldron, you can change it and make it into Kvote’s pub in Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind.
So whether you are studying for your exams or just want the perfect mood music while you read your fan fiction, there is probably something perfect for you.