Philadelphia Crowds and Protest Chants

FREE – Philadelphia Crowds and Protest Chants

volunteer my field recording skills at political protests and then give away those sounds to help spread the message of the protesters. This sound library is freely available to verified non-profits, low-revenue social justice organizations, documentary films, other similar organizations upon request. Basically, I'll give you the recordings for free if you are working on a project that is benefiting a social justice or environmental cause in some way. Unsure if your project fits the requirements? Just fill out the form and I'll let you know!

  • Sounds are royalty free according to my single-user EULA.
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Philadelphia Crowds and Protest Chants has the rowdy and raucous chants from three political protests following the 2016 US Election. The recordings include a wide variety of chants ranging from the universal "What do we want? Freedom! When do we want it? Now!", to the timely "Hey, Ho, Donald Trump has got to go!", to bucket-drummers accompanying "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here!"

I recorded intense and emotional perspectives by wading into the unruliest crowds. Recorded with a boom-mounted Sennheiser MKH 50 and 30, you can hear these chants from above for the best balance of voices and sound quality. Plus, you receive many types of emotional crowd reactions, news helicopters hovering, and much more. If you need the sounds of civil disobedience for your podcast or documentary film, listen to Philadelphia Crowds and Protest Chants.


  • 3 recording locations for a variety of perspectives: City Hall, Independence Hall, and Philadelphia Airport
  • crowds ranging in size from several hundred to several thousand
  • Politically-charged chants about current US events
  • Universal English chants applicable for any location
  • Emotive crowd reactions
  • Distant and in crowd perspectives
  • News helicopters and car horns



    • Sennheiser MKH 50/30 MS pair
    • Mid/Side recordings decoded to LR stereo
    • Rycote AG MS Blimp 
    • Sound Devices 702


    Specs: 2.92 GB – 192 kHz / 24-bit – 43 matrixed stereo WAVs, 100+ sounds – Approx. 41 min total
    Metadata: CSV, Soundminer, BWAV, Text Markers
    Categories: Protests, Crowds, City Life, Humans
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Mastering: read my Field Recording Mastering Rules for more info.
    Delivery: Instant - blazingly-fast - digital download
    License type: Single user, royalty-free