Call for Collaboration: International Counting Track

I would like to create a piece of music with people from all around the world counting to the rhythm in various languages. Imagine an international crowd, all going “1, 2, 3, 4, 1 and 2 and 3 and 4” in various languages, sometimes juts one, sometimes layered 🙂

To make this happen, I ask you to provide recordings of yourself and everyone else you might get to do it, saying:

  • One Two Three Four
  • One and Two and Three and Four and
  • Beat

in your native language (and any language where you are confident about your pronunciation).

With a tempo of 110 beats per minute (to be very clear, the “and” has to be between beats). Up to 4 repetitions, filling 4 bars would be nice.

If there are special ways of counting to the music in a language, use those and inform me about it 🙂

“Beat” should be translated to whatever could be said on each beat. In German it would be “Schlag”. A single occurrence is enough, I intend to use these as accents.

All files should be:

Additional samples with effects are ok, but it’s likely that I will not use them. Still, I want to collect and offer all usable material for download (it’s an open source project).

Please name them as follows:

  • firstname_lastname_language_count.wav for “One Two Three Fou”
  • firstname_lastname_language_count_and.wav for “One and Two …”
  • firstname_lastname_language_beat.wav for “Beat”

Please send links, not attachments to me, or post links in the comments. Consider using if you have no other space.

My intention is to offer the result and the material on I also want to submit a version to the
Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase

I can’t promise to use all contributions. I will sort out ones that sound suspiciously different from others claimed to be in the same language 😉
However, all serious contributors will be given credit.

I will collect files until the 15th of January!

Please spread the word!

Happy holidays!


About thorwil
I'm a designer from Germany. My main interests are visual and interaction design, free/open-source software and (electronic) music.

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