Sound Experiments


Can Silence Actually Drive You Crazy?

Many stories have circulated claiming the longest anyone has stayed in an ultra-quiet anechoic chamber is 45 minutes, the reason being any longer would drive you insane. To me this sounded like unsubstantiated rubbish, like the claim the Great Wall is the only manmade structure visible from space. So I put my own psyche ... More


Star Wars Featurette: The Birth of the Lightsaber

Star Wars creator George Lucas, actor Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discuss the concept and creation of the lightsaber. George Lucas recalls that Star Wars was influenced by pirate and swashbuckling films of the '40s, which showcased the romantic side of fighting, illustrated in characters ... More


The Hobbit - 8 Bit Cinema

CineFix presents The Hobbit retold via old-school 8-bit (or, in this case, 16-bit ;)) game tech. No quarters or controllers required!


F1 2013 vs 2014 Sound Comparison

A sound comparison between 2013 and 2014 F1 cars on the pit straight at Albert Park as they complete the first lap. Combustion engines: 2013 - 2.4L V8 2014 - 1.6L V6 Turbo



Recordist Tim Prebble features excerpts from his Auckland Regional Parks Artists Residency based in Little Huia, New Zealand, November & December 2013.


Documentary film about industrial music

Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay is a forthcoming documentary about industrial music featuring BB pals Throbbing Gristle and V Vale (RE/Search) along with Cabaret Voltaire, NON, Z'EV, Sordide Sentimental, SPK, and many more artists/thinkers. Directed by Amélie Ravalec and Travis Collins, the film is in post-production and slated for release later this year.


The Magnetist

THE MAGNETIST is a short documentary about Micke, also known as 'The Magnetist', whose life revolves around cassette tapes. Most of Micke's time is spent on varius tape-related projects; he blogs about them, he makes music with them and he got a monthly tape club in his hometown Stockholm. Sometimes it's a struggle. Here we get an ... More


Machine Shop: Live Electric Gong Experience

Machine Shop is a collaboration between percussionist Karen Stackpole and engineer and electronic music artist Drew Webster. Stackpole coaxes otherworldly vibrations from her wall of gongs with an arsenal of implements while Webster amplifies and augments the complex harmonics coaxed from this amazing metal with a ... More


Dolby Presents: Silent, a Short Film

"Silent" is an animated short film created by Academy Award® winning Moonbot Studios. It celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic. The story follows two street performers who dream of bringing their "Picture and Sound Show" to life. When they discover a magical ... More


Film Restoration at Criterion Collection

If you’ve watched all the supplements on several Criterion releases over the past decade or so, you’ve no doubt seen some short pieces on how the company’s film restoration process works. But methods always change, and the Criterion workflow changes with new technology. One of the label’s latest releases is Alfred ... More


Play a Great-Sounding Theremin in Your Web Browser

If you want an explanation for why you’d want to build sophisticated audio into the Web, maybe it’s just because you don’t like fun. Fun is what you get out of this Web Audio Theremin toy, the work of one Luke Phillips of Femur Design. “Theremin” is a loose term here. In terms of continuous pitch ... More


A Beat in 10 Minutes

Beat This challenges composers to sample and create a song in 10 minutes. Four Tet takes up Beat This and constructs a sick beat out of samples from the album Thriller faster than you can get a pizza delivered. Beat this is not about who can complete the best beat in 10 minutes. It's just about rising to the challenge of ... More


The Final Frontier - The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek

Who are the original music samplers? Sit back and let CBC Radio 2's Tom Allen spin a yarn that explores one piece of music that was copied over and over again through classical history right up into the future. Filmed on location at Paul Hahn Piano Co. here in Toronto.


Portrait of a Sound Design Artist

A man standing alone in a shed hitting a bath with a mallet could be seen as mad, but in the world of sound design, it's the norm. Ali Lacey is an eccentric sound design artist, and this short portrait allows us a closer look into the world of sound design. Directed, Shot and Edited by Josh Bennett - ... More


The Sound of Taste

An audio visual installation in association with Schwartz Flavour Shots, an innovative new range of herb and spice blends locked in oil. What does flavour look like? How does it sound? These are the questions that inspired herb and spice experts, Schwartz, to create what they describe as a ‘Sonic Flavourscape'. Several tons of ... More


8-Bit Harmonica

Japanese inventor Basami Sentaku built an 8-bit harmonica inside a Nintendo cartridge and used it to make sweet pixelated music in the form of a video game music medley.


Acoustic Back to the Future

Gregory Johnson beautifully reinterprets the theme song from Back to the Future on an acoustic baritone guitar.


BMW Developing New Sound Insulation Methods for Diesel Engines

Customers may be impressed with the fuel economy provided by either a four-cylinder or a diesel engine, but they may not be bowled over by the acoustic properties. To reduce -- or in some cases, improve -- the noises made by engines, BMW is working with a series of acoustic systems, including ... More


Herbie Hancock and Meyer Sound: Experimenting with Concert Surround Sound

In summer 2013, at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall, keyboardist and jazz pioneer Herbie Hancock rolled out a concept he has been fascinated with for over 20 years. Using a multichannel surround system from Meyer Sound, Hancock brought the surround sound of movie theatres to a ... More


Cornell researchers fabricate a fully functional 3D printed speaker

In the world of 3D printing, the mantra is increasingly becoming: If you can dream it, you can print it. We’ve already seen the first 3D printed tonearm for a record player, ready to jam out the new breed of high-tech 3D printed records, such as this coming release from Bloc Party ... More


Cardboard Headphones Make The Beat Drop

Do they have noise cancellation? Nope. A bass boost mode? Definitely not. What about a 3.5mm jack to plug into an iPod? Negatory! But you know what? We want a pair of Studio Zimoun’s kinetic headphones all the same. Rather than typical micro-acoustic electronics, they use the basic mechanism of a cotton ball ... More


"The Wrecking Crew" The Untold Story of Rock & Roll Heroes

This is a documentary film about an elite group of studio session musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960’s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, 5th Dimension, Tijuana Brass, Ricky ... More


Volkswagen + Underworld Colloborate On Generative Music Driving Application

Volkswagen + Underworld have collaborated on a generative music application that creates music based on your style of driving. Play the Road generates music via a phone app that’s connected to the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s onboard computer. The app uses the driver’s location and ... More


Creating Bone Chilling Video Game Monster Sounds

Today we're talking to the guys from Wabi Sabi Sound where they show us some of the ridiculous monster sound effects they're able to make using just their voices (and some studio magic). Their motto: If you can't find the creature, be the creature.


Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue Becomes Digital

High resolution digital download company HDtracks announces the release of Miles Davis' 1959 classic Kind Of Blue in both 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/192kHz sampling rates. In a 3-minute video interview, Sony Music producer Steve Berkowitz and mastering engineer Mark Wilder of Battery Mastering Studios discuss their ... More


What It Sounds Like If You Play 100 Vinyl Copies of The White Album at Once

Back in February, the New York Times reported on “We Buy White Albums,” an art installation by Rutherford Chang. Chang collected hundreds of first-edition vinyl copies of The Beatles, aka The White Album, “some in near-mint condition, others bearing former owners’ names, ... More


Jimi Hendrix "The Wind Cries Mary" Behind The Scenes

If any of you caught the recent American Masters show about Jimi Hendrix on PBS you know that there was some great seldom-seen interviews that made that documentary one of the best. It seems like there was a lot of footage that didn't make the program, and here's some of it, describing the making of "The ... More


A Brief History of Video Game Title Design

A brief history of video game title design, created to accommodate the “Talking Titles: How The Language of Cinema Changed Video Games” presented by Full video game listing: Donkey Kong (1981) Ms. Pac-Man (1982) Mario Bros. (1983) Atari’s Star Wars (1983) The ... More


The Secret Number - Short Student Film

"The Secret Number" is a short sci-fi (ish) psychological drama that was created over a period of two years by a team of young filmmakers from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Based on the short story by Igor Teper, THE SECRET NUMBER is about a man whose world is thrown into question. Psychiatrist Simon Tomlin ... More


BBC News Visits an Anechoic chamber

What is it like to spend time in one of the quietest rooms in the world? For The Why Factor on the BBC World Service, the BBC's Mike Williams set out to investigate what role silence plays in our increasingly noisy lives. As part of his research he went into an anechoic chamber at the University College of London ... More