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The first alien sounds of Mars are so damn spooky

This is a great video that shows the entire trip of the Mars Opportunity Rover on one side while tracking the trip on the red planet on the other. It’s cool to know where Curiosity has gone and what it has seen but perhaps the craziest thing of the video is hearing the noise of the planet. It’s just so damn freaky. » 7/15/15 9:45am 7/15/15 9:45am

Find Out How Loud Your Neighborhood Is With These Sound Maps

People choose where to live based on all sorts of data: Price, public transit, proximity to pizza chains. But noise is tougher to measure. And since sound is pretty much invisible, you might not know about the nightly clanking from the local concrete recycling plant until you’re all moved in. A new mapping app can… » 7/08/15 10:30am 7/08/15 10:30am

What Are All Those Weird Noises You Hear on an Airplane?

I used to work at Boeing and repaired the computerized part of the machines which put together 747’s. People not familiar with airplanes are scared because they are forced to be quiet and go along with acting normal while stuck in a tube hurtling through the air at 600 miles an hour, and 30,000 feet above the earth.… » 6/24/15 2:45pm 6/24/15 2:45pm

Airplane Cabins Could Be 100X Quieter With These Rubber Mufflers

The dull throbbing hum that accompanies you on your jet-setting adventures might be quieted in the near future. Scientists from MIT and North Carolina State University collaborated on a thin rubber membrane that can be installed throughout the body of a plane like acoustical tiles, essentially sound-proofing the… » 4/28/15 10:25am 4/28/15 10:25am

A Windscreen For Smartphones Means You'll Never Shout Over a Breeze

The noise-canceling software your smartphone uses to eliminate background sounds from your voice when making a call is surprisingly good these days, but still not good enough to deal with the deafening crackle from a sudden gust of wind. That's why microphones have those puffy foam covers on the end, and why these … » 3/02/15 2:32pm 3/02/15 2:32pm

Making noises and sounds like a foley artist looks like a lot of fun

None of the mics are actually plugged in and the video is an ad for COS by Lernert & Sander but it sure makes the job of a foley artist look like a lot of fun. Rushing to recreate noises by creatively manufacturing sounds, choreographing moves to heighten the senses, it looks like a band performing with ridiculous… » 9/13/14 12:35am 9/13/14 12:35am

What Will the Appliances of the Future Sound Like?

It's the year 2044—what does your kitchen sound like? What about your power supply? How about the laundry room, or even your new, high-tech burglar alarm? Disquiet, Gizmodo's subdomain of all things sonic and ambient, is challenging its readers to come up with a speculative soundtrack for the home of the future—or,… » 5/09/14 1:03pm 5/09/14 1:03pm

Seeing this dad's Saturday mornings will convince you to not have kids

Enjoy peace and quiet? Like it when you get to unwind? Maybe you look forward to a weekend filled with nothingness. If you have kids, all that alone time gets replaced with blaring pop music wondering what certain animals sound like and dolls getting smashed on your shoulder. Every damn day. What a wonderful trade off! » 4/07/14 7:48pm 4/07/14 7:48pm

Turn Your Mouse Into a Weird Noise Factory With This Theremin Webpage

Theremins are super fun production lines of weird squeeps and bloops, the de rigueur sound of kitschy black-and-white sci-fi movies and DJ rave parties alike. Anyone with an appreciation of music, or just noise, should play with one given the chance—and now you can do so from the comfort of your computer, thanks to … » 2/15/14 8:00pm 2/15/14 8:00pm

Watching music videos without the music is pretty damn funny

This is genius. Mario Wienerroither replaces the music from popular music videos with imagined sound effects and noises of what's actually happening in the music video. If you see someone jumping around, you'll hear jumping around and not the song. The result? An awkwardly funny mashup of artists dancing by themselves… » 1/29/14 12:22am 1/29/14 12:22am

How to Choose the Best Mechanical Keyboard (and Why You'd Want To)

Mechanical keyboards, or keyboards with full, individual switches under every key, have exploded in popularity recently, although the technology inside is as old as the keyboard itself. There's really no substitute for that solid, clicking sensation under your fingers as you type, and the satisfying sound each key… » 6/04/13 3:56pm 6/04/13 3:56pm