The 10 best movies with the best sound

It's not often I walk away from a movie and talk about how great the sound design was. But that's because I'm easily wowed and blinded by impressive visuals and crafty storytelling and great acting and so forth. But after watching this CineFix top 10 list of movies with great sound, I think I should pay more attention… » 12/22/14 11:53pm Monday 11:53pm

How Many of These Old Cassette Tape Designs Do You Remember?

It's hard to remember a time where our musical picks weren't contained in a Spotify playlist. But just a few years ago, we were still preserving our audio masterpieces on cassette tapes. Tapedeck.org is a project of a German graffiti artist named Neck, who has been collecting images of these analog gems from another… » 12/03/14 9:00am 12/03/14 9:00am

This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Sound

We've all but figured out how to make robots and machines tiny enough to operate inside the human body. The tricky part is figuring out a way to power them that's safe for the host. In lieu of bulky batteries or inconvenient wires, researchers at Stanford University have developed an implantable wireless chip that can… » 10/22/14 10:22am 10/22/14 10:22am

The Souped Up Acoustics Behind a Giant David Bowie Retrospective

When art museums first became a thing, in the 19th century, they were the aristocracy's idea of intellectual charity: A chance for the hoi polloi to catch a thin whiff of true civilization. They couldn't have imagined a fine art museum spending $2 million on a show about a pop star who grew up in a completely average… » 9/22/14 2:44pm 9/22/14 2:44pm

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

Video replaces the sounds in Game of Thrones with old video game sounds

If you think there's too much violence and sex and awful human behavior in Game of Thrones, you'll enjoy this light hearted remix where all the sounds of the show are replaced with old school video game noises. If you like Game of Thrones already, you'll like the video because it's more Game of Thrones. » 8/21/14 10:39pm 8/21/14 10:39pm

Hilarious video replaces all the sounds in The Matrix with 8-bit sounds

Like most people with eyeballs, I've scrubbed the memory of The Matrix sequels from the creases of my brain. That's why I had so much fun when I watched this scene from The Matrix Reloaded. Oh and hearing 8-bit sounds instead of real noises makes it way more enjoyable. It's an action comedy movie now! » 8/06/14 8:25pm 8/06/14 8:25pm

MIT Scientists Figured Out How to Eavesdrop Using a Potato Chip Bag

In a scenario straight out of "Enhance, enhance!," MIT scientists have figured out that the tiny vibrations on ordinary objects like a potato chip bag or a glass of water or even a plant can be reconstructed into intelligible speech. All it takes is a camera and a snappy algorithm. Take a listen. » 8/04/14 2:33pm 8/04/14 2:33pm

App turns iPhone into turntable that plays music printed on paper


PhonoPaper is one of those apps that is useless but so cool that it feels like magic from the future when you're using them: It scans printed sound waves, turning them back into music, messages, or any other kind of sounds as you move your iPhone or iPad across the paper. Watch—and listen: » 5/23/14 3:30pm 5/23/14 3:30pm

A Noob’s Tale: Fiddling with My First Modular Synth Rack

I’m just getting started fiddling with modular synthesis. Everything I know up to this point is pure book-learning. I’m like the Prioress in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. She has no firsthand experience of the culture (“And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly, / After the scole of Stratford-atte-Bowe, / For… » 5/20/14 4:31pm 5/20/14 4:31pm