High-Speed Footage of Levitating Water Drops Looks Like a Fireworks Show

You’ve probably seen those experiments where scientists are able to levitate foam balls, or tiny drops of water, using nothing but ultrasonic sound waves. It’s utterly mesmerizing to watch something just float in mid-air, but magnitudes cooler when filmed with a camera recording at 20,000 frames per second. » 4/30/15 11:30am 4/30/15 11:30am

Disney Invented a Way To Control Your Phone Using the Sounds It Emits

In an effort to bring more functionality and interactivity to a device that is often just a large monolothic touchscreen, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with a series of accessories that manipulate sound coming from a smartphone’s speaker to serve as an external controller. » 4/20/15 1:30pm 4/20/15 1:30pm

There's No Way Sony's Price-Gouging "Premium Sound" SD Card Is Worth It

Sony's got a new deal for audiophiles, and it's so scammy it's almost impressive. The electronics company that apparently doesn't want to be an electronics company anymore is now peddling a Micro SD card "for Premium Sounds." A 64GB card will cost $160 which is more than five times what you'd pay for a normal Sony… » 2/19/15 10:35am 2/19/15 10:35am

A "Photoshop For Sound" Could Transform Restaurants and Music Halls

Restaurants have to strike a fine balance between eerily quiet and shouting-across-the-table loud. At Oakland's Oliveto, the high-tech solution is a set of mics, speakers, and sound-absorbing panels that constantly record, modify, and pipe back the ideal background noise—essentially real-time Photoshop for sound. » 2/17/15 3:50pm 2/17/15 3:50pm

My Never-Ending Search for Comfortable In-Ear Headphones

I’m a headphone junkie. I have headphones in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one small problem: I don’t like things that dig deep into my ears, which most traditional in-ear headphones do. So I’ve embarked on a search for more comfortable options...and it’s been more complicated than I expected. » 1/16/15 1:32pm 1/16/15 1:32pm

Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great

Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear. So why am I writing this post? The company has added 3D positional audio to its already mindblowing Crescent Bay demo, and it's even better than before. » 1/06/15 5:28pm 1/06/15 5:28pm

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 12/22/14 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