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Make Your Own "Inverted" Glass Harp with Just One Glass

The glass harp is a simple concept: fill up a bunch of wine glasses with water, “tuning” each one by varying how much water is inside (because the pitch at which said glass will resonate depends on the level of the water inside). But now you can make a new kind of glass harp, with just a single glass. » 9/01/15 1:55pm Yesterday 1:55pm

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

Video: The unbelievably soothing sounds of making an iced latte

Coffee tingles the senses. Before you even drink it, you smell it and smell the day’s morning or your local shop or a pot brewing while you’re getting ready. And when you finally taste it, you feel it and get a jolt of energy or escape last night or immediately feel the need for another. But coffee can even go beyond… » 7/09/15 1:36am 7/09/15 1:36am

Seeing the crazy movement of guitar strings in real time is so damn cool

This is wild. When cameras try to capture guitar strings being played, they see wavelength-type movements from each string because of the camera’s rolling shutter effect. But it can only be seen on camera, the wild wiggly effect is totally blind to the naked eye. Not anymore! This Wobble Strings project recreates a… » 6/29/15 10:45pm 6/29/15 10:45pm

Proof that all movie trailers use the same new damn sound

Before it was that Inception horn. You know the one, that BRAAAAM sound that strategically tingled your spine because you know something action packed yet suspenseful is going to happen. And now there’s a new favorite sound for movie trailers: it sounds a lot like pulling the power on something and hearing the noise… » 5/29/15 9:45am 5/29/15 9:45am

Smart and JBL Cram a Concert Hall Into a Fortwo

Smart is all about being compact and efficient, so when the company teamed up with audio provider JBL, it naturally wanted to see how much sound it could squeeze into one of its little hatchbacks. The resultant ‘smart forgigs,’ which boasts 5720 watts of amplification, is a mobile concert hall guaranteed to give any… » 5/16/15 12:00pm 5/16/15 12:00pm

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