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

A Man Going Deaf Can "Hear" Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, science writer Frank Swain decided to find a way to listen in on something humans can't hear: the hum of Wi-Fi all around us. » 11/12/14 3:08pm 11/12/14 3:08pm

Even the Sound of Darth Vader Breathing Is Trademarked

Darth Vader's caped getup and face mask is spooky and all, but there's nothing like the grisly, mechanical sound of his breath. Which is why Lucasfilm keeps a close eye on who uses it—even going so far as to trademark 234 seconds of it with the US Patent and Trademark Office. » 10/06/14 10:49am 10/06/14 10:49am

Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. » 4/07/14 2:20pm 4/07/14 2:20pm

5 Eye-Popping Designs That Visualize Sound

You unlock this post with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a collection of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. » 11/19/13 9:20am 11/19/13 9:20am

The Creator of the iPhone's Text Message Noise Explains Its Origins

You hear it every time you get a text message or alert. It's arguably the most iconic noise associated with the iPhone: The default "Boo-Dah-Ling" that plays when you get a text message or alert. But who designed it? A fascinating post from the audio designer behind the legendary tone explains all. » 8/10/13 4:00pm 8/10/13 4:00pm

The Magic Behind Disneyland's Sound

Part of what makes Disneyland such an immersive experience is the sophisticated sound design found throughout the park. Across dozens of narrative worlds, hundreds of sound cues must be deployed at just the right moment to keep the visitors suspended in disbelief. Here's a look at the extraordinarily talented… » 2/24/11 1:39pm 2/24/11 1:39pm