Civil War is a big, loud ensemble movie. That’s what we expect from it, and that’s why it’s fun. But when the camera is whipping around during a huge fight scene, how come we still know what’s happening?
The Force Awakens, as you might have figured with the title, is about a resurgence of the power of the Force in the Star Wars galaxy. But according to the movie’s crew, petulant villain Kylo Ren has something very much in common with this adorable kitty: the way they sound.
The first thing an architect or graphic designer will do at the start of a project is to produce some preliminary sketches — just to rough out their ideas on paper, perhaps augmented with computer-aided design software. But sound designers don’t have similar tools. A consortium of European researchers is seeking to…
Here’s a fun bit: a foley artist recreating and accentuating the sounds of everyday life, transforming a shower into hand tossing spaghetti while making coffee can be blowing bubbles in a milkshake with a swirly straw. The imagination of sounds gets more and more ridiculous which results in more and more fun.
Part of making the Jurassic Park franchise’s dinosaurs awe-inspiring is the sound design, and Jurassic World had to introduce the roars of a few new dinosaurs. In this video, the movie’s sound designers explain what animals went into Mosasaurus and Apatosaurus voices, and how the Indominus got that horrific screeching.
Apart from the razor-sharp dialogues, Tarantino's movies are famous for their glossy visuals. But those visuals wouldn't be so impressive without good sound design. Editor Jacob T. Swinney put together this mashup showcasing the importance of sound effects in Tarantino's films.
Take a deep dive into the sound design behind this year's Godzilla movie. The lengths this team went to was pretty spectacular. Including capturing that awful "hand-on-balloon" sound for the alien pulsing sounds, and recording with microphones that capture sounds above human hearing to make the creature's vocals. So…
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…
Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt describes the surprising noises he and his team recorded and later combined to produce the sound of the Millennium Falcon's malfunctioning hyperdrive. I wonder if we'll be hearing any of these noises in The Force Awakens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Even if you just hear a science fiction movie or TV show playing in another room, you'll instantly recognize it thanks to the weird sounds of alien spaceships and laser weapons. No genre of entertainment has ever challenged sound-effects designers as much as SF. We've gone through some of scifi's most identifiable and…