7 of the Most Horrible Technology Sounds

Not long ago, I asked you for your picks of the worst sounds that technology has cursed us with. You answered with the shrill, shreiking screams of text across the internet. And here are a few of the standouts from our collective list of the most unappealing blips and bloops. » 3/16/15 3:35pm 3/16/15 3:35pm

What Is the Most Horrible Technology Sound?

Technology is amazing, until it starts generating noises that make you want to lock yourself inside a Faraday cage time machine and zip back to the Stone Age. Dot matrix printers. A phone buzzing on your upstairs neighbor's floor. The default Android alarm. That stupid marimba ringtone. What is the most horrible sound… » 3/11/15 5:41pm 3/11/15 5:41pm

This shoe repair video can provoke intense pleasure waves

If you experience ASMR, prepare to feel some intense pleasure watching this video of a guy repairing shoes. The machines pressing down, the cutting of the sole, the sanding, the stitching, the brushing of the glue. It's a symphony of satisfying noises. It's the only soundtrack you need. » 11/21/14 9:13pm 11/21/14 9:13pm

Incredible music video shows how science experiments react to music

Sound makes funny shapes. We don't usually see it in real life but when you put together water and sand with speakers bumping at different frequencies, you'll start seeing spirals and kaleidoscopes and other wild objects. This new video by Nigel Stanford and directed by Shahir Daud features all those awesome cymatics… » 11/12/14 10:02pm 11/12/14 10:02pm

Hearing the sounds of paragliding is breathtaking

Usually when you think of things that take your breath away, you don't think of sounds. It's the spectacular view or the amazing feeling or the perfect performance. But this video that highlights the sound of paragliding is pretty breathtaking. I closed my eyes and listened and felt the nature around me. » 10/02/14 11:45pm 10/02/14 11:45pm

Where on Earth is this freaky lava pool? Why do people hate love locks? Is it true that fire ants love the suburbs? And what do the soon-to-be-lost sounds of the industrial age sound like? All your answers are here, in this week's landscape reads! » 4/08/14 3:22pm 4/08/14 3:22pm

Awesome recording of space sounds exactly like a tropical rainforest

Birds singing, frogs croaking, animals walking, the sound of rain hitting trees, ponds, and the wet soil—if you listen to this video with your headphones you would believe you're listening to the recording of a rainforest. But the truth is that you're listening to space: » 1/10/14 8:20pm 1/10/14 8:20pm

This wonderful sound is a turbine engine's worst nightmare

Turbines are huge, intricate, beautiful machines. And if you drop something inside of them, they double as musical instruments. But as YouTuber AgentJayZ demonstrates, the delightful xylophone sound that makes is actually horrible. » 12/26/13 6:23pm 12/26/13 6:23pm

Watch the visualization of a tech sound your kids will never know

You know what's missing from technology these days? Sound. We have noises but no sound. We open our laptops and we're automatically connected to Wi-Fi. Our phones only squeak for alerts, they don't provide a soundtrack for the future. The old dial up modem handshake though? Now that was real sound. That was like… » 11/07/13 7:13pm 11/07/13 7:13pm

What Different Languages Think Different Animals Sound Like

Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Ni Hao. We all say things differently because each language has their own words. Like, duh. But what about how different languages think animals sound? We're not exactly saying words as much as we are simply enunciating simple sounds and yet, different languages have their own take on each… » 7/10/13 8:30pm 7/10/13 8:30pm

This Incredible Soundboard Website Has Pretty Much Every Sound You'd…

I've found your new favorite website: Funswitcher.com. It has pretty much every sound known to mankind. From TV show theme songs like Community and Buffy, to video games sounds like Super Mario Star. Hell it even has sounds for having an orgasm and your favorite memes. You will lose hours to this website and you will… » 1/30/13 9:00pm 1/30/13 9:00pm

Finally, A Bottle That Can Store Sound

It's a common trope in cartoons, but in the real world, you just can't get a bottle to hold sound. And what kid hasn't tried? No verbal messages in a bottle for us, thanks to the laws of physics. At least, that used to be the case. The Re: Sound Bottle designed by Jun Fujiwara does exactly that. » 12/29/12 1:10pm 12/29/12 1:10pm

Here's the Next Thing You're Going to Hate About Facebook: Beeping…

Facebook often tests out experimental features on a small sliver of its billion users before rolling it out to the rest of the world. Today, it's notification sounds. It's awful. Please, please let this remain a bad experiment. » 11/09/12 11:07am 11/09/12 11:07am

How to Get the Classic Mac Sounds Back Into OS X Mountain Lion

This morning I had a bad case of nostalgia. I listened to the classic "Quack" Macintosh system alert sound in a YouTube video and I thought about the good old days, when computing felt magical and smelled of new. » 8/22/12 12:40pm 8/22/12 12:40pm

13 Tech Sounds You Don’t Hear Anymore

If you remember what a modem sounds like, chances are you're old. And that's not the only tech sound that's being quickly forgotten. Our friends at LaptopMag have complied a list of noises that may soon disappear from the collective nerd consciousness. » 6/15/12 12:20pm 6/15/12 12:20pm

What the Hell Is That Weird Noise at the Oscars?

I flipped over to the Academy Awards because, I dunno, sometimes I just do things, but there is this weird sound happening throughout. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!? It sounds like somebody is playing Atari during all of the presenters and acceptance speeches. » 2/26/12 10:26pm 2/26/12 10:26pm

Listen and Watch How the Sound Effects of Transformers 3 Were Made

Soundworks Collection has a great little feature on a very big movie called Transformers 3. Heard of it? Sure! In this video you get to see how the movie's sound effects were made using dry ice, electric guitars and more. » 7/08/11 1:20pm 7/08/11 1:20pm

Celebrate the Birth of Your Nation with a Toot From This DIY Fog Horn

The beauty of this DIY hand-pumped fog horn lies in the fact that the parts are interchangeable—the annoying sounds one could create with it are literally endless! » 7/03/11 6:00pm 7/03/11 6:00pm

A Modem Dial-Up Sound Slowed Down 700 Percent Is Pure Creepfest

The sound of waiting for your dial-up modem to connect probably induces enough nightmarish flashbacks as it is. But when you slow that same smattering of scratches and clangs down 700%, you get the soundtrack to the scariest part of every Wes Craven movie ever. » 6/28/11 5:20pm 6/28/11 5:20pm