Archive for the 'Sound' Category

The Goody Bauble Crisis?

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Goody Hair Baubles as Cable Ties in Short Supply? [Google Groups post]

Not having Goody products in Greece, we make our own – and are always on the lookout for those hard-to-find proper-sized beads. So if any of you USians (or UKians) happen across some Goody Twin Bead Hair Baubles (large) and want to send us some, well, that would be much, much better than a poke in the eye. Click the image above to see some photos of the Goody beads in action.

The Sound Cart Project

Monday, May 5th, 2008

A machinist and a mixing engineer conspire to build the perfect sound cart. Do they achieve their goal? Here it is in its most recent incarnation.

More info on the tools page.

Wall. Of. Sound.

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

An Insider’s Look at the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound [audiojunkies]

(click pic for large image)

Film Sound Glossaries

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Terminology, classifications, components and concepts from A short collection from various sources.

Casey Kasem Remembers Snuggles

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

America’s Top 40 host (Real Media) grapples with the emotional issue of death… and goddamn uptempo records. Outtake from

Recording Technology History

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

A timeline, from 1877 to 2005.

Amplifier Institute Failures

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Some less than successful audio projects.


Deep Note: The THX Sound

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

“I like to say that the THX sound is the most widely-recognized piece of computer-generated music in the world”

All about the THX Sound, at Music Thing.

(By the way, did you know that “Deep Note” is also the name of a 1970s porn soundtrack album? Deep Note: Music of 1970′s Adult Cinema amazon link)

Voyeur Heaven

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Finding interesting video, sound and image files in unprotected directories.

Guri, gusha, aaaa!

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Japanese Sound effects and what they mean.

Freesound Google Map

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Geotagged sounds on freesound.

Cinema Bytes

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Fuckin’ Greeks. :) This page has a listing of sites that offer movie sound files (mostly wav format).

SODAR quake predictions?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Indian scientists have claimed that they may be able to give warning several hours before certain quakes larger than five on the Richter scale using an acoustic meteorological technique called Sonic Detection and Ranging (sodar).

Sound Concept Maps

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Environments for exploring sound concepts from the site HyperPhysics, by Carl Nave from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University. (Some sound demo clips here)

The amazing one-dollar DIY village FM radio station

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

From the BBC, in Vaishali, Bihar: “It may well be the only village FM radio station on the Asian sub-continent. It is certainly illegal. The transmission equipment, costing just over $1, may be the cheapest in the world. But the local people definitely love it.”

Bad Vibes

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

The hunt for the worst sound in the world. See also, What makes a sound annoying, and the Horrible Sounds Mixer.

Mystery of the Booming Sands

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Article explaining how and why sand sometimes seems to croak, burp, sing, and boom.

MP3s: croaking sand; booming sand

Seven minute video on the phenomenon: in quicktime; in windows media

Folk Songs for the Five Points

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side. The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing. Underneath the map is a control panel – with controls to independently control up to 5 selected sounds.

Sound Everlasting

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

The famous Wilhelm Scream, the ubiquitous Castle Thunder, and a few more tidbits of film sound at Hollywood Lost and Found.

Film Sound Cliches

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Funny list of cinema sound silliness from

The Freesound Project

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

A database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. ” The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a “sounds-like” type of browsing and more.”

Over/Under Cable Wrapping

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Handy dandy cable coiling techniques (video).

Free Sound Effects

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Absolute Sound Effects Archive: 1,980 Free Sound Effects.

Microphone University

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

DPA Microphones: Click “Microphone University” for techniques and terms, or look at the Application Guide for miking various instruments. The whole site can also be downloaded for local viewing from the Download page.

The Top 100 Voices in the Movies

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Filmcritic ranks the top 100 movie star voices of all time.

Exotic Electronic Music Instruments

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Dewanatron Electronic Music Instruments: "a family of instruments which hazard unpredictable behaviors and self playing tendencies. They make all previous and future instruments obsolete".

From Brian Dewan.

related: the Cracklebox.

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Film Sound Design – Film Sound Theory

Also a page of links to free sound effects.


Thursday, April 21st, 2005


harman/kardon Soundsticks

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Link: harman/kardon soundsticks.

Cool three-piece speaker system

freesound :: what is freesound?

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Link: freesound :: what is freesound?.

An open database of sounds: Search here; see tags here.

FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Link: FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec.

"FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file. "

Audibility Of Distortion

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Link: Audibility Of Distortion.

"Interactive Listening Test: Impact of Nonlinear Loudspeaker Distortion on Sound Quality"

I have no idea what this is – it just looks like something you might be interested in.

HQscene Standards Encoding Guide v3.01

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Link: MP3 Encoder Guide 3.0.