How The New Godzilla Found His Impressive Roar

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… » 12/24/14 11:21am 12/24/14 11:21am

You Can't Appreciate These Movies Fully Without A Great Sound System

Science fiction movies are known for their amazing visuals, from majestic spaceships to desolate landscapes. But many of the best science fiction films use sound just as much as picture to tell their stories. Here are 22 films that you'll appreciate way more if you have a great speaker system to go with that… » 3/17/14 1:24pm 3/17/14 1:24pm

Practice your ninja skills with the Franssen Effect audio illusion

So you want to be a ninja. You've got the long samurai sword and the throwing stars. You've covered yourself completely in black clothes, leaving only a dramatic opening to set off your eyes. You are within springing distance of your enemy. But it's all for naught if you come clumping loudly up to your intended… » 12/07/12 7:20am 12/07/12 7:20am

Why do you cringe at the sound of nails on a chalkboard?

Just the thought of nails raking across a chalkboard is enough to send shivers down many people's spines — but the reasoning behind this reaction has remained a mystery for decades. Scientists have attributed it to everything from the visual stimuli associated with the sound to an inborn reaction that helps preserve… » 11/10/11 1:11pm 11/10/11 1:11pm