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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

Turning tunnels into musical instruments

The damp, dingy tunnels below Waterloo station in London are hardly your typical concert hall. But last weekend, as part of the Mindful exhibition, artist Oliver Beer brought a choir down to create ethereal music by turning the space into a giant musical instrument. To make the space resound, the singers needed to tap… » 10/02/11 7:30am 10/02/11 7:30am