Listen To Some Of The Most Commonly Used Sound-Effects In Cinema

Have you ever heard a scream or sound effect in a movie that sounded strangely familiar? There's a good chance you weren't imagining things. Here are some of cinema's most iconic sounds – and where they originated. » 3/23/15 3:00pm 3/23/15 3:00pm

How The TARDIS Got Its Famous Dematerialization Sound

The sound of the TARDIS arriving is an unmistakable — and distinctive — sign that the Doctor is near. But, while the sound may be alien, it turns out that its origins are decidedly earthbound. » 5/14/14 4:00pm 5/14/14 4:00pm

What If Star Wars's Sound Effects Sucked?

Star Wars fans should count themselves lucky that George Lucas found talented sound designer Ben Burtt to bring the audible portion of his scifi universe to life. Because as this video proves, Star Wars would have been a much different movie with a less talented foley artist in charge. » 4/23/14 7:00pm 4/23/14 7:00pm

Pure Auditory Nostalgia: Over 40 Minutes of Cartoon Sound Effects

Here now for your aural pleasure are 42 minutes and 29 seconds of sound effects from vintage Warner Bros. cartoons. This is highly concentrated auditory nostalgia, delivered right to your ear-holes. » 4/20/14 10:17am 4/20/14 10:17am

Darth Vader will lose a little more of his dignity in Star Wars

George Lucas is not satisfied with turning the puppet Yoda in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace into a CG creation. Or just fixing some of the wonky lightsabre effects in the original trilogy. He's going a bit further. » 8/30/11 2:36pm 8/30/11 2:36pm

The Scifi Sound Effects That Take Over Your Brain

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… » 4/11/08 2:42pm 4/11/08 2:42pm

The "Castle Thunder" Noise that Rocked a Thousand Movies

On Friday we told you about the pervasive use of the Wilhelm Scream through movies, tv shows, and video games, but today we bring you something even closer to the hearts of science fiction history: Castle Thunder. It's been used to bring assembled body parts back to life, to send people back to the future, and to… » 3/03/08 11:00am 3/03/08 11:00am

Why You've Already Heard Science Fiction's Ubiquitous Wilhelm Scream

You've probably heard the Wilhelm Scream dozens of times in different movies and television shows without realizing it, but it's one of those things that once you hear, you'll always be able to identify it afterwards. It's now become an in-joke amongst sound editors who try to insert it into their films whenever… » 2/29/08 11:11am 2/29/08 11:11am