We’ve seen other footage of empty cities, but Dayne Hudson’s short film takes a different approach, focusing not just on the stark visuals, but capturing the eerily quiet audio around Sydney, Australia during the 2020 pandemic. We’d be remiss not to mention sound designer and editor Mark Parry for his work on the piece.
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While some of us are quite content to work from home, we’re sure many of you miss being in the office with your friends and colleagues. To help satisfy that longing, Kids Creative Agency put together I Miss the Office, an online plaything which emulates the ambient sounds you might hear in an office with up to 10 co-workers.
Sander Joon’s cacophonous animated short film is best experienced with headphones or nice loud speakers. As its vignettes play out, each object on screen makes a familiar, but very different sound than you’d expect it to make. It turns out that mushrooms are especially noisy little dudes.
Next time you’re throwing a party, kick out the biggest and best audio with JBL’s oversize Bluetooth sound system. It cranks out a massive wall of sound via its two 6.5″ woofers and three 2.25″ tweeters, and can run for up to 18 hours on battery. It’s also got mic and guitar inputs, and you can pair two together for true wireless stereo.
Procnias albus – aka the white bellbird – has a call that sounds more like a fire alarm than something that should come out if its beak. The dove-sized bird can belt out a noise that registers up to 124.5 decibels. That’s nine decibels louder than the previous record holder, the screaming piha, and roughly as loud as a pile driver.
Ever wonder what the quietest and loudest sounds in the universe might be? With the help of their imaginary robot Noisy, and Microsoft’s anechoic chamber, Bright Side digs into this question, and some of the science behind the way sounds travel and how our hearing works.
In a just barely Halloween-themed episode, musical expert 12tone walks us through the complexities of distortion, and what it is about such sounds that make them more creepy and off-putting than others – sort of like the way he draws from right to left across the page.
Anker teamed up with Amazon to create a 2.1 channel soundbar that has Fire TV and Alexa technology built in. It supports full 4K UHD content with Dolby Vision and HDR10+, while it cranks out 100 watts of sound and has built-in dual subwoofers for cinematic sound. Drops 11/21/19.
THX has taken wraps off an all-new version of its iconic “Deep Note” trailer, created by the team at American Meme. It’s packed with vibrant CG animations, and a wonderful array of dynamic, spatial sounds to put any audio system through its paces. Sounds especially great on headphones. Go behind the scenes with its creators here.
Kick out the jams at your next party with Sony’s jumbo-size party speaker. It has a colorful 360º party light, Bluetooth support, a CD player, gesture-based DJ controls, karaoke mode, microphone and guitar inputs, and more. You can even chain multiple devices together for bigger spaces, and it has wheels for transport.
The THX sound, the Mac and Windows startup tones, the Nokia ringtone, and the Intel Inside music are all immediately recognizable. Two sound experts explain the psychology and conceptual approach behind such memorable auditory cues, and why they’re so important to brands.
These days, you can’t go more than a few hours without encountering some gadget with a human-sounding voice. The Science Elf provides a concise look at the history of machine-made speech, from early mechanical devices through modern voice assistants like Siri and Alexa.
Artblox can take the waveform from a musical passage, words, or any other short sound, and etch it onto a block of clear acrylic. They can be personalized with your choice of color scheme, and an optional QR code which lets you play back the recorded sound via a mobile device.
Musician Steve “SamuraiGuitarist” Onotera presents a hyperbolic short film about an itch he’s been wanting to scratch – stringing together all 37 of his stomp boxes, to hear what it sounds like when he routes his guitar through them all. That Miku stomp box is hilarious.
During most of his concerts, musician Rob Scallon performs Rain, a tune that relies heavily on a delay effect pedal. But he recently decided to see if he could replicate the sound through a combination of room acoustics and enlisting the help of two other guitar players.
Pyle just took wraps off what could the baddest Bluetooth speaker ever. This beast blasts out an impressive 1,000 watts of power to turn any space into an instant dance party. Supports NFC pairing, and has an FM tuner and 3.5mm input. Plays for up to 5.5h on battery power.
You’ll want to put your headphones on for this one. Car fanatic 19Bozzy92 decided to record his latest video with a 3D binaural microphone. The resulting audio is the next best thing to standing trackside as these amazing Ferrari F1 cars zip around the circuit at Mugello.
Place the Sounddeck under your big screen, and connect a single cable for instant theater quality sound. Six full-range drivers, two subs, and a 280w Class-D amp push out impressive volume and expansive acoustic imaging. Also supports wireless music streaming.
German-engineered audiophile grade bookshelf speakers that deliver big, warm sound, a wide soundstage, and wireless streaming, supporting iOS, Android, and PC music libraries, Internet radio, Spotify, Soundcloud, Last.fm, Rhapsody, and TIDAL. Multi-room capable too.
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