During the creation of Halo Infinite the audio team at 343 Industries turned to an unusual method to make some of the game’s sounds. Instead of just playing this piano, they used a hammer, baseball bat, and other tools to demolish it, making some truly dissonant sounds. That dry ice on metal is especially disturbing.
A crackling fire, advancing a mechanical camera, and a well-struck golf ball are among the most satisfying sounds in the world. Musician Dan Mace recorded and edited together some of these great noises into a soundtrack that’s engineered to be even more satisfying than its individual components.
Musician Davidlap has become quite the expert at replicating various sounds on his electric guitar. In this video, he does a mighty fine job reproducing sound effects from the Mushroom Kindom, from the satisfying coin collection “ding” to the urgency-instilling “hurry up” music that kicks in when you get a star power-up.
Relaxing sounds and music can help overcome insomnia, reduce stress, and improve your state of mind. The Relax Melodies app provides a library of soothing sounds, bedtime stories, meditations, and more to help you unwind and get some rest. Grab a deal on a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.
The electronic squeals of dial-up modems were truly unpleasant, but also brought us our earliest internet memories. If you’ve ever wondered what those sounds might look like on a graph, you’re in luck. Scotty H generated a spectrogram that shows the frequencies being generated during a moden’s handshake phase.
Feeling stressed or anxious? There’s nothing quite so calming as the sound of a rain shower. To help us unwind our minds, UK designer Jez Burrows put together a compilation of soothing rain sounds captured entirely from video games. Since this clip is titled “Part I,” we imagine a follow up is due if you need more rain.
What sound do you think a chunk of ice would make when dropped into a 300-foot-long borehole in a glacier? If you guessed anything besides “pew pew,” you’d be wrong. Back in 2018, glaciologist Dr. Peter Neff of the University of Rochester Ice Core and Atmospheric Chemistry Lab recorded this clip of the unexpected sound.
(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more than 650 different sounds that skateboards (and skateboarders) make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.
NASA scientists took images captured by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and other telescopes and turned them into music. The soothing sounds you will hear represent the brightness and positions of the stars as the cursor moves across the image using a technique known as “data sonification.” Learn more about the proect here.
Need to find a sound effect for a recording project? Freesound.org is a collaboratively-managed database of sounds you can use under one of several Creative Commons licenses. We found all kinds of unusual noises there, from a growling ogre, to creepy atmospheric music, to a delightfully ASMR pencil scribbling on paper.
We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.
Did you know that vacuum cleaners don’t actually need to be as loud as they are? Cheddar explains how companies often manipulate the sounds their products make to make them more satisfying, to provide feedback, and to demonstrate that they are actually doing their job.
Do you need some sound effects for a project? The BBC and RES have released a massive library of over 16000 individual sounds in WAV format for use in personal, educational or research projects. You’ll need a license for commercial usage though. If you don’t have a use for them now, it’s fun to browse and listen.
If you’re an airplane mechanic, one of the last things you want to do is drop a screw into a turbine engine you’re working on. Due to their construction, it would be very difficult to get it back out if you did. But as this video from AgentJayZ shows, it would make quite a pleasant sound before it totally ruins your day.
If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.
Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.
A unique machine designed solely to produce eerie sounds for horror films. Luthier Tony Duggan-Smith created this combination of strings, rods, magnets, wood, and other found objects so Indie Film Maker could make original sounds instead of turning to a stock library.