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Super Mario Guitar Sounds

Super Mario Guitar Sounds

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.

Relax Melodies Sleep + Relaxation App

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.

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Visualizing Modem Sounds

Visualizing Modem Sounds

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.

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

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.

Dropping Ice Into a Glacier

Dropping Ice Into a Glacier

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.

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(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.

Milky Way Sounds

Milky Way Sounds

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.

Freesound.org

Freesound.org

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.

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

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.

Game Console Guitar Sounds

Game Console Guitar Sounds

Musician Davidlap likes to make unusual noises with his guitar. In this video, he attempts to replicate sounds from a handful of game consoles, including the startup sounds from the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5.

Satisfying Sounds Song

Satisfying Sounds Song

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.

Engineering Product Sounds

Engineering Product Sounds

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.

BBC Sound Effects Library

BBC Sound Effects Library

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.

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Screwing up a Turbine Engine

Screwing up a Turbine Engine

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.

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

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.

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

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.

Video Game Rain Sounds

Video Game Rain Sounds

Looking for some nature sounds to help you relax or sleep? You could download one of the many white noise apps out there, or you could play FunWithGuru’s video clip, a 16-minute-long compilation of rain sounds captured from 50 different video games.

The Silence of Scotland

The Silence of Scotland

As part of his Silence Project, photographer Casper Rolsted takes a less-is-more approach to filmmaking with this footage of Scotland’s beauty, accompanied by immersive and relaxing sounds of nature. Best enjoyed with headphones with the volume cranked.

Deal: Pzizz Pro

Deal: Pzizz Pro

Sleep like it’s your job with Pzizz Pro. These specially mixed sounds help to get to sleep faster and stay asleep for your desired length – whether overnight or a quick power nap. Get a lifetime subscription at a limited time sale price The Awesomer Shop.

Laser Lake

Laser Lake

You’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of this clip, in which a frozen lake in Nevis, Minnesota makes some strange and unexpected sounds as chunks of ice crack and move. You might think it sounds like Star Wars, but us real geeks know it’s Tempest.

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What Animoji Sound Like

What Animoji Sound Like

We fully anticipate that the iPhone X’s animoji will be overplayed any day now, but for the moment, we’re still enjoying their novelty. Beatboxer and impressionist RudiRok applies his vocal talents to imagine what each character might sound like.

The Apprehension Engine

The Apprehension Engine

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.

Lampstorm

Lampstorm

YouTuber Mr. Cookies liked the sound his floorlamp made when he tapped its metal shade with a pen, so he decided to sample it and a few other lamp sounds, then sequenced them it into the 2001 Darude track, Sandstorm.

Assault Trombone

Assault Trombone

A kid plays a hilarious gizmo cobbled together from the butt of a rifle, a garden sprayer, and a brass horn. We certainly wouldn’t want to be on the business end of this half-vuvuzela, half-fart sound machine.

Fish Does a Burnout

Fish Does a Burnout

YouTuber Michael Ryan simply describes this brief clip as follows: “This massive V8 powered fish is dropping the fattest skid of the decade!” It seems only appropriate that this video was discovered by a Redditor going by the screenname YouTubeGoingDownhill.

Scooter Upgrade

Scooter Upgrade

Despite the added weight, this ordinary scooter actually got much faster and more powerful thanks to the guy riding on the back seat. Toyota should totally offer this as an option for the Prius.

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