sound

Hearing The Sounds Of Paul Thomas Anderson Films Is Pretty Interesting

I don’t immediately think of the sound when I think of Paul Thomas Anderson films because the cinematography of his films are so lovely to get lost in and his characters are so well crafted. But after hearing Jacob T. Swinney’s edit of the sounds of PTA, I don’t think I can watch, or listen, to his films in the same again.


Smart And JBL Crammed A Concert Hall Into A Tiny ForTwo Hatch

Smart is all about being compact and efficient, so when the company teamed up with audio provider JBL, it naturally wanted to see how much sound it could squeeze into one of its little hatchbacks. The resultant ‘smart forgigs,’ which boasts 5720 watts of amplification, is a mobile concert hall guaranteed to give any struggling DJ an audience.


How Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Skull-Crunching Sounds Were Made

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the kaboom, smash, crunch action movie of the moment. Check out this short documentary about how the sonic magic was made.


Hands On: Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones

Sick of listening music through your ear canals like a chump? It turns out you can actually hear via the bones in your skull instead.


High-Speed Footage Of Levitating Water Drops Looks Like A Fireworks Show

You’ve probably seen those experiments where scientists are able to levitate foam balls, or tiny drops of water, using nothing but ultrasonic sound waves. It’s utterly mesmerising to watch something just float in mid-air, but magnitudes cooler when filmed with a camera recording at 20,000 frames per second.


Disney Invented A Way To Control Your Phone Using The Sounds It Emits

In an effort to bring more functionality and interactivity to a device that is often just a large monolithic touchscreen, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with a series of accessories that manipulate sound coming from a smartphone’s speaker to serve as an external controller.


Don't Let Sony Charge You Five Times More For A 'Premium Sound' Memory Card

Sony’s got a new deal for audiophiles, and it’s so scammy it’s almost impressive. The electronics company that apparently doesn’t want to be an electronics company anymore is now peddling a Micro SD card “for Premium Sounds”. A 64GB card will cost $US160 which is more than five times what you’d pay for a normal Sony Micro SD card.


How A 'Photoshop For Sound' Could Transform Restaurants And Music Halls

Restaurants have to strike a fine balance between eerily quiet and shouting-across-the-table loud. At Oakland’s Oliveto, the high-tech solution is a set of mics, speakers and sound-absorbing panels that constantly record, modify and pipe back the ideal background noise — essentially real-time Photoshop for sound.


The 10 Best Movies With The Best Sound

It’s not often I walk away from a movie and talk about how great the sound design was. But that’s because I’m easily wowed and blinded by impressive visuals and crafty storytelling and great acting and so forth. But after watching this CineFix top 10 list of movies with great sound, I think I should pay more attention with my ears.


The Best Bluetooth Speaker For Every Portable Need

Your average cheap portable Bluetooth speaker is garbage — the crap to quality ratio in the category is absurd. But I’ve spent the last few months combing through loads of speakers under $US200 and found four that are actually good.