sound

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.


How Many Of These Old Cassette Tape Designs Do You Remember?

It’s hard to remember a time where our musical picks weren’t contained in a Spotify playlist. But just a few years ago, we were still preserving our audio masterpieces on cassette tapes. Tapedeck.org is a project of a German graffiti artist named Neck, who has been collecting images of these analogue gems from another era.


Inside The Creation Of Interstellar's Incredible Sound Effects

Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar is one of the most visually striking films in recent memory. It’s easy to forget that behind the imagery is the meticulous sound production that ties it all together.


A Man Going Deaf Can 'Hear' Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, science writer Frank Swain decided to find a way to listen in on something humans can’t hear: the hum of Wi-Fi all around us.


This Is What Wikipedia Sounds Like

While you may expect it to sound more akin to a room full of people who all think they’re right trying to shout louder than each other, it turns out Wikipedia actually sounds rather beautiful.


Listen To The Historic Sounds Of Space Travel On NASA's SoundCloud

In space, perhaps nobody can hear your scream — but that doesn’t mean that stellar travel is a silent pursuit. Now, NASA has started compiling mountains of historic space-related audio clips for us all to listen to. And there are some belters.


This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Sound

We’ve all but figured out how to make robots and machines tiny enough to operate inside the human body. The tricky part is figuring out a way to power them that’s safe for the host. In lieu of bulky batteries or inconvenient wires, researchers at Stanford University have developed an implantable wireless chip that can be powered by the same ultrasound waves used to safely image a foetus in the womb.


Scientists Make The World's Smallest 'Microphone' From A Single Molecule

With a name like “microphone”, you’d expect something small — but perhaps not quite as small as this. Scientist have figured out how to use just one molecule to detect the vibrations from sound.


The Souped-Up Acoustics Behind A Giant David Bowie Retrospective

When art museums first became a thing, in the 19th century, they were the aristocracy’s idea of intellectual charity: A chance for the hoi polloi to catch a thin whiff of true civilisation. They couldn’t have imagined a fine art museum spending $US2 million on a show about a pop star who grew up in a completely average London suburb — and if they had, they would have hated it.


Making Noises And Sounds Like A Foley Artist Looks Like A Lot Of Fun

None of the mics are actually plugged in and this video is an ad for COS by Lernert & Sander, but it sure makes the job of a foley artist look like a lot of fun. Rushing to recreate noises by creatively manufacturing sounds, choreographing moves to heighten the senses, it looks like a band performing with ridiculous instruments.