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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.


Scientists Have Recorded The Sound Of A Single Atom

What’s the sound of one atom moving? That might sound a bit like a silly philosophical question, but actually it’s a scientific puzzle that’s now been solved.


NASA Scans Through Vast Amounts Of Data By Converting It To Sound

NASA has a lot of satellites, and these satellites have collected months, if not years, of data that can take pretty much forever to sift through. But one clever idea is to turn the measurements of space into sound and speed it up; a month of data might be scanned audibly in all of 10 minutes.


This Video Replaces The Sounds In Game Of Thrones With Old Video Game Sounds

If you think there’s too much violence and sex and awful human behaviour in Game of Thrones, you’ll enjoy this light hearted remix where all the sounds of the show are replaced with old school video game noises. If you like Game of Thrones already, you’ll like the video because it’s more Game of Thrones.


Hilarious Video Replaces All The Sounds In The Matrix With 8-bit Sounds

Like most people with eyeballs, I’ve scrubbed the memory of The Matrix sequels from the creases of my brain. That’s why I had so much fun when I watched this scene from The Matrix Reloaded. Oh and hearing 8-bit sounds instead of real noises makes it way more enjoyable. It’s an action comedy movie now!


MIT Scientists Figured Out How To Eavesdrop Using A Potato Chip Bag

In a scenario straight out of “Enhance, enhance!“, MIT scientists have figured out that the tiny vibrations on ordinary objects like a potato chip bag or a glass of water or even a plant can be reconstructed into intelligible speech. All it takes is a camera and a snappy algorithm. Take a listen.


Science Experiment Produces Highly Satisfying Sound

A classic high school science experiment — putting a bit of isopropyl alcohol in a bottle and setting it on fire — is super-sized to produce one very enjoyable and satisfying sound. Enjoy!


This Is What The Internet Sounds Like

The first thing you notice is how loud it is — a shrill, almost metallic buzz that fills your head. Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s largest and most secure data centres, Timo Arnall shows us that the “cloud” is not ethereal, but big, hulking and incredibly loud.


This Floating Speaker Shows You Soundwaves As It Plays

It might look a little bit like someone caged HAL in a wooden frame, but this is in fact an elegant speaker, where a spherical sound source sits suspended from its own cubic frame, so you can see how sound forces it to move.


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