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Making Dinosaur Sounds for Jurassic Park

How do you make a dinosaur roar, when we have no idea what dinosaurs actually sounded like? The sound designers for Jurassic Park recorded living animals and combined them. In this short video, we learn a little about field recording, sampling, and the art of making an extinct dinosaur roar. Keep an [...]

Bleep Blap Bloop

(vimeo link) Okay, who does better sound effects, men or women? It doesn’t actually matter, as you can enjoy quite a few of each trying their best in this short film by Marcella Coad and Paul Constantakis. (via The Daily What)

8 Sounds That Are Trademarked

Most of us are aware that you can trademark a slogan, a logo, and a name, but did you know that it is also possible to trademark a sound? Of course, in order to get approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, said sound must “uniquely identify the commercial origin of the product [...]

The Disputed History of the Tarzan Yell

Johnny Weissmuller made it famous. Carol Burnett made it funny. But the origin of Hollywood’s iconic jungle cry is shrouded in mystery. Getty Images Back in 1932, in movie theaters across the country, the actor Johnny Weissmuller stood high on a cliff and let fly with a savage cry, roughly translated as “Aah-eeh-ah-eeh-aaaaaah-eeh-ah-eeh-aaaaah!” The Tarzan yell has long [...]

Mercury + Sound = Kooky Mad Science Party

Now let’s watch what happens when you take a blob of mercury and subject it to different audio frequencies. Spoiler alert: the mercury forms geometric shapes and appears to dance. This is slow-motion footage (with music added, not the tones the mercury is reacting to — we’ll get to those original tones [...]

Deep-Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a Stick

Just from the sound of it, this fair food has to be better than deep-fried watermelon (although prepared by the same vendor). After all, butter is one of the main ingredients in a normal pineapple upside-down cake! This one was eaten at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California. Link (Image credit: Ken Dashner, uploaded by [...]

Stormtrooper Deck Chair

We could look for those droids. But instead, let’s just knock off early and go sit on the porch. It’s doesn’t sound like it’s anything important. I think the Sarge was just trying to keep us busy. Take it easy in this chair made by the Got Wood Workshop. Link -via Nerd Bastards

Can You Really Tell How Close Lightning is by Listening for Thunder?

Lightning image via Shutterstock It sounds a bit like an old wives’ tale, but you actually can use the speeds of light and sound to get a rough estimate of how far away a storm is. Scientists have come up with various devices and methods for determining the distance of lightning, but you can estimate it right [...]

This Is How DJs Mixed Records Over 100 Years Ago

Think Disco or early Hip Hop DJs invented mixing and crossfading? I thought the same thing, until I read about this wondrous device. It’s called the Chronophone, and it was invented in 1910 by French engineer Leon Gaumant to sync sound and film when the length of one gramophone simply wasn’t enough. It’s capable of crossfading and [...]

Because Drinking and Gaming Are A Great Combo

If you’re a geek who loves both alcohol and gaming, then you’ll certainly love Arkeg. The system is pretty sweet as it comes with 69 games, a 5 lb CO2 tank, a 24″ hi-def LCD, a sweet sound sound system and, of course, a nice big cabinet to store the keg of your choice. On [...]