How were old cartoon sounds made, and how did they become so iconic?
Twenty Thousand Hertz
A behind the scenes look at the inspiration and creation of Twenty Thousand Hertz.
What is the story behind these unforgettable earworms?
The story behind audio logos and what makes them so powerful.
We go behind the scene with the actors responsible for bringing your TV and film backgrounds to life.
The sound design and science behind today's slot machines.
The hatred of sound.
THX Deep Note, Part 2
What happened after THX lost its iconic "Deep Note"?
THX Deep Note, Part 1
What was the point of the THX "deep note" and why do we love it so much?
The history of what might be the most sampled piece of music ever.
Your phone might be eavesdropping on you.
We explore the autonomous sensory meridian response, a phenomenon where certain sounds can trigger a pleasant physical reaction.
Sound design's critical role in theater and concerts.
The Music in Speech
Your voice is an instrument, and the way you choose to sing your words can communicate a lot.
Brant Guichard hears music every time he has a seizure.
Find out how sound design draws the audience into the story.
Emergency Alert System
Explore the history of the notification system that keeps us safe.
The company that changed the way public spaces sound.
Six O'Clock Soundtrack
How television news got its score.
What does Twitter sound like when it comes to life?
In this special Holiday Edition, we uncover an incredible gift to sound and research.
The Bleeps, the Sweeps, and the Creeps!
We explore user interface sounds.
Let It Beep
Who was behind the infamous Mac sounds that have become part of your daily routine?
How does sound design shape our theme park experience?
How does Hollywood create the terrifying sounds in our favorite scary movies, and why does our brain react to those sounds with fear?
Acoustical Umbilical Cord
Why do we cry? ...and how do our tears in adulthood make us distinctively human?
Games are often defined by their graphics. How does sound for games work?
How did an open reel tape recorder secretly planted in the White House basement lead to the demise of the 37th President of the United States?
How does our sense of hearing affect our taste buds?
Fight or Flight
Does flying make you nervous? You’re not alone. Dive into the psychological aspects of how sound can trigger these fears, and find out what all of those sounds really are.
What are the oldest sound recordings in history?
Airplanes, construction, motorcycles - How have these everyday sounds affected our lives and what are the environmental and health repercussions?
20,000 dBs Under the Sea
How has increased ocean traffic affected underwater life? ...and what can we do to reverse these effects?
Evolution of Accents
You may not realize it, but your accent is a window to who you are and where you come from. How do accents evolve?
Deciphering audio has become crucial to solving cases, but how do specialists interpret audio evidence?
The Wilhelm Scream
A history of the most iconic scream in movie history that you’ve definitely heard, but might not have heard of.
Who are the voices behind our favorite cartoon characters and commercials? Take a look behind-the-scenes of voice acting.
As we age our hearing naturally diminishes, but what other factors are causing our hearing to disappear? Plus, take an informal hearing test.
The Good, the Bad & the Irritating
Ever wonder why certain sounds make us cringe while others are soothing? Find out why we consider some sounds “good” and some “bad”.
What is Foley and how does it make our movie listening experience more realistic?
What do other planets in our solar system sound like to our ears?
Dolls That Talk... And Some That Listen
Why have humans been so fascinated in re-creating toy versions of ourselves? Talking dolls have been around for over 100 years. Take a look at the evolution of how that came to be… and why they are so creepy.
Discover how car companies are enhancing every aspect of your vehicle’s sound to provide the ultimate driving experience.
Ever wonder how the visually impaired are able to enjoy their favorite movies? Discover how technology has been able to make this possible.
What goes into making a movie soundtrack? Take a look behind the scenes with the sound designers that make your movies sound perfect.
From Analog to Digital
What did we lose when we switched from analog to digital?
Sound of Extinction
We've grown accustomed to the everyday sounds we experience; cell phones ringing, cars idling, Facebook messaging. What about the sounds that we've forgotten about, the sounds we’ve lost?
There’s a hum emanating from an island in Detroit that is so loud it disturbs the residents of Windsor, ON. The hum has caused so much discomfort and annoyance that a film crew decided to investigate the cause.
8-bit audio defined countless childhoods. How did early sound artists and composers create such iconic sounds using the most primitive game technology?
The now iconic NBC Chimes were originally created to solve a small problem. Where did these three notes come from?
Who is the person behind the voice of Siri? ...and how was the world's first virtual personal assistant developed?