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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Sound Effects for J.K. Rowling’s New Play

Plays need (magical) sound effects too—and with cinematic audio in such high demand, we haven’t paid as much attention to theater production as we’d like. Fortunately, J.K. Rowling’s upcoming play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” makes it easier to approach the topic by way of some very recognizable examples. Sound was 85% of the

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Finding Sound Effects for 360° Video: How an Award-Winning Animator Uses AudioBlocks

It’s a bold new frontier for filmmakers with the rising popularity of interactive, 360° films—but how does 360° video change the traditional role of sound editing? We interviewed animator and long-time AudioBlocks member Peter Spence about his experience creating his digital 360° short “DO NOT Press The Red Button” to find out. Based in Oslo,

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The AudioBlocks 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for the audiophile in your life or looking to pad your own stocking stuffer wishlist, look no further than our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve put together a curated checklist of the best toys and gadgets for music lovers and acoustically minded film enthusiasts alike.   Major II

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Video: The DIY Guide to Foley Sound Effects

Long ago and far away—in a time before you could download unlimited audio files off of the Internet—radio dramas had to create their own sound effects with the tools available. This required great ingenuity, like flapping gloves to simulate birds taking flight or crumpling wax paper to mimic a crackling fire. The movie industry soon

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More Bizarre Instruments from Horror and Sci-Fi Films

Monsters, murderers, and even Martians have terrified us on-screen for decades, but looks alone are not enough. The aural experience is just as important for those who truly want to be scared stiff—whether it’s the high-pitched glissandos from Bernard Herrmann’s score in Psycho (1960) warning us of Norman’s approach or the low thrums accompanying any

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Ruining Suspenseful Scenes with Audio

Alfred Hitchcock once said, “If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” But he didn’t address what happens when you completely replace the sound. Even the greatest movies can be messed around with, so for Halloween we decided

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A Brief History of the Wilhelm Scream

From the thunderclaps haunting Frankenstein’s castle (repurposed for Back to the Future’s lightning strikes) to Tarzan’s reverberating 1932 jungle call (repurposed as screams for both the Star Wars and James Bond franchises), many of Hollywood’s stock sound effects have become staples in the film industry. But one in particular has become a legend by appearing

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YouTube Content ID Claims and Stock Music: Why It Happens and What To Do

Update April 29, 2016: YouTube has changed the way it handles monetization during Content ID claims. Monetized videos will now continue to earn revenue during the claim process, which YouTube will hold until the claim is resolved. YouTube will payout the held revenue to either the video creator or the claimant based on the resolution.

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How Two Teenage Brothers Got Their Music in Breaking Bad

While Breaking Bad celebrated record-crushing ratings during its 4th season finale, Bronson and Preston Taalbi were high-fiving in their musical headquarters—also known as their parents’ basement in Wisconsin. The brothers had just experienced the national debut of their first song “Freestyle” to an audience of nearly 3 million viewers. And they were only 13 and

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