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The Following Preview Features Slow Theme Music

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves more than reboots, it’s pairing them with slow trailer music—and for good reason. If you want audiences to know in the first few seconds that a film is not going to be all moonlight and roses, the quickest way to show them is often through its sound (the more

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The Sounds of Marvel Movies

Superfans really don’t enjoy it when you mess with their favorite characters or storylines—just ask George Lucas. Not only do fans of his Star Wars franchise continue to hold grudges over characters like Jar Jar Binks and the controversial reversal of Han’s shooting first, but they scrutinize and dissect every minute detail, from lightsaber design

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Sound on Sound: An Interview with Steve Saada

If you’ve ever listened to Selina Meyer cracking a pointed punchline, you’re probably unknowingly familiar with the work of Steve Saada. At just twenty-six years old, Steve is already a staple of the sound department in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., productions, having worked as a boom operator, sound mixer, and audio utility in more than

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The Difficulties in Licensing Jimi Hendrix Music

Close your eyes and try to think of the 1960s without thinking of Jimi Hendrix. It’s virtually impossible. In a few short years of recording, he became known as a guitar god who helped usher in such mainstays as righteous guitar burning, heavy metal, and playing with your teeth in lieu of picks, among others.

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How “Talkies” Standardized the Modern Frame Rate

The year is 1928, Warner has just released “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature film with spoken dialogue, and audiences are completely and utterly stunned. It’s the start of a new era in which audio is taken just as seriously as visuals. Before the advent of spoken dialogue in film, going to the cinema was

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Sound FX Challenge: Bacon vs. Rain

People love bacon—but, apparently, not enough to distinguish the sound of it from rain. Bacon sound effects probably aren’t what come to mind when you think of white noise, but that’s all liable to change after you watch our comparison of bacon and rain sound effects. If you’ve ever stopped to consider the sounds produced

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