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The Theremin: A Sci-Fi Musical Instrument You Don’t Touch

If you’re at all familiar with audio recording, you’re probably very familiar with the name Moog—the company behind the legendary Moog synthesizers that revolutionized the music, recording, and sound effects industries of the 1960s. If you’re not familiar, check out this quick, fifteen-minute documentary outlining the history behind Moog’s first-ever synthesizer—which happened to turn fifty

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Our Favorite Music Documentaries and Why You Should Watch Them

If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessed with HBO’s Sonic Highways, you own at least one book on the original Star Wars sound effects, and you can recite detailed accounts of how Johnny Cash accidentally burned down a nature preserve and got into losing altercations with ostriches. Yet, still, you’re left craving more… Here are

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When Is a Film Soundtrack too Expensive?

In celebration of the two decades passed since Kevin Smith’s cult debut of Clerks, the film’s legendary soundtrack was released on vinyl last month for the first time ever. If you’re unfamiliar with the film’s soundtrack, it earns legendary status for two reasons. First, with tracks by Alice in Chains, Bad Religion, Soul Asylum, and

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What a Comet Sounds Like—Magnified by 10,000

This week in things-that-are-surprisingly-not-science-fiction: as scientists and interstellar space fans celebrate a manmade probe touching down on an 84,000 mile-per-hour comet, they’re also scratching their heads in confusion. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta team expected some surprises from the first-of-its-kind comet encounter that’s ongoing—but they weren’t expecting to be greeted with a song. Though first

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Spooky Halloween Tracks from AudioBlocks!

Spooky Halloween Tracks from AudioBlocks! Things are a bit odd here at the AudioBlocks office- we have a ballerina, Charlie Brown, Mr Incredible and at least two zombies. At least there is an excuse today, but we are frankly a little tired of the impromptu ballerina dance routine. In the spooky spirit? Set the ambiance

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Announcing Our Free iOS App: Just Add Audio

Announcing Our Free iOS App: Just Add Audio The newest way to share—and transform—your mobile photos and videos. A few short months ago, we partnered with the adventurers behind lululemon’s Instagram feed to wax romantically about how photos and videos are at their best when used to tell visual stories. . . . now, we’ve

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Star Wars Sound Effects: The Secrets Behind Wookies and Lightsabers

Star Wars Sound Effects: The Secrets Behind Wookies and Lightsabers In an age when we can download lightsaber sounds in a single click, it’s easy to forget their origins. However, there’s a lot we modern sound mixers can learn from the 1970’s practical sound effects—and game-changing remixing techniques—of the original Star Wars saga. Lions, Walruses,

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