Meet the Audio Engineers Who Made Captain America: Civil War Sound So Good

Civil War is a big, loud ensemble movie. That’s what we expect from it, and that’s why it’s fun. But when the camera is whipping around during a huge fight scene, how come we still know what’s happening? Read More >>

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Star Wars’ Sound Designer on Lucas, Abrams and The Role of Audio in Storytelling

Matt Wood has been quietly creating the audio for the movies you’ve loved for 25 years — Guardians of the GalaxyMission: Impossible and Super 8 are among his impressive list of credits. But he is perhaps most well known for his work on Star Wars. Read More >>

Soon We Will be Able to Design Custom Sounds with Voice and Gesture

The first thing an architect or graphic designer will do at the start of a project is to produce some preliminary sketches — just to rough out their ideas on paper, perhaps augmented with computer-aided design software. But sound designers don’t have similar tools. A consortium of European researchers is seeking to change that by developing a suite of sketching tools for sound, based on voice and gestures. Read More >>

A Man Going Deaf Can “Hear” Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, science writer Frank Swain decided to find a way to listen in on something humans can't hear: the hum of Wi-Fi all around us. Read More >>

Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. Read More >>

The Creator of the iPhone’s Text Message Noise Explains Its Origins

You hear it every time you get a text message or alert. It's arguably the most iconic noise associated with the iPhone: The default "Boo-Dah-Ling" that plays when you get a text message or alert. But who designed it? A fascinating post from the audio designer behind the legendary tone explains all. Read More >>