What is the best "sound" you've ever heard?

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Post by subbasshead » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:38 pm

the achingly beautiful sparse piano by Ryuichi Sakamoto in the score to
the film Tony Takitani

the bassline that drops in on that Orb song 'Towers of Dub'
(the dog in the space echo always makes me smile too)

the randomly accelerating percussion that occurs when it starts raining

the sound of cicadas in japan
(they sound like they are laughing, except with warp on the wrong setting)

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Post by Pitch Black » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:18 am

Well the WORST sound officially is...

(Tip o' the cap to Subbasshead and NZSound.net)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story ... 34,00.html

World's worst sound? Take baked beans, a bucket and Saturday night

Ian Sample, science correspondent
Wednesday January 24, 2007
The Guardian

A year-long quest to identify the worst sound in the world ended yesterday with top honours going to the backdrop of market town Britain on a Saturday night: a person vomiting. The sound, recreated for acoustics experts by an actor with a bucket of diluted baked beans, won out over fingers being dragged down a blackboard, a dentist's drill and wailing babies in an online study that attracted 1.1m votes from around the world.
Microphone feedback, crying babies and the scrapes and squeaks of a train on a track ranked second and joint third, with a cat howling and mobile phone ringtones coming joint 12th and snoring an unexpectedly low 26th.

The study, set up by Trevor Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at Salford University, sought opinions on 34 sounds at the website www.sound101.org in the hope of learning what makes certain noises so objectionable.

"From a scientific perspective, we really don't understand why some sounds are so horrible, but our reactions are part of what makes us human. If, as engineers, we can learn what offends people then, in some cases, we may be able to engineer them out of existence or at least reduce their impact," he said.

The survey revealed a stark gender divide, with women voting 25 of the noises as more repellent than did men. Of the sounds men ranked as more distressing two were variations on babies crying.

"This may be because women play a role in protecting both themselves and their offspring from attack. It could be that females have become habituated to the sound of babies crying," Prof Cox said.

The researchers expected sounds that evoke disgust to be near the top of the list, such as vomiting, coughing and spitting, eating an apple with the mouth open and a lengthy blast from a whoopee cushion. Revulsion to such sounds is partly governed by culture and partly an evolutionary legacy that helps us avoid picking up diseases.

In general, horrible sounds became worse as people aged, but for some sounds the picture was more complex. The sound of eating an apple revolted people less as they aged. The sound of a dentist's drill ranked worst among the under-10s and those in their 40s to 50s. "These are the ages when you are most likely to experience the dentist's drill, so these people could well be more sensitive," said Prof Cox.

Some scientists have tried to explain widespread shudders at nails being dragged down a blackboard as a historical reflex to the similar-sounding screech made when monkeys alert others to impending danger. But the sound ranked 16th, between sniffing and polystyrene being scrunched, suggesting the noise has less effect than expected.

Listen to the top three worst sounds in the world (mp3)

http://download.guardian.co.uk/sys-audi ... /vomit.mp3

http://download.guardian.co.uk/sys-audi ... edback.mp3

http://download.guardian.co.uk/sys-audi ... babies.mp3

http://download.guardian.co.uk/sys-audi ... gsound.mp3

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Post by corygilbert » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:34 am

thread officially jacked.

but in a great way.

keep going.

worst, most boring, mind bending, wanted to sample but dindn't have media.
go at it. We all use sound, lets keep talking about it.

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Post by Pitch Black » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:49 am

I'm sorry! And now, from the ridiculous back to the sublime... :lol:

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Post by corygilbert » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:54 am

I was serious, there is a reason a post about the best sound you've ever heard can meander into a discussion about the worst or anything.
that's the point.
I like that, yin/yang, kali influence, etc.
I doubt there are many of us here who don't like a loud, dark, evil, bassline. :twisted:

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Post by Oscar F » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:44 am

Lisa Gerard - Dead can Dance
Everything that comes out of her mouth is pure bliss to my ears . :wink:


Need I say more :D .
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Post by mission » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:22 am

any midrange sound by Noisia...

educate yourself on crazy sound design/resampling if you aren't already. these boys run the class.
if creativity is outlawed, only outlaws will be creative

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Post by littlepig » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:52 am

Get a plain steel wok (not one of those teflon coated one :evil: ). Put a little water in the bottom an experiment striking different areas, vary the amount of water and swirl the water around. Too much water will damp the sound, too little will make the sound bland.

When you get the these factors adjusted to taste you will get a resonant sound that is pitch modulated as the water moves. As a bonus you will get some pretty spacy patterns on the surface to the water as well.

BTW I discovered this while I was washing up, I was a bit bored so I started bashing the wok with a wooden spoon.

Oh dear, I suppose purists will tell me you should wash a wok! :)

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Post by telekom » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:16 pm

Pitch Black wrote: Microphone feedback
Why don't we use mic feedback for the next challenge contest? Make a beautiful track using only a mic feedback sample. I'm in. :)
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Post by M. Bréqs » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:49 pm

Man, that timing is totally off. He should grunt, then silence for a second while his throat fills with fluid, THEN the puke hits the floor (or bucket, whatever). Also, there was no frantic breathing that comes with severe abdominal contractions and an intermittently blocked airway.

Totally disappointing. Those researchers should have fed an obese man two litres of cream, olive oil and canned ravioli, then given him this;


Totally fucking weak attempt there. Man, I'm disappointed with that puking.

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Post by corygilbert » Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:56 am

I'd say in this case, listen to the Canadian.
They know puking. :D
in a good way.

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