Sound effects change our perception of the world

We’ve all seen rough and tumble fight scenes or screeching shoot-em-up car chases in movies. But it’s what you don’t see that really makes these scenes so emotionally compelling.

It all comes down to sound effects. It might seem like a less-than-astute observation, but oftentimes we forget that what we’re hearing is something added after the fact by foley artists. Especially when it comes to animated films, where every sound needs to be created from scratch.

The Cognitive Daily science blog wrote about this phenomenon back in 2007, and they have some interesting examples of actual scientific studies on this topic.  But having recently re-watched Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a film with notably complex sound design, it got me thinking about how important sound effects are in film, TV and the media — The film won two Oscars for sound design and sound effects editing in 1991.

For instance, check out this guy’s retooling of the famous Hindenberg disaster. The original footage was silent, but he adds stock sound effects and Herb Morrison’s news report of the incident. The result is an emotionally compelling piece of news footage that, though containing unoriginal audio aspects, more clearly conveys the horror of that fateful day.

One of my favorite skits from the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” is when they pick people out of the audience to provide sound effects for a couple of the players. Compare that to when they have one of the players do sound effects. Quite a different experience.

Also, in honor of our recently deceased King of Pop, here is a (somewhat stupid) reworking of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video with added sound effects.

Michael Jackson Bad (added sound effects)

The addition of “boing” sounds here and there distract from the song and make the video seem sillier than it really is.

It’s funny how sometimes when you really think about it, the most obvious things can surprise you.

SlideRocket Teams with AudioMicro Adding Music and Sound Effects

Royalty Free Slide Show Music

This week we teamed with slide show presentation platform SlideRocket and added stock music and sound effects to their marketplace. SlideRocket is a revolutionary new approach to presentations. It’s the only presentation software that allows users to create stunning presentations, manage them intelligently, share them securely and then measure the results. SlideRocket also includes an online marketplace where users can find all the content and services they may need to make their presentations more compelling, including photos, illustrations, and now audio. SlideRocket goes beyond traditional presentation tools by harnessing the power of the Internet and making everything available to users in an integrated and intuitive online interface. SlideRocket is provided in a software-as-a-service model in a variety of price points starting at free.

SlideRocket’s beautiful design and powerful communication capabilities made a natural fit for the AudioMicro music and sound effects library. At least 50% of the entertainment value of visual media comes from the audio. With over 125,000 tracks to choose from, SlideRocket users are now able to create more compelling, attention grabbing presentations, using AudioMicro music and effects to engage their audience. This newfound parternership provides both increased exposure as well as an an immediate boost in licensing opportunities our artists.

Sound Tracks Utilizing Stock Music and Sound Effects from AudioMicro

Curious to see the AudioMicro sound library in action? Check out a few videos samples that incorporate music and sound effects from our library. Examples include movie scores, professional presentations, promotional videos, and personal slide shows.  Enjoy!

And here are a few links from around the web.

If you like motorcycles, you’ll enjoy this one…

The making of California Balloons, a short film about French spies…

A personal travel video about a trip to the beach…

A Trip to the Beach from Kerri Sheehan on Vimeo.

Support your favorite charity….

and last but not least, from Equal, the makers of LonelyGirl15, one of the most popular YouTube video series’ of all time…