Ear to the Sky: NASA’s New Soundcloud

NASA has a Soundcloud, and it’s every bit as awesome as you’d imagine.

Part historical archive and part sound effects library, there’s an entire set dedicated to JFK’s quotes about Apollo 11:

As well as snippets of sound from space. My top three favorites are:

This is one of a series of star light curve waves captured by the Kepler mission and converted to sound. Note its rhythmic, periodic components.

Radio waves or wind in the tundra?

And finally, Voyager captures a sine wave sweep along with Jupiter’s lightning.

There’s many more sounds to be explored at the full Soundcloud page, including mission talk, rocket launches, and the strangely adorable sound of Juno saying hi in morse code. Not only is this further proof that NASA knows what it’s doing when it comes to social media (who else follows the Curiosity on Twitter?) this is also a fantastic new resource for composers and sound designers. But even going beyond that: NASA has provided a new way to experience our forays into the unknown. At a time when everyone could use a little inspiration, this is a wellspring. I hope it captures the public’s imagination.

Home Foley Experiment Part 2: Revenge of the Foley Experiment!

Wait…there was a part 1?

That’s right, we’re finally posting the second part of our at-home Foley extravaganza! Last Thanksgiving we put together a Very Special Episode about a Foley fight scene. Later, we returned to the subject and created dinosaur chomps out of that same sound! Of course Ronny crunching on some celery doesn’t have quite the same menacing quality that an on-screen, cretaceous bringer of doom and death properly deserves, so we’ll show you how to make your dino crunches sound big and scary.

 

Oh and since this video our friend has seen the error of his innocent finger-attacking ways and now lives peacefully in the NYU Studios.

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Home Foley Experiment: Fight Scene

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Happy Thanksgiving from Science of Music!

We’ve got a new video project this week. Add some literal “punch” to your fight scenes by stealing some celery from the stuffing. Tell Mom it’s for SCIENCE. Or for ART? Whichever one will get you out of trouble with your relatives.

Foley is the art of adding sounds to a film to match the footage shown on screen. You’d be surprised to know that much of the sound you hear in movies is added in after the fact. In this video, we experimented with a simple fight scene you could recreate at home. There are also other sounds that you can create with celery: monster chomps and footsteps are a couple more examples. Create your own and let us know how you did it!