Help me identify the clichéd sound effect used to label locations in certain films and tv shows.
January 18, 2012 5:56 AM Subscribe
Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear.
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I was watching the (absolutely terrible) Bollywood thriller "Game" on a plane last week and they would announce each new location with text on the screen that would appear letter-by-letter, very quickly, accompanied by a bleeping noise. As I say, the effect is similar to the typed location notes in X-Files, but the sound and appearance are different. There may have been a tone before or after the sound as well.
I'm sure I've seen this in other films, too, although I haven't the foggiest idea how to google for this without using idiotic terms like "bleeping typewriter movie", which hasn't helped much.
Anyway, is there a real world referent for a) the sound and b) the visual experience of text appearing letter-by-letter like that? Some pre-web telecommunications tech? Telex, or something? Or is this pure (H)(B)ollywood technohooey? And if anyone can give me the official terminology so I can stop describing it in such a roundabout fashion, that would be great, too.