I have been hearing a sound in my ears for the past few years, which is definitely not tinnitus or blood flow. Can anybody give me any ideas as to what might be its cause? [more inside]
posted by Thing
on Feb 25, 2014 -
The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Oct 12, 2013 -
I pretty much constantly have fragments of music, or bits of past conversations, or just random, repetitive noises playing over and over in my head. The problem has got worse in the past year or so, and now it's at the point where I pretty much can't bear it any longer. Is this normal, and how do I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by winterhill
on Jul 1, 2013 -
Why do police cars use different variations of their sirens? Sometimes it's a full on siren, but other times it's "woop...woop...woop" with a second or two in between. And other times they don't turn on the sirens at all but just haul ass down the street with the lights flashing. I thought it was about reducing noise to the neighbors if it's late at night, but that isn't the case. I haven't been able to figure out a pattern. Is it something about the urgency of where they're going to?
posted by RabbleRabble
on Jun 21, 2013 -
I'm looking for movies with a sound design that changes all of the typical sounds of the world. Something like replacing all of the "normal" sounds with something strange, like doors closing would all sound like "pew!" or footsteps would all be "bloop" or something. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Mar 25, 2013 -
I'm working with a group of kids to help them learn the very basics of GameMaker. I'm looking for libraries of sprites, backgrounds, and sounds to help them in the creation process. Are there ready-made libraries for educators out there. If I have to cobble it together on my own, what are good places to get the basics for making simple 2-dimensional games? Also: are there any good premade game templates (shooter, platformer, puzzle games) that we can use to get their ideas down? We're more interested in the story-telling process of game creation, and not so much the learning to program part. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Mar 25, 2013 -
I need a simple program (an SWF preferably) that will let me assign locally-stored sound clips to my PC's keyboard. Something like the Jingle Keyboard
freeware, or a flash soundboard, but will let me assign specific sounds to specific keys -- such as sound1.mp3 to C, sound2.mp3 to V, etc.. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher
on Feb 16, 2012 -
A coworker bouncing a ping pong ball on his desk today made me think, "There is nothing else that sound could ever be confused for." Are there any other sounds that are unmistakeable for anything else?
posted by aquanet
on Aug 18, 2011 -
What's the software or academic paper that isolates sounds by humming them? I remember seeing a demonstration video of this where the narrator removed a phone ringing by imitating its trill. He also removed the guitar from the AC/DC song Back In Black. I think the title was "Isolating Sounds Via Frequency Matching" but my google-fu has failed.
posted by Monochrome
on Apr 1, 2011 -
I'm using Navicat Lite to connect to my Oracle research database (Mac OSX). Much of my data is in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). These are unicode symbols. Is there a way to display the IPA/Unicode in Navicat? Or some other GUI? Or is there some addon/code/plugin/whatever that will show me the symbols? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Mar 8, 2011 -
Where can I find where can I find ringtones/text message sounds made out of... tones (like the old school ones)? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove
on Nov 30, 2010 -
Do we know anything about why
different languages sound fundamentally different? What started the people who would eventually become French going "zhoh" in the first place? [more inside]
posted by marginaliana
on Nov 8, 2010 -
I experience dizziness and nausea after hearing high-frequency sounds. Neither my wife nor stepdaughter do, so I'm beginning to wonder- is there something weird going on with my ears/brain? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed
on Oct 23, 2010 -
What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Aug 21, 2010 -
If you were a hip-hop producer, what song(s), artist(s), or sound(s) would you sample? I am having a lot of fun creating beats on my computer and am looking for some inspiration. I am already making full use of Pandora
, Sample FAQ
, and FreeSound
but am hoping for something a little more serendipitous. Answers could range from a complete 4 bar rip of a favorite song, sound effects from an obscure sci-fi movie, or the sounds heard in a Tokyo subway. This is about your aesthetic taste, not mine. Bass lines, explosions, laser guns, piano runs, orchestral movements, movie quotes, kick drums, laughing babies, bring it!. Answers do not include debates on sampling as music, copywriting, or Fair Use. Help this bedroom producer find the next killer sound.
posted by jasondigitized
on Jan 26, 2010 -
Where to get a great collection of prime classic synth / industrial -- think classic Moog meets Wax Trax -- samples in WAV format? I've found the free samples I've googled online to be lacking, and I'm willing to buy a collection. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Dec 6, 2009 -
I sleep with the window open during the summertime to hear the sounds of my small town. Now that fall is here and winter is coming, it would be awesome to be able to do this even with the window closed. [more inside]
posted by unixrat
on Nov 14, 2009 -
Is there a service where I can download the sound track (dialogue, not the score) for a movie? [more inside]
posted by zooropa
on May 11, 2009 -
Check Engine light is on and there is a ominous whirling sound coming from my engine? [more inside]
posted by slowtree
on Apr 14, 2009 -
Every once in a while, my desktop computer emits a sound like a tricycle bell - the kind on the handlebars that you work like your thumb.
It happens maybe once a day, maybe once every other day on an always-on Vista machine. I have been actually sitting at the machine when it happens and can detect not one single change.
Curiosity is making me a little crazy. How can I find out what's making the sound?
posted by susandennis
on Nov 4, 2008 -
I've been trying to find recordings of an *electronic* clock tower chime, like in the first 5-10 seconds or so of this recording
. Why an *electronic* version? I miss Japan. In Japan, you hear electronic bell chimes everywhere you go, from schools to supermarkets. I want to hear the "Japanese" version of the clock tower bells. I've spent a lot of time Googling "clock tower" and "clock bells" and haven't had too much luck. Any ideas?
Bonus: if anyone could point me to inexpensive desk clocks that make these sounds, I'd greatly appreciate it!
posted by edjusted
on Aug 10, 2008 -
I'm not from NYC, is there a street name that sounds like hugo? I got an address over the phone and clearly should have asked how to spell the name, anyone have an idea?
posted by karpet
on May 22, 2008 -
Ladies and Pilates - question about unintended sounds during class. I know it's normal but is there any way to clamp down to quiet down once in a while? This doesn't seem to happen as much during yoga, and it doesn't matter if I've had sex recently or not. [more inside]
posted by barometer
on Jan 24, 2008 -
There's a relatively recent(?) alt-rock song I've heard on the radio a couple of times in the last six months which sounds like I imagine Queen might sound if they were just starting out today. What/who is it? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard
on Sep 8, 2007 -
There is a sound often played when a character in a comedy does something stupid. I don't know what this is called and am hoping someone can tell me. Here's an example:
In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer attempts to expose a plot to move the Isotopes to Alberquerque. He brings the media in to show them the closet full of merchandise that will reveal the conspiracy. When they walk in, they see a man dressed like a beatnik with a trumpet and some kind of cover. He plays the trumpet and it produces a ...
I've always wanted to know the name of that sound. I'd love to find examples online. It is perhaps my favorite sound ever. ;-)
posted by tcv
on Aug 3, 2007 -
What is the name of the sound at the start of cassette tapes and where can I find one online?
posted by Old Man Wilson
on Oct 26, 2006 -
I would like to know of software which can record sounds on a PC XP - but, it needs to be able to record any and all sounds. E.g. the sound from a web site playing in flash, or last.fm or pandora. I am not a big fan of going the analog patch way.
posted by bright77blue
on Nov 17, 2005 -
What's that beeping sound I hear everywhere? It starts with one long beep, then 6-8 short staccato beeps. (I.e. BUUUUUH, BUH--BUH--BUH--BUH--BUH--BUH) It happens sporadically, but frequently. I hear it everywhere -- phone calls, my stereo speakers, computers, the car radio. I heard it for the first time a year or two ago.
posted by brain_drain
on Jun 9, 2005 -