This flexi disc was bundled into the October 1967 issue of Practical Electronics magazine. Each electronic sound effect — such as a pulse wave, unfiltered white noise, and ring modulation of two sine waves — is introduced by a narrator with a somnambulant British accent. There are lots of echoing, alien-like sounds to hear and learn about. At the end of the recording, we hear what it's like when the sounds are combined, which sounds like carnival music from outer space.
I don't know which cluster of words sounds more awesomely on its own — "sonic tractor beam" or "acoustic levitation." Either way, as you can see in the video above, engineers have made some pretty impressive advances in the manipulation of sound waves in order to manipulate other objects in space! There's still ways to… READ THE REST
In celebration of today, please enjoy Harry Manfedini's "Overlay of Evil/Main Title" from the score to Friday The 13th (1980). Ki ki ki, ma, ma, ma? Here's the story behind that, from Wikipedia: Since Mrs. Voorhees, the killer in the original Friday the 13th, does not show up until the final reel of the film, Manfredini… READ THE REST
Plate Echo is a 130-lb sound effects box that produces incredible echo/reverb sound effects. In this video, watch Fran Blanche, founder of the Frantone effects pedal company, demonstrate and partially tear down an old one that she owns. She says: I stand before a monolith. This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest effect ever… READ THE REST
Maybe you're stuck on what to buy the kid who has everything, or you'd like to get somebody an incredibly unique gift. Don't bother buying yet another Lego set, doll, or video game for them. Instead, you can get them a toy that allows them to, well, just keep creating more toys! Of course, we're talking… READ THE REST
From your daughter's first trip to Disneyland to that epic fried chicken dish your favorite restaurant served you last weekend, you like to capture every precious moment of your life on your phone. And when you combine all those photos with the many different files you've saved on your devices, you've got a pretty hefty amount of data on… READ THE REST
For years coffee experts have recommended pourover as the best way to make coffee at home. But now, thanks to an ingenious design that was recently perfected, the traditional pourover has some serious competition. If you're the kind of person who thinks life is too short for bad coffee, say hello to the all-new VacOne… READ THE REST