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September 7, 2012 12:35 AM   Subscribe

Exploring the audible world:

How Music Works previously, primary links inactive.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul (12 comments total) 93 users marked this as a favorite

 
And while we're on the subject, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:50 AM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I believe your "Bass" link should point here.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:51 AM on September 7, 2012


That last link is fascinating, I'd never noticed her voice being the same across airports.

I fly through Heathrow Terminal 5 a lot, and I notice the female announcement voice there has as a strange accent - English, but with a tinge of something vaguely continental that I can't identify. I heard the exact same voice in another airport too, I can't remember which but it was on the other side of the world.

I'd love to know if its some version of a "universal" English accent that's easier to understand in all dialects.
posted by generichuman at 3:46 AM on September 7, 2012


Ah! I just answered my own question... it's a robot! It uses Aviavox - even has a demo.
posted by generichuman at 3:51 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


The first links I'll examine attentively later. *minor rant* In Airports, train stations, you-name-it, audio systems consistenly suck */minor rant*
posted by elpapacito at 4:04 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


And while we're on the subject, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

Good lord I forgot how stunningly beautiful it was.
posted by elpapacito at 4:23 AM on September 7, 2012


The mystery of the "voice" solved!

I remember the first time I flew into John Wayne Airport and I heard that voice familiar from Zappa's "Joe's Garage" album, "The white zone is for loading and unloading only..." Words could never be uttered with less emotion. I prefer Caroline's happy voice.
posted by caddis at 4:46 AM on September 7, 2012


NPR covered a couple of these; here is their piece on Carolyn Hopkins, and here is one on making the Olympics sound "right".
posted by TedW at 5:05 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I believe your "Bass" link should point here .

No, no. It should point here.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:21 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don't forget The Wilhelm Scream (hear them all!)
posted by bitdamaged at 12:09 PM on September 7, 2012


"Don't give me that White Zone crap; you want me to get an abortion."
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:35 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really enjoyed that documentary; it gave context to a lot of what I've been learning about music recently. Thanks!
posted by MrVisible at 4:07 PM on September 7, 2012


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