Sounds are powerful tools.
Radio was king from the 1920's through the 1950's, and part of what made it so dominant was sounds. Radio theater, dramas and plays were big draws through the period, because the sounds coming from the radio painted vivid imaginative pictures in our minds.
Technically speaking, sound is a traveling wave which is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid or gas, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong enough to be heard.
Emotionally speaking, sound is just wonderful. I know this is kind of a goofy blog entry, but bear with me.
What are some of your favorite sounds?
Here are some of mine:
- The sound of a hammock rocking back and forth mixed with the sound of the ocean waves hitting the beach
- The sound of the tide at the beach (no hammock)
- The sound of my wife's voice waking me from a nap
- The "talking sounds" my dog makes when it's time to go to sleep at night
- The sound of rain on the roof
- The quiet sound of wind and snow in the winter
- The sound of a needle when you put it down on a record
- The sound of bullfrogs out on a lake when you are parked out in the countryside talking with someone
- The owl that has decided to move into the woods behind our house
- The coffee pot peculating
- The quiet turn of a page on the book I am reading
- The snap and crackle of a fire
- The sound of one of our associates playing their favorite jam over the intercom system at the office when they bring in a new client
Sounds I haven't heard in a long time:
- My Grandmother singing in church
- The sound of the video game PONG
- Connecting to the internet on dial-up
- A commercial cart tape breaking
- An 8-Track tape switching tracks