Men Are Better At Making Sound Effects With Their Mouths, Apparently.

This headline caught my eye because I’m busy collecting and making my own sound effects this week for Midnight Feast.

Hilarious Video Proof: Your Ability To Make Realistic Sound Effects Is Gender-Based.

Here it is: Sound Effects Film

Is it just me, or are the men actually no better than the women at making sound effects in this short film? They just don’t look as stupid doing it.

I would agree that the worst of the female sounds have been edited to appear at the beginning and I would agree that the men are better at imitating guns than the women. I would hazard a guess that this is because the men of this demographic — youngish and white as they all are — have had more practice listening to such sound effects while playing computer games and watching action films. Then there’s, you know, all those years of school yard play.

I also get the feeling from that film that the men are less inhibited about making such sounds.

But as one of the women says, why weren’t they asked to make a duck or something? I think women and men would be equally good at making duck noises. I can definitely do a better sheep imitation than my husband. Definitely. I think that’s to do with the fact that his voice dropped due to testosterone and mine didn’t. So, can a woman make another short film and get the men to make sheep noises and music boxes and babies crying, perhaps? Don’t ask them to stand on their own. Get them to stand with their friends, preferably after a few drinks.

We’d soon find out that women are just as good as men at making stupid sound effects with our mouths.

Related, sort of: Ever wondered how the dinosaur sounds got made in Jurassic Park? No? Not keeping you awake at night? Well, I guess you don’t need to check out the answer, then.

In this clip, Tom Myers talks about his job as sound designer for the Pixar animated film Monsters University (which I have no intention of seeing, BTW). He explains that he has to create the world from the ground up, unlike in regular (non-animated movies, in which there exists some diegetic sound to work with). It involved visiting real world locations on campus, though they didn’t get invited to any frat parties. They pan the dialogue a little more aggressively because the voice is so clean. The sound designers play with ‘reflection’ and ‘perspective‘ and tricks like that. They didn’t put a lot of ambient material in a scene which already had music. The last pass is the ‘foley’ pass, where they put in footsteps and things like that. The most important thing about sound editing is keeping the dialogue clear. (As the feet swell the sound of their footsteps change.) I’m sure that next time I watch an animated film I’ll be listening with newly appreciative ears.

 

Anamorphic Illusions

Anamorphic illusions are an example of Trompe-l’œil (trick of the eye) style of art. This kind of art is traditionally seen in murals, but can be seen in modern interior design, for example when a mirror extends along one wall to make a room seem bigger.

If you’ve watched televised Australian football anytime in the past number of years you’ll have seen anamorphic illusions. I’m talking about those advertisements spray painted onto the grass — the ones which look not painted at all, but like real-life billboards, standing up on the grass — from the perspective of the camera which gives a full view of the field.

This is actually a paddy field in Japan, but you get the idea:

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For some reason, Geekologie is calling it a rice ‘patty’ — maybe that’s an American thing?

These are relatively easy to make in these days of high-tech digital art and projection, but anamorphic illusions are a much older art form dating back to the 1500s.

You may have seen anamorphic chalk artists working on the footpath in tourist spots like Art Centers. Julian Beever is one such artist. Beever’s chalk masterpieces are so well done that I feel it’s almost a waste that they’re not painted. I wonder if it has ever started raining partway through his workflow, or worse, right at the very end? (You can find the answer to that on his FAQ page.) Another amazing anamorphic chalk artist is Kurt Wenner.

There are a number of books with optical illusions as their subject. Here is a list compiled at LibraryThing. Not too many of them incorporate optical illusions as part of a story — the vast majority are ‘Books Full Of Optical Illusions.’ In fact, at present there is only one fictional book about optical illusions in their database: Now You See It by Anne Capeci.

I would love to seem some great stories which happen to embed optical illusions of all kinds as part of the storyline.

David Zinn

SEE ALSO

40 Incredible Examples of Optical Illusions In Photographs from Bored Panda

Funny Optical Illusions from Visual News

Anamorphic Images Made From A Roomful Of Stuff from Visual News

Pencil Sketches That You Will Not Believe by Ramon Bruin from Odd Stuff Magazine, also shared by Twisted Sifter

Top 10 Illusions of 2012 from My Modern Met

Anamorphic Illusions from Fubiz

 

 

 

 

Communication Over Perfection

From a technical standpoint, Bob Dylan sucks at guitar.

…and harmonica.

…and singing.

…but he is a legendary communicator.

He was, at one point, the voice of a generation.

Bob Dylan is living proof that a lack of artistic skill does not prevent an artist from changing the world.

…but a lack of clear communication will keep all of your world-changing ideas, your ability to tell meaningful stories, locked inside your head.

 

from Free Yourself From Perfect, ChrisOatley.com