The Travelling Wilbury's first album was recorded at a house where the five guys casually hung out, free form jamming on acoustic guitars with no other instruments. George Harrison then took those tapes to his studio, remastered them, added other instruments and fine polished the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The Venova is single-reeded woodwind musical instrument produced by Yamaha in 2017. It approximate the acoustic qualities of an instrument with a conical bore, such as a saxophone, and received the "Good Design Award" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Physicist Wallace Sabine was assigned the impossible task of fixing the sound quality of a poorly designed lecture hall. Despite having no background in acoustics, he discovered a relationship between chamber size, absorption surface and sound quality. Thus founding the field of acoustics. acoustics.mpiwg-berlin.mp…
Noel Gallagher of Oasis recorded the acoustic guitar for β€œWonderwall” on an actual wall outside of Rockfield Studios during the recording sessions for β€œ(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” youtu.be/Mg9JwZSG_vc?t=29…
The sound quality of the album Back in Black by ACDC is so good, that after its release, studios in Nashville would use it to check the acoustics of a room, while MotΓΆrhead would use it to tune their sound system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Today I learned that cats don’t perceive music the way we do. Kitties have different acoustic, vocal, and heartbeat ranges than us. And there's music made specifically for them such as Cozmo’s Air composed by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. catological.com/cats-like…
Mark Hoppus came up with the distinctive riff for the song 'Dammit' by playing around with an acoustic guitar that was missing two strings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
The iconic and famed Sydney Opera House actually has terrible acoustics. At least $200 million has been spent trying to fix it. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-1…
Today I learned of the Tulsa Center of the Universe. An acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The acoustic sound wave from the Saturn V rocket on takeoff would have melted the concrete on the launchpad without the water-based acoustic suppression system interestingengineering.co…
Philosopher, architect and polymath Robert Hooke invented an acoustic string telephone as early as 1667. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is so loud, it’s acoustic sound waves heat up the surrounding atmosphere to almost 2400 degrees Fahrenheit smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
10 Downing Street in the 19th Century was guarded by two men who would sit outside the building in leather chairs, armed with a pistol. Each chair featured a drawer filled with hot coals to keep the guards warm, and a sphere-shaped hood to protect from the weather and improve acoustics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Today I learned of the Tulsa Center of the Universe. An acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
In Fleetwood Mac's Never Going Back Again, to capture the optimal sound, producer Ken Caillat had Buckingham's acoustic guitar restrung every 20 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
The first analog, acoustic telephone was created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago in Peru. It was made of two gourds connected by 75 feet of twine, similar to the phones kids make with tin cans and string. It's in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
The iconic 'Bass' line from "Seven Nation Army" isn't played on a bass guitar, but instead on a semi-acoustic guitar electronically lowered an octive. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/2…
Sound can be focused into a singular spot with an acoustic lens like light with an optical lens youtu.be/RLBmWF9Xo10
Dolphins can understand syntax. In 1997, researchers used a symbolic gestural/acoustic language, asking dolphins to put one of many specific toys in one specific basket. They were able to perform the task immediately, and responded appropriately when the objects in the sentence were swapped. youtu.be/KTShFMlFFBc?t=15…
The United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber's "low observability is derived from a combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual and radar signatures. These signatures make it difficult for the sophisticated defensive systems to detect, track and engage the B-2." airman.dodlive.mil/2019/0…
Folk singer Woody Guthrie scribbled "THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS" on the front of his acoustic guitar ushistoryscene.com/articl…
Today I Learned of the Tulsa Center of the Universe. An acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The Sydney Opera House actually has terrible acoustics. Edo de Waart, the former chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, once threatened to boycott the building. There is a A$202 Million project to renovate and improve the acoustics. content.time.com/time/wor…
When testing underwater acoustics during the cold war in 1960, scientists detonated a series of 300lb bombs off of Perth, Australia. This was heard three and a half hours later 10,000 miles away in Bermuda. gizmodo.com/how-an-underw…
The thorax fur of moths acts as a lightweight porous sound absorber, facilitating acoustic camouflage and offering a significant survival advantage against bats. asa.scitation.org/doi/10.…
The iconic 'scream' made by WW2 dive bombers is produced by two separate acoustic devices mounted to the wings, known as a 'Jericho Trumpet(s)' and serve no purpose beyond intimidation. uh.edu/engines/epi2498.ht…
There is rock band called "compressorhead" consisting of robots who play real acoustic and electric instruments and are controlled by a MIDI sequencer. youtu.be/TaY7vohLXK4
Today I learned of retronyms, words created to differentiate between two words, where previously no clarification was required, like acoustic guitar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Guitar can be played with one hand by using only 'hammer-ons' and 'pull-offs'. Here is a video of Trace 'The Acoustic Ninja' Bundy performing his own song, 'Dueling Ninjas', in which he uses his left hand to play the melody and his right hand to play the bass notes. youtube.com/watch?v=OsNdM…
These massive concrete acoustic mirrors, or β€œlistening ears,” were built in England between the world wars to monitor the skies for the telltale sounds of airborne invasion. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
Some mines are set to explode in response to changes in magnetic and acoustic fields. Sailors on minesweepers are not allowed to have wire coat-hangers because they could kill their magnetic signature and set off a mine. stripes.com/news/u-s-mili…
Today I learned of Project COLDFEET, where CIA agents parachuted onto a drifting ice station in the Arctic, infiltrated a recently-abandoned Soviet research installation, recovered intelligence on Soviet underwater acoustic detection systems, and then were successfully extracted via the Fulton Skyhook system. cia.gov/news-information/…
Seat cushions at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA are designed to have the same absorption properties as the average person so that the hall has the same acoustics when empty or full-- an advantage for musicians, who usually rehearse in an empty hall books.google.ca/books?id=…
Most of the smoke billowing up from a space shuttle launch is not exhaust. It is water vapor from the pool of water under the shuttle designed to absorb the acoustic shock waves that could otherwise tear the shuttle apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
Washington, D.C. uses a series of acoustic sensors called "ShotSpotter" to detect gunfire. When "ShotSpotter" sensors detect a loud noise, a central computer program analyzes the acoustic signature, pinpoints the suspected location to within a few yards and notifies police. washingtonpost.com/invest…
Finding horse skulls under wooden floorboards in Ireland is common, and which are sometimes packed with coins: other than protecting from spirits, it allowed better acoustics and resonance in the room above, notably for dancing. daily.jstor.org/the-horse…
Ultrasonic welding is an industrial technique whereby high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations are locally applied to workpieces being held together under pressure to create a solid-state weld. It is commonly used for plastics and metals, and especially for joining dissimilar materials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ult…
The acoustic era (1877 to 1925) gave rise to the expression "put a sock in it", which commemorates the common practice of placing a sock in the horn of the phonograph to muffle the sound for quieter listening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about "Sonoluminescence", Sound into Light. It is a phenomenon that occurs when bubbles trapped in a liquid grow and then contract at incredibly high speeds when blasted with acoustic sound waves, this results in small burts of of an intensely hot light, and thus light is created from sound. youtube.com/watch?v=HOPCG…
Horse skulls are hidden underneath the dance halls of Ireland in order to improve acoustics jstor.org/stable/25510484…
Approximately three German submarines in WWII were thought to have torpedoed themselves when their torpedoes missed their original target, and using their acoustic seeking capabilities, circled back around to strike their originating submarine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Several times during the Civil War, an anomaly known as an Acoustic Shadow prevented kept army commanders from hearing the sounds of battle only a few miles away. historynet.com/the-sounds…
A concrete concave wall is an acoustic mirror and played a crucial part in detecting marauding zeppelins along the English coast during WW1. nationaltrust.org.uk/the-…
The clouds around a rocket launch are actually a sound suppression system - NASA pumps in massive amounts of water and the acoustic energy is used up by vaporizing it! physicsfootnotes.com/gifs…
Today I learned about SuperCollider, a dynamic programming language and real-time audio synthesizer. It's used by both scientists and artists for acoustic research and to create algorithmic music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The quietest place on earth measures -9 db. It's located in an acoustics and architecture test facility in Minnesota. Most people can't stay longer than about 20 minutes and emerge disoriented and unsettle. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
In the 40s, computer memory systems used mercury as an acoustic medium. Alan Turing suggested gin as a cheaper alternative. dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?d…
Ringxiety is a β€œpsycho-acoustic phenomenon” in which you hear or feel your cell phone ringing when it’s not. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Law Enforcement in the USA use an automatic gunfire locating system called "ShotSpotter" which detects and conveys the location of gunfire or other weapon fire using acoustic, optical, or potentially other types of sensors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
The soundtrack of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou was mostly David Bowie songs translated into Portuguese and performed by a Brazilian samba artist on an acoustic guitar npr.org/2010/09/13/129754…

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