Courtesy Acres Media Group and Jessica De Jesus

Joel Beckerman and Tyler Gray's new book The Sonic Boom explains how sounds – in movies and everywhere else – affect our lives

November 13, 2014 02:00 PM

“Sound and music can make powerful emotional connections in an instant; it can bring huge groups of people to tears or fits of laughter, even when those people are miles apart from one another.”

That’s from the introduction to The Sonic Boom, the new book by Joel Beckerman and Tyler Gray. Beckerman, described by Details as “equal parts Philip Glass and Don Draper,” has created original scores for over 50 television series and specials, including the Super Bowl, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and many more.

In The Sonic Boom, Beckerman and Gray aim to illustrate how sound affects our lives – everything from musical scores to the sound of food cooking. For example, Beckerman talks about how horror movies typically have their sounds synced a little behind the onscreen action – since people react to sound faster than we do to vision: Syncing the sound would ruin the visual element’s surprise.

This infographic, designed by Jessica De Jesus and Acres Media Group, is full of all kinds of interesting facts about how sound and music work in film – for example, did you know that the sound of the lightsabers in Star Wars is made by motors in an old projector and TV interference on a microphone?

Also, here’s a compilation of the Wilhelm scream – referenced in the infographic above – and its use in films, just in case you wanted to hear it a few dozen times.

Find out more about how sound affects our lives in The Sonic Boom, available now.

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