"The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
How authentic should sound designers be with history? If I was telling the story of Paul Revere's famous ride with sound, should I be accurate, or should I make it sound "Hollywood"?
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“Within You Without You,” The Beatles
What if we could see sound? Aside from graphical representations of sound like waveforms and meters, we can't just look at an orchestra and see sounds flying out of the trombones. I wish we could watch the beautiful tones flow from Itzhak Perlman's Stradivarius.
But we can - sort of. As reported by NPR, we can see certain sounds using a technique invented in the mid-19th century.
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