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(FastCo Design)   The story of the THX "deep note"   (fastcodesign.com) divider line 29
    More: Interesting, THX, Temple of Doom, digital audio, ASP, sound designer, note, Dr Dre, The Simpsons  
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2014-03-12 12:14:00 PM  
Sometimes thats the best part of the movie
 
2014-03-12 12:14:16 PM  
so long as it doesn't hit the brown note.
 
2014-03-12 12:19:24 PM  
My, what a timely article.
 
2014-03-12 12:19:35 PM  
Wow.  What an extremely boring article.
 
2014-03-12 12:20:26 PM  

92myrtle: Obligatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu0R96OZy6w


Guess: Simpsons
Guess confirmed
 
2014-03-12 01:12:51 PM  
In other news, THX was always a marketing gimmick.
 
2014-03-12 01:13:10 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Wow.  What an extremely boring article.


When you've seen it a half-dozen times in the last dozen years, it gets boring.
 
2014-03-12 01:16:47 PM  

thornhill: In other news, THX was always a marketing gimmick.


Yes, but it got theater owners to maintain their damn sound systems.
 
2014-03-12 01:29:51 PM  
The audience is now deaf.
 
2014-03-12 01:41:35 PM  
I haven't seen it in years.  Is it still a thing?
 
2014-03-12 01:48:46 PM  
LOL, when I first got a good 5.1 surround system and switched to DVD, my wife used to hate it because I'd crank the holy hell out of this part and it would drive the dog nuts. Even better was when I did the built in tone test for the speakers. He REALLY hated the subwoofer test.

That poor dog, he was so much fun to mess with.
 
2014-03-12 02:01:11 PM  

92myrtle: Obligatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu0R96OZy6w


Also Oblig, but from a few years back (like 1973):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaXYTUGJFY
(worth listening to in full, but if you want to skip to the deep note-ish part, go to 1:00 or so)

/yes, I know- not the earliest "convergent chord"
//certainly the freakiest
 
2014-03-12 02:01:51 PM  
Nothing about how it was lifted from an obscure Styx track ("Krakatoa/Hallelujah")?
 
2014-03-12 02:05:38 PM  

Kyosuke: thornhill: In other news, THX was always a marketing gimmick.

Yes, but it got theater owners to maintain their damn sound systems.


What is it about IMAX films that dictates that sound levels have to be set to "farking painful?" I've listened to heavy metal music my whole life and even I think that THE VOLUME IS TOO DAMN LOUD!
 
2014-03-12 02:29:40 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Kyosuke: thornhill: In other news, THX was always a marketing gimmick.

Yes, but it got theater owners to maintain their damn sound systems.

What is it about IMAX films that dictates that sound levels have to be set to "farking painful?" I've listened to heavy metal music my whole life and even I think that THE VOLUME IS TOO DAMN LOUD!


For one thing, IMAX theaters aren't THX certified.
 
2014-03-12 02:43:44 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Kyosuke: thornhill: In other news, THX was always a marketing gimmick.

Yes, but it got theater owners to maintain their damn sound systems.

What is it about IMAX films that dictates that sound levels have to be set to "farking painful?" I've listened to heavy metal music my whole life and even I think that THE VOLUME IS TOO DAMN LOUD!


I think that's true of about 80% of the theaters I go to (that includes non-IMAX). Even for non-action movies the sound is often ridiculously loud.
 
2014-03-12 02:50:29 PM  

sybaris: The audience is now deaf.


I'm the guy shouting "WHHHHAAAATTTT?" after that plays, so yes.
 
2014-03-12 02:57:04 PM  

Valiente: sybaris: The audience is now deaf.

I'm the guy shouting "WHHHHAAAATTTT?" after that plays, so yes.


img1.wikia.nocookie.net

May or may not be amused.  It's hard to tell.
 
2014-03-12 03:02:47 PM  
And now Disney owns THX as well.
 
2014-03-12 03:07:38 PM  

92myrtle: Obligatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu0R96OZy6w


Even more obligatory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlnI6XjWk_k
 
2014-03-12 03:09:52 PM  

thornhill: Orgasmatron138: Kyosuke: thornhill: In other news, THX was always a marketing gimmick.

Yes, but it got theater owners to maintain their damn sound systems.

What is it about IMAX films that dictates that sound levels have to be set to "farking painful?" I've listened to heavy metal music my whole life and even I think that THE VOLUME IS TOO DAMN LOUD!

I think that's true of about 80% of the theaters I go to (that includes non-IMAX). Even for non-action movies the sound is often ridiculously loud.


Yup. This is the primary reason the only theater I go to these days is the drive-in.
 
2014-03-12 03:27:50 PM  
My autistic son is fascinated with the "THX Logo".  Nothing says Sunday morning like that sound shaking the house at 8:00 am.

/just want to sleep in for a change
//"THX Cow" is a thing...
 
2014-03-12 03:33:53 PM  
That was almost as informative as any behind-the-scenes stories of modern VFX. How did they do that? Computers.
 
2014-03-12 03:51:04 PM  

92myrtle: Obligatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu0R96OZy6w


You mean, the exact same video that was actually embedded in the article?

This is more obligatory:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHoPJClaEcc
 
2014-03-12 04:04:17 PM  

TV's Vinnie: And now Disney owns THX as well.


THX has been independent of LucasFilm for quite a few years now.
 
2014-03-12 04:13:07 PM  

puckrock2000: You mean, the exact same video that was actually embedded in the article?


The same article that is now 404'd?
 
2014-03-12 07:29:25 PM  
I love that sound. I wish I could make that sound and use it in conversation as an exclamation of surprise or disgust.
 
2014-03-12 07:42:33 PM  

Sidecrab: I love that sound. I wish I could make that sound and use it in conversation as an exclamation of surprise or disgust.


I'll admit it... I laughed.
 
2014-03-13 11:09:17 AM  
I always thought they just used the beginning of the tune "Countdown to Zero" by the band ASIA??
 
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