How 20,000 lines of code turned into the world’s most widely recognized piece of computer-generated music.
Something between a black MIDI glissando and a brown note, the THX “Deep Note” is one of the world’s most recognizable audio logos, signaling the highest quality audio standard in films. Parodied by The Simpsons and sampled by Dr. Dre (which got him sued), at peak popularity the THX Deep Note was played in front of 4,000 movie theater audiences a day, or around once every 20 seconds. Yet despite its distinctive crescendo, the THX Deep Note wasn’t actually composed so much as it was programmed, which makes it a fascinating success story of early computer audio design.
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During more than 200 years of American history, the United States flag has undergone near-constant transformation. The prolific infographic designers at Pop Chart Lab condensed 247 years of the American flag’s design evolution into one poster—from the Sons of Liberty’s rebellious stripes in 1767 to the pattern we know today.
The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before.
Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours.Read more: Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Biometric data lets performers gauge their audiences interest in a scientific way and tailor their performance accordingly.
“This new type of audience sentiment data leads to better events and better fan experiences than ever before possible,” Lightwave creator and CEO Rana June tells Co.Design.