Episode 15 – The Sound of the Artificial World

Without all the beeps and chimes, without sonic feedback, all of your modern conveniences would be very hard to use. If a device and its sounds are designed correctly, it creates a special “theater of the mind” that users completely buy into. Electronic things are made to feel mechanical. It’s the feeling of movement, texture and articulation where none exists. We talk with Sound Designer Jim McKee of Earwax Productions about the art of designing organic sounds for inorganic things.

I just found 99% Invisible a few weeks ago, and I’m now depressed that I’ve caught up on all the episodes. Great show, and the sound design is top-notch. This episode is one of my favorites.