How ‘Andor’ sound and effects wizards created a gritty ‘Star Wars’

The turbulent season finale of “Andorcame and went and we’re still basking in the afterglow of this sensational 12-episode “Star Wars” series on Disney+. Using a minimalist style that operates within the “less is more” arena of filmmaking, creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy have accomplished a Herculean task of conjuring fresh magic within the “Star … Read more

‘Nope’ sound designer reveals sci-fi film soundscape secrets

Award-winning British sound designer and re-recording mixer Johnnie Burn has an appetite for dark, compelling material when he’s searching for projects to lend his sonic talents to, and so his work on director Jordan Peele’s new thriller, “Nope,” was the perfect vehicle for building a multifaceted, immersive soundscape for audiences. Burn’s artistry had already been … Read more

How ancient soldiers used sound to frighten and confuse their enemies

As if the tumultuous din of battle is not horrendous enough, over the ages humans have discovered plenty of ways to exploit sound in warfare. I found an astonishing variety of ancient acoustic weapons while researching my book “Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Unconventional Warfare in the Ancient World.” Deploying sound in war … Read more