Monthly Archives: January 2015

Shopworn Sound Effects

Mike takes you on a tour of the most commonly heard sound effects.  And fair warning, when you hear them on this episode, you’ll start hearing them EVERYWHERE.  Plus, Mike tells you why sides of beef and planks of wood were integral to the making of the Rocky movies.

Show Notes


Wilhelms Scream – James Blake
Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz – Mr. Bungle
Colony – Mason Android Park
Tracks (Tall Bodies) – Chelsea Wolf


Audio-Vision by Michel Chion
In Search of a Concrete Music by Pierre Schaeffer
The Wilhelm Scream by Elena Passarello
10 Ridiculously Overused Movie Sound Effects

The Creaky Gate

What is this sound effect I keep hearing?
Stock Sound Effects on TV Tropes
Where Else Have I Heard That?

Police Dispatcher

Why do movies & TV use this police radio clip over and over?
Stock Sounds: Police Station from SimCity 3000

The Diddy Laugh

Diddy Kong Racing Intro
Steve Pagets Diddy Laugh YouTube Playlist
Steve Paget’s Diddy Laugh Blog

The Wilhelm Scream

Wilhelm – YouTube
Where Did the Wilhelm Scream Come From and Why Do So Many Filmmakers Use It?
Hollywood Lost and Found
Way, Way, Way Too Many Wilhelm Screams

Castle Thunder

Castle Thunder Compilation on YouTube
Hollywood Lost and Found
Castle Thunder Wikipedia
Frankenstein (1931) Wikipedia

Responses to RS’s Episode on Accents

…did you know that the greater diversity in accents in England is a result of a principle in linguistics?” via erherr
Fred Armisen Gives Five-Minute Improvised Master Class in NYC Accents” via @sophiebiblio
Sean Monahan’s video on the Pennsylvanian/Mid-Atlantic Accent via @sophiebiblio
Thoughts on Accents! Class! And Self-Presentation! (AKA Fashion! Turn to the Left!)” via Two Bossy Dames

The Printing Press and the Great Vowel Shift

What explains the difference between English and American accents?  On this episode of Reasonably Sound, Mike Rugnetta explains that this spoken phenomenon starts with the written word.


Hudson Cycle – Nico Muhly

I’m Afraid of Americans (V1) – David Bowie

Americans – Oneohtrix Point Never

Paper Crumpling R – Sesame Street

Messages Received – Cabaret Voltaire

On American versus English Spelling:

Why Do Brits and Americans Spell Words Differently?

Americanize, Anglicise: Why Do Brits And Yanks Spell Words Differently?

Present Day American Spelling from The Cambridge History of the English Language, Volume 6

Main Sources for this Episode:

A History of the English Language by Elly van Gelderen

Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction by Kristin Denham, Anne Lobeck

Why Do Americans and Brits Have Different Accents?

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

Received Pronunciation


PD Episode Image: Press by takomabibelot