Please don’t stop the echo…echo…echo…

Here’s an interesting bit of news from the world of sound: a decommissioned underground oil storage depot in the north of Scotland has been found to have the longest echo of any man-made structure anywhere in the world. Echoes in the Inchindown tunnels have been found to last for as long as 112 seconds1 with the broadband reverberation2 time for the tunnel lasting for 75 seconds.

Below you can hear an echo from Inchindown. The original sound is a pistol being fired a third of the way into the tunnel, and the microphone is the same distance from the far end.

Amusingly3, the last claim for the longest echo in a man-made structure was supposedly also from Scotland: in 1970 the echo of the solid bronze doors of the Hamilton Mausoleum slamming shut was found to last for 15 seconds.

  1. This is for a 125Hz sound. []
  2. This is the measure used in the official world record. It’s a measure across a range of frequencies rather than just one. []
  3. On another amusing note, the title of this post is a play on this. []

Score Spider-Man 2…

Over the last few weeks, an interesting opportunity has been available: to sit in on the final composing session (with an orchestra) with Hans Zimmer as he scores The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Entering the competition to get this opportunity required a donation to Not On Our Watch, a nongovernmental, international relief and humanitarian aid organization.

The video below gives details of the competition, the film and the cause, contains some good shots of his strange studio and is the first YouTube video scored by Hans. While the competition is now over, the cause continues and would appreciate your help.

On a related note, there’s a day of screenings of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl coming up at the Royal Albert Hall, with a live orchestra. Another unusual event, though one that you don’t have to be lucky to go to.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary…

It’s impressive when a television programme reaches a large milestone – particularly a fictional television programme (chat shows are a bit easier to keep going, and the news and weather don’t count). Coming to cinemas worldwide and television screens in the British Isles next month is an episode of Doctor Who to celebrate the show reaching its 50th anniversary. The trailer below, which has a nice but brief take on the iconic theme music, celebrates Doctor Who’s long history, featuring relics from every era of the show along with an impressive re-animation of characters (and Doctors) past and present. I can only hope that on the 23rd of November, the 50th anniversary episode does the show equal justice.

Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony…

Below are orchestral arrangements of the music from the Pokémon games Red and Blue (set in the Kanto region of the Pokémon world – hence the name). The first video in the playlist provides a little further explanation if needed. I shall simply add that I particularly enjoy the music and appreciate that it must have been a lot of work, considering that it seems to have been accomplished in the arranger’s spare time.

Summer of Zimmer…

After a relatively quiet 2012 in terms of composing, scoring sequels The Dark Knight Rises and Madagascar 3, Hans Zimmer is back in a big way this summer, with three films that look good and sound better!

First up is Man of Steel, which Hans himself found dauntingJohn Williams’ Superman theme is one of his most iconic pieces of music. Despite procrastinating for three months, I think Hans has done a good job while also doing it in his unique style. Check out the trailer below (or here on SoundCloud) for a taste of the music.

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Jarrod Radnich…

Jarrod Radnich, featured in the earliest videos by The Piano Guys now has his own website, YouTube channel and more, if you’re interested in his music and performances. He’s a great piano player, and creates very elaborate arrangements of a range of music. The following video, inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, has been featured here before (though due to it being moved between channels, the original instance is broken) and has thus far had over 80 million views.

His website features many more scores and much more music beyond his work with The Piano Guys – I particularly like the music embedded below, inspired by The Lord of the Rings.