Posted by: kaleidophonic | August 3, 2012

Making the Olympics Sound Right

Hey folks,

Following up on my last post about sport sound, here’s a timely little bit about broadcasting the sounds of the Olympics, courtesy of the good people at NPR. The piece looks at how more advanced recording technologies have enabled listeners to really ‘hear’ the sounds of sports, from the splashes of swimming, to the thunk of archery, to the creaking and clanking of the parallel bars. This is a vast improvement on older Olympic broadcasts, which pretty much would only capture the sounds of the commentators and the crowd.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetorch/2012/07/28/157442046/making-the-olympics-sound-right-from-a-swoosh-to-a-splash?ps=cprs

You can listen to the full story (about 5 1/2 minutes long), as well as sound clips comparing recordings from previous Olympics (incl. Montreal ’76!) to more recent ones.

Enjoy!

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