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The Sound of Music: happy accidents and perfect sounds (infographic)

by Lee Carnihan
29th Mar 2017 - 2 min read

Last year, Further worked with Technical Foam Services (TFS) to create a fascinating foam in sport infographic. When we had the opportunity to build another infographic, this time about acoustic foam and music, we couldn’t wait to get started…

We wanted to emphasise the importance of having the right equipment to capture the “perfect” sound, so we began by thinking about how sound is recorded and captured in the studio. Our research led us to discover a range of amazing facts about world-famous artists and the obscure (and sometimes accidental) sounds that have been immortalised in some of history’s most popular songs. For instance, did you know that the strange piano chord at the start of The Police’s Roxanne was an accident? Sting, about to sing, decided to sit down on a nearby piano, not realising the lid was up!

We began compiling a large list of iconic songs – the only problem was, there were so many incredible facts to choose from! After picking the songs and narrowing down the list, we were left with 20 facts across a period of 60 years.

Alongside happy accidents, the final infographic includes insights into the deliberate, yet unusual, recording techniques that artists employ to create the “right” kind of sound – sometimes for artistic purposes, and other times for acoustic reasons. Elvis, for example, recorded his vocals to Heartbreak Hotel in the studio’s corridor to enhance the feeling of isolation in his performance.

For recording artists, a combination of creativity, luck and the right kind of equipment is key for capturing the “perfect” sound to match their vision, even if it is as strange as using the sound of celery being chewed as percussion – something Paul McCartney did on the 1967 Beach Boys track “Vega-Tables”.

Capturing the “perfect” sound is imperative for professional and amateur artists alike, which is why we are delighted to have created an infographic that shares TFS’ values regarding the importance of quality recording equipment.

Sound of Music infographic

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