Have you ever watched a movie with the sound turned off? Try it sometime, I bet you’ll find it kind of lackluster. With good acting and editing you may still pick up basic elements of the story despite not hearing the dialogue, but you’ll likely miss a lot of the emotion and nuance and feel disconnected from the story. Great sound lets you forget about the couch and the TV, the chair and the computer screen, the bus seat and the smartphone and experience the world you are watching. The tone in someone’s voice, the breeze flowing through the trees, the vrooms and chatter of a city street, the exaggerated ring of a sword being unsheathed before a duel, these are the sounds that bring amazing visuals to life. More»