8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

What can you do with sound? Convey a message, and that's probably all. But that’s not so for the highly qualified technical people who have devised ways to make sound do incredible stuff. Stuff that we didn’t imagine sound could do. Although sound is a simple phenomenon, but by certain mechanisms, it can do way complex things.
So, what can you do with sound other than conveying a message? Let’s take a look.

8) Weaponize it

The current destructible human nation tries to turn any physical entity in to a deadly weapon. And since, sound couldn’t simply hide, they got it. One such physical implementation of such a weapon that is based on sound is known as Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).

The device, that looks like a spotlight can fire a beam of sound at a target hundreds of meters away. This beam of high and intense sound can be used for crowd control and for breaking up riots. If you get near such a sound source, it can cause severe debilitating pain and also certain permanent damages.

7) Make Art

Sound is a wave that can be transferred into any physical medium. The sound waves have the capacity to produce certain patterns on solids. The study of those patterns is known as Cymatics. People have been using the concepts of Cymatics to make beautiful artifacts.

The general method is by placing substance like sand on a diaphragm and then vibrating the diaphragm using sound that created different interesting patterns. This phenomenon was first discovered by Galileo in 1632.

6) Kill Someone

8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

Did you know that sound can be used for killing purposes? There is a certain level of sound pressure and decibel rate that the human ear can tolerate. After that rate the effects of sound on a human can be fatal.

The human ear can hear sound of 120 decibels without getting any damage. However if it is made to hear the sound higher than that range, the results can be extremely dangerous. At 200 dB the pressure of sound would be enough to rupture a lung and cause other internal injuries in the human body that would easily kill a person.

5) Fight Crime With It

8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

Sound can be emotional, it can affect human feelings. This is the reason why it is being used to stop crime in certain areas. Many businesses and city officials have started using classical music in the high crime areas. The sole reason is to discourage criminal activity. It sounds like a stupid approach but it actually works!

Robberies and Vandalism were reduced by one half in London in 2003 when they started playing classical music in their subway stations. This is because of the interesting fact that sound can change your mood like nothing else and with your evil mood changed to a calm and quite one, you just won’t do any criminal activity.

4) Turn it into a Laser (or rather Phaser)

Ever head of Phasers? Yeah, the ones from the Star Trek. Well, those weren’t really made up of sound but recently Japanese scientists have made Sound Phasers. The reason why they wouldn’t technically be called lasers is because the mechanism on which lasers work, cannot be applied on sounds.

The phasers were launched in 2010. They had a capacity to emit a frequency of 170 kHz. Surely phasers aren’t as fascinating as Lasers but they can do a lot. They find their useful applications in the fields of medicine and computers.

3) Heel A Wound

8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

Like any other natural phenomenon, sound also finds its many applications in the field of medical sciences. A High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Transducer is a device that can be used to focus acoustic energy so much that it creates heat. The technology is being used in various techniques.

The device can heat an object to hundreds Fahrenheit. The ultrasonic radiations can be sued in the treatment of Cancer, Stroke and Parkinson’s disease. They can also be used to control hemorrhages. Certain drugs can be delivered to specific areas of the body using the sound waves.

2) Go Back In Time

8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

So like time machines will work on the principles of sound? Ha-ha, not really. It’s more like a time machine from an archaeologist’s point of view. Recently a new field of research has been introduced and that is known as Archaeocoustics, which is basically the study of archaeology using sound.

Every place has a specific and unique sound. That sound can be used to analyze the design and dimensions of a place. The archaeologists can affectively use these sounds to identify and analyze certain historic places that are now non-existent.

1) Eliminate

8 Interesting Things That Can Be Done To Sound

Well, at times we need a little peace and quiet to stay sane. And yes it help, but it seems we haven’t yet tried the real peace and quiet. Scientists in Orifield Labs have made what they call the anechoic chamber aka the World’s Quietest Room. The word anechoic comes from echo as there isn’t any echo in that room. The walls are designed such that they absorb rather than reflect the sound.

However, too quiet and peace isn’t really bearable for human beings. The longest anyone has ever spent alone in such a chamber is forty-five minutes. That place is where you can even hear your own organs and research has proved that people may even go mad in there.

This much silence can develop schizophrenia in you and can also be severely harmful for human beings. It also makes you get hallucinations and this is why the place is not available for the general public. The Lab uses it for certain tests on various scientific products.



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