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Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade – Classic Audio Illusion

May 7, 2015

Bearing in mind that virtually all cinema sound effects, to a greater-or-lesser extent, either are or create auditory illusions, nonetheless here’s a classic sound illusion from the library scene in “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade” (also note the visual illusion in the film’s underground canyon scene, at the end of the “Three Trials” sequence). Thanks to Zata for the heads-up.

“Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade” won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, and nominations for Best Original Score and for Best Sound – the film’s audio being created by sound designer Ben Burtt, and by sound engineers Tony Dawe, Shawn Murphy and Gary Summers. Ben Burtt is the pioneering sound designer who (among many outstanding achievements) created the voices of R2D2 and Darth Vader, and the light-saber and blaster sounds for “Star Wars”, created the technique known as the “Audio Black Hole”, and promoted what he referred to as the “Wilhelm Scream” (see earlier post).

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