107 – Top 5 Sounds

March 24, 2021

**Imagine the following paragraph softly whispered in your ear**

You hear that? That’s the sound of an entire podcast episode dedicating to figuring out what the best sounds are! Autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR, has garnered immense popularity over the last decade. We all know sounds that we collectively disdain like nails on a chalkboard, but we often glossed over the sounds that we actually find enjoyable until ASMR came around. And while this episode is not strictly about ASMR, this week join Tuong La and the A-Team Angus MacDonald, Samantha Leggatt, and Leslie Cserepy as we rank the Top 5 Sounds that are sure to tickle your ears in the best way possible!

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Ground Rules

  • A song is not a sound
  • A jingle does not count (ie the Mcdonald’s jingle)
  • You can’t nominate a chord or note (ie the chord of G) unless you associate an instrument that goes with it. Reasoning is because the chord of G, while the same note, comes out sounding different on a guitar vs piano.
  • Chymes or a sequence of sounds are okay if they serve a single purpose and it’s not like an advertisement.
  • Ringtones are dicey territory
  • No concepts of sounds (ie The sound of defeat).
  • If a thing produces multiple sounds then it counts

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Lightsaber

4. Bamboo Wind Chimes

3. Thunderstorm

2. Crackling Fire

1.Cracking Open a Cold Can

 

Tuong’s List

  • Cracking Open a Cold Can
  • Horses Galloping
  • Walking on Crunchy Leaves
  • Zipping up a zipper
  • Bubblewrap
  • Water Boiling
  • Snare Drum
  • Writing on Paper with a Pencil
  • Turning a Newspaper
  • Cat Purring
  • Chopping Wood
  • Scissors Snipping
  • Lake Water Lapping
  • Fireplace
  • Thunderstorm
  • Biting into an Apple
  • Steak sizzling
  • Walking on Snow
  • Walking on Gravel
  • Blacksmith sounds (ie forging something)

Angus’s List

  • Crackling Fire
  • Ps2 Start Up Sound
  • Ripping a Bong
  • Popping popcorn
  • Waves at the Beach
  • Crunchy Leaves
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Chat Notification from your Crush
  • Your Doorbell from your Childhood Home
  • Cutting Construction Paper
  • Sizzling Meat on a Grill
  • Heavy Rain
  • THX Sound
  • Knife Coming out of a Knife Block

Sam’s List

  • Shovelling Snow
  • Dishwasher
  • Bamboo Wind Chimes
  • Cat Purring
  • Harmonica
  • The BWAH from Inception
  • Tim Allen’s ‘UHH’ Sound
  • Animal Crossing Talking
  • Quick Shuffling of a Deck of Cards
  • The Pop of a Champagne Bottle
  • The Clink When you are doing a Cheers with Crystal Glass
  • The “WAH” from Waluigi

Leslie’s List

  • Lightsaber
  • Thunderstorm
  • THX Sound
  • Children Laughing
  • Crystal Bowl
  • Wind Blowing on Trees
  • Piano Burning
  • The Super Mario Jump Sound
  • Wilhelm Scream
  • The Price is Right Fail Horn
  • Jason Voorhees Sound
  • Sound of Getting a Hair Cut

 

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