Hear the pic­ture, see the sound

There’s a new im­mer­sive cin­ema sound sys­tem in town.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By AL­LAN KOAY en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my > TURN TO PAGE 25

IN 1974, cin­ema­go­ers flocked to see the dis­as­ter movie Earth­quake, not for the as­tound­ing spe­cial ef­fects of the day, nor for the star ap­peal of Charl­ton He­ston, but for the lit­er­ally earth-shat­ter­ing new sound sys­tem called Sen­sur­round.

The sys­tem, de­vel­oped by au­dio man­u­fac­tur­ers Cer­win-Vega, utilised low fre­quen­cies to shake au­di­ences in their seats, thus ap­prox­i­mat­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of a real earth­quake. It was an in­stant hit and was also used for the war movie Mid­way (1976) and another dis­as­ter movie, Roller­coaster (1977), as well as two Bat­tlestar Galac­tica movies.

Over the years, cin­ema au­dio sys­tems have seen var­i­ous im­prove­ments. When Amer­i­can dig­i­tal sur­round sound spe­cial­ists DTS in­tro­duced dig­i­tal sur­round sound with 1993’s Juras­sic Park, peo­ple queued around the block to catch the re­al­is­tic roar of the Tyran­nosaurus rex.

But sur­round sound only en­abled sounds that went around the cin­ema hall. Now sound spe­cial­ist Dolby has gone a step fur­ther by

3D sound: The dolby at­mos sys­tem en­ables sound to come even from above, thus cre­at­ing an im­mer­sive cin­e­matic en­vi­ron­ment. — ricKy Lai/The Star

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