Hear the picture, see the sound
There’s a new immersive cinema sound system in town.
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