The Braaam™

Aidan Finden, second year Sound Design student, recently shared this podcast about the now ubiquitous “Braaam™”. This iconic is found in action films and trailers everywhere, but where did it come from? Why is it so effective?

“An episode about the type of sound The Inception Sound is, the controversy surrounding that sounds authorship, and how it’s effectiveness is deeply rooted in a millennia plus of human culture”

This podcast unpacks some good examples of compositional techniques, showing how layering and timbal fusion work to create this iconic effect, combining inharmonic and harmonic materials.

The “Braaam™” is a very good example of how a single sound can be so complex and contain may different references and associations.


We discuss this and many more ideas on the Sound Design undergraduate programme.


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