Sounds Familiar

Sounds Familiar

Blake Cooper

Description: Sounds Familiar is a podcast about patterns in popular media. My goal is to find the interesting stories and surprising connections hidden underneath these patterns, and prove how the most mundane or cliche parts of our existence can still surprise us.

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#7: Footsteps

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We hear a lot about the work goes into getting the eye-grabbing visuals Hollywood blockbusters… but how much work goes into getting the sounds? You may be surprised to learn that behind, not just the explosions and fight scenes, but behind every door creaking, every clothing rustle, behind ev...

#6: Series in Decline

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It’s happened again. Your favorite TV show (or graphic novels or movie franchise or podcast) is headed down the tubes. The shark has been jumped, and now there’s no looking back.  What does it mean for a series to be in decline? What does it look like? And why does it happen? I intend...

#5: Sex, Death and Morals in Horror

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In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.”  Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated. Dr. L...

#4: The Rule of Threes

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Is three really the magic number? Sometimes it seems like it. From three blind mice to sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, things that come in threes just seem… right. This time I’ll speak with Michael Eck, who has tracked down and documented things in threes for decades, about why th...

#3: The Loudness War

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The Loudness War is the pejorative name given to the decades-long struggle to try and make the loudest record, to have that one song that’ll stand out above the flood of other sounds we hear, musical and non-musical, on a daily basis. Of course, with everybody competing for the next loudest...

#2: Bad Translations

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We all know a bad translation when we see one… or do we? Translations of all sorts can, at best, ensure our shared survival. And at worst, mistranslations have had varied, far-reaching and often disastrous effects, as basic as “all your base are belong to us” or as serious as botched post...

#1: The Drums From "Be My Baby" and the Life of a Meme

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One of the most viral memes in popular culture came way before the invention of the internet. Ever since the iconic opening bars of the Ronettes’ hit “Be My Baby” first blasted from a hi-fi back in 1963, the same drum beat has been used in songs by everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga. Join...

Promo: "The Drums from 'Be My Baby' and the Life of a Meme"

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Sounds Familiar is a hypertextual adventure for your ears, exploring the connections and surprising stories found everywhere, just underneath the mundane and everyday. Join us May 4th for the premiere episode of Sounds Familiar, on iTunes and pretty much anywhere else you can find podcasts. Downloa...

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