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What sound annoys you the most?
I'm not a football fan at all and ever since walking through Galway last weekend and hearing that bloody annoying drone coming from every pub I've been enjoying the hilarity of the likes of Waves releasing ways to get rid of it. Sadly it's all gone down hill with this new button on YouTube. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
I did suggest we got one at work to put on the match scenes of a football animation we're doing. Don't think my manager was impressed.
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Being asked by the director to incorporate a cliche into a track. Doors don't always squeak, tires don't always squeal, and I can't remember ever hearing a red tail hawk in the desert...and I live in California.
The Wilhelm Scream, when it's not subtle. It should be like a game of Where's Waldo (Where's Wilhelm?), and I think a lot of sound designers are playing "Didja hear that, Ben Burtt?! I used the Wilhelm Scream! Didja hear, didja hear?!", giving it almost a solo performance.
It's interesting, what sounds physically distress people.
I'm fine with fingernails on a blackboard, but the sounds that make my spine chill and my body tense up are: teeth brushing with a regular toothbrush; and a straw broom sweeping on concrete.
Ugh, i feel uncomfortable even thinking about them!
Cheap guitars playing through Crate practice amps with the treble turned all the way up. Excessive tinny cymbals bleeding into vocal mics. I used to do live sound, and those were the bane of my existence.
I used to live in an apartment building beside some train tracks (lovely, yes).
There was a gradual bend in the tracks right alongside my building, and in the colder months the slow moving freight trains would make this constant metallic screeching sound that sustained for several minutes as the train went by.
My answer's really a combination of Haydn and Ryan's answers: Mouth noises and alarm clocks. Both of these sounds send shivers down my spine. I'm not sure why mouth noise is so annoying, but I'm pretty sure, like Pavlov's dogs, we're trained to despise a blaring alarm.
Car alarms, house alarms, small yappy dogs, people who speak loudly in close proximity, screechy metal. And of course, my true pet dislike- people who play drum and bass in their car at full volume in rush hour traffic for all to hear!!!
Hmm, maybe seagulls in the summer. I live & work very close to the beach, and in summertime during breeding season those flying rats tend to sit right outside the window of my work room, squeaking squawking and being just bloody damn loud and annoying for a large part of the day. This goes on for about a month, and then they bugger off again (well at least after that they are not so damn enthusiastic and in big groups all of the time anymore). But during that time of the year I always end up looking for bird scaring devices... shame that the most effective ones make noise as well... that doesnt help :)
If there is one sound that makes me hit the mute or exit button it is guitar shredding -cannot stand it, will not listen to it!! I dont get more than one second into certain promo videos that use it....
I used to have an old Vauxhall Astra (1992) model. Whenever you opened the door with the lights still left on it would make a well annoying buzzing sound! Kind of felt like the car was mocking me whenever I heard it! lol Guess that's what made it all the more annoying...
The soundtrack for Annie. For about 2 years when I was a kid, my sister would listen to it while falling asleep down the hall; and would play it so loud that I could hear even when both her and my bedroom doors were closed. It drove me NUTS!!! lol