The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy

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A surprising look at the hidden power of sound, revealing how people and brands can use it to inspire and persuade — or annoy

From horror movie scores to national anthems to the crunchy sound of potato chips, sound and music greatly impact how we feel about our lives and the messages and products we encounter every day. With the right tools and understanding, anyone can cut through the meaningless noise competing for our attention and learn to use sound as a rich storytelling strategy.

You don’t need to be a musician or a composer to harness the power of sound. Joel Beckerman explains how companies, brands, and individuals can strategically use sound to get to the core of their mission, influence how they’re perceived by their audiences, and gain a competitive advantage. The key to these sonic strategies involves creating “boom moments” — transcendent instants when sound connects with a listener’s emotional core.

The Sonic Boom draws surprising insights from real world examples: the way Disney parks score every second of their guests’ experience; how Chili’s restaurants uses lessons from evolutionary psychology to sell tons of sizzling fajitas, how the sound of a special edition Mustang’s engine is designed to make drivers feel like action-movie heroes. Sure to appeal to fans of Made to Stick and This Is Your Brain on Music, The Sonic Boom offers readers a powerful new vocabulary for sharing impactful messages with sound.

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HMH hardcover, 2014; previous ISBN 978-0-544-19174-7

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“I've spent my life curating, creating, and collecting sounds. But Beckerman and Gray have shown here that there are still plenty of sounds that we’ve all missed. The Sonic Boom reveals the music and structured cacophony of everyday life.”
—Moby
 
“The only force more powerful than taste or smell when trying to create an emotional response? Music. The right sound at the right time can slam you right back to childhood, create dread, inspire empathy, turn you on a dime to an emotional jellyfish. The right song at the right time can change—and has changed—the world, leading directly to social change and even revolutions. Music defines us. Joel Beckerman knows. Let him tell you all about it.”
—Anthony Bourdain, chef, best-selling author of Medium Raw, No Reservations, and Kitchen Confidential
 
“Pick this book up. Put it close to your ear. Riff through the pages. Hear that? Those are ideas—Beckerman’s ideas—flying by a mile a minute. Reading The Sonic Boom is like seeing colors for the first time!”
—Fred Graver, writer/producer, TV creative lead at Twitter
 
“Beckerman and Gray show how the right sound at the right moment forges bonds between brands and people—and how bad sound breaks them. The Sonic Boom illuminates the surprising opportunities that are revealed when we utilize sound thoughtfully and strategically, not just tactically.”
—Andrea Sullivan, chief marketing officer, North America, Interbrand
 
“Beckerman offers an intriguing examination of the manipulative and inspirational power of sound in our everyday lives. It made me listen to my ears!”
—George S. Clinton, film composer and chair of Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music
 
“We are all susceptible to the power and manipulation of sound, and Beckerman has beautifully described this mysterious process. This book makes my choices and use of sound as a producer not only more informed, but hopefully more effective.”
—Gordon Elliott, executive producer of ABC’s “The Chew”
 
 
                                                                   

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