Prometheus: Prequel to Aliens & the sweet sounds of Xerox Technology
Written by Diego Pereda
Social Media Program Manager
Promotions for the movie Prometheus are in full swing right now; it looks like the type of movie I enjoy, it has some sci-fi sprinkled with suspense, a small dose of terror and enough blockbuster sounds and effects to keep you entertained for 2 hours. Plus, it is the prequel to one of the all time greatest movies in the genre, Aliens.
Yesterday, I read this article from Wired Magazine talking about the sounds of the movie; it has video interviews with the sound effects professionals from the movie talking about how they created the amazing sounds for the movie. As an engineer in a former life but still quite the geek I found the story quite fascinating. The fact that they used Xerox equipment to make some of those sounds made me think of my days as a Xerox design engineer and the sounds that I encountered while working on the lab.
I am sure many of those sounds could make it into movies as robots, mechanical doors, propulsion engines, etc. I asked my friend Christina Vullo to walk to the Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation lab and record some of these sounds for us. Click on the mp3 file, close your eyes and imagine you are on a space exploration mission, what images come to mind when you hear these sounds?