You sitting at a stoplight
, waiting patiently for the light
turn when you feel it: your car begins to tremble
. It begins as
almost a subliminal
sensation, but it begins to grow
you feel your auto
buffetted by wave
upon wave of vibration
You look around and realize that what you are feeling is the
result of the car
behind you whose driver
has the windows rolled
down and the stereo cranked
to its highest volume
, putting its
s and sub-woofers to a stress test
far beyond the
s. Unpleasant as this little episode
imagine if someone asked you to pay
four dollars to experience
this off and on for two hours. That is what people did in the
It was called Sensurround and was the latest of the sensory experience
to come out of Hollywood. This new technology was tied to the
latest in summer disaster movies in the early to mid-70's, Earthquake.
The movie starred Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Genevieve Bujold
Walter Matthau, and the obligatory appearance by George Kennedy and
featured a sound system that would make the theater shake from the
sound being sent through the woofers and sub-woofers.
This new technology won Ronald Pierce and Melvin Metcalfe, Sr.
the Academy Award for sound that year.