Often, when companies accomplish some milestone or other, they congratulate themselves on how wonderful they are, how terrific their products are, or some nonsense about their leadership and vision. You won’t be reading that here. Instead, for our small milestone, we’re going to thank the people who actually deserve the credit.
First, you’d probably like to know what the milestone is – on December 2nd, 2015, we passed a quarter-million YouTube views for our video “How Sound Works (In Rooms)”. In 28 months, which is pretty good for a video about acoustics. It’s not a highly-travelled topic on YouTube, and though there are several videos from competitors with higher view counts, they took more time – years more – to get there. So we’re really happy that so many people watched our humble video.
This may seem like false modesty – yes, we ARE proud of the video, but when we were trying to figure out the best ways to show what happens to sound in a room, we just wanted to put together something that was simple and entertaining – if you can’t have fun, why go? Between my pal Mark Gaddis, our videographer, and myself, we had many hoots over many (!) coffees thinking up the “gags” in the vid (Nerf discs, fluorescent string, the clap-stick) – and the ones that made the cut were simply the ones we found funniest or coolest. We had no thought about how many people would eventually watch it.
This video was also the first in the series of three “how it works” videos, and it took the longest to get to a shooting script – about three months. I had to rig up a Nerf gun armature, Mark had to figure out ridiculous shooting angles, and we both had to wait forever for each green string to stop vibrating before clicking off the next single frame in the “speed of sound” stop-motion animation scene. Man, that was a long day!
But it was also a lot of fun for us, and it’s been continuing fun as we watch the viewing numbers climb. So, yeah, we’re proud of it, but here’s the truth – it’s the people who took the time to watch the video and then recommend it to their friends, co-workers, bandmates, and YouTube pals that deserve the credit. We are VERY grateful you all cared enough – and took the time – to pass along the link, because we sure don’t have the massive advertising budget needed to accomplish 250,000 views! It was all thanks to viewers.
So – THANKS to all you current – and future – viewers! We’ll make more vids, and hopefully they’ll be fun and instructive, too. Let us know what you think. Really – thanks for watching! Here are a few of the many comments “How Sound Works (In Rooms)” has received:
Steve: Really one of the best videos I have seen for acoustic treatment.
Chillos: Wow! First time I really hear the difference! thnx a lot..
Moisés: Best educational video ever, thanks!
Henrique: Great video! That window metaphor to the absorber was very clarifying. And the with/without effect at the end… very clever, and beautiful. Thanks for the science/art!
Essential: Amazing channel 🙂 Thanks for your work!