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Sound Economy Series: 4 Ways Sound Affects Us

  Sound affects us in many ways, though it’s usually very unconscious. That’s why there is no point researching environmental sound or music by asking people what they think of the sounds around them. In most cases, they won’t have noticed these surrounding sounds until you ask – and when you crystallise their perception by asking they will form an instant opinion that probably has nothing to do with the way the sound was affecting them before they noticed it. So although unconscious, the effects of sound are great. Firstly, sounds have physiological effects. Sudden noises can make our brain release cortisol […] Read more »

Sound Economy Series: Hearing is first

    Hearing is our most primal sense, and yet it is astoundingly undervalued. Sound is rated as a key element of brand communication by 41% of consumers, but only 12% of the world’s marketing communication budgets are spent on it. This makes little sense, because consistent sound increases the impact of visual communication by up to 1207%*. Businesses and other organisations would benefit hugely by focusing on coherent audio branding. There are three core reasons why hearing should be taken more seriously in any branding situation. 1. Hearing is our first sense in time Firstly, we simply cannot turn our hearing […] Read more »