The evolution of HBO's Sonic IDs

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These take me back. Good to have friends…with cable!

Also remind me of the countless times I heard a news “sounder” coming from the crappy AM radio in my parents car, such as:

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Am I the only one who’s really irritated by the fuzzy compression artifacts in the static I see in HBO logo? It’s so ugly.

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It definitely doesn’t stream super well for that reason. But it’s also still instantly identifiable.

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In other words, their visual noise isn’t random enough?

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The 1983 ID is the one that has the strongest positive effect on me. I remember humming along to it as a teenager, just before re-watching a favourite movie.

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There’s a pretty interesting mini-documentary about all the practical effects they used to create the '83 ID. I was riveted the first time I watched this, because I always wondered back then how the heck certain bright, colorful animations were done without looking like cartoons.

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I remember that mini-doc very well. <3

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Or the fourth broadcast of the day of The Black Hole.

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Which is ironic since HBO’s Westworld currently has a plotline about evil; robots using sound signals to control humans like puppets.

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Anyone remember watching any of the pre-HBO networks?

I seem to remember it as Hollywood Home Theater. It’s big feature movie was Rollerball (1975). We thought it was so cool to be able to watch an R rated movie, uncut, on TV

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Over here, it has to be the BBC News theme. For the one of you that doesn’t know it…

As Bill Bailey says, this is the news - accept no pale imitations.

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It’s called an “earcon” (audio icon).

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