We’ve all heard this at some point at the beginning of a movie:
That has got to be one of the world’s most famous audio logos. Apparently it’s heard in more than 4,000 movie theatres every single day. So who came up with it? How would you even begin to create something that sounds like this?
His name is James A. Moorer, a guy who worked in the computer division of Lucasfilm. He didn’t so much compose that note as much as he coded it. FastCoDesign has the whole story here.
Meanwhile, you remember this, right?
Two bits of trivia: The “THX” part comes from the name of George Lucas first feature film, the dystopian THX 1138 from 1971 (it’s the name of Robert Duvall’s character). It later showed up as the license plate number on Harrison Ford’s car in American Graffiti--minus one of the “1’s.”