From Dance Floor to Dashboard: How Techno Is Helping Change The Sound Of Cars For the Better – Attack Magazine

“With the rise in popularity of electric vehicles (EV), car manufacturers are taking the opportunity to redefine the sound of the automobile. Aside from tires rolling on pavement, EV are almost completely quiet. There’s no engine noise because there’s no combustion engine. Because of various safety concerns, EV are required to make some kind of sound to alert pedestrians to their presence. Just what form that sound will take, however, is up to the companies themselves.”

The idea is a good one, but the results are still lacking something for me. The Japanese video in particular is like a long scream and got very old very quick. I like the idea of getting a Shepard Tone in the “engine sound” that never gets too high in pitch. Time to watch some sci-fi films to see how Hollywood has treated the subject of spaceship and other futuristic vehicle sounds.

Flying High, No Way Down. The Stars, My Crown

Life support is falling
Ground control isn’t calling
Time is passing slowing down
Oxygen is running out

Sirens sound a warning
So clear this morning
Batteries about to die
So blue the sky

Flying high no way down
The stars my crown
My life machine
My glory obscene

All I see is open sky
All I need is why
Diagnosis deception
It screams rejection

My lights they flicker
Descent is quicker
Destiny is coming down
No chance to turn around

Controls no response
See me just once
White light in my face
Impact my embrace

Flashing light

Heart beat getting faster
Cold fear is my master
Cold sweat kills my time
All my readings flatline


Lyrics by Paul Toohill