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I've noticed that deep bwaaah sound from Inception in several movies and trailers.

Apparently others have too--hear a montage of similar sounds (collected by Gregory Porter). I found some info on Wired about Inception's other (crash) sounds, but nothing about the bwaah sound, specifically.

  1. It seems similar to Star Trek The Motion Picture's Blaster Beam instrument. Anyone know how was the Inception sound was made?
  2. Also I think "that Inception sound" works but would "musical stab" be the right term for such a sound/effect?

Edit: I've seen it spelled or referred to as:

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I've always wondered this to..sounds like a sinister fog horn :) –  Travis Dec 19 '12 at 8:57
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up vote 15 down vote accepted

In the featurette The Sound of Inception sound designer Richard King talks shortly about recording sounds from an oscillator that are played through subwoofers.

That's when you can hear that bwaah sound, as you call it.

  oscillator

  Sound

Mix Magazine has an article in which Richard King explains a bit more about using subwoofers and oscillators to create certain sounds for the movie.

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Wooohhaa very pictorated answer(pictorial+decorated) ;) –  joey rohan Dec 19 '12 at 15:47
    
+1 and accepted, the pictures help. :-) I'll add variations to bwaaah to the question to help anyone else wondering the same. –  Alvin Reyes Dec 19 '12 at 19:18
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