After watching years of History Channel, Discovery, Nat Geo Channel tv shows I 've picked up on the use of particular one shot sound fx in many music scores. It sounds like a stretched bell or metallic tone with a predominately twinging decay. It's very cool sound that works well to punctuate an emotion in a tv shows music score.
Its use is so frequent, dare I say it's overused. Don't get me wrong, I love this sound. So do many others as it seems. I find it became amusing hearing it over and over, much like the Wilhelm Scream is used in almost every action movie/tv in the last 50+ years. You can't watch Lucas/Spielberg/Jackson films without picking it out. I hear the scream in all manner of cartoons and animation as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_scream
Anyways, I'm sure some of you sages already know the sounds origin, but I always wondered where this sound came from. So, while browsing Omni soundsources I finally came cross the metallic one shot sound called.......Rusty Spoke. Originally released in Distorted Reality 1. According to the Soundsource Zoom keywords; metals/Bowed Oil Cans.
Author: Eric Persing. I should have known. Well done.
It's quite possible in 50 years people will be asking the same question "What's that sound from?"
Rusty Spoke....the next Wilhelm Scream of sound design?