So, I was innocently waiting in the theater on the new Star Trek to start–way back in 2009–and the first glimmer of the movie starting? Not an image. Not a logo. Not jumping straight into an action sequence. It was a sound. Nothing but a sound.
That little computer sound, a little beep-beep, was instantly recognizable to me. I got chillbumps and teary eyed! I never knew how ingrained that sound had become to me, nor how sentimental it made me.
I watched the original series growing up. My dad was a big fan. My husband recently re-watched all the old episodes with the kids. I liked The Next Generation. I even liked the last attempt at a series in that franchise, Enterprise. But while I really enjoy the shows, I wouldn’t have thought that little sound would have that much impact, but it did.
I like to put sound in my writing. Even using made up words to get across what’s happening. Give me a good “Twak” or “Thunk” or “Zip” in an action sequence and I’m happy. (this puts me in mind of the Batman television show with the sounds treated graphically over the action–Zowie, Batman!)
Tell me, to make me feel better, did anyone else notice that little sound at the beginning of the new Star Trek and get a big grin? Or maybe even sniffly? Any other sounds really get you, bring an image together for you, evoke a memory?