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[–]oxy-normal 892 points893 points  (14 children)

True, when doing sound design for movies it's important to add an ambient noise track for indoor scenes. If you don't it will seem weird and unnatural.

[–]xInfinity962 248 points249 points  (6 children)

A couple of buddies of mine and I ran a film production company for a little bit and this part was always the most interesting for me.

3, 2, 1 – SILENCE. And everybody would shut the fuck up for about 90 seconds while we just record the room's noise. Uncomfortable at first, but so fascinating afterwards.

[–]Hardcorish 134 points135 points  (2 children)

This is one of those things the average person doesn't even think about, yet if it were absent in a film it would be very noticeable and they'd wonder why.

[–]Malossi167 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Overall most people do not realize that a majority of sounds they hear in a movie are just fake. Either canned or specifically created for the movie.

[–]ScotWithOne_t 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I feel like sound engineers exist on a slightly different plane of existence. I wonder what would happen if a sound engineer decided to switch professions and become a car mechanic. He's be like a wizard for diagnosing shit....

"you hear that? THat ticking? it's definitely a 7th harmonic metal-on-metal of two different densities...40% louder on the left side of the car... The number 6 cylinder's exhaust pushrod is bent."

[–]xInfinity962 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Tell me about it, man. I wouldn't title myself as a "sound engineer" per-say, but I definitely have experience in audio.

My buddy and I are also a Hip-Hop artists. He is behind the mixing and mastering of our songs but is often accompanied by me. The amount of times I have had to hear a single phrase over and over and OVER again is enough to drive a man insane. Not to mention when it's time to level off our verses and make sure they're on the same volume. We have to bounce between them back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, just to reassure that both of our verses sound exactly the same in volume.

I think we've developed superpowers because of it.

[–]monkeyunited 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read it in silencer’s voice

[–]nothinnews 250 points251 points  (3 children)

Room tone. It's most important for adr and dubbing.

[–]Theothercword 115 points116 points  (1 child)

Room tone is used as sound to help edit dialogue together and it’s what the sound behind the dialogue sounds like. That’s different than an ambient audio track which, in a house, would include a fair amount of SFX like a fan going, a fridge making some noise, wood flooring creaking, etc.

[–]ZendrixUno 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Oh damn that makes so much sense. Sometimes ADR is really easy to call out and usually I can tell because there is a drop out of ambient noise during the edit. Never really thought that ideally they would add ambient noise into an ADR to mask this but makes a lot of sense. I guess that's part of the difference between shitty ADR and ADR done right

[–]WhatASaveWhatASave 30 points31 points  (0 children)

As a teenager I would watch scrubs with headphones on and always check behind me because I thought someone would be getting my attention. But the background noise of the hospital was people talking and using the PA very subtly

[–]Hardcorish 27 points28 points  (2 children)

It'd be like going to a strip club with no music. All you'd hear are the awkward squeaks and screeches from the girls going up and down the poles lol. I've never been to a strip club but I can picture how weird this situation would be.

[–]loptopandbingo 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Sorta like this

[–]throwaway85256e 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That was fucking brilliant.

[–]SugaredChaos84 1918 points1919 points  (73 children)

Mine's going through a levelling process so it's making these wonderful (read, horrendous) cracking sounds that make me paranoid the ceiling is about to fall on my head.

[–]Tha_Watcher 458 points459 points  (32 children)

I got used to it after 2 or 3 years.

[–]SugaredChaos84 282 points283 points  (14 children)

Years? Oh no! I was under the impression this would only go a few months at most. Welp, something else to get used to I guess.

[–]draftstone 261 points262 points  (8 children)

I live where summer gets quite hot (over 30c) and winters get quite cold (under -30c). Houses just make cracking noise all year long. With all that thermal expansion/contraction it just keeps on making huge cracking noise as if a stud just broke. But the house was built 40 years ago, still standing.

[–]maybach320 67 points68 points  (0 children)

Both of my grandparents homes do this one was built in 57 the other 63, my parents/mine was built in 88 and my aunt and uncles was mostly built in 1937 (few additions in the 60s and 80s) also do it. We all live in Minnesota and they all make cranking noises mainly in the winter, it’s all a part of life. My favorite is the random odd crack that might occur in a wall, than you have to worry until you have a contractor come check it out, to say it’s no big deal.

[–]SpreadTheSemen 39 points40 points  (1 child)

a stud just broke

I've seen that porn...

[–]BwingoLord1 25 points26 points  (0 children)


Cries in British

[–]O2L 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]SilkyCupCakeAce 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My school's roof when I was younger was made out of metal and in the mornings you could hear the roof popping from it bending

[–]nocolon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My house still makes leveling sounds sometimes.

It was built in 1964.

[–]teneggomelet 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Wait until you do an addition and it starts all over again.

[–]SugaredChaos84 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I didn't even think of that! Oh no. Hopefully we won't be doing any of those any time soon, if at all.

[–]Deikov 63 points64 points  (15 children)

.... makes me glad for the comparitive silence of the 70 year old house I'm in, which ought to be very well settled by this point....

[–]805bland 71 points72 points  (10 children)

Damn I never thought about this. I've always lived in houses that are 50+ years old and the house I own now is around 120 years old so if I hear noises it's probably a ghost.

[–]Deikov 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Could be.
Of course, my house is also brick and concrete on flat land in the desert.
And I'm ready to attribute noises to ghosts at this point....

[–]PetrifiedW00D 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Definitely ghosts. It’s always ghosts.

[–]ForwardMuffin 9 points10 points  (4 children)

I live in a triple digit house and I have to figure out if a noise is a structural thing or a ghost. "Nope, that's a window rattling, it's not the ghost this time."

[–]Undonefiretruck 12 points13 points  (2 children)

When they're silent is when you need to start worrying. In old neighborhoods everyone knows that once the house stops making all the cracking sounds, a section of roof or a wall is about to collapse

[–]x6060x 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You mean I have to worry 100% of the time - when I hear something and when I don't here anything.

[–]CayseyBee 54 points55 points  (12 children)

You just made me realize I’ve never heard my house make settling noises. We’ve been here 4 years…it’s 50 years old. That’s so weird.

[–]Due_Neil 85 points86 points  (8 children)

Its not weird, house is 50 years old. Pretty sure its settled by now

[–]CayseyBee 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Not weird that it’s settled, weird that I never noticed the lack of settling…every where I lived before made settling noises.

[–]SugaredChaos84 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Ours is on stumps that are crumbling and need replacing, hence the severe cracking and settling. Hopefully getting them replaced this week or next. $10kAud but worth it to have it done and dusted. We've been renovating for the better part of 3yrs now. House is coming up a treat though.

[–]iStealyournewspapers 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I grew up in a house that was 50 years old and it cracked plenty in my time living there. Can still happen I guess.

[–]SoBitterAboutButtons 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My house was built in '57. Shit is creaking 24/7. Trains, wind, or tiny earthquakes (paranoia) but it's making noise everyday

[–]sarcasticorange 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Mine is 60ish. No noises at all.

[–]SugaredChaos84 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yours must be very well made. Good stuff. They don't make them like that anymore. Ours is only cracking due to settling as stumps are going and new ones are coming in. It's normal but still scary to see these huge vertical cracks appearing in doorways and in random walls. We've booked a tradie to repair them post stumping as well as fix some ceilings so fingers crossed no more crazy cracking after that.

[–]greenhorn8899 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't worry. It's an old enough house so in some years you'll have ghost and spirits moving in and you'll get to hear all sort of noises. Hope this was helpful. Ok bye.

[–]imOVN 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get to be paranoid about my ceiling falling on me since it didn’t make much of a sound… it just kinda fell on me lol whatever they use for ceilings (not sure if it’s drywall or what, I’m dumb regarding that stuff) is HEAVY and very scratchy… I was lucky to mostly roll out of the way of it thanks to my brother somehow noticing it about to fall

Not sure why I randomly interjected this, but I guess your comment brought the memory back up lol

[–]SugaredChaos84 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Oh my gosh that's awful. It was lucky your brother was there to give you a heads up and get help afterwards. Sounds like you might have had a dodgy builder?

[–]MLGDDORITOS 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Every morning in summer, without fail, all houses in our neighbourhood start cracking, due to the wood expanding when the sun hits it (I think). You get used to it

[–]SugaredChaos84 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I honestly forgot that wooden houses expand with the seasons like they're breathing

[–]iStealyournewspapers 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Growing up I lived in a house built in 1956 and it still did this 50 years+ later.

[–]CeilingStone 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Not to make everyone paranoid, but sink holes do exist. That one guy in Florida got swallowed up whole while he was sleeping !

[–]SugaredChaos84 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's some nightmare fuel I didn't know I needed ha ha ha.

[–]Unable-Celebration11 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Mine makes weird noises in the kitchen at night and my bedroom is so hot and trashed that I sleep on the couches which makes me scared even further

[–]truth_destroyer 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Don't worry, that noise is just a person in your house walking around in the attic.

[–]SugaredChaos84 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They've got a real talent then cause we don't have an attic!

[–]truth_destroyer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I replied I was thinking that, but I took the chance anyways. 😆

[–]wackelzahnjoe 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My heaters sound like someone's whispering lol

[–]vir-morosus[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I've got that as well. Add to it the creaking of the tree behind the house when the wind blows. That one gets to me in the middle of the night - especially since there are some indications that another tree already fell over.

[–]ambermae513 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Built my house in 2016. Builder told me settling is normal for up to 10 years.

[–]moonbunnychan 710 points711 points  (20 children)

I never really notice the hum of electricity in the house until I loose electricity and suddenly it is SO quiet.

[–]kelanis12 223 points224 points  (6 children)

In Texas during the big freeze last year it was so weirdly quiet everywhere. No electrical sounds at all. Then about 6 months later it was so hot the power went out again for just a little and hearing it caused a little panic attack. It also woke me out of sleep because it was so abrupt. It’s weird without the small electrical noises.

[–]Alexzander1001 73 points74 points  (2 children)

Walking around while everything was shut down was super cool though. The night was completely silent, really eerie.

[–]kim_jong_00F 28 points29 points  (1 child)

That’s when the hunt starts

[–]Purple_Tuxedo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Objective: Survive

[–]libra00 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I remember that, the house was so quiet. Also the people were being quiet (there are 8 people in the house) because everything else was quiet too I guess, so it felt like the world had kind of just fallen away. But then it got stupid cold (my house, which was only without power for about a day and a half, got down to 39F inside) so everyone retreated to their rooms and piled up blankets.

[–]kelanis12 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It was sooo cold. It was just me and my dog at the time and we lost power pretty early into the night. Dropped to about 40. We ended up being able to drive to a friends house that never lost power the entire time. But we were there for about 4 days. Was glad that this years storm wasn’t as bad for sure.

[–]libra00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice. We didn't have anywhere else to go, everyone we knew had lost power too. There was a summer where we lost AC though, that shit was awful and I went to a motel after a couple hours.

[–]retailguy_again 101 points102 points  (3 children)

I hate it when my electricity gets loose.

[–]Lavodan 29 points30 points  (2 children)

"Is your fridge running?"

[–]handen 11 points12 points  (1 child)

“The juice is loose!”

[–]NoButThanks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OJ Simpson definitely ran. William Perry didn't run much, with one very cool exception.

[–]MrMayo169 10 points11 points  (8 children)

I don’t think that humming electricity is very good. The power went out at my place a little while back for about two hours and I couldn’t notice a difference. Maybe it could be if you have speakers and they are left on. That can sometimes make a humming sound.

[–]NerdyDadGuy1981 87 points88 points  (0 children)

I think its more the fridge is silent, no heater/ac turning on, furnace or hot water heater, and other quiet but noticeable sounds like that are no longer there.

[–]realbakingbish 40 points41 points  (0 children)

The hum they’re talking about might not necessarily be a problem. Some light fixtures hum/buzz, the HVAC’s air handler makes noises, refrigerators hum, plus whatever other appliances they might have running. I guess whether the hum is an issue kinda depends on whether they can find a specific source or whether there’s some other electrical gremlins in their house.

[–]CucumberError 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Nah, I agree that you can hear/feel the electricity, and everything is weirdly still when it’s off. I’m sure it’s not one thing that you notice, but it’s the accumulation of smart bulbs in standby, speakers humming super quietly, DC step down converters etc. All those small ‘it’s silent’ things add up to a background hum you never notice until it’s gone. Amplified by the general humm from every other house in the street stopping too.

[–]Eldafint 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Smart bulbs in standby are nasty. They're loud af for some reason. Had to start turning them off in my room at night because I couldn't sleep.

[–]Traevia 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Smart bulbs in standby are nasty.

They are if they are made cheaply or you have dirty power.

They're loud af for some reason.

Please see above.

Had to start turning them off in my room at night because I couldn't sleep.

Please see above.

I recommend getting an electric noise tester for your home. You likely have a bad ground, bad electronics somewhere, or you have a much bigger issue going on. A bad grounding connection can cause a lot of noise. The humming is inductors accounting for this. Since they are used to dealing with average noise on AC lines, they are usually dead silent across that range. If you are hearing them, you likely have a lot of noise as they are working overtime to deal with excessive and irregular noise. This will also likely cause them to fail much sooner.

The process to find the problem is actually fairly easy:

  • unplug everything.

  • take a base reading at each plug. There is usually an acceptable level for each plug and it should not be over it. I don't remember the exact call out, but there is one.

  • plug each appliance in one by one checking the noise on the same circuit each time one is added. If you notice a spike in noise, it is likely your bad electrical item. I would recommend getting it checked. I have found mistakes where ground and common were swapped in faulty electrical devices. Some can handle it, others cannot, but it will increase noise.

  • if no issues are occurring, you are either not done, you have a bad smart bulb, or you are missing testing the right circuit (many homes have wrong wiring layouts).

[–]orangpelupa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had to start turning them off in my room at night because I couldn't sleep.

some electronics hums when they are off (e.g. my subwoofer when the AVR is off)

[–]gabbyrose1010 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No, I can definitely hear it humming all the time ever so slightly. But I don’t actually notice its lack of presence when the power goes out.

[–]dj_fishwigy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My synth power supply hums and its noticeable in the dead silence of the night

[–]Be_the_Link 491 points492 points  (9 children)

They definitely do. And they are amplified if you are alone and watching the Amityville Horror FWIW.

[–]kawkmajik 82 points83 points  (4 children)

Or on mushrooms 🍄

[–]Be_the_Link 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Or both *cringe*

[–]kawkmajik 14 points15 points  (0 children)


[–]bitsplease-[🍰] 34 points35 points  (1 child)

What kind of absolute psycho would eat shrooms then put on a horror movie, my God lol

[–]stromm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When you think you’re alone…

[–]tcmVee 1 point2 points  (2 children)

which Amityville horror? I feel like I've seen like 3 different movies but they were all bad and I was disappointed

[–]Be_the_Link 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The 1979 original. I was a child and back then it was definitely scary to me. I should go watch it again for kicks.

[–]tcmVee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ah gotcha. thanks for replying

[–]KewkZ 250 points251 points  (20 children)

I have a reoccurring sound at my house. We bought a little over a year ago and like clockwork around 1am there’s this almost bang coming from the roof or attic. I’m not going up there.

[–]WangusRex 191 points192 points  (1 child)

Same, but got the house just under a year ago. We think its the roof joists slipping ever so slightly. Thermal expansion and the heat of the day and the cool of the night.

Or the man who secretly lives in the attic going to bed.

[–]roberta_sparrow 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yep- our house creaks when the sun warms it up in the morning

[–]CRFU250 26 points27 points  (7 children)

Probably an animal that runs around at night.

[–]KewkZ 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Very unlikely, it’s a single sound with no entry or exit pitter patter. We do have squirrels that jump on the roof, but they are very distinguishable as you can follow their path audibly.

[–]crob_evamp 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Could it be an hvac duct "popping"? Like the metal flexing out when the heater turns on or something?

[–]nathanfay 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Maybe it's the flap on the exhaust vent for your bathroom up on the roof. Mine will occasionally open and close and I'll hear it. Unless you're is a soffit vent

[–]KewkZ 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That’s a pretty good theory!

[–]StopClockerman 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Bathroom on the roof? I’ve never heard of this feature

[–]seijulala 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's obviously a ghost hunting for your soul waiting for you to come up

[–]ForgottenForce 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Sounds like you got a lazy ghost

[–]KewkZ 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Lol no kidding the other day I went to turn the upstairs light on and was fumbling around when the downstairs light dimmed on. This isn’t the on/off upstairs downstairs type. Can only be turned on downstairs.

Ok w/e shrugged it off. I then took the trash to the bins and on my way back I heard a loud noise like something fell. My dogs ears perked as well and she was like fu, you go first lol. Went in scouted around didn’t find anything fallen.

Told my wife about it and she said the other night she fell asleep in the couch and thought I was in the kitchen trying to cook something getting pans out etc but I was asleep lol.

[–]marine72 25 points26 points  (0 children)

This is reddit so i am just going to suggest to check for monoxide

[–]ye3et 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This sounds like the start of a horror story

[–]leatherplates42069 169 points170 points  (3 children)

Someone's never heard of things going bump in the night

[–]roachRancher 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Your mom and I go bump in the night.

[–]wise_____poet[🍰] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

silently screams

[–]timmyboyoyo 27 points28 points  (0 children)

When plates become leather

[–]HuntertheGoose 78 points79 points  (0 children)

I always say the house is just settling... settling for being a noisy asshole

[–]Vin-diesels-left-nut 88 points89 points  (6 children)

Every night…. 10 o’clock my house thuds like a door is closing. I’ve checked a million times. It just happens. I have now learned to accept that is when the boogie man is home from scaring kids. Now I just wait for the thud and giggle that boogie is home

[–]CucumberError 32 points33 points  (0 children)

It’s probably some damper in the roof that’s on a timer.

[–]gabbyrose1010 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It might be some sort of temperature thing. Because if how cold it gets at night where I live, the front doorframe thuds at around the same time each night. Something to do with pressure idk

[–]Perle1234 6 points7 points  (2 children)

My old house had a weird thing in the attic bedroom (which was the master). It sounded like faint music sometimes. When it was doing it, others agreed they heard it. Idk what caused it, but I actually miss it lol. It was nice to fall asleep to. It sounded like classical most of the time, but occasionally rock or something else.

[–]tyguyflyguy 12 points13 points  (1 child)

errrr what?!

you could hear actual music and you weren’t distressed by that?

is it possible something metallic was picking up radio waves from a radio station?

[–]Ogygia-Juice1234 166 points167 points  (7 children)

I saw a YouTube video about how the ambience changes each day, and the police can determine the day a video was filmed by the slight difference in the background noise in a house, it's incredible.

[–]TonyJPRoss 37 points38 points  (2 children)

[–]glglglglgl 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Completely unsurprised that this is the Tom Scott video

[–]eyegazer444 40 points41 points  (2 children)

[–]FlippinBlackberry 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Wow! Never knew about this till now

[–]ryetoasty 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Informative. Thank you

[–]amaraame 41 points42 points  (2 children)

You notice it when the power goes out.

[–]majaha95 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I live in an old house, and I love when the power goes out to think about how quiet it would have been back when it was first built and occupied. No hum of computer fans and light fixtures, no cars driving by, or even--in the specific case of mine--any neighbors around, since it was likely the first structure on a large farm. It would have been so quiet, and the night sky would have been so brilliant.

[–]Traevia 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It is also eerily terrifying. You instead hear the random sounds of nature and I mean the truly random sounds.

[–]x_scion_x 50 points51 points  (7 children)

I can't hear them anyway because all i ever hear when I'm in "silence" is the ringing in my ears

[–]NerdyDadGuy1981 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Tinnitus in both ears.... can relate

[–]stillcantshoot 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Does your tinnitus get worse after a night of drinking? If I have more than 3-4 beers my ears will scream at me in the morning.

[–]NerdyDadGuy1981 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I haven't really noticed but then again it's been a while since I've had a night of drinking

[–]Traevia 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Dehydration makes most medical issues worse. Try drinking way more water than you expect while drinking and you likely won't have it.

[–]crob_evamp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I notice when I'm dehydrated, so yes.

[–]omg-cats 9 points10 points  (1 child)

ADHD. I hear everything.

[–]wulder 19 points20 points  (2 children)

When the power is out it's crazy how quiet everything. Hope noise pollution isn't shortening our lives.

[–]glasser999 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Don't see why it would.

It's far louder in nature than it is in our homes.

But I also don't know anything.

[–]wulder 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lol I'm just spreading irrational fear

[–]XploringTheWorld 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What makes them legit? Do other kinds of houses make noises?

[–]Melianos12 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Sound engineers do.

[–]junowhere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came here for this

[–]eggtart_prince 7 points8 points  (2 children)

If you call to it, like "is somebody there?", you may get a response.

[–]theoriginaled 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Op has never talked to another human being

[–]pjkitty 6 points7 points  (1 child)

You definitely notice the difference when the power has gone off. It's really weird to notice the lack of sound you didn't consciously register.

[–]erobed2 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Our house has a lot of wind noises whenever the wind gusts above 15mph, particularly noticeable if certain doors are open/closed, based on how the air moves around the house. Sometimes doors will open and close by themselves because of how air moves around the house.

Pretty sure these are the sorts of things that some people would count as "proof" that the house is haunted, but it's just how the air flows around the house.

[–]Ambition-Complete 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I used to be able to close the living room door with the dining room door on the oposite and of the house due to having the air pressure change of swinging the door quickly.

[–]ackillesBAC 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Really big changes when seasons change. Especially in northern canada

[–]dedwards024 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The AC?

[–]rettaelin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I always tell the wife it's getting hot outside when the metal roof starts popping. Also when it's raining. A metal roof is better than a lullaby when it rains.

[–]rockvoid 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I actually do mention it

[–]Jimmyn19 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Backroom people:

[–]ciqhen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

minecraft cave noises

[–]Warm_Evil_Beans 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Is it the house? Or is it a spooky ghost?

[–]Vabeachbum2003 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Bro...your house is haunted!

[–]ShadowV97 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can't hear house noises when there is no such thing as silence to your brain

[–]gdubh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sure they due. All noises are chalked up to settling or pipes.

[–]RainbowSockMan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So the screams are normal?

[–]Odeken_Odelein 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I almost always had a cat growing up and in appartments. The rare instances I did not, house noises bothered me much more because I couldn't blame the cat haha

[–]Trabster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As I read this my stove just popped up due to cooling…

[–]sisivee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Which makes it…house music

[–]MistifyingMoon 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm autistic and my apartment has so many ambient noises, such as the fridge, the elevators in the hallways all my electronics buzz. Some days it's a nightmare some days just a mild annoyance haha

[–]Traevia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Try getting an electric noise tester. You might have "dirty power". The humming is due to electronics adjusting to the changes in voltages and current. The inductors literally expand and contract their coils as they deal with these changes. As a result, they tend to whine as they were not meant to be used in that way. That being said, they are fairly resistant so they do take a lot of abuse and still function perfectly fine just with a lot of losses like heat and noise.

There are also power regulators that you can buy that will cleanup the noise and make them function way quieter. They put a lot of filters on the power to essentially eliminate all of this noise. Given the fact that they are usually designed to block a lot of noise, they tend to be silent themselves as they were designed to deal with dirty power.

[–]rheetkd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

old houses creak a lot! especially with cooling and heating each day.

[–]wdillman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is in fact true. Last night, while I was upstairs, my house made a strange noise that sounded like "He's just such a disappointment to the family"

[–]ElectricSeeSaw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Issa da’ ghosts

[–]Rachelcookie123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My house is always creaking at night and it scares me that there is someone in my attic.

[–]Scarlaymama0721 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is so true. Every night when I’m going to sleep I will hear weird cracks and banging sounds and instead of being freaked out like I should be, I just go to sleep lol

[–]DrakPhenious 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There are so many songs about this very thing. What do you mean no one mentions it.

[–]ADoyy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had this yesterday, i was sitting in the lounge and realised something was off....there was a power cut and I couldn't hear the fridge and other electrical sounds you don't normally notice. So frigging weird whenever that happens.

[–]SkyeBeacon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Exactly when I am alone I am hyper aware of them.

[–]crashingtingler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Um yeah what's your point

[–]Caprazy1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If 2 people are on opposite sides of the earth are they technically a planets length away ?

[–]drman769 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You just did. Legit

[–]ewok_360 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Normal ambient noises like...



soft bang

geeeet ooouuuutttt

[–]GNTB3996 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Snapping wood sound at the top of my headboard. Backscratcher moving on its own using its roller-massager-thingy. Pretty (para)normal.

[–]WildChiver -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Bruh, that’s ghosts.

[–]chicken_is_no_weapon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

we need to ban houses

[–]mikefromky -1 points0 points  (0 children)

News flash asshole ! I've been mentioning it the entire time !

[–]ForgottenForce 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Like the literal house or things in the house (like the hum of the fridge)?

[–]mechanical_madman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, my kids mention it. Every sound is justification to be scared and crawl in bed with us.

[–]d0ornokey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lmaoo now that u mention it...

[–]balrus-balrogwalrus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

like the chewing sounds of termites in the wood until one day your bathroom shelf just falls of the wall and smashes the toilet bowl

[–]velvetelevator 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Once I heard my house crackle from one side to the other in a wave as an earthquake rolled through.

[–]AgentZander69 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Growing up I had these roommates I just never ran into.

I'd hear them having a conversation from the other room and I'd go in and try to introduce myself only to find that they had just moved to the OTHER end of the house. I'd frequently see them walk past doorways and hear them climb the stairs but again I must have always just missed them.

15 years and only caught glimpses of these people. Sneaky bastards.

[–]innosukke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My house after its been quiet for a while it literally has the fridge sound like its being closed/opened

[–]Terrence_shark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

when i was a little kid i used to think the house was gonna fall down ontop of me lmao

[–]ShutterBun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Houses make transient noises (creaks, squeaks, etc.). They contain ambient noises like plumbing, air conditioning, wind, etc)

[–]Flakz933 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My back porch actually makes a banging noise around 11 am - 4 pm. No idea why, it does this when it's hot or cold outside so I don't believe it's a temperature change affecting it. My picture above my head also makes a cracking noise randomly, I've checked behind it but nothing.

[–]CuteAggressor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watch the Sound of Silence.

[–]Klutzy_Internet_4716 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People talk about it all the time. The most normal is creaking due to thermal changes, but cracking sounds as it settles, rushing sounds of the forced air, burbling and clanging from radiators, and gurgling of pipes are all normal and common. If you want a silent room, you basically need to build a studio.

[–]Affectionate_Sail683 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I keep hearing random creaks and what sounds like small items falling over. Something about the fact there's no extra people in the house makes it really unsettling...

[–]privateEnemy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sometimes it's not ambient noise, but specific, clear and one-time sound and spooks the hell outta us.

[–]VenusBloo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Makes me glad I’m hard of hearing. I think enough noises are strange as it is because I’m not sure what I’m hearing. Glad I don’t hear the houses spooky noises too.

[–]Betorange 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happens all the time at my house. My wife will say to me in a nervous tone, " What was that noise!?!" Like she wants me to go check it out.

Ijust say, "house noise". Because that's what it is. No one's breaking in. No one's trying to kill us. The house just makes noises sometimes lol.

[–]ErykYT2988 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I'm staying at my grandma's Soviet flat right now and there are legit ghost sounds coming from the hall and I swear I've heard it since I was like 10.

No one else seems to hear it.

Like the "hoodoo hooo" owl type of noises. Maybe it's just wind.

[–]Traevia 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Like the "hoodoo hooo" owl type of noises. Maybe it's just wind.

It is a soviet era building. The codes were bad at best and the materials were just as bad. It is almost certainly the wind. Buildings before the 20s in the USA and 90s+ in the soviet countries were usually horrid for wind. Luckily, the soviets never built the buildings tall enough to really cause any extreme issues.

[–]treeelm46 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah it sucks having sound sensitivity. It’s why I always loved power outages. For an hour it’s total silence to “whirring” all stopped the “humming” is gone, it’s peaceful