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How does audio shape our experience with technology?

Season 1, Ep. 1

We communicate, shop, and find entertainment online; it’s how we experience our world in the 21st century. These online experiences aren’t complete without sound. From the "ta-dum" sonic logo preceding a streamed movie... to the "ping" of a messaging app, these sounds are carefully conceived to evoke emotions, to encourage and inform, and to enhance the user experience. In the first episode of “Powered by Audio”, host Randi Zuckerberg talks with Josh Mobley, one of the artists who creates U.I. audio -- User Interface sounds. Then Randi discusses the scientific measurement of audio’s influence on human perceptions with Scott Simonelli, CEO of research firm Veritonic.  

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    This is a podcast about sound. Host Randi Zuckerberg discovers the stories behind the sounds we hear everyday… sounds that inform, entertain, educate, get our attention, influence our behavior, and save our lives. Join host Randi Zuckerberg and her guests as they explore how audio shapes our experience and how pioneers are creating the sound of the future. Powered By Audio is supported by EPOS. For more information about how EPOS is unleashing human potential by perfecting audio experiences, visit