Bad Vibes

What makes a horrible sound?

Does a sound frighten you? Does it annoy you? Maybe the sound makes you cringe? These are some of the reactions you might expect to some of the horrible sounds on this website. So what makes one sound horrible and another pleasant? For some sounds there isn't an easy answer, but we can tell you a little about your reaction to the sounds listed below:

Fingernails down a blackboard

Fear response to horrible sounds

What makes a sound annoying?

Beautiful music, horrible sounds

Why do some sounds disgust us?