LONDON – 50 years ago today, Apollo 8 landed back on Earth. The astronauts had spent Christmas on the dark side of the moon, an extraordinary and dangerous mission. When the shuttle was on the far side of the moon, the astronauts could not contact Earth. On Monday, Christmas Eve, the BBC aired a radio documentary in the UK on the groundbreaking mission. It is now available via BBC Sounds.
The BBC has launched a new app, BBC Sounds, that puts all its audio output into one place. The app officially went live on Tuesday and replaces the BBC iPlayer Radio App. Users can now access live radio, previously broadcast shows and podcasts via one app. It will even allow users to access some popular non-BBC podcasts, with more to be added in the coming months. Exclusive music mixes will also be published on the app, alongside archives of BBC radio comedy and drama. App Store: BBC Sounds (free)
With San Diego Comic Con under way we’re getting first looks at new shows that are coming soon, including the new season of Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker. She’s the first woman to take on the iconic role, and if the trailer is any indication will be an excellent addition to the long running series. The new Doctor Who season is coming this fall from the BBC.
If you’re on the hunt for some quality sound effects for you projects, the BBC has your back. The organization has a website where you can download 16,016 of its sound effects ranging from birds chirping to machines and cars, nature sounds, people walking on specific surfaces, and more. You can search for sounds and listen to samples before downloading. They’re all free, but come with a catch: you can use them only for personal, educational, or research purposes. Check them out at the BBC Sound Effects website.