April 11th 2013 2:44 pm PT

Xbox 360 “Achievement Unlocked” sound as a visual

When I read what Born Of Sound was doing with audio I was intrigued. They take the mechanical vibrations of audio that we hear, but don’t normally see, and turn them into a visual is if they are traveling trough air. They call this a “sound-form

I contacted them and asked them to do a sound-form for the familiar Xbox 360 Achievement Unlocked Sound.  They came back with this ethereal image.

I’ve got a larger version of the image above on my Flickr if you want to use it as your device wallpaper, or you just want to get a closer look.  

Head over to their site to see a gallery of their work or you can get your own done

Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyPolito Anthony

    love that sound

  • http://twitter.com/BizarroPete BizarroPete

    hmm, kinda looks like an X… omg

    • http://www.facebook.com/adamdjt Adam Daniel John Thompson

      Rotate it 45 degrees and that would make a cool logo.

      • Fritzster

        like the original Xbox logo. The best one!

  • Mik3t

    nextbox viral marketing begins

  • brunombardi

    It’s amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/HotDanceTrax Alex

    Sometimes when i am in bed i hear that sound, and nothing is on. Scary

    • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

      It’s really a powerful sound that’s embedded to our mind.
      I really hate the Gears of War Judgment commercial, it has the achievement sounds and I immediately look up at my TV in confusion thinking someone logged online.

  • MrRadiolips

    That last drip after you shake….Achievement!

  • DSight

    That’s incredible and it looks like an X.

  • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

    It looks like a cross. Except the top part of the stick wants to be different than the rest.

  • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

    This also reminds me of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 teaser.

  • http://twitter.com/ENich1 E.Nich

    A kind of green cross? Could be the new nextbox logo xD

  • Logic Squirrel

    Achievement Unlocked: Adam Orth fired lmao.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FreelancerTex06 Heather M Stryker

    Seriously, when I have this set as my email sound or something on my phone, I turn heads….usually a bunch of idiots in public nowhere near an Xbox looking around to see if they unlocked something :-P

  • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

    Looks cool I shall have to try this maybe need to get some good sounds first though

  • ElektroDragon

    Yeah, now too bad, the SAME sound is used for friends popping online, downloads finishing, and everything it else. It REALLY needs to be unique. So I suggest changing the other notification sounds on the next Xbox.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

      i really wish they had different sounds for everything. if i am watching tv or something when in party chat i can’t tell if i got a message, party invite, or just a friend got online.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516951649 Justin Stewart

    I really wish there was a different sound for when someone comes online I mean really who was lazy enough to use the same frigging sound? Everytime I hear the sound I think it’s an achievement I unlocked!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pavels.ahmadulins Pavels Ahmadulins

      I’m very agree! (*

  • http://twitter.com/MotordomT Dominic

    Hey Major :) Could I recommend you change your iframe from: to ? This will stop the Achievment Unlocked sound from playing everytime someone a. goes to this page or b. Goes to the page on the blog archive which has this post (autoplay gets annpoying fast :P) Thanks!

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson


  • O Mosqueda

    Whatever. *yawn* Wake me up when we get a new game or a sale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

    looks like a green alien dude falling over to me

  • http://www.facebook.com/svilen.fal Svilen Fal

    Unfortunately, I almost never hear that sound any more. The current system sounds are so horribly terribly lame suckage I had to turn them off. It would be SO nice to selectively enable just the Achievement sound, or to reset the system sounds to back to before, when they didn’t sound so incredibly wussed out.

  • http://twitter.com/laughing_cai Kevin

    why is it that we still cant get this ringtone for the windows phone sms sound?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Beaulieu/599839632 Steve Beaulieu

    sorry but this sound suck, its the same sound for everything, message, friend invite, friend connected, disconected…I realy think that Achievment need a Better sound, an authentic sound, because its soo damn good when you are ready to ear this sound but… Hey Barry is connected….bhooouuu!! Achievment need his unique Sound.

  • http://twitter.com/j_ball13 Jack Ball

    Is it just me or does the image look like the Achievement Hunter logo?

  • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

    Can you post the sound that plays when you save changes to your avatar?