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I was curious if you knew what instrument/or how they make the "clunking" beat sound throughout most of these pieces?

  1. House of Cards - Season 4 trailer - starting at 0:17 into the video.

  2. Spider-Man 3 - Sandman's theme - starting at 2:04 into the video.

  3. Wrath of Khan - Surprise Attack - starting from 0:00 to 0:20 into the video.

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The percussive "clunking" sounds like a combination of a few techniques:

  • col legno - when a string player hits the string with the wooden part of the bow. The sound produced is more piercing and percussive. Sample clip here.

  • pizzicato slap - when a string player plucks the string so hard that the strings hit the wood of the neck. The sound produced is more piercing and percussive. Sample clip here.

The col legno and pizzicato slapping are used in conjunction with chopping string notes underneath. The chopping string sound is likely achieved using staccato, marcato, and/or Martelé

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