The surprising way the scene transition sound came about

As one of the most popular shows on television, NCIS has been causing a furore for almost two decades. One of the longest running police procedural dramas on TV, NCIS debuted in 2003 and has been going strong ever since. While cast members tend to come and go on the series, a few things have remained consistent over the years — including that unique “whoosh” sound that occurs during scene transitions. The history of those sounds is as unique as NCIS himself, with direct roots to the show’s creator, Donald Bellisario.

How did Donald Bellisario create the signature transition sound for ‘NCIS’?

When Bellisario was tinkering NCIS as a spin-off of the hit series JAGhe knew it had to be separate. Teaming up with a fan-favorite cast, including television mainstay Mark Harmon, Bellisario was determined to create a unique transition sound that would play between scenes. According to Looper, Bellisario wasn’t quite sure what he wanted with that sound, so he started playing with a microphone in the recording studio.

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