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It’s been over a month since Netflix dropped Stranger Things on an unsuspecting public, and we still can’t stop talking about our new obsession. After the jump:

  • Watch Millie Bobby Brown get her Eleven haircut.
  • Cast members take on the 22 Pushup Challenge.
  • How did Stranger Things get its distinct sound?
  • And where can you hear more of SURVIVE‘s incredible music?
  • Check out some amazing / hilarious Stranger Things cosplay.
  • A couple of essays praise the girls and women of Stranger Things.
  • Don’t call the Duffers an “overnight sensation.”
  • A fan theory digs into how Eleven and Demogorgon might be connected.
  • Show your Stranger Things love with a couple of cool t-shirts.

Millie Bobby Brown has previously talked about how the Duffers got her to agree to Eleven’s signature buzz cut. Now you can see the transition for yourself. The actress shared a video of herself losing her long brown locks for the role, all set to Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” because everything is better with Beyoncé. Watch the video above or just take this tweet straight to your hairdresser so you can steal her style.

In other “Stranger Things cast members being just the best” news, a couple of the young stars have tackled the “22 Pushup Challenge” going around social media. The campaign is intended to raise awareness of the tragic statistic that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Brown does hers on the beach, as you can see above, while her co-star Finn Wolfhard gets his done in a comfy hotel room.

Stranger Things gets a lot of praise for looking great, but it sounds great, too. In an in-depth interview, supervising sound editor Brad North and sound designer Craig Henighan go deep on how the aural environment of the show was created. Among other things, they discuss how their collaboration with SURVIVE, the Austin-based band that does the Stranger Things score, and how the sound effects were created for different elements of the show like Joyce’s Christmas lights, the Entity (a.k.a. the Demogorgon), the Rift, and the Upside Down.

To give you a taste, here’s Henighan explaining his sound design for the Entity:

I wanted to come up with something similar to Predator, in terms of having an identifiable vocal, because initially you don’t see the Entity. I wanted it to sonically evoke creepiness and intellect. In all of my recordings, I didn’t quite find what I wanted, but then I started looking through my libraries. I have to give credit to Tim Prebble, who runs Hiss and Roar out of New Zealand. It’s a great boutique sound design/sound effects library. Years ago I bought his seal recordings, and in there I heard a few things that I felt I could use as the hook. I took that seal vocal, and tried to pitch it and mask it, and put a lot of sounds in there so that people wouldn’t really know where it came from. But then I went back to pitching the seal vocals just a little bit, and shortening the length of it. In a cool kind of way, it’s really simple and effective, and to the point. That’s the core sound of the Entity.

When we get into the flesh, I recorded splatty sounds of water hitting flour, and other splats. I also used some great stuff from Boom Library and my good friend Rob Nokes has done a lot of specific recordings for me over the years. I had other fleshy movement sounds and door squeaks, rubber yoga ball creaks. I did some dry ice recordings that are part of the Entity’s bigger roars and screams.

For more where that came from, click over to A Sound Effect.

If all that talk of Stranger Things‘ amazing sound has you eager to revisit SURVIVE’s score, you’re in luck. The second half of the soundtrack is now online, and you can listen above.

Still hankering for more from SURVIVE? You may be interested to learn that the band is going on a U.S. tour this fall, in support of their new album, RR7349. You can hear a track from it above, and get dates and venues on their Facebook page.

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