What does a real lightsaber sound like?

If you have ever seen Star Wars, most people can think of a sound that a lightsaber makes. They can hear the zap when it turns on, the crashing when they hit each other and the humming when they wave.

Yet, no one has ever held or heard a real lightsaber. No one has ever seen a real one off screen.

We accept imagination as culture.

The question is: If someone invents a lightsaber what would it really sound like?

Probably not like the movie we grew up loving.

Does that make it a real lightsaber then? Is what we have positioned in our mind’s eye the real one?

Worth thinking about while listening to how Ben Burtt created these cultural icon sounds.