A Homemade Bone Chilling Concoction

“Within this assigment, you must find some spooky sounds and create a scary audio clip. Select more than four sounds and overlap them on a program like Audacity. You can use Freesound to select your sounds. Make them as spooky as possible. Good luck!”

Spooky Season

It is always Halloween in my heart, it is always time to be spooky.

I did make the mistake of doing this assignment at night, so I hope I didn’t accidentally manifest any ghosts, but my dorm is already said to be haunted so I am already all ghosted up. 

Speaking of, I started with something called the ‘Ghost Frequency’, a certain frequency that can’t be recognizably heard, but one that causes fear in the listeners. So I recorded a couple versions of that for a baseline. I used Audio Hijack to grab all of the sounds from youtube. 

Then, I did some research. I found a couple of historical sounds that were used to create a fight or flight response. The one I chose was a sound used in a war to scare the enemy out of their hiding places. I don’t know if it worked, but I could hardly sit through it, so I added it.

Then I thought about jumpscares. Pretty easy to do with sound. I put static under the whole thing and made it really loud at the beginning and end. Just to spice things up, I also added some sirens. I know for me personally, hearing any sort of siren wailing causes my heart rate to increase, and I think the feeling is pretty standard for humans. And probably other animals too. I don’t think many dogs like the sound of tornado sirens. As a final touch, I put in some sounds of a ghost man crying.

As we all know, the first virtue of our patron saint is that “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” In this case, that is more than applicable. Any ‘mistake’, any part of the audio that is disjointed or uncomfortably edited is all the more perfect for this prompt. You are supposed to be unnerved. If that is by my poor editing skills, so be it.

Hope your bones are sufficiently chilled,