Since Halloween is this month, I decided to create an assignment, worth 3 stars called Spooky Sounds. For this assignment you have to make an audio track using found sounds or your own recordings that is creepy, spooky, scary, halloween-inspired and make it more than a minute long so we have time to get scared!
I started this assignment by collecting some sounds from FreeSound that I thought would sound right in a haunted house. This included bats, squeaky rocking chairs, footsteps, thunder, wind howling, etc. I also added in a slowed down egg timer to build some suspense with the ticking down. I was lucky that when I was looking for some wind chimes that I found a rather creepy version of wind chimes blowing in the wind. So I took my sounds and imported them into Audacity. I slowed down the egg timer and the footsteps in order to build suspense with them. I soften the rocking chair and the bats to make them blend better with the wind and the wind chimes. I also faded in all of my beginning noises that way it would start off awkwardly loud when listeners hit the play button. For the wind howling, I wanted it to come in twice, but I didn’t want to repeat the same noise so what I did is split the wind howling track into two parts and simply dragged the second part into a different section of the overall audio track. The door creaking was surprisingly the most difficult sound to find just because I had a very specific creaking in mind, and most of the creaking doors I found were either the wrong material or the wrong pitch.
Sounds from FreeSound.org
1. timer with ding.wav by keweldog (www.freesound.org/people/keweldog/sounds/181148/)
2. bonitoWindchime.wav by plagasul (www.freesound.org/people/plagasul/sounds/602/)
3. footsteps on wood by Mydo1 (www.freesound.org/people/Mydo1/sounds/198962/)
4. bats1.aif by sofie (www.freesound.org/people/sofie/sounds/9721/)
5. wind_howl2_mono.wav by swiftoid (www.freesound.org/people/swiftoid/sounds/117610/)
6. Door – Creak 02.wav by JarredGibb (www.freesound.org/people/JarredGibb/sounds/219492/)
7. Thunder » Dry Thunder3.wav by juskiddink (www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/101948/)
Haunted House by Open Clips (http://pixabay.com/p-151505/?no_redirect)