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How a Spy Changed the Sound of Horror Movies

How a Spy Changed the Sound of Horror Movies

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Have you ever wondered how those sounds became associated with horror films? Sounds are critical to most films– they can help establish a scene’s mood, provide insight into characters, and alert the viewer to important information. There are two major camps of film soundscapes. Sounds that the audience can hear (but the characters on screen […]

How Do Film Composers Write Scary Music?

How Do Film Composers Write Scary Music?

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(creepy music) – Horror films don’t get much respect. But while horror has often been dismissed as lowbrow, its music has been in-cra-ba. – Listen to the score from the 2018 horror thriller Bird Box. (tense music) Now check this out. (“Polymorphia” by Krzysztof Penderecki) Hear the similarities? This experimental composition was a key part […]