Creating Atmosphere with Sound Effects and Music

Published: 03rd September 2009
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The sounds you use in your presentations should be "invisible". They should compliment the visual elements without taking away from them. Your audience shouldn't be overly aware of the sounds, but they should feel their effects.

Due to movies like "Jaws", the modern audience has become aware of music that tries to "Mickey mouse" its way through the movie - in other words - tries to be relevant to the actions of the characters. The modern audience is more discerning, and a more subtle approach is needed.

However, this doesn't stop many sound effects clichés still having a place in today's production. What affected someone emotionally in the 50s, is likely to still have the same effect today. It is just the style, however, that has changed.

Sounds for Fear
Fear can be created in 2 ways. Deep and foreboding sounds or tones are obvious choices. While these sounds build suspense, they also create atmosphere. Surprisingly, higher pitched sounds can also be used to express fear and tension. Perhaps this is because they are associated with screams and squeals of terror. Decide which type of sound is best for your purpose.

Sounds for Intrigue
Create intrigue by "asking questions" with the weird twanging of high strings, the plinking of a child's piano, or the buzzing of a synthesizer. War of the Worlds is possibly the best example of using weird sounds to fascinate and capture the audience's imagination.

Sounds for Tension
One of the best ways to create suspense is just to raise the volume or tempo of ambient sounds. It's amazing how irritating ambient sounds can be, and this can be used to your advantage. You can really grate on the audience, subtly building tension in them with annoying spaceship beeps or jungle insects.

Theme Music
Bring atmosphere to individual characters by giving them their own theme music. Of course ensure that it matches their style!

Sounds for Heroism
After all these years, horns and brass still provide the crescendo of sounds to represent heroism. Not just accompanying sounds for heroes, but acts of heroism are often represented with a powerful orchestra as well.

Sounds for Humor
Of course, using sounds for humor means not having to worry too much about making the sounds "invisible". In fact, making the sound overly obvious can provide a bit of humor in itself. Use techniques such as timing, exaggeration, and surprise.

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