Sound and mood


A video, Psychosis, created by Stephen Murphy accessed at

A fine use of sound and music to heighten the sense of horror with continual sudden shifts in mood, mainly at the dark edge but occasionally, though rarely, interspersed with a dash of something gentle. Employs a wide range of archetypal horror sounds: dentist drill; claggy sound; thunder; wind; bubbling; cracking and crackling; fast intakes of breath; death rattles; intimidating and whirling music; screams; splats and so on. The sounds sometimes build to a climax sometimes maintain a consistent level of antagonism but never stay long enough for us to get comfortable.

Matching sound effects and grabs of music to action appeals to me and I will be using them in my project.


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