Month: September 2022

Tom Parsons: Composing for Horror

I have been composing for audio dramas since 2015 and have worked on over 30 projects. A lot of these projects are horror-related. Influences Composers who inspired me: John Carpenter John Carpenter composed the scores for films such as Halloween, The Fog, and Escape From LA. I admire Carpenter’s ability to create simple pieces and make them memorable and iconic. One of the Pieces from …

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Mad Fiends With Violins

Strange Bedfellows Music and horror have been intimate partners bent on emotional sabotage since the silent film era of the mid-1890s to the late 1920s. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), Georges Méliès Le Manoir Du Diable (House of the Devil) (1896), Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921) all incorporated and relied on music to lure their audience into the film’s world of ghastly abominations. This relationship …

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Breaking Down an Audio Drama Script

There’s no big secret to breaking down a script. A lot depends on the workflow and the level of detail you’re looking to get into for your production. Most script editing software has some reporting capability. And often, these reports can be exported as a CSV. This is great news! When I see the letters CSV, I immediately think import to a spreadsheet. Here’s a …

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How to Howl Like You Mean It

Howling — it’s probably one of the first noises that come to mind when you think about wolves. A loud siren call echoing through the woods betraying the presence of wild canines. This cry is used by wolves to communicate over large distances and alert other packs to territory and serves as one of humanity’s clearest signifiers of the Wild. Whether you seek to join the …

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Survive Dialog Editing With Your Wits Attached

The premise behind the 11th Hour Audio Challenge is simple – you’re here to learn something new in audio and learn it fast because you’ve got 28 days to make your production a winner. I’ve been involved in the Challenge since 2016. It got me seriously into scriptwriting, provided a boot camp in recording techniques, and enabled me to meet a fantastic array of talented …

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A Guide To Choosing Microphones For Your Podcasting Setup

So you’re looking to start podcasting, producing audio dramas, voice acting, or just make a general nuisance of yourself and you’re in the market for a decent microphone to get the job done. The trouble is there are so many different types and styles of microphone and the quality varies greatly. More confusing yet, the old standby that you get what you pay for doesn’t …

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Power on the Go

One of the hallmarks of a good audio production is high-quality sound effects.  One of the best ways to build a library of first-rate SFX is to record and edit them yourself.  Recording your own SFX ensures that you have the right sound for your project (anyone else ever needed a coydog that growls, yips, yelps and whimpers?), that the SFX in your production are …

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Why I Gave Up on Pro Tools and Audition

I’ve been using Audition since it was Cool Edit 1.0.  It has always been my go-to software to getting things done.  And coupled with Pro Tools, I had a mighty editing suite indeed.  But last week I stepped up to a personal challenge that changed my workflow permanently. I had one week to edit a half-hour audio piece for Halloween, Vultures over Low Doves. I …

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