do fascinating work. They record live
sound effects for movies, television and video games. When you hear
a door open or a coffee mug break on the floor, you’re hearing a foley
artist’s work. Other sound artists invent effects for real
of sound effects appear in videos, too. Cartoons use noises dramatize
the action, like when Wile E. Coyote’s plans loudly blow up in his face.
Cartoons also use musical cues; a character’s disappointment is echoed
in the so-sad notes of a slide trombone.
are a frequent feature of TV shows. Sometimes they’re used in earnest,
but comedy groups like Monty Python play on viewer expectations when
canned applause abruptly stops.
they’re used, sound effects are great fun, and kids make great sound
effects artists. They get to participate in the storytelling. Come on, watch
this video. Doesn’t this look like a blast?
effects are great fun, and there are instructions
on how to create them, but you can also have fun with pre-recorded
sound effects. To do so, download sounds from a site like Freesound.org.
Then use software like Soundplant
to assign sounds to your computer keyboard. Have fun!
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator