Scary and Serene Sounds

This recent article (A Field Recording by Phil Torres Documents the Waterfall-like Sound of Millions of Migrating Monarch Butterflies) made me think about the way sounds can be used in storytelling. Sounds can soothe, pique our curiosity and even cause a wave of dread or fear to wash over us.

This article highlighted the waterfall-like sounds of millions of butterflies. My first thought of how this could be used in a story was in a story like Beaches (1988). Something beautiful and calming for someone who is dying, to comfort the spouse of children left behind.


What if we flip this idea the other way and use it as a creepy or terrifying sound. Something like The Birds (1936) where something seemingly harmless can turn into your worst nightmare.

Who wants to talk more about how you can use this idea in your current or next story?

[Credit: flickr/ Bernard Spragg. NZ]
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