If we understand these cues, then we can construct them in reverse and create imaginary soundscapes, that still seem real. We might call these ‘truth-like’.
Sound designers often work this way in film, taking inspiration from sounds in the real world. Think, for example, about the sounds in an animated film. Animations are completely made up (either drawn or made using computers), so they do not come with their own sounds. Any sounds in an animated film have been imported from elsewhere.
One great example of this is the sound of a ‘laser gun’. Most people will be able to make an impression of a laser gun sound (“Piaoow”).
BUT, there are no real laser guns, not even outside of animations. So, the sound of the laser gun had to come from somewhere else.
A laser gun sound.
So if there are no real laser guns to record, then what made this sound?
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A slinky and a paper cup!
So how does it work?
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Why not listen out for common, everyday sounds that could also be used in film or animations to accompany fantastical objects.
Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. Then, imagine something fantastical as the source of the sound.
Use your imagination to guess what these sounds could be: