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|Domenic||Posted on Oct 21 2012, 11:07 PM|
| Sometimes no sound is the right sound. In Naked in West Upton I used a feeling to replace a sound.
You are never without the feeling that someone is standing very close to you. You search, but there is nothing there. Yet you know there is. You can feel it. Someone, or something has just breathed down the back your neck.
Letting the character spook their self often works better than a sound.
In one story I had a car accident. There are hundreds of sounds for such a scene. I used one word… “WHOOP.”
If you can’t find the sound you need, replace it with no sound, or a smell. Smells work good for the reader.
|Ellie||Posted on Apr 25 2012, 06:04 AM|
| Before a tree actually falls, the decayed tree limbs/branches kind-of slowly break away slowly over time to be followed by the actual tree heading to earth. I would also imagine it depends on the size and age of the tree as to the loudness it would make. Another noise to consider: "karuuuuummmm" accent on the "rummmmmmmm." Actually, it would also depend on the distance of the tree's location and the person listening. Sound of wind in black pines: "weeeeeeeeesh" sort-of a low moaning. Mountain stream: whirring...swishing...bubbling...
Just my two-cents-worth...
|Halliday||Posted on Apr 24 2012, 09:52 AM|
| Thank you, guys.
Ellie, highly considering your sound. It's closer than what I was thinking.
Everything has a voice in this book.
"They heard the sound of the wind through the black pines (vou vou), the mountain beech (trrrr trrrr), and a mountain stream (appropriately named Arkoudorema, Bear River) rushing, scouring, churning below them in the valley."
There are, sadly, readers who would prefer them all to shut up, but they are not our kind of readers.
|Ellie||Posted on Apr 23 2012, 07:46 AM|
|Steerpike||Posted on Apr 22 2012, 09:26 PM|
Love that show.
|Donnalee||Posted on Apr 22 2012, 03:32 PM|
|Donnalee||Posted on Apr 22 2012, 03:25 PM|
| Listen to npr's Car Talk to the people who try to mimic the sounds their broke cars make - how to spell them, I don't know. Kids are great with onomatopoeias, so maybe ask some 9 yr olds to help.
I think if it's adult fiction you'd be better off with describing the sound and how it makes the character feel.
|Joan McCormick||Posted on Apr 22 2012, 05:53 AM|
|how about the sounds in your ears the blood rushing that you so want to stop so you can really hear everthing out there.|
|Halliday||Posted on Apr 22 2012, 02:26 AM|
| When you're alone in a forest, far off from other folk on the Earth (and I hope you've all had this wonderful experience sometime in your life), there are, well, sounds. Some explicable though mysterious (the random "booms" of meteorologic phenomena, the sounds of mating turtles, etc). There are sounds like, you'd swear that was a car engine in the distance (though there's not). And then now and then there's a sound no one knows what it could be, maybe it has to do with bears, and let's hope it doesn't come back again...
I'm working with such a sound right now, which is a fairly simple concept, but how to describe-spell what the sound sounds like?
While it might have to do with the felling of a tree, I don't want a "crash" to give it away, and it might have to do with a stray stick of dynamite, but a "boom" is too obvious and could be mistaken for thunder.
For the time being, I'm using "Kaloomp!" but this is not very satisfying.
Any suggestions for a mystery sound for a mystery sound?