Treat 10 – UFO

Posted in Countdown Treats on September 8, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

Ever since the X-Files started, I have had an idea for an Alien theme for Halloween. I would love to have a crashed UFO theme some year but I don’t have the room or money to build the main prop. Maybe some day. Until then, I am always making sounds that I think would work well with alien themes.
This sound was created using only the ringing of bells. Maybe you can think of some other creative uses for it.
# 10: UFO

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Treat 11: Zombie Clowns

Posted in Countdown Treats, Halloween on September 7, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

Again, this is something I made for a local haunt. They had a cool maze made up of doors. All of the walls were nothing but doors. Some didn’t open, some opened into walls, some opened but didn’t help you find a way out. Very cool maze. Haunting the maze were Zombie Clowns. I created a bunch of silly voices of what I thought Zombie Clowns might say, added lots of banging noise and loud music and it was played in the dark maze. These are the voice parts I used as well as a small sample of the sounds at the end of the file. Why settle for just clowns or zombies when you can have the best of both worlds?
Treat 11: Zombie Clowns

Treats 16 – 12: Rules.

Posted in Countdown Treats, Halloween on September 6, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

Rules. I have made audio rules for a couple of haunts. I have seen a couple of sites that charge you for this service and thought I would offer an alternative. I am NOT going to place these on the rss feed since I doubt most people would need them and I have 5 different versions for you to select from.
Treat 16 – Egor

Treat 15 – Evil Guy Voice

Treat 14 – Geeves the Butler

Treat 13 – Silly / Clown voice

Treat 12 – Robot Voice.

Each of these is one file with a pause in between each comment to give you room to edit them. You can use the program of your choice to cut them up into the files you need. If you don’t have the software, Audacity is a free program that will do just fine. Again, if you need help, just ask.
Each voice covers the same basic themes.
1. No Smoking or open flames.
2. Actors will not touch you on purpose, please show them the same respect.
3. Do not touch anything or anyone.
4. No alcohol, drugs or weapons allowed.
5. Enter at your own risk.
6. If you don’t follow the rules, you will be removed without a refund.
7. All sales are final.
8. No external lights of any kind.
9. Children under the age of 13 must have adult supervision.
10. This event may be too intense for young children.
11. We are not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or personal items.
12. Turn off all cell phones.
13. No photography allowed inside.
14. Warning, this haunt contains fog, strobe lights, and loud noise.
15. If you do not want to be frightened, don’t come in.
16. Threats or harm to our actors could result in criminal prosecution.
17. This event uses surveillance equipment.
18. Have fun but be safe.

A little story about my making “haunt rules” for the first time. When I made the audio rules for a local haunted house, I also added music and sound effects in between the rules. Like many haunts, this was to be played outside while people stood in line to enter the event. The first time I made a CD for them, they used a lot less rules and it worked out that you wouldn’t hear the same rule for 15 min. I had different sounds and music between the rules so that they would not repeat for over an hour. This worked out fine but I made each rule and sound its own track on the cd. I told the owner that he needed to use the repeat function on the cd player and he said he understood. Good to go!

Jump ahead to the first night of event. I pull up to the haunt. I hear the first rule being blasted over and over and over with no sounds or music. I felt sorry for the ticket people sitting there and hearing that thing half the night. The people working the line didn’t know there was more to it and the people inside hit “repeat one track” instead of “repeat all” on their player and never came out to listen.

Lesson learned: From then on, I mixed all of my haunt tracks into one huge, single track. That way, repeat one or all will work. This cuts out one chance of something going wrong. I also made several copies of each cd needed for backups. People would walk away with the cds, people would scratch them, ect. This was just a couple of years ago and mp3 players and computers were not used as much then as they are now. Many haunts and home haunts still use cd players and there is nothing wrong with that. Still, always try to think about things like that and plan ahead for what can go wrong. It saves a lot of trouble when you are busy trying to haunt.

Bonus Item

Posted in Countdown Treats, Halloween on September 6, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

Many of you might have this little gem from the past but I wanted to put it on the blog for those few who might not have seen it before. This is side one of the classic horror LP “Sounds to Make You Shiver.” This it THE LP that I used to play all of the time in my basement haunts back in the mid 70s. Every summer vacation, I would turn my basement into a crappy little haunt. My brother, my cousin, and I would spook it up with left over Halloween masks and decorations, blankets for walls, and anything else we could think of, and THIS LP would be our background noise.
Ah sweet memories. We would spend days setting it up, it would take 1 afternoon for our friends to go through it, and then the haunt would be our club house for part of the summer.
Old School Halloween cheese at its best.

Sounds To Make You Shiver

Almost half way!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

I have had some really fun feedback on this project. Thanks to everyone who has posted. I still have several sounds that are not done and I pulled a few I thought I was going to post, simply because I didn’t like the end result. I am working on the whispers idea that was posted and I have spent a lot of time on it. I am not happy with it yet but have not given up!
If you have an idea or a want for your haunt or yard, or just have an idea for a sound, drop a message in the next couple of days. Since I tossed out several sounds, I have a few spots to fill. I plan to spend the weekend getting the rest done and really would welcome the idea and feedback.

You can drop me a line here or catch me on Twitter @MorbiusKromwell.

Treat #17 – Alien World

Posted in Countdown Treats on September 2, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

Can’t afford a trip to an alien world? Well, let me save you some money. Pop this sound into your mp3 player, stand in a hot, wind swept desert, and pretend away.
This sound uses the same method as the last sound only instead of children crying, this entire soundscape was created using only the chatter of young girls. I would have posted just the original chatter but some things are just too alien for the human mind to comprehend.

Alien World

Treat #18 – Childhood Nightmares

Posted in Countdown Treats on September 2, 2010 by morbiusjkromwell

You sit up in bed. The shadows of your dreams lie just out of reach as you fight to figure out how much of the nightmares were dreams and how much are real. Your heart races. Your ears search the darkness. Did something just move at the foot of your bed?
I kinda like this sound. Creepy. Spooky. It is a ghostly ambient sound that was created using only the transformed cries of children.

Childhood Nightmares