The Sound of Horror Movies
Introducing the waterphone, a strange instrument capable of producing a wide range of atonal sounds, by bowing or striking a series of rods attached to a steel resonator. This resonator can be filled with water, hence the watery sounds audible in this soundscape.
Unlike musical tonal sounds that obey strict rules to sound pleasant to the ear – though sometimes dissonant – there are no rules governing atonal sounds. These sounds will make you feel uncomfortable at first, which is the reason why they are the preferred choice on many horror movie soundtracks. While I wouldn't recommend using this soundscape at all if you are prone to anxiety attacks, it is interesting trying to get past that first uncomfortable feeling. Atonal sounds open our ears to a different sonic world, so different from the harmonic sounds we are used to listening to, when we listen to music. Enjoy (or not)!