SAE Sound Design Contest

Here’s my entry to the SAE Sound Design Contest. All sounds used where either provided for the contest by BOOM Library, are appropriately licensed or were recorded by myself.

The contest was to create audio for a short monster animation, the rules state that “Elements such as Foley, atmosphere and sound design should result in a coherent body of work. Music must not be used.” (Rough translation from German). So with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places winning some pretty awesome prizes including gear from Avid, iZotope, Soundbits, Presonus, Rode, Boom Library and Fluid Audio, it was a no brainer to take a bit of time and care over my submission.

I decided to add an alarm and warning alert to add a bit of drama, and of course the voice track is brilliantly acted by myself in my far from sound proofed studio, curious as to what the neighbours were thinking!

Here’s my submission:

Tribute to the Wilhelm Scream – Crowd-sourced Sound Library – Jef Aerts

A short while back I stumbled on a tweet from a fellow Sound Designer Jef Aerts. As the title shows, Jef had the great idea of building a crowd-sourced sound library of probably one of the most well known sound effects (you’d probably recognise it even if you didn’t know it by name), the Wilhelm Scream.

For years this sound effect has found it’s way into so many productions, here’s a compilation showing just a few of the places it’s popped up.

So, Jef’s idea in his own words;

“The Wilhelm scream has probably become one of the most famous sound effect in film history. We, sound designers, try to religiously use this original scream in as many projects as possible. But wouldn’t it be fun if every sound designer recorded his own Wilhelm scream as close to the original sound as possible. This way we can use a Wilhelm sound-alike without damaging our wonderful tradition. As a bonus we can send our fellow sound designer an email telling him that you used his scream in project “x”.”

The original submission date Jef set was June 1st, but I believe due to a queue of people wanting to contribute it’s been pushed back to allow more time.

You can find Jef’s original post with all the ins and outs of whats needed for your submission here; Jef’s Blog

Of course, as I thought this was a cool little project, I hopped on it and recorded my submission


Harder than I thought to get it as close as possible!

So, if you’re a fan of the Wilhelm Scream and would like a sound library of crowd-sourced samples in the near future, head over to Jef’s blog and get recording.

Who out there is having success in the Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi genre?

A topic I posted on AudioJungle –

“It seems the authors having the most success are generating it via the corporate/advertising music genre. No doubt that it is a lucrative marketing to be in, what with the amount of businesses now online needing marketing and promotional videos.

As the title says though, I was wondering who out there is getting a lot of sales in the Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi/Etc market?”

Link to the discussion > AudioJungle Forum