Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to Video, Film and other Media post-productions to enhance audio quality. These sounds could be everyday sounds such as footsteps, wind blowing, clapping or doors slamming.
What is a Sound Effect?
Sound Effect, Noun. Any Sound, other than music or speech, artificially reproduced to create an effect in a dramatic representation, as the sound of a storm or a creaking door.
Where did the term ‘Foley’ Come from?
Foley, The art of performing Sound effects. The Art bears the name of the Sound Effects Pioneer, Jack Foley, Who worked at Universal studios during the 1930s. Jack Foley and his small crew created sounds in real-time and synchronised them to productions to give them a realistic feel. He worked on a series of films making him successful in his craft and received many awards including the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award. His basic methods are still used today.
Creating a Horror Effect!
From the strange and supernatural to the Gory and Evil. Creating a horror effect can call for a Creative performance, Unusual props and be prepared for the mess! Believe it or not but the ripping and tearing of fruit and vegetables are often the source for broken bones, sliced bodies and Zombie sludge effects in many films. These elements are transformed into shocking, gory and juicy sound effects during the editing process and synchronising of video.
Fruit and Vegetables are best sources for horror Flesh Rips! Pulling a Watermelon or melon apart can sound like a carcass being ripped open or a piece of flesh tearing from a Zombies body. You may also remember the famous 'Shower Knife scene' from Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho. The sound of the knife entering Janet Leigh’s flesh was done by plunging a knife into a melon. Watch and Listen below:
In this Audio clip I wanted to experiment with a Watermelon, Melon and Celery. I wanted to record some organic sounds with the hope and imagination the end result will sound like the ripping of Zombie flesh, bones snapping, Creature feasting, tearing, slurring, squelching and squishing.
The way I am going to display these sounds to you is: - Firstly Showcase the Organic sounds Edited with no effects & then - Showcased the same Organic Sounds but with Added Plug-in Sound Effects from the Music Technology Software Program Pro Tools 12.5.
The three Plug-in Sound Effects I have chosen in this Foley Audio Experiment are: - Air Talkbox Effect - Air Talkbox Effect and Air Distortion Stereo - Air Talkbox Effect and Air Non-linear Reverb
I will mark on the waveform where the three chosen Plug-in Sound Effects take effect.
Building sounds from the ground up can actually be quite a fun process.
Click on the play below if you want to listen to the Ripping Horror Gushing Creature Feasting Zombie Style Sound Effect:
The four Artistic and Illustrated pictures of Zombies / Dead Men on this blog page is the work of the Fantastic New Zealand Comic book artist Tim Molloy who lives and works in Melbourne, Austrailia. Tim Molloy makes ridiculous apocalyptic psychedelic art mostly in the form of surrealist comic books, paintings and sculpture.
”My work is an ever expanding and interconnected web of dreamlike and nightmarish storylines soaked heavily in delusion, confusion and a general sense of unease. I draw heavily on surrealist techniques, symbolist ideas, synchronicity and dreams to construct my stories. Recurring themes include (but are not exclusive to) death, rebirth, the nature and expansion of consciousness, self-destruction and discovery… There is a kind of pre- apocalyptic tension throughout, balanced (I hope) with a sense of humor that stops it all from getting too serious…”
I seen Tim's Art work and knew instantly they were the Zombies I had imagined for my experimental Horror Zombie Sound effect. I E-mailed Tim to ask him if i could display his work and he Kindly said it was Fine.
To view Tim Molloy's Art, Comic book sketches, Illustrations, paintings and Sculptures please click on his website link below: www.timmolloy.com
~ Many Thanks Tim Molloy ~