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Evaluation ASU4

Description of the sounds

This video has more than one still image. Some pictures are from the Aokigahara forest. The forest is a popular place for suicides, reportedly the world’s second most popular suicide location. The music might be calm but it has a hint of suspence, it’s amazing, ambient and haunting. It makes it scary because you know that the forest is haunted. The soundtrack is a continuously and repeatedly beat.


Danomite8, 2011. Scariest Music Ever Heard. The Living Hills – Aalborg Ambient Soundtrack Vol.1. Available at:<> [Accessed 16 July 2012]

This is a 3D Sound Illusion called “Holophonic. It has one still image and has a scary music with vocals. You can hear birds, the wind, voices (baby crying), drums and animals.


RedStormProduction, 2008. Haunted Forest. Available at: <>[Accessed 16 June 2012]

analysis of the video-sound

I have used Logic as part of my music development. I recorded various sounds with the help of a piano keyboard. I used some of the Logic tools to edit the sounds (Automation, Compressor).

This article in The Telegraph newspaper votes Psycho’s shower music as the scariest movie theme tune. It’s most famous scene in all of cinema. Khairy (2010, p. 1) states that ‘by exposing the audience to forty-five seconds of nonstop violence without actually showing any, Hitchcock leaves it up to our imagination. We never actually see the knife enter the woman’s flesh, but we’re convince we do through the sight of stabbing (hand motion), sound effects, the musical score (horrible animalistic screeching), and of course the careful editing’.

The Telegraph., 2009. Psycho shower music voted scariest movie theme tune. The Telegraph, [online] 28 October. Available at: <> [Accessed 4 June 2012]

khairy, Wael., 2010. Hitchock’s Sympony: Psycho A shot by Shot Commentary. The Cinephil Fix [blog] 17 June. Available at: <>[Accessed 19 June 2012]


Alfred Hitchcock is known as the master of suspense and a great innovator. The murder of Janet Leigh’s character in the shower is one of the best-known scenes in all of cinema history. Hitchcock’s purpose was to shock us all with the murder. The slow entrance of the black figure and the quick cuts was very effective to the audience. Some of the shots were close ups except for a few which they where medium shots before and after the murder.

The noise of the  shower is the only thing you can hear at first. Suddenly a black figure comes closer and opens the shower curtain. The music starts rising the action with the black figure holding the knife. The person who watches the scene is affected by the mood of the music feeling the tension, but also understands what is going to happen.

The slashing of the knife and the screaming along with music are very impressive. The sound of the knife entering Janet Leigh’s flesh was done by plunging a knife into a melon (Enk, 2010). Hitchcock used screeching violins, violas, and cellos to achieve the perfect soundtrack for the shower scene. Through the killing the shower noise, the blows of the knife and the screams of Marion are placed in the background and music in the foreground.

Heavy, 2010. 10 Facts About The Shower Scene Of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. [online] Available at:<> [Accessed 19 June 2012]


I like the way the artist evokes tension within the soundtrack in a relation with the visual work. Some of the images are old and greyscale. The video has a continuously beat  and never changes its rhythm.


Mastakillah 1994, 2008. Tension Music. Available at: <> [Accessed 09 May 2012]

In the analysis of Nathan Fink 2006, it explains the work of Alfred Hitchcock and how he evokes a feeling of suspense in his films.

‘Music is often used in film to help set the “mood” and to
intensify the viewer’s emotional response to the film.’


International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 2006. The Sound of Suspense: an analysis of music in Alfred Hitchcock films [pdf] Available at: <> [Accessed 9 May 2012]