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Sounds of the Season: Stone Statues

Because Sometimes Only Hearing is Believing

I believe good sound FX are always in season and for those interested I’ll be sharing some on my site, while I work through projects as an audiobook narrator.

Many times my FX are drawn from a marvelous website called Freesound.org.  I cut, slice and alter them using effects found in the Audacity tool (also free to download and use). Sometimes I create the sound myself, using my voice or things to hand.

Featured Sound: Stone Statues

In Harbingers of Hope, the adventurers are in a strange, glass-walled dungeon of sorts known as the Hopeward. In a bisected chamber stand two ten-foot tall marble statues of armored warriors, one white and one black. And just as you would expect, when the glass-doors open to admit them, the statues move to attack. Here’s the sound:

How It Sounded

I built most of the sound from two FX on Freesound:

  • “Ertfelda” created hidden wall opening (#243699)
  • “Jamesrodavidson” created dinosaur footsteps (#192365)

I added some Distortion and lowered the pitch a step.

How It Looks

Here’s a quick attempt at him (the black one, natch), from another wonderful site where you can design and print out your own figurines, called Hero Forge:

So now you know what a pile of carved marble sounds like when it’s coming to make you a part of the cavern floor. Harbingers of Hope will be out in audiobook format this fall.