What makes a sound or a song creepy? I suppose that does have a number of possible answers ranging from life experiences to the mind itself. Certain sounds, particularly nonlinear sounds can trigger that sense of unease and fear within us. A byproduct of evolution this function helps keep people and other animals alive by recognizing potential threats quickly. With this understanding many creators have used these nonlinear sounds to enhance the horror in their media. I can’t say I’m super knowledgeable about the subject but I am fascinated by it and its implementation in film and games, particularly todays pick.
The Masked Man: Mother 3 [steam: B5K5L-Z59TX-ED2FE]
What is it was the Mother/Earthbound games and these crazy sounds? Even in the safety of my home this tune unsettles me. I shouldn’t feel that way but it creeps on me in the quiet of the night. This got me thinking about the nature of sounds and why some bring fear while others can bring joy. That is how I learned about nonlinear sounds and their effect on us. I am no expert on the subject but I feel that like Gygas and the Cave that time Forgot, the Masked Man carries those nonlinear sounds which is what ultimately makes it more frightening than it has any right to be. As if chaos itself was crying out to the world. A very effective technique to be sure and something I want to learn more about.