Introduction: How to Make Music Sound Scary!

This is my first Instructable and it shows how to make any music (mp3) file sound scary using the free software tool, Audacity. An example of scary music is this video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jwj0gLriTnk

Step 1: Get Your Stuff Together!

If you don't already have it you need to download and install Audacity and the LAME MP3 encoder from this link: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows
And you'll also need a music .mp3 file to make scary.

Step 2: Import Your Audio File

After opening audacity go to the toolbar at the top and click the following: Project-->Import Audio... Find your music file and import it. If your using Audacity for the first time you'll probably have to find the lame_enc.dll file first so follow the steps provided on screen if prompted.

After importing your file you should get something in the little gray area looking like this. This is called an audio track.

Step 3: Duplicate Your Audio Track

First your going to need 3 copies of that audio track in order for this to work. Click on your audio track and go to the toolbar again and this time do Edit-->Duplicate twice so you end up with 3 tracks that are exactly the same.

Step 4: Make the Audio Scary

Now that you have 3 separate audio tracks click on the first one so that only it has the bluish tint on it (This means its selected). Then go to the toolbar and go Effect-->Change Pitch...
It should bring up a little menu and in the middle of the menu there's something that says "Semitones (half-steps):" with a box next to it. Enter the number 2 into that field then press OK.

Now select the middle audio track and go Effect-->Change Pitch... This time your going to enter the number
-2 into the semitone field and press OK.

Finally select the last audio track and go Effect-->Change Pitch... and enter the number -4 into the semitone field, press OK.

Then click play and wallah! Ghostly music.

For a slightly different effect you can use 3,-3,-6 for the semitones. Depending on the kind of music your using try different combonations. But to get the ghastly sound effect A,B,C A=Variable, B=-A, C=-2A.

Step 5: Closing...

Feel free to experiment with the number of tracks and the numbers you enter into the semitones etc. Don't go to crazy though, you can easily generate noises that are not pleasing to the ears and your speakers might get messed up if you generate extremely high pitched noises. If your doing a video invert the colors so everything is blue and it will be a great effect. Have fun!

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admin made it! (author)2008-06-05

This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-06-06

I added the main image to the intro step, or at least I hope I did.

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Rayhan2210 made it! (author)2017-07-22

how to make it even scarier - throw some binaural frequency on it...

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Sanic SmashG made it! (author)2016-11-26

Used the Pokemon Go song and now that kids demonic voice is haunting me in my sleep

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jphturtle made it! (author)2016-03-18

This is so AWESOME!!!! Thanx!!!!! I'll fix up a sample soon!!!Thanx!!! Oh, by the way, did I say THANX!!!!!

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TehR1ng made it! (author)2016-03-16

Great tutorial! I added a bit of distortion, and now its time to mess with my friends! Thankyou!

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jHellion1031 made it! (author)2015-06-21

I tried importing the track I made for this but i can't find the consolidated track, only the individual tracks. I have 43 separate tracks instead of of just 1 master. Any suggestions on how i can consolidate?

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Aubrienna made it! (author)Aubrienna2016-02-13

Try exporting. I use Audacity all the time and the best way to get all your files together is to export. It will put all your music together and convert to mp3 format, it will also give you a box you can fill out with the track number, track title, authors name, album title, year published, and so on. Good luck! Audacity is really nice, I use it to mix music for my mp3, and to record some of my own. It's also nice if you are making a CD ( https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-create-your-own-CD/ )

for somebody and you want to put a personal message before, or after a track.

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thinksgivingt made it! (author)2014-12-20

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tinker234 made it! (author)2012-03-01

wow that song just sounded so funny i couldnt breath and then i fell over laughing so hard thanks i think a darker song would sound cool i like it my nightmares have a new sound track form the screams of totured victims yay

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cyan_shadow made it! (author)2009-10-09

Man you are Great!!! I made the Rammstein`s Mein Teil sounds scary...it sounds scary and cool

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RedFlash made it! (author)2009-09-20

You could do that with people's voices. That would sound scary

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deathsmileyinc made it! (author)2009-09-17

I did this to pshycho from system of a down, it was more disturbing than scary 0_o but its an nice Instructable

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Gage987 made it! (author)2009-07-22

almost died when i did this to 21 guns

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bugmenot made it! (author)2009-06-11

I did this to 'Song 2' by Blur (AKA: The Woo-Hoo song), and it sounds normal for the first 15sec (drum solo), and gets progressively weirder as it goes on. At some points, it becomes near-unintelligible. Sweet. Great 'ible, 5-stars + Favorited.

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Flumpkins made it! (author)2008-08-16

Look, I'm constantly avoiding a video on youtube, and may I know the title of the clip in the link? And perhaps the tags?

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-16

nvm, I bit the bullet and clicked it... That's weird!!! I though I got Rickroll'd. But I didn't.

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-08-17

Its scary what some things sound like...
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1MFy_eBQAUE&watch_response

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-17

Look, I'm constantly avoiding a video on youtube, and may I know the title of the clip in the link? And perhaps the tags?

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CapnTac made it! (author)CapnTac2008-08-26

Title: Scary Love Tags: barney scary love A scary version of the "I love you" song from Barney.

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ReCreate made it! (author)ReCreate2009-01-14

woah i gotta hear that can you upload the video elsewhere?(google video) or at least the mp3 here at instructables(i think you can upload mp3 files)

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CapnTac made it! (author)CapnTac2009-01-16

I don't own the video.

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-27

HOLY CRAP! Thats freaky...

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Fizzxwizz made it! (author)2008-12-18

Here are some of my scarys, I just made them :Dhere and here

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metal-matt made it! (author)2008-07-19

hmm i gave it a go, it work somewhat, kinda just made it sound downtuned, ohh yea i did this on myown song, i can post a link if you would like ;), but i have a music myspace for my solo project "Immortal Fire", here the URL http://www.myspace.com/immortalfireband
enjoy :D

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davidprosser made it! (author)davidprosser2008-12-15

soz lol i couldn't resist - what was the aim of "Know your guitar"....

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-07-19

It typically works better for some music, and usually its a nice idea to have voice in the music.

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k3000 made it! (author)2008-11-22

ive got loads of audio files that are wma and audacity cant open them can you tell how to convert them to a mp3 file

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-11-22

You need to google a wma to mp3 converter. I recommend LAME.

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awkrin made it! (author)2008-11-05

lol I tried a pop-rock song and it doesn't sound like it's singing any more

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PKTraceur made it! (author)2008-10-01

I Tried this with the song Paralyzer, it sounds normal... cept it sounds like a girl.... weird

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-10-01

Did you do 3 separate tracks with the first 2 half steps higher, the second -2 half steps lower, and the third -4 half steps lower? Just out of curiosity I tried it on that song and it seemed to sound correct. However if you do 4, 2, and -2 then it sounds exactly like you described it.

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PKTraceur made it! (author)PKTraceur2008-10-02

no, i didnt do 2. -2, the -4... thanks for telling me!

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Thaikarl made it! (author)2008-08-09

make it even more freeky... i made 3 duplicate tracks. modified tracks 1, 2, and 3 as per instructions, left track 4 alone (so it's natural sounding.) then, select the first third of track 1 and do an Effects>Fade In. then fade in the second track, but make the selection a little longer, then fade in the third track, again, make the selection a little longer than the second track selection. then, select the forth track from about one third in all the way to the end, and use Effects>Fade out. this way, your track starts out sounding normal, then it gets weirder and weirder as the pitch changed tracks fade in and the normal track fades out. you could also do the weird track fade outs to the ends of the tracks, so your sound starts normal, gets weird and scary, then becomes normal again. cool!

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spartan094 made it! (author)2008-07-19

Another good way is to slow it down and reverse it.

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-07-19

Already done that, gives the slow mo effect but as ghostly as this one.

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Cereleste made it! (author)2008-07-18

I tried it. It sounds amazing, thanks for showing me the program Audacity, I've been looking for a good program to use for adjusting audio, and this works great!

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spellbound life made it! (author)2008-07-05

wow this was loads of fun! Thanks for your help.

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emuman4evr made it! (author)emuman4evr2008-07-09

Yay someone actually did this and commented, I'm glad you liked it.

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