How to Make Music Sound Scary!





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:

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

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

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

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

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

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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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 ( )

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

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

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

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

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

almost died when i did this to 21 guns

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.

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

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?

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

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)