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Symphony Of Fear: What Makes An Amazing Horror Soundtrack?

1The spooky season is well upon us, and with scary movies dominating screens everywhere, we're taking a moment to explore what it is that makes up the unmistakeable sound of a perfect horror soundtrack.


In this latest post on MusicThinkTank, Ellen Royce looks at the elements of a perfect horror soundtrack and what makes the genre so recognizable.

"The beginning of the horror music era takes us back to 1920 and Murnau’s silent movie “Nosferatu”. Dark musical orchestra sounds by Hans Erdmann organically unite with dreadful scenes. Unfortunately, none copy of his records exists nowadays but the spirit of Nosferatu still creates trends in horror sounds making. Dracula, the Mummy, and Frankenstein have their personalized music lines representing their dark characters."

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