Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Publication Date

Spring 5-2020

Faculty Advisor(s)

Sam Risak


The purpose of this project is to research and investigate the effect music and sound effects have on horror films, specifically, the natural phenomena known as infrasound will be explored in depth. Just outside our range of hearing at 20 Hz, infrasound may not be audible, but can still cause physical reactions such as anxiety, uneasiness, and extreme sorrow (Morrow, 2017). I am looking to create a horror comic in the form of a video that heavily relies on musical cues and the incorporation of infrasound to build up parts of the story told in the form of a comic. In the case of horror films, the usage of infrasound combined with musical scores contributes to viewers’ unease and naturally puts them more on edge as they begin to anticipate the next scare. Many horror films are known to have used infrasound with both the 2007 film Paranormal Activity and 2002 French psychological-horror film Irréversible heavily utilizing infrasonic sound to create chilling sound effects. This project will explore creative ways to incorporate the usage of musical cues and infrasound in horror to illustrate the vital role this phenomenon has on the effectiveness of horror films. In addition, I hope that by incorporating sound into a visual project, this will provide a more immersive experience for the audience.


Presented at the Spring 2020 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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