What is scary music?
Scary music, often associated with the horror genre, is a category of music that evokes a sense of fear, tension and suspense. What makes a song scary are low frequencies, dissonance, unusual instrumentations along with percussions.
Composers often include ambient sounds like blowing wind, creaking doors, footsteps and surprise sound elements depending on the context to create an atmosphere of fear.
Different musical elements come together to make scary or suspenseful sounds, and they can be adjusted to evoke various feelings, from slight discomfort to intense fear.
Where is scary music used?
Scary music can be used across various forms of media, such as films, TV shows, video games, live interactions, and other expressions of frightening entertainment within the horror genre or instances in media where the creator intends to instill a sense of fear and tension.
Horror music plays a crucial role in heightening emotions, creating a sense of unease, and contributing to the overall impact of the horror experience. It is a versatile tool used by composers, sound designers, and creators to elicit specific emotional responses from the audience.
Composers like John Williams (Jaws), Wendy Carlos (The Shining), John Carpenter (Halloween), and Danny Elfman are some of the very famous music composers who have crafted iconic horror soundtracks and are still looked up to when it comes to composing scary music in modern media.
How to create scary music?
If you are not a musician but still want to create horror music for your content, you can do it in just a few steps with Beatoven.ai
In this example, we will show you how to create horror music with the cinematic genre
To do this, sign-in and click on “New track”
In this example, we have chosen to create a 2 minutes track with a slow tempo.
We recommend that you choose the Cinematic or ambient genre for scary music.
For this particular track, we chose Cinematic.
For Scary Music we recommend that you choose the ‘Scary’ emotion.
Other emotions that can get you your desired track are ‘Fearful’ and ‘Tense’, make sure you try out all these in combination with the cinematic or ambient and choose the best one
Your Scary Music is ready:
Your track is ready. That’s it. It is that simple. If the track generated doesn’t meet your expectations, make sure you check out the Alternate tracks and select the track that best suits your choice.
Your Music Licence:
Once downloaded, you’ll get a license in your mail that allows you to use the music on youtube to share it with others. You can even choose to monetise these videos you put up without worrying about royalties. However, you are not allowed to distribute the music on Spotify or any other such DSPs
Her is the music we created in this example:
If you like this, create your own track on Beatoven.ai