As with the last post, I decided to work on my radio show when my group was still deciding on the parts such as the bumper, etc. I decided to work on another noise in the story that is not the background, as while the noise comes from somewhere not where the characters are, it triggers events in the story-basically it is the start of the rising action. It is the yowie call.
For this, I first decided to research “actual” yowie calls. I couldn’t find any calls for the yowie, but its cousin the Bigfoot I could. I settled on the 1994 Ohio Howl, which seems to be a pretty prominent, well-known Sasquatch call among Bigfoot researchers. I found it here: http://www.bfro.net/avevid/SierraSounds/911.asp#howls
Then, I searched Freesound.org for a human yell, which is recognizable. The assignment I chose says to take a recognizable sound and turn it unrecognizable. A yowie call is pretty unrecognizable! I wanted an angry yell, so it was scary. I am not sure if the yell I used it from anger or fear!
I then: took yell, slowed it down twice, changed pitch to make it higher, as the Bigfoot recording isn’t that deep, copied it twice to mimic the recording, used reverb to make it sound echo-y and distant, made it a bit quieter so it wouldn’t sound crackly because it was hitting to edge of being too loud (of course, may make it even more quiet in the story), slowed it down even more, and changed pitch to make it better match the recording.
Despite all of the steps, it really wasn’t too hard to do. I wanted the call to sound scary, inhuman, and unknown, yet also human, since yowies “are” also hominids. If it sounds different than the Sasquatch recording, well then, its because its a yowie, not a Sasquatch! (and because there’s no definitive proof of their existence or what their howl actually sounds like!)
This is the assignment that I made this for:
This is where the yell came from:
This is where the Featured image is from:
English: Yowie Statue, Yowie Park, Kilcoy, Queensland. Photo taken on 21 April 2013