If you’ve ever watched a horror movie and heard that weird bird sound that sound editors always seem to use, you might be about to learn a lesson here. In case you didn’t know, watch the video below to hear what it sounds like:
It’s not – as many people might think – an owl.
The bird is actually called a common loon, and it’s now an undeniable sound signal for all fans of scary movies.
As Halloween approaches, we might as well explain why.
Found in large numbers in North America, as well as Scandinavia and parts of Europe, the Common Loon is so called because it is currently recorded as “of least concern” for extinction.
The call itself is called a moan, and it has been used in movies like 1917, Harry potter, Game of thrones and even Rick and morty.
Whenever something scary is about to happen, or people are walking around in the dark at night, you will hear the eerie howl of the common loon, which birds actually use to determine the location of the loon. ‘other.
Basically, it seems the reason for its popularity is pretty straightforward – it sounds pretty scary.
It invokes the idea of wolves, owls and being alone with the eyes of only animals in the darkness staring at you.
Greg Budney, who was the audio curator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York State, knows a lot about this sound.
After all, Cornell tends to be where Hollywood audio guys go to be called.
Speaking to the Star Tribune, he explained, “Loon is definitely a popular sound,
“It seems that after [1981 film] On the golden pond [the loon’s] use as increased sound effect. He appears in all kinds of films, from the African desert to the southwestern United States. ”
He continued, “They try to elicit a particular emotional response from the audience.
“And the loonie’s whine, which is contact behavior, has a dismal quality, and that’s often what they’re looking for.”
Well, it’s not just them either.
It was used on keyboard samples in the 1980s, as well as in popular songs of the modern era such as “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj.
Basically, things are moving.
Oh, and then there are the hundreds of New Age music recordings that use the dismal tones of the loonie.
Keep a close ear, and you are sure to meet him in one form or another eventually.
Hopefully they try to capitalize on their success and get a decent amount of royalties.
After all, they certainly deserved it.