This week airs a special program entitled “The Sound Of Horror”, a 4-hour study on sound design in modern psychological horror films. We will include clips, interviews, and examples of director / sound designer collaborations such as David Lynch / Alan Splet (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet), Alfred Hitchcock / Bernard Hermann (Psycho, The Birds), and Darren Aronofsky / Brian Emrich (Pi, Requiem For A Dream).

Hosted and produced by Brian Carpenter, Boston filmmaker and head of Beat Science Films, an independent film house in Boston specializing in experimental and documentary forums.Beat Science Films is currently in production on a film and video documentary of the life and legacy of underground avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler. He is also the conductor of the circus music ensemble The Beat Circus.

Co-hosted by Matthew Ryan, Boston filmmaker and student of Academy-Award winning sound designer Walter Murch.Matthew Ryan teaches at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan.

Special Guests:
Steven Jay Schneider, PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU and philosophy at Harvard and editor of several books including “Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror” and “Fear Without Frontiers Steven is currently producing the forthcoming Bravo-TV documentary The Scariest Moments in Film

Stephen Barden, sound designer, Supervising Sound Editor of Sound Dogs. Stephen Barden worked on sound design for films such as “Cube”, “Dracula 2000”, and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream”. Stephen Barden and Sound Dogs Studios are based out of Toronto.

Craig Henighan, sound designer. Craig Henighan worked on sound design for films such as “Red Dragon” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream”. Craig Henighan is based out of Los Angeles.

For $25 which covers cost and shipping within the US, you can obtain this program (3 CDs) directly by sending an email to Brian. Or send a PayPal payment of $25 to beatscience AT earthlink DOT net (remove the spaces) under Goods/Non-Auction. For purchases outside the US, please add 4 USD for a total of 29 USD.

William Friedkin and Ron Nagle interviews courtesy of Warner Studios.
Ren Klyce interview courtesy of New Line Cinema and Warner Home Video.
Darren Aronofsky interview courtesy of Artisan Entertainment.

Chion, Michel. The Voice in Cinema. Columbia University Press. March 1999.

Kelleghan, Fiona.Sound Effects in SF and Horror Films International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 21 March 1996

Rebello, Stephen. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. St Martins Pr (Trade). 1999.

Kancynger, Ken.Mixing Genres, Technique of Film and Video Editing. Book News Inc. 1993.

For more information on sound design visit or join the Yahoo group sound-article-list.

Thanks to Matt Ryan, Steven Jay Schneider, and Stephen Barden & Craig Henighan at Sound Dogs for their valuable contributions.