In eraserhead these instances of silence do not contain natural sounds of any kind, just the constant ambient sound of the industrial droning, creating tension and a sense of isolation this ambient sound of machinery is heard throughout the film, acting as a constant, bringing the imagery together.
You can make some good rope sounds by getting a big handful of long thick succulent grass and twisting it with your hands its fairly quiet though so better to do it in a quiet studio with good recording gear. 430+ tension sound effects / recordings: tension is a collection of atmospheres, drones, musical sound design, darkness, noise, and distortion for creating moments of anxiety, ominous soundscapes, or musical foreboding highlights.
Arguably the most basic way of creating rising tension is to use a simple fill or roll this doesn't necessarily have to be a drum roll, you can literally construct a successful roll out of any sound you like. The use of sound to create tension is of great importance to support what is happening on screen in order to reflect upon the viewer the emotions felt by the characters as someone who is creating a film which relies on sound to enhance atmosphere, the work of david lynch is an unavoidable resource because sound is just as important as imagery. In honor of the halloween festivities, adsr’s stephen ellestad takes you behind the scenes for an up close look at the process and techniques of cinematic and horror/fantasy sound design for a brand new experimental 360 virtual reality horror short, circle of friends - an imagination upgraded production, written and directed by brandon ‘champ’ robinson.
How to create tension in your music mix arguably the most basic way of creating rising tension is to use a simple fill or roll this doesn't necessarily have to be a drum roll. If yes, perhaps another synth in the bass register would sound nice (this would relate to pitch and harmony), but to create tension you would want to start playing with its rhythm or its timbre you have a nice syncopated, dotted rhythm thing going on in the first place with your melody line, with instances of stacatto, so maybe something a little more rhythmically straightforward (no dots) with longer note duration would add some interesting tension.
Tension is a collection of atmospheres, drones, musical sound design, darkness, noise, and distortion for creating moments of anxiety, ominous soundscapes, or musical foreboding highlights created by charles maynes (sound designer) and jason payne (musical composer) tension creates a balance where both sound design and musical undertones collide. Stephen discusses basic ideas for layering tonal elements and using a multi-timbral instrument such as kontakt to easily build rich textures and layers to create mood, tension and dynamic textures that support the visuals and sound design.
A sound that will not go away, and has some slight/slow movement to it (pitch change, volume change [crescendo's work more frequently than decrescendos], pan position, or even movement from background to foreground) can create tension in the viewer/listener. The sound illusion is ideal for film and game sound effects, but what about using the concept to create tension in a movie score christopher nolan demonstrates this in the recently released action thriller dunkirk , and thankfully we have a video essay breaking down the technique.