Alan Howarth, Real Hollywood Sound Effects

Madelyn Rosenberg

By Madelyn Rosenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Real Hollywood Sound Effects

Alan Howarth

Composer and sound architect Alan Howarth worked on the Halloween movie series (all of them), Poltergeist, Dracula, Star Trek and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The list keeps going and so do the sounds he orchestrated, synthesized and manipulated. Here he offers up 54 sound specimens so that your child will be properly equipped to haunt your house. "Supernatural Cherubs" and "Possessed House Implosion" are among the scariest tracks, though there is foreboding in the sci-fi tracks and even in "Sailing Ship Creeks," as you wait for something to crawl out of the hold. "Paranormal Voices" is a spirit world siren song. "Alien Parasite" is delightfully gross, exactly what it would sound like if a space creature ate your brain — I think.