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I have been stuck in this building for nearly two hundred years now. People come and go every day, but I have to stay here. I am so jealous of the other children that come here with their parents and get to leave as a happy family. I really miss my parents.
I tend not to bother the customers or the cooks that work here. But I sometimes make noises to see if they notice me, and most do. However, some of the cooks don’t acknowledge me…and I don’t like that. It’s not nice to be ignored.
Around fifty years ago there was a new cook hired at the shop and he didn’t believe I was real, so I started being louder than usual…but that didn’t seem to bother him. So I started moving things in the kitchen to try and spook him…but still nothing. I felt that the only way he would believe I was real is if he saw me…I scared him so much that he fell backwards into the sink, where there was a knife facing upwards…There was blood everywhere and his eyes were so lifeless… I never wanted to hurt him…I just wanted to be noticed.
If only I hadn’t stopped for the night, perhaps things would be different. Maybe he would still be here.
I only stopped for one night, but that is all it took, just one night. I could have saved him.
The thought of all those people… watching his final moments on this earth… I can’t imagine how that must have felt for him.
He was an innocent man. He would never kill someone, it just wasn’t something he could do.
We were tasked with freeing him, all we had to do was return within 5 days, and we failed…
I rode tirelessly through the night, but I was tired, as was my horse. So we stopped… Slept through the night and awoke to the sun beaming through the windows.
If only I hadn’t stopped, perhaps things could be different… Maybe I could have saved him.
In the 14th century, the black death was sweeping across Europe, taking the lives of millions. Around 1349, it reached Lincoln. Bubonic plague took over the city and the corpses began to pile as the population dropped rapidly.
The church had no idea what to do with the corpses, as they couldn’t possibly bless every person that had died, so they decided the only option was to bury them all together. A mass burial began on the cathedral grounds.
It is said that once a year, on the anniversary of their burial, the ghosts of the dead rise and march in procession through the doors of the Cathedral, singing for the salvation of their souls, as they attempt to end the struggle of being stuck in limbo.
Those who are not worthy of redemption, aren’t allowed to enter the gates, so they roam the grounds of the cathedral, forever stuck between heaven and hell.
So…Saint Hughes died. And he was buried with mountains of gold and gems. Of course, we had to steal it. We would be idiots not to.
The plan was simple, enter the cathedral, wait for closing time, take the loot and then get out of there.
I don’t know why I chose to take Hughes’s head with me as well as all the gold, But I guess it would have made a cool trophy.
After we had bagged everything up, we headed out of the Cathedral and headed down the steps.
You may think I’m crazy but I swear that when I looked ahead of us, I saw someone hanging from that damn lamppost. It scared me so much that I tripped up and dropped everything. The head rolled down the steps and just kept going down the hill.
If I hadn’t tripped up, we would have gotten away with it, we would be rich. But now I’m stuck in this cell.
I Can’t Sleep. Every time I close my eyes and begin drifting off, I hear a sound and I swear it’s coming from outside the room, It sounds like people are running up and down the hall. Everytime I hear the noise, I get out of bed, open my door and check the hallway to see what could be making such a racket. But there is nothing, just an empty hallway with no one to be seen.
After the third time hearing this damn noise I get up out of my bed, put on my dressing gown and head down to the reception to see what was going on.
“Excuse me, I am in a room upstairs and I keep hearing people running up and down the corridor, please can you sort this out?”
“Of course sir, I will get right on it.”
I return to my room and get back into my bed.
*Rattle Door aggressively*
“For god sake!”
I storm towards my door, reach my hand out towards the doorknob, but before I grab it, it starts to turn.
April 5th – Inspection of The Lawn – Day 1
I began my inspection by looking around the sanitarium. Everything seems to be normal, the methods used here are far more progressive than I had expected. The doctors care about their patients and they feel safe here. I noticed that one area was cordoned off, the doctors said there was a fire a few years back so the east wing is inaccessible.
April 12th – Inspection Day 7
It has been one week since my last entry and I have been noticing some strange things. Certain patients seem to have gone missing: on the 9th, a woman by the name of Julie Morgan was no longer in the hospital. I brought it up to the psychiatrist, but they just told me that she was discharged. I find this hard to believe as her condition had only been worsening since I got here. I don’t know, maybe I’m thinking of someone else.
April 18th – Inspection Day 13
I have heard noises coming from the east wing the past few days, it seems distant, but I am definitely hearing something. It sounds like screaming and electricity, but I can’t be certain. Something definitely isn’t right. * Records the sound he has heard* I don’t know if this thing is picking it up, but there are definitely sounds coming from down there.
April 19th – Inspection Day 14
I can’t believe the things that I have found…. I found Julie…Well, what’s left of her. Her body is burnt to a crisp, but it is definitely her. The smell of this place is revolting…Oh, shit, someone’s coming. No please…stop. You can’t do this to me… What the fuck is this thing?! NO!
Due to having a very low skill level when it comes to creating music or scores, I will be finding music or ambient backgrounds to accompany my piece online. However I wanted to know what makes a music in films scary and what some of the most common tricks are when it comes to creating a tense atmosphere in films.
I listened to some of the most popular movie’s soundtracks and something stood out immediately, quite a lot of the best soundtracks were fairly minimalistic and relied on only a few instruments. Films such as Psycho used more traditional instruments such as the violin to create sharp, high tones that cut through and shocked the listener, whereas films such as Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street used synthesisers, mixing both high notes and an underlying bass note to create a sense of easiness by leaving the mid range frequencies blank.
I will be creating certain sound effects during this project as well as sourcing them online. My original idea was to make the pieces quite effect heavy, however on my first attempt at editing together one of the pieces with sound effects, it didn’t add a lot to the piece and at points came off as quite tacky and forced, really taking the listener out of the experience.
I think the best option for me when it comes to effects is stick more to background ambience and only use sound effects when I really want to make an event stand out and pair it with the story. However, in certain horror media, it can be more scary when you subvert the expectations of the listener and start adding effects that don’t fit within the scene, building up tension and confusing the listener and then scaring them at a later part of the piece.
After a lot of time trying to figure out the best option for the distribution of this piece of media, I have come to the decision that online distribution is the best method.
All of the sound files will be accessible via SoundCloud, as well as on cloud storage websites (Google Drive/Mega/DropBox) so that you can either stream or download the audio files for personal use.
The map will also be distributed online and will be labelled with each area. I will make it available on various websites so that it is accessible in multiple ways.
I find that online distribution is the best solution for media as it is then accessible for anyone with an internet connection. I will urge people to go to each of the places to experience the sounds in the area that influenced each of the stories, but even if you are not in the area, it will still be able to have an effect.
The original way that I had planned to do the binaural recordings was to go to each of the areas that I had written a story on and record the ambient sound of the areas, however when I got around to doing the recordings (around 3 am on a Sunday, with no one around), there was little to no sound present, the only thing that was picked up was the occasional gust of wind.
So what I have decided to do instead is focus on the binaural recordings in the context of the narration and try and find different and interesting ways to record each story. As well as this, I plan on recording some of the sound effects in each of the areas or areas with a similar environment (to try and get a good recreation of what it could sound like in the areas).
The first story was recorded fairly simply, it involved jerry-rigging a head sized object and placing the microphones on either side to simulate the spacing of the head. I tried recording the story from each side of the fake head, but in the end, I decided to add some padding around one side of the microphone to simulate an ear shape, and then record from behind. I found that recording from behind gave the best impression of being in third-person, whereas all the other recording sounded like I was reading a story to the listener.
When recording the story for the area around The Lawn I again used the fake head set-up but recorded from multiple sides as I wanted to give the impression of it being a handheld recorder, so I also added some background noises and hand movements to make it seem more like a basic handheld microphone. By using the fake head it gave me the opportunity to move away from the microphones and that then influenced the way I could write the stories – meaning that I could add distance to the recordings.