These are records that I return to again and again, and they all seem to take the same format. Side One is a mix of spooky sounds, culled from a variety of sound effects that are taken from a specific library. Side Two is always those raw effects, unmixed. What I always found interesting about this is that in a pre-digital era, having an LP for these effects is almost useless outside of radio nerds and other effects aficionados, making the audience for these kinds of records very tiny indeed.
When CDs became the format du jour, I was excited to find entire discs of these kinds of mixes done by modern mixers who could create an entire hour (or more) of material. However, I never managed to find a CD that didn’t just loop a short mix, usually taken from one of the classic LPs. Anyway, I have always wanted to make a good, 60 minute mix of the best Halloween Atmosphere albums. And now, you can have one, too.
(Pssst: Also, here’s links to the vinyl rips I made of these albums. Enjoy them while the links are up.)
Sounds To Make You Shiver
Chilling, Thrilling Sound of The Haunted House