As a child, some of the first things you learn are colors, shapes, and animal sounds.
The cat goes meow, the cow goes moo, and the dog goes woof. Or is it ruff? Whatever – the dog barks. Animal sounds aren’t only meant for toddlers, but also for us music makers. They can be super useful tools for developing atmosphere, setting a tone, or even replacing commonly-used instruments with something a little more interesting.
On that note, let’s dive into this week’s Songwriting Club prompt: write a song that features animal sounds.
Here’s what I came up with:
I took a lion roar sample, sped it up, added reverb, and created a snare replacement. If you’re digging the sounds used in the track, check out this Collection to get your hands on them. Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know! If you want to use Splice Sounds in your song but don’t have an account, get your first month free with the code songwriting.
If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:
- Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
- No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
- Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
- Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!
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February 21, 2020