Write something spooky | Songwriting Club

Whether you love the thrills or jump out of your skin, October is a spooky month.

I have to admit that I’m easy to spook, and when it comes to scary movies, it’s often the sounds that really put me on edge. I think about discordant sounds, tense atmospheres, glass shattering, and the classic screams.

For this week’s Songwriting Club, write a song that uses spooky sounds that send chills down your spine. For me, the sound of a music box playing delicately has always made me feel both at peace and the creeps.

Here’s my example – I used Spitfire Audio’s music box from their LABS collection.

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:

  1. Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
  2. No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Check back in for your next prompt on November 27th. We’re looking forward to hearing what you create!

October 30, 2020

Hannah Park Hannah Park is an engineer at Splice and a songwriter based in New York City. In her free time, she's an aspirational amateur baker.