This sound installation aims to capture
the sound of an alien abduction.
The two minute journey follows the sound
of someone wandering through the woods,
until they are abducted by aliens.
The sounds include the woods, the wildlife
and all the other sounds produced by the alien ship.
This sound installation was created as a midterm;
however, my end goal was to have
fun with the project
and to experiment with an idea
that I had not previously thought of.
Statement of Purpose
The objective of this sound installation is
to not only capture the sound and experience
of an alien abduction, but to highlight some
of the otherworldly noises produced by the ship.
While the topic of an “alien encounter”
was a prompt for this midterm,
I thought it would be fun to create
an environment where the listener
can create an image in their mind
of what the ship might look like
through their imagination.
As someone who has an interest in
certain sci-fi topics, I decided to
model this installation after some of
the sci-fi and horror tropes found in movies
such as Ridley Scott's Alien.
Materials & Methodology
While I created many of the sounds
of the installation myself through different sound
editting programs, certain
elements such as the footsteps through
the woods and the coyotes were found
within the public domain.
As for this webpage, while I am not
experienced with coding, I chose to
hand-code the page myself.
What I hoped to achieve with this installation
was a classic sci-fi atmosphere that would
instantly give a listener the thought of aliens
and other sci-fi tropes. While I was creating this
installation, I wasn’t entirely sure if it would turn
out the way I would want it. However, by the time it
was completed I believe that it came together
exactly the way I initially wanted.
All in all, the work, to me, has reached
the goal that I had set for myself. I wanted
to create an experience that catalogs the
events of an alien abduction. From the
investigation through the woods, to the
abduction itself, this sound installation
is the product of what I wanted to convey
through the concept of an alien abduction.
If I were to improve this installation
later on, I would like extend it to more
than two minutes, as telling a story
within the given timeframe seems too
short after having to work with it.
Ultimately, I believe the installation
has been a success, as it has accomplished
the end goal that I had in mind.