Long ago and far away—in a time before you could download unlimited audio files off of the Internet—radio dramas had to create their own sound effects with the tools available. This required great ingenuity, like flapping gloves to simulate birds taking flight or crumpling wax paper to mimic a crackling fire.
The movie industry soon caught wind of this trend. Audio guru Jack Donovan Foley joined the Universal Studios sound crew and invented many, many methods for generating such effects. Thus, the art of Foley was born.
Although you can now easily get any sound effect your heart desires from AudioBlocks, we still hold a special place in our hearts for bizarre Foley techniques. Some of the most convincing ambient audio comes from sources that are still surprising 80 years later.
See (and hear) the secrets behind four of our favorite Foley effects with the quick do-it-yourself video above
Or, if you don’t have time for homemade Foley, download these pre-packaged audio files instead.
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