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Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 | 7 comments

New Blastwave FX Sound Design Competition

Blastwave FX announced a new sound design competition.

Do you think you have what it takes to scare the hell out of someone in 30 seconds or less using only sound? Here’s your chance to prove it, and win SONOPEDIA 2.0! But beware, the judges aren’t easily scared… Alan Howarth (Sound Designer / Composer on films such as Halloween, Poltergeist and Gremlins), Matt Busch (Star Wars and Hollywood Is Dead Artist), and Ric Viers (Author of The Sound Effects Bible and CEO of Blastwave FX) will all be judging your work – with the lights off!

Here’s the scoop: Blastwave FX will provide you with a gaggle of sound effects (some horrifying and some sinfully simple). The rest is up to you and your evil imagination. There is only one rule: You can only use sound effects from Blastwave FX in your cauldron. If you own Blastwave FX libraries, you are allowed to use those sounds as well. If you think your piece needs a little voice-over help, feel free to grab a mic and do your best Vincent Price, if you dare.

That’s it. Blastwave FX supplies the treats, you supply the tricks.


  • SONOPEDIA 2.0 from Blastwave FX
  • Autographed set of limited edition Hollywood-is-Dead poster print from Matt Busch
  • Autographed copy of the Halloween 4 Soundtrack by Alan Howarth
  • Autographed copy of “The Sound Effects Bible” by Ric Viers

Deadline is November 1st. Rules and registration here.


  1. Holy mother of God. The full Sonopedia!? Have I misread..?

  2. Yup, the full Sonopedia! Good luck to everyone!

    Question to those who might know:
    The competition states “Voiceover may be added”, but does that pertain to narrator-type Voiceover, such as “It was a cold dark night, and out of the darkness…” or can we add dialogue to a scene (diegetic) such as “Is anyone there? Hello? *sigh* ”
    Thanks in advance for any response.

  3. For those interested, I just received word from Ric stating that Voiceover indeed allows the use of diegetic voices within a “scene” so we aren’t restricted to just a narrator type voice.

  4. Excellent detective work, Michael. Thanks!

  5. Does anyone know when the judging finishes for this? I’m excited to see peoples entries.


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