Best Halloween Songs of All Time

halloweenHalloween kicks off the holiday season, which is full of singing and merriment.

Music history and appreciation are often under-looked aspects of having a career in the audio industry. To understand how to be a great audio engineer, you have to understand what makes music great. Knowing what songs have been popular gives you insight into how new songs could sound. By listening back over the history of music, you can add a lot of tricks to your engineering repertoire. Perhaps you hear a different song arrangement that makes you think. Maybe the way the drums are mixed on a tune gives you inspiration to work on your own mixes.

Previously, I made a list of unique Thanksgiving and Christmas songs to add to your winter enjoyment, but it dawned on me that Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year, doesn’t seem to have as many popular songs and jingles as the other holidays.

For my enjoyment, I’ve made a comprehensive list of the thirteen top Halloween Songs of All Time.

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What does an Audio Engineer actually do?

What does an audio engineer actually do? That depends on a number of variables! The very basic idea of audio engineering is being able to get sound from one place, to another. An audio engineer needs to be able to set up mics, route signal, test equipment, add EQ or effects, and make sure the overall program is listenable.

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For example, if we think about what happens at a concert – sound starts with the vocalist singing into a microphone. Where does the sound go from there? How does the crowd get to hear it coming out of speakers? What happens in-between the microphone and speaker?

When you put on a NetFlix show, and you hear your favorite actor crack a joke – how was it possible that you were:

  1. able to hear that joke,
  2. listen to it when you wanted to hear it, on demand,
  3. and hear it in the comfort of your own living room?

This is all possible thanks to the recording arts and sciences that allow us to capture and playback sound!

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