Unnerving Ambient Sounds in the Films of David Lynch
David Lynch's films might be filled with all sorts of dreamlike imagery and strange characters, but it's the sound that can really make you feel uncomfortable.
Jacob T. Swinney for Fandor's Keyframe takes a look at the ambient sounds in the films of David Lynch:
What are these sounds? Where are they coming from? Are these noises heard by the characters? Like most Lynch related queries, maybe these are better left unexplained. Here is a quick showcase of a variety of sounds that create the Lynchian ambience.
Sound can be a truly powerful tool when used correctly, and Lynch's films are littered with odd noises that never quite let us have a moment of silence. It's this technique that keeps us from ever having a satisfying moment, as we're always trying to navigate around strange humming or hissing, even when the images on-screen are rather mundane.