1. Music played a very important role in setting the tone. One of my biggest priorities was knowing when music or specific sound effects should take the lead and then mixing accordingly.
2. I kept lower frequencies in mind from the beginning. Starting out in the clouds I kept the sound thin, but as we descended to the ground I increased lower frequencies by adding in rumbles such as earthquakes.
3. Adding tangible textures were vital in making the already fantastic animation even more convincing. One of the more difficult challenges to conceptualize was the rose's growing inside the cave. The whole idea behind this animation is light growing from darkness. Harsh and cold sounds like ice cracking and crisp water drippings were used to give a sense of cold. Recording the foley of a banana peeling and other foliage gave the rose’s growth a voice. As these harsh sounds disappeared, the warm sounds of soft fabrics and gentle skin rubbing replaced it.
4. A heartbeat was added for the birth of the child. The levels increased according to the rose’s growth.
5. I recorded a woman’s voice whispering words and phrases such as “From darkness comes light. Life. Death. Breathe. Grow. Hope. Etc.” then obscuring them using a variety of reverbs, delays, panning, and even reversing the dialogue so it wasn’t so heavy handed. This gave the animation a soothing sensation, much like ASMR. There are a few instances when I wanted these words to be slightly intelligible, like when the child was born and the seeds fall into the soil.
6. To really sell the movement through the field towards the end, low whooshes were added whenever the “camera” was in close proximity to the ground. Wind was also added in relation to the speed of the camera.
7. Another difficult challenge was having a sound that worked for the sudden growth of thousands of plants. One of the more notable and unlikely sounds used was squeezing my leather wallet.