Background sound effects are the essential building blocks of a successful scene. These sounds build worlds around characters and compliment their emotions. Subtle changes in background elements foreshadow events and can build tension leading up to them. In this article, we will explain how we layer our scenes with a host of background elements and how manipulation of these layers provides sonic interest that is often felt rather than heard.
When designing backgrounds, we like to aim for eight different layers. As sound designers, it's important to remember that we have to accommodate sounds that the audience may never see. A good place to start w