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At this point in winter, I’d be as happy with a tray of cheerful oaties as any toddler. My brother used to make popcorn without a lid when he had cabin fever. He’d eat what stayed in the pot and feed the rest to the birds.
Recently, after a lifetime of seeing the word “foley” on film credits, I searched the term and learned it’s the ten dollar version of sound effects. The engine also brought up the following fun facts: imitate the sound of crunching snow by putting corn starch in a leather pouch. Try this in Florida. Flap bird wings with a pair of gloves. Whoosh through the air with an arrow or thin stick. Generate a controllable creak with an old chair. Place a water soaked rusty hinge against different surfaces to vary your everyday creak. Quarter inch audio tape balled up sounds like grass or brush being walked on. If you want car sounds in the studio, put a car there. I’d just go to the garage. It would be fun to rig a pair of shoes to generate the sounds of walking on surfaces other than the actual one underfoot.
It would also be fun to make a sound collection in lieu of making a batch of cookies. An acquaintance who does voice-overs tells me that she just sets her Pomme laptop on the kitchen counter and gets good results without a recording booth. Meet the super-hero of sound, Gerald McBoing-Boing, on Wikipedia.