So, this was time consuming. The last few assignments that featured Ceto relied heavily on my intro scene. This one forced me to zoom out and picture her story as a whole.
Ceto is a primordial sea goddess who is banished to Earth and forced to inhabit a physical form. I still have not decided whether she hurts or helps mankind with her ability to manipulate water or summon an army of sea creatures, but I do know that her arrival eventually causes mayhem.
I used water-y and ambient clips for Ceto’s sound effect story, but I needed much more intense sounds to convey the commotion she’d cause. I decided to begin the soundtrack with the familiar ambient tone and completely shift it at the start of chaos. It took quite a bit of searching on Freesound, but I found a decent synth loop and paired it with drums. I changed the tempo of both clips to match each other and increased the bass to give it a more energetic sound. I didn’t mind the way the music portion turned out until my boyfriend called it a ‘cheesy sci-fi tune’… but by that point, it was too late to turn back.
The narrator of The Powerpuff Girls soundtrack provided their backstory, so I felt like I needed to include some vocals for this assignment. I found a nice sound clip of a woman reciting a random poem and loved the wording, although it really doesn’t make much sense. I trimmed and rearranged it as I saw fit, then added water in the background. I was hoping it would sound like some sort of omen.
Overall, I really enjoyed the process of making Ceto’s soundtrack! And heck, maybe a cheesy sci-fi tune works best. She is an otherworldly character after all.