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In music, a drone is a sustained, continuous sound, note or tone-cluster. Music based around drones will emphasize minimalism and texture, timbre, eventually harmony, with less concern over rhythm and melody.
Because the atmosphere created by this kind of music tends to be extremely creepy and unsettling, it is a close cousin of the ''Psycho'' Strings, and the two often overlap, but are just as often very distinct: the original psycho strings, for instance, are not drony at all, and many drones do not use strings, rather relying on low played brass instruments, or weird apparatuses and machines to produce their sounds.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })Drone based music can delve into Nightmare Fuel particularly efficiently if it uses what is called "infrasound," which simply put, is sound pitched so low that it's just barely above the human threshold of hearing it as an individual tone. Studies have been conducted showing that this ultra low pitched sound, while almost undetectable to people, has a strange ability to cause nervousness, and even physical discomfort, despite the listener not even being aware of hearing it. There's even some speculation that local harmonic resonance in certain areas is responsible for people perceiving those locations as being haunted.
Frequently used in Horror stories (particularly Psychological Horror ones), but can show up in other genres as well (generally as a way to highlight that, whatever the appearances are, something very wrong/unusual is going on under the fragile surface of reality).
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Not to be confused with the similarly named part of a bagpipe (which however does produce a droning sound), an Attack Drone, the sound made by a heavy bomber aircraft before it bombs its targets to rubble, or a male honey bee (even though the musical element, the instrument part and the robot are all named after the animal, which in turn is named after the onomatopoeia for the sound it makes). Note that old-fashioned bagpipes and the like do rely heavily on the more contemplative drone in place of a bass section.
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Terminator:
In The Terminator, a frightful metallic-sounding droning theme plays as the Terminator prepares to shoot Sarah Connor in the night club.
In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a terror-inducing droning sound plays in the background whenever the T-1000 makes an appearance.
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In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a terror-inducing droning sound plays in the background whenever the T-1000 makes an appearance.
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The World 4 background music from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Also, the meteorites Mario/Luigi uses to fight Bowser.
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Aku's theme from Samurai Jack is this trope, occasionally stopping for humorous moments.
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In Luna Game 3, the music changes to a Giygas-esque drone after the slowdown and white noise Scare Chord. note This is actually a slowed-down and reversed version of the Sonic Rainboom Theme Music Power-Up from the MLP episode of the same name.
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John's Carpenter's The Thing (1982) makes heavy use of minimalist drones to evoke apocalyptic dread. The political/sociological documentary The Power of Nightmares borrows from The Thing's soundtrack.
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A staple of the FEAR soundtracks: Insertion, Initiation, She's Afraid of You, Bad Water, Armacham Rooftops, Premonition, Distorted Realities, et al.
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Serial Experiments Lain: The powerlines make an ominous humming sound, made creepier by the implication that Lain is the only one who hears it.
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Fe uses the aptly titled "De Tysta" (Swedish for "The Silent") in scenes involving the Silent Ones.
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Hannibal uses one for its uniquely ominous opening sequence.
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Blaster Master has this in Area 8, which is a stark contrast with the rest of the soundtrack.
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The ominous drones denoting the presence of evil spirits in The Evil Dead (1981).
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The film Eraserhead loves using it, and to great effect; an especially unnerving drone is played at the end, matching the equally terryfing imagery.
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Some of Marathon's music tracks, e.g. "Landing" and "Aliens Again", utilize Drones of Dread for atmospheric effect in the ship's dark corridors.
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The Resident Evil games like to use this, for example:
"The Second Floor", "Wandering Alone", and "The Underground Laboratory" in Resident Evil 2.
"Feel the Tense" and "Never Give Up the Escape" from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
"Deathtrap", "Lost in Darkness, "Narrow and Close, "Rush of Fear" and "Rush of Horror" from the Resident Evil remake.
Resident Evil 4, while more actionized, still has a plethora of scary drone pieces, especially Ruined Village, Noche(heard when first encountering a Plaga), Bitores Mendez(combined with ''Psycho'' Strings), Cold Sweat(combined with Heartbeat Soundtrack), Novistadors, and *cough* *cough* Regenerador.
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The soundtrack for the Soul Cairn (plane of the undead) in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim consists of Drone of Dread and more Drone of Dread.
Some night overland themes for the regular Skyrim world contain this, too.
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Persona 4 features the glitchy, distorted, hard rock boss theme "A New World Fool", representing the damaged, twisted psyches of the characters who have the song as their theme: Taro Namatame and especially the true Killer and big bad, Adachi.
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Fallout: New Vegas has a number of original drone ambient tracks, such as Garden of Evil (Dungeon 6) and Boys & Ghouls (Dungeon 8)(especially disturbing when heard in the Divide), as well as reusing many from the first two games.
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Undertale has You Idiot which plays as Flowey gloats over the player before his boss fight.
Also, during the Genocide route, the music that plays when you've killed everyone in an area, "But Nobody Came", actually "Your Best Friend" massively slowed down and the "music" that plays when the Fallen Child speaks to you.
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Several of the background songs from Yume Nikki, like the appropriately named "Hellish Hum".
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In The Dark Knight, the Joker's leitmotif is a dissonant droning which sounds like running a razor across a piano string. (It was actually achieved by heavily sawing on the D note on a cello.)
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Resident Evil 4, while more actionized, still has a plethora of scary drone pieces, especially Ruined Village, Noche(heard when first encountering a Plaga), Bitores Mendez(combined with ''Psycho'' Strings), Cold Sweat(combined with Heartbeat Soundtrack), Novistadors, and *cough* *cough* Regenerador.
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This is the entire basis of the award-winning sound design in the Silent Hill series. When there isn't all that scraping crashing metal or absolute silence, there's usually low drones of things along the lines of, for example, deepened breathing sounds on the streets of the fog town in the original game. "Black Fairy" from the second game's otherworld hotel, with its Giygas-style distorted drone chords accompanied by a periodic screeching sound, ranks as one of the most horrifying music pieces in video game history. On a similar level of horror is the high-pitched ringing drone that accompanies the lethal red light at the end of the Borley Haunted Mansion.
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Avengers: Infinity War opens with one of these, notably replacing the bombastic music accompanying the Marvel Studios-logo. This immediately clues the audience in to just what kind of movie this is...
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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's soundtrack has a number of drone tracks, notably "Helo 73", "Moment of Calm", "Dr. Elizabeth Darling", "Sloan", and "Nest".
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Fallout, epically with the songs composed by Mark Morgan, notably in City of the Dead, Vats of Goo, and Industrial Junk. Likewise for Gold Slouch from Fallout 2.
Fallout: New Vegas has a number of original drone ambient tracks, such as Garden of Evil (Dungeon 6) and Boys & Ghouls (Dungeon 8)(especially disturbing when heard in the Divide), as well as reusing many from the first two games.
Fallout 4: Far Harbor has "The Children Of Atom" with it's heavy drone being punctuated by ominous chanting to Atom.
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Fallout 4: Far Harbor has "The Children Of Atom" with it's heavy drone being punctuated by ominous chanting to Atom.
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Pokémon Yellow's version of Missingno causes the battle music to become dead static. Not quite a drone, but close and creepy as hell.
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Spectre VR has several tracks with drony synth pads, notably "Cyber 1", "Jaws 1", "Chant", and "Submergence 1.1".
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Doom:
The soundtracks to Doom 64 and the PSX/Saturn port of Doom, both scored by Aubrey Hodges, are mostly made of this trope.
Doom 3's soundtrack and ambient sound design is composed largely of subtle drones.
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Halo:
Several pieces in Halo 2, eg the first and last parts of "Sacred Icon Suite", use choral drones.
The original Halo: Combat Evolved has "Suite Autumn"(even creepier in the remake), the bass drone in The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe, the middle of "Truth & Reconciliation Suite", which also uses ''Psycho'' Strings, "Lament for Pvt. Jenkins", and parts of "Library Suite" (remastered as "Dewey Decimate" in Anniversary). Other reworked ambient tracks in Halo: CE Anniversary that turn the creepiness factor Up to Eleven include "Unfortunate Discovery" (originally "What Once Was Lost") and "Bad Dream" (originally "Trace Amounts").
The first half of "Nightfall" in Halo: Reach.
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Mass Effect 3 gives the Reapers a chilling BWWOOOAAARRMM when they arrive. It's part of the soundtrack too. The Reapers actually use this with this trope in mind. The sound is there for the purpose of putting fear into their enemies.
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Several parts of the soundtrack to Close Encounters of the Third Kind use drones reminiscent of the aforementioned Gyorgy Ligeti; e.g., the piece when the aliens emerge from the mothership at the end is similar to "Requiem", the Monolith music from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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/Sanitarium's soundtrack makes great use of droning sounds. Listen.
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The music in Hotline Miami switches to rather unsettling droning ambiance after a mission is completed, helping to unnerve the player and keep them on their toes even after everyone's dead which comes in handy in one mission when a van crashes through the entrance on your way out and tries to run you over.
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The original Halo: Combat Evolved has "Suite Autumn"(even creepier in the remake), the bass drone in The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe, the middle of "Truth & Reconciliation Suite", which also uses ''Psycho'' Strings, "Lament for Pvt. Jenkins", and parts of "Library Suite" (remastered as "Dewey Decimate" in Anniversary). Other reworked ambient tracks in Halo: CE Anniversary that turn the creepiness factor Up to Eleven include "Unfortunate Discovery" (originally "What Once Was Lost") and "Bad Dream" (originally "Trace Amounts").
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The Mars Underground and Shield Generator ambient sounds in The Journeyman Project have this effect, and to a lesser extent the background hum in the TSA.
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The gameplay soundtrack of D/Generation is pretty much this exclusively.
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Antichrist: With the exception of Händel's "Lascia ch'io pianga", used in the prologue and conclusion, the soundtrack consists entirely of drones.
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Law & Order makes extensive use of this (at a low pitch) when the (usually disturbing) key revelation comes out, either on the witness stand or (better yet) in chambers or an interview room.
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In The Terminator, a frightful metallic-sounding droning theme plays as the Terminator prepares to shoot Sarah Connor in the night club.
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The use of a crescendo-going ominous drone in the very first seconds of There Will Be Blood quickly established the strange nature of the movie.
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It led to the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000 chanting the film's name anytime a film's music resorted to this trope.
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has Mystery of the Fossils which has a drone as the bass which is paired off with an Ominous Music Box Tune. It plays out during two of the story's Gut Punches that both involve Pokemon being turned into stone.
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Pokémon:
Pokémon Yellow's version of Missingno causes the battle music to become dead static. Not quite a drone, but close and creepy as hell.
As for deliberate musical uses, the Distortion World theme in Platinum features a lot of drone.
Kyogre's theme in Sapphire can be described as "wow, things look pretty bad right now". Groudon's theme in Ruby can be described as "the sky is on fire and we are all going to die".
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has Mystery of the Fossils which has a drone as the bass which is paired off with an Ominous Music Box Tune. It plays out during two of the story's Gut Punches that both involve Pokemon being turned into stone.
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In Baba Is You, whenever you lose control over all in-game objects (either by breaking "X is You" rules or creating situations where the rules no longer apply), the music cuts out in favor of a deep, windy howl.
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Used in The Hurt Locker when the main character finds a cord on an IED that reveals a daisy chain of about 8 more
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The last of the six Sea Interludes in Britten's opera Peter Grimes (and the only one not available in a concert version), "Fog", sustains one fifthless dominant seventh chord quietly for several minutes under various orchestral laments and outbursts.
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In Dark Fall II: Lights Out, one of the places you visit is an underwater lab, and its machinery emits a steady ambient drone while you're inside it, with ocacsional bits of futuristic music to provide variety.
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Portal 2 combines this with a One-Woman Wail in the track PotatOS's Lament
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The Witness: As there is no score, the environments will give off subtle ambient cues — and some of the plot-heavy areas fall squarely into this trope.
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The theme of the eponymous Darkest Dungeon, "The Final Combat", uses this to underscore its status as The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.
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Five Nights at Freddy's features drone ambient which is pretty akin to Aubrey Hodges' soundtrack for the Playstation port of Doom.
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In Marble Madness, the Aerial Race music changes to a pulsing single-note drone towards the end of the stage.
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John Cale tends to carry this with him wherever he goes.
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Metroid Prime has this in the Chozo Ruins Depths, the Space Pirate research facilities in Phendrana and the Phazon Mines, and Phazon-heavy areas such as Mines Level 3.
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Lockdown's leitmotif in Transformers: Age of Extinction has a prominent one. Because being an Implacable Man, Hero Killer and Knight of Cerebus all rolled into one wasn't enough.
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György Ligeti's compositions spanned a large array of different styles, but some of them featured really prominent drones, notably the pieces Requiem and Atmospheres (both heard in 2001: A Space Odyssey). The former combines drones with Ominous Latin Chanting, and the latter features the largest cluster chord ever written, with every note in the chromatic scale over a range of five octaves being played at once — that's 60 different notes.
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The Season 3 intro of Babylon 5 features low sustained synth chords, combined with an echoing Dramatic Timpani.
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When Velvet Underground alumnus Nico started writing her own music on harmonium, she used this trope ubiquitously. The Marble Index, Desertshore, and The End... contain particularly notable examples of it.
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The long organ notes at the beginning of Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi score have this effect.
It led to the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000 chanting the film's name anytime a film's music resorted to this trope.
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In Project Firestart, one plays occasionally to add tension to the otherwise still ambiance, such as when Jon first arrives on the Prometheus.
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Irreversible has a horrible techno drone repeat over and over in the infamous Fire Extinguisher scene.
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In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the final boss theme features an eerie droning tune in the background.
The Day 3 Clock Town theme also has ominous low tones, which makes the cheerful melody from Days 1 and 2 sound pretty darn creepy.
Two words: Ikana Valley.
The Fire Temple (v 1.0) music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time combines this with Ominous Arabic Chanting, somewhat reminiscent of the aforementioned "Requiem" from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Also from Ocarina, the Shadow Temple music, which fits its undead and ghosts theme. The re-done Fire Temple music in later versions of the game replaced the Arabic Chanting in the Fire Temple with the same MIDI instrument.
Some of the dungeon soundtracks in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
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In Chrono Trigger, when you enter Magus's castle there is at first no music, then when you proceed deeper into the castle this song plays. It is entirely a Drone of Dread, with only one violin chord and a half-laugh, half-sob sound effect repeated throughout. The battle music doesn't play when you encounter monsters, and an echo effect is added on to any sounds produced by the fighting.
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Mononoke: When the Kabuki Sounds are replaced by low droning brass instruments, you know something creepy is about to happen.
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Appears various times in Thomas the Tank Engine, particularly in the more electronic-sounding early episodes. Combined with ''Psycho'' Strings in Season 2's "Ghost Train"
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Heard in multiple locations in Blood.
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Several pieces in Halo 2, eg the first and last parts of "Sacred Icon Suite", use choral drones.
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In Happy Feet Two one accompanies every instance of the moving icebergs advancing the conflict.
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R-Type FINAL uses ambient drones in its first, second, and fourth stages.
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Quake has a soundtrack featuring many creepy drones, composed by Trent Reznor.
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Used commonly throughout the Thief series in certain segments of its ambient/atmospheric music. Particularly in scary missions.
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The AMBER headset in AMBER: Journeys Beyond does this by the low hum it emits while you're wearing it, and given that it enables you to not only see and hear where ghosts are, but also project your mind into them, it fits this trope well.
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The Legend of Korra adds it to the soundtrack during season 2 with the Northern Water Tribe's invasion of the South Pole, among other instances. It also has an in-universe example: dark spirit Vaatu's Wave Motion Eye Beams go accompanied with a thrumming bass roar, similar to the Mass Effect example above.
In Book Two's finale, the drone also features prominently in the soundtrack during the Dark Avatar's attack.
The drone appears again in-universe during book four when Varrick's experiment with a spirit vine produces a similar blast of energy. His tech is weaponized against his will by Kuvira for her conquest and then mounted on a 25-story mech. It's heard many, many times during the series fianle two-parter.
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An unintentional example is the Level 3 music in "Lollipops" from Action 52. Listening to it in a ROM utility is scary enough, but that's nothing compared to how it sounds in-game.
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Ori and the Blind Forest uses drony ambience in the Misty Woods, and when Kuro is stalking Ori after the Forlorn Ruins, the latter being combined with ''Psycho'' Strings.
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DayZ has its entire soundtrack as this, and its pure, unadulterated, terror. The best part is the music always seem to come up at the worst moment, making nearly every situation incredibly tense and every player paranoid of what's around the corner.
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Doom 3's soundtrack and ambient sound design is composed largely of subtle drones.
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In P.N.03, the Final Boss's scorpion form uses this.
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Drone of Dread
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In Vanquish, the Romanov-Gs' One-Hit Kill super missiles emit a droning sound.
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Drone of Dread
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Goblin's soundtrack for Dawn of the Dead is full of this trope.
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Drone of Dread / int_f0aa4bb0
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Drone of Dread
 Drone of Dread / int_f3464a68
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Repeated drones were used in the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Lockdown's leitmotif in Transformers: Age of Extinction has a prominent one. Because being an Implacable Man, Hero Killer and Knight of Cerebus all rolled into one wasn't enough.
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Drone of Dread
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The level "Dark Side Part Two" in Duke Nukem 3D includes The Monolith as an homage to 2001, complete with similar drony music/sound.
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Drone of Dread
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Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon uses low-pitched, long sustained sounds in the Ironclads' theme.
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Drone of Dread
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In Hollow Knight, the Forgotten Crossroads theme changes to a much creepier drone arrangement after the Infection takes it over. The Hive also fittingly has a drone-based BGM.
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 Drone of Dread / int_fa49fd7a
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Drone of Dread
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Oracle of Tao has mostly okay music. But a few of the songs are Brown Note material. Especially this one. If you pregnant, nursing, or hell just don't want a stomach ulcer, don't listen to this music.
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Drone of Dread
 Drone of Dread / int_fbf33963
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Used very effectively throughout Inception to solidify the "wrongness" of the dream worlds.
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Drone of Dread
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The end music of each episode of The Shadow Line is the siren drone of doom, but high pitched instead of low. It's singularly disturbing.
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Drone of Dread
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Beyond the Black Rainbow has drones often.
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 Drone of Dread
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Music Tropes
 Serial Experiments Lain / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread
 Fanfic: The Shrouded Path / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 Alien / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Annihilation (2018) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Film: Antichrist / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 District 9 / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread
 Ghostwatch / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Independence Day / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread
 Man of Steel / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Mulholland Dr. / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Film: The ABCs of Death
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Drone of Dread
 The Dark Knight / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 The Keep / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread
 Film: The Limits of Control / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 The Limits of Control / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 The Terminator / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 The Thing (1982) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 2001: A Space Odyssey / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Unfriended / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Ys (Franchise) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Ben-Hur / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Trolle / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Enter The Void / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 There Will Be Blood / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 Aku no Hana (Manga) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 ¡Alarma! (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Alcest (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Blut aus Nord (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Bongripper (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Music: Chelsea Wolfe
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Drone of Dread
 Death Grips (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Disturbed (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Doppelgänger (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Electric Wizard (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Filter (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Ghost Lights (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Music: How To Destroy Angels / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 In a Bar, Under the Sea / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 James Ferraro (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Music: Juan Mutant
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Drone of Dread
 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Neurosis (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Nico (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Poppy (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Selected Ambient Works Volume II (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Music: Skagos
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 Steven Wilson (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Sunn O))) (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 The Downward Spiral (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 The Wall (Music) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 Chernobyl / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Late Night with Conan O'Brien / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Nathan Barley / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 The Eric Andre Show / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Twin Peaks / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Ultraseven / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Hadestown (Theatre) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Video Game: All Of Our Friends Are Dead / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 Brutal Doom (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Chrono Trigger (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Dark Fall (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Dark Souls I (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 Dawn of War (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Demon's Souls (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Dishonored 2 (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Video Game: Gyossait / int_a28745d3
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Drone of Dread
 Hotline Miami (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 killer7 (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Metroid Prime (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Observation (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Quake I (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Resident Evil 1 (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 Sarma Cube (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 7 Days to Die (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Silent Hill 2 (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Spec Ops: The Line (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 The Last Door (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Thief (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Underhell (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Vanquish (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread
 X-COM: UFO Defense (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Yume Nikki (Video Game) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Dies Irae (Visual Novel) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Umineko: When They Cry (Visual Novel) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Ultra Fast Pony (Web Video) / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Gumby / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread
 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse / int_652bf890
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Drone of Dread
 Star Wars Rebels / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread
 Mononoke / int_652bf890
type
Drone of Dread