Sounds that are always used to signify something in TV/Film etc

xylophones - sneaky stealth stuff is happening or tech bros are planning something complicated

strings - somebody died

saxophone - city scene in the rain

any others?

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gunshot - someone has fired a gun

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Slide whistle - trousers falling down/tits

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Plinky plonk pizzicato strings = something ‘quirky’

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theme tune - the show is starting

theme tune - the show has ended

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gong - martial arts fight begins

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In trailers for comedy films

Record scratch signifies the moment the inciting incident occurs - eg hero realised they’ve been turned into a dog or something

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Main theme tune is played in a pseudo “Asian” style - looks like we’re in Chinatown

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Wah-wah guitars = 70s film car chase

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Trombone - hapless accident or slapstick injury is set to unfold

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Wilhelm scream: a sound editor is feeling very pleased with themself

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Slap bass: early 90s stand-up

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People singing ‘Happy Birthday’ - it’s someone’s birthday.

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Computers making morse code-y clicking and/or soft beeps when there’s hacking or some sort of technical surveillance going on despite this absolutely not being a thing in real life

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Backwards and forwards on a harp = flashback

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Wah-wah guitar - sexy time is about to happen

Something is happening, but will you ever know what it is (possibly, probably not)

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Mouth organ

Somebody is in jail / trapped somewhere.

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