It's late in the day so, rather than attempting anything difficult, I'm simply going to jot down some ideas about sound fragments that could be included within the audio on my web essay.
OK, so in outer space nobody can hear you scream, nevertheless I quite like the idea of having some form of interstellar soundscape for some parts of the web essay. Or perhaps this is the approach I'd use across all pages? This could work in a number of ways. I could have a generic track that includes space like sound effects - perhaps electronic chatter being sent back from a satellite to earth - on some of the more functional, administrative pages.
Alternatively (or as well, I could take a Brian Eno type approach, where the sounds are themselves intended to reflect what space would sound like (if it was packaged up for consumption in a CD). This could also include space like sound effects. It might be worth watching some Sci-fi films for inspiration - Moon, 2001, that could of thing where there are long periods without dialogue and the space has to instead be filled in with sound - actually, that's a nice comparison with the way that sound will work on my own essay. I could include the occasional bleeps that might be heard on board a space craft or perhaps the sound of a shooting star (whatever that sounds like). Or maybe the occasional sound of a space craft passing in the distance. In fact if I find any effects or periods of sound that I particularly like maybe I could capture them and use them almost as samples (whilst acknowledging their use, of course).
Maybe I could do this in quite a knowing way, by selecting film soundclips that are in some way representative of what is in that section of the essay - whether sound effect or actual dialogue, although I'd have to take care not to overdo this or make it look too contrived or overly clever. Maybe it's actually more interesting to sample clips that suit the content without it being done in a really explicit way.
I could have a lot of fun watching fi