Sound in Storytelling

First, let me say wow – that was a really cool podcast. I listen to podcasts, but nothing like that.

Second, due to the way my schedule has been this week, I’m doing this audio reflection after having done the radio live tweet, so I apologize if I repeat some of the same things or if my thoughts get blended.

I think sound is one of those things we take for granted. Most of us combine audio and visuals to make a sense of our setting or what is going on, but if we lacked sight, I think that there are a lot of audio cues we would be able to pick up on more than we pay attention to on an everyday basis.

This is why I think the “re-emergence” of radio is really interesting. Podcasts have become a huge thing in the past few years and people are okay with not watching TV to see people while listening to them. Maybe this is because how those who produce podcasts go around using sound and audio. It’s like what Abumrad said – the radio now is like someone is sitting down and having an intimate conversation with you. With the right editing, it can feel like someone is right there with you and that you can visualize what they are talking about.

The Moon Graffiti podcast does a very good job at setting the scene and making it easy to visualize, like how a good author can. The audio was manipulated to make it sound like the voice actors were in actual spacesuits in space. The tone of the president was very solemn, making the audience sad. And the crash itself was very realistic.

By adding actual dialogue with different voice actors instead of just a narrator, it makes the story come more alive. One of the podcasts I listen to, True Crime Obsessed, does the same thing as talk through documentaries. It really makes the story more understandable and fun.

I also think back to something that I realized last night in the live radio tweet-along

I believe that the narrative can manipulate the perception of sound. If you precursor something like slow jazz music with something sad, it can make the jazz sound melancholy if it sounds upbeat and happy normally.

I think sound plays an integral role in story telling – music can set the mood and sound can set the setting. Sometimes it is important to close your eyes and listen.

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