Let’s Go to the Moon Baby
Moon Graffiti truly made me feel as if I were watching the story being played out. I have listened to audiobooks before and have had the same feeling, but this one was really well done. All I needed was the beginning short introduction of what was going on and then I was able to imagine everything else through the audio. Moon Graffiti had a kind of eerie sound to it which made it very suspenseful and addicting. Every time that music came along, I could feel myself listening closely to what was going to happen next. Another great part was the background sounds. During the crash, the sounds perfectly depicted a visual image for my imagination to make out. Even though this story was just audio, I felt like I was watching it.
Audio storytelling to me is very subtle. I don’t really recognize it until I really focus on the background sounds. When I do notice it, I realize how weird the movie or show would be if it didn’t have the background sounds. I really notice this in suspenseful scenes. The sounds set the mood and make me really feel like I am really there in the scene. Sounds make the atmosphere of a scene. As humans, we know what sounds are good and happy, and which ones are the opposite. So even when we are not paying direct attention to the background sounds, our subconscious hears them and relays the mood back to us to make us feel however we should. In my opinion, the art of audio storytelling is truly underappreciated, simply because people don’t pay direct attention to it, but the sounds of a film truly make the film itself
Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad: How Radio Creates Empathy and Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad: Digital Shamanism and Old-Fashioned, Newfangled Storytelling Magic, were great introduction videos to kick off our audio storytelling week. Above I briefly touched on the power of audio. Audio is what makes people feel. All the different sounds and tones are the ways movie makers make their audience get into the right atmosphere for the given movie. Abumrad talked about all of this and how the radio will last forever. That is because radio hosts have the ability to deliver their words in a way that people can visualize based on their own experiences. This opens up a world of creative possibilities because everyone will visualize a scene differently because everyone has different experiences.