Audio Storytelling

Overall, I have enjoyed combining different sounds to create a story. I’m not accustomed to using, or just hearing, audio since I watch a lot of TV and movies. Audio really is the basic building block for any type of animated storytelling.

After listening to “Moon Graffiti” I felt like I was on the moon with them, in my own suit, listening to them exchange dialogue. The audio in this story was crucial because it needed to sound like astronauts in space or the illusion would have been shattered. The sound effects made this story believable, which is crazy since it didn’t actually happen. I love the crash scene because I didn’t expect it and it sounds real. I like that after the crash it cut to President Nixon’s speech which served as the narrative for the listeners. They included the introduction to the podcast after introducing the crash which was amazing because then the listeners had some background before the podcast was properly introduced. Since their voices were clear while they were in the shuttle, the muffling of them when they are in their suits provides a good contrast and allows the listeners to transition themselves with, or follow, the story. The ominous music as they open the shuttle to exit it was perfect. They are welcoming death at their door as they are exiting the shuttle and the audio portrayed that.

The reading Alien: Audio-Biomechanics was very interesting for me because I am a huge fan of the movie. I like how it discusses realism through audio. I never thought about this before but sometimes sounds that we think happen naturally during filming are actually added in post-production. The addition of these sounds simulates reality in the work. Depending on what sounds are added, the creation of something that is not in the scene can happen. For example, the rumble of an engine while the person in the scene is getting closer to the engine room. The engine is not in the shot, but there are clues through what we hear that it is running and the person in the shot is getting closer to it. Most people like the background music that plays during a scene, or during a story, though since it can set the tone for the piece. If you want to portray something happy, have a happy song or tune playing in the background. If something scary is going on, play a scary song to add creepiness to our story. This is crucial for horror films and stories because it lets the listener know that something is coming, which creates suspense. This is also crucial for the jump-scare in horror movies. There is always a blast of scary music when the ghost/zombie/killer/etc. jump out at the main character. This is meant to overwhelm your senses in order to frighten you more. Overall, audio is a very important part of storytelling and if enough of these guidelines are followed, anyone can create a masterpiece of emotion.

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