Listening Over Watching (Week 10)


How to write in time:

  • set times for your listeners to breathe, take everything in, then allow more intense moments concentrated with content
  • no abrupt endings, craft a sense of finality
  • in the moment pieces are more powerful than reflection ones

How to create space:

  • hear distance in sound through background and foreground sounds)
  • feels like presenters are speaking directly to you personally; modes of address position listeners in the space

The use of music:

  • using diegetic and non-diegetic music to lift the voice
  • a structuring device to break the content up into chunks
  • like a highlighter – the words said before and after or during jump out at listeners
  • cultural associations of your music, can play with this baggage
  • include spot sounds
  • using non verbal and non musical sounds

Story types:

  • never numbers
  • audio is best for stories that there are no images for, forces the listeners to imagine

Examples of voice, sound and music:

  • scripted narration (read voice in studio)
  • watch ticking recorded in studio — ends when mentions it ‘stop[ping]’
  • pre recorded music  — overlaid to set the scene
  • radio hush
  • archival — sets era
  • interview (q/a)
  • observational background chatter
  • atmospheric sounds; papers shuffling, stamping

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