okay so Moon Graffiti does a really really good job of setting up a sense of place and time; contextualizing the scenario and giving the audience a setting and a literal visual while literally not having a visual, which i think is just. so cool. this story was definitely more on the spooky and sad side of things, thanks to the content & implications, but also thanks to the Great use of background music and tones. They sort of signal to the listener that its time to get Scared or Devastated at the idea of what’s happening to these people even though it never did happen, and I think that’s so cool! Abumrad talks in the first video about how radio storytelling is this act of dual author- and owner-ship, which is a really good way of putting it. The visuals are, within the parameters set by the audio accompaniment, completely up to the listener and the listeners taste and background. Additionally, the lack of set visuals makes it a little bit easier for people to project their own personal experiences onto the circumstances and empathize more or more specifically.
when i think of audio storytelling, however, i think immediately of Broadway and Broadway soundtracks. Although the musicals themselves are important storytelling mechanisms, the soundtracks and songs can often be taken completely separately, and often are due to the prices of theatre tickets currently. i listened to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack a few years ago and was obsessed with the story for quite a hot minute (i still love it, but my obsessions have shifted as they are wont to do), but I have never seen the actual musical. Storytelling within songs is one of my favorite things; the power and EMOTION that songs invoke is just so incredible. “Telephone Wire” from Fun Home, for example, is a song that never fails to make me cry whenever i listen to it. The rises and falls in volume combined with how emotional her voice sounds and the anxiety and longing and deep desire and fear and i just really like this song and think the amount of emotion that’s fit into it is super impressive can you tell? anywho heres telephone wire, the best parts of what im talking about at at approximately 3:19 if you don’t wanna listen to the whole song (but i def recommend it)
i certainly underrate audio storytelling when there are visuals involved, i focus heavy on the screen and scenery and faces and THINGS, when in reality there are a ton of audio and musical effects working tirelessly to Finish Off the scene. In fact, its usually background audio/music or the Sad Songs in musicals that invoke a physical emotional response from me (aka: i start crying), but I don’t think i ever really give the audio the credit it deserves. so i suppose this is my formal expression of gratitude for being an integral part of a lot of different storytelling mediums, as well as an amazing storytelling mechanism in and of itself.
don’t forget to hydrate! -liz