Audio Slideshow Analysis: Into the Belly of a Glacier

The audio story is a short documentary about an ice caving excursion done by Kiya Riverman, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University. The ice cave was located in the Larsbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Narrated by Riverman herself, the slideshow exposed a series of photographs that were taken inside the cave and an audio recording explaining about its beauty.

Some of the features that I like about the story starts off with the fact that the photographs are very well and professionally taken. By the still images that were included in the slideshow, I am able to tell that they were taken with a high quality digital camera, and not just any ordinary cellphone camera. Although the slideshow was about an ice cave — which I imagine to be a dark place — the images still appear to be crystal clear and properly edited.

The second feature that I like about this piece is the synchronization between the pictures and Riverman’s narration. The slideshow starts off very well with a photograph of Riverman, together with her excursion mates. As this was shown, Riverman introduced herself in a very simple manner and quickly transitioned to explaining about the ice cave; which was when the pictures of the inside of the ice cave start to roll up in the slideshow.

Her explanations about the ice cave also correspond well to the still images that were shown. As Riverman described the walls, pictures of the cave’s walls were displayed. When she talked about how waterfalls migrate within glaciers, a picture of her climbing down the waterfall was displayed. The zooming in and out of the pictures also add on to the effectiveness of Riverman’s explanations. This feature stays consistent throughout the whole progression of the slideshow.

A few critiques that I can point out about this audio slideshow is the fact that it does not have any background music nor natural sound effects included. I feel that it would be more interesting if the creator of this piece had included a type of background music that is tranquil and nature-like. Sounds of footsteps on the ice cave’s grounds, or scrapping of the cave’s walls would also make the slideshow more realistic.

Also, there were some parts in Riverman’s narration that had ‘uhh’ and ‘umm’ moments. Without these disparities, the piece would have been much better and would seem more professional.

Some of the relevant news values that can be seen in this audio slideshow include impact and human interest. I personally think that this piece has both of these values, because audience are able to learn and be informed about the beauty of nature. Although ice caving is not an activity that everyone does, I feel like this slideshow might attract some people to start getting themselves into it — especially whose who enjoy adventure. This piece has established good information about how beautiful ice caves can be.

The reason why I think the piece works as an audio slideshow is because it satisfies almost all of the multimedia elements that an audio slideshow should have. It has images that correspond to the narration, and all the information is relevant to its title.

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