Knowing stories by your ears not your eyes

When we have our eyes blind, our ears become sharp. When we can’t tell stories in visual way, how can we make sound visual?

In the audio produced by BBC Radio 4, the story talks about mirrored, and the sound of broken glasses appeals many times. It seems like a clue run through 27min audio and make all stories or plots connected.

Whatever the narrator or interviewees, first-person voice is mainly used in the audio. It corresponds to the audio condition because using ‘ I ’ can easily take up narrator’s action and thought and bring audiences vivid sense of listening. When the characters come out, narrator uses third-person voice to introduce them briefly and interpolated in the beginning of characters’ voice. Third-person narrative is usually used for introduction. It is not as comfortable as first-person narrative and sometimes it brings sense of alienation to audiences. However, there are few fragments in this audio.

Background sound is a highlight of the whole audio and sound comes before the prologue from the narrator. It continues while she telling her story. Simultaneous sound means present tense and make interviews real. Lack of visual input, audiences can only get information or know stories from voice. Making voice thick and authentic is important to audio storytelling. Different orders of voice location can show the tense. Voice comes before leaves suspense to audiences and prevent abrupt appearance of dialogues. By the way, the speed of voice shows the emotion of characters, and several levels of sound can appeal in the meanwhile.

Interesting part of this audio is it retains silence and crying. One is when character talks about she wants get consecution, and another is a mother talked about her daughters. The first one shows emotional fluctuation of interviewee, and later one shows the mother is thinking. What’s more, about 7 seconds absolute background sound appeals many times in the audio between each plots makes them separated.