So I’ve listened to Moon Graffiti and a few other examples of audio storytelling from previous weeks to get a better idea of how I feel about audio and storytelling. I’ve taken a couple film classes so I’ve thought about this quite a few times, though that usually involved a picture to go with the audio.
As I’m listening to Moon Graffiti in particular, I’m noticing the sharp, high pitched sounds the most. I think they add a lot to the story in terms of giving me a feeling of suspense and something kind of like fear. I also think that the way the story was recorded makes everything feel very real or authentic. I think this is due to the sound of the mic and you can hear their breathing and the scratchy sound from the mic. Another great use of audio in storytelling is used during Stagecoach. While a lot of the audio is diegetic, the sound effects and music used add a lot to the movie. When the stagecoach is leaving town, for example, they play a upbeat exciting tune that adds to the excitement of the adventure. The diegetic sound also has the effect of making the story more authentic, I think.
Overall, I think a lot of the westerns I’ve seen make use of sounds from the story/in the scene which makes them feel a lot more real and authentic. Generally, I’ve noticed that they use sound effects and mood music to enhance something that’s happening in the story which I really enjoy.