Hey there, DS106 friends. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the #AudioReflection assignment. I started off today by watching both of the assigned YouTube videos starring Jad Abumrad;
“How Radio Creates Empathy” & “Digital Shamanism and Old-Fashioned, Newfangled Storytelling Magic“.
My thought on his comments were generally in agreement with what he was saying. I especially agreed with the points he made in How Radio Creates Empathy when he discussed the connection that inevitably forms over the radio though discussion, podcasts, and different sounds. I agreed entirely with him about that, and I think it only makes sense that the connection forms, if you really think about it. For example, it would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to listen to someone talk to you for an hour-long podcast, and not end up feeling like you know them better by the end of it.
In Digital Shamanism and Old-fashioned, Newfangled Storytelling Magic Mr. Abumrad discussed the fact that digital storytelling nowadays holds a similar responsibility to what shamans did thousands of years ago- in terms of cultivating a dream-state like environment, where all listeners are tuned into the same mental imagery. I think a really cool analogy to this, although not digital, is what a DM has to do in Dungeons and Dragons. It is the DM’s responsibility to create an entire world for the other players to interact with, one with people, creatures, hidden treasures, and whatnot. All of this is required, while also making sure that the players understand what they’re seeing, feeling, interacting with, and what their missions are. I believe that storytelling in general- not just digitally, is reminiscent of this kind of shamanism that Jad speaks of.
To reflect on Moon-Graffiti, I think it was an entertaining piece of storytelling done by the truth podcast. It took me a bit to understand what they were really going for with it, but in the end I felt satisfied by the story and in addition I felt that the script and sound work was extremely well done. They did a great job of mimicking the slow and steady pace that I’m sure the astronauts actually used when they first stepped onto the moon. To reiterate- the sound work on the back end of their editing was phenomenal. It reminded me of exactly what Jad talked about in creating a dream-state for myself, where I could see them doing their processes, and making their way onto the surface of the moon- ever cautiously.
All and all, I thought that these videos tied in and led up to the moon graffiti sound-story very well, and gave me a lot of good things to think about throughout the listening process of the story. It even gave me a lot of good ideas that I will use going forward in this next week’s assignments.
Thanks for reading.