“Moon Graffiti” Reflection

After listening to Moon Graffiti, I was interested in the simplistic effectiveness of a radio-filter over both astronaut voices and a droning pieces of eerie background music were in creating low-intensity tension during the story. I then appreciated the infrequent clicking noise which made the audio sound especially dated, like an old film or audio reel. I found that very few other audio effects in this specific piece stood out to me as particularly effective in enhancing the story.

However, upon some analysis of the influence of audio on storytelling in general, I came to the conclusion that the sound of a story directly correlates with the tone conveyed by any words being spoken. If happy words are being spoken with a dramatic and increasingly sinister background, this hints that either the words are lies or that the speaker is falling victim to dramatic irony (In which they are unaware of how dire their circumstances might suddenly become). This reminds me vividly of a short story I witnessed nearly a year ago, which was a partial influence on my becoming a vegetarian. In the vivid story below, the normally-happy song lyrics are twisted ironically just based on the sounds accompanying the sung melody.

A slightly echoed and spacious soundscape can additionally emphasize a feeling of emptiness at a given point in any story, as was brilliantly executed in the following recording of “Part of Your World.”

Sounds can be vital tools used to enhance a story subtly, in ways a listener might not consciously acknowledge unless otherwise prompted.