Prior to this class, the only audio experience I have been exposed to is adding music to the videos that I have created of recent vacations and for those for my UMW lacrosse team. I love finding new music and being able to express myself through my videos for visual effect and using my favorite types of music and audio to go along with them. Besides that, I have always opted out of creating my own voice-overs because I am always embarrassed of the way recordings make my voice sound. I am aware everyone’s voices sound different on microphone than they actually do live, but I hate listening to playbacks of my own voice.
In Jad Abumard’s short videos about audio storytelling I have learned a lot. In the first video he talks about how the lack of images on the radio allows for individuals to use audio details and their individual imaginations to paint a story in their minds. This adds a cool component because the listener is allowed to take someone else’s story and modify it however they would like. Jad Abumard said, “I’m painting something but I am not holding the paint brush, you are”. This concept goes along with the one that he believes is the most important part of radio, and that is co-authorship. This is when the speaker and the listener are doing things together to fill the lack of imagination. Co-authorship ultimately leads to co-imagining. To Abumard, this happens only if the radio does its job correctly and can implant specific images and feelings into someone’s head where they will connect. All of these ideas and the whole first video comes down to the conclusion that the power of the media is rooted into someone else’s head.
The other day while I was driving to work with my fellow intern Hannah, the radio was playing. We kept switching back and forth between different radio channels trying to find music. When we couldn’t find any music, we went back to 104.1, a Nashville, TN station and they were talking about whether the radio hosts crave salty or sweet snacks. While this seems minuet, Hannah and I were talking about it three nights later because the hosts made us laugh so hard. When radio gets into an individual’s head it really can create this different state of mind and one is able to remember the simplest and sometimes even stupid conversations.
The second video specifically deals with audio storytelling and the power it has over its listeners. Throughout this short video Abumard mentions the connection between old and new. I did not really understand the similarities between the two when dealing with audio storytelling, except for the fact audio storytelling is old, and they are using technology to make it new. When Abumard kept explaining himself it made a lot more sense. He was talking about how no matter where the story is being listened to, even if it is a thousand years ago by a campfire, it is and always has been the storyteller’s job to create a circle of connection between the listeners. He stated that good stories can allow the mind to enter a collective dream state. Is that why little girls fall asleep so easily to princess stories? After he said this in the video it is true, even though audio storytelling is getting more technologically savvy, it still feels like the teller is doing something ancient. That is why I agree with Jab Abumard that audio storytelling will never die because there will always be little girls wanting princess stories, boys slaying dragons, and individuals driving to work taking them away from their commute and allowing them to enter an adventure.