What Do I Know About Audio?

Nothing, absolutely nothing, that is my answer. I’m not even joking. When I first looked at the syllabus for this week and saw that there was going to be an entire week dedicated to just audio, I was extremely worried (and still am). I know nothing about audio mixing, how to actively discuss and differentiate one piece of music from the other, and so on and so forth. That is why I was at least somewhat relieved after I listened to the two interviews with Jad Abumrad. I thought his descriptions of audio storytelling were extremely interesting, and there were two moments in particular that stuck out in my mind as I was writing this. The first was his description of the concept of “Cooperative Imagining”, which he explains is essentially a system where the visuals for a story are created through a combination of the narratorsĀ  description and style of storytelling, and the listener’s imagination. Through this process, Abumrad states that a storyteller’s ability to put an image into another person’s head signifies true human connection. The second moment that stuck with me in particular was Abumrad’s description of radio hosts( as well as other kinds of audio storytellers) as “modern-day shamans”. The reason this stuck with me is because the more I thought about it, the more I realized he is absolutely right. Individuals today who still tell tales through words rather than visuals are akin to what Abumrad describes as “sitting around a campfire thousands of years ago and creating this real human connection”, and this is a form of storytelling that will most likely never die out as long as humans continue to exist.

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