Disaster on the Moon

“Moon Graffiti” immediately grabbed my attention from the first second. Right from the beginning I was pulled in and felt a sense of space. The music and little sounds portrayed this real life visual of actually being on the moon. From the start listeners hear the calm beginning of an exploration and then are immediately taken into a crash. Following this introduction a voice appeared to introduce the story and give credit to those in it. Ultimately this is a 16 minute story illustrating what if Neil Armstrong and Buzz Alden never made it back from the moon.

Going in to this story I was skeptical. The name “Moon Graffiti” didn’t leave me with much, all I assumed was that I was probably going to space somehow. Let me tell you… I went to space. The sound utilized in this story is ultimately what made the story come to life. Throughout the audio there was buzzing, beeping, crashing, wheezing, suspenseful and eerie music, along with so much more. These little sounds capture space and make you feel as if you’re actually in the scene. While listening to the voices of the actors was helpful in creating the story, I believe the music and background sounds really created the atmosphere. Overall the sound utilized in this audio created an eerie mood that makes you feel as if you’re on the edge of your seat the whole time.

In Abumrad’s video How Radio Creates Empathy, he talks about how audio generates this sense of immediacy. I think I certainly agree with him on this. When listening to “Moon Graffiti” I felt this close connection with those in the audio as if I was personally there. Sometimes just by listening to something whether that be through the radio or your phone you may feel as if whoever is speaking is directly talking to you. This ultimately can feel personal. Similarly however I feel the same with Abumrad that pictures do a great job in telling a story. I think I’m more of a visual person than auditory. One last thing he says is that the voice is an engine for everything that we do, he references the vibrations and sounds waves voices create. This is certainly something I agree with, in “Moon Graffiti” the vibrations of the sounds and voices really drove the story home. Overall I loved this activity, it certainly helped me learn more about audio storytelling.

2 Replies to “Disaster on the Moon”

  1. Awesome post! Your comment on the importance of background music is right on!

  2. Your analysis is flawless!!

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