I enjoy listening to radio shows like NPR because they do a good job of telling amazing stories and taking you away for the length of the segment. I like “Who Am I?” because it didn’t make me feel anxious like the other two podcasts (although it did have some eerie/creepy music). The other pod casts made me feel like I needed to be on extra alert just so I didn’t’ miss something, where in turn this pod cast made it feel easy to follow along and almost like you were sitting in the room with the individuals talking. I also noticed that abrupt halts in sound were used in order to dramatize parts of the segment. I think this works since you do feel at ease while listening to the audio; you need something to keep you on track when there is a transition. It’s almost like a replacement for body language!
The quick back and forth conversational commentary might create anxiety for some listeners but I found it very helpful for staying engaged. I imagine that this technique probably takes some experience in order to create something that is easy to follow along with/makes sense. The “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” morph with bill Clinton and the other guys was a great way to translate a visual idea into audio—how clever! This brings me back to the intro of the segment when there was a mix of all different voices and languages to create a single sentence, which gave the program a worldly and sophisticated feeling. I think I’d like to use that technique in my audio project. Class: I am always so impressed with the musical choices that these audio segments match up with the conversations. I feel like I struggle with finding the right music that will match the tone of my story. Can someone share with me pointers on how to choose the right music and where you get it? Or do you just need to have a knack for it?