Sound and Storytelling -Erynn Pontius

Sound is such an interesting medium yet I think most people brush it aside or forget about it altogether. From my new found experience with sound, I think it is an excellent source and/or detail in the art of storytelling. Sound can translate images and moods unattainable through only words and picture, and I loved the quote from one of our readings saying the better it is done the less we notice it. Sound can set the time, place, and tone before words or pictures are even shown. So much of our world we interpret through sound without even being consciously aware of it and being a writer with the ability to manipulate this tool provides endless opportunity and essentially power.

For my own personal creating, I think I now have a broader range for my imagination to incorporate not only how sound can work in a piece but improve upon it. I loved being able to incorporate sounds into an idea, and I think it’s something I would investigate further. I would like to see more examples of how other authors and artists are utilizing sound to their advantage. As a writer, incorporating sound in new and interesting ways could be a great outlet to have my work noticed among so many others. In class I wish we would have expanded more on music instead of the mixture of different sounds together. I think music as a whole is a huge discussion within itself and an evolving contributor to storytelling. In our ever-changing technological world I believe sound will become a bigger and bigger aspect of how we experience stories.

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3 thoughts on “Sound and Storytelling -Erynn Pontius

  1. meaganmthornton February 12, 2015 / 5:43 am

    I think you are abosoutley righ, that people don’t often pay attention to the sounds around them. I realized after I started this project how deaf I was to a lot of the noises in the places around me. And I’m sure with a trained ear even more distinct sounds can be heard. I agree that music has the ability to tell a story in a unique way, but I think music is it’s own unique genre of story telling that uses sound, while sound doesn’t have to include music. – Amy Garcia

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  2. meaganmthornton February 14, 2015 / 5:38 am

    I think part of this relates to that quote we discussed in class regarding foley (something like “good foley is never noticed”). We are so used to sound being present almost every single moment of our lives that we begin to have a hard time noticing it as a unique medium (unless it’s used in a way that irritates us), much less something to be used in storytelling. At least my experience in class has more or less opened my eyes to sound and allowed me to notice and think about sound in a much more detailed way than I had previously.

    ~Alexander Lewandowski

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  3. meaganmthornton February 15, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    I agree with you about wanting to spend more time on music. After reading the article on Guardians of the Galaxy and the use of music to enhance the story I really wanted to know more. Learning about sound in storytelling was interesting and opened up a new door to enhance our own storytelling but I do think that music already makes such an emotional connection to us and our lives that it would have been fun to expand on that topic more.
    – Whitney Hancock

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