If you’ve heard more than one or two episodes of the Seanachai, you’ve got an inkling that I’m up to something more than just reading my own stories. For the most part, I’m composing specifically for the medium. And along the way, I’ve been experimenting and refining my ideas about how audio storytelling works. And I think it’s time to share.
Ideally, I’d like to put together an e-book on the subject. But rather than just think about doing it, I thought I would be better to do the first draft as a series of posts. And the working title for this amalgamation of ambitious little essays is The Rhetoric of Audio.
If Rhetoric is the art of effective persuasive speaking or writing then the Rhetoric of Audio would be the art of the effective use of sound. And I don’t know that anyone has written a book on the subject. With the explosion of podcasting, it’s a subject that seems important to me (and of interest to people I know)
My primary interest is how sound is used to convey effect and carry a story. In this sense the term rhetoric is used to indicate the persuasion of an audience that story which it patently fictional is in some sense true or real. Hopefully more true and real than everyday experience. And if we don’t feel this way about stories on some level, are they really worth anything?
Tentative (and Partial) Outline
Why does Sound have meaning?
The Uses of Sound
Sound as symbol
Sound as action
Sound as setting
Sound as character
Sound as emotion
Sound as closure
Sound as unknown
Storytelling vs. Story Reading
A broader definintion of reading
Towards a manual of style