Sound Design Perspectives

Since the emergence of radio, the audio drama has demonstrated the possibility of incorporating the narratological inheritance to the technical specificities of sound language. The growing demand for accessible content expanded the audio narrative production through new technologies. Audiobooks and screen reader applications also have improved this process.
However, they focus primarily on the semantic and verbal aspects of the text.

Basic Elements in Radio Drama

Radio has always been based on four basic elements, such as musical notes on a stave: words, music, sound effects and silence.
All of them are equally important and necessary, but radio drama, throughout its history, has used some elements more than others, up to our days when it is difficult to listen to radio silences or programs where sound effects are part of the main content of a space.


From these links you can access to sound materials that complement this workshop.

LISTEN (R. Murray Schafer)



Holophonic Sound (3D) - Psychiatric Hospital - Madness

BBC Radio Drama: The Stone Tape (3D Sound)

The Fairy Tree - Interactive 3D Sound Experience


From these links you can download documents that complement this workshop.

Framing Errors: Reality and Fiction in Audio Drama (Leslie McMurtry)

Viejos formatos radiofonicos y su adaptacion a la radio del Siglo XXI (Chuse Fernandez)

From Horspiel to Audio Fiction: Sound Design Perspectives for Blind and Visually Impaired People (Sergio Nesteriuk)

Point of listening in a radio fiction: the eternal problema (Emma Rodero)

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