Monday, March 26, 2012

Sound lecture: Radio is the theatre of the mind.

"Enunciation does matter."
In the second half of yesterday's sound lecture, the importance of being able to communicate with a mass audience without difficulties or differences of slang terms, pronunciation, etc, was discussed - this is slightly different in television because visual clues, body language and facial expressions come into play along with the simple sound of the voice.
This, if I ever work in radio, will be a problem for me, since I come from Byron Bay and don't actually speak English or Australian, but Byron! I describe attractive people as 'sports', good nights out as 'tropical', and unsavoury people as 'sweaters' and 'goats'. Yes, really!

"The human voice and the human ear are in this perfect marital relationship, and people can tell when someone's lying more accurately on the radio than on television. If you're fake on the radio, people can smell it a mile off."
This concept intrigues me, this idea of the wavering of someone's voice, or the tone of one answer in comparison to another, being a greater indicator of the truth than their facial expressions - as someone who studied theatre for close to fourteen years, it's a confronting but completely fascinating topic of thought. To gain further insight into this, I would love to take the opportunity to speak with some of my friends with my eyes closed, asking them questions and challenging myself to determine the truth from fiction/falsehood.
In a sense, this would surely mean that radio (or, to think of contemporary communication mediums, podcasts) would be a more accurate platform by which to conduct interviews than the television, yet the latter appears to be far more popular with all generations.

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