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magnificent desolation – moon graffiti –

moon graffiti

The final post of the day! Huzzah!!!

For today’s audio reflection, I finally listened to “Moon Graffiti” and oh boy, I loved it.

For those of you who don’t know, I love space…I love watching live streams from a satellite, stars, space robot battles and the such. I wasn’t too sure what to expect with “Moon Graffiti” however.

The beginning was very tense for me. You’re being told that the first astronauts on the moon died in the event of a crash only to be told that it was a pre-taped speech for President Nixon IF Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were to die. This was honestly a great idea in terms of building anticipation and making the audience second guess.

You are then sent on a journey to the moon with two men, Neil and Buzz, who describe what they see and feel during their trip to the moon. They come to a hard landing, describe the dust on the moon, and more…almost as though you’re back on Earth in the control center of it all listening in real time. It’s surreal.

There is a eerie silence that you can hear (that made sense in my head I swear) and makes you feel weightless. The sounds of the crash seemed as though you were in the shuttle also and their footsteps and how they handle the dirt…you hear it all. Their conversations are intelligent and witty which I appreciate most.

Overall; the music they chose helps create an empty, vast, eerie feeling which I would compare to ambient music that is supposed to help you sleep. The way the voices are edited to sound as though they are coming through radios makes you feel as though you’re listening in real time and how the audio switches from left to right in your headphones makes it feel even more real. The noises of boots, clicking, the space craft, and even breathing gives me goosebumps. It feels so real, but you know it’s just a recreation. This is what I think radio and audio storytelling should be like…you lose yourself while listening and envision what it would be like either on the moon or in the control panel of NASA.

What were your thoughts? How did you feel while listening?

Taylor

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