Wednesday, October 31, 2007


How Can We Make It Better?

Thanks to John for weighing in on this week's experiment in sound reporting.

Here are two other issues that have been raised by colleagues in NYU's journalism department:

1.) How do we create the expectation in the end user that this is not going to be a movie? One person thought, upon first playing the piece, that something had gone wrong: that, perhaps, only the titles had been rendered but the video track had been erased. After all, you see the little arrow and the black screen and that makes you think a movie is about to begin. We experimented with putting an ear behind the arrow but it looked a little gruesome. Hey, it is Halloweek [sic], after all.

2.) Are we overloading the part of the brain that processes words? I find, for example, that when I'm writing, I can listen to instrumental music but not songs with lyrics, and certainly not news or talk. (It always seemed remarkable how many visual artists told me they listened to The Next Big Thing while making their work; I guess they really do operate from a non-verbal place.) Is looking at text and hearing different words simultaneously the same as patting your head and rubbing your tummy?


Blogger Orange said...

I was doing some editing today, and David Bowie's Changes was terribly distracting and harsh, I think more from the overall jangly gestalt than from lyrical distraction. U2's Best of worked much better, even if I was tempted to sing along. I have a handful of favorite CDs to edit by.

I'm mainly visual when it comes to words, so radio's something I listen to in the car. At home, I rarely listen to the radio or podcasts. So don't ask me...

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