Month: September 2015

Creature of the Night Review

My favourite story from the previous cohort of JRNL102 was ‘Creature of the Night’, proving to be strong and effective despite the word count on the talent’s part. This drives home the point that sometimes less is more. The story had a strong narrative arch, where listeners were intrigued to find out what kind of night shift the talent took. The use of ambient, rain-like noise makes this even more mysterious. I was satisfied at the end when finding out that he worked for McDonald’s, immediately challenging the unfamiliar night shift that I had in mind. On re-listening I gained something new in learning the effective ‘rain noise’ was that of food being fried.

The rhythm in sound, the lonely harmonica and dialogue worked in harmony to create the character of an isolated night-shift worker. This is achieved, funnily enough, by somewhat isolating each sound element from each other. Of course these elements are layout but they simultaneously feel spaced apart. In particular to harmonica sounds is often affiliated with a sense of a ghost-town and loneliness, emphasising this element of the talent whist adding a gripping mystery.

You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/jl_osborne/creature-of-the-night

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A Smooth Path

Amy’s relationship to place is unique but not unheard of. Due to a trauma at birth, Amy was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects her ability to control her muscles, namely those in her legs. From a young age, Amy has used a wheelchair as her main mode of day-to-day transportation. She is currently studying out of home at UOW, soon to major in politics. Although her lifestyle is an independent one, there are still difficulties in relating the Wollongong through a wheelchair. Amy enlightens us on those daily challenges that many wouldn’t consider otherwise.

A Smooth Path

Amy’s relationship to place is unique but not unheard of. Due to a trauma at birth, Amy was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects her ability to control her muscles, namely those in her legs. From a young age, Amy has used a wheelchair as her main mode of day-to-day transportation. She is currently studying out of home at UOW, soon to major in politics. Although her lifestyle is an independent one, there are still difficulties in relating the Wollongong through a wheelchair. Amy enlightens us on those daily challenges that many wouldn’t consider otherwise. Attached is the link to her audio story: