I tuned into the show slightly late due to a class. Since I didn’t think I was going to be able to listen to any of these live, it was better to be late in the end, I guess.

That’s me! My username sucks because I first made discord last semester for a class and so made it the username UMW gave me for everything.

The show that I listened to on Monday, February 7, 2022, discussed a lot of the sound effects used in Three Skeleton Key, especially one called Escape. One example that stood out to me and a few other people in the discussion was the fact they rubbed wet corks against glass to make it sound like the squeals of millions of rats. (Though there was some debate in the discord over whether it actually sounded like rats.) One of my personal favorite sound effects was when the noise seemed to come from one side of my headphones and not the other. I believe this is called panning. I liked how the show also went into the history that inspired parts of it, such as the ship rats. The show discussed the potential damage the rats can have on islands and how they also serve as a scapegoat for humans to blame all problems with traveling in the past. I also liked the fact they discussed how the story could be tied back to other ones, such as the Piped Piper, showing how interconnected stories really are.

I think trying to type and keep up with the discord while listening was not the best way to experience the program for me. In two other posts, I mentioned being easily distracted when listening to purely audio media. This was especially true here, when I was thinking about the discord and what I would type in this reflection while also trying to listen.

3 thoughts on “One Key to Sound

  1. Bird Hanning says:

    I relate very much to being easily distracted by listening to only audio. I think for me, I use music/audio as background noise while I’m doing something else so often, that when I do try to focus on the audio, my mind I like “no, you should be doing something else right now” But that might just be me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  2. Jenny says:

    I wish we knew each other because I wasn’t connected to Discord and was blind to the discussion. But what I could do was focus on the radio show so I took a lot of notes that I used to write up my reflection. If only we could have tag-teamed. I agree with you, it’s difficult for me also to listen to a broadcast while also reading a chat. I have the same issue when we do Zoom classes and there’s a chat going on–I can’t do both well. Good observation that you picked up on the Pied Piper intersection of time and worlds–it was subtle. Oh, and I don’t think you need to worry about being late–I sat in on Tuesday’s show and about three people showed up 30 minutes late as the show ended. We do what we can do. You got most of this show!

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