Sound is one of the most important aspects in telling a story. Sound drives the feelings, emotion, and help create a connection between the audience and the scene itself. In a movie you can both see and hear what is going on where as in “Moon Graffiti” you can only hear. Here the sound plays a much more vital role.
Imagine if in Moon Graffiti it was only the two astronauts talking the entire time. It would be very boring and monotonous with nothing to help guide the audience. At its most basic and bare bones there needs to be some back ground noise. In a film the audience can visually see what is going on and the noise is filled in. For the recording the audience receives no visual help so the listener needs to have enough audio to create their own image. For example in Moon Graffiti you hear the crash landing, the struggle in their voices, and the craft breaking. When they exit the craft you hear them talking through their microphones, their steps on the moon, and the change in their voices when they realize that they are finally alone.
The music is also another important part of the listener’s experience. The producers of this podcast utilized a quiet, high pitched soundtrack to facilitate an ominous, worrying feeling several times throughout the track. At about 8:20 a slow, deep, beat starts to give a sense of urgency, as the quiet soundtrack gets louder and louder, with it only to fade back into inexistence as the astronauts come to terms with their position and existence. A very good example of a film that does this is in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey where the apes discover the monolith.
What is the monolith? Why is it there? What is it’s purpose? Why are the chimps so frantic? All these questions are being prompted by the music, the feeling of uneasiness, wonderment, and shock as the soundtrack becomes louder and more intense. This is the feeling that Moon Graffiti is chasing after.