Found sound is one of the most popular framing devices in the contemporary fiction podcast landscape. Limetown is one the most famous and memorable illustrations of the found sound technique in modern audio drama: packaged as a real documentary series released by the fictional American Public Radio. Found sound does not have to be pseudo-journalistic, however; stories can be told through personal voice recorders…
To say I love listening to music would be a huge understatement. I love turning on the radio and listening to the same 20 songs in rotation or asking Alexa to play a little Lo-Fi Hip Hop or shuffle songs by Krewella while I clean the house. Recently, however, I have a new love: podcasts. Yes, I know! How did I wait so long to hop on the bandwagon?
There are so many amazing things about podcasting; it truly is an amazing hobby. The amount of love and care that gets put into making this unique form of audio content is unbelievable. I have been a podcast fan, on and off, for about ten years. In that time, I have listened to news podcasts, pop culture podcasts, and actual plays (of course). Every episode that I listen to, I am floored by the amount of work put into this content. And I have barely scratched the surface of the world of podcasting!
In the spring of 2018 I dropped my cat at my mother’s house, put everything I owned into storage, flew 1,737 kilometres and crossed one international border to take a chance on love. It’s one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken, and I don’t know if it would have happened if I’d never gotten into fiction podcasting.
To explain this properly, I’m going to backtrack a little...
Use a fresh apple if you ever need to simulate the sound of a person’s nose being bitten off.
I didn’t learn this on the job, but rather when I was 9, when my 11-year-old sister came home from the fifth grade field trip to the county courthouse. The withered, creaky-drawled judge acting as their guide had eagerly related the weirdest experience of his career: he’d presided over a trial where the key witness’s testimony so enraged the defendant that they leapt up from their seat, tackled the witness in the witness box, and, well, you know the rest. We’ll consider this primary research.
Podcasting for me started as a single falling domino which ultimately toppled many more and positively changed my life.
When my friend and I first thought to start a podcast, we were just lying on my bed, staring up at the ceiling, and thinking out loud. At some point, I’d listened to and enjoyed some podcasts, but I hadn’t ever lent them much value in my life.
I don’t really write anymore. Not like I used to, anyway. I used to spin novels out of nothing without breaking a sweat, used to throw short stories together as easy as breathing, because once upon a time, I was a writer. Nothing made me happier than building a world brick by brick, populating it with people, and flooding my mind with their scenes, their conversations, the countless directions their stories could take. It was invisible to me, but completely essential, as if half of my heart was always in a world of my own creation.