By Guest Post / October 20, 2014
Editor's note: "From AIR's Archive" brings forward some of the lost (or long-buried) profiles and advice about audiocraft that we've collected over the years. This advice about creating audio special effects was first offered in 2006.
by Jerry Stearns
Sound conveys meaning. Sound stimulates visual images in our minds. Radio theater/ audio theater is telling a story by the careful mixing of sounds - both verbal and non-verbal. Radio is a hot medium, that is, the listener's imagination and experience are involved in giving the story depth, substance and meaning.
Sound effects can be used for such things as setting and place, conveying action, solving certain narrative problems, and evoking characterizations.
In radio theater we have four objects to work with: