Moon Graffiti and the Power of Storytelling Without Visuals

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This was such a powerful thing to listen to.  I had fairly low expectations given that my only experience listening to stories was My Prairie Home Companion on NPR.  But this was powerful and evocative–more real than expected.  It’s really amazing how much impact sound and sound design have on the stories we watch or listen to.  In listening to Moon Graffiti, I can imagine the realness of what it would have been like hearing War of the Worlds over the radio.

Even without the use of sound design or actors speaking their dialogue, directors have almost always used sound in the form of music to set the mood.  Sound evokes meaning and emotion, sometimes subtle, sometimes terribly overt but its ability to affect us as audience members is a feat in it of itself.

What was most striking listening to Moon Graffiti was the silence shared between the astronauts as they grappled with the reality of their situation.  The creators of this piece took an event in history seen as one of man’s greatest accomplishments and made it into a great tragedy.  It wasn’t hokey or predictable but very human.  We didn’t need to hear the actors tell us what was going on really or describe the setting or have to see the faces of the actors to understand what was going on or what emotions we should feel.  They followed the simple rule to storytelling where they showed us but didn’t tell us which is a bit ironic given the means of how the story was conveyed.  But it was really fantastic and devastating.