Radio Sound Effects

Radio Sound Effects

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To today's radio listener, it is difficult to imagine the influence radio once held over the American people. Unlike movies or newspapers, radio both informed and entertained its audience without requiring them to participate. Part of its success depended upon the people who created the sound effects--a squeaking door, the approach of a horse, or a typewriter. The author did live sound effects during the qGolden Ageq of radio. He provides many insights into the early days of the medium as it grappled with entertaining an audience based on a single sense (hearing). How the sounds were produced is fully covered as are the artists responsible for their production. Stories of successful effects production are balanced by embarrassing or funny failures. A list of artists and their shows is included.In 1935, the radio audience listening to aquot;The March of Timeaquot; sat on the edges on their chairs as they listened to a shipa#39;s ... also of CBS, has the somewhat more tedious job of manipulating some BB shot inside an open bass drum and fooling the tilted ... Such off-handed and succinct requests as aquot;Give me the sound of a fight gong when I hit my wife in the assaquot; were common. ... Figure 1.5 shows Charles Forsyth knee-deep in hundreds of manual sound effects in his Hollywood studio.

Title:Radio Sound Effects
Author:Robert L. Mott
Publisher:McFarland - 2008-06-03


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