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The Resonance of Storytelling: The Power of Sound in Narrative

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Everything has its own sound, even silence. Just like every story has its own voice.

A story is a world in itself, and like any world, stories are filled with voices heard or unheard, high or low, liked or disliked. This is exactly why the tone that each story needs to be told is different; Imagine reading a horror story and then a love story aloud, how would your voice differ in these two texts?

Your story is also full of voices, even if you don't realize it yet, listen to all those voices that are struggling to be free and want to be heard, and don't be afraid to go where they are calling you. Because sound is the element that allows a story to be spoken.

The Expressive Power of Sound Why does our voice change when we cry, why does our voice tremble when we are excited, and why do we change our voice when petting a baby? Sound is our most primitive and most functional means of expressing things. With it we laugh, sing songs and whisper our secrets. The sound alone can be enough for us to understand the emotions of the other person, even if we do not know the spoken language.

The nature itself, of which we are a part, is full of sounds, and these sounds allow us to make sense of nature; Although we never see the outside, we know that it will rain when there is thunder, we hear the wind and listen to the flow of water. Nature expresses itself to us with its own voice.

This incredible expressive function of sound also plays an important role in stories. Just as the meaning of any sentence we use in our daily communication changes according to our tone of voice, the tonality in the stories is equally important and critical. Listening to and giving space to these voices is a mandatory golden rule to make the story as real and impactful as possible.

Our Story Whispers, Sings and Shouts

Voices in a story are not just the monotonous tone of dialogue or the descriptions of the characters' conversations. Each story has its own nature, its own order and lives in its own reality. It is therefore necessary to understand that the world has its own voices; these sounds are sometimes different from the sounds we know, sometimes they are sounds we have never heard and will never hear, and sometimes they are as familiar as our own voice. Remember Tolkien, who created a language that never existed, wrote in its words and was able to describe the tonnage of that language. Recognize and listen to the voices of your own story, just as Tolkien wrote the soft and enchanting voices of the Elvish language. These sounds can be whispers, echoes, crackles, songs, and mechanical noises. Voices overflow your story, sometimes shouting and sometimes humming, all you have to do is listen to it.

As a writing technique and also in terms of visualization, it can be critical to focus on the differentiation of voices in the story. The use of short sentences in the dialogues, especially where the story flows in a panic or fear tone, and more inverted, interrupted sentences where excitement is dominant can be a good example of this situation. The importance of the harmony of visualization with sound has led to the emergence of a unique industry such as film music; simply, while more passionate and lively colors are used in romantic and whispering tones, darker themes are preferred more in fearful tones can be shown as an example of this harmony.

Our Story Will Be Heard

Why do we write stories, perhaps more than anything else, to tell and to be heard, that is, to be heard. The story we write to tell is a living and fluid noise, an expression, with all its tones and the sounds of its own world. Focusing on its voices allows the story to become audible and establish its own narrative tone.

Using this form of expression effectively for video and film design, catching the harmony of visualization and sound, is one of the most indispensable requirements to get an effective result in a story-oriented content. Only in this way can it be possible to produce realistic, passionate, inspiring and expressive content. Therefore, feel free to hear the voices of the story and engage in dialogue with it.


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