This is what I made in response to that call for audio documentaries that I posted about previously.
I have decided to continue this practice and interview some more people. I hope to end up with a whole series!
I will continue to focus on hearing, listening and personal experience of the world. I will also do my best to work with sound and music, building on what the interviewee is saying to make a picture for the audience of what the interviewee is describing.
This will double up as really useful research to supplement and enrich my reading, listening and viewing.
I have to admit to a few headaches producing this one. Part of the issue is that I was working with a close friend this first time.
It was very tempting to use every tool in my box to tell the story that I hear from the interviewee – which may not be the same message as is actually being spoken.
For example, in this interview, Tom speaks both about his social anxiety and about his bad experience of school. I use recurring instances of sound recorded in a primary school playground. In one case I put this sound behind our explorations of his adult perception of social interaction. In doing this I am inviting the audience to question whether childhood bullies have exacerbated the anxiety already brought on by the sensory onslaught and social differences associated with Asperger Syndrome.
Although Tom may agree with this implicit comment in this case, it has really sharpened my appreciation of the power an editor, producer, composer and sound designer have over what the audience hears and understands.
Even what I choose to leave in and take out, and the order I put them in makes a difference. In this case is not chronological: the fragment about talking to fast food chain staff at the end actually came earlier in the conversation but, again, it felt right to come a full circle from adulthood to childhood to adulthood to see the (not entirely linear) continuum of experience on which a person’s world-view is based.
Here it is, anyway: