Saturday, 26 December 2015

Sounds Effective

Before digital trickery became common place, there was a time when all effects in TV and films had to be practical. Where things got particularly creative was in radio drama where producers really had to rely on their listener's imagination.

The following video from 1938 gives an inside view of how sound effects were produced in the radio studio. We get to see such things as one guy doing both voices in a conversation, an adult do a very convincing impersonation of a child's voice, guys playing cowboys impersonating the sound of conversing while riding by playing "horsie", all while reading their lines. The timing is quite beautiful.

Try listening a second time with your eyes closed.

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