Today I listened to Moon Graffiti by The Truth Podcast and to put it simply, I was blown away by the performance. I have some thoughts on the performance that I would like to share.
As soon as it started, I was immediately hooked. It offered suspense and instantly made me question what was happening and what was going to happen. The story itself is suspenseful but the background noise and music makes it that much more suspenseful and adds that extra element of drama. I liked that they started the podcast with the story then around the 1:10 mark, an introduction was given on what the podcast was going to be about. It pulled you in and hooked you before you even knew what you were going to be listening to. My first thought about this performance was that it reminded me of horror movies that are filmed in a documentary style (e.g., The Paranormal Activity movies, Quarantine, The Blair Witch Project, etc.).
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When the astronauts are trying to decide what to do, whether they should try and fix the radio to say a final goodbye or complete a geological survey, there’s only background noise, their suits and static from what would be there recording, and it makes it that much more real and sad. As the story continues, the suspenseful music makes you question if another dramatic event it about to happen or not.
Around the 12 minute mark, the audio from one of the astronauts becomes distorted and it gives you a sense of urgency, it makes you feel that something bad is happening. After that, there’s only the static of their radios and what sounds like labored breathing, and it left me with a sad feeling.
After that, there’s the speech given by the “president” and not much emotion is given off so you can tell just by listening that whoever is giving the speech is someone of high authority, and the background noise they used gives it an eerie feelings.
Overall I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. It had many elements to it, drama, suspense, and even emotional element. I will definitely be recommending it to others! Let me know in the comments below what you think!