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It is imperative to consider sound when planning a multimedia production. Whether it be an audio slideshow, documentary or interactive narrative, research has found that audio is one of the most intimate forms of media. Though humans are hardwired to look for visuals and interactive elements, audio requires users to draw on memories and their imaginations to create a scene. This forces listeners to become much more active participants in a story. Yet, simply collecting audio is not sufficient. It must be incorporated into the story thoughtfully.

In the short web documentary Contribute II, the sound design intelligently layers music, ambient noise, and sound bites to set the pacing and tone, while allowing users to assimilate their imaginations with on-screen visuals. This documentary is successful at weaving music throughout the story. At times, the up-tempo music plays softly as sound bites are layered on top. At other times, the sound bites stand alone. This technique emphasizes important sound bites and draws the audience’s attention. Ambient noise, including street sounds, the creaking of a swing set, and the hum of dryers, establish each scene and allow users to draw on their own memories while watching the story unfold. The ambient noise is also left to stand alone, allowing viewers to focus on a crisp familiar sound.

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