“Living with Psychosis” on Radio 1 Stories was a very emotional listen/watch. It focusses on 3 people (2 more in depth) that have had different experiences with serious psychosis. One of the things I found good about this radio documentary is that in the narration (narration being typical for radio 1) at the beginning it uses facts about mental health and psychotic disorders, which I feel sets up the listener to understand more about how the condition effects people and what it is, while hearing examples, as someone myself with a boyfriend with severe mental health issues this helped me understand more about what he goes through. The fact that contributors talk slowly, gives their words a more powerful effect when listening to it as it leaves time for the listener to really understand the persons story. It starts with music that is classically something that radio 1 would play with a beat to it which helps brand the documentary as being Radio 1. But the as it gets to part where the contributors are talking it gets more serious and slow with single notes and instruments like lone piano notes which gives it an isolating sound to it which I feel mimics the feeling the people felt when they were going through what was happening to them. The sounds of the “voices” or whispers the sufferers herd where very effective in making you understand what the contributors were going through, although feel though there could have been more sound effects, like sounds of heavy breathing. The visualization is the perfect balance of interview and re-enactment, the re-enactment really helps to explain the story and “build relationships with the audience” Like Richard Berry says in the article http://www.ingentaconnect.com.ezproxy.westminster.ac.uk/content/intellect/rj. The cold colours used in the video add to the sadness and scariness of the peoples stories. I Do feel maybe the documentary was too cliché in its music choice and visuals, and could have experiment with doing the digital story in a more inventive way, and I think I would have had more focus then their was on what happened when they started to recover from their psychosis, to have a more positive end to the story, especially for people watching with psychosis that might worry “it will never end” hearing these stories, less interview, maybe more close ups of the eyes and the hands to create more emotion.
“The Three Second Rule” on Radio 3 was extremely interesting. Susan Aldworth works with neuroscientists Miles Whittington and Fiona LeBeau, on a project exploring sleep, to discover whether the three second rhythm is the happiest condition for the human brain.The thing that was most exciting as a listener in this documentary, is that you are going through a journey with one person, you’re going through a consultations and “testing” with them in a hope to find more answers like they are. The music and sound effects really compliment each other to create interesting soundscapes, you hear slow breaths and long synth like chords played also slowly, fading in and out with echo on it, which makes you feel like you are in a dream or in a delusional state which is what the story is all about. As there is no video/photos with this digital story, the sound effects are helping you visualize what is being talked about. It uses fades in a fades out on the voices, as if in a “dream like state” or as if you are listening like the women coming in and out of consciousness. It is more artistically done compared to the other documentary and very well put together. It is also educational the audience is also hearing information from the doctors about the processes in the brain. There is a diverse range of different types/genders of voices and there is even poetry about the topic which keeps listeners more engaged. My one criticism is that I feel like it takes a while to get your head around what this “three second rule is” unless you read about it first. I think maybe at points the story was a bit slow.