Sound As Story & Shape: “Look On The Bright Side”

I experimented a little with creating this narrative excerpt of the short story I wrote in my previous post, “Look On The Bright Side”.

Aside from providing the narration as an information structure, I also used ambient street sounds to set the space, time, and situation. I also used clips of an exaggerated laughter sound effect from Freesound.org to create more of a dramatic tension in this moment of the story.

As for establishing the overall mood, I decided to use a small clip of the song, “Lionheart” by Emancipator. I actually had this song playing on repeat as I wrote the first draft of the story. I found that it had a brooding, yet kind of soft melancholy tone which helped put me in the moment of the plot and get inside of the protagonist’s mind.

I’m still a novice at sound editing, but with practice, I might expand this project in the future as a way to hone my skills and to tell the rest of Andy’s story.


Julianne Day Ignacio

A bonafide bookworm, self-proclaimed nerd, and cat-lover, Julianne is a born-and-raised Brooklynite who loves to listen to a good story and help others cultivate their storytelling skills. Julianne received her Master's degree in Media Studies and Certificate in Media Management from The New School. You can find her crafting new content and updating the social media outlets for Verge of Verse, snapping photos, or chilling out at a cafe or park as she writes about her discoveries and her adventures in the city.

  1. keniaclaus says:

    Hey Julianne,

    I think your narrative captured one of the most emotional parts in this story. We are automatically inside of Andy’s head, hearing the condescending tone of the taunts and the laughter of his peers is heartbreaking. Your use imagery also helps bring us closer to the character because we can visualize his body language in response to the bullying. I really like the background music, it certainly sets the mood. This was great!

What are your thoughts?