“Not Like Other Teenagers”
This audio piece was very minimal – but that worked as a strength within itself. While there were long pauses in between the times in which the subject was speaking, these pauses had a positive effect as it allowed the listener to absorb and process the quote, allowing it to have more impact than it would if it were part of a bigger sentence. There isn’t much character development, but the short, snap quotes say a lot more about the subject and her enjoyment out on the ovals than perhaps one long statement would.
The use of ambient sounds add to the atmosphere of the piece, they are well recorded and put the listener right there in the middle of the oval. The added effects of child’s laughter add to the innocence of being a teenager and enjoying outdoors, and reinforce the notion that the subject is “not like other teenagers”.
The implementation of music with a positive sound only adds to the piece, making it easy and enjoyable to listen to, while telling an interesting story. The quotes and noises/music are at pretty good levels, and one does not drown out the other. This piece is really engaging and very well put together, and there was the right balance of interview material and ambient sounds/music.