Radiolab Colours: Rippin’ the Rainbow a New One

What affordances does sound carry that images or text do not?



8 thoughts on “Radiolab Colours: Rippin’ the Rainbow a New One

  1. I really liked the cuts with the chorus in the background. Added a really light-hearted feel and how the chorus changed for all of the spectrums. I also loved the use of the mantis shrimp. It’s amazing how many colors we see with only the three receptors for color. It also feels more relaxed than most other radio shows. It had a very natural feel.


  2. The tone comes across natural and conversational even as they mix in multiple sound clips. The information became much more accessible and easier to understand using audio examples rather than written information or graphs.


  3. The sound bits the podcast uses in the background add to the humor of the radiolab. For example, the choir singing ROYGBIV throughout the discussion of cones in the eyes adds an extra layer to the podcast. It gives it texture, if that’s an analogy that can be used to describe sound. The variation in tone to represent the diversity of the color spectrum allows us to visualize by sound what we could not visualize by sight.


  4. I like the way that the combination of sounds comes together like a painting where all the disparate elements could be complicated but are combined to be smooth and operate meaningfully.


  5. Set up to sound like a natural conversation. Asks questions to set up suspense and to add interest. The sound effects give the interview a good and personable tone. The story of Isaac Newton was used to help set up the tone of the clip. The use of this story helped to set up the conversation of rainbows that were to come. The pace of their voices worked well to give importance to certain things and not so much importance on others.


  6. music fitting when appears and fades out; engages the listener to think with the hanging questions and make you think ‘hm, that’s true’ or ‘wow i never thought about that.’ i like how they add new people then introduce them and tell of their accomplishments, along with a ‘hi, (name)’ said in the background. it’s interesting and very informative. the background voices add comedy.


  7. Sounds help us visualize
    Music to set tone
    changing speeds to add suspense
    turning interviews into stories
    starting with questions-suspense


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