“Producers are people who are interested in developing and creating new ideas that expand human awareness and human consciousness.”
This week is part two of my interview with online media authority Randall Libero. He's an executive producer of VoiceAmerica as well as co-producer of the new dramatic podcast "Marilyn: Behind the Icon.," and we'll be talking about myths, movies and the future of audio storytelling.
The Power of the Image
We begin the second half of the interview with a closer look at the concept of cinematic audio and “painting the scene with sound.” Randall discusses the innovative techniques of such cinematic legends as Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles, and how they understood that art isn’t just created, but is brought to life by its audience. “When you look at a great painting,” he explains, “there's so much of your interpretation of it from everything that you've experienced in life, and you interpret that painting completely different from somebody else who's had a completely different experience in life.”
Stories That Bring Us Together
Randall also talks about the myths and archetypes of our ancestors, and the role imagery, geometry, and sound played in bringing those ancient stories to life. He sees such a holistic approach to stories making a return in the 21st century, and with it an opportunity to forge a new connection to art. “The challenge is can we actually create content both on the screen and through storytelling, through audio sound, that actually expands human consciousness.”
The Way That We Dream
"We're in a full-out revolution now, and you can see that in many forms today.” Randall and I talk about how social media and the information age have empowered millions to create and share their work on an unprecedented level. “This digitized media landscape,” Randall notes as we look to the future, “has disrupted and forever changed how movies and media are changing the way we think, the way we live, the way we relate, and the way that we dream.”
Creating It Together
The episode concludes with a discussion of audio storytelling and the unique techniques that are involved in bringing a story to life entirely through sound. We explore just what it truly means to be a producer in the age of new media and what responsibilities creative producers have toward their audience and to future generations. As Randall puts it, “when you create media, you have a responsibility to your audience to make their lives better.”
Next week I'll be interviewing Michael Joly, the founder and CEO of solu and creator of the n.o.w. Tone Therapy meditation device, for a look at sound, stillness, and the healing power of music.