Telling Stories with Sound

Everything you hear on this show is true…or could be true.

Ears Hear Now is a show about telling stories with sound.

Storytelling shows often assume that stories are told solely through narration, and that music and sound design exist mostly to adorn the dialog. We at Ears Hear Now respectfully disagree and choose to present stories with rich soundtracks that add layers of imagery and meaning to the tale, revealing ever more with repeated listening.

EHN features three different show series.

From the Band Van: These are scored stories from the odd life of the performing musician. Life on the road brings performers into situations that differ, and sometimes altogether depart, from “normal” life. “Out of Body, Out of Mind,” EHN’s initial episode, is the first story in the Band Van series.

Turning Points: Not every turning point consists of a change in circumstances. Sometimes it is simply a realignment of one’s point of view. Turning Points will focus on these happenings, large and small, that alter how we look at life and/or the world. EHN’s second story, “The Incident,” will kick off the Turning Points series.

Behind the Ears: How? How? How do they do it??? How does a film sound designer put the “creepy” into a creepy ambience? How does a game composer drop subtle musical hints about a puzzle solution? How does a theme park sound designer go about creating a different world in each room on a ride? Behind the Ears interviews sound practitioners and artists with a focus on “where the rubber meets the road” to let listeners in on the creative act step-by-step. Sometimes Behind the Ears will talk to the creator of a Band Van or Turning Point story to delve into the story’s making.

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Ears Hear Now is conceived and executed by Larry the O, who writes, records, performs, produces, mixes, and masters every aspect of the show. It’s a lot of work.

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Ears Hear Now is a production of Toys In the Attic and is released through Satchelmouth Media.

Coming Soon!

Episode 2: The Incident

“The Incident” is another true story of strangeness and wonder, this time an account of the mysterious 2013 car crash that nearly took the life of Larry the O. “The Incident” builds on the ideas formulated in “Out of Body, Out of Mind” for close interaction between narration, music, and sound design. Clocking in at a full half-hour, “The Incident” is a major step forward in sonic storytelling™.

“The Incident” will be released in Q2 of 2018, but a sneak peek can be heard now on the EHN Bandcamp page.

Episode 1: Out of Body, Out of Mind

A true, if weird story of rock and roll, barroom mayhem, and autoscopy.

“Out of Body, Out of Mind” is a true account of an otherworldly occurrence taking place in the earthiest of settings. “Out of Body” applies a cinematic scoring approach to a yarn that contrasts the mundane with the inexplicable, sometimes supplying literal sound effects, other times abstract sound design, sometimes music from a nightclub, other times music of the spheres.

The colorful (and often hallucinatory) imagery of this 10-minute adventure is fertile territory for music that phrases with the narration, sometimes even extracting melodies from the prosody of the voice. Literal ambiences become swirling maelstroms that then abruptly snap back to reality.