The Book of Secrets graphic by Donika Nikova at ShaynART ©2014. Used with permission.
A Pinch of Imagination
Stories2music is a blend of narrated flash fiction, short orchestral film music and sound effects. The stories are mysteries, romances, adventures, dreams, and dramas--all in 2-9 minutes.
A Flash of Fiction
Flash fiction is a short form of storytelling with one main character, dense poetry-like prose, vivid scenes, middle-starting plots, character-revealing actions and off-page endings.
A Dash of Music
The short, orchestral film music is an integral part of the storytelling and provides a rich emotional and imaginative experience.
The Power of Audio StoriesBe anyone . . . do anything . . . go anywhere . . . in a story!
- Dr. Emma Rodero claims that audio is "one of the most intimate forms of media because you are constantly building your own images of the story in your mind."
- According to Bill Heid, audio "allows the imagination to create its own 'self-generated visual images and mental movies'. When we are watching the mental movies in our mind’s eye, we can get lost in the story."
- One study suggests that our brains may actually be able to create more imagery surrounding a story when we listen. The visual processing centers in our brain are at work taking in the written word as we read, which leaves less room for images. But when listening, the images come practically unbidden."
- William Dufris says, "The listener should be fully immersed, remain in the story, and never be jolted out by questions about what is going on."
- Dr. Melanie Green says, "narrative transportation is the experience people have when they become so engaged--or immersed--in a story that the real world just falls away. Transportation is important because it focuses the attention of the audience, elicits strong emotional reactions and generates vivid mental images."
- According to Dr. Annie Neimand, "To be transported, the audience must lose a sense of awareness of their physical surroundings and be transported into the world in the story. To do that, stories must use a lot of vivid language and images. Vividness through crisp 'imagery and or sound' is more likely to capture the interest and attention of the audience."
- According to Kathy Fish, "Flash is its own form, uniquely suited to innovation and experimentation. It is not bound to the same rules as the traditional short story. That’s what makes it so exciting to read and write. Flash fiction, done well, can be so mind-bending and fresh."
- Vanessa Gebbie says, "A great piece of flash fiction creates a complete world in very few words, draws you in, and makes you complicit. You become the creator too, in partnership, filling in the gaps the writer leaves behind, your brain often adding the reasons, the detail. And because it is, to some extent, ‘yours’, it has a lasting effect."
- "The best stories are those where the reader is made immediately but implicitly aware that something else is going on here. These stories are artful, but so well crafted, so cleverly understated, that the reader becomes irresistibly engaged with the story," explains Graeme Lay.
- According to Jonathan Mitchell, "When you add music to your story and let it run under a person talking, what you’re really doing is creating a new piece of music . . . Every sound you bring into your story is working together to create not just a story experience, but a musical experience."
- According to Alissa Strong, "Once music is linked with a narrative, it takes on elements beyond that of simply musicality—it takes on a character of its own, becoming almost as another player in the story, one with its own perspective, voice, and interrelations with other characters."
- "Music, uniquely among the arts, is both abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but has the unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation," explains Oliver Sachs.
- According to Dr. Emma Rodero, "The main function of sound effects in a fictional story . . . is precisely to create an audio reconstruction of reality, imitating reality’s actual sounds so as to create in the listener’s mind a specific image of the phenomenon that it is intended to represent."
- The Music Case says, "By using sound effects, you will create audio illustrations in the heads of your listeners. It will transform your audiobook into a real cinema in words. . . You will guide the interpretation, feelings and emotions in each story told and engage your listeners."
- "We may hear the sounds of a car crash, such as breaks screeching to a halt and voices shouting when listening to a piece of radio drama, but it is our imaginations that fill in our other senses, such as what we might see, smell, taste and feel," says Isobel Anderson.