In this 'diary on sound' written during the adaptation recording and editing process of the longest radio drama series in Dutch history the author contemplates the use of sound in Dutch radio drama over the years and on the research object in his own work. He suggests that sometime during the 1960s the awareness of realism as a certain style made place for the sound-engineers' ambition to record reality 'as it really sounds'. Realistic sound lost its function as a dramatic sign. As adaptor and director the author seeks to use realistic sound as an abstract musical entity also in a realistic anecdotal context. Hearing everyday sounds as an orchestrated reality he presupposes the existence of the Nada Brahma the Harmony of Spheres as an inaudible carrier wave of all audible sound. Editing recorded sound disturbs the continual modulation of that carrier wave

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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TMG Journal for Media History; Vol 6, No 2 (2003): Geluid; 43-56

te Nuyl, Peter. (2003). De geïnstrumenteerde werkelijkheid: Aantekeningen over geluid en hoorspel. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 6(2), 43–56. doi:10.18146/tmg.532