Tuning in to “Get a Clue” this week was definitely an experience! The Twitter buzz about Lawrence Spitler surely did not disappoint! In order to describe my personal experience while listening to this show, I would have to say that one of my favorite parts was trying to figure out who killed him and another was feeling like I was interacting with the show in a way. It kept me on my toes for sure!
Speaking from a technical standpoint, my absolute favorite part of the show is the dialogue. The use of so much slang and curse words gives it a realistic and raw feeling that just screams “noir”. One can tell that the creators put a lot of effort into script writing, as each word and line are well thought out. The sound elements flow well, as they propel the dialogue and vice versa. From the very beginning, the suspenseful music captures the listener’s attention and never lets it go, as the music strategically transitions when the character monologues change. I think this adds organization to the show, because each character’s monologue has its own background music to associate with it. The written dialogue is brought to life by the voice actors. At times, it seems like some of the voices are a little drowned out by the music and effects, but their voice inflections truly convey the emotions and seriousness of the plot. The sound effects truly stand out, from the angelic sound introducing one of the women, to the loud police sirens.
The only note that I would make about this otherwise great show is that I found myself wanting a little more interaction between the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I love the monologues, because they provide a solid background for the women’s relationships with Lawrence and establish the premise of the plot. However, I think some direct dialogue between the characters would add even more depth to “Get a Clue”. That being said, I absolutely love the show and think that everyone did a superb job in writing and producing it.
At first listen, the radio show, “Dead Silence”, captured my attention immediately with the prominence of the sound effects. They are clean and crisp, and the combination of the voice-overs flows nicely. As for my experience as a listener, I enjoyed the show mostly for the intricacies of the plot, as it evolves from a typical heist, to a love triangle, to murder, of course! As a fellow DS106’er, I have immense appreciation for the effort that was put into the script writing. It takes a long time to work out all of the details of a plot, especially if it includes twists, such as a double-cross and murder for revenge. I can relate so well because our script took just as many turns, and we had to double and triple check for inconsistencies and mistakes. These plot twists relate directly to noir-styled composition, as noir is never just black and white (at least not in script writing). The show includes a lot of other classic noir tropes like whiskey, gun shots, a small-town Sheriff character, and darkness.
The voice acting in this show is expressive when it comes to the intense scenes The infliction of the voices maintains your attention. I wish that this expressiveness continued through the normal conversations, as there are times when the voices have a monotone sound. However, it is completely understandable, as none of us are professional radio personalities! On the other hand, the acting during the times of intensity really creates the sense of urgency, lust, and panic resonating with the characters. In addition, the use of small response phrases, such as “be there in five” and “fine, I’ll see you there”, absolutely scream noir with their brevity and sense of coldness.
My favorite part of the show is the use of the existing noir character, Shadow. It really works to convey the darkness of the show because Shadow’s voice literally sends chills down my spine, in the best way possible. Overall, I believe that the creators of “Dead Silence” did a great job in the thorough writing of their script and compilation of sound effects.