Update on ideas…

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Title: Part of your world

Pitch: A 9-15 minute audio project that combines interviews and fantasy soundscapes in an attempt to give a physical reality to their personal interpretation while also exploring fan interaction with fiction and reclaiming of narratives as modern folk tales from commercial institutions .

Theorists: Amanda Whelehan

Inspiration: Dreaming Dickens


I started to investigate different theories on interaction and adaptation…

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I started by thinking about the different ways people interact with narratives.

There are categories of physical methods of interaction such as fanfiction, fanart, fanvids, cosplay etc… I also investigated how individuals directly interact with narratives through the aforementioned methods.

With this in mind, after some research, I condensed all the ways people relate to fiction into six main forms. The best way to demonstrate this is through graphs

My research into these different interactions gave me a chance to practice interviewing people who actively interact with narratives through fandom activities.


I started to think about what kind of project I wanted to do…

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From this brain storm I decided to focus on how people relate and interact with their favourite narratives.

I will combine interviews with soundscapes as to give an insight into how each person personally interprets the story, this will also link in with the theoretical underpinning of fanfiction and other fan interactions reclaiming narratives for the people from capitalist institutions.

Sex, Media and a Weasley

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Interesting article in the Guardian that I feel relates slightly to my project. It focuses on how fan fiction is one way in which teenagers are appropriating mainstream culture to fit their experience of the world – taking one source and interpreting it differently to other readers based of their life experiences. While also attempting to communicate these ideas with others.

The best quote has to be:

“Fan fiction is making teenagers better writers and better satirists, and allowing them to explore sexuality in a way decided by them rather than dictated by the entertainment industry. A purity ring doesn’t carry much meaning when Ron Weasley is pulling it off with his teeth.”

Moving on from that particular vivid piece of imagery, another interesting idea is:

“But if anything, most fan fiction is a rejection of Rihanna and EL James’s leather-bound version of sexuality.”

This ties in with my idea of fan culture being Marxism in action.

The full article can be read here

I felt this was relevant to what my project is exploring

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“You can have a very intense relationship with fictional characters because they are in your own head.”

― J.K. Rowling

You may marry him or murder him or do whatever you like with him,'”

– Arthur Conan Doyle on Holmes


and to show how fans can reinterpret and add their own creativity to established works of art:


Practisioners – 1

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Street of the Candlesticks – city night project

An audio diary written from a window above a cobbled Brussels street. It is written by one of 360 documentary’s listeners for the City Nights Project where the audience was asked to to contribute  tales of their city after dark.

It uses simple soundscapes to create images of the street bellow before the diary reader starts to describe what they see. The words and sounds are very provocative and empathetic and create a very distinct world – this is what I would like to achieve with my project.


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This quote made me think about the possibility of including readings of interviewees favourite quotes and lines from their favourite fictional narrative as a reflection upon themselves rather than the story.

It also reminds of a quote (from my least favourite episode oddly enough) from BBC Sherlock:

“Do you know the big problem with a disguise, Mr. Holmes? However hard you try, it’s always a self-portrait.” – Irene Adler, s2,ep1.

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Inspiration 2

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Dreaming Dickens is a creative piece by the BBC that explores one narrator’s relationship with the long dead author and his works. I intend to explore the relationship between an interviewee’s relationship with a fictional narrative. As the narrator explores London now and in Dickens’ time an audio landscape is built up as the narrator descibes what she imagines Dickens doing in that very place 100+ years ago.


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One of the audio collections that I intended to use as inspiration for my piece is the Hackney Podcast

I like how they build the audio landscapes around what the interviewees are talking about. The 3rd podcast – sound design, is the best example of these techniques.

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