Survivors: Solitary Confinement in America’s Prisons


Robert King Wilkerson spent twenty-nine years in solitary confinement. Photo by Terry Foss.


When is the sound of a slamming door not a slamming door?

When it’s designed.

Radio documentary producer Claire Schoen learned “sound design” when she worked in film. She brings those unique and valuable skills to her radio productions. As a sound designer, Claire artistically assembles audio to create an effect and magnify the qualities of a sound.

On this Saltcast, we feature Claire’s story Survivors: Solitary Confinement in America’s Prisons. It’s a sonic feast full of audio craft — including a slamming door sound created from five separate sonic elements.

If you’d like to hear more about audio storytelling from Claire, check out her 2007 presentation at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Her talk was titled “Making a Scene: The Use of Verite to Show, Not Tell, Your Story.”

Your ears are in for a treat! Happy listening.



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