“Are you listening? Good. This is not a podcast. This is not an audiobook. This is a dimensional experience set in the unseen realms to your left. Your right. And all that lingers between…”
The opening spiel of Carrier tells you that you’re listening to something trying to do things a little differently.
This short series is billed as a “dimensional listening experience” and a “movie for the ears” – which, in reality means it’s an audio thriller.
That opening quote – which sounds a bit like the creepy, “do not adjust your television set” dialogue from The Outer Limits TV series – should give you a hint at what you’re in for.
Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winner Cynthia Erivo is Raylene, a truck driver who is about to become stranded if she doesn’t find paid work soon. A job comes her way to transport cargo – however the desperate Raylene doesn’t know what she’s hauling.
To say more would be to give the plot away, but this thriller has won plaudits for its use of sound. The horn on Raylene’s trailer can certainly make you jump when unexpectedly deployed.
The series was produced by Dan Blank, who paid special attention to the way the production team captured sound.
He used a technique called binaural audio, recorded, via a mannequin head, which is optimised for the way we actually hear.
This is a blockbuster movie crossed with a classic radio drama.
Carrier, Apple Podcasts
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