Microphones cannot capture situations as they are percieved. A car crash on tape lacks everything that the experience of an accident amounts to: the surprise, the holding of breath, the shock, the sadness.
Through original recordings and outtakes from finished pieces, Jens Jarisch demonstrates how important everything else besides the spoken word in a documentary can be.
This session features a couple of German audio excerpts, which you'll find translations of in the Extras section below.
Jens Jarisch has spent half his life in Berlin, where he currently works as an independent producer of one-hour radio documentaries. He has squandered valuable years studying literature, occupying himself with random travels to peculiar places all along. Spellbound by the world's sound, he began recording what he found most difficult to grasp, trying to reveal the hidden and make it audible. Jarisch’s work runs to twelve documentaries and has been awarded with several national and international media prizes.
Looking for transcripts to the German radio featured in this session?
Right-click to download the transcript (PDF) for Lifestyle: Why the Vietnamese Don't Wear Adidas Shoes.
Right-click to download the transcript (PDF) for The Secret Sums of Money: An Investigation Into Germany's National Debt.