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In the thesis "Just a sound" the author takes, methodically, a strategic and targeted reflexive approach to a discipline (sound engineering) he himself works within, a method close to what is called an action-research paradigm in social science, and thereby theorize and explore the assumptions underlying image-building sound expressions (soundscapes) in the vast area between fiction and fact, between the listener and the meaning one wish to produce, and how reality is described through sound in documentaries. The main part of this thesis try to show what role sound have in image-building the reality in media productions, and exemplify this by using three different audio-documentaries; the author 's own documentary, " A good Climb " (2014). Lasse Nederhoed award‐winning radio documentary "Sense and Sensibility" (NRK P2, 2011) and Stefan Jarl 's “movie” without images, "State of Mind " from 2013. These audio-documentaries are chosen because they show considerable differences within the genre. The thesis takes the reader on a journey through sound and soundscapes, both from the documentary makers and the recipients’ angle. It attempts to show the relationship between rhetorical elements, perceptual experiences, cultural conventions and semiotic references to provide the documentary maker an even greater knowledge on how to use the enormous dramaturgical potential of audio media. In addition, the thesis do a methodological case study by the author's own production "A Good Climb "(2014), in particular on dramaturgical choices, and a case study of Stefan Jarl's “State of Mind” (2013), where the focus lies in a closer study on how an experienced documentary filmmaker work and thinks when he makes a radio-documentary for the first time.