Early_General_Electric_logo_1899In a move that adds power and credence to the medium of audio drama, the powerhouse company, General Electric is coming back to radio… or rather podio. A new podcast called “The Message,” which is a fictional eight-episode series that follows the decoding of a 70 year-old message from outer space is reminiscent of General Electric Theater and is designed to draw in a whole new generation of listeners to spark their imagination and consider the future.

I guess everything old IS new again?

Square_Hi-Res_SgtBillyCplSamIf you grew up somewhere in late sixties to seventies in Ontario, Detroit or New York area chances are you would recognize Rocketship 7 or Commander Tom. However, if you grew up east of there, your childhood might be alit with the memory of Rex Trailer and Boomtown. Colonial Radio Theatre and Jerry Robbins new release of a six pack of episodes of The Adventures of Sergeant Billy and Corporal Sam will bring back the nostalgia in a glorious fun new way. Starring Billy O’Brien and Sam Donato of Boomtown fame, who says you can’t go home again? Grab your copy from any of your favourite places!



blacktapesAs you can imagine, we listen to a lot of new audio drama here in the Sonic Society, and whatever we podcast/broadcast, the hosts listen to intently to try to find a place in the upcoming line up. We aren’t super fussy about levels of quality because what may not be something one member likes, could be another member’s favourite. But once in a while, we find some up and coming gold.

The Black Tapes Podcast is one of those nuggets. David Ault discovered this chilling little podcast tale stylized in a docu-drama format that might be reminiscent of serial. From the minds of Paul Bae and Terry Miles from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, this spooky show was the recent subject of a Vancouver Sun article Vancouver Teacher Scores a Hit with Spooky Podcast The Black Tapes.

Go have a read for yourself, and look forward to the Black Tapes coming up on the Sonic Society next week!


bartlebypart1The incredible folks at Chatterbox Audio Theater have opened their doors to another season of scripts requests! We love the CAT here on the Sonic Society. Their high quality shows and performances have become a regular staple for audiophiles everywhere. So, pull out those pens, pencils, or word processors, follow the guidelines and get cracking to help bring another year of stellar shows for new ears.

Everything you need to know to hit your November 15th deadline can be found at the Call for Scripts page. Good luck!

asimov-throne-e1420233002604Okay maybe “psycho-sonicstry” won’t be as popular as “satellite actors” or even “podjecting” and other terms we’ve come up with here in Sonic Society laboratories, but it’s hard not to consider the affect of audio dramatic storytelling on the psyche. Certain tales work especially well in different mediums. Television and movies have been excellent at adapting many novels, but some remain tantalizingly out of reach. Frank Herbert’s Dune series never really match on film the power and philosophy of the books.

But maybe audio drama could. There’s a strange hybrid feeling that audio has with stage (which we’ve mentioned before), film, movies, and the written word that almost bridges the gap. Maybe its because all the pictures are still manufactured in your head.

Not that HBO won’t try. Their success of Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin has emboldened the flick fairies of the cable realm to give a shot at Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy as a series.

But before we make “psycho-history” a buzz word again, check out OpenCulture’s homage to Mr. Asimov in the world of radio drama and our own psycho-sonicistry with Hear Radio Dramas of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy & 7 Classic Asimov Stories.

Try it out a couple of times. It might grow on you.

Psycho-Sonicistry. Psycho-Sonicistry. Psycho-Sonicistry…

tinfoilPeople in tin foil hats are around everywhere.

The good news is that Tinfoil.com is not a place where the sanity-challenged folks gather but rather a spot where you can enjoy some of the oldest recorded sounds- including wax cylinders that have stood the test of time. I’ve always thought how heartbreaking it was that a wax recording of Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson was melted down to make candles during World War II. Necessity is not only the mother of invention, but sometimes the destroyer of art.

In the meantime, go have a look and a listen at some of the great sounds from the past, kept in their crackly goodness today!