This week on the Sonic Society Jack and David welcome back an old friend with several episodes fromDreamRealm Enterprises new series Polygloms and the long awaited second episode of Strangeness in Space!
When I created the Audio Drama Ratings System for audio producers everywhere to be a helping hand in identifying various content warnings for listeners, I was aware that audio drama is the most intimate of mediums. Just try listening to the sounds of movie lovemaking scene at some point, you’ll notice its far more X-rated in your head than it is when you open your eyes and match the visuals.
Aural Sex is not something new, and actually has a pretty large audience. as describes in this New York Times article.
Whatever way you make your audio, even if it’s Aurotica (TM), give your listeners a clue as to what to expect, and they’ll appreciate it!
If you’re a fan of the fast-paced, hard-clipped, almost-English accents of the 20’s and 30’s, you’ll remember it as Trans-Atlantic or Mid-Atlantic accent. Especially effective for enunciating in Audio Drama, it has a kind of machine gun speed comedic style which is sadly missing. While many people can do a great parody of the Trans-Atlantic, superior usage of it, like Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby, has long been lost (kind of like our wonderful audio adaptation!). We at the Society think it’s about time to bring it back. Check out Brainstuff‘s little video on the accent, and start practicing, see!
Straight from the website, Code Named Cygnus is
an interactive radio drama that uses speech recognition to cast you as the secret agent in a branching story. Use your voice to operate the game on your iPhone/iPad for a high quality acoustic experience of dialogue performance, sound effects, and music.
Play as a secret agent in an interactive fictional world inspired by old time serial radio dramas. Choose between options to accomplish your mission objectives and listen to the drama unfold as characters react to your decisions. Be the type of spy that you want to be in a world of action and intrigue.
One of the awesome benefits of audio drama is its eternal flexibility. There are so many ways to integrate audio story telling. Codename Cygnus seems to be one more. Go and grab the app from the store and play along with us!
Erin Kohn from Indiewire interviews the Glass Eye Pix gurus- Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, to talk about their third season of audio horror “Tales From Beyond the Pale”. Both gents are fans of the medium and especially of the power of telling a scary story in which the visuals are all in the mind. Have a look at the interview… If you dare!
Years ago I went to the new building of CBC in Toronto. A friend of mine had arranged a tour through their branch Radioworks. I got to stump the lady giving the tour with my knowledge of my beloved public broadcaster and I got to drool over their sound stage.
The stage, I fear, is empty as of late. But at the time imagine a huge room with various leveled parts of the ceiling which allowed the actors to stand in different places and provide different echos be it a large hall or a small room. Down one side on a series skateboard like rollers were a series of windows and half doors with latches and chains and a variety of knobs. Off to the side was a working washroom and working kitchen entirely microphoned built only for sound effects. Ranging down at the end outwards like the long tail of an “L” was a hall with various pits. Each pit was filled with different material from gravel, dirty, garbage, and leaves to emulate walking.
It was a audiophile’s paradise. Long have I wanted to create my own perfect sound space.
Well, you may not have space or the money to create a national broadcasting standard sound stage, but with this Do It Yourself Booth you’ll be sounding like the pros in no time!
Audio Drama is rife with opportunities for innovation and experimentation. For example, take a walk with Wonderland and solve a puzzle at the end of each chapter. We all need great reasons to keep active. My father just told me that a research tells us that a daily thirty minute walk is more healthy than working out to be a triathlete. How great would it be to engage in a relaxing mystery game and take that long walk as well? This is the power of Audio Drama, exercise your mind and body to make you live longer!
I have re-released the original 16 episodes of Season 1 and Season 2 as UNCUT podcasts, with new narrative ‘guideposts’ to help orient the listener. If you’ve been holding off listening to The Cleansed, or just want to listen and enjoy things all over again, please jump in with both earbuds in!
Take the opportunity to listen to this amazing series now!