The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

Welcome To The Sonic Society!

Each week Jack Ward and David Ault are pleased to showcase the very best Modern Audio Theatre (Radio Drama) from around the world. From the days of Old Time Radio in the early 20th century until the modern age of broadcasts, podcasts, and streaming simulcasts, audio plays are movies for the mind!

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Sonic 211: Summer Parlour- Could Be

Posted By on July 19, 2018

Tonight Richard Frohlich from Texas Radio Theatre joins the Amigos for an exploration into the most geopolitical radio show in the history of the Sonic Society, Norman Corwin‘s “Could Be”.

Have a listen yourself and consider whether you too could be part of a better future world!

Mentioned in the discussion:
H.G. Wells
Things to Come- The Movie
 The Anatomy of Tyranny- Timothy Snyder (Ideas)
Dan Carlin
Solarpunk
Afghans life expectancy

Note: Please excuse the poor audio as technical difficulties on skype are often unexpected

Audio on the Rise

Posted By on July 19, 2018

More signs that the Rise of Audio is on its way. Canada’s Booknet Press posted some interesting stats and trends. From the article:

More than half, or 61%, of Canadian publishers are now producing digital audiobooks, which is up from 37% in 2016, according to a new report from BookNet Canada. Increasing production may be related to the confidence felt by firms, with 73% believing audiobook sales will increase in the coming year.

Publishers across Canada were surveyed in early 2018 for the fifth annual The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2017 report, which tracks trends in the country’s digital publishing landscape. Respondents ranged from large multinationals and Canadian-owned firms to smaller, niche publishers, all of whom answered questions about ebook sales, use of accessibility features, digital revenue, and more.

Among the other highlights of the report was a drop in the percentage of ebooks available in the market that went unsold. Though methodology changed slightly between 2016 and 2017, the survey found that 30% of ebooks had no sales in 2017, versus 46% in 2016. Meanwhile, 69% of publishers reported that their year-over-year digital sales were either growing slowly or staying flat. According to BookNet’s quarterly consumer surveying, unit sales of ebooks have fluctuated over the past three years, accounting for 19% of book purchases in 2015, 16.9% in 2016, and 18.6% in 2017.

Time to pull out the microphone and get in on the act, if you haven’t already!

Sonic Summerstock Playhouse S09E03: Corpsified

Posted By on July 17, 2018

Audio Drama’s one-man band, John Bell from Bell’s in the Batfry returns to the Sonic Summerstock stage, this time with a classic X-Minus One episode “The Haunted Corpse” from Frederick Pohl.

The Game is Afoot!

Posted By on July 11, 2018

Lions Den Theatre roars this summer with another grand live radio drama tradition- Sherlock Holmes. Keith Morrison wrote and directed this epic tale of The Hound of the Baskervilles and “The Aventures of Sherlock Holmes” starring Jesse Robb as Holmes and Dorian Lang as his faithful companion, Doctor Watson. The rest of the expert cast rounds out with strong performances from Christine Daniels, Ali House, Lisa Renault, Dorian Lang, Colleen MacIsaac, Daniel Morrison, Mark Penny, Sean Skerry and Schoel Strang.

Go check out their performances at Sherbrooke Village, July 14th!

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Sonic Summerstock Playhouse S09E02: Cool Wonders

Posted By on July 10, 2018

Tonight on the Sonic Summerstock Playhouse, cool down with Scott MosheScr and the CNY Table Reads Group as they bring us a Christmas tale of magic and hope. Frank Capra’s immortal “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

Sonic Summerstock Playhouse S09E01: Wolfe in the Fold

Posted By on July 3, 2018

Tonight’s inaugural performance of The Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 2018 begins with the live show of the Narada Radio Company Players’ with Pete Lutz revisit to the classic detective series “Nero Wolfe”!

Episode 566: The Last Ride

Posted By on June 26, 2018

We’re at the final ride for Season 13 as we finish with part two of Graphic Audio‘s amazing adaptation of the classic Robert E. Howard Western, “The Last Ride”. But enough jawing. Let’s spur on!

Sonic 210: Summer Parlour- Fibber McGee & Molly & Pete

Posted By on June 21, 2018

Pete Lutz from the amazing Narada Radio Company joins the Amigos for the first of their summer parlour series. Pete provides a touching look at one of his favourite shows Fibber McGee and Molly with the end of season episode- Canoe Trip

Try out the Fibber McGee and Molly Trivia Game yourself BEFORE you listen to the episode. How did you do?

Hear it and Weep

Posted By on June 21, 2018

A recent study from UCL in association with Audible has discovered something interesting- however maybe something we audiophiles already knew. Audio Books are more engaging emotionally to people than watching film or television. But, we already know that audio can be the most intimate of mediums. If you’re wearing your headphones or earbuds, a good audio performance is the closest thing to your own thoughts.

But, don’t just take our word chatter on it, read the original article from The Guardian and considering how audio plays are more immediate, just ponder on just how much more engaging audio drama is compared to audio books!

Episode 565: Saddle Up

Posted By on June 19, 2018

Our penultimate episode for Season 13 is a doozy with Graphic Audio‘s adaptation of the classic Robert E. Howard Western, “The Last Ride”. Part One begins right here…