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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Voice Acting?

Posted By on June 24, 2017

Superstar voice actor/writer/producer, Tanja Milojevic from Lightning Bolt Theater of the Mind and many other productions (including EVP) posted on Facebook the Voice Acting Space. If you’re interested in getting into the audio acting gig. Give it a try!

 

The EVP Podcast Tune!

Posted By on June 20, 2017

Many know by now that Tim Heffernan of The Dramapod fame has made a miraculous transformation of his site into a hub of potential RSS Feeds for the audio drama community. In his one site he’s created the opportunity for producers of audio stories to come together and host their series without cost.

When Tim asked us to participate through the beta process, we at EVP considered the obvious: “Why not have a podcast strictly of our own shows?” Hence the Electric Vicuna Production Podcast was born. Here we chronicle the complete package of EVP shows, and as of this week we just hit EPISODE 50!

Just in time for another great leap ahead for Drama Pod- the integration of iTunes. So, for all of you folk who use i-tunes, here’s the iTunes link for the EVP Podcast. Happy listening!

Episode 522- Video Cadet

Posted By on June 20, 2017

Tonight Jack and David are proud to bring some multiple episodes of two different shows for our double “features”. Beginning with the 4077th’s Rip Jarvis of the Space Cadets space fantasy parody, and ending off the sometimes not-safe-for-work but always hilarious Video Game World News Tonight from Scott Phillips.

Don’t look now but it’s AUDIO DRAMA TIME!

 

Invisible Mode Deactivated

Posted By on June 15, 2017

Yet more evidence that the world of Audio Drama is heating up by Audible‘s announcement, The Conversation has an article entitlted: How podcasting is having a major revival with new audio productions of The X-Files and Doctor WhoLooking at some of the exciting releases like The Invisible Man, Homecoming, Doctor Who, Bronzeville, and X-Files. Everyone is starting to jump on the audio drama bandwagon:

Starting in November, the US psychological thriller Homecoming was released as a podcast staring David Schwimmer, Oscar Isaacs and Catherine Keener. This was followed by the Bronzeville serial starring Larenz Tate and Lawrence Fishburn, which brought 1940s underworld Chicago to life.

Over in the UK a number of classics have been making headlines as richly imagined audio productions. The Invisible Man, released in February starring John Hurt, kicked off a series of high-quality HG Wells releases for production company Big Finish, and in April Wireless Theatre Company produced Black Beauty with Samuel West and Tamzin Outhwaite.

Meanwhile Doctor Who fans are thrilled to hear that the popular pairing of David Tennant and Billy Piper are back, opening the Tardis door on a new run of audio adventures. And David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be reprising their classic roles this July in X-Files: Cold Cases on Audible.

But then, why wouldn’t you?

 

Episode 521- Midnight Sounds

Posted By on June 13, 2017

A bit of a departure this week as we anticipate the ghost stories of summer with Evil Kitten Productions‘ Midnight Horror by Rachel Craig double feature of  “The Rash” and “A Spark Ignored”.

 

Episode 520- Gray Tones

Posted By on June 6, 2017

Tonight on a monstrous-sized Sonic Society we have the triumphant return of Alba Salex, Royal Physician with “The Axe and Crown” parts one to three but begin with the grand new audio drama from Edward Champion The Gray Area. It’s Audio Drama Time!

Episode 519- The Plot Thickens

Posted By on May 30, 2017

This week and finally Jack and David get to share the incredible Star Plot episodes one, two and three from Jeff Musick! It’s Audio Drama Time!.

 

Audio Dramatist for Hire!

Posted By on May 30, 2017

The Internet is buzzing with the news that Audible.com has decided to launch a five million dollar fund to find and play audio drama writers. The Digital-Reader has all the details:

Audible, the digital audiobook giant, announced Tuesday that it would create a $5 million fund to commission new works from emerging playwrights — not for the stage, but for people’s headphones and speakers.

As audio fiction seems to be having a moment, in the realm of podcasts, Audible plans to draw from the vast pool of young writers to create one- or two-person plays. They will be available beginning late this year, the company said.

Playwrights can apply for grants to cover both “industry standards” for new commissions and the cost of production, said Donald R. Katz, Audible’s chief executive and a former journalist and author.

“I’m hoping that people just come out of the woodwork,” Mr. Katz said.

Audible is hoping to fund dozens of playwrights. This will certainly help put proof in the pudding that we’re entering a new age of Audio Drama listeners and production!

Mediumship

Posted By on May 26, 2017

So many great actors work in the medium of audio drama/radio drama these days, every little bit of wisdom and experience can help. Consider the article in Spotlight by Katie Redford who gives great advice on how to break into radio:

When I was little, my parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. I don’t think they thought I’d take it quite as literally as I did when in one of my first ever jobs in radio, I played a t-shirt. Yes, I was the voice of a t-shirt. I was a bit thrown by the Director’s notes too:

“Yeah, we’re not feeling it. Can you sound a bit more… like a t-shirt?”

Radio is a fascinating genre and I feel extremely fortunate to currently be a part of it. It’s a medium that so many established, highly respectable actors such as Sheila Hancock, Amelia Bullmore, Daniel Mays, amongst many more, work in time and time again. When Bill Nighy was recently awarded an award for his services to radio drama, he said: “I am as proud of my involvement in radio as of anything in my professional life. Long may it provide its unparalleled service and entertainment.”

The thing is though, how on earth do you crack a career in it? It’s tricky enough to break through this industry anyway, but radio almost seems to be in its own bracket. Here a few suggestions that hopefully will help get the ball rolling for you.

Read more of the article and get your ode to audio working for you today!

Episode 518- Mystic Radio

Posted By on May 23, 2017

Tonight Jack and David have two VIP tickets to give out thanks to Steven Jay Cohen for the HEAR NOW Festival! Our double feature includes Point Mystic from Christopher Reynaga and Midnight Radio Theater‘s “The Long Weekend” by Billy Sinese. It’s AUDIO DRAMA TIME!