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 Speaks- 0101- The First Man of Audio

Posted By on September 7, 2014

StartiSonicSpeaksng off the inaugural interview is none other than Gregg Taylor, chief architect, writer, producer, director, and audio auteur of the amazing Decoder Ring Theatre. We talk about Gregg’s passions and Jack’s reactions to the recent DRT change in broadcast release announcement. Remember Sonicateers, don’t ever drive angry.

Loaded for Bear!

Posted By on September 6, 2014

4605566080_957x538What a fantastic project! Free Firearm sound effects!

From the Free Firearm Sound Effects Library website:

The firearm sound library was the brainchild of a team of college students with a mutual passion for the audio and  visual arts. In November, 2013 we launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop an extensive open source firearm sound effects library, and on December 7, 2013 our project was funded by an incredible group of backers and we went into full tilt production. This website serves to connect our backers with our two libraries, as well as to give credit to the backers who made it all possible.

Along with the availability of these sounds comes the need to understand their proper application. The metadata included in the sound files along with some instructional videos will help make these sounds serve you to their full potential.

Our team holds CC0 NO RIGHTS RESERVED for this library. It may be used without royalty or credit (though we would love to hear how you’ve used our sounds) for any application, personal or professional. Have at it!

Grab the raw files, or refined ones. Select which sound effects you want or grab the whole bunch!

On top of that help them complete their Medieval Weapons Sound Effects Library by donating to kickstarter!

 

 

 

Sonic Echo- 0101- With the Smell of Sonic

Posted By on September 5, 2014

With the a cloud of dust and the burning acrid smell of GUNSMOKE. The premiere of Sonic Echo has Jack introduce William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon in the classic series with “Billy the Kid” and “Jaliscoe” from archive.orgTPW 013 Gunsmoke 541002 Matt Gets It

Chatting it up with Fanboys!

Posted By on September 5, 2014

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Jack sits down with Barbra Dillon, Managing Editor of Fanboy Comics to talk about his favourite subject- AUDIO DRAMA AND THE SONIC SOCIETY of course!

Spread the word… Pass it on… Let’s make this season, beyond all the other seasons the year of AD!

Have a read of the interview here.

Episode 392- The Tell-Tale Survivor (SEASON 10)

Posted By on September 2, 2014

51hbB4IPJsL._SL500_AA300_ In our Season 10 kick off, Jack and David feature the incredible Colonial Radio Theatre with “Vincent Price Presents The Tell-Tale Tape” and the Pilot episode of Simon Nielson’s epic Survivor Journals

Next Spring- Dead Ahead

Posted By on August 30, 2014

From Jack J. Ward’s writing paDeadAhead_Poster72dpige we find this tantalizing new poster for the upcoming audio drama zombie apocalypse horror from Colonial Radio Theatre– “Dead Ahead”. Penned, no less, from our own Jack as well!

Because it Might Just Save Us All- The Sonic Society Season 10

Posted By on August 29, 2014

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Sonic Summer-14-4-Summerstock Promenade Presents

Posted By on August 26, 2014

Sonic Summerstock Prssummeromenade ends its short run this season with “7th Victim” by the incredible Bill Hollweg and Broken Sea Audio Productions!

Sonic Summer-14-3-Summerstock Promenade Presents Bathysphere!

Posted By on August 19, 2014

Bob Arnold and Chatterbochatterboxx Audio Theater  presents the Old Time Radio classic “Bathysphere” by Arch Obeler for our first episode of Sonic Summerstock Promenade!

P.G. Holyfield Could Use Your Smile- Rise and Shine

Posted By on August 18, 2014

1965850_1408294617.4618And with that, listeners were transformed by the tale that P.G. Holyfield told.
I began audio drama in the first wave of podcasting back over a decade now, and even though audio books and audio drama swim in different circles we do cross back and forth occasionally.

I never got much chance to speak to P.G., but I too was wrapped up in his novel “Murder at Avedon Hill” and was excited at the opportunity for more. P.G. and I have a lot in common, a love of role playing games, fantasy, and of course Game of Thrones. P.G. is a lover of story, a weaver of tales and a podcaster of many podcasts well “Beyond the Wall” and “Tales of the Children” are the ones I’ve listened to. He’s a favourite guest at both Balticon and Dragoncon and has an endless list of friends he’s gathered in the seven years since he first podcast his novel.

I mean P.G. Holyfield is such a presence in the podcasting culture, that I guess I took it for granted that I’d be able to interview him at any time.
so, it was with some shock that I read a blog announcement from Chooch Schubert and Vivian Muse about the recent challenges to P.G.’s health.

And after I started looking at pictures after pictures of Patrick with his friends that people posted on his Facebook and through twitter, and I listened to the love that Nutty spoke about, the fact that no one, NO ONE could say anything bad about this man… it got me thinking…

Maybe, it’s time for all of us to rise and shine a little bit more. You know the phrase “rise and shine”? My parents woke me up as a kid every morning, and I wake up my boys with that little piece of advice- Rise and Shine.

P.G. Holyfield teaches me, even now, a little bit about being a better person. Not just rising to the challenges and doing the things I need to do, but maybe “shining” just a little brighter… smiling a little more, and being just that much more communicative about the people around me.

I lost my best friend, eighteen years ago, and since then, I don’t take my friends for granted. I’m very careful to tell the listeners of the Sonic Society know how much they mean to me at the end of each season. I try not to get too sappy through out the year, but maybe the secret of P.G.’s success as a man- beyond his wildly creative talent- is that he makes people around him feel valued all the time.
Not just once in a while, and without having to say a whole lot.

I’m not a very social person normally. I have trouble feeling comfortable around groups of people I don’t know- hence my presence in Conventions have always been limited. I’m more comfortable on stage and in panels than chatting afterwards.

Maybe it’s time for me try harder. Maybe its time to rise a little to complete those creative endevours. Maybe its time to shine a little more with the people around me.

If you want to help out P.G., and rise and shine a little more yourself, go to the Go Fund Me P.G. Holyfield Cancer Support page, put your memories of Patrick in an audio or a video… Talk to friends. Whatever you do…

Time to shake yourself out of bed, and rise and shine…