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 Echo- 0104- Have Sonic Will Travel

Posted By on September 26, 2014

Paladin arrives in the final installment of Sonic Echo’s look at Western month with Have Gun Will Travel. Thanks to archive.org we have “Strange Vendetta” and “Road to Wickenberg” for our double presentation! Have Gun

Episode 395- Prenport Rising

Posted By on September 23, 2014

Prenport

David and Jack find themselves locking on to the first three episodes of the brand new release of the series Prenport , an exciting new radio soap by Tom Williamson!

Sonic Speaks- 0103- YAPping with Matthew MacLean

Posted By on September 21, 2014

SonicSpeaks

Matthew MacLean from Scotland’s own Yap Audio and the Audio Drama Production Podcast and the amazing Aftermath series!

Sonic Echo- 0103- Sonic Six Gun Shootout

Posted By on September 19, 2014

This week in Sonic Echo’s western September fever we present Jimmy Stewart as Britt Ponset in The Six Shooter! Archive.org provides us with “Jenny” and “The Coward” for tonight’s presentation.sixshooter

Episode 394- The Twelfth Clock

Posted By on September 16, 2014

a3968213375_10Jack and David seek out to find the source of the damage to the Audioverse by triangulating first to The Twelfth episode from the incorrigible A Beginner’s Guide to Interplanetary Destruction and then to The Truth Podcast with “Biological Clock”!

The Rise of Audio Books

Posted By on September 15, 2014

1245551Desert News is buzzing about Audiobooks: A Rising Industry and a Multi-tasker’s Dream and it makes one ponder.

If audio books are on the rise because- as audiophiles have said for years now- it’s easier to do things and listen to stories, then are we on the cusp of seeing Audio Drama make another burst into the consciousness of main stream?

What will happen when the whole world starts to realize the power of spoken word and the value of it over all things video?

Will we enter the third age of Modern Audio?

Sonic Speaks- 0102- Interview for Beginners

Posted By on September 14, 2014

Tonight’s Sonic SpSonicSpeakseaks interview is the wacky quintet of Adam Baugher, William Mead, Ian McGowan, Daniel Williams, and Todd Roth who make up the creative force behind Harbingers of Calamity or A Beginner’s Guide to Interplanetary
Destruction.

Who Listens to Audio/Radio Drama?

Posted By on September 13, 2014

radiodramaWho listens to Audio Drama anyway? That’s always been the big question we who create new Audio plays always asks. Is this a medium that’s still mostly appreciated by Baby Boomers? Or is it the Gen X’ers who listened to A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Star Wars Radio Drama in the eighties which sparked their imaginations for all things audio?

Well, David Farquhar from Moonlight Audio and Voices in the Wind Theatre has some interesting stats.

Without taking up more ink, let’s let David describe his findings.

 

WHO LISTENS TO AUDIO THEATRE? YOU MAY BE SURPRISED!

Audio Theatre or Audio Drama is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance and with no visual component, depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. As noted by Tim Crook in his book Radio Drama Theory And Practice “It is auditory in the physical dimension but equally powerful as a visual force in the psychological dimension.”

Audio Theatre has been around in one shape or form since the 1880’s when they were listened to on cylinders. It wasn’t until the late 1920’s that audio theatre achieved widespread popularity on the emerging medium of radio. By the 1940s, it was a leading international popular entertainment. With the advent of television in the 1950s, however, audio theatre lost some of its popularity, and in some countries has never regained large audiences. So, does this mean that this once popular art form has just faded away into oblivion? Only listened to by the over 65 crowd?

Now, this is where it starts to get really interesting! By looking at the download demographics we can find the answer as to what age groups are actively listening to and downloading audio theatre.

(The following statistics are derived from Moonlight Audio Theatre’s website traffic and download traffic as calculated by Google Analytics and Moonlight’s Podcast Provider)

DOWNLOADS / LISTENS BY AGE GROUP
18-24 – 27.5%
25-34 – 33.5%
35-44 –15.50%
45-54 – 12.50%
55-64 – 5.50%
65+ 5.50%

As it turns out it’s the under 34 age group that represents the majority of audio theatre listeners at 61% compared to the over 55 age group that represents only 11% of listeners. If you include in the 35-44 age group that percentage increase to 76.5%! The ratio of male to female listeners is approximately the same with males at 54.15% and females at 45.85%.

So clearly, the modern day revival and rejuvenation of this old art form is being driven by a younger demographic and by technology. The visionary media guru Marshall McLuhan once said ‘The medium is the message’ and that medium today is the Internet, Smartphones, Tablets, Apps etc. It’s ‘Cool’ to listen to audio theatre.

Audio Theatre has never faded away; it just keeps morphing with the times. As long as there is a good story to be told, there will always be an audience for this most imaginative and creative art form called audio theatre.

David Farquhar, Producer
Moonlight Audio Theatre
http://www.moonlightaudiotheatre.ca/

Sonic Echo- 0102- Cool Hand Audio

Posted By on September 12, 2014

Our second installation of Sonic Echo brings the fantastic and sadly short series Luke Slaughter of Tombstone! Tonight’s show includes two episodes from archive.org, “Duel on the Trail” and “Tracks out of Tombstone.”Luke-Slaughter-of-Tombstone-mp3

Sonic Again!

Posted By on September 12, 2014

With the patience of a saint, Ginyousonicny Ward has meticulously one by one begun loading the entire backlist of the Sonic Society on to our Youtube ChannelSo go back nine years and listen to the Golden Age of Modern Audio Drama/Podcasting. Hear the Sonic Society and all these great shows again for the first time! Pass on the love, and get a whole new generation hooked on Sonic. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel  and we’ll look at getting some video of recordings of new EVP shows as well!

Sonic, you hear all about what you’ve been missing!