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The Rise of the Bronze Age of Audio Drama?

bronzeHappy Easter Everyone! A time where traditionally we think of new life, and renewal, and it’s got us thinking here at EVP Studios.

A few years back I said we had exited the Golden Age of Modern Audio Drama, and entered a definitively new age, the Silver Age. I said that because I had seen the generation of Audio Drama enthusiasts bring back the medium to the Internet, only to inspire a new group of people who maybe hadn’t heard of audio stories before podcasts opened their ears to the possibilities.

Now, it looks like we’re entering a third age. The Bronze Age of Modern Audio Drama where a new group of people who haven’t heard of the Golden Age group, and may not even be aware of the Silver Age productions are looking at the run away podficts like Serial and Tanis and are deciding to make their own series.

Audio Drama is broadening its base, even as its not widening it. What I mean by that is that we’re now coming to a point where the small community is fracturing so that so many people are unaware of the works of others. When most people excited about the medium used to listen to a group of shows to find what’s new out there, now we see entire podcasts existing entirely ignorant of the other works out there, and almost proudly so. After all, there’s so many podcasts of every genre, can you say you know them all? It’s impossible.

Radio Drama is starting to get that kind of wide appeal. But there’s still a danger in this fractured effect. It means that if your favourite audio series stops, you’re more likely not to know if there’s anything else out there. Even now, the most popular podcasts about audio drama tend to focus on a handful of shows as if they are the only ones that exist.

Our focus in the Sonic Society, has always been about the eclectic nature. We’d rather give you the world of audio drama, and let you decide weekly your commitment to it.

So is this a New Age? Let us know what you think in the comments…


About The Author

Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at www.jackjward.com He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!

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