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 Society #736- Programmed Sound

Posted By on June 12, 2022

This week Jack and David visit a Dystopian world in which Money, State, and God becomes fused into a single entity called “The Program“. Each episode is a self-contained story focusing on ordinary people inhabiting this extraordinary world. And for them, it is not this future that is terrifying – it is our present. This week we present: ‘You had me at “Hello World”‘.

Sonic Society #735- Noises Beyond

Posted By on June 5, 2022

This week David and Jack get science fictiony with the atmospheric “Beyond the Dark” from author and musician Mark R. Healy. Each episode is a new world to explore. You might find yourself in the heart of a cyberpunk metropolis, a post-apocalyptic wasteland, or an alien world. Each story features its own original music score for a truly immersive experience. This week we have a double-feature with “The Machine” and “The Dark of the City”

Sonic Echo: 504 Audio Noir: Murder My Sweet

Posted By on June 5, 2022

Jack, Jeff and Lothar get together to discuss Lux Radio Theater’s production of Murder, My Sweet!

Mark Bruzee Has Left Us

Posted By on May 31, 2022

Mark Bruzee left us May 20, 2022 with his husband by his side. I can barely comprehend the loss to the Audio Drama Community. Mark was a stalwart, tireless, creative dynamo. He would have laughed if I called him spritely, but looking back that’s the energy he had. We would text back and forth through social media sharing ideas, conspiring for new projects, and delving into each other’s shows as often as we could.

Among the many shows, he did for me included his voice as the narrator for “The Spaceways Starring Biff Straker”. and my adaptation of my first one-man stage play “Breathing Space”. I returned the favour by acting as his narrator “Rupert” for his anthology series for Mark’s passion project- L.E.A.P. Audio. I still remember when Mark asked me my feelings about starting a pro-LGBTQ+ audio drama group. It was still early days in the modern audio drama movement and the thought of being something groundbreaking for that community was compelling to both of us. I think my enthusiasm for the idea was nearly as large as Mark’s. He did that. He cranked up everyone’s enthusiasm for whatever new creative project he was involved in and this extended beyond Audio Drama as Mark was a member of Auburn Players and Harlequin Productions. He was tirelessly supportive, even when he had health issues, Mark would make time to talk to anyone who needed an ear.

As I enter the age of “leavings” I am still unable to listen to audio drama without hearing his velvet voice in The Byron’s Chronicles or on any Darker Projects episodes. You can still hear his voice as one of the promos for our Mutual Audio Network, “This is the Mutual Audio Network. Welcome home…” Mark improved. He made it so. It may be the time of life when we leave friends for a time. I look forward to seeing Mark again beyond the veil… where we can get more excited about more new art we can create together. Rest in peace, my brother. You leave behind a greater legacy than you could know in the people who you touched.

Mark is survived by his husband David Roche. Mark and David shared a life together for 42 years. Their best moment was being married at the New York State Fair. Mark is also survived by his brothers Timothy (Teri) and Neil Bruzee of Seneca Falls, NY; and a large extended family.

Condolences may be made at www.brewfuneralhome.com.

A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be held on June 5, 2022 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at 7246 Chestnut Ridge Road, Auburn, NY.

Sonic Society #734- Ghostly Voices

Posted By on May 29, 2022

This week we start our campfire series with the anthology series by playwright Jonathan Cook “Gather by Ghostlight“. Think of the Ghost Light as your campfire. Gather around and listen to stories from a variety of genres that have been produced in theatres around the world. Short play festivals have become wildly popular in recent years and they have given emerging playwrights a platform for their work. Our campfire ghost light begins with “Settle and Reach”, “Memento Mori”, and “Transferring Kyle”.

Great Day for the City

Posted By on May 16, 2022

Re-imagined Radio proudly presents an incredible new release of Archibald MacLeish’s “The Fall of the City” originally released from The Columbia Workshop, one of radio’s most inventive series during its Golden Age! This modern retake melds the classic tale with the original script from Jack J. Ward, “Great Day for a War”.
Listen now on the website, or join us on the Sonic Society’s release of the show on May 22nd!

CAST

The Fall of the City featured members of The Willamette Radio Workshop
Sam A. Mowry
Chris Porter
Linda Goertz
Holly Spencer
Tim McKinney
Ricardo Delgado
Mark Homayoun
Adam S. Moore
Alticus Mowry

Sound Design and engineering by Marc Rose
Recording by Robert Kowal and Michael Gandsey
Foley conductor Martin Gallagher
Produced by Sam A. Mowry, Robert Kowal, and Marc Rose
Co-Producer Cynthia McGean
Directed by Sam A. Mowry
Recorded at PCC Sylvania in Portland, OR
Produced by special arrangement with Mr. Richard B. McAdoo

Great Day for a War featured The Voices
Sam A. Mowry as Daniel Stone
Mago Weston as Anna-Marie Hammond
Sam Gregory as GlobalWeb Announcer
Eric Newsome as GlobalWeb News Service Announcer
Eric Newsome as President
Stephanie Crowley as Sheila MacDonald
Produced by special arrangement with Jack J. Ward

CREDITS

The Fall of the City written by Archibald MacLeish
Great Day for a War written by Jack J. Ward
Sound Design, Music, and Engineering by Marc Rose of Fuse
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management
Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
Curated and Hosted by John Barber

RESPONSES

Just so tickled pink to hitch my star with “The Fall of the City” in this amalgam. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity!
— Jack J. Ward, author of “Great Day for a War”

We’re thrilled and excited to hear this amazing fusion of the classic, “The Fall of the City” with an unproduced Jack J. Ward script “Great Day for a War”!
— Sonic Society

Sonic Society #729- The Sound of History I

Posted By on April 24, 2022

“Berlin, 1921. Democracy teeters. Zealots battle in the streets as the Bechsteins, Europe’s famed piano makers, host an elegant soiree. A surprise guest arrives – a combat veteran – unknown and seemingly unremarkable. He unveils powers of seduction, manipulation and demagogy that will soon change the course of history.” This week history MARCH takes the Sonic stage thanks to writer and director James Isaiah Gabbe (pronounced as GABE)! Part 2 next week continues!

Sonic Society #728- Sonic Imaging

Posted By on April 17, 2022

This week Jack and David visit their friends at Re-Imagined Radio for their Women’s History Month, women in radio, and specifically Lucille Fletcher, one of our favourite writers of all time and RR picks the cream of the crop reprising a double feature of “The Hitch-Hiker” and “Sorry, Wrong Number”!

Sonic Society #727- Hope’s End

Posted By on April 10, 2022

This week Jack and David bring you Seven Lamb Productions and their new sci-fi apocalyptic series called “End of All Hope“. Ava, Mark, and Jay have been friends and co-workers for years. On a routine trip to New York for an environmental convention, they soon find that things are about to go horribly wrong. Is this the beginning of the end? Episodes 1 and 2!

Sonic Society #726- Y2Killin’ It!

Posted By on April 3, 2022

This week Jack and David present Y2K which is a completed story in 66 episodes over two seasons but we’re only featuring the first four episodes. Olivia launches Y2K podcast, and plays the first two voice mails from Kat and Jess in the year 2000 by Karin Heimdahl.