We’re slowly recording our second season of Quorum using COVID precautions, which is stretching out our recording sessions into May, which led producer Bjorn Munson to realize we might need to content with Brood X aka the Seventeen-Year Cicada.
Basically from roughly mid-May and for the following month or so, billions upon billions of these grape leaf-sized bugs will emerge and mate. Perhaps because of this single-minded obsession, they will ignore all ideas of social distancing. Now, they don’t have any stingers and are not poisonous, so despite their red-eyed appearance making them look like extras in an insect-themed eco-disaster movie, they’re harmless. If you have a dog, they’ll likely like the snacking options as you go on your walks.
But it’s the mating calls of billions of cicadas which is why we thought it’d be good for some of you audio producers to prepare. Because there’s sound-proofing and sound-prooding, and for those of you who don’t have a nice hermetically-sealed whisper room, you might want to plan your recordings accordingly!
Old Time Radio aka Vintage Radio is, of course, one of the inspirations for Jabberwocky Audio Theater (along with Mind’s Eye productions and some others). So if you like old time radio, you should definitely check out what we suggested they check out: The Big Broadcast every Sunday from 7-11pm ET on WAMU 88.5 FM (luckily, they keep their shows archived for about four weeks so you can check things out).
And if you want to tell the Times that there’s a bunch of wonderful contemporary audio theater, hey, that’s good too.
Happy New Year! Since we’re somewhat affected by it, we suppose we might want to begin celebrating the fact that New Year’s Day is also Public Domain Day, which in the U.S. means that, as of today, any copyrights from works released or otherwise published in 1925 have expired and said works are now in the public domain.
While we can and will continue to find works from the 19th century and earlier to use (adapting “Prince Prigio” last year was a lot of fun), we have a keen interest in adapting “new” old works. Bear in mind that we generally go for stories that have a certain amount of adventure (“Adventure Awaits!” is our slogan after all) and we lean rather heavily into the speculative fiction realms of science fiction and fantasy.
Since we have an international audience, we should also note that Public Domain in the U.S. is a bit different than worldwide rights, which vary widely. But it’s certainly worth exploring. What books or films do you want to see new adaptations of?
Rogue Tyger and, indeed, some of our other series take their cliffhanger inspiration from a certain series about a time-traveling alien. And how better to judge the hero than by their villains?
Certainly, the Daleks have been oddly satisfying in that regard. Odd, because through much of their history, their arch nemesis wasn’t the aforementioned traveler so much as stairs. But those voices! And let’s face it, that’s what we really care about here with an audio theater troupe.
So here is the current Emperor Dalek of Dalek voices, Nicholas Briggs, to show you how it’s done.
We don’t want to be doom and gloom, but we do want to be aware of corporate efforts to be the only place for podcasts, especially since so many podcasters like ourselves use the “anyone can get our stuff” RSS distribution model.
Essentially, gatekeepers and would-be gatekeepers have not been a benefit for any indie content creators.
Audio drama is often described as “the theater of the mind” and some of the best horror stories leave things up to one’s imagination. So it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that there are some top notch horror radio programs from the days of yore.
When we think of rating things at PG: parental guidance suggested, these two favorites are some of the programs we’re thinking about:
Suspense – The House in Cypress Canyon
Escape – Three Skeleton Key (with Vincent Price)
Also, if you’ve thought to yourself, “Yeah, these are classics and all, but what if I want vintage radio with Australian voices?” Well, you’re in luck!
In a sign that the larger entertainment industry is re-discovering audio fiction, the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAe) has created a new agreement specifically for scripted podcasts, which you read all about on their website here.