ABC Radio National’s Airplay does the surreal with a new Audio Drama

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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ABC Radio National AirplayHurry quick! Head on over to ABC Radio National, Australia’s Public Radio service and have a listen to the streaming RealAudio or WindowsMedia audio of its radio drama program Airplay. They have just finished broadcasting a new Australian play called It Just Stopped.

As with many avant-garde and literary themed plays these days, this one uses old tropes of Science Fiction to try to spice up old mainstream literature lessons. It Just Stopped uses a passive aggressive and (utterly surreal) apocalypse, that seems composed of what philosopher David Hume might call “an end to Uniformity” as a setting for its plot. Like many of the literary plays that adopt SF themes, the focus here is on the psychological, the existential, the urban, and as a result it (and they) has no “sense of wonder” – but in this case, in its place It Just Stopped delivers an experience like that of a Henrik Ibsen staging of The Road Warrior. Yikes! It sure doesn’t sound too appealing when I write it that way, but I really dug it. Check out this, one of many, choice lines of dialogue:

“Richard Pratt does not have cardboard boxes in his soul. But I do.”

For those who really dug the CBC’s Canadia: 2056, you might look at It Just Stopped as the Australian take on the same thing (American values exposed by American characters, as filtered through foreign, but not necessarily hostile eyes). I must have listened to part three of It Just Stopped about five times. It’ll blew my mind. It’ll blow your mind. But, don’t take my word, have a listen for yourself before it all disappears – which I’m guessing will happen in just a few days…

It Just Stopped by Stephen SewellIt Just Stopped
By Stephen Sewell; Performed by a full cast
3 Parts – Approx. 90 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: ABC Radio National / Airplay
Broadcast: August 2007

Part 1Part 2Part 3

If the world just stops one day, how will this change what we value? What would we do to to ensure our personal survival?”


Missing early Doctor Who TV epsiodes available as Audio Dramas

August 27, 2007 by · 4 Comments
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Internet Archive - Audio ArchiveIn the Internet Archive’s Audio Archive section you can find audio from much of Season 3 of the original Doctor Who television series. This is one of the seasons for which many of the original broadcast episodes are missing (a long and infuriating story). Diligence on the part of some die hard fans, and some of the affiliate TV stations in other countries have turned up some of the video, and more of the audio tracks from this season over the decades since they were first broadcast. Since then the BBC had a Doctor Who actor (who played a companion during this time) provide narration for what would normally be a audio visual story. Here are all the completed serials:

Doctor Who - Galaxy 4Doctor Who – Galaxy 4
By William Emms; Narrated by Peter Purves
Broadcaster: BBC
Broadcast: Sep. 11 – Oct. 2, 1965

“The Doctor, Vicki, and Steven land on an unknown planet inhabited by the hideous Rills, with their Chumbley robots, and the Drahvins. The Drahvins try to enlist the Doctor’s help to destroy the “evil” Rills, but who are the real villains?”

Episode 1 |MP3| Four Hundred Dawns
Episode 2 |MP3| Trap of Steel
Episode 3 |MP3| Airlock
Episode 4 |MP3| The Exploding Planet

Doctor Who - Mission To The UnknownDoctor Who – Mission To The Unknown
By Terry Nation; Narrated by Peter Purves
Broadcaster: BBC
Broadcast: Oct. 9, 1965

“On the planet Kembel three men struggle to repair their crashed spaceship in a hostile jungle.”

Doctor Who - The Myth MakersDoctor Who – The Myth Makers
By Donald Cotton; Narrated by Peter Purves
Broadcaster: BBC
Broadcast: Oct. 16 – Nov. 6, 1965

“The Doctor, Vicki, and Steven become involved in the siege of Troy.”

Episode 1 |MP3| Temple of Secrets
Episode 2 |MP3| Small Prophet Quick Return
Episode 3 |MP3| Death of a Spy
Episode 4 |MP3| Horse of Destruction

The über Doctor Who fans out there can also have a listen to the majority of the Daleks’ Master Plan, one of the longest serials ever made, but it is not available in its entirety.

[via Quasar Dragon]

Public Domain Poul Anderson tale audiobooked, podcast

August 26, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The Maria Lectrix podcast and its prolific narrator, Maureen O’Brien, have just completed a recording of a novelette by Poul Anderson. The story was first (and last) published in the February 1953 issue of “Space Science Fiction” magazine. Here’s what Maureen has to say about her podcasting of this tale:

“The late Poul Anderson was a writer of infinite variety, whom I defy you to define. He was also a true gentleman of the old school, as I learned on the single occasion when I got to meet him and eat dinner with him (the con committee hath its perks!). I regard it as an honor to host this tale and adapt it to audio.”

Security by Poul AndersonSecurity
By Poul Anderson; Read by Maureen O’Brien
5 MP3s – 92 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Maria Lectrix
Podcast: August 2007
Security introduces us to a mild-mannered scientist with a high clearance, living in what we gradually realize is a very unpleasant future.”

Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3| Part 3 |MP3| Part 4 |MP3| Part 5 |MP3|

Check out the Maria Lectrix all Science Fiction podcast feed:

PodioMedia Chat interviews Dani Cutler

August 24, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Podcast - Podiobook ChatPodioMedia chat has posted an interview with our very own Dani Cutler (also of The Audio Addicts blog and the Truth Seekers Podcast). Go have a listen to Dani talk about her ardor for Radio Drama, performing in Audio Drama, blogging about Audio Theatre and podcasting (about politics). Have a listen |MP3|, Dani with her passion, perspicacity and powerful persona, she will persuade you.

New Releases for August

August 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Star Wars - Legacy Of The Force: InfernoStar Wars – Legacy Of The Force: Inferno
By Troy Denning; Read by Marc Thompson
5 CDs – 6 Hours 30 Minutes [ABRIDGED]
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published: August 2007
ISBN: 9780739323991
“Luke Skywalker wanted to unify the Jedi order and bring peace to the universe. Instead his wife Mara lies dead at the hands of an unknown assassin, his wayward nephew Jacen has seized control of the Galactic Alliance, and the galaxy has exploded in all-out civil war. With Luke consumed by grief, Jacen Solo works quickly to consolidate his power and jumpstart his plan to take over the Jedi.”

The Wheel Of DarknessThe Wheel of Darkness
By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; Read by Rene Auberjonois
12 CDs – 13 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published: August 2007
“At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen.”

The Bright Child by Tommy WallachThe Bright Child
By Tommy Wallach; Read by Tommy Wallach
STATUS: In Progress
“The Bright Child is a fantasy novel in the mold of Philip Pullman or C.S. Lewis. Parker Sante, a chubby eighth-grader whose best friend is the view out his attic window, has recently been kicked out of his high school for almost killing another boy. His mother doesn’t know what to do with him, and is ecstatic when he is accepted to a new private school that promises to be one of the best in the country, Bright Child Academy. The family moves to Yreka, a small suburban town in the Pacific Northwest, so Parker can attend. Finally, he’ll be able to start fresh.”

The Bright Child by Tommy WallachTerra Incognita
By Gary Hicks; Read by Gary Hicks
STATUS: In Progress
“Drawn together apparently by the hand of fate, Trent and Cole escape the oppressive totalitarian domed city that has nurtured them all their lives. Outside they discover a world they could never have imagined. They are pursued by the city Militia, intent on returning them to the secretive entity that oversees every facet of the city.”

DC Comics series INFINITE CRISIS audio dramatized

August 21, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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An intriguing new release of a DC Comics classic from Graphic Audio…. (who we mostly know as the makers of The Destroyer, Outlanders, Deathlands and other Remo Williams-eseque adventure series).

Graphic Audio - Infinite Crisis

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