SFFaudio is 9 years old

March 31, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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SFFaudio is 9 years old today. Please return for another day of service tomorrow, and the following ninety-nine-thousand tomorrows.*

Birthday Zone - SFFaudio - Orbiting since March 31, 2003

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*as noted at the local planning office, on Alpha Centauri, we will be moving shortly before Earth’s demolition in 2053. You may then find us at our new location on Leda, orbiting Cygnus.

An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge AUDIO DRAMA ADAPTATIONS

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce, was first published in 1890 and remains a classic of American literature. It has been adapted several times as an radio drama. The most recent that I’m aware of is the CBS Radio Mystery Theater version from 1974.

CBS Radio Mystery TheaterCBSRMT #0101 – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce; Adapted by Sam Dann; Performed by a full cast
1 |MP3| – Approx. 43 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: CBS
Broadcast: June 4, 1974
To escape an appointment with the gallows at Owl Creek Bridge, a confederate spy embarks on a dangerous journey through hostile territory in order to reach Dixie.

Cast:
Mildred Clinton
Jack Grimes
Leon Janney
William Prince
William Redfield

EscapeEscape – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce; Adapted by William N. Robson; Performed by a full cast
1 |MP3| – Approx. 29 minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: CBS
Broadcast: December 10, 1947

Cast:
Harry Bartell …. Peyton Fahrquhar
Luis Van Rooten …. Jethro
William Conrad
Bill Johnstone

SuspenseSuspense – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce; Adapted by William N. Robson; Performed by a full cast
1 |MP3| – Approx. 29 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: CBS
Broadcast: December 9, 1956

Cast:
Victor Jory

SuspenseSuspense – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce; Adapted by William N. Robson; Performed by a full cast
1 |MP3| – Approx. 25 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: CBS
Broadcast: December 15, 1957

Cast:
Joseph Cotten …. Peyton Fahrquhar
Ellen Morgan
Harry Bartell
Jack Kruschen
Lou Merrill
Roy Glenn
William Conrad …. narrator

SuspenseSuspense – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce; Adapted by William N. Robson; Performed by a full cast
1 |MP3| – Approx. 25 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: CBS
Broadcast: July 9, 1959

Cast:
Vincent Price …. Peyton Fahrquhar
Cathy Lewis
Barney Phillips
Sam Pierce
Roy Glenn
Norm Alden
Sam Edwards

[More at Escape-Suspense.com, CBSRMT.com, and Archive.org]

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Campfire Radio Theater

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Campfire Radio TheaterI get a lot of email from amateur audio dramatists looking for publicity. They come about once every week or two. They’ve all got shows they want me to review or post about. I dutifully link to them most of the time. But you may notice that they often go up without any kind of comment. Either this is because I’m not particularly impressed – or perhaps it’s just because I have nothing in particular to say about them (maybe it’s in a genre I don’t care for). Here’s a typical example of the email I get (I received it just yesterday):

Hi Jessie. I produce a full cast audio drama called Campfire Radio Theater. Our primary focus is horror related tales in the classic tradition of anthology shows such as Lights Out and Nightfall. I would be honored if you guys were to review our podcast and feature us on SFF Audio. Please give any of our episodes a listen and let me know if you have any interest.

http://campfireradiotheater.podbean.com/

Kindest regards,
John Ballentine

Looking just at the email I see good things and bad things. First there’s the good: “Lights Out and Nightfall” are two series I like. That’s good. Like them Campfire Radio Theater is an anthology series, that too is good. But, there’s also a lot of bad. First, my name is spelled wrong. I’m human, I make mistakes too, but it’s not a good sign to spell my name wrong. Second it’s a podbean podcast. I haven’t had much luck with podbean based podcasts. I don’t know why that is.

Lastly, there’s the name. Theater is spelled wrong.

I know that many disagree. And it can be argued that American English is special, and should be allowed it’s quirks. I hear that. But for me it is a bad sign. Some U.S.A. based radio dramatists know this and made their names accordingly. There’s the Seeing Ear Theatre, the Firesign Theatre, and of course the “National Audio Theatre” festival. My prejudice is that for every good “re” there’s a dozen or so bad “er”s. There are plenty of counterexamples (there are plenty of “er”s that are terrific) but I do have the bias.

I could rationalize it more. Saying that the choice to go “re” invokes the traditional distinction between the venue where the production is performed and the production itself. As in: “I went to the theater (the playhouse) to see some real theatre (a dramatized play) performed on stage.” But I digress.

So, anyway, like always, I clicked on over to the provided link and had a look at the website. Once there I wasn’t very impressed. Campfire Radio Theater doesn’t have a proper logo – that’s terrible. So, I guess you could say I went into the first episode with low expectations.

Usually amateurs sound like amateurs, with acting more like reading, and a rookie sort of sound design that leaves me completely flat.

Demon Eyes was the name of the first episode in the podcast feed. I listened to it and suddenly had all my cynical expectations thrown out the window.

Not only does Demon Eyes have some very good acting – including the writer/producer himself in a role – but it also has some very solid sound design!

If John Ballentine could do this with his first ever show what could he do once he has some serious experience?

I’m very, very impressed!

There’s also something different going on with the plot and dialogue. It’s got a kind of odd vibe that I can’t quite get my finger one. Somehow it feels like a kind of anti-Spirit Blade sort of show. I don’t know if that’ll continue into subsequent episodes of this anthology. And I don’t know if the quality will get worse, or better, based on just the one episode, but I’m eager to have a listen to the second show and find out.

How’s that for publicity John?

Demon Eyes |MP3|

Podcast feed: http://campfireradiotheater.podbean.com/feed/

iTunes 1-Click |SUBSCRIBE|

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X-Minus One: Philip K. Dick’s The Defenders on YouTube

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve done a bigger post on The Defenders by Philip K. Dick, that’s HERE, but I’ve just uploaded a YouTube version of the X Minus One adaptation that I’ve put together with the original art from its publication in Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1953 issue:

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The SFFaudio Podcast #023 on YouTube

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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First podcast February 2, 2009.

We talk to Rick Jackson, aka The Time Traveler, of Wonder Audio (Wonder Publishing). And, the first mention of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. Sadly nobody has yet written War and Peace And Martians.

HERE are the original shownotes.

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BBCR4 + RA.cc: H.P. Lovecraft: The Young Man Of Providence

March 27, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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BBC Radio 4RadioArchives.ccMike Walker’s H.P. Lovecraft: The Young Man Of Providence is a 43 minute dramatized biographical broadcast that aired on BBC Radio 4 on September 10, 1983.

There’s currently a direct download of an MP3 available HERE and it’s also available over on RadioArchive.cc via |TORRENT|.

Directed by Shaun McLaughlin

Cast:
Narrator … Hugh Burden
Lovecraft’s letters … David March
Excerpts from the stories … Blayne Fairman and Garrard Green

[also via Lovecraft eZine and HPLovecraft.com]

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