In previous columns I've shared a little about my interest in audio engineering. Today, I'd like to share about the area of audio engineering, that currently, I'm most passionate about.
Audio Drama, it's a form of story telling where you use only audio recordings to convey a story. Two simple ways to think of it are, as a TV show with no picture, or an audio book with a full cast of voice actors and sound effects. These descriptions fall short, because the writing for an audio drama is different than that of books or television. The difference here is that the audience is an active participant. Where TV tells you what to see, audio drama makes suggestions. Both are wonderful storytelling mediums in their own right, each with unique strengths and weaknesses.
Now that I've given you a brief summary of the art form, I'd like to tell you a bit about the audio dramas I work on.
“Shadows and Daylight” is a serial audio drama about an amateur sleuth, Winter O'Brien, in the fictitious small Canadian town of New Dublin. There are a wide array of interesting characters, with varying view points and backgrounds, the plot is rife with secrets and clues. There are currently seven, season one, episodes you can stream online for free, or buy an MP3 for $1.99 each, at www.shadowsanddaylight.ca. The plot is starting to thicken, and once you start listening, you won't want to stop!
“The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show” is the comedy program I co-produce with one of my sisters. The show revolves around the intentionally impossible adventures of three rather eccentric boys: Jimmy Dunn, the wacky “say whatever pops in your head” character; Sam Hoomer, the snobbish aristocrat from a high class, rich family; and Tommy Hoomer, Sam's not-so-classy younger brother, who is friendly, optimistic, and gullible to a fault. From run-ins with space aliens, to rare genuine antique hog ticklers, The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show is packed with clean absurd comedy. Check it out, at www.jimmysamandtommy.weebly.com
“The Audio Drama Alliance” is another audio drama group I'm a part of. It's not a series production like the others, but it's rather a collaborative international team, producing a group of family friendly skits and shows. If you'd like to be involved, and to learn how to create original audio drama, go to www.audiodramaalliance.com and click “Join ADA”. Be sure to read the entrance requirements first.
There you have it, some audio dramas I work on. I hope you check them out, and be sure to let me know what you think! God bless.
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