In The Embers

Independent Feature-length Audio release


In The Embers

Great Northern Audio is pleased to announce In The Embers, our new feature-length audio play which premiered at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction Festival in Kansas City last week. Stay tuned as we prepare several avenues for distribution of this exciting audio experience.

Urban archaeologist Digger Morgan has this new technique using a laser to read what’s embedded in the charcoal of a burned wooden post. He doesn’t expect to find voices. It’s two girls who were in the barn when the post was burned, and now he wants to know who they are. He also doesn’t expect it when one of those voices starts talking to him from his computer. Kit Jeffers was an up-and-coming jazz singer in the 1920s, and now she’s asking him just as many questions as he’s asking her. She’s smart, she’s sassy and saavy, and she wants to go home. Good science fiction, engaging characters, original music and terrific sound design make this well worth listening to.

A brand new audio play from Great Northern Audio, starring Robin Miles as Kit Jeffers, and Edwin Strout as Digger. With original songs by Brian Price and Mike Wheaton. Mixed at the ZBS studios in upstate New York, with Tom Lopez.

“The story is excellent, the music is excellent, the audio quality is excellent, and so are the actors. This is a drama that goes in the permanent collection.” See this recent review of In The Embers by Scott Danielson of SFFaudio.com.
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New Mark Time Awards


HNF_AudienceFavorites, 2nd Place_2015

And while we were there at the HEAR Now Festival, we shared a Second Place Audience Favorite Award for the presentation of the new Mark Time Awards. Brian Price and Jerry Stearns played excerpts of this year’s winners in the mornng, and Judith Walcutt produced the Mark Time Awards presentation ceremony on Friday evening, with David Ossman doing the honors. See the Mark Time Awards website for a complete list. It was probably the kids from the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, who wrote and performed their own work that won the audience over, though. So they really should have this award.

It was the first year for the new
Nick Danger Prize for best detective/suspense audio theater, and we are sad to pass on that the real Nick Danger, Phil Austin of the Firesign Theatre, passed away on Thursday, June 18, just the day before the prize with his likeness on it was given out. Here’s the LA Times obituary.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 25

Recollections of Turner Ashbey
Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 25


Turner describes the cliffs and dunes of Cyberspace and what it is like to be stuck in the mind of the one you love.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 25 (12 minutes, 8.5 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 24


T_Ashbey_Chapter 23

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 24


Those old personal tracking memory chips were nothing but a pain in the rear.  Turner and Laze's chips have flipped and now they are in each other's heads.  How muc4 room is in there?

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 24 (14 minutes, 10 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


Great Northern is On the Air!

Great Northern audio productions
being broadcast and podcast

Villains On Parade

Starting
Friday, March 27, four Mark Time Radio Shows will be broadcast on the Midnight Audio Theatre, which comes out of WCBE in Columbus, OH. The show is on at Midnight, so it’s actually Saturday mornings, but there we are. They will be playing four of our works over the next four weeks. You can go to the source and listen to the stream at http://wcbe.org/, or you can pick it up on their podcast anytime at http://midnightaudiotheatre.com. We thank them for supporting the audio medium, and for playing our stuff for you.
Here’s the schedule of what’s playing when:

03/27 - Villains on Parade, featuring Wally Wingert and Chuck McCann
04/03 - Thwack that Dirigible, featuring Wally Wingert and Gordon Smuder
04/10 - The Learning Curve, featuring David Ossman and Wally Wingert
04/17 - Space Girl, featuring David Ossman, Phil Proctor, and Melinda Peterson as SpaceGirl.

CyberBob_and the Digital Nymph
AND our recent production, Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph, is the current offering on the great Radio Drama Revival podcast, Episode 408. This is the Last Mark Time Radio Show, with David Ossman returning to the raucous stage for the farewell performance of this long-running series. (See the history of the series.) Thanks to Fred Greenhalgh for throwing one of ours up against the wall of sound.

And thanks for David Farquhar for making several more of our works available for listening at the
Moonlight Audio Theatre podcast as well. Some of them are free to hear, and some others are in their Premium Episodes list. Either way it’s another way to listen to the Great Northern Audio Theatre brand of new and different audio. Our Three Wizard Tales collection is one of their Top 25 Free Shows. So, have at it.

Interview


Jerry was interviewed recently by Stuart Flynn for his science fiction blog: SCY-FY: THE BLOG OF S. C. FLYNN. Take a look at
http://wp.me/p4T72p-fc. See what he has to say about podcasting and his radio show, Sound Affects, and about the work that Great Northern Audio has been doing for 20 years.

HEAR Now Festival


We at Great Northern Audio are planning to be at the National Audio Theatre Festivals
HEAR Now Festival the weekend of June 11-14. If you’re interested in audio theater, audiobooks or other kinds of audio storytelling, this is the place to come. There will be lots to listen to, lots of interesting people to talk with about audio fiction, and presentation of the new Mark Time Awards for audio drama. Find out more at http://www.hearnowfestival.org.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 23


T_Ashbey_Chapter 23

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 23


Turner finds himself drowning in the sands of West Texas and he has stumbled upon the Fair Liza Fair, but is the Fair Liza Fest just a simple Fertility Rite or something more?

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 23 (15 minutes, 11 MB)


Coming from Great Northern Audio

In the Embers


In the Embers, from Great Northern Audio Theatre
Yes, we’re working on a new piece called In the Embers. It concerns audio archaeology, a 1920s jazz singer, and quantum tunneling. I know, that’s a bit obscure, but we don’t want to give it all away. Let’s say it has some terrific characters, some very interesting science fiction ideas, and lots of great sound.

We’ve been working on it for a year and a half, and now we are assembling the voices and sound effects, and some original music. We’ll be turning to the top-of-the-field engineers at ZBS for the final mix next month. We expect a release date in June.

We are working very hard not to sound like what you have heard before. It’s not old time radio. It’s not the latest comic book loud-in-your-face style soundscape. It’s more an Independent Film style, with good acting, real music, and thoughtful sound design to bring the story to your ears.

Interview


Jerry was interviewed recently by Stuart Flynn for his science fiction blog: SCY-FY: THE BLOG OF S. C. FLYNN. Take a look at
http://wp.me/p4T72p-fc. See what he has to say about podcasting and his radio show, Sound Affects, and about the work that Great Northern Audio has been doing for 20 years.

HEAR Now Festival


We at Great Northern Audio are planning to be at the National Audio Theatre Festivals
HEAR Now Festival the weekend of June 11-14. If you’re interested in audio theater, audiobooks or other kinds of audio storytelling, this is the place to come. There will be lots to listen to, lots of interesting people to talk with about audio fiction, and presentation of the new Mark Time Awards for audio drama. Find out more at http://www.hearnowfestival.org.



The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 22


T_Ashbey_Chapter 22

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 22


There's smoke in the air and it turns out Texas is on fire.  So, Turner and the Magic East Tennessee Travelers head for the hills in search of clear skies.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 22 (15.5 minutes, 11 MB)


History of the Mark Time Radio Show

The Partial Secret Untold History
and Production Notes of
The Mark Time Radio Show


As Produced by Great Northern Audio Theatre
by Brian Price


Introduction:
Connie and Mark Time

Last July Jerry Stearns and I wrote and produced the last Mark Time Radio Show (Cyber Bob and Digital Nymph starring David Ossman), performed at CONVergence 2014 in Bloomington, MN. We didn’t think much about it. We just did the show (a month or so of developing the script over Skype, casting the usual suspects, one-and-a-half rehearsals, a half cue-to-cue and then hitting the stage in front of 500-600 people). We didn’t discuss that we’d come down to having produced 19 years of science fiction satire shows together. But I was thinking—well, that’s a body of work. That’s a lot of stuff.

I don’t think either of us has listened back to the entire canon, one after another from beginning to end. I don’t think anybody has. I wondered if all those shows sounded any good? Did they make any sense? Did they march off into some greater cosmic scheme? Most importantly, did they make anybody laugh? They were supposed to make people laugh.

So, I’ve decided to try a little exercise and listen back to each Mark Time Radio Show (listening to one per day for the next 19 days, starting November 18, 2014) like I’ve never heard them before, and then comment on each one, say what I liked, what I would’ve done differently, what I remembered, soulfully thank every actor that ever lent their precious time and talent to the show and quote maybe some favorite lines.

These will all be posted on the
Great Northern Audio Facebook page, and collected on this website.