October 12, 2014
The Credibility Gap was a comedy group from the 1960s. It included Harry Shearer, Richard Beebe and David Lander. They were very into topical humor of politics and culture. This album is a parody of the Woodstock concert film with plenty of references to news stories of the times, including Richard Nixon just before the Watergate scandal was breaking.
The second side, Earwitness News, is a comic news magazine, full of more of the same - references to people you've never heard of and events you don't know about.
The album was rescued and cleaned up by Taylor Jessen, archivist of the Firesign Theatre, and audio recovery master. Find lots more of this kind of music and vinyl comedy revitalization at his blog, Fuji Puzzle Box.
October 19, 2014
It's a spooky kind of story about a couple visiting an antique store and finding there's more to the past than old furniture and nicknacks. It comes to us from Voices in the Wind, a Canadian audio drama group who also run Moonlight Audio Theater. Written and directed by George Zarr, and produced by David Farquhar.
The Actuaries - Our Fair City, Season 4, #9
Our Fair City is an ongoing series from some young folks in Chicago. It's a post-apocalypse world where HartLife, an insurance company, is the entity holding civilization together. There are 19 episodes in a season. I bring you this one because it is so wonderfully done. It's well written, funny, full of good performances, and the audio backgrounds and sound effects are brilliant. It's a perfect example of the best of what modern audio theater is and can be. I can't bring you the whole series, there's just too much of it. So I wanted to show you this and let you go and find the rest of it yourselves. Good listening.
October 26, 2014
The centerpiece of the 12th national LCS program is Project: Bluesuit, a spoof of UFO cover-ups and rumors like Jackie Gleason‘s alien encounters. Joined on LCS-1 by the mysterious, unwelcome radio presence Master Control, it’s creepy for Halloween. Audio wizard Brian Anderson co-created and mixed Project: Bluesuit, via his ZXQ Studios.
Find more episodes of LCS at archive.org, and more information at scorchedear.com.
November 2, 2014
When Ruby, the Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe was released in 1981, it was a revelation. It's structure changed the way audio drama was presented - short episodes played each day of the week, on stations all around the world. And it changed the way it was made and heard - with new electronic music behind every inch of the story.
Now, 30 years later, musician Tim Clark has been able to add to the music of the original, and make it deeper. Sound Affects is proud to bring you the entire series and all the new music.
November 9, 2014
"Tim didn’t actually change the music, he enhanced it. When Ruby was produced in 1981, we had synthesizers but not computers, not the marvelous musical instruments that can be called forth whenever one desires. Tim kept the original Ruby music and added to it, gave it more zip, more zap, more punch, more pizzazz. He gave Ruby a new life." - from Meatball Fulton, writer of Ruby.
November 16, 2014
The Adventures of Ruby is so important in the history of modern audio theater that Sound Affects has played every single new story as they appeared - most recently Ruby 9. We know there's a new story coming out next year, so we asked to present the origins of the Galactic Gumshoe in all her new clothes. Thanks to Tom Lopez, the producer for that chance.
November 23, 2014
On the planet Summa Nulla (the “high point of nothing”) someone is manipulating the media. And Ruby, our hip, tough-talking detective is hired to track down the malefactors.
The Android Sisters perform their satirical speak-songs as Ruby, the galactic gumshoe, encounters some pretty weird planetary inhabitants on her quest for truth and the intergalactic way: The Tookah, with four tentacles, three eyes, a blue mustache and red fez, TJ Teru the archaeologist, Chief Molierre of the Mole People, sneaky little Rodant Kapoor, Angel Lips (the femme fatale of androids) and the Slimeys, genetically engineered assassins.
November 30, 2014
The last in the syndicated series, featuring the celebration of CrossOver, the LCS holiday, along with the usual zaniness, News From Nowhere, Paul Bunny, and music from home.
Thanks to the Post Void Radio Theater for letting me bring you the series. You can find more LCS episodes at archive.org, and there updates from the Post Void boys at scorchedear.com.
December 7, 2014
Cyber Bob, a legend in the computer hacker universe, is hired to find the Digital Nymph. Many don't believe she even exists, but Bob has a history with her. So he sets of on an expedition across the digital deserts, playing computer games and leading everyone astray.
The Last Mark Time Radio Show. After 17 years, the Great Northern Audio Theatre is giving up this annual live performance of new comic sci-fi audio. They aren't giving up, just moving on.
This is the finished version, enhanced from the Raw show played back in July of this year. It features David Ossman of the Firesign Theatre, and the usual cast of brilliant local actors.
Written and produced by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns.
Coming to a Radio near you!
The Little City In Space
This show was a mainstay on KFAI from very early in its existence in 1978. Highly inventive and well-produced, it lasted many years. In 1999 Stu Mathews, Peter Stenshoel and Jerry Modjeski used a grant to produce a 13-week syndicated series for public radio. Sound Affects is proud to bring you that entire series over the next year. On the Last Sunday of each month we'll bring you one of those marvelous Little City In Space shows, starting in November 2013.
Thanks to Peter Stenshoel for the shows, and to Jerry Modjeski for helping to engineer the opportunity. See more about Jerry Modjeski's several shows on KFAI at his website, ScorchedEar.com. Lots of Little City in Space material is available at Archive.org.
Coming in November we are pleased to take you all back to the original Ruby, The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe, from ZBS. It's groundbreaking audio theater from 1980, but this version has been updated with additional music and effects that weren't possible when it was made. This is one of those series to which all later shows are compared. It's that good. Updated by Tim Clark.