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My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes…

My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes...

My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes in it’s life, but it’s true age reveals itself every time I go down into the basement. This house rests on a foundation made of walls that are 2 feet thick, hand cut and mortared local stone. On top of these ancient glacial stones are beams of rough timber in true 2 x 8 sizes. And yet for such a solid foundation, it plays host to colonies of spiders.

I’m not afraid of spiders. On the contrary I think that they are miraculously complex and graceful creatures that serve a vital purpose. I let them build their webs in my garden, don’t bother them if they’re hanging out in the shed and if I find them inside the house, I peacefully escort them back outside. Except for the spiders in the basement.

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The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet -…

The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet -...

The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet – every time I took a step I tripped over the front of the sheet, pulled the eye holes down to my mouth and stumbled around blind.

What’s your costume “horror” story?

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Hello October!October has always been a special month around…

Hello October!October has always been a special month around...

Hello October!

October has always been a special month around here. I guess that should have been expected when that theatre nerd wound up with that gothy freak and they ran away to grow up together. So we thought we’d kick the month off with an old favorite, Dialed In: Ancient Evil

http://auralstage.com/2013/04/dialed-in-ancient-evil

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“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where…”

“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.”

Ben Okri

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The Red Trailer sits everywhere and behind you.

The Red Trailer sits everywhere and behind you.

The Red Trailer sits everywhere and behind you.

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WALTHER

WALTHERWhile I’ve lived in WNY for almost a decade, I was born...

WALTHER

While I’ve lived in WNY for almost a decade, I was born in Arizona and spent a good deal of my childhood in Nevada. I’ve chased lizards, rode horses through sagebrush, been bowled-over by more than one tumbleweed and my father wore cowboy boots.

Walther is a character that hangs out in my head. He’s the sum of a motley lineup of hard-working, ornery men that have passed through my life.

He’s the kind of guy who works through a problem with rough, calloused hands and grit. He’s as weathered and worn as a herdsman’s saddle.

His job is to pop up and let me know when something smells like bullshit – he always does it in a western drawl and occasionally with a wink and a nod.

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“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:And as the mind is pitch’d the ear is pleasedWith…”

“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch’d the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch’d within us, and the heart replies.”

William Cowper

 

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John August is one of my favorite writers professionally. I…

John August is one of my favorite writers professionally. I love a writer who is not afraid to share his craft, because while you may write, you will never write like John August. And that’s a good thing. John August already has that job.

Today’s share is on #Writing and it’s from johnaugust.com, a site I highly recommend for any aspiring script writer, regardless of the medium. The notes on the audio can be found at http://johnaugust.com/2014/twelve-days-of-scriptnotes.

These guys are a lot of fun, so strap in and get ready for some great writing discussion.

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The Horizon

The Horizon

I want to apologize to everyone for the radio silence lately. We’ve been scheming and planning and reworking Aural Stage Studios into a major contributor and contender in the audio market.

You might have noticed some changes going on with Aural Stage Studios. Maybe not. Whether you have or haven’t big changes are on the horizon.

One of those changes is moving Aural Fixation over here to tumblr, where others can partake of the audio goodness and follow us on our journey to creating professional audio.

There are a whole lot of stars aligning lately, from the success of various audio dramas in the public arena, to our involvement in an audio drama produced and funded by a major audio publisher and featuring some major talent.

More on that when we’re allowed to say more.

We are also working with local Buffalo talent, businesses and ventures to create a new series. We are still in development stages, so it’s still a bit early to say much, but it’s going to be fun…

More soon…

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theboardofdirectorslovesyou: This winter, HartLife is excited…

theboardofdirectorslovesyou:

This winter, HartLife is excited to share a new Exclusion Day Special- an Our Fair City retelling of the classic “Christmas Carol.”   This episode is a new experiment in recording for us, and will sound very different from previous episodes.  Recorded “live,” without significant editing or retakes, we hope to capture the fun of sitting around a living room, telling stories into a microphone.

  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Larry Joiner, Guest Narrator—Ryan Lucas
  • Clay—Clint Worthington
  • Sandy—Abby Doud
  • Andrew Snidge—Frank Sjodin
  • Flint—Clayton Faits
  • Roman—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Dr. Moro—Mark Soloff
  • Lindsey the Time Traveler—Kat Evans
  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Dr. Herbert West Ryan Schile
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Lily Wilkins— Kat Evans
  • Mrs. Wilkins— Lauren Faits
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Ash— Ryan Lucas
  • Ferrous— Lauren Faits
  • George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Ebeneezer Scrooge— Ryan Lucas

Written by Jim McDoniel.  Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Live foley designed and performed by David Rheinstrom and Jeffrey Gardner.  Musical Direction by Betsey Palmer.  Sound Engineering by Clayton Faits.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.