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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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Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film | SXSW 2015 Event Schedule

Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film

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For those of you attending SXSW in Austin:

Several of us have the rare privilege of speaking about audio drama at the SOuth by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX. We’ll be discussing how to tell riveting stories through the medium of sound with film makers and film enthusiasts from all over the world.

We haven’t even left yet, and I have already had the honor of making the acquaintance of Mr. Otavio de Moreas with 11:11, a company from Brazil that houses musicians, audio engineers and sound designers. You should check them out at www.1111ads.com.br. Don’t worry yourself with the non-privacy warning. The site is legit.

So tonight we ride. Monique and I will jump in the car – as we are wont to do – and drive our way to Texas, where we will meet with other talented Audio Dramatists: Fred Greenhalgh, Patience Wieland, Sonia James, Kc Wayland, and a slew of talents whom I have not had the pleasure to meet yet.

This is an incredible opportunity – for Aural Stage Studios (inc!) and for audio drama. I hope to represent us well.

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Sound FX Search tool launched | Designing Sound

Sound FX Search tool launched | Designing Sound:

I can always use more sounds, but I’m not a fan of scouring through the freesounds library of audio recorded with an individuals iphone. Here’s a resource to search through free and paid sound effects libraries to find exactly what you need to get the job done.

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Life Lessons and Audio Education | Designing Sound

Life Lessons and Audio Education | Designing Sound:

Why having an audio education is important, even when they tell you it’s not…

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10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law

10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law:

I find that copyright law is really only grey when people want it to be. Here’s a few things you might not be aware of regarding intellectual property.

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Storytelling: The Key to Everything

Storytelling: The Key to Everything:

If you’re focused too much on format, medium and recognition gimicks, you may be missing the most important element: telling the story. Storyfixer Larry Brook gives his insights on writing.