Listen: Sharpen Your Memory – Pt 1 of 6

November 28, 2006

Part 1: Memory and Identity
from BBC 4 Radio

“In a new series Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
In the first programme Mariella looks at how your memory defines who you are.”

Listen to MEMORY and IDENTITY here

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Listen: First Episode of INFIDEL by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre

November 27, 2006

The Sound Palette exclusive

Announcing The Sound Palette Chapter One series. The idea of it is to present the first chapter, episode, or minutes of a radio drama, audiobook, or any other audio presentations exclusively for this blog’s visitors with kind support from the authors, producers, and publishers.

So, I am proud to begin this series with Crazy Dog Audio Theatre‘s Infidel. This first episode is being streamed from this blog with the kind permission of Roger Gregg, founder/director of Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.

Infidel is a 4-part radio drama series, first broadcast by RTE 1 in March 2006, that ‘takes place during the Fifth Crusade which the historians date between 1217 and 1271. ” Full details of the play, cast and crew, and technical details can be found here.

Listen to A Knight’s Advance (26:55 minutes).

To buy the full series as mp3 downloads, please visit ZBS Foundation.

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Infidel is also available as a 2-CD set. Please write info@crazydogaudiotheatre.com


Article: Writing for Audio Theatre – The Basics

November 27, 2006

Writing for Audio Theatre: The Basics

by Roger Gregg for an NATF 2003 Panel

“Invariably when stalking an ineffable subject like ‘Writing for Audio Theatre’, one frequently must resort to what are at best equivocal over-simplified ‘How To’ constructs and dodgy reductionist schematics. Sometimes, for some individuals these figurative abstractions prove helpful in refining their approach to the craft, at others these constructs merely confuse.

What follows is not meant to be a comprehensive discourse in logical sequence. I certainly make no claims to having a monopoly on ‘the answer’, ‘the formula’, ‘the secret’, ‘the key’ or ‘the font’.

Fact is there isn’t any answer, formula, secret, key or font. ”

Read full article here


Adobe Soundbooth beta – Free Download

November 26, 2006

The folks at Adobe are constantly coming up with new applications for the consumer’s ease of use. Here’s one I’ve found that might be of interest to you, a free download of their new application, Adobe Soundbooth, at Adobe Labs. It still is in its beta status, meaning work-in-progress, and here’s what Adobe Labs describes the application is intended for:

‘Soundbooth is a brand new application built in the spirit of Sound Edit 16 and Cool Edit that provides the tools video editors, designers, and others who do not specialize in audio need to accomplish their everyday work such as:

 

  • Editing audio quickly.
  • Cleaning up noisy audio.
  • Visually identifying and removing unwanted sounds.
  • Recording and polishing voiceovers.
  • Adding effects and filters.
  • Easily creating customized music—without musical expertise.’

 

The application will not work with your PowerPC based Mac, which I have, but is available for your Intel based Mac and PC. Due to licensing constraints, Soundbooth has yet to support MP3, MPEG-2, H.264, and FLV. At least the free download will give you the chance to test drive the application and join their discussion forum, and consider buying the full version. Soundbooth is planned for a mid-2007 release, although it’s not been decided.

 

Read more about Soundbooth and download your free beta copy here


Listen: Making History

November 25, 2006

Making History is a series on BBC Radio 4

This episode, presented by Nick Baker, is on:

  • Hidden Treasures of St Andrew’s, Wiveliscombe
  • Lady Godiva
  • The Astronomical Sightings of Parson Holland
  • Researching Catholic History

Read more and listen to full episode.


Listen: An Earth Made for Life – 2

November 24, 2006

Series 2: An Earth Made for Life

from BBC Radio 4


“In the second series of An Earth Made for Life Gabrielle Walker continues her quest to understand why complex life is found on our planet, but not on any of our celestial neighbours. From the outback of Australia to the walls of the Grand Canyon Gabrielle unearths evidence of the dramatic changes that took place on our planet billions of years ago which may have triggered the rise of animals.”

Listen to all the programs from series 2.


Article: Sound Design

November 24, 2006

by Christine Bunish for POST (June 1, 2003)

‘How these pros paint their clients’ world with audio. Sound designer Jun Mizumachi of New York City’s Tonic tries to create new sounds every day. “The most important part of my job is preparation,” he says. “I record all the time – natural sounds, synthesized sounds – so as projects come in, I can instantly start to use my custom sounds. I categorize the new sounds in my hard disk; it’s hard to classify abstract sounds but I try to be a good librarian.” ‘

Read full article here.