Friday, March 14, 2014

Audioverse Awards 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here's two thousand words:

Thanks to EVERYONE who helped pitch in to make these.  It was a ton of fun and we're looking forward to the next batch of audio-goodness.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Well, hi.  We're back after a ridiculous break (explained on the main website, I can't bear to repeat the reason here) and we deliver unto you our latest podplay, CARL.  Written by the amazing Elizabeth Bartucci, Carl is epic, cosmic and will take your mind to the very edge of the universe (and maybe your heart too).  We liked the writing so much we went into the computer Tron style (1982 Tron) and conducted a little interview with Ms. Bartucci.  You can read that below, but first enjoy CARL, then read the interview, then listen to CARL again.  ("Carl," by the way, is very fun to say repeatedly)

Written by 

Performed by
Aaron - Jeff Cannata
Carl - Conrad Allan
Mike - Seamus O'Toole

Produced by Aaron Drown & Casey Wolfe
Directed by Casey Wolfe

Spot art:  Michael J. Canales

Music by:  Oh, a bunch of people.  Jimmy Hendrix, Bobby Darin, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan... all of them rock stars.  

EBT:  Hi Liz!  (Is it Liz or Elizabeth?)

LIZ:  Liz.

EBT: Before we get started - what song do you have in your head right now?

LIZ:  The Roots' "How I Got Over" plays on a loop on my CD player and in my head to the dismay of my neighbors.

EBT: You're much hipper than me.  For some reason I have that Human League song about the guy and the former cocktail waitress.  Real power struggle song and I imagine that relationship is just ripe with drama.  Wouldn't want to hang out with those two.

LIZ:  Don't You Want Me OOOOOoooo.

EBT:   Yes, that's the song!  Oooo is right...  Anyway.  HI!  So, we first met in a certain city on the west coast where good things used to happen, sometimes still do, but mostly don't.  You and your writing were one of those good things.  I believe I'd read a script of yours called EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT (or am I getting that wrong?)

LIZ:  Yes, and you left a message on my machine about how much you loved it.  I saved it for a very long time - and it must have meant something to me, because I had to save the entire phone to keep the message.

EBT:  Ha!  That's awesome!  It was a very moving piece, sort of about post 9/11 but not overtly.  I'm not doing it justice in the description but your voice is very unique and has a style of writing that sets the bar for other scripts I read.  How long have you been at this?

LIZ:  Thank you!  Now I have to save this Mac Book Pro.  I've been writing since a young girl, but I started writing screenplays after I graduated from the Actors Studio Masters Program and when I started working for Big Sky Edit.  I like to tell people I was raised by Editors - which helped me write efficiently and with more pictures than words.  "Everything Is Going To Be Alright" still opens doors for me.

EBT:  Actually, I can see how that would make one a better writer.  The piece you wrote for us is called Carl.  It's clever, funny and way out there - how did you come up with this idea?

LIZ:  I'm a big fan of RadioLab.  And I was listening to the podcast on a long train ride.  I heard the one about Voyager and Ann Druyan and it moved me so much.  Mainly, the love story about Carl and Ann.  I guess people (on the train) thought I was listening to sad songs.

EBT:  Tears?

LIZ:  Oh yes.  The train ride and the disembodied voices physically helped me as well - got my body into the idea of traveling and movement.  Longing.  I'm easily 'moved.'

EBT:  Is this the first audio drama you've written?

LIZ:  It is!  Though, when I use to write plays, I'd stay in the back or the lobby of the theatre, and just 'listen.'  So the experience is kind of the same - except I can't make changes.  That's tough.

EBT:  It's kinda fun isn't it?  A bit more intimate.  Different set of writing muscles.

LIZ:  I want to cut.  Which is a good sign - that means everyone else is doing their job.  I think being a playwright for so long, makes you realize that language is sometimes the only vehicle you need.  I listen to podcasts quite a bit.  The Memory Palace, is beautiful, a guy with just the right words, a few musical interludes and some SFX.   Is that what you wanted Earbud to be?

EBT:  I wanted Earbud to be as creatively free as the film business wasn't.  Where a story could be as far out and esoteric as you wanted it to be.  And by the way, you nailed this one.  The dialogue is killer.  I think I told you that when we were recording it one of  the actors finished a line and then just let loose with, "This is fucking great - this is great writing."  Talking to himself.  In fact it merits a couple of listens just to see how tight you made everything.  It's very layered.

LIZ:  I very much miss writing for and with actors.  Writing in repertory is a very satisfying.

EBT:  You mention Memory Palace, what other podcasts do you listen to?

LIZ:  I like "Scriptnotes" which is "Car Talk" for screenwriters.  "Here's The Thing" w/Alec Baldwin [ed. note:  is it just me or is Alec Baldwin doing 'Blue Steel' on the homepage?] and "WTF" w/Marc Maron - the hosts are kind of overwhelming but they bring out the best in their guests.  The MOTH Radio Hour.   My grandfather listened to talk radio on his transistor radio all day and all night long  - I sort of understand why he did it.  I just can't get enough information!  I remember laying in bed and listening to their radio and it was something like a detective show.  I can remember the characters and the story - and I didn't even SEE IT.

EBT:  You know, as a kid my family would take these road trips and on occasion my Dad would find some radio show - I vividly remember catching a bit of THE NAKED JUNGLE which is about a plantation being attacked by killer ants.  I too have those images still in my head.  I'm glad the internet is kind of resurrecting this kind of thing.  You should also check out SFFaudio - great stuff there.

LIZ:  On my list!  There's another science one out there with Neil LaGrasse Tyson.

EBT:  Startalk!

LIZ:  Startalk!  We are letting our Geek Flags fly.  You told me you car pool with RadioLab?

EBT:  Yes, in the human world I have to carpool a couple of brothers who would just get into these awful fistfights.  One day I started playing RadioLab and they were mesmerized.  Played it every day - no more fights.  It was awesome.

LIZ:  You must link RADIOLAB in this Interview.  They have to know they are saving the world.  One carpool at a time.

EBT:  Will do!  So, you've written a novel yes?

LIZ:  I'd call it a novella.  It's been turned into a screenplay, that's making the rounds.  It's called "Secret Lives of the Unemployed."

EBT:  Delicious rounds.  What else is on your plate?  Anything you want to mention or spill the beans on?  We love beans here.

LIZ:  The beans are, is that after listening to Carl, I decided to write a short feature based on this radio play.  So, thank you!  I also have a short feature "Steve."  Which is based on my play .  I guess I will have to pick another man's name to finish out this Guy Named Trilogy I seem to be writing.

EBT:  RE: the third name, might I recommend "Balthazar?"  Is "Steve" online?

LIZ:  Steve is published in Smith & Kraus' The Best 10 Minute Plays (Contemporary Playwrights Series).  I think 2010 ed?  The short screenplay, "Steve" as well as the feature "Secret Lives of the Unemployed" are in contention for a few things.  We'll see where it goes.  I'm working with Lucy Stille at Paradigm, if anyone wants to take her or me out to lunch hahahahah.

EBT:  Lunch with Liz, dammit!

LIZ:  As a coincidence, Rumor has it that Voyager HAS in fact left the solar system.  

EBT:  Which you can read about right here.   So, you know how James Lipton winds up his Inside the Actors Studio interviews with those questions?  We don't do that here because we're not so skilled in the art of the interview.

LIZ:  I forget the last question he asks.

EBT:   Uh, like what's your favorite sound, what's your least favorite sound, do you think my beard makes me charming - yes, and the Pearly Gates one too….   Shit - now I gotta know what DO you want God to say?

LIZ:  Callous over guitar strings.  The word "Like."  All beards are handsome.  Mutton chops are killer. And I hope God says;  "Look who's here!"  In that order.


LIZ:  And then we have lunch.

EBT:  Hopefully lunch with beans.  Liz, thank you so much for writing Carl.  We love it - everyone else will too.

LIZ:  Thanks Casey.  On one last note.  I remember when I got the Disney Fellowship.   And it took forever for the Execs to make up their minds.  I had 2 weeks to pack up in NY and get to LA.  You were an Exec and a major part of that program.  And one of the first things you said to me which made me sad then, but happy now, was:  "I fought for you."

Thanks, Casey.

EBT:   No.  THANK YOU!  (I'll still fight for you, just point me in the right direction)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Episode 7 - Always In Season

I have read thousands of feature film scripts.  Really.  My mind boggles.  Some were painful, some were just okay, many were pretty good, and a few were great.  But there are only a handful - maybe ten/twenty out of a thousand - that made such an impression that they stuck with me to this day.  Scripts that were terrific reads and stood out as complete works of art on their own.  Some guy named M. Night Shyamalan wrote something called The Sixth Sense that scared me, fooled me and moved me.  Andrew Niccol wrote a couple of profound pieces called Gataca and The Truman Show - both very moving reads as well.  (Note:  I'm talking about the scripts, not the final products that appeared on the screen (some fared better than others)).  And then there was one called Every Good Boy Does Fine - a thriller written by Jonathan Dees.  It hasn't been made yet.  It's been in what's known as Development Hell, but I won't be surprised when it appears on the screen that is silver.

To this day whenever anyone asks me what my favorite scripts are - that's the one that usually springs to mind.  A terrific piece of writing that imprinted on my grey matter.

So you can imagine how great it was when he agreed to write something for Earbud Theater.  (Can you imagine?  Are you picturing dancing and frolicking?  Ah, then I guess you can.)  The result is the very cool ALWAYS IN SEASON.  Mr. Dees has written something to be very proud of and we're thrilled to bring it to you!

We hope you enjoy Episode 7 of Earbud Theater:  ALWAYS IN SEASON!

Written by
Jonathan Dees

Performed by
Peter - Jeff Cannata
Debbie - Sabrina Stoll
Old Timer - Matthew Henerson

Music by

Produced by Aaron Drown & Casey Wolfe
Directed by Casey Wolfe

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Granddaddy of all radio dramas...

We just realized Orson Welles was punk-rock-Elvis.  Y'know, young, skinny, arrogant badass gains public awareness by creating chaos, outrage and timeless art - and then dying all fat and drunk.  (eh, but to be fair, dying is a lose lose situation as far as grace and dignity go unless you fall on a grenade to save your platoon while riding a great white shark).

Welles himself said, "I started at the top and worked my way down."  Which is kinda true, though being a voice in the 1986 Transformers animated movie isn't the absolute rock bottom of cinema - that would come years later with Michael Bay's live version of Transformers.  But we're not here to talk about the bottom and we're certainly not here to remind you about THIS horrible gift incident.

We're here to remind you about this:

You see, Johnny Rotten had a group called The Mercury Theater and as one did in 1938, he and his band performed radio dramas... adapted performances of classic pieces of literature... cover songs if you will.  And while they did okay with their covers of Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan, but it wasn't until the eve of Halloween that they did a performance so powerful that there was anarchy in the USA.

War of the Worlds was not only an innovative and ingenious adaptation, it was also a shrewdly calculated social experiment.  It's worth listening to if you've never heard it, but we also recommend this podcast that RADIOLAB put out a few years back.  They not only dissect Welles adaptation, but a couple others that you may not have heard about.  Check it out or live your life in ignorance.  Your choice.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hey, it's 2013, you got any plans?

Yeah?  Big plans?  Gonna conquer the world?  Make those dreams come true all while dancing in the streets?  Cool.  We support that.  We encourage you.  And if we can spare them, we may even send minions to help out.  But during your year of world-domination don't forget about us.  Don't don't don't you... forget about us.  We give you permission to take twenty or so minutes out of your day once a month to chillax with a bit of Earbud Theater.  "Earwax chillax" we call it around here.  

We don't call it that, really, in fact that doesn't even make sense.  Sorry.

Before we launch into 2013 - big, big thanks to all the participants in 2012's episodes.  The world is a better place thanks to talent such as y'all and you're welcome back anytime.

Now, you're wondering what's in store for 2013 and I have to start with: 'strap-on dildo.'  Yes, one of our episodes features a strap-on.  Just wanted to give you a heads up so maybe you can listen to that one yourself and not share it with the kids unless you have really progressive kids and/or you're very good at explaining things and/or dodging questions.  But it's not all strap-ons (which, I should add, is merely an element, not the central conceit), we also have creepy murderers, superhumans, The Golden Record (know what that is?) and the oh so long and awaited ALWAYS IN SEASON by author Jonathan Dees.  

In fact, Always in Season will be our January release so look for it in the coming week.  Hm?  Wait, you don't believe me?  Well, I guess I can understand that, it's been on deck for a long time, but for real, we have it.  And it stars Sabrina Stoll, who played Mrs. Jessup in Beneath the Basement, Jeff Cannata  making his first appearance on Earbud and Matthew Henerson, who is still touring the nation with in the stageplay version of Flashdance The Musical.

You still don't believe me?  Well here's photographic proof! 

Jeff and Sabrina not acting.

Jeff and Sabrina acting like they're pretending to act while also 
acting like they're not annoyed there's a camera in the room.
That's talent.

So there you have it, world conquerers!  We're back!  2013 awaits!  CHARGE!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Our November release!

Hello devoted listeners!  First, take a look at this:

Are you scared yet?  You should be.  Yes, we have our November release and it's titled "Beneath The Basement" and is written by comic book/videogame/screenplay creator Doug TenNapel.  A guy who is prolific and busy as all get out, yet took the time to pen a deliciously creepy podplay for us.  

If you're not familiar with Doug's work, check it out HERE.  My personal recommendation would be GHOSTOPOLIS and even though I'm biased (part of the team trying to bring this to the big screen), it is one of my personal favorites.  I mean look at this - is that a world or what!?

"Beneath The Basement" WAS supposed to be our Halloween episode (thanks for paying attention) but some technical difficulties (no, really!) really put the kibosh on the release date.  One visit to the repair shop later, though, and boom - you have new ear candy.  So without further ado enjoy our latest and feel free to leave comments below!

"Beneath The Basement"
written by Doug TenNapel
produced by Casey Wolfe and Aaron Drown
starring the voice talents of
Mike Duffy as Neville
Lindsay Zana as Jean
Matthew Henerson as Dr. Fullbright
Sabrina Stoll as Mrs. Jessup

Oh, one more thing.  Big congratulations to Matthew Henerson (man of a thousand voices) who just landed a big gig in the theatrical tour of Flashdance The Musical.  Coming to a city near you, so be sure to catch it.  (I am refraining from saying "What a feeling."  You're welcome).

earbud OUT

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Halloween!

You're waiting for the promised Halloween Earbud piece aren't you?  You're so cool that way.  I knew there was a reason we like people like you.  Well it's coming!  It maybe a few hours late, though, because this frightening concoction of audio terror is going to require some more powdered fingernails, ectoplasm and eye of nNewt.  ;)

It's better to burn out than it is to become smashing.
So as we enter into what might be one of our favorite weekends of the year, let us know how you plan to spend it (what are you listening to?  watching?  reading?).  We're dying for a good horror movie recommendation.