Nov 222010
 

You’re in for a treat folks. Because for podcast 41 we’ve unearthed the most tumultuous, drama-filled episode of Theatre Intangible’s history: Random and Nameless Awesome Adventure That Never Happened. The actors rebeled against the show. Someone walked out. We broke a $2000 piece of studio equipment. 14 players jammed in the WRVU studios. Good times.

Listen as we summon the spirits of the oldtime radio plays!. . . except, not really. Capturing the vibe of radio plays such as The Shadow was what I was actually going for, but the improv actors had other ideas. I’m still not quite sure when they were being serious and when they were acting. And that, oddly enough, is what makes everything so interesting. For a long time, I felt this show to be a failure, but listening back now, I kind of like it . . . in a Waiting For Godot meets Holy Mountain kind of way.

Musicians include Cody Bottoms, Paul Cain, Rhendi Greenwell, Bobobobobob, Wes and Ember White, Anderson Cook, and Wess Youngblood. The actors preferred to go by their “stage” names, which are Random Voight (Brandon Boyd), L’Orange (The Human Snowglobe JJ Jones), Nameless, and Rick.

Prepare yourself.

Oct 312010
 
Chambers of Horror

Chambers of Horror Haunted House

As a fitting finale for Halloweird! October, we present the 3rd Annual Halloween Extravaganza, an exploration of the link between fear and arousal. Podcast 39 stars Mike Hiegemann on bass and Hammond organ, Austin Gaines on no-input mixer and various gadgets, Anderson Cook on guitar and synth, and JJ Jones on vocals and drums. I did the interviews, live mixing, clip playback/manipulation, and post production. We interview the creators of the adult-themed haunted houses Chambers of Horror and House of Horrors. Extra special thanks to Lucas Godfrey and Lindsay Starke of Chambers of Horror and Gork of House of Horrors. We also discuss Netherworld and Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. All of these haunted houses are worth your while, each in its own way. They’re all open today, and all will be coming back next year. If you’re in Atlanta, by all means go to Chambers of Horror, one of the most innovative haunted houses I’ve ever seen. If you’re in Nashville, House of Horrors is an experience I promise you will never forget.

I was a little worried for this episode. We had to postpone it a few times, and today became the deadline. Most of the T.I. participants were busy with Halloween stuff, but Mike, Austin, Anderson, and JJ really came through with some haunting sounds. The improv serves the 1st and 2nd Halloween Extravaganzas proud!

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Oct 172010
 

In keeping with Halloweird! October, we bring you Frankenstein 1986, , a new synth-pop soundtrack to the 1931 horror classic Frankenstein, starring Ken Soper, Lawrence Crow, Tommy Stangroom, Cody Bottoms, and JJ Jones. There are some great moments, such as Cody’s electric guitar samples, Ken’s haunting Hammond organ lines, and Lawrence’s Casio SK1 leads; but listening back, I fear we may have been having a bit too much fun. I had the brilliant idea of incorporating a cheap toy drum machine that wears out its welcome . . . oh. . . after about 5 seconds. That’s not the fault of its wielder JJ Jones (who knocked it out of the park with his vocal work on the episode). I even played the drum machine somewhere in the middle of the show. The blame lies with the machine’s downright annoying timbres, which weren’t apparent to me until playback. Tommy Stangroom, who did various percussion and synth sounds, claims it was apparent to him from the beginning. He elected not to play the infernal drum toy.

There’s enough good material here for a decent 30 minute show. In it’s full hour + run time though, I recommend you only listen in sync with the film. Seeing the classic film with an 80’s synth pop soundtrack is a strange, comical, and not unpleasant experience.

What do you think? Does it stand up to the Dracula or Freaks soundtracks?

Stay tuned next week for the Third Annual Halloween Extravaganza, which will focus on the intersection between fear and arousal.

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Oct 162010
 

Because of a week-long work trip, I wasn’t able to post this episode last Sunday. Never fear though, for another Halloweird! October episode is coming tomorrow evening!

“For the love of beauty is a deep-seated urge which dates back to the beginning of civilization” Freaks opening disclaimer

For episode 36, we created an improvised score to Tod Browning’s 1932 horror film Freaks. The episode stars Ken Soper on Moog synthesizers; Tommy Stangroom on percussion and xylophone; JJ Jones on voice and various toys/chimes; Lawrence Crow on Theremin, Casio SK1, and various toys; Cody Bottoms on laptop, keyboards, and Korg sample pad, and Craig Schenker on saxophone. There are quite a few golden moments in our Freaks soundtrack, and I encourage you to sync the soundtack to the film. Be sure to mute the tv and turn the subtitles on! Syncing instructions in the podcast intro.

We recorded this improv on Thursday, October 7th. Directly after, we recorded an “80’s synth pop” soundtrack to a beloved horror classic. Find out what that film is when we release podcast 37 tomorrow night.

Halloweird October!