Title: Captain Radio Explores AudioDrop Central
Production Company: Angry Viking Productions
Writer/Director/Producer: Eric Ericson
Type: Drama, Comedy
Genre: Multiple — Sci-fi, Action, Suspense, Satire
Length: 10-15 minute-long episodes
Rating: AudioDrop™ Universe: AD-G thru AD-PG13; Velvet Curtain Series: AD-PG13 thru AD-R*
Availability: Download from http://audiodropcentral.com for $.89 per episode.
Greetings, Audionauts! Captain Radio™ here with visit to AudioDrop Central.
As modern independent audio theater production continues to flourish, one expects the art form and its distribution to begin turning a few corners.
Previously, we reviewed Jason Samilski’s ground-breaking content shift. Now comes AudioDrops Central, hoping to merging and extend successful content development and distribution approaches employed by other media, both past and present, for audio theater.
Angry Viking Productions populates AudioDropCentral.com with varying collections of 10-15 minute multi-genre audio episodes. These range in tone from risqué humor to intense drama and through settings from the Civil War aftermath to Capone’s mob-run Chicago to the outer edges of the universe and the imagination.
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“Adam”, featuring the voice talent of John Tuttle and Andrew Staton, is the digital autobiography of a lost deep-space probe that gains sentience. It comes from AudioDrop’s Fantastic Worlds sci-fi series which fondly echoes old Golden-Age pulp and comic magazines while revitalizing plots with updated scenarios and circumstances.
This initial resemblance to pulp mags and comic books is no coincidence. The goal of Angry Viking Productions, principally led by Eric Erickson, is to blend immersive FX, original music, and professionally portrayed, engaging scripts into a new 3D audioscape not unlike modern adult comic books that also feature complex plots and characters and thrilling, near-3D artwork exploding from the slick pages. To emphasize the intended connection further, the AudioDropsCentral.com web site visually displays series logos as comic book covers arrayed on shelves and stresses that all AudioDrop Central episodes somehow conform to an over-arching “universe”, just as most action-adventure comic books do.
If the Audiodrops™ Universe series most resembles comic book store open shelves, The Velvet Curtain series of mature comedy, satire, and drama would definitely be veiled from prying young ears. In addition to WWI satire and Chicago mob drama, this series showcases audio adaptations of comic artist Nick Cuti’s “Moonie the Starbabe”. These ribald romps follow Lauren Matthews as Moonie, a curvy, buxomy Barbarella space adventurer with attitude and her two craven astral miner sidekicks, Andrew Staton and Scott Bailey:
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Finally, like Fantastic Worlds, the Murder, Incorporatedseries inherits heart and soul from the venerable comic book’s visceral tales of suspense, intrigue, and tangible peril, often stretching the boundaries of sanity:
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“The Soccer Mom”, featuring Elizabeth Moore as the anonymous title character with Jon Tuttle as her “detective” listening foil, is AudioDrops’ most popular piece. In this frightening tale of taught suspense and fatal impulse, the backdrop effects during Moore’s monologues spontaneously evoke flashback scenes which seem as real in the listener’s mind as video might to the listener’s eye.
Primarily under Eric Erickson’s scripting and direction, most AudioDrops™ episodes achieve good continuity while offering generally an in-depth quality listening experience (headphone listening recommended) as well as entertaining dialog and respectable performances. While “The Soccer Mom” is clearly a performance stand-out, as with a good food court, it’s well worth sampling more than one item at AudioDropCentral.com
For 10-15 minute immersive modern comic book-style audio adventure, drama, comedy, and satire, …
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… to download a variety of productions Rated AD-G through AD-R for strong language and adult situations.
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Until next time, Audionauts™, this is Captain Radio™, signing off!
* Rating based on the Audio Drama Directory Ratings System.
Audiodrops™ are shorter audio productions- usually between 10 and 15 minutes- with full casts, immersive special effects, original music and engaging stories. Each episode is a full story in itself, as well as a piece in the larger mosaic of the AudioDrop™ Universe where our characters live. With each tale, listeners learn more about the rich tapestry filled with heroes such as Red Colt, Phineas Hawke, Samantha Bloodmoon and so many more. Velvet Curtain Series audios are tailored for mature audiences and present stories meant for adults with intricate storylines, mesmerizing characters and desperate situations. These stories are separate from the AudioDrop Universe, but keep an ear out for audio Easter eggs!
Productions Featured in This Review:
Fantastic Worlds: AdamStarring: Jon Tuttle Andrew Staton Original Score by Ryan Rapsys Written & Directed by Eric Erickson
Moonie the Starbabe: Enter the MoonchildStarring Lauren Matthews Andrew Staton Scott Bailey Original Score by Ryan Rapsys Written & Directed by Eric Erickson Based on the comic book “Moonie vs. the Spider Queen” written by Nicola Cuti
Murder, Incorporated: The Soccer MomStarring: Elizabeth Moore Original Score by Alexander Bornstein Written & Directed: Eric Paul Erickson