Title: The Flickerman
Author: Lance Dann
Producer: Lance Dann
Type: Audio Drama
Genre: Not Quite Sure
Availability: Free Download
My Two Cents: I don’t want to give too much away on work that’s going to appear on the show, but I have to say something about Lance Dann’s The Flickerman. There’s nothing like it in audio. There might never be again. It’s worth listening to both as a unique audio event and for the intriguing story it tells.
On the surface, the story of The Flickerman seems pretty vanilla – a young man finds himself in a series of increasingly stranger random encounters and soon gets in over his head as things go weird. What makes this story eff’ing brilliant is that the narrative is hooked into Flickr, and the story calls upon you to explore photos through Flickr as the narrator’s life begins to unravel around him. Postmodernism pulled off exceedingly well.
Lance tells me… well, Lance tells me that this comes from tapes recorded by Cornelius himself, so I’m not sure what to tell you. The story bleeds the edge between reality, fantasy, text and subtext. The show does pick up at a slow pace, but if you’re along for the self-reflective ride, you’ll find yourself hooked on this thing.
The Flickerman will be featured on Radio Drama Revival later this month.