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31 Years of ARTC: LibertyCon 2010

Continuing our look back at ARTC’s 31 years (thusfar!) with photos from our live performances. You can get a look at our whole history of combining adventures in sound with the thrill of live performance in our Chronology!

In this installment we bring you our appearance at LibertyCon where we presented Time and Time Again by H. Beam Piper, adapted by Ron N. Butler, The Competitor (first live performance!) by Brad Linaweaver and William Alan Ritch, and Bryce and Bigmouth: A Boy and His Griffin by Henry Lee Forrest. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

LibertyCon 2015 is almost full! If you’re coming up to Chattanooga and haven’t gotten your membership yet, we recommend that you move with alacrity!

The cast and Foley team for LibertyCon 2010!
The cast and Foley team for LibertyCon 2010!
Brian Troxell and Bryce Lucyshyn
Brian Troxell and Bryce Lucyshyn cope with the sudden appearance of a griffin (not pictured)!
Bryce Lucyshyn and Clair W. Kiernan
Clair W. Kiernan imitates the griffin (still not pictured).
William Alan Ritch
William Alan Ritch presents the cast to the audience. As if this group of hams couldn’t have taken care of presenting themselves.
Ron N. Butler, Alton Leonard, and Clair W. Kiernan
Ron N. Butler, Alton Leonard, and Clair W. Kiernan in “Time and Time Again”.
Lili Bilbao and Mary C. Ward at the Foley table.
The Foley team. Makin’ noise. Like you do.
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31 Years of ARTC: Chattacon 2010

Continuing our look back at ARTC’s 31 years (thusfar!) with photos from our live performances. You can get a look at our whole history of combining adventures in sound with the thrill of live performance in our Chronology!

In this installment we bring you our appearance at Chattacon where we presented A Ship Named Francis, Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Angel of Destruction, NOSINET, and SWATting the Books. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

Ariel Kasten, David Benedict, Bill Kronick
The cast bows their heads as the Chaplain from “A Ship Named Francis” calls upon the great Tester to keep the ship’s engines from exploding.
Bill Ritch, Bob Zimmerman, Brad Weage
The tech crew keeps the ship afloat.
The cast from Chattacon 2010.
The cast from Chattacon 2010!

Short update this week, but there’s plenty to see on the Flickr page!

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The Passion of Frankenstein part 1 of 5

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The Passion of Frankenstein is legendary amongst longtime ARTC members. First performed at Dragon Con in 1998 it has been repeated only four times in our long 31 year history. It is powerful. A freight train of an audio drama, crafted by Thomas E. Fuller to assault the audience with raw power and emotion. And it is a technical nightmare.

Bill Ritch, Christina Fuller, and Matt Gwaltney - the tech crew
Pictured: a technical nightmare

The creation scenes involve layer after layer of switches, electrical sounds, dynamos, chains, rain, thunder, lightning, and the frantic shouting of Victor and his assistant Henry, along with the mournful recitation of the Monster’s borrowed poetry. Fuller made extensive use of Percy Shelley’s poetry in the script.

Daniel Taylor and David Benedict
“Poetry”

Over 80 individual sound cues go into this hour-long production, not to mention the live Foley sound effects. In 1998 this involved multiple CD players and tape decks, some of which were arranged to play certain sounds on a loop and could be faded in and out to prevent having to cue up those sounds again later. In 2015 we brought it to World Horror Convention, safe in the assumption that modern technology would make the production easier. While it is true that the laptop we ran the SFX from took up less space, it did not help as much as we’d hoped in terms of making the SFX easier to cue.

Tony Fuller and Bob Brown on Foley
Just some of the live Foley, performed by Tony Fuller and Bob Brown, mixed by Ashley Harp

When you have a piece this complex, you can’t just perform it once, so we will be repeating it in 2015 at LibertyCon and Dragon Con. For the next cycle of podcasts we will be bringing you each of the 5 parts from a different one of those productions, as well as the studio production.

We hope you enjoy it.

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31 Years of ARTC: LibertyCon 2009

Continuing our look back at ARTC’s 31 years (thusfar!) with photos from our live performances. You can get a look at our whole history of combining adventures in sound with the thrill of live performance in our Chronology!

In this installment we bring you our appearance at LibertyCon where we presented Our Fair City by Robert A. Heinlein, Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper, and Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Enemies Within! by Ron N. Butler. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

We’re prepping for our next performance at LibertyCon right now, and the setup there is a LOT different than what is depicted in these pictures. Come on over to Chattanooga, check out a great convention, and be a part of one of our best audiences of the year!

The famous Rory Rammer
The famous Rory Rammer “Yay!” sign!
David Benedict
David Benedict comes in peace. We hope.
Clair W. Kiernan and Ron N. Butler at the microphones.
Clair W. Kiernan and Ron N. Butler at the microphones.
Brad Weage playing two keyboards.
Brad Weage plays two keyboards and still turns his own pages!
Rachel Bowman runs recorded SFX.
Rachel Bowman on recorded SFX.
Clair W. Kiernan and Brian Phillips on the mics. Alton Leonard and Ron N. Butler wait their turn.
Clair W. Kiernan and Brian Phillips on the mics. Alton Leonard and Ron N. Butler wait their turn.
The Tech Crew - Bob Zimmerman, Bill Ritch, and Rachel Bowman.
The Tech Crew – Bob Zimmerman, Bill Ritch, and Rachel Bowman.
The Foley Team - Lili and Fiona K. Leonard.
The Foley Team – Lili and Fiona K. Leonard.