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Everyone’s a Member!

Membership Has Its Privileges

ARTC-color-logoHere at ARTC we make joining up and participating as easy as we can! You contact us, we send you directions, you show up…BAM! You’re a participant.

But it’s also possible to be an actual member of ARTC. To do that you have to start out as a participant and then pay some modest dues (that’s not a metaphor, it’s actual cash).

And there are benefits! You have to be a dues-paid member (among other things) to be eligible to be on our Board of Directors. You have to be a dues-paid member to vote in the yearly elections. And if you’re a dues-paid member, you get a discount on ARTC products!

But what if you’re not in the Atlanta area? What if you’re just too busy or too far away to take that first step by being a participant? What if you still want that sweet, sweet discount?

Dragon Con 2016

Then we have good news for you, especially if you’re attending Dragon Con 2016. Because at Dragon Con, if you’re wearing your ARTC colors, then you’re a member!

ARTC-RavenHere’s the deal: You show up at the ARTC sales table (which has been located in the Hyatt, down by the art show for the last few years and we expect to be there again this year, but it’s Dragon Con, so you never know) wearing any sort of ARTC logowear and BAM! You get that sweet, sweet discount. How much is the discount? Why, that’s 20% off any ARTC-branded items on the table.

Does that include CDs? You bet it does.

How about digital content? Absolutely.

Other merch? Yuuuuuup.

Where Do I Get Logowear?

You can get some of it here, but thARTC-Rory-Rammerere’s a much wider selection on our brand new Threadless shop, Woodrow’s Mercantile and embroidered stuff at Queensboro.

We’ve got funny sayings like “If It’s My Job, It Must Be Tedious“. We’ve got a selection of our cover artwork like The Call of C’thulhu and Blues for Johnny Raven. We’ve even got an old favorite, Rory Rammer, Space MarshalAnd we’ve got the tried and true ARTC logo in full color!

ARTC-Cthulhu-blackThreadless has a wide selection of styles available, too. So far we’ve kept it simple, but if you don’t see what you want, drop us a line and let us know! Adding styles is easy, we just didn’t want to have so many that you got a brain cramp!

Over at Queensboro you can get really cool polos, button up shirts, and hats, all with the ARTC logo tastefully embroidered on them!

And don’t forget our other great logowear like lapel pins and iron-on patches!


Promotion limited to ARTC-branded merchandise at the ARTC sales table at Dragon Con 2016. Discount is 20% rounded to the nearest dollar. ARTC logo must be visible on top of whatever else you’re wearing at the time you approach the table to be eligible.
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The Proper Thing to Do

Size: 45.5M, Duration: 24:18

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A few extra notes for this episode. We have big changes in store for this podcast. First, we have increased the sampling rate for this episode and for all future episodes.

When we started this podcast 10 years ago we purposely made the decision to encode each episode a lot lower than we needed to because the ultimate goal was to help people understand what audio drama was. We weren’t exactly the only game in town, but we were one of only a few audio drama companies that we knew about and what we wanted to do was draw attention to the art form and also let people know about our titles for sale. What better way than to have free samples? We also had years of live performances sitting around that didn’t meet our standards for sale, but were still something we were extremely proud of and didn’t want to keep to ourselves.

Today the landscape has changed. There are dozens if not hundreds of audio drama podcasts out there. Anthologies and series, ongoing and one-offs, and at least one notable podcast about how to do audio drama podcasts. After ten years, it’s time for us to get with the times.

So, with all of that said, this episode, number 167 will be the last installment of what we have been so creatively calling “ARTC’s Podcast”. Next month we’re relaunching as the Centauri Express.

What’s going to be different? Lots. For one thing, we’re joining the club and will begin airing studio-produced episodes of some of the various serials we’ve written over the years, starting with our 13-part expanded story of Dash Cardigan. We’re also working on a new show intro and will be including additional segments from time to time that will feature panel discussions, interviews, and really whatever else you’d like to hear, so be sure to let us know at podcast@artc.org. Plus there’s that improved audio quality we were just discussing.

What’s going to be the same? How you get us. We’re sticking with the same publication platform and RSS feed, so you shouldn’t notice much difference except in the format of the content. Also the same, unfortunately, will be the publication schedule. I had hoped to be able to bring this to you every two weeks, but we’re still getting our studio legs under us, as it were. We’ve been performing live for so long that we’ve gotten pretty good at it, if we do say so ourselves, but adding studio work in there to go with those live shows is a bit of a learning curve. Plus, we want to be able to have a consistent schedule without any gaps in publication. We’re still shooting for that every two week mark, but we want to get there in a way that is sustainable.

For those of you who were enjoying the live performances, fear not. We’ll still be bringing those to you by way of Patreon, which you’ve heard me talk about for the last few episodes. All patrons at any level will be able to hear these updates, which will become free bonus content for those folks like Caran, Matthew, Kerry, Christa, John, Donald, Jason, Chelsea, Brad, Sterling, Ben, Richard, Shael, Juliana, and Sketch. The regular episodes of the Centauri Express will continue to be free, but we’d truly appreciate your support.

And the last thing I’d like to ask of you before we get into this month’s episode is for you to let us know what you’ve been doing while listening to ARTC’s Podcast. Do you listen while you drive? Just sit quietly? Catch Pokemon? Do you listen by yourself or make it a group activity? Let us know at podcast@artc.org or head over to the main website at artc.org and use the Speak Pipe to leave us a voicemail that we can feature in later shows.

And now for this month’s episode, which is kind of a transition episode, as this piece was produced here at ARTC Studio and is the first in a new imprint for us. Our other imprints include things like Science Fiction by Gaslight, which features adaptations of classic horror and science fiction, Into the Labyrinth, featuring original dark fantasy, and Adventures in Sound, which features original work that doesn’t really fit into any specific category. And to that lineup we are adding The Sound of Liberty, a collection of classic science fiction adaptations and some original work that highlights the principles in the American Bill of Rights.

The first installment in The Sound of Liberty is this month’s audio drama offering, The Proper Thing to Do by Brad Linaweaver and William Alan Ritch, adapted for audio and directed by William Alan Ritch, produced by David Benedict.

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The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum

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We love all of our audiences and look forward to entertaining everyone, but some audiences have a special place in our hearts. 221B Con is one of them. Not least because we pack the house when we go there!

Audience at 221B Con 2016
Proof

It’s such a ton of fun playing to these dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans. An iconic character, portayed by a variety of actors in a variety of ways, but without having to deal with all the time travel and blue police boxes. For this performance, we commissioned new scripts from Sketch MacQuinor. One was Commonplaces, by Naomi Novik (stay tuned to see if we can run that one on the podcast), and the other was The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum.

Alton Leonard and Hal Wiedeman
Pictured: A ton of fun

We also had a special guest for the show, David Nellist!

David Nellist with Matt Goodson
Proof!

David was such a good sport about this. We only asked him if he’d appear on stage with us a few hours before show time, but he agreed to do it readily. Right up until the show itself, we were figuring out the logistics of when to have him approach the stage, how to introduce him, and going over his role.

Alton Leonard, Hal Wiedeman, David Nellist, and Matt Goodson
And then we gave him a non-speaking part and pushed his character off a cliff.

And the fans LOVED it! Next year we hope to have him back in a more substantial (and audible) role, but for this year he honored us by appearing on stage, however briefly, and gamely played along with the joke. Thank you, David!

Daniel Kiernan at the Foley sound effects table
Pictured: Our biggest fan

Thank you for listening! If you’re enjoying the podcast, be sure to support us on Patreon! Or just tell your friends about us!

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The Rats in the Walls-LIVE part 4 of 4

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Hal Wiedeman
Hal Wiedeman is displeased

We were so looking forward to this being the last episode of the venerable, but generically named, ARTC’s Podcast. But we just can’t. We can’t put forth something that’s less than our best effort. We just can’t do that to our listeners. So we’re pushing back to August. We hope.

Paige Steadman
Paige Steadman has her doubts.

So we’ll be carrying on in our usual fashion for just a couple more months. In the meantime, won’t you consider supporting us on Patreon? We just posted a bunch of really cool milestone goals to help you know what your support will mean to us, and we’re working on a short video to show how we’re operating, too. All kinds of good stuff going on, so remember that you can set your own budget and hopefully you can see your way clear to helping us out a bit. We’d really appreciate it!

Bob Zimmerman, Kat Nowack, and Bill Ritch
Bob Zimmerman, Kat Nowack, and Bill Ritch are waiting for YOU.
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The Rats in the Walls-LIVE part 3 of 4

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We’re back and ready for another episode of ARTC’s Podcast! This month, The Rats in the Walls-LIVE part 3 of 4, performed live at the Academy Theatre in October 2012.

What else can we say about Lovecraft and The Rats in the Walls? Not much, really. I mean, it’s creepy, it’s awesome, it’s classic horror.

Paige Steadman
Paige Steadman wants to know what you mean by “creepy”.

Centauri-Express-logo-transparent

So in this month’s show notes, we’re going to talk instead about what’s coming up for the podcast. As we mention in the podcast itself, we’re about to wind down on the show as you’ve known it for the last 10 years. We’re shooting for a June launch, but we’re perfectionists, so it might be July or August before we get this really ready, but when it gets moving it’s going to be as hard to stop as a freight train. Which is fitting since it will be the Centauri Express Audio Magazine!

Dash-DashWhat is the Centauri Express? It’s whatever you want it to be! For one thing we’ll be taking a step back from our anthology format and focusing on a serialized audio drama, beginning with the full 13-episode version of Dash Cardigan!

But that’s not all! We’ll also be featuring interviews with ARTC personnel, behind-the-scenes looks at our productions, outtakes, and user-submitted content that might take the form of reviews or previews of other audio dramas, convention reports, flash fiction, and whatever else looks interesting to us and to you, our loyal listeners.

Enjoying the live performances? Fret not! The majority of the back catalog will remain online and free for the foreseeable future and future live performances will be made available as free perks for our Patreon subscribers at ALL levels.

Hal Wiedeman and David Benedict
Hal Wiedeman has “feelings” about that news. David Benedict looks on, while scouting an escape route.

There’s still one more part of The Rats in the Walls to go and then…well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what happens next. But whatever shows up next you can be sure that….There is Adventure in Sound!

Kat Nowack and Bill Ritch
Kat Nowack and Bill Ritch are waiting with you.
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The Rats in the Walls-LIVE part 2 of 4

We’re really sorry we missed our normal publication time this month! Car trouble impeded our progress. But we’re back on track now!

EDIT: We forgot the link to the actual audio! It’s here now! Those of you looking for it can find it now!
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Tony Fuller at the Foley table
Tony Fuller practices breaking some kneecaps in case this ever happens again.

This month we continue with The Rats in the Walls from our 2012 performance. With music by The Ghosts Project, it was a really creepy experience.

Robert Drake on stage lights
Robert Drake is really creeped out.

The creepiness was enhanced by the lighting wizardry of Robert Drake. We don’t always have the luxury of special lighting at our live shows. At most of our convention appearances we usually just have the ballroom lights of the room we’re performing in, so being able to do a show at the Academy Theatre is a real treat.

Probably should have saved the fisheye lens for The Shadow Over Innsmouth

The-Rats-in-the-Walls-Live-Digital02And don’t forget, you can get this performance at a much higher audio quality from Bandcamp!

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The Rats in the Walls – LIVE part 1 of 4

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So last month we brought you The Music of Erich Zann. This month we decided to keep the cosmic horror going. And why not? It’s our 10th year of podcasting and our H. P. Lovecraft fans have been very good to us, so we’d like to be very good to them!

The-Rats-in-the-Walls-Live-Digital02This month we bring you The Rats in the Walls-LIVE by H. P. Lovecraft, adapted for audio by Brad Strickland, with music by The Ghosts Project, accompanied by Alton Leonard.

This performance was part of our 2012 celebration, Lovecraft’s Nightmares. And it’s available for sale! Up to now, performances on the podcast were exclusive to the podcast, but you can download this performance from Bandcamp. Or, if you’re a purist, you can get the original recording that featured Harlan Ellison!

For the uninitiated, Lovecraft’s Nightmares was our monthlong celebration of the master of cosmic horror. For four weekends in October, ARTC performed a different Lovecraft adaptation from our catalog. The first weekend, we led off with The Rats in the Walls, featuring Dave Schroeder in the role of Delapore.

Dave Schroeder
Dave Schroeder pronounces it Shray-der.

And, as if a month of Lovecraft weren’t enough, we invited our good friends Paul Mercer and Davis Petterson, The Ghosts Project, to play along. You can hear them on several of our other performances as well, such as The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Call of C’thulhu, and At the Mountains of Madness, and their music also serves as the intro for our podcast!

Paul Mercer
Paul Mercer pronounces it with a viola

Keep a lookout for more collaborations between ARTC and The Ghosts Project!

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The Music of Erich Zann

The Music of Erich Zann

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Can you believe the first ARTC podcast was back in 2006? We can’t, and we published it!

At the end of 2015, we featured three interviews with ARTC writers and performers. We’ll be having more of that in 2016, but for now let’s get back to the audio drama with The Music of Erich Zann by H. P. Lovecraft, adapated for audio by Jonathan Horton and David Benedict, featuring music by The Ghosts Project, Paul Mercer and Davis Petterson with Alton Leonard.

This was part of our Lovecraft’s Nightmares show back in 2012 at the Academy Theatre.

Davis Petterson, Alton Leonard, and Paul Mercer
Davis is a dark and shadowy presence.

Lovecraft’s Nightmares was a monthlong celebration of the master of cosmic horror. His writing focuses on the strange, the macabre, and the insane. Speaking of insane, we performed a different Lovecraft adaptation each week in October of 2012, and many of the cast and crew went insane and everyone called the producer insane. But it was a ton of fun and we got a lot of great performances out of that month!

David Benedict
Pictured: The Producer. Insane.

You can hear more of the performances from Lovecraft’s Nightmares, and even more of our ongoing collaboration with The Ghosts Project, by purchasing them from our catalog. But for now, here’s a glimpse into madness. We hope you enjoy it.

Paul Mercer
Paul Mercer
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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 12

Welcome to the Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015 edition)! Leading up to our December 12 and 13 performances at the Academy Theatre in Stockbridge, we’ll be bringing you our own take on this holiday classic!

On the third day of An Atlanta Christmas, my true love gave to me…twelve list’ners list’ning…
eleven patrons giving
ten actors acting
nine sound effects
eight years of benefits
seven Christmas memories
six colored microphones
five old CDs!
four Foley artists
three singers singing
two Stockbridge shows
And an interview on WABE!

It’s here! It’s here! The day is finally here! Welcome one and all to our family Christmas, to every family Christmas that ever was or ever will be…

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Those are the words you’ll hear tonight at the opening of this year’s An Atlanta Christmas, just as we’ve said them every year for the last 16. But every show is different. We mix and match our series of vignettes into something unique and then, of course, there’s the excitement of live theatre – you never know what’s going to happen.

And so tonight, after a scant three weeks of prep time, we welcome you into our family for a night or two. We’re glad you’re coming. We’re so looking forward to seeing each and every one of you.

Kris Kringle at An Atlanta Christmas 2008
Kris Kringle at An Atlanta Christmas 2008
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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 11

Welcome to the Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015 edition)! Leading up to our December 12 and 13 performances at the Academy Theatre in Stockbridge, we’ll be bringing you our own take on this holiday classic!

On the third day of An Atlanta Christmas, my true love gave to me…eleven patrons giving…
ten actors acting
nine sound effects
eight years of benefits
seven Christmas memories
six colored microphones
five old CDs!
four Foley artists
three singers singing
two Stockbridge shows
And an interview on WABE!

As we get closer and closer to the performance date, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for the last 31 years (and counting!). For listening. For attending. For giving. For telling their friends and family. Audio drama is, by its very nature, an interactive art form. It’s a direct communication from the writers and actors and sound effects folks directly into the hearts and minds of our listeners.

We feel so loved by all the generosity that you’ve shown us, but we’d like to give you the opportunity to show a little more, if you’re so inclined. ARTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and, as we’re approaching the end of the year, you might consider whether a tax-deductable donation is right for you.

There’s lots of other ways to support ARTC financially. Check out a few of these and find one that fits your budget and your level of enjoyment of what we do.

Thanks!

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