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The Proper Thing to Do

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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 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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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 10

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…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 takes a lot of people to get audio drama into the ears of our audiences. Foley artists, audio engineers, floor managers, and a bunch of other people that we’re not sure what they do. Oh! They’re actors! Yes, those wonderful voices that are ultimately the focal point for telling the story.

This year we’ve got at least ten of those talented folks for you. Come meet them! Ask them questions! Get their autographs (unless you’re planning to forge their signatures, in which case skip the autograph)!

An Atlanta Christmas cast from 2009
An Atlanta Christmas cast from 2009
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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 9

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…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!

To create a truly immersive environment, you don’t just need Foley sound effects. You really need some good recordings, too. General ambiance, automobiles, aircraft, gunshots, and certain kinds of watery effects are just some of the examples of sounds that are better left in the digital realm, rather than trying to re-create them on the stage or even in the studio. What recorded SFX do we have for this year’s show? How about Atlanta drivers trying to get around in the snow?

Recorded SFX
Recorded SFX!
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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 8

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…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!

Center for the Visually Impaired logoARTC is pleased and proud to have the Center for the Visually Impaired as our Partner in Imagination again this year. Since 2006, CVI has been the beneficiary of this annual gift that we give to our audiences, receiving 25% of total ticket sales. Audio drama is a wonderful art form for the visually impaired, but we don’t just want to provide entertainment. It’s important that we all contribute towards a total quality of life for our fellows in this world.

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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 7

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…seven Christmas memories…
six colored microphones
five old CDs!
four Foley artists
three singers singing
two Stockbridge shows
And an interview on WABE!

What’s An Atlanta Christmas all about, you ask? At its root, it’s about memories. Memories of Christmases past, our city’s past, and our own past. And who doesn’t wax nostalgic at this time of year? For good or bad, the season often causes us to reflect on the highs and lows throughout our lives, often accompanied by a yearning to return to the good times and a wish for things to be better or promises to improve.

At this year’s performance we will offer seven of our own favorite memories. Here’s the lineup for this year’s show (subject to change)!

Are You Lonely Tonight?
Are You Lonely Tonight?

Opening – Welcome one and all to our family Christmas!
Cut-Out Christmas – A young couple living through the Great Depression find a unique way to lift themselves up through the spirit of giving.
Are You Lonely Tonight? – The office Christmas party doesn’t always create the best memories. But sometimes it does.
The Legend of the Poinsettia – How did the poinsettia become a symbol of Christmas? Find out in this hilarious audio drama that tells the story of the fourth wise man who didn’t make the trip to Bethlehem.
The Experts – The thing you don’t often get in the South at Christmastime is snow. More often we get ice. And that’s a totally different thing to try to drive on.
Davy Crockett and Me – What does television have to do with Christmas in the 1950s? A lot, actually.
Blue Hannukchristmas Carol – This fan (and cast!) favorite returns again to tell the story of three spirits trying to overcome a case of mistaken identity to bring the true joy of Hannukah back into a young Jew’s life.

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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 6

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…six colored microphones…
five old CDs!
four Foley artists
three singers singing
two Stockbridge shows
And an interview on WABE!

Microphones are, of course, essential to audio drama. Here at ARTC we like to color-code them to make sure the actors know where to go. Because, y’know, actors. If you’ve ever seen us live before the pattern will look very familiar. And if you haven’t, now’s your chance!

An Atlanta Christmas 2009
The color-coded microphones match the station colors. Please move to the center of the theatre and away from the doors.
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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 5

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…five old CDs!
four Foley artists
three singers singing
two Stockbridge shows
And an interview on WABE!

The CD may not be as popular as it once was, but we’ve still got ’em and, let’s face it, it’s nice to have something tangible to put under the tree. Yes, we can all wrap up an empty box or put gift cards in an envelope, but think back to when you were a kid. Which presents were the most intriguing? The big ones! What could it possibly be??

(Incidentally, just as a matter of trivia, if you stacked every ARTC CD available up and wrapped them as a group, they’d be about 13.5″ tall by 5.25″ wide by 7.5″ deep. Give or take. Just sayin’.)

Also, today’s the last day for our 10% off sale! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to get the discount code, but hurry! It expires today (12/5)!!

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The Twelve Days of An Atlanta Christmas (2015) Day 4

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…four Foley artists…
three singers singing
two Stockbridge shows
And an interview on WABE!

It ain’t audio drama without sound effects, and just like Christmas presents the best sound effects are the ones you make yourself! That’s why ARTC prides itself on creating live Foley sound effects at most of our shows. Come see for yourself what goes into making our unique soundscape at An Atlanta Christmas!

Caution: Live Foley being created!
Caution: Live Foley being created!