Hostile Worlds – a new podcast from Matthew McLean

Hostile Worlds

My Scottish audio drama friend Matthew McLean from ThePodcastHost.com has launched his new podcast series “Hostile Worlds” today. It’s a documentary/audio drama hybrid with, in my opinion, hints of “Cosmos,” “Planet Earth,” and plenty of creativity to make the trip enjoyable along the way. If you are looking for a new podcast to make your commute or downtime a bit more enjoyable, check it out.

“Join us on a journey to some of the most inhospitable, humbling, and frighteningly beautiful places in the known universe. Hostile Worlds is podcast that helps you explore alien landscapes all from the comfort of your headphones.

From the freezing hydrocarbon oceans of Titan, to the scorched, suffocating wastes of Venus – we’ll take you on an immersive audio tour to all the places you’d die to see… and places you’d die if you saw.

You’ll join the crew of The Tardigrade, an all-purpose vehicle that can float, fly, dive, and dig through any environment in the universe. There, you’ll learn all the facts you’ll ever need to act as THE space exploration authority down your local pub on a Friday night.”

The Sounds Of Nightmares 2

The Sounds Of Nightmares 2: Music Composed For Campfire Radio Theater

I am pleased to announce that volume 2 of The Sounds Of Nightmares has been released today! It took awhile to assemble everything, but in the end I compiled 38 tracks together. Tracks featured in this collection are from “Woods Ferry,” “Rites of Autumn,” “Abduction At Willow Woods,” and “Ravenous.”

My connection with Campfire Radio Theater began a few short years ago and has been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences in my musical career. While I have had good fortune to play many styles of music with a lot of different musicians over the decades, finding my home at CRT has been extremely rewarding. My love for audio drama began as early as my interest in music, so finding myself involved in being a part of creating that very type of art form is like coming home.

John Scott Ballentine, the creator of Campfire Radio Theater, was also kind enough to trust me with his audio drama “baby” and let me take on production duties for the most recent episode titled “Ravenous.” This, combined with my usual musical composition duties, was a wonderful experience (albeit a LOT of work).

It was a pleasure creating and assembling this collection of music just as much as I enjoy working on Campfire Radio Theater. I do hope you will take a moment to listen and to share it with anyone you know that may also enjoy it.

Cheers!
Kevin

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Campfire Radio Theater: “Woods Ferry,” “Rites of Autumn,” & “Abduction at Willow Woods”


Campfire Radio Theater: “Woods Ferry,” “Rites of Autumn,” & “Abduction at Willow Woods”

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so it’s time to catch up on Campfire Radio Theater! I have three episodes from the horror anthology series podcast to share today.

First up is “Woods Ferry. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft horror will find this story particularly entertaining!

“Weekend explorers on a quest for antique treasures stumble upon a lost town at the end of a long dirt road and soon uncover the unspeakable truth behind the decades past evacuation of Woods Ferry.”

You can listen to the “Woods Ferry” episode of Campfire Radio Theater below.

Next up is “Rites of Autumn.” It’s the latest Halloween offering from CRT and it’s quite fiendish to say the least!

“A young boy spends an autumn afternoon with his grandpa who passes on a few very unique and disturbing Halloween traditions.”

You can listen to the “Rites of Autumn” episode of Campfire Radio Theater below.

The latest offering is “Abduction at Willow Woods.” This psychological thriller is a slight departure (pun intended) and was recorded in binaural 3D sound!

“Two old friends unearth lost secrets from their youth when they revisit the wooded site of an otherworldly encounter.”

You can listen to the “Abduction at Willow Woods” episode of Campfire Radio Theater below.

I will be assembling the next volume of music collected from Campfire Radio Theater episodes soon, so be on the lookout for “The Sounds of Nightmares: Volume 2!”

That’s all for now!

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“Kraken Mare: The Score”

Kraken Mare: The Score

On November 10th, Matthew McLean from YAP Audio Production and the Audio Drama Production Podcast contacted me needing someone to score his latest audio drama. I gladly accepted the offer and began working on music for his excellent science fiction/horror story “Kraken Mare.”

What is “Kraken Mare” about? “Nine years ago the Wells-Dyson satellite picked up images of what appears to be some sort of wreckage on the floor of Titan’s biggest hydrocarbon ocean – Kraken Mare. The discovery prompted eccentric billionaire Jennifer Barrie to fast-track an expedition to the mysterious moon of Saturn. The three British astronauts who have just arrived in Titan’s orbit have only one job – find out what’s lying under Kraken Mare. And potentially answer one of humanity’s biggest questions. Are we alone in the universe?”

When I began working on scoring the story, the first thing that struck me was the fantastic soundscapes Matthew had created. On top of that, quality acting and writing truly inspired me! It was a pleasure to create music to help illuminate the production. I wrapped up scoring and sent over my mix to Matthew on December 17th. The following day YAP Audio Production released “Kraken Mare” to the public which has already received quite a few positive reviews!

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On November 10th, Matthew McLean from YAP Audio Production and the Audio Drama Production Podcast contacted me needing someone to score his latest audio drama. I gladly accepted the offer and began working on music for his excellent science fiction/horror story “Kraken Mare.”

What is “Kraken Mare” about? “Nine years ago the Wells-Dyson satellite picked up images of what appears to be some sort of wreckage on the floor of Titan’s biggest hydrocarbon ocean – Kraken Mare. The discovery prompted eccentric billionaire Jennifer Barrie to fast-track an expedition to the mysterious moon of Saturn. The three British astronauts who have just arrived in Titan’s orbit have only one job – find out what’s lying under Kraken Mare. And potentially answer one of humanity’s biggest questions. Are we alone in the universe?”

When I began working on scoring the story, the first thing that struck me was the fantastic soundscapes Matthew had created. On top of that, quality acting and writing truly inspired me! It was a pleasure to create music to help illuminate the production. I wrapped up scoring and sent over my mix to Matthew on December 17th. The following day YAP Audio Production released “Kraken Mare” to the public which has already received quite a few positive reviews!

Today I have released the score through Overlook Hotel Records as a free download. What I am asking in return is, if you like the music (or the audio drama or any of the other great works YAP have put out), please consider making a donation to their Patreon account to support their works. They are lovely people that have been building a growing and supportive community of modern audio drama producers. They also release a regular podcast (the Audio Drama Production Podcast) that helps to educate people on how to make their very own audio dramas. Have a listen to the story below and let us know what you think. You can find quite a few of us hanging out on the ADPP Facebook group, so drop by and say hello! Maybe you will find yourself making your very own audio drama, too! Thanks for listening!

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Campfire Radio Theater: “Whispers From Hell”

Campfire Radio Theater: “Whispers From Hell”

The latest installment of Campfire Radio Theater has arrived just in time for your Halloween entertainment! “Whispers From Hell” is an entertaining and scary story sure to please fans of the horror genre. As much as I enjoy writing music for horror stories, the ending for this particular episode was great fun to compose! Talk about anxiety-inducing intensity. Sheesh! I have been writing music for the show for around a year and a half now and continue to enjoy the process greatly. Now that the work of rebuilding my home studio has begun, my excitement is growing even more!

If you have a moment or two spare, please have a listen! I highly recommend listening in the dark with headphones for optimum enjoyment!

Speaking of writing music, I will be releasing a collection of music written for Campfire Radio Theater. It will be a fundraiser with all earnings going directly to Campfire Radio Theater to help fun additional episodes and pay for hosting costs. There are 41 tracks with two “hidden” tracks not found anywhere else included in the download as a thank you to supporters of Campfire Radio Theater. Tracks from “RIP” (parts 1 and 2), “Whispers From Hell,” “Night Delivery,” and “The Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse” are represented in the collection. More soon!

Thanks for listening! Halloween is right around the corner…waiting…in the dark!
Kev

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Campfire Radio Theater: “Night Delivery”

Campfire Radio Theater: “Night Delivery”

The latest horror story from Campfire Radio Theater is called “Night Delivery” and is set in the 80s. The story centers around a radio station, a rookie late-night DJ, a mysterious woman in red, and some devilish music! It was a wonderful challenge to assemble music for the story drawing from the archives of Overlook Hotel Records and creating new music. Quite a bit of the music written for the show was played backwards to fit the theme of backmasking. A couple of the tracks used in the story were written by friends of mine that I also played on. Pieces of the tracks were used with their kind permission. Special thanks is due to Andrew May, Joe Bartoldus, Mike Chambers, and Mat Williams!

I also auditioned for the laugh of Satan and landed the part. John Scott Ballentine said he wasn’t interested in the stereotypical hyped-up laughter so common in horror films and the like. Instead, he wanted more of a Pink Floyd “Brain Damage” approach that is rich with madness. Rumor has it that the laughter on Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage” was actually Peter Watts, a road manager for the band at the time. So, John wanted crazy and I have that in spades!

You can also hear me playing the part of a “man on the street” being asked about the location of “Snake Eye Records.” John included some goofy outtakes at the end of the show which are pretty entertaining! If you like horror stories and quality entertainment, then the Campfire Radio Theater podcast is worth checking out. If you are also a fan of 80s rock or maybe you grew up in the 80s, you may find added entertainment value for your pleasure with this particular story. Give it a listen!

Hear are a couple of tracks heard in the show.

“Unless Until” is a beautiful, slow balled written by Mike Chambers and Andrew May.

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“Drones” is by The Three Minstrels (featuring Andrew May, Joe Bartoldus, and myself).

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That’s the news for today! I hope everyone has a great week!

Kev

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