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: “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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Audio Drama Production Podcast Ep. #49-Composing Music For Audio Drama

Audio Drama Production Podcast Interview: Ep. #49-Composing Music For Audio Drama

It was in the 70s when I first heard audio drama. I remember sitting in the car with my dad, parked in the driveway, sitting on the edge of the seat, while listening to the remaining moments of an episode of CBS Radio Mystery Theater. For those already familiar with the show, you will already know it is hard to forget the sound of the creaking door, the creepy music, and the unforgettable voice of E.G. Marshall.  Fortunately for me, my father didn’t mind me enjoying scary stories at such a young age. One of my fondest memories with him is going to see “The Shining” together. While the film may have scarred me for life, it became my favorite film of all-time and instilled in me a love for horror films, and more significantly, fostered my love for film music (particularly anything scary and/or retro electronic). These two things merged together over time into composing music for audio drama. Speaking of…

I was recently interviewed by the Audio Drama Production Podcast, an informative and entertaining podcast created by Matthew McLean and Robert Cudmore, that discusses subjects related to all things related with the production of audio drama. Both gentlemen have a great sense of humor and it was a pleasure to be on the show. We discuss composing for audio drama, how I got started, gear, influences, tips for new composers, and more. The episode also includes an interview with the ubiquitous, highly prolific, and talented Kevin MacLeod from Incompetech.com. You can hear both interviews at the link below.

http://audiodramaproduction.com/2015/06/composing-music-for-audio-drama/

For those interested in hearing my latest work in audio drama composition, check out the entertaining and horrific Campfire Radio Theater series.





Kevin Hartnell, composing music for audio drama
Photo courtesy of MJ Hartnell

 

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