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 – “Ravenous” released today for Audio Drama Sunday

Campfire Radio Theater – “Ravenous”

I am proud to announce the release of the latest episode of Campfire Radio Theater! It was a pleasure working on the “Ravenous” episode from the horror anthology series. On top of my usual scoring duties, John Ballentine was kind enough to trust me with his baby and allow me to co-produce the episode. One of the best parts of working on this story was enlisting the help of my wife Christina and our children to play small parts and contribute foley work. It was one of those strange moments in life where you find yourself dragging your wife across the floor (very carefully, I might add) while both of you try your hardest not to burst out in laughter at the absurdity of it all. Whatever it takes to get the job done, right? It’s all for the sake of entertaining the listeners! :D

I do hope you will take a moment to listen and write a review on iTunes afterwards. We would greatly appreciate it!

http://campfireradiotheater.podbean.com/e/ravenous/

Investigating the disappearance of a colleague, BBC journalist Albert Titus lands the scoop of a lifetime in the Scottish coastal village of Redmayne as he unravels a terrifying mystery perhaps tied to a sinister cannibal clan of legend.

Warning: Contains explicit language and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences.

Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine

Co-Produced by Kevin Hartnell

Cast:
David Ault
Robert Cudmore
Matthew McLean
Rachel Craig
Caitlin Sneddon
Jim Balfour
Will Snyder

Music by Kevin Hartnell

Check out the following:

Overlook Hotel Records
A Scottish Podcast
Evil Kitten Productions
David Ault, Voiceover Artist

Follow Campfire Radio Theater on Facebook and Twitter!

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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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“The Sounds of Nightmares: Music Composed For Campfire Radio Theater”

The Sounds of Nightmares: Music Composed For Campfire Radio Theater

For about the last year and a half, I have been writing music for a podcast. What the hell is a podcast? Aside from a silly word, Wikipedia says ”A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of a series of audio or digital radio episodes, subscribed to, and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a portmanteau of “(i)Pod” and “broadcast.”‘ Essentially, it generally seems to be, an mp3, you see, and most of the time, available for free. You can find every kind of podcast imaginable. From Politics to Religion, Sports to Sex, and even one of my favorite topics, Audio Drama! More specifically, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories are my cup of tea.

So, back to my point. I have been composing music for a horror anthology series podcast called “Campfire Radio Theater.” If you read this site then you may have already heard me mention this series. Both John and I are big fans of the classic CBC horror series called “Nightfall,” so it was easy to be on the same page as far as music, sound design, and production. John is a very talented audio drama producer. I became a fan of “Campfire Radio Theater” immediately after hearing the show. In fact, one of my favorite audio dramas of all-time is “Twilight Road” from the series.

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I have compiled over forty tracks from the episodes I have worked on and created “The Sounds of Nightmares: Music Composed for Campfire Radio Theater.” For those already familiar with the series, you will hear music from “RIP” (a story on the topic of Jack the Ripper) (parts 1 and 2), “The Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse,” “Night Delivery,” and “Whispers From Hell.” The music may all be horror-based, but there are various styles of music in the collection. I also created a few new arrangements of “A Violet From Mother’s Grave,” a song written by Will H. Fox in 1881 (public domain), to be used in “RIP.”

The entire album is streaming for free at Bandcamp. I made the release a fund raiser for Campfire Radio Theater. I was a fan before I began working on the show, so this was another way I could support CRT. If you choose to download the collection, it’s a mere $5 (or pay more if you like). All proceeds go directly to Campfire Radio Theater to support the creation of more episodes and cover hosting costs.

With World Audio Drama Day and Halloween rapidly approaching, this is a great time to immerse yourself into a good scary story and give yourself the creeps! Thank you for taking the time to listen! It is greatly appreciated. Please share the music and links with anyone you know that might enjoy them. :)

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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