A Scottish Podcast Fundraiser

A Scottish Podcast Fundraiser

The good people over at A Scottish Podcast are in need of some support and could use your donations. Matthew McLean, the producer of A Scottish Podcast, is a really talented writer, actor, director, and producer of audio drama. He is also one of the creators of the Audio Drama Production Podcast and the Facebook ADPP forum of the same name. Both the ADPP and the Facebook ADPP forum have contributed greatly to the art form of audio drama and the community, bringing hundreds and hundreds of actors, producers, musicians, writers, and others together. Matthew has also contributed some great work to Campfire Radio Theater, the horror anthology I work on. Unfortunately, his current workstation/laptop is in dire need of replacement. Please consider throwing a few dollars/pounds his way if you can.

What is A Scottish Podcast? It’s referred to as “A Lovecraftian Trainspotting.” If that doesn’t give you enough to go on, then this may fill in a few more gaps for you.

“A Scottish Podcast is a serialised modern audio drama. It chronicles the story of Lee, a washed up former radio DJ who launches a paranormal investigation podcast.

Lee wants to see his show The Terror Files mentioned up there alongside podcasts like The Black Tapes, Limetown, and The Message. And he’ll stop at nothing to achieve it.

Aided by his jaded musician pal Dougie, the pair travel the length and breadth of the country in search of Medieval Demon Kings and Lovecraftian Gods of the Sea.

So why not join them on this unique tour of the ancient and mystical lands of Scotland?

You’ll walk through the long-forgotten catacombs under Edinburgh. Sail out to the lonely and abandoned island of St. Caillic. Visit dingy pubs, run-down industrial estates, and obscure non-league football grounds.”

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Campfire Radio Theater #13 Cover Art

Campfire Radio Theater: “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse”

Campfire Radio Theater: “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse”

Writing music is a pleasure. Writing creepy music is even better. Over the last month or so I have worked on just over thirty short pieces of music for the latest episode of Campfire Radio Theater. “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse” was written by Campfire Radio Theater creator, John Ballentine, and is based on an actual historical event. The Telegraph (UK) ran a short story about the event which occurred just over 100 years ago. It remains an unsolved mystery to this day.

I have seen lighthouses on the coasts of the US and in a handful of other countries and they all conjure up very specific emotions for me. Maybe it is the sense of isolation and solitude that makes me feel equally nostalgic, melancholy, and introspective. I remember a story about a lighthouse keeper who had to row his boat for hours in order to make it back to his home after his watch was over. There were no neighbors and any sort of emergency had to be dealt with on his own.

Being so alone…secluded, carrying the burden of maintaining the light without falter in order to save lives, and having to be entirely self-sufficient in so many ways seems like a rather mad way to live. Perhaps in another life where I was a lot smarter and stronger I would have taken on such a job, but in this life, I am quite content to write music in the comfort of my own home not far from grocery stores, hospitals, entertainment, friends, and family.

You can listen to the latest episode of Campfire Radio Theater below.

It was easy to visualize the lighthouse and the sea and a real pleasure to immerse myself into the atmosphere of being in such a place in my mind while writing the music. Here are some of my favorite tracks from the sessions.

“Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse: Main Theme”

“Harpsibroken”

“Bending Drone”

I hope you enjoy the show!

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