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Dash Cardigan part 7 – The Forces of the Dark

Another abbreviated edition of the Centauri Express this month as we prepare additional content and consider what our listeners would like to hear in their Audio Magazine.

The big news this month is the release of Brad Strickland’s five-part adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island. Listen up for the discount code being offered to our podcast listeners and ways to get even bigger discounts! But act fast – the codes all expire on March 1, 2017!

Be sure to review us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you found us. Those reviews help others find us, plus we just like hearing what you have to say. You can also contact us directly and let us know what you think of the Express. We’re here for YOU, so let us know what you want from this audio magazine!

And, of course, last but not least, if you’re enjoying the Express and want to hear more great programs like it, support us on Patreon! There’s other options, too, so pick what works best for you! And thanks!

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Dash Cardigan part 6 – Allies for Earth

A bit of an abbreviated edition of the Centauri Express this month as we prepare additional content and consider what our listeners would like to hear in their Audio Magazine.

Be sure to review us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you found us. Those reviews help others find us, plus we just like hearing what you have to say. You can also contact us directly and let us know what you think of the Express. We’re here for YOU, so let us know what you want from this audio magazine!

And, of course, last but not least, if you’re enjoying the Express and want to hear more great programs like it, support us on Patreon! There’s other options, too, so pick what works best for you! And thanks!

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Dash Cardigan, part 5 – Flight Into Destiny

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Centauri Express! This month we’re bringing you part 5 of Dash Cardigan: Flight Into Destiny by Thomas E. Fuller. There’s also more from the panel discussion on acting for audio that we did at Libertycon 2016! Plus, we’re also bringing you a trailer for one of our favorite audio dramas not produced by us, Alba Salix, Royal Physician.

Be sure to review us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you found us. Those reviews help others find us, plus we just like hearing what you have to say. You can also contact us directly and let us know what you think of the Express. We’re here for YOU, so let us know what you want from this audio magazine!

And, of course, last but not least, if you’re enjoying the Express and want to hear more great programs like it, support us on Patreon! There’s other options, too, so pick what works best for you! And thanks!

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Podcast technical error

Hey, everybody, we just got alerted that our podcast for November (Centauri Express V2 Episode 4: Dash Cardigan, The Challenge of the Basilisk) didn’t upload properly and only had 6 minutes of the content. We apologize for the error and have fixed it by re-uploading the file…

But there’s a much bigger issue. According to our stats, hundreds of you have downloaded it, but only one person took the time to let us know there was a problem.

Please be sure to let us know if you have any issues with the podcast! We’re here to serve you, and we’re doing our best, but every now and then a little problem like this crops up. It’s no big deal to fix it, but we need your help!

Thanks, and happy listening!

Centauri Express, V02 Issue04 – Dash Cardigan 04

…and I’m back! Back from that road trip I mentioned last month at any rate. Hope everyone enjoyed the audio samples!

This month we’re bringing you episode 4 of Dash Cardian: The Challenge of the Basilisk and a short segment from a panel discussion on acting for audio from LibertyCon 2016. We’re also bringing you short show notes because I’m heading back out on the road again from 11/5-11/16, so I’m getting this podcast scheduled before I leave…along with several other things that have to get done. This trip is for an arts marketing conference so I can learn some new ways to get more folks to listen!

If you’d like to help with that, just tell your friends about the Express, Dash Cardigan, ARTC, and audio drama in general! Thanks!

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Centauri Express, V02 Issue03 – Dash Cardigan 03

Sorry for the late podcast tonight, folks, but I’m on the road! Three weeks in an RV seeing the American southwest. Austin, Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Pike’s Peak! On the way home now, but had to get the podcast up…and that involved finding some decent wi-fi, which has been somewhat challenging on this trip.

On this issue of the Express, we bring you episode three of Dash Cardigan – Enter the Dark by Thomas E. Fuller.

Following that, we’ll have a short interview with Bill Holbrook regarding our recent adaptation and performance of his storyline from Kevin and Kell, The Great Bird Conspiracy at Dragon Con.

carlsbad-caverns01balloon-fill-albuquerque-balloon-fiesta01zion-national-park01And lastly, we’ll wrap things up with a special segment here on the Express. Here on the road there are lots of sounds and we’re bringing you just a few of them. A bit of insect life from an RV park in Austin, TX, some footsteps and cave swallows at Carlsbad Caverns, the filling of a hot air balloon (and surrounding crowd) at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and a couple of hikers coming out of The Narrows at Zion National Park, dragging a wooden walking stick on a dirt-strewn concrete walkway.

If you enjoy these in-the-field segments, let us know and we’ll do more!

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Centauri Express, V02 Issue02 – Dash Cardigan 02

Thomas-E-FullerWelcome to the second issue of the Centauri Express! In this edition we continue Thomas E. Fuller‘s Dash Cardigan with episode 2, Earth Central Needs You. We also continue the panel discussion from Sci Fi Summer in 2016 with William Brown, Bill Ritch, and Anthony Fuller.

If you’re enjoying the Express, be sure to leave a review wherever you found us and a little bit of support on Patreon would be much appreciated.

And don’t forget, we’re accepting submissions for the Express in the form of reviews, news, trailers, previews, and whatever else sounds good.

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Centauri Express – Vol2, Issue 1 – Dash Cardigan 01

Size: 41.7M Duration: 30:26

Centauri-Express-logo-transparentWelcome to the first issue of the second volume of the Centauri Express Audio Magazine! As we’ve mentioned before, the first volume of the Express was way back in the 1980s and was distributed on cassette, if you can believe such a thing. Today, we’ve moved into…a more modern era.

Dash-Cardigan-webAnd, as promised, we are bringing you the expanded edition of Thomas E. Fuller’s epic space opera, Dash Cardigan. We originally presented it as the hour-long stage version on ARTC’s Podcast, but this is the expanded 13-episode original version. Chock full of character development, tense plots, and astounding…wait, what? The whole series is a bunch of cheesy jokes and classic movie references? Sounds great!!

Louis+Puster+IIIAlso in this issue of the Express, William L. Brown interviews author Louis Puster, III about his Saga of Ukumog series of books and we’ll also hear a segment from a panel discussion at Sci Fi Summer 2016 that features William Brown, Anthony Fuller, and William Alan Ritch. We’ll bring you more of that panel discussion in future issues of the Express, so stay tuned for that!

As always, thanks for listening and let us know what else you’d like to hear in the audio magazine!

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The Proper Thing to Do

Size: 45.5M, Duration: 24:18

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 William Alan Ritch and Brad Linaweaver, adapted for audio and directed by William Alan Ritch, produced by David Benedict.

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The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum

We love all of our audiences and look forward to entertaining everyone, but some audiences have a special place in our hearts. 221B Con is one of them. Not least because we pack the house when we go there!

Audience at 221B Con 2016

Proof

It’s such a ton of fun playing to these dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans. An iconic character, portayed by a variety of actors in a variety of ways, but without having to deal with all the time travel and blue police boxes. For this performance, we commissioned new scripts from Sketch MacQuinor. One was Commonplaces, by Naomi Novik (stay tuned to see if we can run that one on the podcast), and the other was The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum.

Alton Leonard and Hal Wiedeman

Pictured: A ton of fun

We also had a special guest for the show, David Nellist!

David Nellist with Matt Goodson

Proof!

David was such a good sport about this. We only asked him if he’d appear on stage with us a few hours before show time, but he agreed to do it readily. Right up until the show itself, we were figuring out the logistics of when to have him approach the stage, how to introduce him, and going over his role.

Alton Leonard, Hal Wiedeman, David Nellist, and Matt Goodson

And then we gave him a non-speaking part and pushed his character off a cliff.

And the fans LOVED it! Next year we hope to have him back in a more substantial (and audible) role, but for this year he honored us by appearing on stage, however briefly, and gamely played along with the joke. Thank you, David!

Daniel Kiernan at the Foley sound effects table

Pictured: Our biggest fan

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