Sad but true, folks – tonight is our last show of HEAR Now Festival features from way back in June. But what great shows to end on! This episode, we kick things off with two stories from The Truth Podcast, produced by Jonathan Mitchell. We had one or two selections on our show from “The Truth” years ago, and to hear the podcast at the HEAR Now Festival was really exciting. The two stories featured at the festival were “Voyager Found” and “Sylvia’s Blood“. Both of them won recognitions at the Mark Time Awards, including Science Fiction Finalist, the Gold Award for Horror, and Best Ensemble Performance. After that we’ll wrap things up with the third (and final) installment of “The Sting of the Dark Tower” – the reinvented tale from Peter Gruembalm. That’s all coming up in this hour of Midnight Audio Theatre – don’t miss it!
Before you go, this week we stumbled upon another kind of audio storytelling you might enjoy. If you like games and interactive experiences as well as audio drama, we found a few projects that bring together the best of both worlds. A little while back, we posted on Facebook about a recent interactive radio play called “EARSHOT” by Free Rein Projects, which is both an audio play and a interactive theatrical art installation that took place in New York City. While the event has ended earlier this year, their website has a virtual bar where EARSHOT takes place, allowing you to click through the experience. And if you like game apps, we’ve found two interactive audio drama games for you to try out. Codename Cygnus is a spy thriller that uses voice recognition to cast you as the secret agent in an interactive, branching story. Freeq, on the other hand, goes down the scifi route as an adventure game that turns your phone into an antenna that captures and can distribute radio signals from the future – and influences what you hear next. Now go play!