Ad Astral Podcast, Episode 11:

The Visit - Shownotes

Submitted by DJ Burnham on Friday 1st April 2011

(The Visit was written in February 2011. This podcast is the first time it has been published.)

The inspiration for this story came from the recent escalation in ridiculous bureaucracy that is infesting business life in Britain. It was ripe for satire with its box-ticking, pen-pushing, HR speak, gobbledygook, the majority of which serves little in the way of useful purpose.

The original artwork for this story shows the back cloud of bureaucracy hanging over our central characters, Bill and Arthur, who are themselves dressed in biohazard suits with red hard hats on in response to the impending threat of an asteroid strike, while the ivory tower of the Central amalgamated Quango looms ominously overhead as legions of Quangobots march relentlessly across the length and breadth of the country

 

Our Guest Voice Actors:

 

 

Chrissie Toye is an enthusiastic traveller, the stamps in her passport would give Michael Palin a run for his money.

 

 

 

 

 

Colin Gerrard is a healthcare service worker, a keen cyclist (having completed 10 London to Brighton bike rides raising money for the British Heart Foundation), a gardener, photographer and he was one of the founder members of The Natural Transport Company.

 

 

 

 

 

Rod McLeod is quite simply one of the most charming fellows you'd ever have the good fortune to meet.

 

 

 

 

 

Al Cruse is a fisherman, semi-retired globe-trotter, proud Dad and all-round splendid chap.

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Hammerton is a singer-songwriter and maveric - check out some of his work Here.

 

 

 

 

 

Music used in this episode:

Nick Harper - Music in EP11 - 'Janet and John' from the album 'Seed'.

 

 

 

See the video "An Introduction to Nick Harper":

Sound Effects

Credits and details from The Freesound Project

Scene 1
Mobile phone and magazine sounds by Ad Astral


Scene 2
The sound of the heavy knocking on the front door was Doorslam.mp3 by HerbertBoland of the FreeSound Project
The unlocking and squeaking door was squeaking_door.wav by reinsamba of the FreeSound Project
Quangobot entering was anime_mecha.wav by Syna-Max of the FreeSound Project
Quangobot about to issue request was MemoryMoon_cyborga.wav by suonho of the FreeSound Project
Arthur and Bill running was running.wav by sagetyrtle of the FreeSound Project
Opening biohazard cupboard was Creak_8.wav by HerbertBoland of the FreeSound Project
Rummaging in the biohazard cupboard was Open Grab Close.wav by kemitix of the FreeSound Project
Walking about in the biohazard suits was 01286 knight fight original 2.wav by Robinhood76 of the FreeSound Project
Click of Quangobots finger was Canon DOS D30 (no focus).wav by FreqMan of the Freesound Project
Quangobot hovering was Vacuum On Run Off.wav by tweeterdj of the Freesound Project
Quangobot analysing was futurecomputing_10_suonho.wav by suonho of the FreeSound Project


Scene 3
The sound of the heavy knocking on the front door was Doorslam.mp3 by HerbertBoland of the FreeSound Project
Docking with interface terminal was robot_factory.wav by parabolix of the Freesound Project
Entering decontamination port hiss was in_sauna_1.wav by elonen of the FreeSound Project
Decontamination Port door was horror gate.aif by Tomlija of the FreeSound Project
Inspection disc uploaded to databank was pulsar.wav by ERH of the FreeSound Project
Live feed data link was futurecomputing_10_suonho.wav by suonho of the FreeSound Project
Duty Amalgamator interfacing was Robot Breath.wav by g.no of the FreeSound Project
System corruption, virus scan and firewall analysis was scfiscanner.wav by FreqMan of the FreeSound Project
Background sound of the CAQ Quangobot processing department was printer beat_Master.wav by bloomypetal of the FreeSound Project.
Quangobot decontamination tests was cartoonist_05_down_(suonho).wav by suonho of the FreeSound Project
Quangobot Power Down was power_down.wav by themfish of the FreeSound Project

Scene 4
Door Buzzer was georgebuzzer.mp3 by nofeedback tweeterdj of the Freesound Project
Door squeak was Door_Squeak_Long.aif by rutgermullar of the Freesound Project
Docking with interface terminal was robot_factory.wav by parabolix of the Freesound Project
Duty Amalgamator interfacing was Robot Breath.wav by g.no of the FreeSound Project
Voting on the termination of the Central Amalgamated Quango was futuretrocomputing_05_suonho.wav by suonho of the FreeSound Project
Inputting security codes for destruct sequence was beep.wav by LS of the FreeSound Project
CAQ explodes was Huge Bomb.wav by jobro of the FreeSound Project
CAQ collapses was Tower Collapse bologna_asinelli_tower_collapse.aif by gleeman
of the FreeSound Project
Celebration fireworks and cheers was fireworks.wav by WIM of the FreeSound Project

Other effects:

Various from Apple’s Garageband library.

Other effects tailor-made by Ad Astral.

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