Ad Astral Podcast, Episode 23:
Parsec Award 2014 Nominee
Submitted by DJ Burnham on Tuesday 1st April 2014
(SuperGalactic Radio was written in September 2013 on the Greek island of Andros. This is its first appearance.)
I love music and as a kid I used to listen to the Pirate Station, Radio Caroline (hence SuperGalactic Radio being broadcast on Blixo band 319 and the ship being the Mi Amigo II). Back in the late 70s I did a radio show at school, which I based around Kenny Everett's style on Radio Capital. It seemed like a great idea to set a story on board a radio station flying through space, broadcasting alien music across the sector. I got really excited at the idea of futuristic advertisements and jingles, galactic traffic and weather reports, and news from around the sector, so needless to say this episode was a lot of fun to write and to make. It wasn't until I was sitting on a beach on the Greek island of Andros that I actually came up with a plot. The seed of the idea came from ITV's GMTV and the BBC's Blue Peter phone-ins when there were problems in about 2007/2008 with competition-fixing where results had been pre-determined. I started thinking about what sort of competition SuperGalactic Radio could run and then how it could get it into trouble.
The original artwork shows an alien with a pair of headphones on listening to the radio and forms not only the logo for this episode, but also the logo of SuperGalactic Radio
Thanks to George and Gella Despotopoulos for making our stay at Villa Galazio in Batsi on Andros so enjoyable in September 2013: this story was written on the beach there.
Our Guest Voice Actors:
Sue Wood - The mysterious world of voice recording took me right outside my comfort zone but it was a pleasure to join Dave's cast of thousands for his most epic piece to date.
Normally I can be found creating artwork or teaching workshops and all the latest news about this is at: www.suewoodarts.co.uk
Natalie Spacewarp in EP23
Anand, Mission Specialist (Head of Space Walks)
See Anand's fabulous photography at Anandimages
Jgikloran in EP2, Ernie in EP3, President Rapsalin in EP6, Lieutenant Commander Zoornon in EP8, Space Station Commander in EP17, Captain Barney Jones in EP23
Sue Burnham, Ship's Counselor and Galley Pixie
Scale Bright Advert in EP23
Doctor Simon Taylor, Ship's Musical director and dabbler in the dark arts of "The Physics".
Find out more at www.thebrownstripes.co.uk
Kidnapper in EP23
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.
Radio Technician "Wires" in EP23
Chrissie Toye - an enthusiastic traveller, the stamps in her passport would give Michael Palin a run for his money.
Snowy Peaks in EP23
Ben du Boulay - "I listened to Journey into Space on the radio as a boy and (very much) more recently Ad Astral when I was far away in New Zealand last year. In both cases I was transported across space and time for a lovely while. So I was thrilled to be asked to attend Ad Astral HQ and take part in an episode. None of it was quite what I expected, except for the wonderful cheery and generous welcome from Dave and Sue. I am really looking forward to hearing how my words are slotted into the overall whole by Dave the Magician."
Jeremy Facthound in EP23 Life Bank in Episode 20 - 2013, Jeremy Facthound in Episode 23 - 2014
Guitarist and songwriter with The Fold, solo singer-songwriter, & Jonassingersongwriter
Competition Announcer in EP23
SIMONNE and THE DARK STARS- see their website HERE
THE DOCTORS - see their website HERE
THE UNQUIET THINGS - see their website HERE
FREESOUND PROJECT MUSIC:
Terracotta Mudbubbles = hm b5 1 sci fi sounds.wav by ERH
Cannibalistic Liver Salts = Colab part 2.wav by thatjeffcarter
Fall into my tentacles by the Hugmaster = Down (Dark Metal / Electronic Loop) by dingo1 - Composer: Marcus Dellicompagni, Website: www.RedAudioUK.com
Nacelle Blast by the Warriors of Klang = heavy loop2.mp3 by REVEREND.BLACK
The Spannermonkeys = amazin'_Timbre__groovy_3b_vowel_hissy_mix.mp3 by Timbre
Silpharian philharmonic end of Scene 4 = o2 b2 18 sci fi orch 4.wav by ERH
Silpharian philharmonic in background of Scene 5 = o2 b2 18
sci fi orch 4.wav by ERH
Fangnashers action loop.wav by zagi2
The Aspro Quartet = sweetclouds.wav by luckylittleraven
The Natural Transport Company - AKA David Burnham
Sprighort’s Theorem by Sprighort’s Theorem
Chill Pill by Floatation
“Sunspot” by the Astringents
“K'chung froodle” by Spriglone
Spoonful of Blisswash by The Mellowtrons
Oooshblaf” by Grurrt
Aaaaaaaarrrrgg!” by Captain Zonk
Bag of Beams
HERE'S SOME SOUNDCLOUD SOUNDS OF MY WORK:
Many come from The Freesound Project.
Various from Apple’s Garageband library.
Other effects tailor-made by Ad Astral.
Spaceship horn = 17_1985_Ford_Mustang_Horn.wav by lmbubec of the FreeSound Project
Terracotta Mudbubbles = = hm b5 1 sci fi sounds.wav by ERH of the FreeSound Project
Cannibalistic Liver Salts = Colab part 2.wav by thatjeffcarter of the FreeSound Project
MISH MASH SOUNDS:
Fall into my tentacles by the Hugmaster = Down (Dark Metal / Electronic Loop) by dingo1 of the FreeSound Project - Composer: Marcus Dellicompagni, Website: www.RedAudioUK.com
Nacelle Blast by the Warriors of Klang = heavy loop2.mp3 by REVEREND.BLACK of the FreeSound Project
Drum roll 1 = DrumRoll.aif by HolyGhostParty of the FreeSound Project
Drum roll 2 = sdroll.wav by teleport8 of the FreeSound Project
Drum roll 3 = 04148 a circus jump with clarinet.wav by Robinhood76 of the FreeSound Project
Fireworks = fireworks.wav by WIM of the FreeSound Project
The Spannermonkeys = amazin'_Timbre__groovy_3b_vowel_hissy_mix.mp3 by Timbre of the FreeSound Project
Comms Hail = Scotty Star Fleet.mp3 by celldroid of the FreeSound Project
Silpharian philharmonic end of Scene 4 = o2 b2 18 sci fi orch 4.wav by ERH of the FreeSound Project
SG coordinates in tone code = TouchTonesUK.wav by acclivity of the FreeSound Project
Silpharian philharmonic in background of Scene 5 = o2 b2 18 sci fi orch 4.wav by ERH of the FreeSound Project
Fangnashers action loop.wav by zagi2 of the FreeSound Project
The Aspro Quartet = sweetclouds.wav by luckylittleraven of the FreeSound Project Ad Astral
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