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Jul232011

The Coming Out Party

The Echo of One Hand Clapping: Notes on Audio Publishing and Production By Brian Price

The best in audio theater is seldom produced by the big publishers.  We know that.  We’ve known that for years. 

The big publishers don’t create new audio theater.  They don’t broadcast it.  They don’t understand it.  They don’t like it and they’d probably prefer that it didn’t exist. 

Most likely, those are also huge reasons why small independent audio producers love multi-cast audio theater so much--just because the genre is ignored by the big boys.  For as long as I can remember there’s been a loyal crazed crowd out there collecting old-time Jack Benny, The Shadow, and X Minus One shows and listening to classic recorded comedy and science fiction shows from the likes of the Firesign Theatre and Douglas Adams.  And all along this crowd has been trying to emulate these favorite shows, writing and producing their own original shows.  Learning.  Like everything; some were good, some were not so good.

 Then along came the Internet and podcasting and these small-time producers found ways around the big publisher gatekeepers and found audiences on the Internet.  Most importantly, these small-time producers started cranking out more and more shows.  They were practicing. [Continue Reading]