Little while ago I stumbled upon this intriguing recording of an un-produced script of Alien 3 written by William Gibson:
Maybe it’s a cultural thing, but I didn’t grow up with the tradition of audio dramas so this format felt new and exciting to me. The idea is weirdly intuitive to me, and I guess I wonder why it hadn’t crossed my radar until more recently. Well that’s not entirely true, upon reflection I remember listening to cassette tape stories like this as I was growing up.
I did a bit of research and found that the director of the Alien 3 audio drama has worked a lot on british radio, and I’m curious if that’s more of a thing in the UK? I guess I’ve heard about fiction productions in podcast medium. Someone recommended to me Limetown and Welcome to Nightvale but I found I didn’t vibe with either.
I went to school for film in my undergrad, and in the 2010s had pretensions of being a film maker. It seemed like the natural route to pursue creating narratives. I quickly found out without any financial support you are sort of twisting at windmills and the dream quickly died. But with the concept of audio drama, I feel like there could be something I could achieve there? I made a couple of recordings that were entirely atmospheric/samples a couple of years ago that I like.
I’m curious if anyone has worked in this medium? Or has any advice/techniques they’d like to share? Or if anyone has any recommendations for interesting narrative audio drama/podcasts??