This is a good one - I've heard it before of course - this time the production seems much easier to listen to and, for that reason, I'm more impressed by its professionalism.
I was speaking to a few members recently, turning over the possibility of releasing some members' stories, already available as audio downloads, as CD recordings - not as an alternative to printed matter, but as a supplement to it.
I don't know what other members would think about this?
I did a very little searching and found some free software that enables CD labelling.
Actually putting recordings onto disk is dead simple, assuming they're already downloadable in an appropriate format - and of course, not copyright, as this story by Dan McGachey from Jim French Productions, would be.
A program I heard on Radio 4 recently discussed reading on the internet, and made the interesting point that written stories were fairly recent innovations - that before that, much older, was the oral tradition.
Listening to Dan's story again, with that marvellous knowing reference to M R James (the hand on the desk), I'd have to say that this story loses nothing through being transmitted in audio format.
that marvellous knowing reference to M R James (the hand on the desk)
Well, that's the charitable way of putting it. COUGH! Rip-off! COUGH!
Now that IT have moved away from RealPlayer for the online transmissions, they are a lot easier to listen to.
This was also the first story I wrote specifically for radio; 'They That Dwell in Dark Places' started as a story and I then adapted it, here I did the reverse. But the spoken tradition of ghost stories is the main reason why most of my own stories centre around someone telling someone else their own peculiar account of something supernatural. It's also why having a character like Lawrence, whose job pretty much entails listening to weird accounts, is so handy (though on his next outing it's him telling the tale), as he can just chip in from the sidelines occasionally.