Episode 13 The Doctor and the Slaves of Time

written by Royce Pentaghast

edited by Carolyn Rutter and Damien Crompton

Royce has given us quite a dark little contemplative 2 parter and some new pictures  🙂

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I’ve wrapped it in two soundscapes – one’s epic violins and soaring vocals Alex Doan’s ‘ Beyond the Horizon’ a heavier version of his ‘Between Mirrors’ . The other version has Kevin Macleod’s “Summer Rain”, which someone described as suitable for a samurai’s deathbed reflections. Here’s the first:

and the second

A Muse

The male muse – is he really just there for our female Doctor’s amusement? The brief for this episode was Terry get taken as a slave.

Poor Terry functions as the script writer’s male muse – what situation can he man-ouvre into that is a galactic mile away from his nuveau-hipster urban comfort zone. If you have watched Breaking Bad think  Jessie Pinkman. Kudos to Michael for the taking the punches and the falls as well as delivering a very natural performance.

cast

  • Narrator – Dian Smith
  • Doctor:   – Moira Seward
  • Terry: her companion a 20 something male earthling – Michael Rutter
  • Butler-Bot: service droid attached to the luxury suite of the QUESTR – Adam Brooks
  • ALIEN POLICE 1 (Douglas Barbieri) and ALIEN POLICE 2 – part of the West King of Sandal’s armed forces  (Damien Crompton)
  • ALIEN VILLAIN – named Veedoo who is buying slave workers  (Richard Butler)
  • SLAVER –  named Mindoo  (Royce Gale/Pentaghast)
  • MARKET SELLER – who has the stolen Questr (Adam Brooks)
  • market walla – Carlos Anon

The credit roll now also includes 3 robots from http://www.fromtexttospeech.com as the alien police Harry, Daisy and Emma, and i’m really rather in love with Harry ( English male voices – don’t ask. )

music

Theme intro music courtesy Benjamin Rossiter

Beyond the horizon  courtesy of Alex Doan.

all other sounds unless otherwise noted are licensed by attribution creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Deserted by Fesliyan Studios, Echoes of Time by Kevin Macleod, Seeking Loot, Summer Rain by machinimasound.com, Frost Bitten Sunrise by Teknoaxe.com

SFX

freesound.org

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sfx were made from this photo’s PIXELSIMG_1027 into the Questr ‘shudder” for 12/13 (links to the coagula software on the shownotes from ep9 )

Episode 11 The Doctor and the Haunted house

Doctor 2
Doctor Two in blue

Try headphones – I’ve been mucking about with the stereo thing again. For this episode we return to Gallifrey right back to where it all began. I finally found a track for the Dr Two theme reminiscent of Murray Gold once again – amazing! BIG HUGE THANK YOU to Alex Doan for allowing  non-profits to use for FREE*. ( definitely please buy some of their stuff if you like our work and want to support us by supporting them – I do )

we can’t use clowns

In the lead up to designing the soundscape for this I was listening to a tutorial episode of the radio drama podcast, which was aimed more at the script level, saying how creepy kids are – and we have four of them in this episode yay. They also mention for extra creepiness use a dead kid! but its G rated so I decided to go for a Scooby Doo sort of feeling by mixing in cartoon style sounds to break up the epic music and dark drones. Particularly useful is the reprise of the Bensound track which Trevor used in episode one for the two young timelords **

cast

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Amber Rack

Narrator – Dian Smith, Doctor Two – Moira Seward, Terry – Michael Rutter, Child Doctor – Rowena Dinsmore, Bully Boy – Damien Crompton,  Bully girl – Amber Rack, Best Friend – Adam Brooks, Mysterious Old Man – Andrew Cruikshank

Note: our sfx library is cumulative – hear a sound not listed? Its likely clipped from a previous episode – just scroll back through the episodes.

music

Theme intro music courtesy Benjamin Rossiter

dr who music box by kind permission of Tony Diana (so perfect, music boxes are kinda creepy 🙂

*Between Mirrors by Alex Doan courtesy of Alex Doan. It’s not a long track but I had something on my shortlist by Alex Mason*** which extends the feeling. Not being a musician I have no idea why it seems to fit – tempo? key? strings? all of the above?

all other sounds unless otherwise noted are licensed by attribution creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

**Enigmatic by Bensound.com the playful theme Trevor selected for episode 1 when the dr was first taking an unauthorised school excursion/ joy ride in the Questr

***fourth dimension from the album ‘Return’ by Alex Mason freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_MasonThe_Minor_Emotion/Return_1655/03_1887

lady in chrome by Jens Kiilstofte machinimasound.com  cc by attribution 0
41_Starship Bridge by tabletopaudio.com Creative Commons  4.0  Creative Commons License

sfx freesound.org

147512__felix-blume__wind-blowing-and-howling-in-a-plastic-bottle-in-the-desert-of-chile
https://freesound.org/people/keweldog/sounds/181768/
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256407149735__lukaspearse__war-room-doors
197460__donalitu__creature-in-the-sewer
169055__veroma__dragon-roar ( speed dropped 14% )

Episode 10 The Doctor and the War on C.A.C. XI pt2

This episode should be listened to with headphones as I’m experimenting with a binaural effect for the explosions achieved by splitting the stereo track and shifting one channel of a stereo track ever so slightly off and sometimes duplicating the track in the center as well.

Editors

Carolyn Rutter, Trevor Sneath

Cast

Narrator – Dian Smith, Geldon -Trevor Sneath , the Doctor – Rowena Dinsmore, Terry – Michael Rutter,  Zevon – Adam Brooks, Kazuya – Royce Gale, Clone Soldiers – Carlos Anon, Manipulator – Adam Brooks, Terri – Carolyn Rutter, the male Doctor – Jaspreet Singh, Butler Bot – Adam Brooks, and introducing Doctor Two – Moira Seward

Music/SFX

Unless otherwise noted are licensed by attribution https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Theme intro music courtesy Benjamin Rossiter

Dystopia by Per Kiilstofte machinimasound.com

Between Mirrors – Alex Doane

longing for home and The_Sirian_Dawn by Ars Sonor from freemusicarchive.org  Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Tabletop Audio – 14_Protean_Fields

Alessandro Alcinesio aka HAL9K – Cinematic Impacts – 99sounds.org/rumore-cinematic-impacts/

SFX from Freesound.org

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341956__tutarap__gun-sf-blaster
177606__robinhood76__04056-magic-chaotic-transformations
178890__martian__mystery-crystal-alien-appear

Note: our sfx library is cumulative – hear a sound not listed? Its likely clipped from  previous episodes

Spoiler alerts

The dynamic duo just got multiplied times two in this mirror effect story arc. The Doctor and Terry attempt to help Geldon prevent the ultimate catastrophe in the senseless war on CAC XI – will humans just never learn?

It’s all about gender in season two – we have a large cast now so although we still have mostly male villains we can pitch a few more female voices in alongside the Doctor and the Narrator but still have a nice balance. Here’s a male Dr and his Terri from a gender opposite whoniverse.

 

Episode 9 The Doctor and the War on C.A.C. XI

by Carolyn

Episode 9 The Doctor and the War on C.A.C. XI  – Written by Adam Brooks.

Originally to be set in feudal times as The Doctor searches for the ‘cursed’ golden flower in Japan but now offworld in the distant future as humans conquer interstellar travel post “Thornhill capacitor”  mentioned in Episode 8. Some time and several unscripted adventures have elapsed since then. Soundscape features a field recording of the outback, and the help of Jaspreet Singh who is studying sound design in the UK and has permission to access to THE ENTIRE BBC SOUND LIBRARY

Editors

Carolyn Rutter, Jaspreet Singh, Trevor Sneath

Cast

Narrator – Dian Smith, Terry – Michael Rutter, Butler Bot – Adam Brooks, Doctor -Rowena Dinsmore, Clone Soldiers – Carlos Anon,  Geldon -Trevor Sneath

Introducing one of the City Park Radio volunteers Dian Smith as the narrator. Adam had started voicing the part himself  but we managed to stick with the idea that it is the Doctor herself from the future telling us her story after casting Dian. Dian’s been just the best at getting the big workload involved with this done since she can do her own recording at the studio. I definitely don’t think we could have made it without her!

Also helping out in this episode is Carlos Anon who has always wanted to voice a character part 🙂 Here he is front and center with his band 300x300Porcelain Grace Couldn’t have finished it to any standard without the awesome supporting cast as the scripts have a lot of roles this season. //media.myspace.com/play/song/gods-31560768-32261044

Gods from Porcelain Grace – New live track up!!!

Music/SFX

Unless otherwise noted are licensed by attribution https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Theme intro music courtesy Benjamin Rossiter

Dystopia by Per Kiilstofte machinimasound.com

SFX from Freesound.org

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104644__robinhood76__02132-large-mechanical-door
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178673__vedas__fight-fighting-men
https://www.freesound.org/people/Setuniman/sounds/135774/ splash
https://www.freesound.org/people/LiamG_SFX/sounds/334258/ droid
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320646__arnaud-coutancier__going-down-a-metal-staircase
82883__noisecollector__tumbling-baby-wave-a440 extended version – our Dimensional Crack (repeated and the central slips stretched) – this was sooo cool! It’s made from the images of  babies ultrasounds with Coagula image synth.

Note: our sfx library is cumulative – hear a sound not listed? Its likely clipped from a previous episode – just scroll back through the episodes.

 

Doctor Two

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Rowena Dinsmore

Call me slow but I’ve only just realised how much like a Disney Princess our doc is after re-editing episode 4 while listening to Emma Watson singing Belle’s song – you know they are both intelligent young ladies who are wanting so much more than their well meaning elders have planned. Which means the Timelady 2 really needs a nice BIG SONG!

Rowena Dinsmore has been the lovely voice of the Doctor for season one and continues until the climactic tenth episode in which Terry will meet Doctor Two played by the equally lovely Moira Seward.moira

Happily, being timetravellers, we get to hear Rowena as the child doctor for two further episodes.

Sooo about a timelady anthem – My pen has digitally dripped few teen angst style lyrics – nothing up to the mark of Halia Meguid who wrote/sang her way into Murray Gold’s soundscapes, but I am going to reach out to the Whoniverse and see what comes – perhaps someone will be inspired to theme the lady? Artwork for season two might require another request. She has a party outfit hinted at in episode 15.

and so she ran
eyes dark with tears
to find her friend
across the years

will you know me if faces change? say you you know me though times are strange

her heart beats shrill
love you me still?

Our epic Timelady’s Theme so far has been the Land of the Wizard by Per Kiilstofte at the 1:39 mark   https://machinimasound.com/?s=land+of+the+wizard

I’ve shortlisted 3 or 4 possible themes …choices choices ….worse than the wardrobe section of the Questr

https://machinimasound.com/music/queen-of-the-night

https://snd.ms/music/champions-of-tomorrow

 

 

Sounds of Silence

14720430_10153954628567647_2673775829999032432_nYay season two is underway and this time we are working with several remote recorded artists. The studio is still the best so our main characters are recorded there, but Terry is still has no spaceship so he continues at home between jackhammer blasts from the construction site next door. It’s a bit of a miracle sometimes created with cushions and blankets.

The audio for some reason is better in video – either using an actual video camera or weirdly using Recordable app on my Samsung tablet. This app takes a video of another random app screen ???? and then gives you the audio as a wav file. I tried the straight recording app or two and their audio didn’t stack up – go figure. He bravely actually recorded a portion of episode 8 while in hospital – luckily we needed canteen noises – but stitching this in amongst the other voices to sound reasonable was a small nightmare. Smooshing a shopping mall ambience behind it helped considerably, then adjust equalizer, normalize.

mmmm bacon

The backbone of  the dialogue track is stitched together by one of the team. We rub out any overly long pauses, cut out the pops and breaths, the actors apparently need to breathe but its not always a pretty thing next to a mic, then add other pauses for drama.

Then follows creating a space for ambient background to talk to you is as important as the actual speech. We are subbing one sense for four others. check out this highly instructive TEDtalk if you are into soundfx.

Being on alien worlds poses a design issue – i often pick foreign ambiences with no recognisable speech. Avoiding obvious earth based technology cars, telephones, music, animals and so on is really hard. Episode 9 takes us to a desolate mining colony on the edge of the future human galactic expansion whose hills will be alive with ‘brown noise’.  In audacity there is a silence/noise generator which I’m trying out for the first time to place a background ambience for the rock world rather than use a field recording.

Previously we had a lot of studio ambience which is unaturally quiet – you should always hear something, machine hums, wind, traffic, voices and birds. the slight rustle of your own clothing. Some of the remastering in season one takes care of this thanks to the many free foley effects on the internet ( see individual shows for links).  Here’s a sample pack of room tones from a sound recorder whose work we have used in season one and two klankbeeld

Season 1 Episode 8 Story Details

Circumbinary Planets

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle Episode 8 features the Nixi who inhabit the planet Nix, the unidentical twin to Brobree orbiting the twin suns –  “circumbinary planets”. After writing my fictional solar system I found out that in 2012 such a system called Keppler-47 was discovered in the constellation Cygnus, and that binary suns are actually more common than singeltons like our sun, (which would actually be predicted by the electrical theory of star formation) So it’s no surprise that Gallifrey is also in a binary star system in the constellation of Kasterborous (both fictional btw).

Star in a Jar

In this episode I wanted to let Terry test another one of the Doctor’s theories and move out of his role as bystander. The Brobrean dome and the doctor’s idea is based on this  video by  David La Point called the Primer Fields “You will be amazed as a magnetic model of the dome at CERN is used to create a 100 mm diameter plasma Sun with a 300 mm diameter equatorial disc of plasma around it! All the plasma videos are actual footage with no enhancement or manipulation other than speed. In other words, this is real thing. Hard to believe, but it is all true.”

Credits

wooo  oooh – the electric universe finished our first season! Thanks to Wal Thornhill www.holoscience.com for being my MUSE, Adam, Michael master of dialogue appropriate to those under 21, the Delorain writers, and of course the actors! Virtual flowers to the folk at city park radio for making it all happen on air. Thanks to Trevor, and the generous people of the internet world who have made the foleys sound effects and the music for making it really sing.

Episode sound credits  unless otherwise stated creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

include all  from Episode 7

Black Vortex by Kevin Macleod incompetech.com (Nix attack music)

https://www.freesound.org/people/Jake%20Williams/sounds/18169/

https://www.freesound.org/people/gyzhor/sounds/47123/

https://www.freesound.org/people/philberts/sounds/111393/

http://www.freesound.org/people/jeremysykes/sounds/341666/ licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

https://www.freesound.org/people/Taira%20Komori/sounds/213029/