A blinding 14-inch snowstorm struck Maine on Wednesday, blitzing Radio Drama Revival host Fred Greenhalgh with the sensation that it muststill be winter and so, a good move to continue our “Sci-Fi February” celebration of original science fiction audio.
And what a whopper of an episode we have today! We have an extended interview with audio great Dirk Maggs, whose production belt contains many notches – from comic bock audio drama adaptations of Spiderman, Batman, Superman and Judge Dredd, to the celebrated return of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and recent romps like The Adventures of Sexton Blake.
Along it all Dirk has been committed to innovative with sound, trying to take a radio drama and enrich it with such lush sound effects and music that it truly becomes an “audio movie.” We hear a few samples of what cinematic audio sounds like, then speak with Dirk about his love affair with audio, the nitty-gritty behind the production of some of his titles, the upcoming Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy stage show, and a hard talk on the craft of audio drama. Plenty of tips to tempt new producers in the art form!
We also announce the launch of the new Great Northern Audio Theatre website, talk up our upcoming release The Cleansed, and share a review of the Radio Drama Reviews site put together by our comrade in audio, Captain Radio.
Links we promised you:
- Dirk Maggs’ production company Perfectly Normal Productions
- Audible 30-day free trial offered by Radio Drama Revival
- Dirk Maggs titles available on Audible.com
- SFFAudio talks up Sexton Blake
- Dirk Maggs interviewed by Roger Gregg – GREAT in-depth information the craft of audio drama
- Dirk Maggs’ production diary of working on the new Hitchhiker’s series on BBC Radio 4