And The Moon Be Still As Bright Part 1 (The Martian Chronicles Part II) (#16)

MartianAnd The Moon Be Still As Bright Part I (The Martian Chronicles Part II) (#16)

Back in June I got back to my pulpy, radio roots with a foray into a genuine classic, The Martian Chronicles.  What can I say?  Those Bradbury tales seem every more relevant and timely, all these years later.  I had made a promise to myself that I would continue to pursue this story as often as possible.  And, then, of course, so much other stuff demanded that it get attention, too.

So, it took a while, but here we are.  Another installment, with a story and music that should keep you entertained for another hour.  In addition to samples from the show we aired last time (from 18 August 1950), we are also including bits from a show from later that same year, 29 September 1950, which included the voices of Alexander Scourby, Dan Ocko and Joseph Julian, and a script adapted from Bradbury’s story, again by Ernest Kinoy.  This story particular story was given only a few moments from the show in August, but the September show presented And The Moon Be Still As Bright in a full 30 minute story.  So this will continue into another future episode, coming soon.    

This episode reminds me of one I did in 2012, just after the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars, and I probably cribbed some of the songs from that show, too.  Still, I think the mix is pretty excellent for this week, and I’m quite fond of the show as a whole.

I should mention that the recording that is the basis for the narrative is very poor indeed.  I tried to find a better version, but this seems to be as good as this one got.  The same script was re-done a few times on other shows, but if I get into the habit of comparing versions of the same script, I could drive myself inside.  I have done my best to EQ the sound here, and make it a little more understandable.  But it is a bit of a challenge, for sure.  Radio back then wasn’t always very great, and this is probably representative of what it might have sounded like to listen live back then.

This should be the end of the vacation episodes.  Stay tuned next week, where we will have two live bands from Eugene, taking over our program.

Enjoy!

 

Spinitron Playlist.

And The Moon Be Still As Bright Part I

(The Martian Chronicles Part II)

Part One: The Floating Red Disc Of Mars

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Martian Chronicles [Excerpt] * Dimension X * 18 August 1950 * NBC Broadcast (1950)
03.) And The Moon Be Still As Bright [Excerpt] * Dimension X * 29 September 1950 NBC Broadcast
04.) Welcome To Tomorrow (No Vox) * Attilio ‘Art’ Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds (1962)
05.) Blues For Planet Mars * Last Of The Juanitas * “The Jay” b/w “Blues For Planet Mars” 45 * Wäntage USA (2000)
06.) Lost In The Stars * Evolutionary Jass Band * What’s Lost * Mississippi Records (2007)
07.) Unfinished [Excerpt I] * CAN * Landed * Mute Records (1975)

Part Two: The Edge Of A Vast City

05.) Lost In The City * Eleventh Dream Day * Zeroes And Ones * Thrill Jockey (2006)
06.) Big City After Dark * Link Wray & His Wray-Men * Rumble!: The Best Of Link Wray & His Wray-Men * Rhino Records (1993)
07.) Drab City * The Features * Once Upon A Time Vol. #8: U.K. November ‘77 * Self-Released (2010)
08.) San Antonio Desert * The Memphis Goons * While Elvis Slept EP * Shangri-La Records (1971)
09.) Red Planet * The Com-Sat Angels * Red Planet * Junta Records (1979)

Part Three: We’ve Got To Celebrate

10.) Your Party Will Be A Success * Coachwhips * Peanut Butter and Jelly Live At The Ginger Ming Lounge * Narnack Records (2005)
11.) Maybe Partying Will Help * Minutmen * Double Nickels On The Dime * SST Records (1984)
12.) I Talk To The Wind * King Crimson * In The Court Of The Crimson King * Atlantic Records (1969)
13.) Unfinished [Excerpt II] * CAN * Landed * Mute Records (1975)
14.) Take Me To The Other Side * Spaceman 3 * Translucent Flashbacks * Fire Records (1995)

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The Martian Chronicles (Part I) (#2)

976038The Martian Chronicles (Part I) (#2)

Growing up, I was immediately enamored with a good story, and early on it was clear that if there was any combination of adventure or Science Fiction involved, I was hooked.  My primary gateway to all of this culture was through television and film, but after I got turned onto Comics in the late ’80’s, I was opened up to this “other world” of pulp stories, and thus, the classics.  I was aided in all of this by a bookstore that sold comics and records and was managed by my mother.  Of course, all of these interests converged when I got a radio for my birthday as a kid, and stayed up way too late one night, tuning in this and that, and eventually landing on a mysterious Old Time Radio broadcast of which I missed the beginning, and it completely transformed my passions from that point forward.

In the earliest days of making tapes for my friends, the notion that I would make a tape of all “Science Fiction Songs” began germinating for me in 1994, but it would take some time before I found myself curating music like this for the radio, and even more time before the final product was able to reflect my teenage desire to combine music and spaceships.  But, what is important is that, tonight, you can enjoy the fruits of these labors with a mash-up / remix of one of my favorite radio programs, Dimension X.

Originally a short-run Sci-Fi show, Dimension X was revolutionary, in that it adapted stories by current authors that were making waves with fans.  Not only did people like Ernest Kinoy work for the program – adapting nearly all published stories for radio scripts – but writers like Asimov and Bradbury courted Dimension X, hoping that their stories would make it on the air.  A collection of Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles – which finally collected the various stories he’d been writing and publishing in the pulp magazine for years previously – would be contemporaneous to the broadcast of this show on 18 August 1950.  The kids would be out of school, more and more people would be turning to radio for entertainment, and this would have been heard by a huge audience that summer, and would have been well-known (and loved) by fans.

This broadcast barely scratches the surface when it comes to Ray Bradbury’s work on the air; while only this show bears the famous title, many of the stories from this book were adapted into other episodes of this program, and its successor, X-Minus 1.  Many of these stories became so well known that LPs were released, and his success as the years wore on caused these stories to be lodged into the public consciousness for quite some time.  But audio drama began to loose popularity in the ’80’s, and when a TV adaptation was attempted of The Martian Chronicles – which was not a success – the property has sort of faded from public memory, to be replaced by homages in Futurama  and The Thrill Adventure Hour.  Now, Old Time Radio nerds seem to be the last part of the culture that remembers how great these stories can be in a “theater of the mind” format, and to that end, I bring you this story tonight.

It is always surprising to find out how few people are needed to work on a show like this.  There were three voice actors performing on this episode: Inga Adams, Roger DeKoven and Donald Buka.  FX and Music were produced and pre-recorded, then played along with the actors who are all performing the script live, with an NBC studio engineer recording everything.  These were cut to transcription discs, then duplicated and sent to radio stations everywhere.  They were meant to be played once, maybe twice, then destroyed or lost, forgotten in the forward momentum of time.  But, for our sake, they have survived into the modern era.

Eagle-eared listeners will notice that a version of this show appeared on my podcast last year.  While I am proud of that episode, this version has some of the music swapped out, some production elements changed / improved, and some other mixing and editing was done, to make this a “remastered” version of what was previously heard.  This version is also clean for broadcast airwaves, and is – in my mind – the definitive version of this presentation.  However, the original will persist “as is,” for the sake of the historic document.

I love these stories, and I think the way I’ve presented them here are going to make you love them too.  So, put on your headphones, and enjoy this Sci-Fi treat as part of your balanced experimentally musical diet.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

The Martian Chronicles (Part I)

 

One

A. “The Off Season”

01.) The Martian Chronicles [Excerpt] * Dimension X * 18 August 1950 NBC Broadcast
02.) cosmic introduction ~ untitled space * Acid Mother’s Temple and The Melting Parisio UFO * Live In Japan
03.) The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy TV Episode 1 [Excerpt] * BBC Sound Department * BBC Television
04.) Transfusion [Excerpt] * Nervous Norvous * Dot Rock ‘N’ Roll

B. One Of Our Most Brilliant, Young Science Fiction Authors

03.) Take Me Ta Mars * The Flaming Lips * In A Priest Driven Ambulance

C. “Rocket Summer”

04.) Lost Out On The Ice * ARU * Consumed
05.) War Dance For Wooden Indians * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights

 

Two

D. “This Planet Earth”

06.) It Came From Outer Space * Dick Jacobs * Brain In A Box
07.) This Planet Earth * Greg Sage * Sacrifice (For Love)
08.) The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Audiobook * Douglas Adams * Dove Audio

E. “The Summer Night”

09.) Alone Together * Peggy Lee * Things Are Swingin’
10.) I Just Can’t Be Happy Today * The Damned * The Best Of The Damned

D. “Ylla” Part 1

11.) Silver Rocket * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation *
12.) Restless Spirit * RO Berger * The Euston Sampler
13.) Restless * The Cobras * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968
14.) I Wanna Sleep * No Age * Weirdo Rippers

 

Three

E. “Ylla” Part 2

15.) Outer Accelerator [Excerpt] * Stereolab * Mars Audiac Quintet
16.) Dreams Recurring * Hüsker Dü * Zen Arcade
16.) Neon Green Fear * The Appendixes * Neon Green Fear 7″
17.) The Moonbeam Song * Harry Nillson * Nilsson Schmilsson
18.) Space Fuck * Rise Over Run * Live In-Studio 22 July 2005

The Martian Chronicles Part II (Retrocast)

dimension-xThe Martian Chronicles Part II (Retrocast)
(A new WTBC Broadcast, consisting of an hour-long audio essay featuring elements of an 29 September 1950 broadcast of Dimension X.)

Playlist & Footnotes: http://anywhereanywhen.com/2015/09/29/the-martian-chronicles-part-ii

And, welcome to Part II of “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury.  I’ve veered from last week’s show a bit, and instead brought you some samples from the show we were remixing then, as well as one from 29 September, 1950, with the voices of Alexander Scourby, Dan Ocko and Joseph Julian, and a script again by Ernest Kinoy.  This story – only a few minutes of the show from August 1950 – is presented as a full 30 minute story, and offers more opportunity to introduce different songs and whatnot to the mix.  

This episode reminds me of one I did in 2012, just after the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars, and I probably cribbed some of the songs from that show, too.  Still, I think the mix is pretty excellent for this week, and I’m quite fond of the show as a whole.

Please, let me know what you think.  Drop me a line, and let me know what this all does for you.  But, most importantly:

Enjoy!

*

The Martian Chronicles Part II

0.: Introduction: Previously Pilfering / A New Story With Poorer Sound Quality

01.) Welcome To Tomorrow (No Vox) * Attilio ‘Art’ * Man In Space With Sounds
02.) Sounds To Make You Shiver [Excerpt]

Side A.: The Martian Chronicles /  Transcribed From Ray Bradbury’s Collection / Descending To The Planet / The Edge Of A Vast City /  “Later.  We’ve Got Work To Do.” /  It Might Not Be Safe

02.) Blues For Planet Mars * Last Of The Juanitas
03.) Lost In The Stars * Evolutionary Jass Band * What’s Lost
04.) Unfinished [Excerpt I] * CAN * Landed
05.) Lost In The City * Eleventh Dream Day * Zeroes And Ones
06.) Big City After Dark * Link Wray & His Wray-Men * The Best Of Link Wray.
07.) Drab City * The Features * Once Upon A Time Vol. #8: U.K. November ‘77

Side B.: The Silvery Rockets & The Small Fire / A Dirty, Filthy Childhood Disease /  We’ve Got To Celebrate! / Listening To The Wind / More Than Happy To Oblige – Outro

08.) San Antonio Desert (1971) * The Memphis Goons * While Elvis Slept EP
09.) Red Planet * The Comsat Angels
10.) Your Party Will Be A Success * Coachwhips * Peanut Butter and Jelly Live At The Ming Lounge
11.) Maybe Partying Will Help * Minutmen * Double Nickels On The Dime
12.) I Talk To The Wind * King Crimson * In The Court Of The Crimson King
13.) Unfinished [Excerpt II] * CAN * Landed
14.) Take Me To The Other Side * Spaceman 3

The Martian Chronicles Part II

dimension-xThe Martian Chronicles Part II
(A new WTBC Broadcast, consisting of an hour-long audio essay featuring elements of an 29 September 1950 broadcast of Dimension X.)

Playlist & Footnotes: http://anywhereanywhen.com/2015/09/29/the-martian-chronicles-part-ii

And, welcome to Part II of “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury.  I’ve veered from last week’s show a bit, and instead brought you some samples from the show we were remixing then, as well as one from 29 September, 1950, with the voices of Alexander Scourby, Dan Ocko and Joseph Julian, and a script again by Ernest Kinoy.  This story – only a few minutes of the show from August 1950 – is presented as a full 30 minute story, and offers more opportunity to introduce different songs and whatnot to the mix.  

This episode reminds me of one I did in 2012, just after the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars, and I probably cribbed some of the songs from that show, too.  Still, I think the mix is pretty excellent for this week, and I’m quite fond of the show as a whole.

Please, let me know what you think.  Drop me a line, and let me know what this all does for you.  But, most importantly:

Enjoy!

*

The Martian Chronicles Part II

0.: Introduction: Previously Pilfering / A New Story With Poorer Sound Quality

01.) Welcome To Tomorrow (No Vox) * Attilio ‘Art’ * Man In Space With Sounds
02.) Sounds To Make You Shiver [Excerpt]

Side A.: The Martian Chronicles /  Transcribed From Ray Bradbury’s Collection / Descending To The Planet / The Edge Of A Vast City /  “Later.  We’ve Got Work To Do.” /  It Might Not Be Safe

02.) Blues For Planet Mars * Last Of The Juanitas
03.) Lost In The Stars * Evolutionary Jass Band * What’s Lost
04.) Unfinished [Excerpt I] * CAN * Landed
05.) Lost In The City * Eleventh Dream Day * Zeroes And Ones
06.) Big City After Dark * Link Wray & His Wray-Men * The Best Of Link Wray.
07.) Drab City * The Features * Once Upon A Time Vol. #8: U.K. November ‘77

Side B.: The Silvery Rockets & The Small Fire / A Dirty, Filthy Childhood Disease /  We’ve Got To Celebrate! / Listening To The Wind / More Than Happy To Oblige – Outro

08.) San Antonio Desert (1971) * The Memphis Goons * While Elvis Slept EP
09.) Red Planet * The Comsat Angels
10.) Your Party Will Be A Success * Coachwhips * Peanut Butter and Jelly Live At The Ming Lounge
11.) Maybe Partying Will Help * Minutmen * Double Nickels On The Dime
12.) I Talk To The Wind * King Crimson * In The Court Of The Crimson King
13.) Unfinished [Excerpt II] * CAN * Landed
14.) Take Me To The Other Side * Spaceman 3

The Martian Chronicles Part I

martian_chroniclesThe Martian Chronicles Part I
(A new WTBC Broadcast, consisting of an hour-long audio essay featuring elements of an 18 August 1950 broadcast of Dimension X.)

Playlist & Footnotes: http://anywhereanywhen.com/2015/09/22/the-martian-chronicles-part-i

It would be far too easy to ramble on and on about starting over again, and beginnings where they are arbitrary, but instead, let us say that it is good to be back, and let’s keep it that way.  

This episode features a story from “The Martial Chronicles,” by Ray Bradbury.  First broadcast 18 August, 1950 by Dimension X radio, staring Inga Adams, Roger DeKoven and Donald Buka.  Adapted for radio by Ernest Kinoy.

This also features a lot of music and other editing that I had a lot of fun with, but won’t go into right now, or it’ll take another three hours before this posts.

Please, let me know what you think.  I’m quite proud of it, if I do say so myself.

Enjoy!

*

The Martian Chronicles Part I

0.: Introduction

01.) Pete’s Hotdog Stand

A.: Mea Culpa

02.) cosmic introduction ~ untitled space & Acid Mother’s Temple and The Melting Parisio UFO * Live In Japan

B.: One Of Our Most Brilliant, Young Science Fiction Authors / Blind With Frost / It’s Rocket Summer / Ordinary Planet Earth / Bad To Worse 

03.) Take Me Ta Mars * The Flaming Lips * In A Priest Driven Ambulance
04.) Bitter Cold Countryside * The Sun City Girls * Dante’s Disneyland Inferno
05.) War Dance For Wooden Indians * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights
06.) This Planet Earth * Greg Sage * Sacrifice (For Love)
07.) Alone Together * Peggy Lee * Things Are Swingin’
08.) I Just Can’t Be Happy Today * The Damned * The Best Of The Damned

C.: The Silver Rocket / What’s That Sound? / Let Us Sleep / Restless Dreaming / Green Valley / A Nameless Fear / The Dream Could Never Come True

09.) Silver Rocket * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation *
10.) Restless Spirit * RO Berger * The Euston Sampler
11.) Restless * The Cobras * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968
12.) I Wanna Sleep * No Age * Weirdo Rippers
13.) Dreams Recurring *Hüsker Dü * Zen Arcade
14.) Neon Green Fear * The Appendixes * Neon Green Fear
15.) The Moonbeam Song * Harry Nillson * Nilsson Schmilsson

D.: Shuffle Off To Anywhen

16.) Space Fuck * Rise Over Run * Live In-Studio
17.) Jam #2 * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost Coast To Coast

In addition to snippets from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” TV Series on the BBC & Nervous Norvus’ “Transfusion”