The making of…

We interrupt this programme for an announcement

Hello dear blog reader / podcast listener  / audio drama aficionado,

We have a small announcement to make. Due to commitments from all AST members we have taken the decision to go on hiatus for a few months. Those of you used to getting an episode every month will, no doubt, be disappointed, confused and possibly very angry about this. May we suggest perhaps you have a nice cup of tea?

There we are, that’s better isn’t it?

So, thank you for listening / reading over the past 2 years. We hope when we do return you’ll continue to enjoy AST – like you’d enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass on a summers day.

See you soon (well we wont see you, obviously).

VIVA AST!

This is an April fool

We are delighted to announce that next week sees the launch Action Science TV. This joint venture between ourselves and Sky will bring an air of disappointing excitement to the Saturday evening schedules. And the rest of the time too.

Highlights of the Spring / Summer season include:

  • Semi-Pro Wrestling – with scientists from history (dead scientists parts played by actual wrestlers)
  • The Professor Brian Cox Minute
  • Punch, Punch, Kick, Kick – Neil Degrasse Tyson painstakingly describes his favourite action films, moment by moment
  • In Space No One can Hear you Bream – Science Brian examines the popularity of fishing in space
  • First Degree CERNs – Hilarious footage (sent in by viewers) of people using particle accelerators to open cans and bottles (£200 paid per clip, no means no)

You’ll be able to catch ASTV on Sky channel 3.1415926535897932, maths fans.

Editing Episode 19 - Looping the Loop

The thing with Action Dan and Science Brian, is that they don’t half go on. And on. But the thing with sound effects is that they don’t necessarily go on long enough to cope with ol’ Blather and Blarney over there. So when a sound effect falls short or runs out midway through a scene, it needs to be strung out somehow. And this is where looping comes in.

Box lid from the Loopin' Louie board game

In this game, the players must protect their chickens from the wild meanderings of a maniac in a monoplane. Editing AST is exactly like this in every way.

Editing Episode 15 - The Reluctant Technologist

Why? What possible reason could I have to go and stand in a field in Wales for two days? It’ll be raining and there’ll be sheep and hippies and people who haven’t bathed, and there’ll also be Action Dan and Science Brian (aka. all of the above). You are kidding, right? There is no way on Earth that I would ever, ever, produce a live podcast at Green Man festival.

Screenshot of AST's page on the Green Man website

The evidence…
(screenshot gratuitously stolen from greenman.net)

Wait – how did I get here? Ergh – get that unwashed science hippy-sheep away from me…

*sigh*

The Odyssey of AST

Arizona State Route 98

This is NOT, repeat NOT the way we went.

What a merry band, were we,
Who set off in the name of AST,
On stage, we were set to perform,
In foreign lands, to invite scorn.

Producer Dan was the first to go,
His tiny car heavily laden, and slow,
Shortly followed by Science Brian, and partner,
Action Dan, girlfriend and dog were there, not long after.