Dead Medium Productions are proud to announce that we’ve been granted funding for two new programmes in the latest round of the BAI’s ‘Sound & Vision Scheme’. These are ‘The A.R.T of Television’ for Dublin South FM, and ‘The Free School’ for Newstalk. This follows BAI’s funding of three programmes in December 2016, bringing the total number of Sound & Vision supported programmes developed by Dead Medium to twelve since 2013.
The Art of Television is a satirical screwball comedy starring Roger Gregg, set in the early days of Irish television broadcasting. A time when government and church fought young broadcasters struggling to innovate on the nation’s fledgling TV channel. American writer Claude Chabert lands a job early Irish soap opera ’Home Farm’. Claude finds himself trapped between the political pressures and on the rigid censorship of late 1960’s Ireland. Attempting to kill the show, he resorts to improbable storylines rooted in Irish mythology, creating an unexpected hit. Now Claude must balance the demands of crafty civil servants, a meddling church and an unruly cast.
The Free School is a documentary exploring a revolutionary new school, and it’s impact on Irish education. A revolutionary new school opened recently in Ireland. Wicklow Sudbury school challenges every assumption we hold about education. This is a school with no teachers, no timetables, no exams and no classes. A school where children as young as seven and as old as eighteen work together. A place where young people are free to do whatever they want, whenever they want. The Sudbury model represents a challenge to and an opportunity for our school system. This radical form of schooling has been running in the United States for almost fifty years, but can it work here? This documentary follows the first few months of the fledgling school. Listeners will meet students, staff and parents, and explore what they found lacking in conventional education. In the process we’ll see just what Irish education can learn from The Free School.
The first episode of ‘The Bee Loud Glade Cabaret‘, a new poetry programme created by Roger Gregg and executive produced by Dead Medium Productions just aired on RTE Lyric’s Nova. You can hear the show for the next five weeks on Nova (Sunday’s at 8PM), then for the following seven weeks on Evelyn Grant’s Weekend Drive (Saturdays at 4PM).
The Bee Loud Glade Cabaret is a series of twelve bite-size programmes bringing the best of the contemporary Irish spoken word scene to radio. Each episode showcases one beautifully produced spoken word performance, and one ‘backstage’ interview with emerging & established Irish poets. The series represents an exciting new approach to poetry on radio, mixing studio performance, music and soundscapes to recreate the excitement of the live poetry scene.
Featured poets include Gerry Murphy, Grace Wells, Pat Boran, Mary O’Donoghue, John Moynes, Leland Bardwell, Caelainn Bradley, Stephen Clare, Genevieve Healy, Patrick Chapman, and Eleanor Hooker.
Performers include Ethan Dillon, Deirdre Molloy, James O’Connor, Angel Hannigan, John Moynes, Amilia Clarke Stewart, Juliette Crosbie, Suzie Seweify, and Olivia Haran.
Special thanks to Eoin O’Kelly at Lyric for commissioning the series.
Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with the television licence fee.
Any radio or TV series that can be subscribed to and downloaded online.
Almost all are free. Usually updated weekly.
Cover every topic – from sports and films, to the most obscure odd stuff – e.g.: Creature Geek – a podcast for people who like special effects monsters.
Include radio programmes from all around the world, and internet only programmes – some of which are incredibly high quality.
Listen whenever you want. Pause, skip back and forward. Keep it forever, or delete it after you listen.
What do you need to get one
Easiest way is directly through your phone, stream or download from a podcast app.
On android the best one is ‘Pocket Casts’ (also available for iphone).
iPhone comes with it’s own programme, another good one is Overcast.
How to listen…
Search for the podcast name. Hit subscribe.
Now each new episode will be available to listen. Can either download or stream over your home wifi or 4G (if you’ve got a good data plan).
There are podcasts available for literally every interest.
Types of Podcasts
1) Narrative Journalism (storytelling about the real world)
This American Life
Revisionist History – from Malcolm Gladwell
99% Invisible – from Radiotopia
Reply All – a show about the internet
WTF – with Marc Maron
Chappo Trap House
3) True Crime
Sword and Scale
4) Science & History
The Secret History of Hollywood
History on Fire
War College – from Reuters News
6) Irish Podcasts
Dave Fanning Show podcast – clips of the show
RTE Lyric – Culture File
RTE One – Doc on one
Headstuff network – Alison Spittle Show
How to find new podcasts you might like
Podcast networks are like TV channels that offer lots of podcasts of a certain style
You can find them in your podcast app or on the web
E.g.: Headstuff (local), Smodcast (Kevin Smith’s shows), Radiotopia (high quality narrative journalism)
How to make your own
Not too difficult!
Lots of guides online
Record on your phone or computer and pay about 20 euro a month to put online with a podcast host like Libsyn
The Muse Unbidden is an exciting one off drama from one of Ireland’s most influential radio dramatists. The play, a success on stage at the Collaborations festival in Smock Alley theatre in 2012, follows a group of would-be poets enrolled in a performance poetry workshop led by a charismatic and unconventional teacher. Using music and dream diaries, the participants are cajoled into finding and surrendering to their personal muses. As the workshop progresses they travel a rollicking odyssey of confession and self-revelation, giving voice to their obsessions, desires, wit, pain, and memories. For some their uninhibited self-expression leads to joyous catharsis, for others to grief and loss. The play satirises the world of performance poetry, blending music and poetry to create an original and entertaining programme. This satire on modern poetry and self-discovery, written and directed by Roger Gregg will feature an original musical score performed and recorded by a cast of multi-talented actor-musicians.
Each year legendary radio dramatist Roger Gregg teaches a one of a kind course in radio drama. The Listening Stage is a documentary following students of The Gaiety School of Acting’s radio drama course, as they pursue their hopes and dreams of fame. This fly on the wall doc follows Roger’s annual week long workshop, introducing actors to the exciting world of audio theatre. This intensive course culminates in a live performance of a radio comedy. We’ll follow the crafting of this production from initial script reading to rehearsals, to the development of sound effects and music, the creation of
memorable characters, all the way through to the final performance. Taking a look, for the first time ever, behind the curtain of this legendary drama school’s singular radio drama workshop.
Migrant Fictions is an ambitious new drama project, bringing together the talents of a diverse group of immigrant writers to capture their experience as émigrés to Ireland. German-Polish writer / director Dominik Turkowski developed five short drama scripts through workshops with writers from the immigrant community. Their stories capture the varied experiences of newcomers to Ireland. This project provided the opportunity for immigrants to articulate their experiences in their own words, through five short radio dramas. These dramas were devised collectively by the immigrants themselves, and connect in profound and mysterious ways that reflect with humour and humanity what it means to be a migrant in Ireland today. Featuring new work from Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Tina Brescanu, Özgecan Kesici, and Dalia Smelstoriute.
Dead Medium are a small Dublin company producing highly crafted radio documentaries, on location drama series, culture reporting and more.
Was great to meet the man himself, whose extremely humble and personable as you might expect.
Here are the cliffsnotes…
Christmas Gaming Recommendations
Two new consoles out for Christmas
Both new consoles have HDR – but need 60hrz HDR 4k TV to take full advantage (approx 600 euro minimum)
Xbox One S – 399.00 euro
4k bluray player / HDR, tiny speed boost in GPU and CPU
2TB hard drive
smaller lighter, power unit included
supports Ultra High Definition Blu-Rays
supports Netflix 4k
slightly improved performance on all older games that had frame rate drops
uses less power, but a little louder (still quieter than PS4)
Playstation Pro – 400 euro (1 tb harddrive)
[old PS4 – 299 – 350 (hard disk size dependent)]
4k uprezzing – no 4k bluray
some games slower
double the graphics card
but not a huge upgrade a 1080p
Playstation VR – 399 euro (littlewoods)
+ 60 euro for camera
+ 80 euro for two move controllers
cheapest (fully featured ) VR headset available right now
lets you play regular playstation titles on giant virtual screen
already sold very well, so there’ll be lots of games on the way
social screen multiplayer
VERY IMPORTANT – need to make sure you get a bundle with the playstation camera and move controllers if you don’t have them already
Some games better with PS4Pro – Robinson, Rigs, Driveclub
Other VR options
Oculus Rift + controllers (ships Dec 6th) = 941 euro online + needs high end computer
Gear VR = 99 euro + needs high end Samsung phone (Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge)
HTC Vive + controllers = 929 euro + needs high end computer + large play space minimum 5ft by 6.5ft]
There’s also the NES Classic – 65 euro
a tiny console which holds 30 classic NES Games in a box smaller than a NES cartridge
games would normally be around 5 euro each on virtual console (or free if you pirate them on an emulator!)
including classics like Punchout, Caslevania I & II, Super Mario Brothers I to 3, Legenda of Zelda I & II, Megaman 2
Kirbys adventure, Packman, Donkey Kong Jr, Bubble Bobble, Kid Icarus, Tetris, Final Fantasy I to 3, Paperboy
can save games
only one controller with very short cable (around 3 feet), need to reset to try another game
Nintendo fans may want to wait to buy a console – Nintendo switch
not out till March 2017
combines a portable handheld console with a home console
take ‘grown up’ games on the move
Nintendo hoping to take their massive success with portable console (3DS, 2DS, New 3DS XL)
GAMES FOR CHRISTMAS
Grownup Games – Best of the Year
Doom – All Platforms
– fast paced remake of the classic shooter
Fallout 4 – All Platforms
– still going strong – mods now out to Xbox and PS4
– incredibly deep adventure on a post apocalyptic wasteland
– with base building and lots of subgames
– from makers of Skyrim
Dishonoured 2 – All Platforms
– sequel to incredible stealth game
– you’re an assassin with magical powers in a beautiful victorian fantasy steam punk world
Star Wars Battlefront – All Platforms
– fly, shoot and fight in the starwars universe – from makers of Battlefield
– Rogue One DLC on December 6th
– add on to the popular star wars game based on the upcoming movie
Titanfall 2 – All Platforms
– sequel to the popular fast paced mech shooting game
Uncharted 4 – PS4
– latest update to the action adventure series
Inside – all Platforms
– Horrifying platform game
– beautiful puzzles and unrivalled near monochrome art style
– you’re a little boy fleeing from faceless pursuers
The Walking Dead – all Platforms
– series 3 out – dec 20
– adventure game based on the TV series
– Stunningly beautiful puzzle game, reminiscent of myst
Life is strange – All platforms
– beautiful highschool adventure game featuring a time travelling teen
Planet Coater – PC
– rollercoaster tycoon for the 21st century
Forza Horizon 3 – XBOX
– latest edition of the classic racing game
Pro Evo 17 / Fifa 17 – All platforms
– latest edition of the popular football games
The Witness – All platforms
– incredibly deep puzzle game from the maker of Braid
Axiom Verge – Wii U
– beautiful 2d retro adventure game
Severed – Wii U
– first person 2d puzzle adventure game with painterly style
Paper Mario Colour Splash – Wii U
– paper cutout style adventure game mixing classic mario gameplay
Mario Kart 8 – Wii U
– latest edition of the classic series
Super Mario maker – Wii U
– build your own levels based on the classic series
– or play thousands of levels from other people all over the world
Broadcasting Bank Holiday Monday 31st October, 11AM on Newstalk.
Getting into the game is a new documentary aimed at kids who play games. Video games. Kids who play videogames and wonder maybe, possibly, perhapsily, if they’d like to make them. Growing up I remember getting those magazines full of strange impenetrable symbols that promised – if you could just type the whole book into your computer, without making any mistakes – you’d get a brand new, completely free game. These days games are everywhere, but they’re so damn fancy they can seem impossible to learn how to make.
This documentary will help open the lid, just a crack, to see what lies inside your favourite games. We’ve brought together people from every corner of the industry – artists, coders, indies, musicians, gamejammers, and developers of every age.
The programme is divided into five segments, each one looking at a different part of making games.
Learning the Art
We visit cutting edge computing research laboratories at DIT and IT Carlow and tour exciting games development technology. Lecturers and students explain the skills students should be building outside the classroom if they’d like to study videogames in college. Students tell us about their love of games and how they got into making their own.
Getting Covered in Jam
At DIT a group called ‘Global Gamecraft’ host ‘game jams’, competitions where anyone (over 18) can help make a game in just a few hours. Game Jams are an excellent way to develop the technical, artistic and collaborative skills sought by the games development industry. Jams are a fun and friendly way for young people to get a taste of game development. We speak to competitors and organisers like Vicky Lee, and provide a glimpse of the excitement and accessibility of ‘homebrew’ game development
Modern videogames simulate exciting and realistic physics. The most impressive game physics ‘middleware’ software in the world comes from an Irish company founded by graduates of Trinity College. Havok are an industry leader employing dozens of artists and programmers. We speak to staff at the company about the day-to-day work of making one of the key technologies underpinning some of the most exciting and popular videogames.
The independent game development community is a thriving segment of the industry. We speak with leading Irish indie developer Terry Cavanagh, creator of hit games like ‘Super Hexagon’, about running his own studio. Terry explains how new distribution methods make it easy for anyone to sell their homemade game on the internet. Independent game development is a part of the industry that is particularly important to present to second level students – since it can be used to develop skills, or even start a business while at school.
We try out virtual reality in the company of Bryan Duggan of DIT, exploring DEEP, the anti-anxiety game from Owen Harris. Deep uses unique breathing sensors, soothing music and a beautiful polygon virtual environment to teach deep breathing relaxation techniques.
We hear from David O’Reilly, animator and creator of fictional videogames for use in Hollywood films. David gives us a glimpse into a self-directed career involving art, graphic design, and filmmaking.
Coder Dojo is a place for kids to learn how to make games, websites, and even robots. Started in County Cork, the Dojo movement has spread worldwide. Amazingly, Coder Dojo events are completely free! If there isn’t a coder dojo in your area, you can even start your own. We meet some of the kids who are making coder dojo the coolest place on earth.
Getting into the game was produced by Dead Medium Productions. The programme was developed, researched and presented by Gareth Stack and James Van De Waal.
World famous radio drama podcast Radio Drama Revival have rebroadcast part of our series ‘The Wall in the Mind‘. Wall in the Mind was a location recorded drama series broadcast on Newstalk earlier this year. The series is moves back in time between contemporary Germany and fall of the Berlin Wall, and follows one woman’s search to resolve a mystery that’s lasted a quarter of a century. The first episode of the show is out now over at Radio Drama Revival, accompanied by an in depth interview with yours truly.
Two Summers ago, I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Hearsay Audio Festival. If you haven’t heard of the festival, it’s a unique chance to enjoy the most inventive, avant garde and creative audio from around the world. The festival is also a hella chill break, as it’s held in the bucolic idyll of Kilfinane, Co Limerick. One of the highlights of the first Hearsay was the short doc contest run by Bristol based BBC crew ‘In The Dark‘ (and not just cause I won ;). In The Dark run uniquely joyful listening events in a wonderful variety of locations from crypts to eerie forests . At last years festival they setup a shop full of curiosities, each of which was paired with a story. Visitors plucked an object from the shelf and were passed an MP3 player containing an accompanying story. Mine concerned an urban myth about an underground group of students who got their kicks climbing into tumble driers and experiencing the spin cycle!
AIRPI have invited In the Dark to Dublin, for what promises to be a unique listening even at the Unitarian Church. In The Dark will be playing a selection of stories for the start of winter. Highly recommended!