Review from Matt Versus AudioDrama

As we’re getting ready for Season 2, Google decided to finally inform us that nine months ago, Matt Durkin of Matt Versus Audio Drama posted a review of Jarnsaxa Rising on his YouTube Channel.

This blows my mind. I only started following Matt a few months ago, but I’m hooked. His YouTube channel is utterly charming, sort of like wandering onto the front porch of the home of a graduate school professor and catching him between cups of strong coffee and scribbling thoughts in a stack of several interconnected notebooks. I had no idea that Jarnsaxa came up on his radar.

In any case, after watching this, I’m definitely subscribing to Mirth Defect. Thank you for putting wind in our sails, Matt!  Reviews are for podcasters what any noises an audience makes are for actors.

Work continues on Season 2. We have recorded A Feast in Niflhel, and many surprises are on their way.  We can’t wait to get Jarnsaxa’s saga in your ears.

She’s coming back.

Rhinegold_and_the_Valkyries_p_138Season 2 of Jarnsaxa Rising is coming. It’s recorded, we’re working on editing, and you should expect to see a lot of new things here soon. We’re planning to re-design the web site, and make some rewards available for our loyal listeners. Right now would be a good time to subscribe to this web site, so that you’ll get all the updates as they happen.

It’s also a good time to catch up on Season 1 and refresh your memory, leave a review and show us how you feel, or recommend Jarnsaxa Rising to a friend.

You can listen to Jarnsaxa Rising on…

iTunes/Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Libsyn

Podchaser

Overcast

…or wherever you prefer to listen.

 

 

 

Epic News!

Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.
Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner. Click to view larger image.

Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated for The AudioVerse Awards! This award celebrates the best in independent audio drama podcasting, and provides a signal boost to introduce new listeners to the world of audio drama podcasts. AudioVerse produces a podcast which showcases work from all the nominees.  You can listen and subscribe here: 2016 Showcase.

The list includes some very talented artists. We’re excited to be in such good company. Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated in all categories.

Vincent Friel is nominated for the award for Music, for SoloMom and Jarnsaxa’s Theme.

Lindsay Harris-Friel is nominated for Writing.

Katherine Kupiecki is nominated for the Actress award, for her portrayal of Agent Sumner Bachman.

MaryLynn Mennicke is nominated for the Actress award, for her portrayal of Jarnsaxa.

Ethan Bjelland is nominated for the Actor award, for his portrayal of Loki.

John T. Zeiler is nominated for the Actor award, for his portrayal of Dr. Eric Aspinall.

Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated for the award for Best Ongoing, Short Form, Small Cast, Original, Dramatic production.

To celebrate the nominations, Matt Lichtenwalner, a strong supporter of Jarnsaxa Rising, made the beautiful piece of art that accompanies this post. You can see more of Matt’s art at Dragonbones.net.

14425433_10157460339785481_195091194376038543_o-2Voting will happen soon, and the awards ceremony should coincide with World Audio Drama Day, on October 30th, 2016. Click the link on the left to follow this website, and we will send you an update as soon as voting is open.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

All episodes of Season 1 of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your listening pleasure. Listen now on iTunesPocketCasts, or whatever your preferred purveyor of pod entertainment may be. 

Frequently Asked Questions!

Listening In by SammyDavisDogOur listeners are brilliant. Some of them have questions about our podcast. Some of them ask the same question. Here is a place for answers.

Is it free? Yes, for you, the listener, it is free. We had an Indiegogo campaign over the summer, and some people used that to send us money to cover some of the expenses of making this podcast. They receive member gifts for doing so. But, in general, it is available for your listening pleasure at no cost.

How do I listen to it? Links are available in each episode’s blog post. They link to iTunes, Libsyn, and Pocket Casts. We recommend using headphones, your car audio system, or hooking up your computer or phone to a home audio speaker system.

I don’t use iTunes. Can I listen to it some other way? Yes. In each episode’s blog post, you can click on Libsyn or PocketCasts. There are many apps available for podcast listening, and all of them have access to our RSS feed. If for some reason, one of them doesn’t, please let us know. These articles below might be helpful:

The six best podcast apps for Android

The best podcast apps for the iPhone 

Some people are desktop listeners, and that’s 100% cool too. You can listen to it using the iTunes app on your computer, or the Libsyn website.

I lost track of who’s who. Can you explain it to me? And ruin the listening experience for you? No way. Just kidding. Here’s a list of Who’s Who in Jarnsaxa Rising. The links in each description go to a page where you can see the actor playing the role.

How can I help you with this project? Thank you for asking! The best way to do this right now, is to tell other people about the podcast and what you thought of it. You can share this website, and/or:

Jarnsaxa Rising on Twitter

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Jarnsaxa Rising on PocketCasts

HERE IS ANOTHER THING. iTunes reviews are considered a very important standard for podcast fitness. We know that everybody listens to podcasts differently, and everyone has a different listener experience. Please don’t troll us for asking. But, if you  are an iTunes user, and you log in and leave us a review, it increases our visibility and gets our work to more ears.

Do you have a question we didn’t answer? Contact us! You can use this page to send us a message, or reach out to us on one of the aforementioned links.

 

Late-Summer Progress Report

Editing the podcast means a lot of listening, so I knit to keep from going insane.
Editing the podcast means a lot of listening to the same thing over and over and over again. So, I knit to keep from going insane.

You haven’t heard from us for a long time. We’re sincerely sorry for the silence. However, it is for a Really Good Reason. We’re deep in the editing phase, and it is slow going.

During our weekend in Minneapolis, we recorded a little bit over ten hours of data in two days. Now, Lindsay is sorting through the files in Garage Band, editing out the mistakes and hiccups. Once an episode’s file is clean, she passes it on to Vince.

Vince is using Logic to mix the episodes, adding the sound effects and making magic. This also is slow going.

“How slow is it?” I’ve been using The Pomodoro Technique to stay on task and productive, because otherwise my spine whines, my eyeballs complain, and I start gnashing my teeth and screaming at myself when I make mistakes. Episode 10, alone, took 20 Pomodoros. I’ll let you do the math.

IMG_3938One of the things we’ve learned is that there are very good reasons to record actors separately, in their own sound booths. It makes things much easier to edit and mix afterwards. However, if it comes down to a choice between carefully picking apart a sound wave to separate where one performer talked over another, or having the actors separated in performance, I’ll gladly pick the former.  Good actors can always imagine environment, stakes, other characters. It’s why Bob Hoskins was engaging in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or why Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug is more than just an animated lizard. But, in our case we had a choice, and that choice was to have the performers able to look each other in the eye.

Almost all of the dialogue editing is complete. This isn’t really important right now. What is important is…

(drumroll)

Indiegogo Fulfillment! (kisssssshhhh!!!!)

Viking stone tablet
WARNING: Your letter will not be carved on a stone tablet. Please prepare accordingly.

I promised that letters would go out late in the summer. They will.  I’m going to send out a backer survey very soon to those who picked the letter option, and soon you’ll receive your one-of-a-kind tangible personal art object from the Jarnsaxa Rising character of your choice.

In the meantime, stay tuned, there’s more to come.

P.S. Did you know that September 28 will be a total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon?

Sounds like a good time for a party.