Mythic tales, modern problems

Mythic themes help us make sense of a messy world. Jarnsaxa Rising is here for you.

Seems as though all the summer entertainment takes us back to ancient and mythic themes to understand contemporary society. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame dominated the month of May. The finale of Game of Thrones pitted dragons against mortals to show the difference between dictatorship and democracy. Now, Good Omens uses Biblical themes in a battle between Heaven and Hell to show that friendship is magic.

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I’m not actually 100% sure. I haven’t finished watching it, and I read the book over a decade ago. It’s been a while. The point is, people are trying to make sense out of a flawed world, and they’re turning to ancient myths, legends and stories to cope. They’re also giving a lot of money to huge corporations (Disney, Warner Media, Amazon) to scratch the itch for story. Pro tip: You don’t have to. You have podcasts.

Jarnsaxa Rising gives you Norse mythology, in worlds both imagined and real. Mythic themes sort out justice, climate crisis and wealth disparity. Just like the aforementioned, it’s got the end of the world at stake, rich multifaceted characters, and clever strategies to defeat enemies and surmount obstacles. Plus, the actors are exciting. If you haven’t heard it yet, now’s your chance! You can start with Season 1, Episode 1, on your favorite podcast app. Or, click below for the stand-alone episode, We Who Contain Multitudes, the opening of Season 2.

We Who Contain Multitudes, Season 2, Episode 2

In September of 1944, Jarnsaxa meets mysterious strangers whose plane crashes on her island. She hopes they might release her from her witch bottle, and let her escape. When she finds their agenda is more bellicose and cruel than she could imagine, she takes strides to correct them. 

Content warning: extreme violence, frank discussion of sex, frank discussion of racism, fighting Nazis.

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Why do we keep pulling mythology out to try to cope with what we cannot understand? It’s familiar, it’s adaptive, and it lets us believe that recklessness and flaws have a place in the world. Nature has its own order, humans just try to impose their will on it. Stories let us make sense of our lives. Get yourself more mythic stories, for free!

Let us tell you a story.

Need a Winter’s Tale?  All ten episodes of Season 1 of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your listening pleasure. Join her on her journey. Follow these links to listen, or look for Jarnsaxa Rising in the podcatcher of your choice.

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If you enjoy our story, please leave a review. We’re working on Season 2 now, and want to make sure that you and other folks can find us. Thanks!

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The Aurora Borealis by Frank Olsen, Norway

 

 

 

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. 

Audio Drama Sunday!

Ills bu Arthur Rackham, 1910

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

How many people work 9-5, Monday through Friday jobs? How many people see Sunday as the day of last-ditch effort, to get a few things accomplished for themselves, maybe stir their imagination a bit, before returning to the weekly grind?

Audio Drama lets you do both. Pop in your earbuds, or crank up the G-Boom, and you can have as much action, adventure, romance, comedy and joy as you can with hours of Netflix or Hulu, but without the sitting on your butt that can cause sciatica.

Thrym King of JotunheimThrym, King of Jotumheim, says that audio drama pairs well with knitting. Whatever you’re up to today, make it dramatic.

 

Episode 8: The Giants’ Pyre and The Superconductor

Vårnatt og seljekall, Nikolai Astrup, 1919.
Vårnatt og seljekall, Nikolai Astrup, 1919.

Jarnsaxa and Dr. Aspinall prepare the funeral pyre after the massacre. His desire to analyze this new world pushes against her desire to burn all Nine. Can they understand each other, and the power of science and sorcery, before Loki and Bachman return? And how does this relate to the ferry boat fire?

Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Loki: Ethan Bjelland

Credits: Leslie Vincent

Written by Lindsay Harris Friel

Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern

Sound design, engineering and music by Vincent Friel

Dramaturgy by Kit Gordon

This episode of Jarnsaxa Rising was sponsored by Jane and David Broude.

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Episode 4: The Lady In The Transformer

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Dr. Aspinall meets the woman hiding in the wind farm’s transformer shack. She shows him what she’s been building, and what it can do. Who she really is, and what she is capable of unlocking, will shake him to his very core.

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Voices of the Wind Farm Workers: The Company

Written by Lindsay Harris Friel

Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern

Sound design, engineering and music by Vincent Friel

Dramaturgy by Kit Gordon

This episode of Jarnsaxa Rising was sponsored by Christine Gordon.

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Episode 3: The Voice In The Turbine

dark-668767_640 by natalie93 at pixabayEpisode 2: The Voice In The Turbine

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Agent Bachman investigates the wind turbine, finds the corporation’s impact is more deadly than expected, and the target on her own back.

Cast in order of appearance:

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Mrs. Wallace: Molly Pach Johnson

Loki: Ethan Bjelland

Written by Lindsay Harris Friel

Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern

Sound design, engineering and music by Vincent Friel

Dramaturgy by Kit Gordon

This episode of Jarnsaxa Rising was sponsored by Sue and Scott Bjelland.

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