Vote For Jarnsaxa!

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Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.

As you well know by now, Jarnsaxa Rising (your favorite science fiction fantasy revenge tragedy of 2015)  is nominated in several categories for The AudioVerse Awards.  This annual awards show celebrates and recognizes the best in free, independent audio drama around the world.  The AudioVerse Awards presents a podcast showcase of episodes from all the nominated podcasts, and Jarnsaxa Rising is one of them.

This process involves voting, from intelligent listeners like you. The organizers of the awards have created an elegant yet accessible FAQ page, intended to field questions about voting.

There are so many nominated podcasts that voting starts with a semifinalist round. We have some very experienced company with huge audiences, such as The Black Tapes and We’re Alive, which regularly chart in the Top 20 (if not the Top 10) on iTunes. We are a small (but mighty) fish in a very deep and densely populated pond.

You may ask, “Why don’t you just tell me what to click on, and I’ll click it?” I don’t think you want me to do that, Dave. The way the ballot is set, you can’t let a category go by without voting.

Therefore, in the spirit of getting more people to listen to free, independent audio drama, I invite you to listen to the AudioVerse Showcase, and decide for yourself which nominees should make it to the semifinals.

Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated in several categories. You can vote for one to five nominees in each category. Our nominations are:

Best Original Music Composition In A Short Form Production (Vince Friel, for Jarnsaxa Rising, SoloMom, and Rising)

Best Audio Engineering of an Original, Ongoing, Short Form Production (Vince Friel)

Best Writing for an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production (Lindsay Harris-Friel)

Best Original, Short Form, Small Cast, Ongoing Production

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production (Katherine Kupiecki as Agent Bachman and MaryLynn Mennicke as Jarnsaxa)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production (Ethan Bjelland as Loki and John Zeiler as Dr. Eric Aspinall)

Other shows which are nominated that I personally would recommend include:

Wooden Overcoats, a comedy about competing funeral directors on the tiny island of Piffling

Hadron Gospel Hour, a comedy about a doomed scientist and a plucky IT guy traveling the multi-verse

A Scottish Podcast, a drama about a radio DJ and a struggling musician trying to make a podcast about the catacombs beneath a city, and the monster that lives there (It’s meta as meta can be)

The Bright Sessions, a drama about psychotherapy sessions held by Dr. Bright with young clients with extraordinary abilities

Small Town Horror, a horror story about a guy coping with a series of child abductions in his home town, and his own past escape from the abductor

Pulp-Pourri Theatre, adaptations of classic pulp fiction tales that shock and delight.

My taste might be very different from yours, but if you pick through the list of nominees, there has to be something you’ll like. The Showcase podcast is a vast sampler platter of probably any kind of entertainment you can imagine, ranging from G rated to R rated, comedy to horror, contemporary through fantasy to surrealist.

Audio Drama pairs well with commuting, knitting, cooking, cleaning, yard work, laundry, exercise, quiet time with your loved ones, and quiet time alone. Relax and enjoy a good story, without screen-time brain atrophy! (See: Psychology Today, Feb 27, 2014, “Grey Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages The Brain,” Dr. Victoria L. Dunkley, M.D.)

Please help Jarnsaxa Rising make it to the semi-finals. 

Enjoy! Listen! Vote!

Any questions?

Thank you for your time and consideration in this vital matter.

Sincerely yours,

Lindsay Harris-Friel, Writer and Co-Producer

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. 

Episode 9: Sowing Chaos

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Photo by Phil Carroll.

Agent Bachman confronts Mrs. Wallace over the stagnation in their relationship, and pushes her to make a bold choice, with disastrous consequences. Thor confronts Jarnsaxa, making her a peculiar and dangerous offer.

Mrs. Wallace: Molly Pach Johnson

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Dr. Aspinall: John Zeiler

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Carl Lansson, 1886.

Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke

Thor: Derek Meyer

Credits: Leslie Vincent

Special thanks to Keith, the bartender at The Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown, for his performance as The Sound Guy.

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 The Anonymous Ninjas of Generosity

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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 7: How To Take Revenge

Sif and Loki. The Children of Odin, The Book of Northern Myths, by Wolly Pogany, 1917.
Sif and Loki. The Children of Odin, The Book of Northern Myths, by Wolly Pogany, 1917.

Loki takes Agent Bachman to Asgard, to avenge Jarnsaxa and Jotunheim. During the wedding feast of Thor and Sif, Loki seduces the bride. Bachman must teach Loki a lesson, and The Aesir must mete justice upon the remaining descendants of Jotunheim.

Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke

Loki: Ethan Bjelland

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Sif: Amy Pirkl

Balder: Shannon Troy Jones

Thor: Derek Meyer

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.

Listen using iTunesPocketCasts, or Libsyn!

Episode 6: A Wedding In Jotunheim

Arthur Rackham, 1910
Arthur Rackham, 1910

Jarnsaxa takes Agent Bachman and Dr. Aspinall to her homeland, at the time when she knew only love and pride. But the burgeoning war between Asgard and Jotunheim threatens chaos. A bargain is struck, but treachery makes ancient grudges erupt.

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke

Loki: Ethan Bjelland

Vala: Delta Giordano

Balder: Shannon Troy Jones

Thor: Derek Meyer

Thrym: Himself

Featuring The Jotunheim Chorus

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 Sam Landman.

Subscribe, review and rate us on iTunes! We want to hear from you.

For more information, visit JarnsaxaRising.com.

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Photo by Béla Stéhli
Photo by Béla Stéhli
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W.G. Collingswood, 1910

Episode 5: What You Say You Want

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Agent Bachman interrogates Dr. Aspinall and The Mystery Woman, Dr. Aspinall deduces what the powerful contraption could be, and the woman offers them the chance to travel beyond reality. Will they take it? What will they find?

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

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 Zoe Velonis.

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For more information, visit JarnsaxaRising.com.

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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:

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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.

 

Episode 2: The Hungry Place

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Episode 2: The Hungry Place

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Agent Bachman and Dr. Aspinall meet the devastation caused by the Hei Shui corporation, and a harsh landscape, where figures appearing from the mist bring more questions than answers.

Cast in order of appearance:

Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki

Dr. Aspinall: John T. Zeiler

Mrs. Wallace: Molly Pach Johnson

Björn: Derek Meyer

Written by Lindsay Harris Friel

Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern

Sound design, engineering and music by Vincent Friel

Dramaturgy by Kit Gordon

Special Thanks to Dagny of the Åland Islands Tourism Bureau for assistance with language and dialect. Tack så mycket!

This episode of Jarnsaxa Rising was sponsored by Brian Watson-Jones.

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Not a big tease, but a tease nonetheless.

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In the meantime, here’s a clip for you to enjoy at your leisure.

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You can also use our RSS feed link, if you use a podcast app that asks for them, such as Podcast Addict.  http://jarnsaxarising.libsyn.com/rss

Pocket Casts has us right here.

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