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Hell Gate City Companion

Hell Gate City Companion

By Kevin Berrey
Hell Gate City Companion is a podcast offered in the style of a community radio show for the fictional town of Neo Amsterdam, aka Hell Gate City, a seemingly dystopian cyberpunk NYC. New episodes drop on or around the 2nd and 16th of each month.


Host Kirby Bevins keeps listeners abreast of normal and paranormal news, with audio drama interludes, an original score, and surprisingly scarce updates on the inter-dimensional portal atop Hell Gate Bridge.


If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your support. Hop aboard our Patreon at patreon.com/hellgatecity
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Ep. 01: Pilot

Hell Gate City Companion

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Ep. 09: Don't Look Back (Part 1 of 2)
Strap on your Dream-Streamer headset, hell-hacker. You're entering part 1 of a two-part season finale that will launch the show in a new direction — a serial story arc for Season 02, about which we are very excited. Join father and son Thornton and Kirby Bevins for a walk in the park. It ain't a walk in the park, if you know what I mean. Thornton reveals a shocking secret about Kirby's past. Kirby doesn't believe it. Some confessions are just too wild to be accepted. Will he take Dad seriously, or is ol' Thornton too sick to think straight? At least one thing is certain. After this, everything changes. Don't feed the abandoned zoo animals. And look out for demon beasts while you're in the woods. Maybe it's polar bears? Whatever it is, something's stalking Neo Amsterdenizens, and it's not nice. So if you're down for a rough ride through Hell Gate City, jack into your cyber-deck right quick. Soak up the data stream before Ascension goes bats**t and vacuums us into the sky. Bevins out. IMPORTANT: We appreciate every listener. We thank you for sticking with us. And we humbly beg you to like, rate, review, and follow our show – hold up a lantern for others in the darkness. Of course, not everyone can afford to support, but join forces with us if you can help out. It truly benefits everyone. And so, we give special thanks to the Lord_ – our first patron Lord_Entropy, as well as: Izza, Manji, What-A-Rush Collins, Ben-Yeezy, Bliquer, DJ L.E.L., Çamster & Bob for joining our resistance legion on Patreon. If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage, too. We need it. Without it, the story fades. Hop aboard the battlewagon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron CREDITS Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Sound Design and Audio Post Production by Dom Storrs, on the web at domstorrs.com, and on social media @dom_storrs Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey Original Score composed by Cheska Navarro, online at cheskanavarro.com and on social media @cheska_yo For more information visit hellgatecity.com.
14:35
May 21, 2021
Ep: 08: Destroy Before Listening
Love is a noun, a nickname, a type of shack, a god, an emotion, a verb, and a score of zero in cyber-tennis (how’d they arrive at that one?). All things are not what they seem. I, Kirby, look slightly fatter than last week. Yet, my bloat is just a bellyful of apologies for the delay of this episode. As you'll see with your ears, we got our boat rocked in the making of it. What's in this episode? Hypothetically, your partner has their central nervous system threaded into an entirely new body – what would that entail? Let's just say a lot. Even in Neo Amsterdam, bodies don't grow on trees. When a body pops up, and the city council doesn't quite know what to do with it, circuits fry. Turns out there's a lot of insensitive folks out there trying to put us in a box. They try to define us. And if we resist, they may try to confine us. Pray it ain't solitary cyber-confinement. That smarts. I hope that clears it up! Oddly, this show is brought to you by S.T.U.A.R.T., Streaming Terms of Use Across All Registered Trans-media. That's the blanket license every listener automatically agrees to in Neo Amsterdam. Know when you click "I Agree" before using an app? That's it. You have unwittingly signed a contract with a heap of shadowy mega conglomerates. Many of you do not know what that contract entails. S.T.U.A.R.T. requires us to listen to all corporate messaging. What if we don't? Will they get us?? Just play the dang episode. Anyhoo, if you have skipped an ad lately and are worried about repercussions, listen closely and stay on guard for the oncoming BUSS (this, too, will make sense). Bevins out. IMPORTANT: We give thanks first and foremost to the Lord, our first patron Lord_Entropy, as well as: Isa, xManjix, What-A-Rush Collins, Ben-Yeezy, Bliquer, DJ L.E.L., Çamster & Bob for joining the resistance on Patreon. If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage, too. Hop aboard at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Like, rate, review and follow – be the lantern for others in the darkness. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron CREDITS Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Sound Design and Audio Post Production by Dom Storrs, on the web at domstorrs.com, and on social media @dom_storrs Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey Original Score composed by Cheska Navarro, online at cheskanavarro.com and on social media @cheska_yo With additional music by the ever-talented Kevin Durr, on the web at hearandnowsounds.com, and on socials @kev_durr – licensed use of song “Vague Motion” For more information visit hellgatecity.com.
15:37
April 9, 2021
Ep. 07: The Cyber-Purge
It’s the third month of the year, so you know what that means. The Governing Authority Group’s (GAG) annual Cyber-Purge is upon us. Watch your partners and your pets. I know I did. If you’ve seen a dusky blue teacup poodle, caged or otherwise, please alert the station. It’s been a tough year all-around and to think, we kicked off the Kraken-virus plague during last year’s Cyber-Purge without even knowing it. Many a cyborg fell to a dweller’s knife that day. All that, only for the poor under-tunnel dweller and her family to fall ill to the Kraken by week’s end. Unbelievable. If you’re cyber-enhanced, look out, cybo. If you’re a normal organic person, be on your guard, orgo. And, please, let’s all honor our pledges to the nannies and mannies who’ve stayed home to guard progeny during this trying time. One badass way to do that is to join our club. First, it’s decidedly pro-nanny. Second, it’s chock-full o’ special benefits for members who are down for the cause. Lastly, it’s easy and practically painless to be a patron and help us keep making the show. Where's the secret clubhouse? Anyone worth their sodium supply will be lurking here: http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Credits: Screaming Panda – in association with WNAD – presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Sound Design and Audio Post Production by Dom Storrs, on the web at domstorrs.com, and on social media @dom_storrs Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey Original Score composed by Cheska Navarro, online at cheskanavarro.com and on social media @cheska_yo With additional music by the ever-talented Kevin Durr, on the web at hearandnowsounds.com, and on socials @kev_durr – licensed use of songs “First Things” and “Be Calm With” And music by the virtuosic Aaron Jones, on the web at soundcloud.com/thecandlemambo, and on socials @thecandlemambo – licensed use of song “Cloud City Intro” For more information visit hellgatecity.com VYXjhb1aA2pIGI3z1w95
21:48
March 19, 2021
Ep. 06: Radio Apeshot
Dream a little dream with me, Kirby Bevins. Join us as we go hip deep into my psyche and, girl, it gets messy. Total radio apeshot. If you thought you knew ol’ Kirb up until now, think again. One Cyber Lucidity plunge and you’ll be swimming in a sea of intrigue, dark figures, and dangerous encounters. That’s all before we tune in to the return of cyber-fan favorite, Dendricks' Corner, brought to you by Meg’s List. You heard me right. All lies therein. You’ll find the truth shivering next to a frigid Sex Bot, as per yoozsh. Every time you tune in it fills us with gratitude and nutrient-rich chemicals. Subscribe like your life depends on it. I wouldn’t know anything about that, but better safe than sorry. Yeparoonie! If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage. Hop aboard our Patreon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Credits: Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Sound Design and Audio Post Production by Dom Storrs, on the web at domstorrs.com, and on social media @dom_storrs Original Score composed by Cheska Navarro, online at cheskanavarro.com and on social media @cheska_yo Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey For more information visit hellgatecity.com
22:01
March 3, 2021
Ep. 05: Psycho Helmets On
Strap on your psycho helmet. It's going to be a bumpy ride. A new audio production team has formed to take Amsterdenizens to a higher plane – no, not Ascension. Host Kirby Bevins walks listeners through the slushy sludge of Manahatta Isle and into the depths of cult role-playing game sensation XYnon, a crime against the Church of Natas by two pyromaniacs (could it be the Pyro Bros?), and more. Stay inquisitive. Stay vigilant. And stay the execution of Boccaccio’s enemies! If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage. Hop aboard our Patreon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink! Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Credits: Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Sound Design and Audio Post Production by Dom Storrs, on the web at domstorrs.com, and on social media @dom_storrs Original Score composed by Cheska Navarro, online at cheskanavarro.com and on social media @cheska_yo Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey For more information visit hellgatecity.com
16:13
February 16, 2021
Ep. 04: Hot Metal Dobermans
Dear hell-hackers: I, Kirby Bevins, apologize for the delay of "Hot Metal Dobermans". I also blame Mayor Boccaccio's Blackguard Cyber-Squad. They intercepted Episode 04 through a sidewall. Do not be alarmed! We circumvented the fire-block. Hang tight and stay vigilant. Be ready for the new microchipped vaccine – it packs a secret punch. Speaking of secrets, guess our guest today and you could win tickets to see the Vapor Games. Also, we feature a world exclusive note from Qwerty Ping, noted domestic terrorist-cum-interim Congressional Speaker. Also, just listen. It's going to be a digi-doozy. -Kirby If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage. Hop aboard our Patreon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Songs licensed (with infinite gratitude) from the following geniuses you should know: “Star Talk” - https://soundcloud.com/thecandlemambo/star-talk by Aaron Jones “Crosstalk (Exploded View)” https://soundcloud.com/thecandlemambo/crosstalk-exploded-view by Aaron Jones Follow: https://soundcloud.com/thecandlemambo “Lizdad” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpLJQQ2wXS0 by RE Follow: https://rerecording.squarespace.com/ “w00t” - https://bobostertag.bandcamp.com/album/w00t by composer Bob Ostertag and artist John Cooney Used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Follow: https://bobostertag.bandcamp.com/ Song : Plinian - Retro Gaming Version [Royalty Free] Music provided and produced by LonePeakMusic from Freebies, released July 5, 2019 Produced & Composed by Guillaume Brouhon https://lonepeakmusic.bandcamp.com/track/plinian-retro-gaming-version Used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode For more information visit hellgatecity.com
16:49
February 5, 2021
Ep. 03: The Hangman's Hangnail
Kirby revisits President Gorp’s alleged cyber-coup last week. Who helped it? How? What happened? Why? It came to a head, actually about 15 heads. They rolled off several Centurian Cenators and a slew of Representatives unlucky enough to be caught in the melee. Host Bevins remains undaunted even as the F.I.B. and pint-sized hate machines pursue him for crimes he swears he never even computed. Rumors of Alby, the man-eating albino alligator in Old Haarlem develop into something sinister. And a surprising revelation about the "Weatherby's Wīnd-back" radio drama series casts a pall on the franchise. Do not wander aimlessly in Mini-Italy as a known culprit’s violent apprehension looms imminent. Brought to you by C.A.M.M.iE. If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage. Hop aboard our Patreon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Credits: Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, who also provided original music and sound design; online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey This episode features the work of generous and talented sound designers, namely: - “Pouring coffee.wav” https://freesound.org/people/Rico_Casazza/sounds/538932/ by Rico_Casazza  https://soundcloud.com/ricocasazza is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ - - “office-door-open-close” https://freesound.org/people/harri/sounds/9389/ by harri bionic https://freesound.org/people/harri/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ - - “Women’s Shoes 3” https://freesound.org/people/OwlStorm/sounds/151207/ by Ashe Kirk / Owlish Arts https://freesound.org/people/OwlStorm/ is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ - - “swords_fight_1.wav” https://freesound.org/people/leechlights/sounds/180026/ by leechlights is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ - - “Sword sheath v1” https://freesound.org/people/apolloaiello/sounds/328158/ by apolloaiello https://freesound.org/people/apolloaiello/ https://freesound.org/people/kev_durr/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ - - “SwordClash.wav” https://freesound.org/s/518992/ by Amaiguri is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ - - “Metal_Hit_02.wav” https://freesound.org/people/dheming/sounds/197398/ by Derek Heming of Hedron Soundworks dheming at freesound https://freesound.org/people/dheming/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ - - “Swords Clash - High Quality #2” https://freesound.org/s/364530/ By Christopherderp https://freesound.org/people/Christopherderp/ is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ - - For more information visit hellgatecity.com
16:14
January 18, 2021
Ep. 02: Running Up That Hill
Kirby Bevins finds himself on the lam, or lamb? Either way, he's now hiding out in a dingy capsule, trying to keep it together. He will not be cowed by the goon squad. Where to run? If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage. Hop aboard our Patreon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink! Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/hellgatecity Credits: Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, who also composed original music and provided sound design; online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey This episode would have been impossible without generous and talented sound design artists: - “Howling Wind on Backdoor Porch” https://freesound.org/people/kev_durr/sounds/318780/ and “Mgreel - crank_spray paint_alum can_reel to reel_shower_door_winding clock_mgreel.wav” https://freesound.org/people/kev_durr/sounds/426284/ by Kevin Durr / Weave of K. https://freesound.org/people/kev_durr/ are licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  - “Weapon manipulation. Part1_32_96(compx2,limtr,Eq,transshpr,dnsr).wav” https://freesound.org/people/newlocknew/sounds/523199/ , “Swish hit.Deadly blow (13lrs).wav” https://freesound.org/people/newlocknew/sounds/528855/ and “Spaceship compartment door.With pneumatics(8lrs,mltprcssng).wav” https://freesound.org/people/newlocknew/sounds/546922/ by newlocknew https://freesound.org/people/newlocknew/ are licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ - “Mechanical Servo Tremolo” https://freesound.org/people/PatrickLieberkind/sounds/208900/  by PatrickLieberkind - https://freesound.org/people/PatrickLieberkind/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  - “Metal_Hit_02.wav” https://freesound.org/people/dheming/sounds/197398/ by Derek Heming of Hedron Soundworks dheming at freesound https://freesound.org/people/dheming/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  - “blowgun - pipeblow - dart shotting” https://freesound.org/people/ramonmineiro/sounds/531973/ by ramonmineiro https://freesound.org/people/ramonmineiro/sounds/531973/ is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/  - “Robot machine transform.wav” https://freesound.org/people/michael_grinnell/sounds/512478/ by michael_grinnell https://freesound.org/people/michael_grinnell/  is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/  - “A Dart Being Thrown” https://freesound.org/people/theguitarmanjp/sounds/435004/ by @ComicJohnPowers https://freesound.org/people/theguitarmanjp/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  - “parantaja1 - health recovery instrument 1” https://freesound.org/people/markkuyp/sounds/345538/ by Markku Yli-Pentilä markkuyp https://freesound.org/people/markkuyp/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  - “Spinning reel.wav” https://freesound.org/people/tosha73/sounds/509902/  by tosha73 https://freesound.org/people/tosha73/ is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/  - “Slicing through flesh” 504615__neospica__slicing-through-flesh by NeoSpica of https://twitter.com/cybergnose_cafe is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/  - “Nasty Knife Stab.wav” https://freesound.org/people/Aris621/sounds/435238/ by Aris621 is licensed under CC BY 3.0 Visit hellgatecity.com
12:60
January 2, 2021
Ep. 01: Pilot
Hell Gate City Companion is a podcast offered in the style of a community radio show for the fictional town of Neo Amsterdam, aka Hell Gate City, a seemingly dystopian cyberpunk NYC. New episodes drop on or around the 2nd and 16th of each month. Host Kirby Bevins keeps listeners abreast of normal and paranormal news, with audio drama interludes and surprisingly scarce updates on the inter-dimensional portal atop Hell Gate Bridge. If you like the show and want us to keep making it, we welcome your patronage. Hop aboard our Patreon at http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron. Thank you for supporting funny sci-fi that doesn't suck. Jack into Kirby's decklink: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Facebook - bit.ly/hgccfbk Patreon - http://bit.ly/hgcc-patron Credits: Screaming Panda presents Hell Gate City Companion Created by Kevin Berrey Written and performed by Kevin Berrey, who also created original music and sound design; online at kevinplease.com and on socials @berrey This episode features the work of generous and talented sound designers, namely: “Pouring coffee.wav” https://freesound.org/people/Rico_Casazza/sounds/538932/ by Rico_Casazza  https://soundcloud.com/ricocasazza is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ “office-door-open-close” https://freesound.org/people/harri/sounds/9389/ by harri bionic https://freesound.org/people/harri/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Women’s Shoes 3” https://freesound.org/people/OwlStorm/sounds/151207/ by Ashe Kirk / Owlish Arts https://freesound.org/people/OwlStorm/ is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ “swords_fight_1.wav” https://freesound.org/people/leechlights/sounds/180026/ by leechlights is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Sword sheath v1” https://freesound.org/people/apolloaiello/sounds/328158/ by apolloaiello https://freesound.org/people/apolloaiello/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “SwordClash.wav” https://freesound.org/s/518992/ by Amaiguri is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ “Metal_Hit_02.wav” https://freesound.org/people/dheming/sounds/197398/ by Derek Heming of Hedron Soundworks dheming at freesound https://freesound.org/people/dheming/ is licensed under CC BY 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Swords Clash - High Quality #2” https://freesound.org/s/364530/ By Christopherderp https://freesound.org/people/Christopherderp/ is licensed under CC0 1.0: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ For more information visit hellgatecity.com
21:12
December 12, 2020
Trailer: You're in Hell Gate City
Season's Greetings, Neo Amsterdenizens and demons alike! Kirby Bevins here, your friendly neighborhood host. This trailer gives you the briefest tour of the Hell Gate City Companion podcast. The recipe? Take one part dark humor, fold in one part dystopian cyberpunk fantasy, and whisk gently with one part absurdist satire until frothy — best eaten off the spatula. If hooked don't forget to oil your weathervane, stretch your circuitry, and fare. Thee. Well. Join us on the 2nd & 16th of each month. Jack into Kirby's deck-link: Twitter - bit.ly/hgcctwt Tumblr - bit.ly/hgcctmb Instagram - bit.ly/hgccins Patreon - bit.ly/hgcc-patron – http://hellgatecity.com –
00:29
December 11, 2020