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Audio Experiments

By Tal Minear
Short things I'm trying out and want to upload somewhere.
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Forbidden Art
I wrote this for a local storytelling event and recorded this practice performance. It's about steam tunnel paintings. Don't tell the deans ;) Transcript here. This episode was written, recorded, and produced by Tal Minear.
September 16, 2020
Tick Tock Train
Sometimes your brain goes "I wonder how a time-traveling steampunk train would sound" and you just have to sit down and make it.  Anyway, this is how I think a time-traveling steampunk train would sound. 
September 1, 2020
Background Noise
On having a bad memory and too many things. This was written, recorded, and produced by Tal Minear. Transcript: I’m really forgetful. I’m bad at putting things away and remembering where I put them. The best way for me to know where something is is to look around and see it, so things pile up. Often literally. I want things around so I can see them and remember where they are. Though, sometimes, I just forget to put things away. Every flat surface acquires objects. Reminders of what to do. Reminders of what’s already been done. Reminders that I have something to make a task easier, so that I remember I don’t need to do it the hard way. It’s visual noise, everything on every surface, and when I see it everyday it fades to the background. The pile of clothes on the chair. The stack of books on the table. The letters on the kitchen counter. The pill bottle on the desk.  It’s normal. It’s how things are. Until I finally get around to tidying, and then I notice the noise is gone.
August 12, 2020
Audio Hug
I really want to hug my friends. This episode was written and recorded by Tal Minear.  Transcript: I wish you were here. If  you were, I’d be running right at you to give you the biggest of hugs. I really want to give you a hug, but, well, there’s a problem -  I am here and you are there. Way over there. The precise distance isn’t too important, I suppose, because you could be 6 feet away right now and that wouldn’t cut it. That’s not hugging distance. I can wave across the sidewalk, across the states, across the whole damn world. But I don’t want to just wave. I want to hug you.  So I guess I’ll just have to make do. Consider this a little audio hug. A smile. An embrace The feeling of warmth. The expression of friendship.  But most importantly, you being here with me. Someday you’ll be here with me.
August 7, 2020
In a rare break from sound design, here's a piece of music I made! This is the soundtrack my brain plays when I'm feeling anxious, usually for no good reason at all.  (Anxiety was composed by Tal Minear using Garageband.)
May 28, 2020
Tomorrow Will Be Fine
I wrote this at the end of a no good very bad week. Really, don't listen to me - I'm just being a grump. This episode was written and recorded by Tal Minear. Transcript: Things will be better tomorrow, they said. Today is just bad. Tomorrow will be fine. And then a day passes. Things will be better tomorrow, they said. Today is just bad. Tomorrow will be fine. And then a day passes. And another. And another. Tomorrow will be fine, they said. But tomorrow never comes.
May 12, 2020
The Never Ending Carousel
A short story about a long ride. This was written, recorded, and produced by Tal Minear. Transcript: We live and die on the never ending carousel, around and around and around and around. It keeps spinning, indifferent to the happenings on its surface. The horses go up and down, uncaring if anyone is riding atop them. The music plays, unaware of our own preferences. Some people say we should destroy the never ending carousel. If it were broken, they say, maybe we would be free. But the never ending carousel cannot stop, will not stop. You can only stop the people on it. You can only break them. The never ending carousel doesn’t care about us, but we care about it. We defend the never ending carousel from the people who want to destroy it, because it is our home. We live and die on the never ending carousel, around and around and around and around, and we call it Earth.
May 6, 2020
Quarantine Update
I've distilled the entire month of April (as I experienced it) into one short little clip. You can't hear the internal screaming (because it's, well, internal), but I promise you it's there. This episode was recorded and produced by Tal Minear.
May 4, 2020
Strangers in Strange Places
It starts off as a search for a scarf, and ends up with a wizard.  This is a little in-universe segment of my show, Sidequesting, that I wrote for another show, Listen Rinse Repeat. This is the combined version of a 5-part series (each part is 20 seconds long). Credits: This episode was written and produced by Tal Minear. Rion was voiced by  Tal Minear (they/them). Basil was voiced by Sable Smith (they/them).  Check out their work here. The Wizard was voiced by David Hanna (he/him). Check out his work here.  The Student was voiced by Brad Colbroock (they/them). Check out their work here. Transcript: BASIL: Thank you for coming, Rion! I’m missing my favorite scarf again, and I can’t find it anywhere. RION: It’s no problem at all, Basil. It’s not the scarf you’re wearing right now, is it? BASIL: Oh no, this is my backup scaf. RION: I should have known. Oh, it’s also not the one on your cat? BASIL: [confused] There it is!! But… I don’t have a cat. [SFX: Cat meow] [SFX: Cat shapeshifts into a person.] WIZARD: I’m sorry for borrowing your scarf, I get really cold when I’m a cat, for some reason. RION: But, why were you a cat? And why were you in Basil’s house? WIZARD: Well, I’m a wizard. My specialty is transformation, you see. I’m here because one of my students accidentally got turned into a rat. RION: Okay I have some more questions. BASIL: How did one of your students turn into a rat?? WIZARD: I was teaching magic and a spell went haywire. Students know these things happen, but it’s hard to stay calm when you’re suddenly a rat, you know? BASIL: I suppose they scampered in here and you followed them? WIZARD: Yep, I turned myself into a cat to keep up with them. I didn’t catch them, but I did see where they went. Can I search your pantry? BASIL: Uh, sure? [SFX: Pantry door opens, rat squeaks] WIZARD: There you are… Basil, could you hold them in place? Great, thank you. Here we go! [SFX: Rat turns into a human] STUDENT: WHAT IN THE NAME OF MERLIN JUST HAPPENED? RION: Uh, you were a rat? STUDENT: WHY WAS I A RAT? RION: I think it was a mis-aimed spell by your classmate? STUDENT: This does NOT answer my question?! Who turned me into a rat? Was it Callum??? WIZARD: You know I can’t tell you- STUDENT: [interrupting] Yep, it was Callum. [to Basil/Rion] Excuse me, I have some revenge to take. [SFX: Angry footsteps away] WIZARD: Excuse me, I have some revenge to stop. Thanks for your help, here’s something for your trouble. [SFX: Hurried footsteps away] RION: Good luck! BASIL: Look, the wizard gave me a crystal ball! This will help me next time I lose something! RION: Yeah, unless you lose the crystal ball! CREDITS:  The Student was voiced by Brad Colbroock, the Wizard was voiced by David Hanna, Rion was voiced by Tal Minear, and Basil was voiced by Sable Smith.
May 4, 2020
Voicemail to the Past
Tal leaves a voicemail to their middle school self. This episode was written, recorded, and produced by Tal Minear. Transcript: Hi Tal. It’s me, from the future. I just  want to leave you a little message, because I know what you need to hear  right now.  You wouldn’t recognize me if we met in person. At this  moment, you think you’re never going to cut your hair short or dye it  something permanent. You think you’re never gonna get a tattoo. Right  now, you’re scared of so many things. Eventually, those things will get a  little less scary.  Don’t get the wrong idea though, future you is  still winging it just as much as always. I don’t think that’s ever gonna  change. We still have a lot in common, though. I know you dream of  having a pet cat - well, I have three of them. I still only wear  converse high tops, or sometimes boots. I still hate red plaid skirts  just as much as always. I’m always still daydreaming - just at work now,  not at school. Those stories you have in your head? They keep coming.  Keep writing them down. Things aren’t great right now for you right now.  You’re not sure it’s gonna be better, but you have so many hopes for  the future nonetheless. And I want you to know to hold on to that hope. Cause you’re not gonna believe where we end up.
May 1, 2020
The Sound of Petrichor
What I think petrichor sounds like.  This episode was produced by Tal Minear.
May 1, 2020
Apartment Weather Report
This episode was written, recorded, and produced by Tal Minear. Transcript: Hello and thanks for tuning in to this one minute weather report.  It’s bright and sunny outside. This is southern California, it’s almost  always bright and sunny outside - I’m sure this isn’t a surprise.  The  exciting weather reports are for rain. Or those days of Santa Ana winds. Or that one time, years  ago, when a tiny tornado flipped a car over. It’s dark and cloudy  inside. This is my apartment, it’s almost always dark and cloudy inside -  I’m sure this isn’t a surprise. The exciting weather reports are for smiles. Or those days when I clean. Or that one time, years ago, when you were here with me.
May 1, 2020
1 Minute Audio Tour of the Steam Tunnels
This episode was written, recorded, and produced by Tal Minear. Transcript: And welcome to the steam tunnels! It’s this  hot practically everywhere in the tunnels; there’s a couple of places  where it’s even warmer than here, actually. It’s kind of nice though,  because it keeps the spiders away - the one section of the tunnels  that’s actually cool has a bunch of spiderwebs. It’s very fun to walk  though.  Yeah, that box fan is always there. Nobody knows why. We just  don’t mess with it. Now, make sure to watch your head as we walk though.  Some of the pipes on the ceiling are really low. Make sure to check how  hot a pipe is before you touch it - there’s a couple of pipes down here  that will burn you. These tunnels are a maze, so make sure you stay  close and don’t go wandering off. Our first stop is this way, to a mural  called Faith. It’s part of a series of paintings by an artist called…
May 1, 2020