06 Mar

League of the Green Velvet Chairs

League-thumbnailThe Story

The Inverness estate is now being looked after by Jack’s niece. A few of the original characters still remain, including the caretaker, Old Art, and Jack’s good friend, Mojo Sam the Youdoo Man.

Four of Jack Flanders fans arrive at the old mansion, hauling along their own green, overstuffed chairs. They are Zula, Zoey, Homer and Cairo. Each one tells of dreams they’ve had while sitting in their green velvet chairs. Their dreams not only appear similar, they believe they’ve been called to Inverness, and they’re trying to understand why.

The Citadel of Shadows

In their dream world, there is a dark castle surrounded by walls, everyone has left, only their shadows remain. If a dreamer should wander into this moonlit citadel, the shadows will attempt to cling to them, to become their shadow.

This becomes a reality when Zoey sits in Jack’s green chair. As the church bell chimes midnight, the chair begins to grow wings. The next day they find Zoey in a coma. That evening Mojo also sits in the chair and is taken to this moonlit realm, but he too becomes lost within the citadel ofhungry shadows.

Tim’s Music

The music that Tim Clark has composed for this story is extraordinary, at times it is so beautiful, at other times, it’s pretty creepy. In other words, it is amazing.


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05 Aug

Test

AAWhen Felipe Montero answers an ad, he meets an old woman, perhaps over a hundred years old, and her young niece Aura. But does the beautiful Aura actually exist? This is a strange, dreamy, haunting story. Recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting award for Best Radio Drama.

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21 Jul

Meatball’s Meatballs 02

cover258x258This second podcast contains a short play that Meatball Fulton wrote and recorded for the annual Audio Theatre Workshop held in West Plains, Missouri. The piece was recorded on location – in the Memphis airport, in a cafe, a shop, out in the street, in a car, etc. The title: It’s Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood.


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21 Jul

Meatball’s Meatballs 03

cover258x258In this third podcast, Meatball Fulton pays tribute to that great American Comic and Hero, Abbie Hoffman. At ZBS, many years ago, Abbie came up to record an album, Wake Up, America! Hear American Abbie as you’ve never heard him before, singing God Bless America! And our National Anthem! He had the whole ZBS gang on the floor laughing.


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15 Jul

World Sounds

WSRecorded by Connie Kieltyka & Bob Bielecki

These are sounds recorded all over the world by two superb sound recordists. They traveled about Brazil, the Amazon, Africa, China, Venezuela, Peru, Nepal, India, and the U.S. We’ve used many of these sounds in our own productions, especially the Jack Flanders adventures. Not only are these great sounds, beautifully recorded, but it’s also a nice way to sit back, cool out, and marvel at the natural sounds of this amazing planet of ours. 67 minutes.

(Installation at Whitney Museum NYC)

Track Listing

Track 1 – “Kenya” 14:48
Early morning, Crater Lake
Masai – grandfather and grandson
Ceremonial dance
Underwater hydraphones (microphones)
Nairobi – outdoors
Factory pounding metal
Stick dance
Night time
Crickets & jet plane

Track 2 – “Transportation” 11:53
Amazon – Howler monkeys
Train – Sao Paulo
Hong Kong – School
Brazil – Jet
Nepal Buddhist Temple
Venezuela frogs
Camels – Rajasthan
India – ocean

Track 3 – “Whitney Mix” 39:39
Ocean
Night, upstate New York
Whippoorwill – Ohio
Thunderstorm – Adirondacks
African drumming
Howlers – Amazon
Tweety bird – Amazon
Pacific ocean – San Francisco
Mason building a wall – Peru
Oxcart caught in mud, sound of leather
Chanting – Nepal
Frogs – Venezuela
Bull frogs – Venezuela
Frogs – Amazon
Birds – Kenya
Floating on Ganges – India


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29 Jun

Meatball’s Meatballs 05

cover258x258The Making of MOON OVER MOROCCO. Meatball Fulton tells how he recorded sounds in Morocco and then later wrote the script. “I wrote scenes to take place in the environments I had recorded … the sounds then became as important as the plot and the characters.”


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29 Jun

Meatball’s Meatballs 06

cover258x258Meatball Fulton chats with legendary composer, Tim Clark. Tim talks about the music he created for the RUBY series, starting with RUBY 1 on up through the latest, RUBY 7, “Dream Weaver, Dream Deceiver.” An insightful and amusing interview.


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29 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 1

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton demonstrates Fritz by playing a 3D thunderstorm, and then begins with Episodes 1 & 2 of “Saratoga Fat Cats,” a mystery recorded in 3D sound.


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29 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 2

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton tells about places he was tossed out of while attempting to record with Frtiz, the dummy head, and continues with Episodes 3 & 4 of “Saratoga Fat Cats.”


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28 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 3

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton plays foghorns he recorded near Golden Gate Bridge with Fritz, and the follows with a piece of fast fiction, and then Episode 5 & 6 of “Saratoga Fat Cats.”


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28 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 4

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton tells a brief history of binaural recording, how recording 3D sound came about, and plays Episodes 7 & 8 of “Saratoga Fat Cats.”


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22 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 5

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

“Robots Are Coming,” and “Sss-Sex Minux One” by the Android Sisters. Plus Episode 7 & 8 of the 3D mystery, “Saratoga Fat Cats.”


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22 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 6

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton plays sounds he and Clark recorded in the Amazon & the Pantanal of Brazil, including toucans, caiman, and mosquitoes. He tells about the difficulties recording in the jungles and swamps, then continues with Episodes 9 & 10 of “Saratoga Fat Cats.”


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22 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 7

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton continues with his tales of recording in the Amazon rainforest, and plays the final two episodes of “Saratoga Fat Cats.”


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13 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 8

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton begins a new series recorded with Fritz in 3D sound, “The Maltese Goddess,” it won the Prix Italia Special Prize.


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13 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 9

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton continues with “The Maltese Goddess,” a 3D mystery story recorded with Fritz.


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13 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 10

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton tells how he beat out 25 countries to receive the most prestigious radio drama award in the world, “The Prix Italia Special Prize,” and then plays the final episode of the award-winning, “The Maltese Goddess.”


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13 Jun

ZBS in 3D Sound – Episode 11

Many of you are familiar with our friend Mr. Fritz, a microphone that can hear how we hear; above, below, and all around. Over the years, Fulton has recorded a lot of sounds & stories with Fritz, and he wants to share them with you. When you listen with headphones, or earbuds, it really is a 3D sound experience.

Fulton plays the first 3D story he ever recorded with Fritz, Karl Edward Wagner’s horrific tale, “Sticks.”


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12 May

HA! FAT CHANCE

A young man’s fantasies and reality simply don’t jive. This is Meatball Fulton’s first radio play. It was produced at KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley back in 1963. The actor who does T.J. Teru in “Ruby,” Bill, directed and plays one of the main characters along with Ruth, who later became one of the Android Sisters. There’s a jazz trio, with music composed and performed by Ian Underwood. Ian, who plays alto sax here, went on to join Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. It’s a humorous and complex production with a very large cast and some fine music.


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12 May

CLEVE BACKSTER

Cleve Backster is a scientist who has worked extensively with plant reaction to human stimulus. He helped to develop the polygraph (lie detector) and, while experimenting with its use, discovered that plants reacted to stimulus just as human beings do and that they appeared to react instantaneously (non-time consumption). While such a concept has been a common one in Eastern religions and spiritual thought, it’s only just beginning to be considered in the framework of Western scientific research. Backster discusses this phenomenon, and the presence of a primary life force that extends beyond our present ability to measure it (beyond the electro-magnetic spectrum). He touches on mental telepathy, ESP, auras, psychic healing, and the need for science to open up these fields of research and to accept and work with new definitions of energy and time. This talk was recorded about 1972.


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12 May

KEITH JARRETT

Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times – acclaimed as an improviser; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble. This interview was done about 1976, shortly after the release of his famous “Koln Concert” album. Keith talks about how he improvises, how it’s like writing a novel, moving from chapter to chapter.


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12 May

ERIC IDLE OF MONTY PYTHON

What an amazing influence Monty Python has had on the world. First the BBC television shows, then albums, then movies, and now all the repeats and replays. This interview was done in the late 70s, shortly before they were about to begin writing the script for “The Life of Brian.” It began as the life of Jesus, but the world wasn’t ready for that. Eric tells about some of the Python’s outrageous, hilarious, and blasphemous ideas for the script, none of which made it into the movie. You’ll get a glimpse of their thinking before they have to tame it down a bit, actually quite a bit.


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12 May

MEATBALL MEETS THE DINOSAUR

James Gurney, the author/illustrator of the four Dinotopia books, talks with Meatball Fulton about where his ideas come from, his fantasies and dreams, and even building flying machines. He tells of the time he “rode the rails” (sleeping in boxcars) from California to New York City, while stopping to sketch people and places along the way. And of course, Jim talks about his favorite subject, dinosaurs! Meatball was amazed to discover that paleontologists now believe many dinosaurs had feathers, even baby tyrannosaurs! Gadzooks!


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12 May

THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF NORMAN NUMBNOTZ…

This is early Fulton, recorded in the late 60s. It’s a humorous view of high school in the early 1950s. As Meatball put it, “This is so outrageous, I don’t have the nerve to do anything like this now.”

“TEENAGE PAIN” Norman, out with a hot cheerleader, desperately trying to find a place to park and make out.

“WHY IS THAT?” Norman at a drive-in restaurant trying to pick up chicks. You’ll be able to smell the shakes, burgers, ad greasy fries in this one.

“BOOBS A ‘ PLENTY” This is a fine example of how the FCC can be out-foxed. It’s the first time Norman is able to lay his hands on a pair of boobs.

“BAD ASS NUMBNOTZ” A motorcycle fantasy after he’d seen Marlon Brando in “The Wild One” – Norman thinks he’s the leader of the Bad Ass Motorcycle Club. There’s a great fight scene with his arch-enemy, Engine Block Polotoski, leader of the Heaps-O-Spit.


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12 May

THE FANTASTIC REALITY

P.J. Orte, the voice of Little Frieda, hosts this program on fantasy & reality and the fun we have when the two blend into one. This was originally done for NPR as a Halloween Special, but it has nothing to do with Halloween. It’s a pretty neat program with lots of snippets of our productions woven within, and of course P.J.’s enticing voice luring you on.


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12 May

SYD BARRETT OF THE PINK FLOYD

Meatball Fulton interviewed Syd Barrett in London back in 1967. Barrett was considered a creative genius. He wrote and/or cowrote 9 of the 11 songs on the Pink Floyd’s first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Barrett also came up with the group’s name, “The Pink Floyd.” Here Barrett talks of his painting, and of criticism. As Meatball recalls in his introduction to the interview, “My impression was that he had been taking a lot of LSD trips. In fact, his eyes were so open it was like looking into a tunnel, there were no barriers, I had to stop myself from tumbling down inside him. I think I now know what it’s like to be Alice in Wonderland.” This is a strange interview. Meatball decided to leave it raw and unedited.


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12 May

JERRY GARCIA OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD

This interview is a bit eerie, almost gives me the creeps. It was recorded in 1970, and among the things that Jerry Garcia is talking about, in fact the main focus here, is the environment. Speak about Green?! I mean, wow, what he’s talking about is what’s happening now. In fact, it sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, or maybe even tomorrow. It’s sure nice to hear his gentle voice. A very wise, kind person indeed. We miss him.


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12 May

ABBIE HOFFMAN AND THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

We produced this rare album of America’s crazy comedian, revolutionary and hanky panky artist. It was recorded up here at the Zeeber Farm, in our own studio, Froggy Acres. But no record company would touch it. So we figured, what the hell, we’ll put it out on our own label, Big Toe. Originally Abbie wanted to call the label Mafia Records – “Cause that’s what most of ‘em are, you know,“ is what he said. It’s a funny, fuck off album, with Abbie doing his comic routines at colleges in Texas, New York and Canada besides up here in our studio. Abbie also sings America’s favorites backed by The Joint Chiefs of Staff. Wait’ll you hear “Our National Anthem,” or the classic “Cool Water,” or the heart tugging “Ave Maria,” or Abbie’s rendition of “Chicago,” and finally – “God Bless America.” A totally outrageous album. Recorded in 1971. A documentary film on Abbie’s life will be coming out very soon. Parts of this album were used in the film.


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12 May

RALPH ORTIZ – PIANO DESTRUCTION

Mr. Ortiz, a leader in the Destructivist Art Movement, demonstrates the power of axe as art, as he hacks to pieces a beautiful upright piano in an apartment in London. Great sounds as his axe comes down upon the keyboard. Two curators from the Tate Museum stand by observing and wisely commenting upon the progress of the piece as the chips fly past. This is a very funny program. Certainly surreal. Recorded in 1966.


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12 May

YOKO ONO – AN EVENT

Avant garde artist and wife of John Lennon. The program contains a series of theatre pieces performed in London, recorded and mixed with the awe struck, bewildered and outraged comments of people in the audience as well as Miss Ono’s gentle explanations. No, Lennon was not there. Recorded in 1966 in London by Meatball Fulton.


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12 May

JOURNEY TO THE EAST

A young man talks about his journey to the East, his experience in Nepal and Katmandu. “What’s Katmandu like? Can you imagine a head’s Disneyland?” He also explains how various types of hashish are made and tells of his experiences as an international hashish smuggler. Wrought with visual images, entertaining and educational…not to be puffed at lightly. Hearing his extraordinary experiences in Kabul, Afghanistan, and contrasting it with today’s events, makes one wonder how things have gotten so screwed up. Life seemed so simple back then. Recorded in 1968.


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12 May

A TIME IN TANGIER

A walk and talk with Paul Bowles, author and composer, in and around his home in Tangier. Bowles is an American expatriate who has been living in Morocco for the last 20 years. He was the inspiration for our radio serial “Moon Over Morocco”. A good deal of that serial was based upon what he talks about here. He speaks of the Sahara Desert, the Moroccan non-logic, the types of magic – also his experiences with Gertrude Stein and the American expatriate Paris scene of the 20s and 30s. The interview was recorded in Bowles’ apt., and in the streets of Tangier, as well as walking among the hills above the city. Recorded 1967.


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12 May

CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE

Rinpoche has probably done more to adapt the ancient traditions of the East to the 20th century Western experience than any other spiritual teacher. Born in Tibet and discovered at the age of 14 months to be the 11th incarnation of the Trungpa Tulku, he was raised to become Abbot of the Surmang Monasteries. While still in his teens, he was forced to flee to India when Tibet was invaded by the Chinese Communists. From India he went to Oxford, where he studied fine arts, comparative religion, psychology and Western culture. After five years of such study, he founded his first meditation center in Scotland and published his first two books – his autobiography Born in Tibet, and Meditation in Action. In 1970, he came to the U.S. and has since then established two meditation centers, Tail of the Tiger, in Barnet, Vermont and Karma Dzong, in Boulder, Colorado. This interview with the hard-drinking, chain-smoking lama was recorded at Tail of the Tiger in August, 1972.


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12 May

QUATTLEBAUM AND THE TAROT CARDS

Quattlebaum, black mystic and psychic prankster, goes through the Tarot cards, explaining the symbolism of each card and straying now and then to tell a little psychic phenomena tale or two. A most intriguing tape, he really goes deeply into the Tarot in a serious, humorous, entertaining way. The character of “Mojo Sam, the YooDoo Man” in “Moon Over Morocco” was based on Quattlebaum, who also, appropriately enough, plays Mojo in the Jack Flanders stories. In this interview, he sounds a lot like Jimi Hendrix. Very strange.


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05 May

DONOVAN

This was recorded in Donovan’s home in 1967. It’s not the sort of thing that dates because he’s talking about God and things like that. He sez he feels like a medium, he doesn’t create it…it just passes through. “It’s like having your fingers plugged into the sky.” A nice insight into a remarkable poet and all around nice guy.


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05 May

THE AMAZING STAN LEE

One of America’s true culture heroes…the man responsible for the creation of Spiderman, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and all the other fantastic Marvel comic characters…he talks about the American comic world and reveals several hitherto secret Stan Lee Literary Laws. He’s a fantastic marvel character himself. But, hearing this today, I wish more of the interview were about all those amazing characters he’s invented. Still, a fascinating guy. Recorded 1971.


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05 May

DENNY HALL

Denny Hall is an ex-confidence man, a musician, and song writer. Here he talks about prisons, what goes on in them, and various cons he’s performed. He’s powerful, he really gets into the problems of prisons with the insight of a poet who has spent half of his life behind bars – in and out from the age of 10. Extraordinary interview, he’s run some amazing cons. Recorded 1970.


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05 May

KEN KESEY

A series of interviews done with the author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion,” recorded in his home in Oregon.

1 – INTELLECT AND VIOLENCE Kesey’s reactions to Mt. Analogue by R. Dumal, and to the music of Dylan and Coltrane; an account of a meeting with Jean Genet and the Black Panthers.

2 – TILLER TALES Taking STP; losing the past; getting it back again; using it.

3 – DREAMS AND MOVIES A dream; going to a Doors concert after getting out of jail; “The Exterminating Angel” a Luis Bunuel film. Recorded 1970.


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05 May

FRANK ZAPPA

An outrageous tape. Mr. Zappa whips it out. Such tasty tidbits as “The Bow Tie Theory of the Universe” and “The Cosmic Fart” – how farts have the same atomic consistency as exploding Novas – and such. A lot of other stuff too, mixed with his music. Recorded 1968.


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05 May

JIMI HENDRIX

This is a great interview. His vibrations were so strong they totally filled the room – you could see ‘em with your eyes, grainy texture, like molecules that swirled around him. When you listen to the sound of his voice, you’ll realize what an incredibly sensitive and gentle person he was. Here he talks about what he wanted to do with his music, his frustrations, women, voodoo, his first memories as a child, his dreams at night, death and heaven. Recorded 1967.


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05 May

JULIAN JAYNES – VOICES OF THE GODS

Julian Jaynes has taught at Yale, Princeton and Cambridge, England. He was trained as a behavioral psychologist but became interested in the development of consciousness…essentially mind and it’s place in nature. He feels that consciousness was not a development of animal evolution but came after language and was evolved in human culture. He found that before about 1300 B.C. man did not think of himself in introspective terms but rather “heard voices” from the gods who told him what to do and how best to survive; that around this date great chaos and cataclysm raged and the old structure broke down and after that man developed a consciousness or inner space. He calls the preconscious mind “The Bicameral Mind” and discusses this fascinating theory, auditory hallucinations, neurological bases for assumptions about the mind, and the refreshing idea that we are extremely young in this business of consciousness and eventually we will probably be able to dance after all. Recorded 1971.


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05 May

DIRTY DENNY AND THE PORNO BUSINESS

An insiders view of the multi-million dollar porno business, seen thru the eyes of a successful porno businessman. Yes folks, it’s supply and demand and how much will people pay to be titillated. It’s books, movies, massage parlours, peep shows, publishers, police harassment and the old crispy green, and how far can the enterprising businessman go before the citizens of a community rise up with pitch forks and burning torches. It’s a most informative and amusing program. Recorded in 1970, and still dynamite.


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05 May

HUMPHREY OSMOND – PSYCEDELIC MEMOIRS

Humphrey Osmond is one of the foremost experts on Psychedelics and drug-induced states of consciousness. He is also a psychiatrist of extra-ordinary experience and foresight and has helped to pioneer megavitamin therapy and to bring to doctors and laymen alike an awareness of the effects of institutional architecture and environment on the psychotic mind. He coined the word “psychedelic” and was the guy who first turned on Aldous Huxley. He tells about that first trip with Huxley and about their subsequent attempts to get financial support for the research on hallucinogens such as mescaline, peyote, and LSD, which they felt to be so important. He also tells a very funny story about he and Huxley trying to find someone to handle the psychedelic research and finally meeting a straight, conservative and reliable young man who seemed fine in every respect except that he might be just a little too stuffy…his name – Timothy Leary. Humphrey Osmond has written many books including “How to Live With Schizophrenia” and “Understanding Understanding”


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27 Apr

Blue Bamboo

bam_smTim’s latest and loveliest. It’s certainly “cooled-out” music. Lyrical, lush, caressing your senses. It’s a trip to the tropics, but a kind of “fantasy tropics,” the kind you daydream about, swinging in a hammock, warm ocean breeze, scent of jasmine, gardenias, every muscle in your body emitting a soft sensual sigh. Can’t get much more relaxed than this.

Tim, as you may know, has composed music for all the Rubys, and just about all the Jack Flanders adventures. Our stories wouldn’t be nearly as good without his collaboration. In fact, Meatball writes his stories with Tim’s music in mind. He allows the stories to “breathe” so Tim’s music can be an equally important and essential part of the story. As Meatball once said, “Tim fills in the colors.”

However, here is music that Tim has composed not to accompany a story, but out of his own pure imagination. The sensual tropics, Blue Bamboo.


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27 Apr

Dinotopia Suite

DINOMUSThe composer, Tim Clark, has sifted through hours of music he created for Dinotopia and has woven together  the best of the best. This is some of the finest music Tim has ever done. He calls it a “Suite” and it sure is.

Not only is Dinotopia a terrific book, an excellent story, lavishly illustrated, but also a really neat ZBS audio production, with sounds we recorded in Java, Sumatra, and Bali. And weaving it all together is Tim’s amazing music.


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27 Apr

Music from Dreams of Rio

MDRTim Clark has gone back to the original digital masters and assembled the haunting music he composed for the Jack Flanders series, Dreams of Rio. Includes the enchanting music from the mist shrouded Valley of the Crystal Skull.

Tim also added sounds that he and Mr. Fulton recorded in the Amazon and the Pantanal. This is a great album.


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27 Apr

Myth

mythHave you admired the beautiful, ethereal music scores of ZBS Adventures? Have you also noticed that most of the music is composed by Tim Clark? As former composer-in-residence at both the Strasenburgh and McLaughlin Plantariums, Tim acquired the perfect background to write the celestial, soothing, and often haunting high-tech scores for ZBS’ classic productions of Ruby and Jack Flanders.

The music of MYTH includes pieces that were not part of these adventures, they are separate works created by Tim Clark. They include, “The Pharaoh Invites the Spacemen in for Tea,” “A New Hieroglyphic,” “At the Pyramid Ball,” “Afternoon Siesta in Lab #4” and more, nine pieces in total. So settle back, relax, and let your mind sail forth to be caressed by the galactic myths of the space gods.


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27 Apr

The Music of Steam Dreamers of Inverness

SDITim Clark composed some wonderful music for the latest Jack Flanders series, “Steam Dreamers of Inverness.” The complete story is about 8 hours in length, and at least 7 of those hours have music.

Tim spent some time sifting, distilling, combining, and remixing the music of “Steam Dreamers.” There are four separate movements, each reflecting the four parts of the series; Steam Dreamers, Islands in the Sky, Particles of Light, andClockwork Kingdom.

It’s kind of hypnotic, sweet, lush and at times, rather majestic. It’s also quite beautiful.


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27 Apr

Dinotopia

DOClose your eyes, open your imagination, and be transported to Dinotopia, the only place in the world where dinosaurs and humans live side by side. This peaceful island, first brought to light in James Gurney’s phenomenal bestseller, comes alive again in this spectacular audio journey. Join Arthur and Will Denison as they explore all the great landmarks, discover the hidden byways, meet the inhabitants (including the dinosaurs), and learn about the unusual lifeways of this fabulous land apart from time.

No other audio adventure so effectively creates an entire world (a reality unlike any other) and so immediately plunges you into the full ambiance of an unknown civilization. All the excitement and adventure of this unique expedition is now within your reach through this very special production.

“ZBS has brought Dinotopia to life before your very ears. What had once been a kind of silent movie on the book page now has a vivid and abundant soundtrack, complete with tambourines, trumpets, rumbles, hoots, roars and laughter” – Jim Gurney

​​For fans of radio dramatization, sci fi radio drama, audio theater, Dinotopia and radio drama stories.


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27 Apr

The Taj Express

TEM. Fulton embarked on a pilgrimage to the cities & locations where these stories take place, to record the ambient sounds: from the foothills of the Himalayas, to the lively markets of Old Delhi, to Madras, Bangalore, & the back alleys of Bombay. The stories include, The Blackmailer, Lost Directions, Initiation, The Hungry Stones, Jahanavi, The Co-Professionals, This is Impossible, and A Sound Portrait of North India. Also, Rabindranath Tajore’s The Hungry Stones, a tale of an abandoned palace that takes over the minds of those who linger there. 2.5 hours.

For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, adventure radio drama and short radio dramas.


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27 Apr

Aura

AAWhen Felipe Montero answers an ad, he meets an old woman, perhaps over a hundred years old, and her young niece Aura. But does the beautiful Aura actually exist? This is a strange, dreamy, haunting story. Recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting award for Best Radio Drama.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, 3D radio drama mystery, radio mysteries and exotic metaphysical mysteries.


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27 Apr

Sticks & O boy O boy O & The Bleeding Man

SBO Boy, Bleeding Stick Man!

Three 3-D Mysteries Recorded in binaural sound. Three fun & frightening stories in one download – “Sticks,” “The Bleeding Man,” and “O Boy O Boy O.”

Sticks
by Karl Edward Wagner

An abandoned farmhouse, built upon an ancient stone foundation, is surrounded by sculptures of twisted sticks in the forms of bizarre crucifixes. A stone burial chamber and evidence of human sacrifice indicate that a prehistoric cult once lived there … and it soon becomes clear that they still do. 30 mins.

The Bleeding Man
by Craig Strete

From birth, a young Native American has been bleeding from his chest. The government keeps him locked in a cell. Refusing to heed his uncle’s warnings, the authorities ignorance leads to a devastating climax. This is a combination of 3D and stereo. It’s terrific. 12 minutes.

O Boy O Boy O
by M. Fulton

Set in tomorrow’s world where convicted criminals are let free if they allow their personalities to be erased and replaced by more “acceptable” personalities. O Boy O, a personality programmer (and would-be writer), decides to create a living novel using real people (the criminals he’s reprogrammed). When he begins to create plots for his “characters” to meet and interact with each other, his novel and his life begin to twist around each other. 30 minutes.

These stories were recorded using a special technique called Kunstkopf Binaural Sound. Developed in Germany by the Neumann Corporation, it’s a solid rubber head (nicknamed “Fritz) with microphones planted in the inner ear chambers. Fritz “hears” sound the same way as you: in front, behind, above, below, all around you. To experience this 3-Dimensional sound, please use your headphones.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, scary radio drama, horror radio drama and exotic metaphysical mysteries.


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27 Apr

A Night on the Rio Negro

ANRPicture this … a thousand miles into the Amazon, a giant white moon, water gently lapping against the sandy beach, the night calls of tropical birds. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the Amazon but thought, “I don’t like big snakes,” or “Can I recharge my iPod?,” we’ve got the sounds for you.

Fulton & Clark have assembled their night recordings made along the Rio Negro. The second part is a gentle rain at sunset, soothing rainforest sounds, a chorus of chirping frogs and twittering jungle birds.

So, turn down the lights, slip on the headphones, and let your life be lulled away with the calming, meditative, dreamy, “A Night on the Rio Negro. One hour of bliss.


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27 Apr

Saratoga Noir

saratoga_noirSaratoga Springs has an amazing history, the oldest racetrack in the country, the old gambling casinos, the spas and healing spring waters, and all those shady characters.

The Story Danny Boyee is a private investigator who is barely paying the rent. He’s hired to find a Balinese pussy wearing a very expensive diamond collar. Vicki Millhouse, an ex-showgirl who married into old Saratoga money, hires Danny to find her kidnapped cat. But something that appears so simple, quickly turns into danger and intrigue for unsuspecting Danny Boyee.  2 hours.

The Comic Strip And as a special bonus, the audio comes with a comic strip drawn by Genevieve Shapiro. Her wonderful cartoon style captures the elegance of the audio, it’s a great companion for the series.

 

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27 Apr

Dinotopia, The World Beneath

DOWWhen Arthur denison leads an exposition deep into the mysterious caverns of The Worls Beneath, they discover strange mechanical walking machines shaped like dinosaurs and powered by sunstones.

The continuation of the original award-winning Dinotopia by James Gurney. Available as a hardcover book, or as an audio adventure!

When Arthur Denison explores the mysterious caverns of the World Beneath, he discovers an ancient civilization that in many ways is more advanced than our own. But his expedition is threatened by a greedy sailor, Lee Crabb, and by dinosaurs even larger and fiercer than the Tyrannosaurs, the meat-eating Gigantosaurus!

“A dazzling soundscape that does full justice to Gurney’s wondrous lost world… perfect family listening.” – The Christian Science Monitor

Combine the book with the audio adventure and you have a wonderful, humorous and joyous experience for the whole family.

​For fans of radio dramatization, sci fi radio drama, audio theater, Dinotopia and radio drama stories.


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27 Apr

Ruby 1: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe

RRUBY is fast-paced and funny intergalactic entertainment the Marx Brothers would be proud of, with slick, splashy high-tech music and effects created by Tim Clark. The music and sound effects are stunning.

On the planet Summa Nulla (the “high point of nothing”) someone is manipulating the media. And Ruby, our hip, tough-talking detective is hired to track down the malefactors.

The Android Sisters perform their satirical speak-songs as Ruby, the galactic gumshoe, encounters some pretty weird planetary inhabitants on her quest for truth and the intergalactic way: The Tookah, with four tentacles, three eyes, a blue mustache and red fez, TJ Teru the archaeologist, Chief Molierre of the Mole People, sneaky little Rodant Kapoor, Angel Lips (the femme fatale of androids) and the Slimeys, genetically engineered assassins.

Originally broadcast around the world in 23 foreign countries: including the CBC, Canada, BBC, England and ABC, Australia.

The Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction of the Year.

Ruby officially entered Science Fiction’s Audio Hall of Fame for Best Science Fiction of 1982.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio drama sci fi, adventure radio drama, radio mysteries, sci fi radio dramas, and modern radio drama.


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27 Apr

The Case of the Disappearing Witch

CASEIn a little theatre, off off off Broadway, Simon Gray is attempting to direct a production of Macbeth, but every actress that plays Witch #3, disappears. Simon calls in his old friend, Mojo Sam. When Mojo sees an actress vanish before his eyes, he brings in Little Frieda, a girl who looks about 12 years old, wears pigtails that rise straight up in the air when she senses danger, smokes Havana cigars, and has no pupils in her eyes. She can see thought forms. When she finally talks Simon into allowing her to play Witch #3, Little Frieda also disappears, in fact, right on stage, “Poof!” she’s gone. But then, in the Realm of the Muse, Little Frieda meets the real Witch #3, and she is sizzling mad and out for revenge.

Wait ‘til you hear the music that Tim Clark did. It is awesome! Really exceptional, a full orchestra backing the skewered humor of Meatball Fulton’s script, along with his really bent take on Macbeth’s witches.

​​For fans of radio dramatization, sci fi radio drama, audio theater, detective radio drama, and radio drama stories.


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27 Apr

Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous – Pt 1

ladywLady Windermere is a spy. Professor Farking Foots-Foots has installed a recording device in the brass cage of Lady Windermere’s bustle. Hidden within the bows of her bustle is a lens. Whenever the Lady turns her back, she can record whatever is happening behind her.

In Part One of A Steampunk State of Mind, Professor Foots-Foots is “setting the record straight” for the historian, Carking Cowputter. By playing back the recordings Lady Windermere captured with her Brass Fantabulous device, Foots-Foots has documented the events that led up to what is known as, “The-Not-So-Great-War.”

This Steampunk series is a satirical comment on how governments create misinformation to justify their nefarious commercial interests, besides manipulating the minds of their own gullible people. 65 minutes.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, adventure radio drama, radio mysteries, steam punk stories and exotic metaphysical mysteries.


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27 Apr

Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous – Pt 2

LADY2This is the world of Lady Chatterley and the Pinkerton Pranksters, masters of misinformation. As the Not-So-Great-War continues, the Krauts have been using zeppelins to drop canisters of synthetic Zombie gas on various villages in hopes of creating a ravenous fighting force. Meanwhile, the wicked Sultan who attempted to add Lady W. to his harem, happens to be visiting Venice. The good Lady is out to even the score. 65 minutes.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, adventure radio drama, radio mysteries, steam punk stories and exotic metaphysical mysteries.


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27 Apr

90 Second Cellphone Chillin’ Theater

90secondHere are some tasty little treats, 50 short Chillin’ stories.  They all take place on cellphones.  It appears the author, Meatball Fulton, opened a trapdoor in his skull and out hopped these little demons.

There’s nothing really, truly, scary here.  In fact, most are hilarious, or at least the author thinks so.  And even though we call these “tasty little treats,” you may find a few totally lacking in taste.  They are zany, bent, and bizarre.

Some are bound to become classics, stories like – “Get Yo Big Albino Butt Offa Mah Street!” “Big Bruno says, “So Long, Sweet Dreams, Sucker,” “The Return of the Werediva,” “Ghouls Galore” (a comment on our elections), “Betty Big Boobs Meets Vinnie the Vampire,” “Things That Go Splat in the Night,” “Shameful Wanda and Her Wicked Wereass,” and a truly awesome work of art, “Detective Barney Big Butt Meets Little Marvin the Midget.”  2 hours.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, short radio dramas, and scary radio drama.


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27 Apr

Best of Saratoga Springs

BSARThese little gems are so hilarious, you’ll be convulsed with laughter, gasping for air. With occasional comments by the author, good ol’ Meatball Fulton.

Saratoga Springs was originally produced as 90 (4) minute daily episodes for National Public Radio. So many of these episodes, dealing with the lives and loves of a whole cast of wacky characters in this charming town of Saratoga Springs, are brilliant little gems. But we found that not many people will spend 6 1/2 hours listening to a series about a town they couldn’t care less about, so it was edited down to 2 1/2 hours. What a shame, because some of the finest and funniest things we’ve ever done are buried in here. So, we decided to take the very best episodes, add the author as a character to tie things together, and tell this story in a different way.  2.5 hours.

​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, adventure radio drama, and short radio dramas.


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27 Apr

Dishpan Fantasy

DPWhen Dora tries a new dish detergent called, “Blue Goddess,” she is suddenly whisked away to an unearthly paradise where strange and wonderful things appear.  Husband Aldo soon follows and in this swaying tropical Shangri-La, where the trees, flowers and even the breezes sing to Dora and Aldo (now Ador and Odla), they find themselves in a pagan past, where they rediscover their love for each other.

Literally a soap opera, “Dishpan Fantasy” takes you on a mythic journey to a time when women were goddesses and men were – well – pan-like goats.  1 hour.

​​For fans of audio drama, radio drama, radio adventure, adventure radio drama, radio mysteries, exotic metaphysical mysteries, and funny radio drama.


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27 Apr

Saratoga Springs: Original Radio Version

SSSaratoga Springs, Life in Small Town America.

Is this the charming town, known for it’s spas, horse racing and potato chips?  What happens to Zippy, the mail lady, when White Boy rick talks her into trying his famous “magic mushrooms?”  Was Zippy really chased down Broadway by Breughel’s infernal Bagels from Hell?  And what about Born Again Billie and the devilish Domingo Buster Bugatti, or the wealthy widow Penny Nicholson-Dimes?  There’s the bank manager, Ducks Quackenbush; the ex-bookie Blue Jaw Magoon; CIA-trained Weasel Ricardo; Ila Mae of the Road Kill Café; and Lena Spencer, founder of Caffe Lena.  Plus, Gypsy Markoff, New Age Nancy, that southern belle, Baby Jasmine Honeysuckle, and her spirit guide, Chief Buffalo Chip, and the ice cream man, Mr. Stiffy.  How real are these characters?  6.5 hours.

“Saratoga Springs, a sort of avant-garde Peyton Place without the angst … fascinating, thoroughly offbeat … handled with a light touch and a good deal of whimsy.”  – Weekly Variety.


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