August 17, 2019

“Juno Steel,” A Great New Audio Arts Adventure

“Juno Steel,” A Great New Audio Arts Adventure

We’re delighted to introduce Penumbra Podcasts to Fictional Cafe – especially upon learning we’re all more-or-less Boston creative types. Penumbra is making truly excellent podcasts, or audio arts as we like to call them because that term brings out the multiple dimensions of this work: excellent scripts, high-quality studio recording and mixing, and really delightful foley work (sound effects to you listeners).

But let’s hear what the Penumbra people have to say for themselves:

“We’ve always loved stories, whether they be science fiction, swashbucklers, high fantasy, horror, or mystery. We grew up passionately reading, watching movies and TV, and playing video games. But eventually we started to notice that a lot of the stories we consumed were the same ones over and over again, and we got tired of it.

Why did every boy and girl who adventured together have to end up romantically involved? Why couldn’t a woman be tough and fierce without also being sexy? Why did every gay relationship end in tragedy? And where were all the people who didn’t fit into the gender binary?

“And one day, we realized that we couldn’t wait any more for the stories we wanted. So we decided to write them ourselves. Maybe you’ve been waiting for them, too. If you have, we hope you’ll join us at The Penumbra to listen.”

So yes, enough of the printed words. Let’s listen to the Penumbra production entitled, “Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask.”

Episode 1 of “Juno Steel”

It’s worth noting that the Penumbra people take their creations so seriously that they re-produced the Juno Steel podcasts because they didn’t think the first ones were good enough. Proof again, for all us other creative types, that the good stuff emerges when you revise, revise, revise.

If you enjoyed this first episode, please head over to Penumbra so you can listen to Episode 2 and peruse their many other offerings. And if you would like them to continue, please note that you can make contributions on Patreon.


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