Are you scared yet?
Well you should have tuned in to our late night live radio show on #ds106radio — with Bryan Alexander visiting me here, it was the perfect plan to hatch. Sadly he seems to have been adbucted overnight by aliens, as have I.
I cannot full say how much fun this was to do. I was inpsired to recall stories from The Thing at the Foot of the Bed, a book I enjoyed (or was spooked by) as a kid. I ordered a used copy on Amazon, but it will be another week before I can go back in time.
We did this half planned and half improv. We sketched out a script of us talking, than getting spooked, and then something really weird happening at the end. Bryan shared a raft of eerie sound effects and music, and we practiced with a bunch of sound effects using ordinary objects (a bowl of rocks, a napkin, a knife on a piece of cardboard, a frozen bag of coffee beans).
I set up my MacBookPro with Nicecast (software which I should rename “F****ingNicecast” it is awesome) with the laptop mic as source, and used one of the effects to be able to mix/crossfade in music from iTunes. I also tossed in some sound effects which I turned on for the closing.
The best part of it was how easy it was to make up content on the fly, live while talking back and forth with Bryan.
I do not care if we had more than 2 listeners, this was a blast to organize and do live. There is something electric (= real scary) about performing something live.
The post "Scary Stories from Strawberry" was originally dropped like a smoking hot potato at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2011/02/scary-stories-from-strawberry/) on February 5, 2011.