Call me Jack

We had another great ds106radio listen and tweet session last night, this time with The Adventures of Philip Marlowe – Red Wind and a Mystery Playhouse tale of Jack the Ripper. I didn’t really preview either of these before I scheduled them, so I’m glad they went as well as they did.

As always, the sound made the stories. Even with the crackly recording, the voices, the music and the sound effects were what made the productions work. Many people commented on these points:

I think we’ll see, or hear, rather, the payoff from these listening sessions in the radio projects. Everybody is analyzing these examples as they’re starting to plan their productions, and developing an appreciation for the power of sound. During the Red Wind portion of the broadcast, a number of people commented on Chandler’s use of language. His work in fiction and film set a standard for hardboiled and noir. Like Mickey Spillane, he pushes the lingo to a point that sounds like parody from our perspective, but it only sounds that way because it’s so distinctive.

I was able to locate Chandler’s text for Red Wind online, for anyone who might be interested. The Jack the Ripper tale was an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s Yours Truly – Jack the Ripper, which I remembered from comic books and Star Trek. I didn’t hear Bloch credited in the production though.

I enjoyed both productions so much I may need to listen to more. Both The Adventures of Philip Marlowe and Mystery Playhouse() are in the Internet Archive, so maybe they’ll find their way onto Noir106 Radio next week.

Our participants last night were:


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4 Responses to Call me Jack

  1. Jim Groom says:

    Just want to take a moment to thank and commend you for running the radio portion of things. The live tweeting of the radio shows may be some of the best moments in the class—and you’ve been great about keep them running perfectly and minding and mining the conversations. I am a #BIGFAN

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