Life With Althaar
Episode 23: Trade Test Transmissions

Episode 23: Trade Test Transmissions

November 20, 2020
EPISODE TWENTY-THREE
"Trade Test Transmissions"
written by Amanda LaPergola
 
featuring
John Amir as John B, Baroness Kleodora, Offended Fugulnari
Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna 
Amanda LaPergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, Vert
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory, Rooty, Tess
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel

Berit Johnson as Althaar, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Kwontz, DivineBot

Derrick Peterson as Xtopps

Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes

Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar
 

with

Ian W. Hill: Announcer, William S. BurroughsBot, Trash Detector
Anna Stefanic: Stella Reyes
Linus Gelber: Martin LutherBot, Todd, Fidorian 2, Dave

Lex Friedman: Bubbles, Amber's Mom #1, Fidorian 1

Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge

Jessica Stoya: Amber's Mom #2, Zwizz'linarp

Fred Backus: Oakensarx, Drunk Fugulnari
Philip Cruise: Beaux Several, Mark WahlbergBot
Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Miss Sophie

Clara Francesca: Dinorbiax

Leila Okafor: Fracottiverx
 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme, Interstitial Music, and additional piano composed and performed by Anna Stefanic
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
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Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
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Episode 22: The Secret Life of Plants

Episode 22: The Secret Life of Plants

November 6, 2020
EPISODE TWENTY-TWO
"The Secret Life of Plants"
written by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson
 
featuring
John Amir as John B, Hydroponics Recruiter
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Sharon, Cpl. Ness
Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes, Fugulnari 3, Mackalocka
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, Vert
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar, PSA Announcer
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory, Tess

Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna 

Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel 

Derrick Peterson as Xtopps

with

David Arthur Bachrach: Fugulnari 1, Angry Bronsonian
Lex Friedman: Bubbles, Fugulnari 2, Drunk Fugulnari
Ian W. Hill: Announcer, Kaiser WilhelmBot, Marty, Herrdronn, William S. BurroughsBot

Jessica Stoya: Susan Torkan

Philip Cruise: Beaux Several, Cpl. Ness, Rotary Club Spokesbeing
Linus Gelber: StalinBot, Todd

Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge, Flixwintrix

Anna Stefanic: Stella Reyes

Clara Francesca: Rixlon
Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Ashlee in Hydroponics
 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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Episode 21: They’re Coming to Get You, Althaar

Episode 21: They’re Coming to Get You, Althaar

October 23, 2020
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE
"They're Coming to Get You, Althaar"
written by Linus Gelber
 
featuring
John Amir as John B, Corky, Tank Worker
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Hitherto Unnoticed Bridge Person, Spy Baby, Tank Worker, Sopon, Restaurant Patron, Cpl. Ness
Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes, Pushy HECNET Media Control, Queue-Tube Streamer, Spy Baby
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, House Security Activation, Bold Spy Baby

Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna, Hopeful Aqua Screamo Fan, Spy Baby

Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar, Angry Broadcaster, Spy Baby, Curious Wet-Tank Spunt, Restaurant Patron, Suspicious Alien 3
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory, Tess
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel 

Derrick Peterson as Xtopps, 

with

Jessica Stoya: Rhubarb
Ian W. Hill: Announcer, Beaux Chair, Kaiser WilhelmBot, Marty, Baffled Egg Patron, Boris KarloffBot, Maitre D', Suspicious Alien 2
David Arthur Bachrach: Shakespearean ActorBot
Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge
Linus Gelber: Hitherto Unnoticed Bridge Person's Friend, FRGD-Wave DJ, Todd, Rutledge, StalinBot

Philip Cruise: Beaux Several, Baffled Egg Patron, Spy Baby, Stella's Napkin, Cpl. Dormer, Suspicious Alien 4

 Anna Stefanic: Stella Reyes, Tank Worker
Lex Friedman: Tank Worker, John's Napkin, Suspicious Alien 1
 
 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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Episode 20: Dial ‘O’ for Bigelow

Episode 20: Dial ‘O’ for Bigelow

October 9, 2020
EPISODE TWENTY
"Dial 'O' for Bigelow"
written by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson
 
featuring
Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Cpl. Ness, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Kwontz
John Amir as John B, Collaborator 2
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory
Derrick Peterson as Xtopps, Collaborator 3

Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel 

Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes

with

Philip Cruise: Cpl. Dormer
Ian W. Hill: Announcer, Sherlock HolmesBot, Collaborator 1
Leila Okafor: Dr. Mwangi
Lex Friedman: Veronica Gardens, Bubbles
Fred Backus: Jasper Bigelow

Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Ashlee! in Hydroponics, Miss Sophie

Dean Haspiel: Informer

Linus Gelber: Brindrinorx

 
 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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Episode 19: Eight Ways of Looking at a Bar Fight

Episode 19: Eight Ways of Looking at a Bar Fight

September 25, 2020
EPISODE NINETEEN
"Eight Ways of Looking at a Bar Fight"
written by John Amir and Lex Friedman
 
featuring
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Cpl. Ness, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Kwontz, Xbidont Goddess, Spotel Manager
Derrick Peterson as Xtopps 
Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, Vert

Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory

Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes

John Amir as John B, WoodsmanBot

 
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar

with

Philip Cruise: Cpl. Dormer
Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Miss Sophie
Ian W. Hill: Announcer, Winston ChurchillBot, Dilurian, CommonerBot, Assassin
Lex Friedman: Bubbles

Linus Gelber: Space Priest

Fred Backus: Jasper Bigelow
 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic
"Efficiency/The Better World" music and lyrics by John, arranged by Berit
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
extra special thanks to Julie Hoverson for the inspirational tweet
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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Episode 18: Space Hat with Air

Episode 18: Space Hat with Air

September 11, 2020
EPISODE EIGHTEEN
"Space Hat with Air"
written by Ian W. Hill
 
featuring
John Amir as John B
Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, Vert
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Cpl. Ness, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Kwontz
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel

Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory

Derrick Peterson as Xtopps 
 
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar

with

Linus Gelber: StalinBot
Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge
Ian W. Hill: Announcer

Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Miss Sophie

Rolls Andre: Werner HerzogBot

Philip Cruise: Cpl. Dormer

Lex Friedman: Bubbles

Anna Stefanic : Stella Reyes

 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic 
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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2020 Audio Verse Awards Nominations Now Open!

2020 Audio Verse Awards Nominations Now Open!

September 10, 2020

Greetings from the Gemini CollisionWorks Radiophonic Workshop, deep below South Brooklyn!

Berit and I are in the midst of one of those periods of working on Althaar, where we spend days in the same one-bedroom apartment, in different rooms, barely seeing each other. Currently, B has the living room, where they have been finishing the final draft of Episode 19 to record next week, and is taking a break to listen to my first mix of Episode 18 (coming out Friday). I am in the bedroom trying to finish a first full draft of Episode 20 and waiting for B's notes on the mix so I can go and do a revised version to release. The cats, Jones & Nell, bounce from room to room, unhappy that we are not both on the couch as usual so they can get between us both and get attention. 

Meanwhile, it is nomination time for this year’s Audio Verse Awards!

To learn more about the awards in general, check them out HERE.

Episodes 7 through (the upcoming) 19 of Life With Althaar are eligible for awards this year. Multiple nominations need to come in to get on the first list by September 30, before the semifinals (October) and finals (November) of voting.

To nominate your favorite audio fiction, you can go HERE. And while we want nominations for our show, we hope that you recognize all the audio fiction that you've loved this year.

Life With Althaar could use some nominations (it used to be three needed to get any single nomination on the list, now it’s... an unknown number). We’ve submitted 18 nominations ourselves in 7 categories. If anyone out there wants to help us get on the list, we’d appreciate it (it’s not so much winning an award, though that’s always nice, but it’s a good way to get more audience in, which we always want).

We’ve put ourselves down for The Whole ProductionWriting (more than three people), Vocal Direction (Berit Johnson, who is indeed always present, as they ask), Sound Design (Ian W. Hill, on both Action and Environment Sound Design), Production Cover Art (Dean Haspiel, link to work is HERE), Original Music Composition (Life With Althaar Closing Credits Music, composed by Anna Stefanic, Instrumental, link is HERE; and Beyond Uranus, composed by Ian W. Hill & Berit Johnson, Vocal, link is HERE), and Performance in an Audio Play (Berit Johnson as Althaar; John Amir as John B; Ivanna Cullinan as Cmdr. Torianna; Alyssa Simon as Lt. Frall; Eli Ganias as H.F.; Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel; Zuri Washington as Dee; Derrick Peterson as Xtopps; Amanda LaPergola as Mrs. Frondrinax; and Anna Stefanic as Stella Reyes; all under Ensemble).

(there’s a musical number coming up in Episode 19 on September 25 that we may also try and get in after that one goes live...)

Spelling counts (weird things like capitalizing the “With” in the title; the ampersand; the honorifics), but they do check that once a week and combine the obviously misspelled ones. They also ask for the home page of the show, which is at PodBean, HERE. Don’t worry about the email and Twitter links, they have them from us. 

The procedure is a bit of a pain, as you have to fill a LOT of stuff out for every single nomination, but rightly so, I think, to avoid massive ballot-stuffing. If you want to help, don’t worry about going through the whole thing with our whole slate above (unless you REALLY have the time, energy, and inclination), just pick something or a couple of people you’d like to see recognized and go for it.

Well, I just got my notes from Berit on the mix, so back to fixing things there... hope you enjoy this week's very different episode of Althaar. But aren't they all?

Thank you for your attention, it is a pleasure working for you,

Ian W. Hill

Gemini CollisionWorks

HAND-MADE. CHARMING. USEFUL.

ANGER IS AN ENERGY.

 

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Episode 17: The Sweet Smell of the Fairgrounds

Episode 17: The Sweet Smell of the Fairgrounds

August 28, 2020
EPISODE SEVENTEEN
"The Sweet Smell of the Fairgrounds"
written by Amanda La Pergola and Philip Cruise
 
featuring
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory, Docking Clerk, X.Z. Drachir
Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes, Steve the First, Steve, Steve from BizLaunch, Party Steve
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel, Steve the Second, Tour Guide Steve, Steve the Final
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar, Steve-O
Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
John Amir as John B, Steve in Operations

Berit Johnson as Althaar, Stevers, Sopon, Cpl. Ness, Steve from Admin

Derrick Peterson as Xtopps, Steve-a-rino
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, Steve in Legal, Ayn RandBot

with

Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Package Non-Recipient, Pudendari Attendant
Philip Cruise: Christopher WalkenBot, Cpl. Dormer, Steve from Showcaine
Lex Friedman: Smarmy Computer, Steven, Dating Service Drone

Ian W. Hill: Announcer, Stevie, Jean-Claude, Kaiser WilhelmBot, Promo Drone, True Crime Comedian, Steve the Penultimate

Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge
Rolls Andre: George ForemanBot, Restaurant Promo
Leila Okafor: Officer Crveno, Showcaine P.A.
Anna Stefanic : Stella Reyes, Pitch Video, Zyloxides fru Peplin
David Arthur Bachrach: Steve from Integration, Falling-in-Love Drone, Pharma Steve
Linus Gelber: Steve from HR, StalinBot, Awesome Steve
Fred Backus: Steve from Tech Support, Big Steve

Clara Francesca : Offspring, Queen Westellernta of the Pudendari

 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic 
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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Episode 16: Big Numbers and Little Science

Episode 16: Big Numbers and Little Science

August 14, 2020
EPISODE SIXTEEN
"Big Numbers and Little Science"
written by Linus Gelber
 
featuring
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Herbert, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Video Kid
John Amir as John B, Sanitation Grunt, Video Kid
Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar, Indistinct Caller
Derrick Peterson as Xtopps, HECNET Responder, Alien Duck
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel, Barry the Pilot
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory, Video Kid
Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes, Video Kid 
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax

with

Linus Gelber: PythagorasBot, Sanitation Grunt
Philip Cruise: PhilolausBot, Sanitation Grunt
Ian W. Hill: Announcer, Winston ChurchillBot, Sanitation Grunt, Birthday Alert, Video Kid, William S. BurroughsBot, Trash Detector
Anna Stefanic : Stella Reyes

Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge

Clara Francesca : Drop Time Educator
 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic 
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
 Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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Episode 15: A Simple Game of SuperNova

Episode 15: A Simple Game of SuperNova

July 31, 2020
EPISODE FIFTEEN
"A Simple Game of SuperNova"
written by Chris Lee
 
featuring
Berit Johnson as Althaar, Sopon, Cpl. Ness, Commerical Bro 2, Alien Barfly
Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory, Commercial Sexy Robot
Derrick Peterson as Xtopps, Commercial Bro
Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel

John Amir as John B

Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar
Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax, Vert

Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes
with

Jessica Stoya: Frank
David Arthur Bachrach: Stuart, E-BOT
Lex Friedman: Bubbles

Ian W. Hill: Announcer, NERCA, William S. BurroughsBot, Bro Commercial, Dilurian 2, Kaiser WilhelmBot

Olivia Baseman: Amber on the Bridge
Linus Gelber: StalinBot, Sysco
Philip Cruise: Cpl. Dormer, John McEnroeBot
Holly Pocket McCaffrey: Miss Sophie, Dilurian 3

Anna Stefanic : Stella Reyes

Fred Backus: Dilurian 4, Donald Escroc

 
Berit is the supervising producer, showrunner, and script supervisor
Ian is the audio producer, sound designer, and technical supervisor
The writers’ room consists of BeritIanJohnAmandaChrisPhilipLex, and Linus
Theme and Interstitial Music composed and performed by Anna Stefanic 
Illustration by Dean Haspiel
Library Music and SFX licensed from Storyblocks
 
TWITTER: @AlthaarTweeting ‏and @LifeWithAlthaar
 Optimized for best listening on earbuds or headphones.
 
Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks
 
Thank you for your attention; it is a pleasure working for you.
 
A Gemini CollisionWorks Production
 
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NB: A handful of early downloaders may have gotten an inferior version with one unfinished scene still left in the mix by accident. It's been corrected now, but hey, collectors' item!

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