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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

In which Chip returns to The Electric Egg after a quick errand to find an immense booze fight in progress among just about everyone we know on The Fairgrounds. In attempting to sort out how the fight began, we are presented with eight flashbacks from amongst the crew, none of which actually in themselves do much to illuminate how the fight happened, but all of them revealing much about each character and how they see everyone else on The Fairgrounds and how they believe they are see and treated by all the others.

 
 
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
In which John B, on yet another boring and routine EVA mission to fix a very small wire on the outside of The Fairgrounds, is sent hurling away from the space station by a chance explosion. As John and the bridge crew attempt in vain to find a way to bring him back (that won't kill him), all of his other friends on The Fairgrounds show up on the bridge to say hello (for no logical reason), and John suspects that, despite their assurances, it's really to say a very final goodbye. And for some reason or reasons, neither Frall nor Althaar seem to be around.
 
 
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
In which the "Steves" from an annoying but highly motivated and skilled capitalist species, the Dilurians, come to The Fairgrounds, renting a downshifted and unused level, from which they proceed to wreak havoc across the entire space station. As their new business, Cadabra, expands rapidly from selling personalized smells, they begin, in less than a day, to gentrify across the station, wiping out all the beloved homegrown businesses and replacing them with more-convenient apps providing far worse service. On top of it, Commander Torianna discovers she will have to avert an actual massacre as the Dilurians attempt to expand into the sector of the Pudendar, a proud and exiled species of warrior artists uninterested in and offended by the commercial offerings.
 
 
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
In which Drop Time comes again to The Fairgrounds, though several newcomers to the station have no idea what this period -- when the station drops a certain amount of days from the calendar to get in line with Earth's -- means for them. For John B, it means his birthday is getting skipped, for Dee, it means a cruel prank regarding a non-binding contract, for the energy being Lt. Frall, it means trying to drink coffee and pouring it on the floor, and for most of the crew, it means a time to slack off and ignore all rules. An angry John B searches for the hidden Timekeeping Central department, to discover the secret of The Algorithm that decides when Drop Time occurs, while H.F. takes Dee on a tour of several secret places on the station only available to the public during Drop Time.
 
 
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
In which The Syndicate comes to The Fairgrounds to make Chip Frinkel an offer he can't refuse concerning his bar, The Electric Egg: a seemingly innocent offer of a pool table. However, more turns out to be riding on the table, and a game of SuperNova on it, than first appears. Meanwhile, Althaar becomes addicted to binge-watching 21st-Century television shows.
 
 
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!
Episode 14: The Other Shoe

Episode 14: The Other Shoe

July 17, 2020
In which we return to The Fairgrounds after six months to find the crew apparently happier and in considerably less danger, with no life-threatening incidents having happened for many weeks, which of course means that no one is comfortable, everyone is bored or suspicious, and, given the normally disaster-prone station, all the residents are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. And during one work cycle, a number of crew members, worried about this strange lack of turmoil, individually take extra precautions against anything going wrong, resulting, of course, in an unexpected domino effect to an unpleasant conclusion.
 
 
EPISODE FOURTEEN
"The Other Shoe"
written by Ian W. Hill & Berit Johnson
 
featuring

Berit Johnson as Althaar, Sopon, Alien Barfly, Cpl. Ness, Kwontz

John Amir as John B

Ivanna Cullinan as Commander Mindy Torianna
Alyssa Simon as Lieutenant-Commander Frallen-Br'ar

Eli Ganias as Hardyfox "H.F." Fornes

Amanda La Pergola as Mrs. Frondrinax

Chris Lee as Chip Frinkel

Zuri Washington as Delilah "Dee" Mallory

Derrick Peterson as Xtopps

with

Ian W. Hill: Announcer, William S. BurroughsBot, Large Mike
Anna Stefanic: Stella Reyes
Linus Gelber: StalinBot
Holly Pockey McCaffrey: Miss Sophie

Lex Friedman: Bubbles, Elevator

Clara Francesca: Offspring

Philip Cruise: Cpl. Dormer

David Arthur Bachrach: Reassuring Announcer
Fred Backus: Zanrak
Jessica Stoya: Seled
 
 
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 
Additional Song Composition, Arrangement, and Performance by Berit and Ian
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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Althaar’s Very-Special First-Season Musical EP!

Althaar’s Very-Special First-Season Musical EP!

July 10, 2020

ALTHAAR'S VERY-SPECIAL FIRST-SEASON MUSICAL EP!

music, lyrics, and dialogue by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson

for Gemini CollisionWorks

except "Credit Music," composed by Anna Stefanic

and "Surfin' Bee," original music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

 

all arrangements by Berit Johnson

produced, mixed, and engineered by Ian W. Hill

 

1.  Althaar Welcomes You!

2.  "Life With Althaar opening credit music (instrumental)"

3.  Althaar on Dee and Xtopps!

4.  "Danube Planum"

5.  Althaar on Xtopps's Audition!

6.  "Surfin' Bee"

7.  Althaar on Space Shanties!

8.  "Around the Rings of Saturn (excerpt)"

9.  Althaar Introduces a Duet!

10.  "Baby, It's a Vacuum Out There"

11.  Althaar Enjoys Interstellar Cultural Exchange!

12.  "The 38 Days of Qo'rqish (excerpt)"

13.  Althaar Doesn't Get a Joke, but Likes the Song Anyway!

14.  "Beyond Uranus"

15.  Althaar Thanks You and Says Goodbye for Now!

16.  "Life With Althaar closing credits music (instrumental)"

 

performed by

Zuri Washington -- lead vocals (tracks 4, 10, 14)

Derrick Peterson -- lead vocal (track 10); backing vocal (track 4)

Anna Stefanic -- piano (tracks 1, 10, 16); additional synth (track 6)

Ian W. Hill -- electric guitar (tracks 4, 14)

Berit Johnson -- computer-programmed instruments (tracks 4, 6, 10, 14); Stylophone GEN X-1 (track 14); additional piano (track 14); Althaar

with

The Helium Freighter Crew Chorale (track 8):  

Eli Ganias, Ian W. Hill, Chris Lee, Derrick Peterson & Alyssa Simon

and most of the Life With Althaar cast as the Qo'rqish Lament Singers (track 12)

 

special thanks to Thomas C. for parodic advice

 

Entire Production © 2020 Gemini CollisionWorks

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A Between-Season Word from Gemini CollisionWorks

A Between-Season Word from Gemini CollisionWorks

July 10, 2020

Hi folks.

We just wanted to say hello before Season 2 of Life With Althaar begins next week.

And also to be sure you're aware of where to find us online.  So here are all the links...

 

TWITTER:

Life With Althaar Account

Althaar's Personal Account!

FACEBOOK:

Gemini CollisionWorks Page

INSTAGRAM:

Ian/CollisionWorks Account

TUMBLR:

A Secret I'll Tell Nobody Never

PODBEAN PATRON ACCOUNT:

Donate to Life With Althaar here!

FULL SHOW CREDITS:

Our IMDb Page

STORE:

The Gemini CollisionWorks Store

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO GCW:

Our Fractured Atlas Page

OUR RARELY-UPDATED COMPANY HOMEPAGE:

Gemini CollisionWorks

 

We hope to see you around online, and that you enjoy where Season 2 of Life With Althaar takes you.

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

Ian W. Hill & Berit Johnson

Gemini CollisionWorks

 

 

Season One Scripts Now Available to Read at This Site!

Season One Scripts Now Available to Read at This Site!

May 12, 2020
Althaar listeners!
 
We have finally followed polite podcast protocol and uploaded transcripts (rather, the actual recording scripts we worked from) for all 13 episodes of season 1!
 
You can find them here with each episode's entry -- just scroll down after all the credits to the link that says "EPISODE SCRIPT HERE!"
 
Enjoy all the barely-audible background jokes!
Marvel at the literary styles of our writing staff!
Wince in confusion at the minor alterations made between scripts and recordings!
 
Season 2 coming soon - Episode 14 will be up on July 17!
Here's almost the whole Althaar company at a recent Zoom reading of season 2 script drafts:
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TOP ROW:
Linus Gelber, Berit Johnson, Holly Pocket McCaffrey, Ian W. Hill, David Arthur Bachrach
SECOND ROW:
Philip Cruise, Chris Lee, Ivanna Cullinan, Derrick Peterson, Lex Friedman
THIRD ROW:
Amanda La Pergola, Eli Ganias, Olivia Baseman, Alyssa Simon, Zuri Washington
BOTTOM ROW:
Anna Stefanic, John Amir, Jessica Stoya
 
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