HEAR Now Festival 2013
Photos, programs, and sounds albums for the 2013 HEAR Now Festival
Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE Opens The HEAR Now Festival On Thursday, June 20th, at 7:30 PM, the US Premiere and ONLY American public "listening" of NEVERWHERE will take place! Comments about this piece by Neil Gaiman and the director, Dirk Maggs, will open this listening session. HEAR Now will feature the first two episodes (90 minutes), with the balance of the program being played throughout the festival weekend!
The Marr Sound Archive Tours As part of this year's HEAR Now Festival NATF has arranged tours of an extensive sound archive at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. This tour celebrates an incredible collection that exemplifies the efforts taken to preserve media for the future.
Home to over 300,000 sound recordings of jazz, blues, country and popular music; historic voices and authors reading their own works; vintage radio programs; classical and opera, the Marr Sound Archive comprises a wide range of historic formats including LPs, 78s, 45s, cylinders, transcription discs, instantaneous-cut discs and open-reel tapes.
The Marr Sound Archives also maintains sound recordings for a number of archival collections shared with LaBudde Special Collections.
The archives also showcase a beautiful collection of vintage players and a collection of concert related memorabilia that showcase the Kansas City music scene throughout the decades.
Two tours will occur on Friday June 21st at 10 AM and 1 PM. Participation is limited, so make sure to reserve a space early.
Randy Thom "From the Radio Stage to Animated Feature" Friday, June 21st 1:30 PM. Randy Thom, of Skywalker Sound, will demonstrate how animated features actually begin as audio dramas. From his offices near San Francisco and through video conferencing, he will play samples of original script recordings, from a major studio's animated feature, and then explain the evolution of the sample audio drama script into the final animated movie - including new voice recordings performed for the final film production.
Audio Vaudeville On Friday, June 21st at 7:30 PM the HEAR Now Festival will present , a live performance, in front of an audience, in the format of a variety show. Guest hosts Phil Proctor, Melinda Peterson, and Dion Graham, along with special guest, Missouri storyteller, Gladys Coggswell will help to showcases groups from all across the country. Original audio drama, poetry, short stories, and more will all be showcased as part of AUDIO Vaudeville
Mark Time Celebrates 15 Years Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM.
The Mark Time Awards are pleased to be joining HEAR Now in celebrating the ever-growing art form of audio story-telling. The Mark Time and Ogle Awards were established in 1996 and are the only international awards dedicated solely to recognizing the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and multicast AUDIO DRAMA. Two 90 minute Mark Time sessions are planned for the Festival - one on Friday and one on Saturday see times above.
Independent producers from every corner of the US and around the globe have been honored by Mark Time and have trekked phenomenal distances to appear at CONVergence, Minneapolis' largest science fiction convention, to accept their plaques in person. Preceding the awards ceremony, every year Great Northern Audio Theatre presents the Mark Time Radio Hour--a live original comedy show written especially for the occasion. At HEAR Now we will be playing featured selections from winning works by many of the independent audio theater producers who have won Mark Time and Ogle Awards over the past 15 years.
ZBS Showcases Audio Dramatists who have been featured in the ZBS catalogue, and submit their work for consideration to be played at the HEAR Now Festival this June, will be heard as part of the ZBS Showcases on Friday, June 21st.
Golden Voices Theater Robin Whitten, Editor of AudioFile Magazine, will host special "Golden Voices" panels of narrators, throughout the day on Saturday, June 22nd between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM.
What is a Golden Voice? AudioFile editors give this special accolade to audiobook narrators who have devoted their careers to exceptional audiobook work. Performances by these talented voice artists will treat the audience to an amazing live storytelling experience. Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Barbara Rosenblat, Robin Miles, and Stefan Rudnicki will perform selections from the Jazz Age and the American West.
NATF Playhouse For those independent audio dramatists whose work is accepted into the Festival, NATF will host listening sessions throughout the day on Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd in two main theaters in downtown Kansas City, MO. Award-winning NATF performances, from past workshop events, will be showcased as part of the NATF Playhouse as well.
The Binaural Theater Thanks to Sennheiser, HEAR Now will have "Silent Disco Headphones" available for all listeners in this theater. The HEAR Now Festival will present works recorded in binaural sound and meant to be heard with headphones on Saturday, June 22nd.
Right Between the Ears on Saturday, June 22nd beginning at 8pm HEAR Now will present. Right Between the Ears an award-winning sketch comedy show broadcast every week on Sirius-XM and on Kansas Public Radio stations. Four-time winner of the Gold Medal as Best Comedy Show at the New York Festivals, RBTE spoofs politics, TV and movies, sports figures, celebrities, the quirky and the occasional turkey. The show will feature guest artists from the Hear Now Festival. HEAR Now guests to include Phil Proctor and Barbara Rosenblat.
Roots: Celebrating Himan Brown The HEAR Now Festival, recognizing the long history of radio drama and audio story telling in the U.S., will offer a limited amount of programming on Saturday, June 22nd that celebrates the history of our art.
Beginning at 1:30 PM and running through 4:30 PM at the Cinemark Palace Theater at the Plaza, at 526 Nichols Road, there will be a celebration of the work of Himan Brown, whose career spanned over 65 years.
Granddaughter Melina Brown will moderate a panel on her grandfathers many accomplishments. Special guest actors, who worked with Hi for many years, Bob Kaliban and Russell Horton, will present a video tribute to Hi and will play recordings of his shows and discuss his work. Robert Isaacson, Executive Director of CUNY-TV, will also join them to discuss some of Hi's later radio programs.
Celebrating Mark Twain at HEAR Now! On Thursday, June 20th, at Noon on KKFI - 90.1FM, on their Anything Goes program, readings from Twain will be showcased. Additional readings will be done live "On Air," while others will be done for intimate groups, in a variety of venues, throughout the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City (check HEAR Now program schedule for additional days and times for Celebrating Mark Twain!).
Additional Programming will be updated constantly, so keep checking back!!!