We have a new voice for Seamus Finnegan! My Irish accent is cartoonish because I don’t know any real Irish people. My primary vocal role-models are literally cartoons. Specifically, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, and Simpson’s Grounds-Keeper Willie. And honestly, I’m not even sure if Willie is supposed to be Irish. An Irish listener said my voice made his ears bleed, which did not surprise me in the least. I asked if he could help, and after several months time he graciously did so! Let us all thank Barry Stanton for making the podcast a bit better. :)
We’ve got several new voices actually, including Cornelia Walt, Hagrid, and (back in Ch 41) Charlotte Wiland. And Jay Novella reprises his role as Argus Filch! Stayed tuned, more voices are coming soon.
Special thanks to Locusts of Egypt for giving permission to use their song “Holiday Excursion” in the background.
Intro/Outro Music: Charmax – Space Girl
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(minor spoilers for chapter 8)
One of the things I most enjoy about working with others is being surprised by their interpretations of lines. This doesn’t happen that often, generally text isn’t very ambiguous. But every now and then a line that I just read matter-of-factly can take on a whole new meaning with a difference in tone. The most recent example that springs to mind is the Engineer’s line from Chapter 7, “I think we can conclude that this operation is going to be… successful.” I hadn’t thought much about it, and Jai’s delivery hit me out of the blue. It had a deep regret about it, a dread to use that word when describing the destruction of his home planet. I don’t want to dwell on this one example, as all the actors were great and it happened a few times, but that I hadn’t seen that when I read it made it really stick with me. It’s finding things like this that makes these projects so much fun.
Also, thanks again to Locusts of Egypt! They’re a local band in Denver that a coworker introduced me to. Everyone knows someone who knows someone in a band. Small, local groups that make music because they love to do so, while holding down regular full-time jobs. Ask around, and then go see them. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a bonding experience, and often you’ll find some great musicians that you’d never have heard otherwise. Plus, they’re much more likely to let you use one of their songs for background music in your own projects when they know you as a fan and you already have good rapport. :)
Normal Ending: Last Tears
True Ending: Sacrificial Fire
Intro/Outro Music: Atari Teenage Riot – Death Star
SFX: Zap, Desk Thump, Chair Fall
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Fun Fact: The last line of part 6 was not in the original story. Eliezer added it afterwards as part of a response to a reader comment. That’s one of the great things about non-traditional publishing. :)
Another Fact (probably not as Fun): “Huygens” is very likely being pronounced incorrectly. If the source for the name is what I think it is, then it should be pronounced like this. However with a half a dozen actors saying it, scattered across the country and separated in time, I decided it’d be best to go with the Americanized bastardization for consistency and ease.