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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Music & Audio

A New Crop of Gaming Podcasts

by Ken Newquist / July 8, 2006

I'm working on my latest Knights of the Dinner Table "Summon WebScryer" column, and have decided to return to the Eternal Well of Podcasting for a third time. Normally I don't like to keep hitting the same topic, save for my various "GM/Player Tools" columns, but in this case I think it does a service to the gaming community, letting folks know these podcasts exist while at the same time giving podcasters the sort of infusion of listeners that can keep them broadcasting.

Chronicle Narnia's Audio Wonders with the Movie Soundtrack

by Ken Newquist / April 4, 2006

 Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack has me torn. On the one hand, I've now got another fantasy-themed soundtrack that I can use in my role-playing game sessions. On the other, my geek music collection now includes a song by Alanis Morissette.

I mean no offense to the women geeks out there, for whom this is probably a good thing, it's just that I've never really liked Alanis' music all that much -- its just too depressing, too angsty for my taste (but hey, I still regularly listen to Huey Lewis). Fortunately her track on this album -- "Wunderkin" -- is fits the soundtrack quite well, and has less angst-per-beat than most of her other music.

Saddle Up With the Firefly Soundtrack

by Ken Newquist / February 27, 2006

Firefly Soundtrack Cover

The Firefly soundtrack doesn't have the same cinematic, awe-inspiring musical grandeur of the score for a Star Wars or Star Trek film. Instead, it yields the familiar sensations all too common in Firefly ... the sense of coming home, and the sense of something great once held, then lost.

The songs are as rich and textured as the series that spawned them. It's got the western twangs you'd expect, mixed in with the mystical Oriental strings, and occasionally torn by horrific riffs reflecting horrors confronted and bested. Or run screaming from.

Silent Universe Podcast Promises Scifi Thrills, Interactivity

by Ken Newquist / February 9, 2006

The following was submitted as a press release

On February 15th, the Silent Universe--an edgy science fiction drama with a "choose your own adventure" twist--will premiere on and iTunes. In the series of monthly episodes, agents of the secret counter-terrorist organization "SERENDIPITY" will fight to undermine the deadly efforts of dictators, assassins, warlords and political extremists. But what makes this dramatic podcast truly unique is that its audience will be able to guide the storyline by giving ideas and feeback through a dedicated set of internet forums.