Audio dramas from The Ambit Group
From 1999 to 2001, The Ambit Group produced a series of audio dramas, beginning with an adaptation of the Dawson Nichols play, I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe.
It was recorded over one weekend with group of Seattle actors, and then a month was spent editing and mixing. Original piano music was composed, sound effects were created, and the combination of simple technology and sophisticated story-telling techniques resulted in the popular radio program that aired in several countries and on satellite radio around the world.
The next year was one of significant experimentation. Virtual Solitaire was a less-traditional story, and telling it required ramping up the technology. Special effects from various sources including both digital and analog synthesizers combined with more exotic sound processing to draw the listener into a virtual world described with sound.
Everything came together in 2001 for the nine-part sci-fi series, The Fourth Ambit. This massive undertaking based on all-new material took nearly a year working full-time to complete. Sound recording and sound manipulation technology was pushed to new limits. Hours of original music and effects were created. Special microphones and state-of-the-art processing software were combined in new ways.
The futuristic world of Ambits within Ambits is rich and detailed, and as the tale unfolds, we meet dozens of characters. Because of the difficulty of keeping actors under contract for a full year, a bold decision was made — the recording cast was reduced to a single actor. Dawson Nichols not only wrote every word of the script, he voiced every character himself. The biggest crowds and most raucous overlapping conversations are all him, carefully mixed on up to 40 simultaneous audio tracks.
The Fourth Ambit
I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe