Sunday, June 16, 2013

Introducing The Podcast That Wasn't

About 14 months ago, we were keeping our ear to the ground about shows making their way through pilot season--shows to potentially podcast. One that sounded fantastic was called LA Noir, with executive producer Frank Darabont (then-recently ousted from Walking Dead) and carrying a cavalcade of stars. It was going to take place in the seedy world of 1940s/1950s Los Angeles, with cops and mobsters and costumes and violence.

Then nothing every came of it.

I had put together a podcast intro for an LA Noir Podcast--and I really enjoy making podcast intros, by the way. As a side note, I try and capture the aesthetic of the main television show in an abstract way. For Looking Back At LOST, the foundation has been the "system failure" warning and sound of the hatch implosion; it's mean to not only capture those iconic scenes, but the essential failure of the social system which occurred on crash day. With The Alcatraz Podcast, the sound elements of a closing, squeaking door and underwater breathing hopefully evoked the prison and the most obvious (if not dangerous) way to escape: the water. For The Revolution Podcast, my most complex intro yet, the Beatles' spare studio version of "Revolution" starts and stops while interrupted by thunder; things grind to a halt as the thunder explodes and a lone, sad guitar takes over. The idea there was to capture the end of "the way things were" and suggest a new, solitary hopeful nature. (Pity the show didn't live up to those ideals.)

Linked below is the unused introduction for The LA Noir Podcast, about a show that ultimately never came into being. Hopefully the introduction captures an early 1950s musical flavor, a call placed to an unknown hero, and his rushing in a police car amidst the gritty glitz of that age.

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