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An experimental podcast creating audiodrama, soundscapes, and sonic resistance for free on the internet for a global audience!
An experimental podcast creating audiodrama, soundscapes, and sonic resistance for free on the internet for a global audience!
An experimental podcast creating audiodrama, soundscapes, and sonic resistance for free on the internet for a global audience!
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Smash/Cut - A Sound Art Podcast

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What is 'Smash/Cut'?

Smash/Cut is a sound-art podcast that produces audiodramas, soundscapes, and other sonic treats for the public at no cost with the purpose of exploring new methods of creating sonic-specific storytelling. With every episode, the team works to find a new perspective--either in production or with the topic of the actual story--in how we compose and release these stories. We've created a drama set within a dating app, the sonic manifestation of inkblots, a tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, a drama out of real voicemails, and much more. We want to explore more storytelling modes and devices while providing you with interesting and unheard stories from the underground of podcasting.

What Does 'Smash/Cut' Sound Like?

 Digital Kissing Booth - Season 1

AFTER ORLANDO -  Season 2

  • After by Caridad Svich 

Hutton Dressed as Lamb - Project Ireland

What Am I Supporting?

This campaign is to help us upgrade our equipment (as we currently record everything on one Zoom H5) and provide us with a fund to pay writers, give honorariums to actors, and cover what we've spent on making the past two season and miniseries. Those costs where website hosting, first equipment, software, bus tickets, and business cards. If we can close this gap and get to our goal, we can approach more artists in different communities with financial backing for them to work with us. This is crucial to our growth and the exposure of our audience to stories other than our own.

Why Support the Audio Resistance?

Our present and future are in jeopardy. We are all kind of being torn apart or smashed in too tight to be comfortable and explore. For two years we have created pieces that challenged the failure to communicate, that challenged ourselves to create new ways to express our values, and challenged you—yes you—to come with us. Now, we must ask you to join us. We are Smash/Cut and we are joining the resistance. We are resisting one-sided conversations, a lack of diversity, single- interest diplomacy, and—above all—the idea that we must hate each other to disagree. 

Why Support Now?

Smash/Cut has run on a platform of reinvention and experimentation for two seasons. The podcast received support via recording space and equipment from various institutions. However, for this upcoming year, we are working independently to create a season of audiodramas and sonic art on resistance, subversion, and "going underground" to reflect our current political moment (from all perspectives).

Who Makes 'Smash/Cut'?

Smash/Cut - Producers
Smash/Cut - Producers

 Well, we must be a little careful, shouldn't we? Of course, you could go to smashcutthepodcast.com to find out.

 

Risks and challenges

In moving forward, we have come to find it difficult to recruit volunteer actors, rent equipment, and freely distribute our work all while keeping in our high standard for excellence in quality. With the money to pay actors, buy equipment, and advertise the podcast, these challenges would be replaced with new, more exciting ones. With the success of this kickstarter we could then look forward to asking exciting questions like, what will we do next to keep the show relevant and unique? Without the help of backers, this challenge, one we'd very much like to tackle, might not exist.

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    Whisper to the Radio Revolution

    To thank you for your support, we'll send you an email of support with some digital goodies (iPhone Background and surprise Sonic Blurb). No one will ever know how ready you are to overthrow the podcast world... except you and us.

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    Shout it!

    To thank you for your support, we'll put you on blast for the audiodrama lover/cospirator you are with a thank you email, tweet, and listing your name on our website! Tell the world of your dangerous, artsy plans!

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    SHOUT IT LOUDER!

    You will receive the email, tweet, and website listing as before PLUS:

    Inclusion of your name in an audio piece released publicly on the podcast, both as a thank you and to put fear in the eyes of audiotheatre skeptics everywhere.

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    A Clever Disguise

    For your help in overthrowing the podcast world, we’d like to give you some fancy gear to show you’re on our side. We’ll set you up with a Smash/Cut logo sticker pack. Don’t worry though, with our sleek, sophisticated logo adorning your laptop, car, etc., people will have no idea you’re funding an audio revolution.

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    Images and Audiotape

    You'll receive high-quality digital copies of our Season 2 cover art with an interview between our producer, Alexander, and our photographer, Will Stringer, about how we created the images.

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    Secret Meetings

    With your donation, you will receive a secret link to select meetings from our Season 1 and Season 2 development sessions. Grab your fellow rebels and see what kind of secret plans you can come up with yourself (we'd always love to hear what you create... if you dare to trust us...)

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    Physical Evidence

    For your support, we'll give you a print of whichever piece of cover art from our two seasons and Irish miniseries that you want to use for your underground meetings late at night in your room with headphones snug on your ears.

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    Blow Your Cover

    In a deliciously devious move, frame your friend as the sonic revolutionary to keep your cover. Give us the name of your chosen dupe and they will be "credited" as our assistant producer. How smart of you...

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    Pass the Buck

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    Take the Fall

    You've fought valiantly to push the boundaries of audiodrama and the survival of radio art, but they've caught onto us. You've given it your all, but someone has to go down. For your sacrifice to the cause, we'll always remember you as "Season 3 Associate Producer"

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    Evade the Search

    You've gotten this far and proven your allegiance. Chose which of the above perks you would like and what kind of credit you'd like to receive. We know it's much easier to slip by unnoticed and carry out your mission, but if you want to congratulate yourself on your progress, we'll interview you and base a character on you in one of our audioplays. Using your name or keeping your identity secret is up to you. Just be smart about it...

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    Lead a "Meeting"

    You've gone through the trenches, carried out our plans, and pledged your allegiance to the cause. For this, we reward you with pitching us your own idea for a story. You'll collaborate with our team to write out an audiodrama and learn our process. Don't betray us now. We've got your number... or your Skype name. Probably just your Skype name but... Look, we'll find you.

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    ...pretty sure you're the government...

    I don't know what we did to deserve this. Who told you? WHO DID THIS? Well, we will accept our new overlords with honour and grace... for your victory we give you the title of Executive Producer of Season 3, leading character in an episode in Season 3, access to our secret google doc where we plan out our pieces, and a full Season 3 producer credit!

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