About this project
In the trailer above, you'll hear our opening narration by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), recurring guest stars Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show, Thrilling Adventure Hour), Cecil Baldwin (Welcome to Night Vale) and Kevin Allison (Risk, The State), our theme song by The Doubleclicks, and our host De Anne Dubin. They join more than 60 other performers from around the world who have spent the last 16 months creating Big Data, a nine hour radio play podcast miniseries about stealing the internet.
As soon as I heard the true story of the seven keys to the internet, I knew that it would make an amazing series of heists. Did you know that IN REAL LIFE, in order to make sure no one country has too much control over the internet, there are seven people from seven parts of the world with keys to control it? They have to meet with those keys every three months in a steel cage covered in retinal scanners and earthquake sensors to do an elaborate ceremony that keeps the internet working. That is a real thing. And that's just the BEGINNING of how it all works. This show is about what would happen if someone were to steal those keys. it's a series of heists, taking place all over the world... ranging from hijacking top secret military satellites, to stealing a dude's pants. It's a story about how hacking affects our world... but without a single actual hacker anywhere to be found.
Whether you pledge or not, Big Data will be available to all as a free podcast. No ads, no paywall, no nothing. Just fun crimes for all. Kickstarter backers, however, will get all nine episodes in advance, so that they can binge-listen to their heart's content and feel superior to those muggles that are stuck trying to solve the mystery week-by-week.
Each episode features a segment with our recurring host characters, as well as the stand-alone heist story they've uncovered. You'll hear comedy, drama, action set pieces, psychological thrillers, original music, slam poetry, improv, magic and mystery that all come together to tell one giant complete story.
A ton of weird original music has been created to help tell the story of Big Data. The weirdest music. A jazz rendition of the text of the first tech hack, as used to accuse a 1903 morse code tycoon of diddling. A confessional J-pop jam that uses Vocaloid voices to hide the identities of anonymous hacktivists. A musical reenactment of spirit poems, written by 1800s conmen to trick widows out of their money. The guitar jams of a spoken word artist hiding in the woods. So much great, weird music that we even put together a soundtrack album.
Even beyond all the amazing original music created for Big Data, we will also be featuring music from all of the biggest names in nerdy music!
That means amazing interlocking tracks from MC Frontalot, Kirby Krackle, Professor Shyguy, The Doubleclicks,Sarah Donner, Alter Ego, Nerds with Guitars, Kari Maaren, Zach Sherwin, Alpha Riff, Adam WarRock, Ask Lovecraft and Tico Souza, Debs & Errol, Jason Anarchy, MC Lars, and Rock, Paper, Cynic.
All the tracks are from Rock, Paper, Cynic's "Broken Telephone Experiment," which was partially inspired by my graphic novel Broken Telephone! Each artist attempted to do a cover of the previous artist's song, after only hearing it once. Over the course of the podcast, you'll hear the songs shift, change and unravel into imaginative new places that mirror the course of the story. You can get those tracks too, as part of the Complete Sequence tier!
Big Data has been a massive endeavor from a team of more than 60 people for well over a year. From Emmy, Grammy and Oscar nominees, to talented people getting their first paychecks as actors. Character actors, studio technicians, child actors, stand up comedians, radio deejays, spoken word artists, musicians, cult icons, an entire Shakespeare troupe and more came together to make this happen.
4/29: Amy Stoch who played Missy/Mom in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey is on board to play Marion Spieler!
5/2: Kris Straub, cartoonist/podcaster/creator of Candle Cove, soon to by a SyFy series produced by Max Landis, will be playing cryptocurrency tycoon Blake Rounds.
5/6: Announcing our in-studio crew: Holly Ive Bartkowiak, Andrew Blad, Kathryn Botsford, Choe Sang Min, Dino, Sabushimike Donatien, De Anne Dubin, Ryan Estrada, Steve Feldman, Kristian Hart, Chishamiso Kafundo, Kim Hyun Sook, Kim Woo Joong, Cheyne Kohl, Angélique Lazarus, Sarah Dawn Lowry, Glaiza Macabali, Kerry Maher, Caitlin McGrath, Tim Paugh, Robert Perchan, Abhay Puri, Sasha Roopen, Stallone Santino, Boipelo Seswane, Jeffrey Schoenfeld, Gus Swanda, Chris Tharp, Maurice Turner, Michael Uchrin, Michael Grady Wheeler, Carlos Williams, and Mark Zink.
5/23: Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks, Inglorious Bastards) joins the crew, along with Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions), Paul Kang (The Whatnauts), The cast of Greater Boston, Jerzy Drozd (Galaxy of Super Adventure) and cameos from cast members of the radio dramas Ars Paradoxica, Our Fair City, Friend of the Family, Kakos Industries, and more!
We'll be announcing more of our amazing cast members above as the campaign continues. There are too many amazing people to namedrop them all at once!
Hiring all those talented people costs a lot of money. And so does renting month's worth of studio time for them to perform! No one on the series was working for exposure. I already paid everyone that has been involved so far out of my pocket. After that, and turning down 16 months worth of paying jobs to do this, I have $18 in the bank, 39 hours of audio to edit down into nine, a handful of guest star slots to fill, and a lot of potentially pricey post-production work left to do.
Big Data will have no ads, no corporate sponsorship, no paywall. It will be free to all, even you, even if you don't pledge to this Kickstarter. My only goal is to make back the money I invested, and if we make a little more, to bring on even more amazing people to fill the few remaining guest star roles and make the show even better. I would love for this show to be a big hit, so that my amazing team and I can keep making new radio dramas for years to come. Thank you for helping us go for that goal.
Risks and challenges
I knew I didn't want to come to you with just a pipe dream. I wanted to get as much done as humanly possible before turning to funding. That's why I already spent $7712 of my own money and 16 months of my life working on the show. All of the in-studio recording, and most of the remote work is already finished.
This is my third Kickstarter, and I have successfully wrangled large groups of artists before. The hard part is already finished.
Nothing can stop it from getting done, this Kickstarter is just to make the final product the best it can possibly be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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