Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Voices from the Past


I discovered the website of the Mercury Theatre some time ago, but have only recently thought about it in terms more closely related to steam- and dieselpunk.

The Mercury is most famous for the War of the Worlds broadcast which held America in such thrall, and Orson Welles and associates such as Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann, and George Coulouris produced some of the most memorable radio plays of the late 1930s.

The site holds real audio and MP3s of most of their broadcasts, which include adaptations of classic stories which have influenced the development of steam-and dieselpunk, such as the 39 Steps, Heart of Darkness , Rebecca and The Immortal Sherlock Holmes.
It is well worth a visit, and immersing yourself in the sounds of bygone ages - free to download, you can carry the atmosphere of the wireless as you busy yourself in the modern age.

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