Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Ghosts & Fairies

Christmas in New Babbage, when the city is covered in snow, and we gather around the hearth for the very Victorian custom of telling a ghost story on Christmas Eve.

Stargirl MacBain reads The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg, adapted from the German by J. Stirling Coyne (1803-1868).

Victor1st Mornington reads The Ghost of the Blue Chamber, by Jerome K. Jerome, from Told After Supper, 1891.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, O Christmas Tree, Fugue in D Minor, Kling Glöckchen, White Christmas, arranged and performed by Canolli Capalini, from the Capalini Fine Furnishings Music Box Collections.

Fairy Tale Waltz, Isolated Harp from Danse Macabre, Ominous Gloom, written and performed by Kevin MacLeod.

Outro: Ianone Constantine

Additional voices recorded in the city's numerous pubs and bars.

runtime: 30:21

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Listening party will be held Sunday, Dec. 25th, at 7pm Pacific at the transient camp in Babbage Palisades. Dress warm. 

If you need more New Babbage fix until the next show, we proudly present 2 original volumes now available online:

Tales of New Babbage, a collection of original short stories written by the residents of New Babbage, in traditional paperback format, shipping now from Babbage Fiction Press.

The Clockhaven Chronicles, 1st edition, an illustrated steampunk adventure, in electronic format from Pennygaff Publishing, and also on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. 

Happy Christmas, and keep building!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Foreign Ports

Three tales tonight of the sort that sailors bring home from their voyages abroad.

The Basha's Gorilla, by William Patterson White (1910). Read by Byron Wexhome. Additional voice by Rowan Derryth. White was best known for writing cowboy adventure stories in the early 20th century.

Voyage Eastward, from the Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1895 edition, by Rudolph Erich Raspe. Read by Emperor Ezra Crumb the Second. The tales of Baron Munchausen were first translated into English in 1785 from an anonymous collection in German. Baron Munchausen was an actual 18th century nobleman and his stories should be assumed to be absolutely reliable and true, despite the fact that many are based on folktales that were circulating well before his birth.

Davey Jones's Gift, by John Masefield. Read by Victor1st Mornington. First published in Country Life, November 11, 1905. Masefield's aunt thought little of her nephews addiction to reading, so she sent him off to train for a life at sea to cure him of it. He became a Poet Laureate and one of the greatest nautical storytellers of all time.

Sound effects collected on location in Zanzibar Town and New Babbage.
Music, Ibn Al-Noor, and Narcissus, by Kevin MacLeod.
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
Radio Riel airdate: June 26, 2011.
Runtime: 39:25

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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Brownie of the Black Haggs

Victor1st Mornington reads a grim tale from his native Scotland by poet and novelist James Hogg. Hogg wrote in both Scots and English, and it is said that his grandfather was the last man to have spoken with fairies.

Babbagers know better than to expect a happy ending on their fairy tales. We like them told they way they were meant to be told.

Listening party at 7pm Pacific at The Bucket of Blood Public House.

First publication: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, October 1828.

Reader: Victor1st Mornington
Music: Kevin MacLeod
Intro/Outro: Byron Wexhome
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
Runtime: 46:00
Radio Riel air date: May 1, 2011


The Bodysnatcher

In the early 19th century in Scotland, medical cadavers were in such high demand that a criminal element, known as body-snatchers, or resurrection men, gave rise to a particular public fear and revulsion. In the year 1827 a pair of Irish immigrants sold a body which had died of natural causes in a boarding house to an Edinburgh medical school. The money was so good, that for the next year, they set about procuring bodies without the trouble of digging in graveyards in the dead of the night. The Burke Hare serial murders were memorialized by Robert Louis Stevenson in his 1884 fictional story, The Bodysnatcher. Read for you by the sultry Scotsman of Brunel Hall, Victor1st Mornington.

Listening party  Sunday, April 3, at 12:30pm PDT at the Clarendon in New Babbage or  7:00pm PDT at the Gangplank in Clockhaven.

For more information on the background of this story, visit

First publication: Pall Mall Christmas "Extra" December 1884

reader: Victor1st Mornington
music: Kevin MacLeod
outro: Byron Wexhome
postproduction: Mosseveno Tenk
runtime 53:41
Radio Riel airdate: April 3, 2011


Bianca Namori reads King Winter. a childrens novelty shaped picture book, illustrated and published by Gustav W. Seitz, Hamburg, 1859.  Viewable online at Project Gutenburg.

Loki Eliot, the urchin king of the New Babbage, reads Billy's Santa Claus Experience, by Cornilia Redmond, from A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and others, 1895.

Amadeus Hammerer reads Knecht Ruprecht, a traditional German poem by Theodor Storm.

Victor1st Mornington reads The Goblins Cavern. From the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, 1836.

Tepic Harlequin reads Three of a Trade, or Little Red Kriss Kringle, by Fitz-James O'Brien, first published in the Saturday Press, December 25, 1858.

The music box selections were from homemade music boxes built, arranged, and recorded by Canolli Capalini, and are available only from Capalini's Fine Furnishings, located in Bow Street in the Canal district of New Babbage, and were used by permission.

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht was sung by the Nebe Quartet on a 1907 Edison Records recording, now in  the public domain.

Additional music by Kevin MacLeod.
Outro: MichaelD Mannonen.
Production: Mosseveno Tenk.
Run time: 44 minutes
Radio Riel air date: 26 December, 2010

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Knecht Ruprecht
by Theodor Storm
translated by Ingeborg Apfelbaum

I come from deep within the forest!
And I must tell you Christmas is nigh
Everywhere the tree tops
Are sparkling with golden lights.
And high above from amongst the heavenly choir
The Christchild looks down with wide eyes.
And as I was wandering through the sinister forest
He addressed me with his clear voice
“Knecht Ruprecht”, he called, “old chap,
Lift your legs and hasten along
The candles are starting to burn,
The heavens gate has been opened
Old and young are now to
Rest from the burdens of life
And tomorrow I fly down to earth,
Because it will be Christmas once more!”
I said : “Oh my dear Master Christ,
My journey is almost ended,
I am to go to just this one city,
Where there are many good children”.
“Do you have your sack with you?”
I said: “My little sack is here.
Devout children love
Apples and nuts and almonds”.
“Do you have your cane also with you”
I said “The cane, I have with me,
But only for those children, the bad ones,
For them it will hit the right spot”.
The Christchild spoke: “then all is right,
So go with God, my faithful servant”.
I come from deep within the forest,
I must tell you that Christmas is nigh.
Now tell me, how will I find this place?
Are the children good? Are the children bad?

The Horror of the Heights

Do you believe in air kraken?

In this episode, Victor1st Mornington reads Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story The Horror On The Heights, in which a pioneering aviator investigates the mysterious death of a fellow pilot by following clues in a diary recovered from crash site wreckage. Turn out the lights and listen!

The story was first published in November, 1913, in Strand Magazine, Vol. 46, #275, and later collected in Tales of Terror and Mystery.

Run time: 47 minutes
Reader: Victor1st Mornington
Outro: Mavromichaeli Szondi
Music: Kevin MacLeod
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
Radio Riel air date: November 2010