Month: February 2016

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 42: Anniversary of a Legend

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A sound collage to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. 30 years ago today, Zeruda no Densetsu was released in Japan for the Famicom.

Samples and tracks used include stuff from OC ReMix albums and singles: 25 Year Legend album, Threshold of a Dream album (not the Moody Blues one), Lime of the Seasons, and various singles. Also includes ambient material from the BBC Sound Effects Library, and original music from various Zelda games, as well as material from Theophany’s Time’s End Majora’s Mask tribute album.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 40: Operating in Dreams

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This sound collage is a tribute to the Marble Operator podcast, which I officially ended this month. This collage incorporates clips from old Marble Operator episodes, Jose Gonzales “Heartbeats”, Winter Kills “Oklahoma Town”, Corpse Rider “Wolves in Tin Speakers”, lots of Boards of Canada, The Mountain Goats with “New Monster Avenue”, Julee Cruise with “I Remember” and “The World Spins”, clips from TribeTwelve, Marble Hornets, and Dark Harvest, Cranberries with “Dreams”, Aphex Twin with “Weathered Stone” and “White Blur”, Agent Cooper telling Sheriff Truman about presents in Twin Peaks, Jeff Goldblum talking about game overs and moving on from an old Jurassic Park game, Mothersbaugh’s Canon from “The Royal Tenenbaums”, we had Explosions in the Sky with “Your Hand in Mine”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “My Little Town”, St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr, Darshan Ambient with “Bless You”, and ending with the entire house burning down in Sacrificio Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky. We had everyone and everything in this collage to conclude the journey that was Marble Operator.

Thank you.

Marble Operator Bows Out

MO 108: The Final Episode

I made the decision earlier today to officially end the Marble Operator podcast. It’s a decision that I’ve been pontificating for months now.

I’ve been unable to record podcasts since last August, and it seems doubtful that I’ll regain that capacity any time soon, if ever, so this played a large role in my making this decision.

Another major factor is the status of THAC. Some months ago, Joseph and Tim left the group, leaving just Troy and relative newcomer Noah behind. I don’t know the full details of their leaving and I don’t know that I want to know. All that matters is that the trio behind Marble Hornets had disbanded, leaving a still-new series in the lurch.

I’ve had mixed feelings on Clear Lakes 44. It’s taken a long time for it to even have any sense of an ongoing story, to let us know what its story might even be. This is largely due to how the story is being told, but it was slow going. Two of the creative minds behind their previous effort leaving just told me the series was losing what little momentum it had in the first place.

Let’s back up a bit. Marble Operator was a podcast that I started in August of 2011 in order to discuss the YouTube series Marble Hornets. I eventually included other series, at the behest of cohosts. These series included Dark Harvest, Tribe Twelve, and Andersen Journals. The common thread among the series was the Slender Man. I had lots of requests to cover EverymanHYBRID, but this was something I could never figure out how to do, given how many different websites and YouTube channels that story spans.

Marble Hornets finally ended, and with it went all other Slender Man series. The three others we covered just died. We had nothing more to cover. Eventually, Clear Lakes 44, the series that followed Marble Hornets, began, and I made an effort to continue the podcast in its honor.

It didn’t last.

I’ve lost interest in Clear Lakes 44. Broadcast 11 brought back a totheark-esque character and it just felt like I’ve been there before. There was nothing new. I had no way of recording new episodes, let alone do the conference calls co-hosts wanted. That may never happen again for any podcast I might do, at the rate my real life is going.

It’s been a fun run, Marble Operator. I met some great people, made some great friends, lost all but one of those friends. Rion, Erica, Abby, John, Katie, and Logan. The only one of those I still even sometimes speak with is Rion. I’m thankful for their contributions to the podcast. They made the podcast what it was, not me. I did nothing. It was all them. I owe it all to them. Thank you.

Thank you to the listeners for listening. I started the podcast because I wanted to hear people discuss, in an audio format, the Marble Hornets story. There were a lot of you who also wanted to hear that, and you continue to download the back catalog. Thank you.

Thank you as well to Adam Rosner, creator and writer of TribeTwelve, for appearing on an episode of MO for an interview. Likewise thank you to Chris of Dark Harvest. Both interviews were fun.

I also got to guest on an episode of the Around the Campfire podcast, where I was interviewed as host of Marble Operator.

So this is the end. Four years later, and it’s all over, the road has ended. It’s been fun, but now is when I bow out. Thank you and goodbye.