Have you been listening to the new podcast Smash/Cut? It's a brand new audio drama series hosted and produced by Alexander Charles Adams and performed by a group of young actors based in Louisiana.
The show is unlike any other audio drama I've ever heard. It's an anthology that's inspired by the smash cut technique used in theater and film-making, where one scene jumps abruptly to another. From the show's website: "The name Smash/Cut references a playwriting term for cutting between characters and timelines while maintaining some overarching idea. Also in film, a smash cut is an unexpected cut from one narrative or aesthetic to another. Pulling from these narrative devices, we will produce radio drama and explore new ways to create it with each episode."
The team has uploaded five short episodes so far -- all under twenty minutes -- and each one has been fantastic. In the first one, a woman talks about her first good kiss (and her first bad one) that happens to be with a close family friend. It's a really cool combination of a basic interview and a dramatic monologue, and it's definitely what hooked me.
The third one, The SoundBlot Test, is also really great. It's a surreal concept piece that's beautifully done. At the beginning, listeners are warned: "If you feel disoriented during the piece, I invite you to lean in to that and see how you feel coming out on the other end." I, for one, felt equal parts inspired and intrigued, and I was so glad when Alexander stepped in at the end to describe how it was made.
What I'm loving about this new audio drama is how distinct each upload is. I have no idea what could possibly happen in the next episode, but I know it will be written and performed beautifully and mixed with great music and sound effects. It arrives in just over a week, and I'm really looking forward to it.
So tell me -- have you listened to Smash/Cut yet? If not, I'd highly recommend it. If you have and you're a fan like me, be sure to check out the show's website. They've uploaded a couple of exclusive episodes there in a "back-end series" and they're definitely worth a listen.