Have you heard the new podcast Archive 81 yet? The audio drama is only one episode in, but so far it's crazy good. It comes from Marc Sollinger, whose friend Dan has gone missing. The footage he sent him is the only clue to his whereabouts.
Here's what Marc says in his iTunes description: "A few weeks ago, my friend Daniel Powell disappeared. Before he vanished, he sent me hours and hours of audio he'd collected while working as an archivist for the HHCNYS. The tapes are... strange. I'm not entirely sure if they're real or not, but I'm posting them in the hope that someone can tell me what happened to Dan."
Episode one -- A Body In A New Place [April 6, 17 minutes] -- brilliantly sets the scene. Dan is starting a new temporary assignment for the Housing Historical Committee of New York State. His job, as the mysterious Mr. Davenport explains, is to archive a set of recorded conversations that took place in a high-rise apartment building in the mid-90s. The sensitive nature of the assignment requires him to eat, sleep, and work in an isolated building in the woods. And he's told to record everything that he does for legal purposes. The tapes are super creepy to listen to -- they're not at all what I would expect to hear from a historical society's project -- and they've got me really curious about what's going to unfold.
What I'm loving most about this new show is what a novel concept it is. There's no narrator and the tapes play out of order, so it's like you're sitting in Dan's shoes, trying to make sense of what's happening and why. Also, the acting is fantastic and is not at all distracting like it sometimes can be in audio dramas. There's beautiful original music too, and in the first episode, the sound design really elevates the the story.
Needless to say, I'm excited to hear more from this great new podcast. The series will be ten episodes in total, and the second one arrives next Wednesday, on April 20th. When I asked Marc what we can look forward to hearing in the second upload, he said "an otherworldly opera that shatters souls" will be making an appearance, along with someone from Dan's past. It's going to be good.
If you haven't heard this one yet, I'd highly recommend checking it out asap. I can tell it's going to be a new favorite of mine already.