Spooky Blue Productions Presents

SB Studios has produced an adaptation of the 1938 broadcast by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theater.

This is our version of the novel by H.G. Wells.  We present "The War of The Worlds".

Download MP3 - 9.5M

The Project

Since I began this project in July I've grown used to my neighbors' raised eyebrows and nervous smiles.  Despite their confusion they seem to have grown somewhat accustomed to the odd noises emanating from my house all summer.

You want to alienate your neighbors?  Try running around your backyard with a tape recorder shouting about Martians.  For three months.  And I'm 35 years old.

The Tools

Armed with a transcript of the original broadcast, I cracked my knuckles and got down to work butchering it into a 19 minute saga.

I used CoolEdit2000 with the multi-track plug-in and a cheap $6.00 microphone  to record most of the project.  Some scenes and effects were recorded using a pocket recorder.

There are a total of 10 'scenes' that I linked together using Acid Pro 3.0.  Acid does a good job working with large numbers of huge wav files. 


Why not?

I heard a recording of the October 1938 Mercury Theater broadcast when I was a kid in the '70s.  I even watched a crummy television movie about it.  What a miserable idea that was.  But I didn't care.  Anything H.G. Wells, and in particular this peculiar bit of American history was, and still is, a source of fascination for me.

Spooky Blue's 19 minute version of "The War of The Worlds" could probably stand to be 23 minutes long, but honestly...if you can destroy the world in 19, why drag things out?

People who enjoy listening to NOAA, police scanners, and AM radio may understand the fun I had working on this project.

With a respectful nod to the ghost of Mr. Wells,  enjoy!

Listening Instructions...

1.  Kill the lights
2.  Turn the TV off
3.  Turn your imagination on

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