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What is Blind Fly Theater?
BFT is entertainment for your ears, stories narrated on an atmospheric bed of sound effects, music, and voices. 
The types of stories vary, at least while in the midst of trying to figure out just who we are. 
There are a few episodes with detective Theo Trouver who has a special gift for finding murderers and dead people. There's a quirky episode about a "fiction confessional" that is silly and stupid, one about the initiation of  junior politicians, a humorous one about customer service robot hell,
a creepy one about a stalker who is protected by the Virgin de Guadalupe, and a whimsical story about young love lost and a resilient delight in sensorial perceptions. The goal is to eventually narrow the subject matter down so that BFT fits a particular genre> namely the spooky. But for now it's a free-for-all while we play the field and 
gain some storytelling chops. 
We like telling audio stories and capturing your ears. We think it's a more intimate form of entertainment, and the listener can be engaged in travel or other tasks and still enjoy our stories (though BFT is best with earphones on, especially while sitting or lying in a darkened room).
 
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Who is Blind Fly Theater?
My name is David Lorell, and I produce the show. To the right is a rather dashing photo taken of me about eight years ago. I admit trying to hide behind this photo, but the truth is time, grey, and a few ('choke) pounds have taken their toll.
I sometimes reveal myself, as I've done in this other photo, so people may actually recognize me upon meeting in real life and not yell "Phony! You're a phony... Hey everybody, look over here, it's a big fat phony." (Family Guy, anyone?).
But BFT is more than just me. I do write the stories, voice the narration, and produce the show, but much is contributed by musicians, sound aficionados, and voice artists, obtained via Creative Commons licensing or permission grants. Our main avenues of procurement are SoundCloud.com, FreeSound.org, and FreeMusicArchiveFreeMusicArchive.org

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Why is Blind Fly Theater produced?
The seeds of audio drama were planted long ago, at the age of twelve or thirteen. The CBS Radio Mystery Theater would come on every night at eleven o'clock, after bed-time, and I'd listen under the covers with a small transistor radio and twisty-wired ear bud. I'd never miss the opening, my favorite part... that long creaking door, that deep resonating music, and EG Marshall saying "Come In". I still listen to those old shows just for that opening, and it always brings me back. 
I began making my own recorded dramas on an old portable reel-to-reel recorder and searching out materials to make sound effects. One was a battery powered spin-art machine I used for everything from the shifting gears of sports cars to the drone of small aircraft. I never played them for anyone, they were for my own enjoyment. I loved the process and satisfaction of creating my own little worlds. 
The interest continued intermittently into adulthood, when I'd do things like hide a microphone in a baseball cap with the wire running down through my coat to a tape-recorder in my pocket. I'd record the sounds of everyday life like cursory conversations with store clerks, footsteps, traffic, the clinking of porcelain mugs at coffee shops, anything I'd run into. I would record voices from radio talk shows and chop them up into custom conversations.
In college, I discovered a different kind of audio drama. The campus radio station KDVS would play episodes of a show by Joe Frank. He produced intriguing monologues set to hypnotic musical loops. Many of the stories were from his own life, including recorded conversations with friends and family. The line between reality and fiction would become blurred.
I later discovered a different kind of audio drama or comedy... Phil Hendrie would do live radio shows on KFI out of Los Angeles. His specialty was pulling the wool over the eyes of a small portion of his listening audience by staging fake talk shows. He played the voice of his outrageous guests, as well as the straight man radio host. There were ridiculous scenarios played out, and he would take calls from outraged listeners. The vast majority of his audience were in on the gag, and there was much laughter at the expense of these unsuspecting callers. Though I worked for a large insurance company, his show sparked a deep desire to become an independent audio creative someday. It's been a few years, and I'm just now moving into forming something cohesive and real. There are just so many opportunities and possibilities with digital production and new media, and I know my passion will be fulfilled.  



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