OUR STORY

Twelve Chimes is a horror/suspense/mystery anthology, audio drama podcast

New episodes post every 4th Tuesday

Great stuff, and lots of fun for admirers of old time radio suspense in the Lights Out/Inner Sanctum vein. This is clearly a blast to produce, and that sense of enthusiasm is evident in each episode.
— iTunes review, June 4, 2017
Radio drama (or audio drama, audio play, radio play, radio theater, or audio theater) is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance.
— - Wikipedia, entry "Radio drama"

In addition to voice actors, an audio drama includes sound design (sound effects and ambient audio) to create an atmosphere.

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Humble beginnings

 Brett & Aimee at Stookey's Club Modern,  Oct 30, 2016

Brett & Aimee at Stookey's Club Modern,  Oct 30, 2016

Above is a photo of Brett Stillo and Aimee Pavy, at Stookey's Club Moderne on Bush and Taylor Streets in San Francisco on the day before Halloween, about to perform the radio play Poltergeist from the old time radio show Lights Out.

This was the start of it all. Aimee, the creator/producer/director of Twelve Chimes, loved old time radio, but didn't yet know of Wyllis Cooper and Arch Oboler's show Lights Out until Brett set her on the path. 

This live performance was a huge inspiration to create her own radio show. The creative bug hit hard -- within ten weeks, she had five radio plays, a willing and awesome cast, and equipment. Throw some foam from Discount Fabrics on the walls of the TV room, a few rugs on the floor, a blanket over the furniture, and voila, the Twelve Chimes recording studio is born!

Hear Aimee and Brett discuss old time radio and the show Lights Out in this episode:

One evening, a few months into writing scripts and preparing to record the first Twelve Chimes script, there was a conversation over cocktails at Stookey's, between Aimee and then-stranger Michael Dern, that soon resulted in the amazing show logo. Yay! Nice work Michael!!

And in another lucky break for the show, uber-talented artist Jeff Heermann agreed to create the cover art for all five episodes of season 1.

 Original sketch for S1E2 coverart by Jeff Heermann

Original sketch for S1E2 coverart by Jeff Heermann

He's also created the striking art/poster for the season 2 live finale! Thank you Jeff!!

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And then there was the last piece of the show puzzle: the voice, the host of Twelve Chimes.

Brett introduced Aimee to his co-host of the podcasts Five Minutes of Trouble and, most recently, Five Minutes of Banzai, Josh Horowitz. Upon hearing him speak, it was clear that he was the voice!

 If you thought being the "voice" was a lonely existence, think again!

If you thought being the "voice" was a lonely existence, think again!

Although he's located far away in sunny Los Angeles, he has a home studio -- brilliant!!

Another huge influence and motivation for Aimee was her turn as assistant rehearsal stage manager of the last (*sob*) Thrillpeddlers' show -- a fantastic and horrific voyage to the land of Grand Guignol -- "I feel incredibly privileged to have had a chance to work with Russell Blackwood and the whole crazy crew. 💔 There I met so many amazing people like Crystal Why and Cameron Eng...thanks guys for lending your honed Grand Guignol talents to the mic!"

 Photography: David Allen | Poster design: Bill Selby

Photography: David Allen | Poster design: Bill Selby

 From Shocktoberfest 15 | Photography: David Allen

From Shocktoberfest 15 | Photography: David Allen


THE SHOW BEGINS

The cast started out with a group of willing and enthusiastic friends: Brett Stillo and Josh Horowitz,  Aaron Seymour, Beth Abdallah, Scott Louis, and Audra Wolfmann. Love to them all for jumping in with their fantastic voices, their take on characters, and their great feedback and support from the very beginning!

And now the ever-growing cast gets together every month to "play radio." Don't forget to check out the whole gang on the Cast & Crew page!!

 Aaron & Beth recording S2E6 written by Beth

Aaron & Beth recording S2E6 written by Beth

 Recording S1E4: Beth, Cameron Eng, Scott, Crystal Why

Recording S1E4: Beth, Cameron Eng, Scott, Crystal Why

Aimee and the Twelve Chimes gang wrapped up season 1 with episode 5, "Chance Encounter," which was recorded at Stookey's Club Moderne with musicians Randy Odell and Kurt Ribak giving the episode a jazzy, beatnik vibe.  Stookey's is an absolutely beautiful bar and the crowd was fantastic and loud! Pictured below (from left to right) are Audra, Aimee, Scott, Randy, Kurt, and Brett.

 Stookey's Club Moderne, Feb 2017, recording S1E5

Stookey's Club Moderne, Feb 2017, recording S1E5

You'll often see a name, Dennis Hearne, in the bottom left corner of many photos of Twelve Chimes events, cast & crew. Any particularly amazing photo is most likely Dennis' work. He has been incredibly generous with his time and talent! 

Soon after that, the Twelve Chimes gang got a chance to do another live show with the Kurt Ribak Trio (Kurt Ribak, Randy Odell, and Tom Griesser) at Bird & Beckett Books and Records -- a cosy, amazing venue, it's a bookstore after all! Please check out their calendar. Pictured below are (left to right) Beth, Aaron, Tom, Aimee, and Kurt  (can't see Randy hiding back there!).

 Bird & Beckett Books and Records, May 2017

Bird & Beckett Books and Records, May 2017

In addition to more music from the Kurt Ribak Trio in season 2, Twelve Chimes has featured music from the spooky Jill Tracy! Her upcoming album was recorded in the famously paranormal town of Lily Dale--The Secret Music of Lily Dale.

Season 2 has seen more writers jump into the fray! Brett penned episode 1 "Superstitions" and "The Call of the Dead," Josh wrote "Nutmeg" and "Slowdown," and Beth wrote "A Modern Convenience." 

The show introduced new artists for season 2: Kirsten Tradowsky started things off with beautiful watercolors for episodes 1 & 2, Arthur Kay supplied an amazing tableau, also in watercolor, for episode 4, Josh supplied an image for episode 5 (the episode he wrote), and Antonio Toro created a disturbing collage for episode 6! Arthur will return with art for episode 8 and Jeff is back for the season 2 finale, episode 9, "The Foley Artist's Folly."

That's about it for now. We hope you have a chance to listen to all the episodes, tell your friends, add a review to iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts, and drop us a line at twelvechimesradio@gmail.com and THANKS for listening!