‘Beep’, A Documentary About the History of Sound in Video Games

Beep is a documentary by director and author Karen Collins and a team of experts about the history of sound in video games, from mechanical arcades to orchestras to chiptunes. The documentary intends to interview a number of influential composers and sound designers, like Tommy Tallarico, in order to build a more complete picture of the history behind the making of sound and music for video games. The documentary is currently raising funds via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Beep Documentary

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A ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Audiobook With Readings by Felicia Day, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, and Ice-T

D&D Audiobook

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories is a 2011 anthology of short stories by author R.A. Salvatore that features protagonist Drizzt Do’Urden and his various cohorts in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons. The anthology is currently available as a free audiobook at Audible with readings from the likes of Felicia Day, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ice-T, and more.

SoundCloud user Something Awful Zack has uploaded a series of clips from Ice-T’s particularly enthusiastic reading of “Comrades at Odds” from the anthology.

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‘Automata’, A Sci-Fi Film About Evolving Robots and Humanity’s Response to Them

Automata is an upcoming sci-fi film by director Gabe Ibáñez about evolving robots and humanity’s response to them. Antonio Banderas stars as Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent looking into the manipulation of a robot. Things quickly spin out of control as Vaucan finds himself among a number of seemingly sentient robots. The film also stars Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Rachel Vaucan, Melanie Griffith as Dupre, Dylan McDermott as Wallace, and Robert Forster as Robert Bold. Automata is currently scheduled to release in theaters “soon.”

Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

Automata Poster

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‘From Under The Rust’, A Short Profile of Train Car Restorer Charlie Sedgley

“From Under the Rust” is a short documentary directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Julien Lasseur that highlights the work of Midwestern Railroad Preservation Society board member Charlie Sedgley, who is working to help restore abandoned train cars to their former glory.

It’s been said that the one thing mankind has invented that comes close to a human being is the steam locomotive. And that’s true. It’s like a living thing, and to be able to bring one back to life, it’s just indescribable.

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