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Side Street Stories

Fantasy & Science Fiction Podc

Detours through avenues of the weird and horrific. The current series, The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, is a Lovecraftian adventure centering around magic, transcendence, and friendship. Do not read from the book.

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United States

Description:

Detours through avenues of the weird and horrific. The current series, The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, is a Lovecraftian adventure centering around magic, transcendence, and friendship. Do not read from the book.

Language:

English


Episodes

Rooms

12/22/2022
We're on holiday hiatus from The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, but we offer a brief interlude with "Rooms" . . . "When I first started making it, the design seemed too small, cramped, and uneven to be possible. Jory sat on my bed in the other corner of the room, blaring the radio and bobbing his head in that slow, quiet way he has of listening to loud, fast electronic music. When I turned around, I could only see his shaggy mop of black hair, the black T-shirt, and some of his neck in between,...

Duration:00:40:00

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 8. Casting About

11/18/2022
Casting a spell is like extending your mind as a tool into the nether forces of the Universe and twisting that screw until something pops out. Unfortunately, because the Universe is fickle, you never really know if what comes out is exactly what you wanted. It's usually a perversion. If you're going to be a spell caster, you've got to learn to accept that. Cast: The Witness - Aron Efimenko Jon - drummis Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album...

Duration:00:51:21

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 7. Dialogue With the Elder Things

10/30/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif: Chapter 7. Dialogue With the Elder Things "I did it. I summoned a real thing from another dimension, the Byakhee. The Byakhee took me to the Halls of Celaeno, where the Elder Things, ancients of enormous intellect and millions of years of experience gained through a unique ability to travel in time, working with their arcane "machines," spoke to me through a telepathic translator that was more music than speech. Weakened after all...

Duration:01:08:32

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 6. Flight of the Byakhee

10/12/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 6: Flight of the Byakhee "According to the book, the "Byakhee" are an ancient race of servitors, often doing the bidding of Hastur the Unspeakable. Ozone smell and itching in brain. Two long antennae sweeping back over the head, red eyes, teeth like a mouthful of steel pencils, skull-like head. Skin apparently rotting, peeling away to expose an exoskeleton, overlapping plates of chitinous material. Huge wasp-like thorax:...

Duration:00:44:54

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 5. Twilit Grotto

9/28/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 5: Twilit Grotto "This one sort of came to me in a dream last night, after reading more from the book. It's a mellower tune that incorporates Alchemy drums and arpeggios with TC Helicon vocals and Thumb Jam lead synth. My dreams are becoming more vivid, like I'm having an out-of-body experience, rather than dreaming. Never been any place like this grotto. The light was weird and atmosphere heavy." Cast: John - drummis The...

Duration:00:31:52

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 4. Freedom

9/14/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 4: Freedom "Reading from the whole book now. This is another song inspired by pages from the book, which doesn't have such a great outlook on humanity and our place in the Universe. This title is, of course, ironic. Who is free, really? We're just ants climbing around in a dust pile on a tiny rock floating in space. The laws of the Universe are vastly more powerful than us. Can they be discovered at least?" Cast: John -...

Duration:00:31:26

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 3. Visitation of the Mi-Go

8/31/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif: Chapter 3. Visitation of the Mi-Go "Been reading more from the book. This song was the result of an exploration of the TC Helicon Voicelive 2 settings -- it's a patch called "space choir," and I immediately went to that book space after reading about the "Mi-Go of Yuggoth." Fantastical stuff. Back now, no t-shirt. I must have that book." Cast: John - drummis The Witness - Aron Efimenko Music and Sound by drummis Based on the...

Duration:00:36:40

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 2. Evolve or Die

8/16/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif: Chapter 2. Evolve or Die "Spiraling down the abyss of weird vocal effects. Adding to my collection of 'weird music' upon my friend's prompts. The cult will soon rise! Haha. I've really become obsessed with these few pages of the book. What a great music writing prompt! I will have to find a copy somewhere of the whole thing." Cast: John - drummis The Witness - Aron Efimenko Music and Sound by drummis Based on the original album...

Duration:00:24:48

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 1. Inquiry and Summoning

8/15/2022
Side Street Stories presents The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif: Chapter 1. Inquiry and Summoning "I found the cipher manuscript in an old New England library, tucked away in a corner behind a few other dusty manuscripts and tomes. It bore an imprint of a glyph on the cover, but its contents intrigued me, so (in contradiction of the library's rules), I snuck some photographs of the first few pages. After spending several days delving into their secrets, I sat down and wrote this electronic piece,...

Duration:00:20:38