Monster Serials: listening to old radio plays while working on music notation

There are a lot of things I can do while having music, mostly classical, on in the background.

Working on music notation is not one of them. I don't mean composing the notes themselves – for that I need silence, but rather entering notes and performance indications into notation software.

So instead I like to listen to old time radio plays. Lately, I've had one of the following two playing in the background while I work:

Both are hosted on

Interestingly, the actor who portrays the monster in the Frankenstein piece mispronounces "Frankenstein" as "Franken-steen" initially, it seems. I had thought this was a subtle way of showing the monster getting smarter as he later learns to pronounce it correctly, but I believe some of the other actors made the same error here and there. So it might likely be just from the reality of reading a script and recording with limited time for checking for continuity errors.

I'll also mention that in trying to come up with a clever title (a play on Monster Cereals – get it?) I learned about Franken Berry Stool.

That is all.


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