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Re-Imagine Radio Presents

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A Note from the Producer

An overarching theme for Re-Imagined Radio in 2022 is "tribute." We begin with our radio adaptation this month of "Figurski at Findhorn on Acid," the award-winning work of electronic literature written by Richard Holeton.

Published in 2001 using Storyspace software, Figurski is one of only a few novel-length comedic hypertexts. With thousands of links, Holeton’s work provided many, many ways for readers to move through its multiple, storylines. As a work of electronic literature, experienced only on computers, Figurski immediately attracted a lot of attention. Upgrades and changes to computer operating systems, however, made the work inaccessible soon after its publication.

Just in time for its 20th Anniversary, Figurski was revived by student researchers in the Electronic Literature Lab, directed by Dr. Dene Grigar, at Washington State University Vancouver. Once again, Figurski at Findhorn on Acid is available and can now be experienced at its own website, www.figurskiatfindhornonacid.com

As part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations, we thought it appropriate to offer a radio adaptation of this classic work of electronic literature. It’s never been done before, adapting a work of electronic literature to radio. That, and the sprawling nature of the original work, was quite a challenge. But with Mr. Holeton’s approval, we are pleased to offer this month’s episode of Re-Imagined Radio as our tribute to Figurski at Findhorn on Acid.

Our tribute includes three larger-than-life characters, Frank Figurski (hard-boiled mathematics graduate student), Nguyen Van Tho (The No-Hands Cup Flipper), and Fatima Michelle Vieuchanger (French-Moroccan journalist who often works disguised as a man). All the action takes place at Findhorn, a real life intentional New Age community on the coast of Northern Scotland. There, our characters search for two mechanical pigs of incalculable value all the while wrapped in the warm embrace of acid, yes, THAT acid.

The characters are convincingly portrayed by The Voices, our ensemble of professional and talented voice actors. The sound design, music composition, and post-production were artfully crafted by three-time Emmy Award winning sound designer Marc Rose. In fact, Richard Holeton says, "The audio blew me away! Just awesome!! The acid waves! Spaceship! OMG. The audio experience is like another character, overarching and godlike, who is running the whole show."

Yes. And thank you, Richard. We think our "Figurski at Findhorn on Acid" is a fitting tribute to the original and an innovative example of radio storytelling. For best listening experience, please use quality headphones.

Join us, 1:00-2:00 PM, Monday, 17 January for our premier international broadcast and live stream. See "How To Listen," below, for more information.


Enjoy listening, and share your thoughts via social media
John Barber
Producer and Host

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Figurski at Findhorn on Acid NFT

Attentive listeners will hear several changes to Re-Imagined Radio episodes this year. We have an announcer, Jack Armstrong. Do you recognize his voice from television? We have new theme music composed by Marc Rose. We have a new sponsor, The Fusebox Show. And we have a new artifact, an NFT for each episode.

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are an interesting innovation in the digital art world. Who knows where they will lead, but Re-Imagined Radio wants to be there.


 So, Holly Slocum, Marc Rose, and John Barber have created the "Figurski at Findhorn on Acid NFT." A single copy was made and it is available online for viewing and purchase. We envision an NFT for every episode of Re-Imagined Radio this year. Collect all twelve of these unique works which include video, text, images, sound, and unlockable content only available to the owner. Click the button below to head there now. 

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Background

Photograph of Richard Holeton author of "Figurski at Findhorn on Acid."

Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, the hypertext novel by Richard Holeton, has three characters, three artifacts, and three settings. Combinations of one, two, or all three of these characters, with one, two, or all three artifacts, at one of the places provides 147 main narrative "story spaces" where the story unfolds. With an additional 147 Notes and 60 navigation screens, there are a total of 354 spaces in the novel. 2001 hyperlinks provide many ways to follow different paths through these spaces. One's destination is determined by the links chosen to follow. So, rather than an observer, one becomes a participant, helping to unfold the story.

This Re-Imagined Radio adaptation puts all three characters in one location, with two mechanical pigs, and generous availability of acid. The Voices, along with what Mr. Holeton describes as the "godlike" character of the sound design, create an absurdly realistic world, and the opportunity to be present in that world.

This first ever adaptation of a work of electronic literature is our Re-Imagined Radio tribute to Richard Holeton and his comedic hypertext novel, Figurski at Findhorn on Acid.

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The Voices

Sam A. Mowry as Frank Figurski
Heath Hyun Houghton as The No Hands Cup Flipper
Patricia Blem as Fatima Michelle Vieuchanger
Mago Weston as Shana
Devin James as Zed
Jeff Pollard as Preacher
Richard Holeton as Himself (the author)

Credits

Script by John Barber
Sound Design and Post Production by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management
Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
Produced and hosted by John Barber

How to Listen

KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA
1:00-2:00 PM PT, third Monday of each month
6:00-7:00 PM PT, Sunday evenings, past episodes broadcast 
Tune radio to 99.9 FM 
or Point your browser to KXRW.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.

KXRY FM, (aka XRAY), Portland, OR
Tune radio to 91.1 FM or 107.1 FM
or Point your browser to KXRY.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.

Or, use the XRAY App, available through the Apple and Android stores.

Or, program Amazon's Alexa to play KXR

The following radio stations broadcast and stream episodes of Re-Imagined Radio after the initial broadcast date.


KMWV FM, Salem, OR
Tune radio to 98.3 FM
or Point your browser to KMWV Internet radio

KUIK AM, Portland, OR
Tune radio to 1360 AM 

or Point your browser to KUIK Internet radio

CKXU FM, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Tune radio to 88.3 FM
or Point your browser to CKXU FM, press the "Play" button at the top of the page.

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Upcoming Episode

Next month, Re-Imagined Radio presents "Destination Freedom Tribute" Monday, 21 February, 1:00 PM, KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM. Paying tribute to African American History Month and the democratic traditions and cultural contributions of Black Americans, Re-Imagined Radio samples from episodes of Destination Freedom focusing on W.C. Handy and the birth of the blues, and the Basin Street jazz stylings of Louis Armstrong.

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