Hello, Earplay fans! (Earplayers? Earreaders? Earresistable? I’ll work on that…)
I’m Eddy Webb, the executive producer for Earplay. My job is to make sure the production of our stories are going smoothly, on schedule, and under budget. Writing it down like that, it seems very straight-forward, but most days it seems like my job involves doing some scriptwriting, voice acting, sound editing, accounting, wrangling cats, and sending a lot of email and chat messages. I constantly work to find a good balance of “keeping things organized” and “giving folks room to be creative.” Luckily, since the concept of “interactive audio drama” is very new, I can make things up as I go along, and nobody notices. (Shhh. Don’t tell Jon and Dave. They think I’m brilliant, and I would hate to shatter their illusions.)
My path to Earplay was a strange one. I was a backer on the Codename Cygnus Kickstarter, and that’s where I first got in touch with Jon. A couple of years after that, Jon got in touch again through a mutual colleague, and asked me to work on a prototype with him. It was a lot of fun, and we quickly bonded over a love of old time radio. Jon was also impressed with my organizational skills, which I had to develop as a freelancer bouncing between a number of projects. We kept in touch after that, and eventually offered me the prestigious position of “Title To Be Determined Later.”
Even though I am hearing impaired, I am passionate about audio drama – in fact, I would argue that I’m passionate about it because I’m hearing impaired. I grew up on library tapes of the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” radio series, as well as records of Basil Rathbone playing Sherlock Holmes. I would even record episodes of the Transformers cartoon on my tape deck and listen to them over and over. I think audio drama has always been compelling to me because I had to pay close attention due to my hearing loss.
Anyway, that’s me. You’ll probably see me around, not only as producer, but also as a writer and designer. In fact, I’m working on my own Earplay story, based on a fantasy world of my own creation called “Pugmire.” In the meantime, I leave you with one of the stories that inspired me so much when I was younger: the 1945 audio drama version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, “The Speckled Band.” Enjoy!