20 Minutes with Bryan Lincoln

Bryan Lincoln
Bryan Lincoln

Bryan Lincoln represents a remarkable synthesis of science and creative mojo, equally at ease in a bioengineering lab, behind (or in front of) the mic, or at the keyboard.  The scope of his experiences is vast indeed (though he’s likely best known for his work with The Full-Cast Podcast, his resume includes vocal performance, audio production, writing a novel, and of course… science) and we delve into that pool of knowledge in this Showcase episode, exploring the distinctions between audiobooks, full-cast presentations, and audio drama, as well as discussing the parallels of rational science and irrational art.  So sit back, grab a mass spectrometer, and enjoy this enlightening 20 minutes (and don’t miss Bryan’s Workshop Episode)!

PROMO: View From Valhalla (http://www.viewfromvalhalla.com/)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Bryan Lincoln

[caution: mature language – listener discretion is advised]

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Episode Breakdown

01:40 – Bryan’s many accomplishments

  • 03:34 – …and one correction


03:50 – Difference between A full-cast script and an audio book

  • 04:30 – Narration versus each character being performed
  • 05:25 – Greater range of character expression
  • 06:15 – Structural differences
  • 06:55 – Enhancing with sound FX


07:40 – How much does POV impact a full-cast or audio drama

  • 07:55 – First person POV vs third person


08:40 – Advice for those just starting out

  • 09:25 – Audio production is an artform
  • 09:50 – Started out volunteering for Dunesteef
  • 10:28 – Alicia Goranson “The Mask of Inanna
  • 10:45 – Time commitment: 2 hours of work per minute of audio


11:05 – Should Writers produce their own work or find a producer?

  • 11:45 – Gotta give actors some creative license
  • 12:15 – Make sure other producer is better than you are


13:00 – PROMO: View From Valhalla


13:55 – How do Science and the Creative Process dovetail for you?

  • 14:55 – Science comes from hard work and creativity
  • 15:25 – If someone’s done it before, it’s not interesting
  • 16:00 – The role of the Inventor
  • 16:48 – Science is a long slow process… like writing
  • 17:30 – Inspired by Mur Lafferty’s “I Should Be Writing
  • 17:58 – “Full-Cast Podcast” is a how-to and kinda timeless
  • 19:18 – Technology changed everything

20:26 – Where can writers go to get technical research?

  • 20:54 – Don’t be afraid to approach scientists and grad students
  • 22:10 – Professors are busier
  • 22:28 – Not really any on-line resources (but maybe podcasts)
  • 23:00 – Great podcast called “The Brain Science Podcast” for example
  • 23:28 – Social networks (Twitter, etc)


24:40 – Top audio dramas or full-cast

  • 24:50 – Distinction between the two

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Comments (5)

Hey folks, just a minor correction – at 10:28, my name is spelled “Alicia Goranson”.
I’m so glad you have interviewed Bryan! He’s a tremendously supportive guy.

GLEEP! Sorry about that, Alicia! Chalk it up to late nights and perhaps the WORST proofing skills on the planet. Thanks for giving us the chance to make it right. 🙂

And we agree with you regarding Bryan’s supportive nature. We have always been struck by the nonchalance of his generosity. If you really enjoy something – then supporting and affirming others do the same thing is the best way to make sure there’s more of it.

Thanks. If I see talent, I want others to know about it. Let others find your quality and talk about it. Spend most of your time promoting what you like (and not yourself) and you will slowly build strong relationships with talent as well as other producers….these relationships are your key to collaborative projects and coming out with better and better audio entertainment.

Bryan is tremendously hard-working, smart, dedicated, and the guy has as much ambition as a Bond villain. Of the dozen episodes of our show he’s produced for us, you can depend on him to pick the ones that are hard, the ones that make me (and everyone else) say, “Oh, hell no, Big Anklevich!”

And he’s a nice guy. Which can’t be said about most Bond villains.

Except probably the Man with the Golden Gun. He was kind of a sweetheart.

Christopher Lee… a sweetheart? He shot the fingers off a mannequin! What kind of MONSTER does that? You worry me, Rish.

But you know, Scaramanga was an artist who loved what he did (kill people), excelled at his chosen craft (killing people), and always seeking challenges (to killing people). Bryan seems to have the same perspective of things (except for the “killing people” part), so maybe you’re analogy is a solid one.

Now I worry me.

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