26 episodes

Strange and unusual stories from a variety of sources set to an ambient soundtrack.

AMBIENT ARCANA Ambient Arcana

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Strange and unusual stories from a variety of sources set to an ambient soundtrack.

    “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

    “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

    In 1950 Akira Kurosawa merged two of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s short stories together to make his classic film “Rashomon.”Last episode we covered the story that gave the film it’s name and in this episode we explore the story of the murder at the heart of that film, told by seven characters with seven different, often conflicting accounts:
    “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
    Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar
    Narrated by Mandy Familiar, Bob Familiar, Joey Pesce, Shannon Wilson, Jace Wilson, Danielle Barry, Matt Gruenberg, and Jim Billbrough

    • 26 min
    “Rashōmon” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

    “Rashōmon” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

     In this episode we contemplate whether it is better to accept death with your morals intact or to survive by any means necessary.
    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s “Rashōmon”.
    Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar
    Narrated by Jim Billbrough
     
    Some sound effects in this episode were licensed from
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    • 18 min
    Three Stories by Jorge Luis Borges

    Three Stories by Jorge Luis Borges

     A trio of strange and beautiful fever dreams by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges-“The Rejected Sorcerer,” “The Circular Ruins,” and “The Two Kings and The Two Labyrinths.”
    All Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar
    Narrated by Jim Billbrough
    We’d like to express our thanks to Jon Fredette of “The Oddcast” podcast for his advice and encouragement on this episode. If you like Ambient Arcana there’s a good chance you’ll like ”The Oddcast.”
    Here’s a link to Jon’s homepage featuring his podcasts, music, and more: https://www.jonfredette.com/
     
    Some other useful links:
     
    https://bobfamiliar.bandcamp.com/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/ambientarcana
     
    ambientarcana@gmail.com
     
     

    • 26 min
    “Gods Of The North” A Conan The Cimmerian Story

    “Gods Of The North” A Conan The Cimmerian Story

    In this episode we chase away the winter blues with a bloody sword in Robert E. Howard’s coldest Conan story - “Gods of The North” (aka. “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter”).
    All Music and Music & Audio Production by Bob Familiar
    Narration by Rick Weidner, Danielle Barry, Matt Gruenberg, Mandy Familiar, Bob Familiar, and Jim Billbrough
     
    Some useful links:
     
    https://bobfamiliar.bandcamp.com/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/ambientarcana
     
    ambientarcana@gmail.com
     

    • 21 min
    “Mother Sauvage” by Guy de Maupassant

    “Mother Sauvage” by Guy de Maupassant

    Bonne année! Joyeux 2024!
    We start our Third Season with a fiery French tale of one woman’s burning need to find balance in a hostile universe. It’s Guy de Maupassant’s torrid tale of red hot revenge! -
    “Mother Sauvage.”
    All Music and Music & Audio Production by Bob Familiar
    Narrated by Veronica and Joey Pesce, Bob Familiar, and Jim Billbrough
    Recorded by Joey Pesce and Bob Familiar
    If you think we judged Robert W. Chambers a bit harshly on his anti-German attitudes here’s a link to his WWI novel “In Secret” at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5748
    Not to be confused with a recommendation.
     
    Some useful links:
     
    https://youtube.com/@bobfamiliarmusic
     
    https://bobfamiliar.bandcamp.com/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/ambientarcana
     

    • 19 min
    More Tibetan Folk Tales by A.L. Shelton

    More Tibetan Folk Tales by A.L. Shelton

     Once again we travel to the magical land of Tibet for the Holiday Season.
     In this year’s Yuletide offerings a painter and a carpenter commit supernatural postal fraud, a donkey and a rock get arrested for assaulting a jar of oil, a pair of crippled birds dispense great wealth and harsh justice, a sociopathic rabbit distributes stolen goods with murderous intent, and a goiter at a ghost party is about as welcome as a fruitcake. It’s Albert Leroy Shelton’s posthumously publish page turner - “Tibetan Folk Tales”
    All Music and Music&Audio Production by Bob Familiar
    Narrated by Bob Familiar and Jim Billbrough
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

SoYouDie ,

Delightful and Very Well Produced

I find most horror podcasts and audiobooks overdone and overly dramatic. Ambient Arcana is expertly produced and finds some gems of stories without being too heavy handed. Keep up the good work!

-Jon/The Oddcast

Methitablle ,

Interesting listen

Had to order the book so I could read the stories.
Thanks

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