13 episodes

Humorous and surreal short stories and audio dramas read and performed by humans. || Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival "Best Podcast Stories" Winner

Our stories aren't nonsensical gibberish as some might assume. We combine our storytelling skills with AI-conceived concepts to create tales with a story arc, fully-developed characters and satisfying endings. We feature human voice actors, not computer generated voices.

Written and performed by Bram Stoker Award Finalist and Clarion West 2015 Graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio engineer Rich Pav.

Uncanny Robot: AI Meets Old Time Radio Drama Uncanny Productions

    • Fiction
    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Humorous and surreal short stories and audio dramas read and performed by humans. || Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival "Best Podcast Stories" Winner

Our stories aren't nonsensical gibberish as some might assume. We combine our storytelling skills with AI-conceived concepts to create tales with a story arc, fully-developed characters and satisfying endings. We feature human voice actors, not computer generated voices.

Written and performed by Bram Stoker Award Finalist and Clarion West 2015 Graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio engineer Rich Pav.

    Tanuki Buttons: A Bonus Episode from Uncanny Japan

    Tanuki Buttons: A Bonus Episode from Uncanny Japan

    Have you ever seen those dogs on Instagram that communicate by pushing buttons that play recordings of words?
    In April 2021, Terrie tamed a wild tanuki, brought it home and taught it to communicate.
    Then the shit hit the fan.
    Our end trailer is from Hell Gate City. It's a rollicking sci-fi comedy podcast with a macabre underbelly and satirical takes about dystopian current events. Listen here: http://hellgatecity.com
    Uncanny Robot is Bram Stoker Finalist and Clarion West 2015 graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio editor/sound designer Rich Pav. Our other shows are Uncanny Japan and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out Terrie's books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon.
    Our website has trigger warnings and transcripts for every episode. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit Patreon.
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/B0B7AO84P
    Join our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncannyrobotpodcast
    Website: https://www.uncannyrobotpodcast.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyRobot
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyrobotpodcast/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdzFk8yoR1pQp2HpHArrgA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XdMZTzmyUb
    Credits Researched, written, directed, & produced: Thersa Matsuura
    Mixed, edited, & sound engineered: Rich Pav
    Voice of Terrie and Richard: Terrie and Richard
    Voice of tanuki buttons: Julyan Ray
    Sniffles, snorts, and chomps of tanuki: Alan Smithee
    Foley: Richard and Terrie
    That one line about Caligula: Joe Robson
    Intro and outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura.
    Atmospheres #9 – Outskirts Of Town by Brian Holtz Music
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7668-atmospheres-9-outskirts-of-town
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Mourning Background by MusicLFiles
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7660-mourning-background
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Freedom by Alexander Nakarada
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4881-freedom
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Divertimento K131 by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3663-divertimento-k131
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Peek-A-Boo by Brian Holtz Music
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7123-peek-a-boo
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    The Expanse by Alexander Nakarada
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4846-the-expanse
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Dawn Of The Apocalypse by Rafael Krux
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5627-dawn-of-the-apocalypse-
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    5 Am by Denis Sivtsev
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5959-5-am
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 27 min
    Singer Boy and the Trip to the Moon

    Singer Boy and the Trip to the Moon

    The saddest clown in the world and his best friend, a rat named Singer Boy, take a trip to the moon.
    Uncanny Robot is Bram Stoker Finalist and Clarion West 2015 graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio editor/sound designer Rich Pav. Our other shows are Uncanny Japan and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out Terrie's books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon.
    Our website has trigger warnings and transcripts for every episode. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit Patreon.
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/B0B7AO84P
    Join our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncannyrobotpodcast
    Website: https://www.uncannyrobotpodcast.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyRobot
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyrobotpodcast/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdzFk8yoR1pQp2HpHArrgA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XdMZTzmyUb

    • 23 min
    Commentary: Asteroid Annie/Arnie & True Crime

    Commentary: Asteroid Annie/Arnie & True Crime

    Our commentary about three episodes:
    Asteroid Annie and the Mushiblooms Asteroid Arnie and the Mushiblooms A Spotify/Parcast True Crime Parody: Peppers and the Screaming Yoof Uncanny Robot is Bram Stoker Finalist and Clarion West 2015 graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio editor/sound designer Rich Pav. Our other shows are Uncanny Japan and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out Terrie's books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon.
    Our website has trigger warnings and transcripts for every episode. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit Patreon.
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/B0B7AO84P
    Join our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncannyrobotpodcast
    Website: https://www.uncannyrobotpodcast.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyRobot
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyrobotpodcast/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdzFk8yoR1pQp2HpHArrgA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XdMZTzmyUb

    • 36 min
    Asteroid Annie and the Mushiblooms

    Asteroid Annie and the Mushiblooms

    A comedy/sci-fi auditory extravaganza four months in the making.
    Asteroid Annie, the all-time greatest intergalactic superheroine and her trusty sidekick What's-His-Name, face off against the evil Mushiblooms and their villainous leader Hutt Poppa. Will they be able to save this alternate universe?
    In Episode 5 we brought you the story of how Asteroid Arnie, the greatest intergalactic superhero of all time and his trusty sidekick Moomaroof, saved the entire race of adorable, fuzzy little Mushiblooms from certain death at the hands of the Stinky Lollies.
    Uncanny Robot is Bram Stoker Finalist and Clarion West 2015 graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio editor/sound designer Rich Pav. Our other shows are Uncanny Japan and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out Terrie's books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon.
    Our website has trigger warnings and transcripts for every episode. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit Patreon.
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/B0B7AO84P
    Join our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncannyrobotpodcast
    Website: https://www.uncannyrobotpodcast.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyRobot
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyrobotpodcast/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdzFk8yoR1pQp2HpHArrgA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XdMZTzmyUb

    • 25 min
    A Computer Voice Interviews Terrie and Rich

    A Computer Voice Interviews Terrie and Rich

    We spent all last month filling in the world's longest and most detailed application for a multi-week accelerator training program designed to "help mid-career podcasters 'level up' with a renewed focus on business development, audience growth, optionality, video strategies, and long-term sustainability."
    Hey, that's exactly what we need!
    They said they're looking for "applicants that have already been producing media and podcasts for at least 3 years. Specifically, creators looking to take a current podcast past creative development and into business strategy."
    That's us!
    Applicants "must be able to demonstrate success and enthusiasm with current or past podcast(s) either through audience retention and growth, conceptual rigor, diversification of podcast offerings, revenue and/ or partnerships"
    That's us too!
    Also, applicants "must be willing to pause production during the program," "represent a range of geographies, backgrounds, views, voices, and styles," have "baseline technical and editorial skills," and be "interested in making their podcast sustainable through teamwork, openness to iteration and change, and pursuing revenue and audience growth."

    That's four more yeses! We figured we'd be a shoe-in for the program.
    ...we weren't. The rejection email arrived yesterday.
    But we did spend weeks creating a bitchin' Hollywood blockbuster cinematic audio trailer for our Asteroid Arnie episode and a mock interview episode to answer their questions:
    1. Explain to us what this podcast, brand, and/or creative project would look like in its most fully realized form.
    2. What are the key accomplishments and milestones you are striving to reach?
    3. If you had unlimited resources and support, where would you take it?
    The way we figure, they're both pretty darn good pieces of audio we spent a long time making, so why let them go to waste?
    Enjoy!
    [Promo] A Happy Bureaucracy: Dark humor abounds as a tax agent tries to tame a post-apocalyptic hellscape. https://pod.link/1606645977
    Uncanny Robot is Bram Stoker Finalist and Clarion West 2015 graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio editor/sound designer Rich Pav. Our other shows are Uncanny Japan and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out Terrie's books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon.
    Our website has trigger warnings and transcripts for every episode. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit Patreon.
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/B0B7AO84P
    Join our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncannyrobotpodcast
    Website: https://www.uncannyrobotpodcast.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyRobot
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyrobotpodcast/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdzFk8yoR1pQp2HpHArrgA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XdMZTzmyUb

    • 26 min
    AI True Crime: Peppers and the Screaming Yoof

    AI True Crime: Peppers and the Screaming Yoof

    Hey, guess what: It turns out lots of people wish April Fool's Day would die in a fire.
    It's a good thing this definitely is not an April Fool's episode. Nope, no-sir-ree. Never was. Don't believe the rumors that we replaced the original with a version that has all references to April Fool's removed.
    Uncanny Robot is Bram Stoker Finalist and Clarion West 2015 graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio editor/sound designer Rich Pav. Our other shows are Uncanny Japan and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out Terrie's books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon.
    Our website has trigger warnings and transcripts for every episode. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit Patreon.
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/B0B7AO84P
    Join our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncannyrobotpodcast
    Website: https://www.uncannyrobotpodcast.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyRobot
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyrobotpodcast/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdzFk8yoR1pQp2HpHArrgA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XdMZTzmyUb

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

QuentinWIlde ,

Fun concept!

Good production and voice over! I like the idea behind taking Machine Learning, AI stories produced to the fullest! Great concept!

Strawhouse Pictures ,

Genius!

This is such a good idea. It works so well. Can’t wait to listen to this on a road trip with friends.

Hoops on ,

Innovative, unique, and intriguing; also hilarious and touching.

An innovative and unique use of AI as art— reveals in turn the very not-human aspects of Artificial Intelligence, and the surprisingly or accidentally human aspects; the stories are oddly compelling, sometimes dreamlike, sometimes hilarious, sometimes just weird— uncanny, I suppose— it’s very enjoyable, and fascinating.

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