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About The Rest Is Electric

Hi! We are Michael and Nicola Wanless, creators of the podcast The Rest is Electric. Thank you for checking out our Patreon page.

What is The Rest is Electric?

In the year 2109 a human named Jordan Mede works at Somnotech, a company that specializes in building, marketing, and selling sleep pods for humans and robots alike. They are suddenly transferred within the company to the manufacturing department, where the work is entirely done by robots with human-like artificial intelligence. While the transfer initially seems to have been due to a clerical error, after a bit of digging Jordan starts to suspect that there's something more sinister going on.

The Rest is Electric is an episodic, narrative driven podcast set in a cyberpunk future where humans and robots with fully developed artificial intelligences (AIs) work side by side. Our podcast explores ideas surrounding consciousness and humanity. This exploration is backgrounded by Somnotech, a monolithic tech empire that places profits well above the best interests of its employees. How capitalism, greed, and fascism interact and often coexist symbiotically is something our team is very interested in looking at through a fictional lens.

We are currently working on the release of the first season, and are looking into producing the second season.

Who are we?

Nicola is our writer and co-producer, and is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in creative writing and a minor in theatre. Their process of writing the first season of the podcast drew heavily from their experience with writing for the stage, as they have previously written and directed two plays that were produced at fringe festivals. Having had the first season as an introduction writing serialized fiction, Nicola is going into the second season with a better idea of how to structure and form an entire season of a project.

Michael is our sound designer and co-producer, and is a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Production Design and Technical Arts. They have been working as a sound designer for stage productions since 2013 and have experience in recording, mixing, sound design, and musical composition. This blend of skills enabled Michael to utilize their background and knowledge to bring together the various demands of a fictional podcast in a cohesive manner. Moreover, Michael is non-binary and brings their experience of navigating gender identity to help inform and add nuance to the podcast.

Why is our work important?

With our podcast being focused on providing a high-quality, sound-driven story, we hope to spur interest in sound-based mediums and artistic practices. We aim to highlight the nuance and depth that can be achieved with complex sound designs, and showcase an often overlooked area of design.

We are also particularly interested in creating a podcast that appeals to the queer community and provides value to those listeners. Although queer representation in media is ever expanding, much of it is about exploring the struggles and obstacles associated with navigating such an identity in a hostile environment. Those forms of representation are still incredibly important, but our hope is to provide a representation where queer folk are celebrated and exist as a normal and accepted part of the social order. Our goal is to provide what amounts to “escapist” queer media that still explores other interesting themes and ideas.

In addition to this serving the queer community as a particular public, a secondary goal is to help normalize the representation of queer people in media. Thus, another public that we aim to engage is that of potential creators -- both those who may be inspired to bring their queer or otherwise diverse stories to life and those who will see the value in diversifying their own work and bringing other voices into the conversation.

What your support means to us.

There are many reasons for us to create art and we want to be able to share our art with you. We’ve devoted ourselves to making this podcast as a venture of creation, challenges, and exploration.

One of the things that is extremely important to us is accessibility of art. Our podcast is accessible on various podcast sites (Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast), as well as our website, where you will also find recordings and transcripts of the episodes. Your support will enable us to continue this work, as well as to build on the production of season two of The Rest is Electric.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 13 exclusive posts
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7
Writings

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