Past Bedtime Studio

We are an audio-drama/podcasting studio dedicated to providing our listeners with immersive and profound experiences through well-crafted stories. As a newly established and independent studio, we are taking our first steps towards creating multiple story platforms that will awaken the imaginations of our listeners. Our studio name, Past Bedtime, is meant to evoke the child within all of us, that kid who hides under their covers with a flashlight, reading books and comics until way past their bedtime, their imagination conjuring entire universes of stories and characters beyond the words on the page. This is our goal, to excite your imagination, to transport you to new places after the day is done, and to leave you with lasting memories.
Your support helps us to make more and better productions, and your patronage keeps our fire ablaze. We hope our work inspires you as well.

J.B. Stephen

I began studying music at such an early age, one could almost argue that it was my first language. Because I was a musician long before I was a writer, it comes very naturally to me that I would conceptualize words as music. How do the words flow on the page? Is the phrasing natural and satisfying to read, listen to, or speak? These are some of the questions within my mind when I write. The act of artistic creation, whether it happens within the solitude of my office or in the moment on stage, has always been a driving factor for me to pursue the things I love and turn them into career paths. Philip’s Apocalypse has proved to be the perfect way for me to fuse my two loves of writing stories and creating/performing music, all in one medium.

The real question is, why a dramatized podcast? For me, podcasts represent an opportunity for creators to produce and distribute great stories that are cost effective to create, within a continuously growing market. Essentially, we have the ability to conceive and produce a story wherein the listener gets to decide what they see in their mind’s eye, a story that can potentially be the soundscape equivalent of a great TV show. In a way, creating a dramatized podcast is similar to making a movie, albeit with much less logistical hassle, although the process of creation ends up being the same at its most basic level: telling a great story that you get to experience, either through reading, watching, or in this case, listening.

I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music with a specialization in performance and have worked as a professional violinist since the age of 16.

Ben Arzhang

Isn’t it intriguing that a well-crafted story strikingly resembles an intricate system? One can study the relationship between constituents, observe patterns and motifs, and draw conclusion about their governing laws. Conversely, creating a story is crafting a dynamic system. My formal education was on studying and creating tangible systems. However, real systems require immense amount of resources and overhead. Stories, on the other hand, are pure. That being said, once a story is to be presented to an audience, it becomes a product. Over the course of preparing and presenting the product, one usually ends up creating a real system; a studio. I find this sequence of events that starts with creating a story, a pure mental construct, and ends in a real entity, a studio, truly interesting.

What drew my attention to audio drama and podcasts was their potential in describing an incomplete picture and leave it to the listener to fill in the blanks. The soundscape of an audio drama is interpreted differently by different listeners and each will create their own version of the story. Their unique storytelling ability coupled with their cost-effective production leads me believe that audio drama is set to be a prominent medium.

I have a bachelor in Electrical Engineering and also work as a program developer.

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