NB: This is a nostalgia page for anyone who remembers MagReels.
If you have no idea what they were, do yourself a favour and leave now, there's nothing here that could possibly interest you.
During the mid-to-late 1970s, our family and friends produced a series of dramatised audio Bible stories under the MagReels label. I was in my early teens, and it fell to me to write the scripts, compose and record original music, act as recording engineer and producer. If you were involved in the Seventh Day Adventist church in Australia at the time, you (or someone in your family) may have been exposed to these recordings.
Looking back (as a non-believer), I have mixed feelings on the endeavour.
The music production is awful, but forgivable considering the meagre resources:
Drum kit made from Tupperware containers, sizzle cymbals from baking trays and paper clips, kick drum from Meccano set and a microphone
Electric guitar an acoustic with a microphone stuck inside, distorted by maxing out the mixing desk...
...No EQ on said mixing desk
Not enough tracks on the reel-to-reel tape recorder
The scripts and voice-acting are cringe-worthy.
Family and friends, not professionals (not even talented amateurs).
Any teenager forced to play Adam to his mother's Eve... I think you get the picture.
Even the point seems lost
Even in the late 70s, "Radio Dramas" were a thing of the past.
And yet, it was a creative outlet, taught me the fundamentals of music production, and listening to them again after so many years did awaken some nostalgia.
NB: Each file is approximately 30MB.
MagReels 101, side A: How It All Began
MagReels 101, side B: Water Water Everywhere
MagReels 102, side A: Abraham A Man Of God
MagReels 102, side B: Abraham And Isaac
MagReels 103, side A: The Twins Who Quarrelled
MagReels 103, side B: The Twins Make Up
MagReels 104, side A: From Slave To Mighty Ruler
MagReels 104, side B: Family Reunion
MagReels 202, side A: Easter Story
MagReels 202, side B: Easter Story
These recordings Copyright 1977-1980 Trevor Magnusson