Cal Donnelly

Cal Donnelly

is creating Sci-fi drama podcasts with an original soundtrack

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After her ex-wife dies from a mysterious disease, a decidedly disconnected programmer in 3200CE uses her life insurance payout to start a research group to model its pathogenesis and find out what killed her. However, as the data predict a pandemic of devastating
proportions, she must learn that connections are the key to survival before her most important ones are severed.

My PhD is in genetics and virology, but I love composing and writing, so I wanted to take this knowledge from my research and use it to inspire a story with an original soundtrack. I'm currently writing this and it's turning into a book, that could easily have sequels, but once this particular story is written I'm going to be recording it, chapter by chapter, as a podcast with an eerie and heartfelt soundtrack consisting mostly of minimal piano, accordion, and vocal harmonies. The story itself also contains songs by some of the characters. 

I've spent a long time building this universe, or rather trying to extrapolate what our universe might become if we stay on the path we're on now (spoiler alert, its not great) - and I had a lot of fun with it. Sincerest apologies if you're better versed at hypothetical anthropology than I am! 

Brief content warning: as a person with a mental health condition, most of my characters have difficulties of this kind (write what you know). I must express this isn't for cheap imitation of depth or a gimmick, but a genuine attempt to address and hopefully debunk a lot of the myths surrounding mental illness. That being said, this is science fiction still, and I hope you can afford me some artistic license given that the characters are Numans: grossly genetically modified homosapiens from the future, and altered physiology would probably lead to altered presentation of ill-health. 







Tiers
A Single String
$2 or more per episode

Just by supporting this project you are filling my heart with gratitude. You will have early access to all the episodes as they're posted here first before being made available on streaming services and YouTube. THANK YOU <3

Listener
$5 or more per episode

This tier gives you an mp3 download of the soundtrack for each episode as they're released, along with the aforementioned early access to the episode. So much of the story is in the music! Thank you for appreciating that! <3

Exodite
$50 or more per episode

Transcend the physical world and become music itself!! I will compose a piece just for this tier, in gargantuan gratitude, dedicated to you. You will also have all the previously mentioned benefits. Love you <3 

The Net
$100 or more per episode

This is the ultimate level of support for this passion project (and will enable it to grow into something tangible)!! I will record all of the episodes onto casette tapes, decorate them with special sleeve artwork and ship them to you. You will also have all the benefits of the lower tiers. THANK YOU <3


After her ex-wife dies from a mysterious disease, a decidedly disconnected programmer in 3200CE uses her life insurance payout to start a research group to model its pathogenesis and find out what killed her. However, as the data predict a pandemic of devastating
proportions, she must learn that connections are the key to survival before her most important ones are severed.

My PhD is in genetics and virology, but I love composing and writing, so I wanted to take this knowledge from my research and use it to inspire a story with an original soundtrack. I'm currently writing this and it's turning into a book, that could easily have sequels, but once this particular story is written I'm going to be recording it, chapter by chapter, as a podcast with an eerie and heartfelt soundtrack consisting mostly of minimal piano, accordion, and vocal harmonies. The story itself also contains songs by some of the characters. 

I've spent a long time building this universe, or rather trying to extrapolate what our universe might become if we stay on the path we're on now (spoiler alert, its not great) - and I had a lot of fun with it. Sincerest apologies if you're better versed at hypothetical anthropology than I am! 

Brief content warning: as a person with a mental health condition, most of my characters have difficulties of this kind (write what you know). I must express this isn't for cheap imitation of depth or a gimmick, but a genuine attempt to address and hopefully debunk a lot of the myths surrounding mental illness. That being said, this is science fiction still, and I hope you can afford me some artistic license given that the characters are Numans: grossly genetically modified homosapiens from the future, and altered physiology would probably lead to altered presentation of ill-health. 







Recent posts by Cal Donnelly

Tiers
A Single String
$2 or more per episode

Just by supporting this project you are filling my heart with gratitude. You will have early access to all the episodes as they're posted here first before being made available on streaming services and YouTube. THANK YOU <3

Listener
$5 or more per episode

This tier gives you an mp3 download of the soundtrack for each episode as they're released, along with the aforementioned early access to the episode. So much of the story is in the music! Thank you for appreciating that! <3

Exodite
$50 or more per episode

Transcend the physical world and become music itself!! I will compose a piece just for this tier, in gargantuan gratitude, dedicated to you. You will also have all the previously mentioned benefits. Love you <3 

The Net
$100 or more per episode

This is the ultimate level of support for this passion project (and will enable it to grow into something tangible)!! I will record all of the episodes onto casette tapes, decorate them with special sleeve artwork and ship them to you. You will also have all the benefits of the lower tiers. THANK YOU <3