Electricity is a Podcasted Novel by Myke Bartlett, author of "How to Disappear Completely." A new chapter appears every Tuesday.

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Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7


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Electricity: a podcasted novel by myke bartlett


Aston Somerfield, casual smoker and part-time alcoholic, has come to London to find himself. He knows who he's looking for, he's seen him on the cover of the NME. Drawn across oceans by fame and fate, Aston is keeping his diary empty to make sure he's available. Won't commit to anything until it's everything.

London, however, has other ideas.

When a virtual stranger calls Aston a few hours before his death, fate catches up with him, derailing his barely-made plans. Amid a hundred boozy evenings and romantic deadends, a mystery unfurls.

Equally assisted and hindered by tremulous accountant Tom Hensley and dedicated loafer Steven Black, Aston uncovers a different London, one of murder, ghosts, dangerous emails and the second big bang.

As chaotic and random as the city it inhabits, Electricity gradually evolves into a mystery bigger than the universe itself. Being of a somewhat useless persuasion, Aston does his best to ignore it.


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    Tuesday, July 03, 2007

    Chapter 4: The Stowaway and the Ghosts

    Travelling with another is never easy. Take Steven Black, the most irritating man Aston has ever met. Rather surprisingly, he's also become his best friend. From Perth to London to Amsterdam, the two entirely fail to hit it off, ultimately approaching violence over Backgammon. Despite this, they might just be of some use to each other.

    In the meantime, Aston discovers there is more to Lauren than could have been guessed. Or is it less?


    Apologies again for the delay! My sister is in town from interstate, so I simply haven't had the time to sit down and record what has ended up being a bumper chapter (82 minutes!)

    Eagle-eyed readers may notice the title has changed from "The Stowaway and the Box" - a title I much preferred. The reason for this is that, for reasons I can't quite understand, there's no mention of a box in this chapter. Which is a shame really. I must have made an edit aeons ago and completely forgotten about it. The box in question will make its debut next week instead. Unreliable things, those boxes...

    Chapter 5 should be up at the usual time. It should also be a good deal shorter than this week's, by way of compensation for the overrun. At this stage, unless I'm accidentally referring to items or events that play no part in the chapter, the title will be "The Same Deep Water As Me."

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    Oh no.. it showed up on itunes and then disappeared well it is still in mine I just can not download it.

    This is your other "sort of novel" how to make podcasts disappear completely. or perhaps where there was a box it is now a ghost :)

    iTunes says the URL "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/strangematter/~5/130337176/electricity-69281-07-03-2007.mp3" could not be found on the server.
    Hi Simon,

    there was a problem with the original file (my fault!) but it should be fixed now. Try the direct download from this page if it's still not working. Thanks for listening!

    "The Same Deep Water as Me" - I'm excited to see how you work that in :D, as well as looking forward to listening to Chapter 4 tomorrow.
    The music in this episode was beyond awesome. It's incredible how you put it all together.

    I just want to tell you how much I am enjoying Electricity. I was also a big fan of HTDC, but I can say I like Electricity better. I love the production values, the music, ( just bought Ciao on iTunes) but most of all, I love the insightful honest details that bring your protagonist to vivid life.

    Thanks mate!
    Thanks Alex,

    comments like that really make the whole (occasionally draining) podcast process worthwhile.

    I'm far more happy with the production of Electrity and am glad you noticed. I feel it's a more of a 'complete' podcast than HtDC in some ways and I rather prefer it myself. Glad you like the music - I'm quite happy to have helped Lush's sales along!

    Let me know how you go as get through Electricity - all feedback is good feedback. Honest.


    Hello Myke! I'm loving Electricity, all of it, and especially your choice of music for each chapter. Can you tell me the name of the song at the beginning of Chapter 4? It's stuck in my mind...
    Hi fashionprof,

    glad you're enjoying Electricity! The first song this episode (not including the theme music, which is "Everything Will Flow" by Suede, is "Bad Head" by Blur.

    Unless, of course, you're listening to the podiobooks version, which features music by an artist called Beight, from the album "File In Rhythm". You can find this album at Magnatune.com.

    To answer your query from another blog: HtDC used music by an artist called Dilvie (dilvie.com, from memory) and a few other artists from Magnatune - namely Saros and Shiva In Exile. Hope that helps!



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