I can’t find a better title for this.
I’d like to know if, in America or other non-french countries, there’s the same growing phenonemon that we have lived for many years now (I’d say since around 2001).
We have multiple communites and websites centred around the conception of series, short or long adventures or parodies in mp3 format.
There are tons and tons of amateur people that get interested in listening or even get involved in projects like these for the past 8 years.
Some of them are well-known and are today’s classics like “Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk”, series that get very popular from Belgium to Quebec (Langage barrier is a little painful when it comes to this). It got enough popular for the “Naheulband” group, mainly celtic musicians including voices and the creator himself (John Lang, alias Pen of Chaos) of the series, to have concerts all over France, Belgium and Quebec (and surely elsewhere).
There’s also a television series project about it, even if it’s still an undercorver thing.
That kind of internet trend has roots in old radiophonic stories like the Orson Welles’s hoax from 1938 about martians invading earth, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams or, more recently, humorists like François Perrusse, a Quebecer artist, who used retouched audio and modified voices to create short humoristic radio stories called “Les 2 minutes du peuple”.
I don’t know it that kind of thing could be considered as a meme but, here, it’s become part of our internet culture.
So, mp3 related stuff like this could be memetic ?