New Music online radio stations

(Photo by Carl Palmer Hull, from flickr, some rights reserved.)

So, to compliment some of my other big resource posts, how about a list of online radio stations playing, mostly or totally, New Music?

Resonance FM

The daddy, at least here in the UK. The London Musicians’ Collective started broadcasting Resonance back in 2002 and it has since become a watchword for smart, community, experimental, adventurous broadcasting that, frankly, beats the crap out of anything the BBC bothers with these days. Broadcasting across London on 104.4FM, everyone else can listen online.

Radio Wandelweiser

Probably my favourite radio station at the moment, and definitely my go-to channel when I’m between CDs at my desk, Radio Wandelweiser broadcasts a continual loop of tracks from the Wandelweiser catalogue, plus lots of as-yet unreleased material by the group of composers associated with the label, and recordings of works by likes of Cage, Feldman and Lucier. Quiet, compelling, beautiful, uncompromising, essential.

Postclassic Radio

Kyle Gann’s own radio station. Again, this runs a continual loop of music, rather than a strict radio schedule, but the playlist is long enough that you’re not going to come across repeats too often, and Gann refreshes the list pretty regularly. Anyone who knows Gann’s music or writing might think they know what to expect from his selections, but the station still throws up plenty of surprising (and rare) music.

WPS1 Art Radio

Supported by MoMA, WPS1 is basically the US equivalent of Resonance. Their schedule is huge and various, but Elliott Sharp’s Sonorama is probably the place to start (occasionally podcast too).

Counterstream

A project of the American Music Center, Counterstream broadcasts new and exploratory music from the AMC archives. As well as a regular schedule, they also broadcast ‘Spotlight Sessions‘ focusing on the music of a particular composer or performer (the most recent was on John Morton, whose latest CD I reviewed here).

Iridian Radio

Another Postclassic-ish station, hosted on Live365 (although this one came first), Iridian Radio plays “Music that’s smart, but still warm to the ears – John Adams, Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson”.

Innova.mu

Rambler-favourites, Innova run a collection of radio stations on Live365 broadcasting tracks from the label’s catalogue: Innova Classical, Innova Experimental, Innova World, Innova Avant Jazz and Innova Sonic Circuits.

Touch Radio

Not strictly internet radio as such, more like a streaming podcast, TouchRadio is an offshoot of ambient/experimental/drone label Touch, showcasing recent releases and related work.

Radio Molecule

In their own words: “Rotated Selections of Independent Music; Label Collections; Women’s Work; New American Composers, New Music you won’t find anywhere else. Works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Lesli Dalaba, Unsuk Chin, John Zorn, John Cage, Terry Riley.” Listen here.

Bentstrings Radio

Bentstrings Radio plays “alternative experimental genre bending music”, such as Nick Didkovsky, Meredith Monk and Frank Zappa.

The Pounding System with Clay / WFMU

Not currently running, this is just archives for this beats, electronica, dub and soundtrack show from WFMU. Worth exploring.

Many more online radio stations for classical music listed here.

Blogariddims on WHRB

Big news on the Blogariddims front – Greg, of Beat Diaspora, is going to set aside one of his ‘orgy’ sessions on Harvard’s WHRB radio to play all 22 blogariddims sets back to back later this week. Seriously. That’s pretty much an entire day of the world’s most diverse mixtape series – Harvard, you lucky people. If it’s all done in order, I think my two efforts are going to be up with the larks at 5am on Thursday, and disturbing the milkman at 7am on Friday. Wakey wakey!

Here are the details you need:

BLOGARIDDIMS ORGY
11 hours (wed 5/16, 10 pm to thur 5/17, 9 am)
+ 12 hours (thur 5/17, 8 pm to fri 5/18, 8 am)
= 23 hours of the entire blogariddims podcast in order of appearance

A co-production of the Record Hospital (www.recordhospital.org) and The Darker Side (www.whrb.org/tds),
both programs of WHRB Cambridge
Broadcasting live across Boston on 95.3 FM / Streaming live on the web at www.whrb.org

Note – as well as broadcasting around Boston, the whole shebang’s gonna be streamed live too.

(Suspicious looking batons will not be required.)

Links for the week

Not much to report on this week. Maybe the internet’s having as hectic a time of it at the moment as me? Still, Boring Like a Drill manages to fire off a well-aimed disgruntlement in the direction of “spatialised electroacoustics”.

There’s good contemporary, christian music out there, but it doesn’t describe itself as Contemporary Christian. Now that electroacoustic music is ten-a-penny, spatialisation is the new incursion of ossified academicism: there’s infrastructure and funding needed to support that, with the attendant accumulation of material resources to legitimise cultural authority that the music cannot substantiate on its own.

I love this post on “The Edge of the Beat” by Daniel Wolf: it just reads like exemplary, thoughtful blogging to me – it’s about nothing and everything, compact philosophy to keep the imagination ticking over, and loaded with astute observations.

And apparently crappy national radio is turning more and more listeners to the pirates.

Links for the week

Oh, wow – this would be awesome: BBC to put one million hours of its past online. I’m already drawing up thesis-related lists in my head…

In other things music/internet related, this article (’20 Things you Must Know About Music Online’) is well worth reading in conjunction with this one by composer and performer Bob Ostertag (‘The Professional Suicide of a Recording Musician’).

PLUS: a new discovery for your bookmarks/blogrolls – Of Sound Mind, a blog on experimental and electronic music.

Counterstream Radio launches

Been something of a manic weekend, so only just getting round to posting about Counterstream Radio, which launched yesterday. The big flagship programme that launched the channel, an interview with Meredith Monk and Björk is available as a listen again stream (not sure for how long), and well worth catching. As an offshoot of the American Music Center the station’s focus is understandably US-based, but that hasn’t stopped them playing Ferneyhough, Shulamit Ran and Thea Musgrave in the last hour.

Anyway, give it a listen. The recent demise of Mixing It at the BBC (and its subsequent reincarnation at Resonance) serves as a useful reminder of how fragile the ‘official’ distribution channels for exploratory music are. This only reinforces how valuable internet stations like Counterstream, Kyle Gann’s Postclassic, WPS1’s Sonorama, as well as podcasts like Scott Unrein’s Nonpop and the Vital Weekly cast, are. Come to think of it, who needs the BBC anyway?