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?

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