I’ve been sent a link to what claims to be the world’s largest collection of online classical music radio stations. I don’t know if that’s true, but it looks like a pretty extensive list to me. Do give it a browse.
Now that Mark Russell and Robert Sandall’s new music show has a permanent home on Resonance, you might like to check out this incredible database of all the pair’s past shows, dating back to June 1997. Please can someone make it so that all the internet is this clean, easy to use and informative? Thanks!
So, to compliment some of my other big resource posts, how about a list of online radio stations playing, mostly or totally, New Music?
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.
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.
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
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).
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”.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.)
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.
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.
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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