Music of the Baroque

Today, Wednes­day May 5th, we explore the music of the Baroque era. We’ll be includ­ing the work of a wide range of com­posers. Many will be famil­iar; oth­er per­haps less so; or they may have writ­ten pieces that we know well but have no idea of who com­posed them — for exam­ple Eng­lish com­pos­er Thomas Arne, who wrote Rule Bri­tan­nia but also a range of oth­er pieces which deserve more inter­est than is usu­al­ly paid to them.

Then at 12 noon and 4pm Pacif­ic / 8pm or mid­night UK time, join us for Episode 6 of “Where’ve You Been?”, our twice-month­ly show on places to vis­it and things to do around the Sec­ond Life Grid. In this episode we vis­it ‘once upon a time’ — a curi­ous world where things appear very dif­fer­ent — and you can find the details here. And every four hours from 4am Pacif­ic, tune in for “The Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity”, from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton, about the machines that make our civ­i­liza­tion run and the peo­ple whose inge­nu­ity cre­at­ed them.

Tarot @ Teatime — Episode 5

Sun­day May 2nd sees a sec­ond chance to hear the fifth episode in our twice-month­ly series on the Tarot, Tarot @ Teatime, with Wil­low Moon­fire and Hon­ey Heart. The show airs on Thurs­days and Sun­days at 12 noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time (8pm or mid­night in the UK), and a new episode pre­mieres every two weeks.

Episode 5 cov­ers Part One of the sig­nif­i­cance of num­bers in the Minor Arcana.  We present qual­i­ties and key­words asso­ci­at­ed with the num­bers one through five.

The pri­ma­ry resource men­tioned is the Rid­er Waite Smith Tarot deck.  It is avail­able from the pub­lish­er, US Games Sys­tems, Inc. and numer­ous book­stores and online book sellers.

 

Music for Beltane

Today we present a pro­gramme of a wide vari­ety of music for Beltane.

Beltane or Beltain is the Gael­ic May Day fes­ti­val. Most com­mon­ly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and sum­mer sol­stice. His­tor­i­cal­ly, it was wide­ly observed through­out Ire­land, Scot­land, and the Isle of Man. In Irish the name for the fes­ti­val day is Lá Beal­taine, in Scot­tish Gael­ic Là Beall­tainn and in Manx Gael­ic Laa Boaltinn/Boaldyn. It is one of the four Gael­ic sea­son­al fes­ti­vals — along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lugh­nasadh — and is sim­i­lar to the Welsh Calan Mai.

And tune in at noon or 4pm Pacif­ic Time / 8pm or mid­night in the UK — for the lat­est edi­tion of our Sec­ond Life trav­el show, Where’ve You Been? — where we vis­it ‘once upon a time’. Details here. In addi­tion, we are broad­cast­ing Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton, every four hours from 4am Pacific.

The Black Mass 11: The Imp of the Perverse & Manuscript Found in a Bottle — Edgar Allan Poe

Join us on Fri­day at a lit­tle after 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic time (8pm and mid­night in the UK) for anoth­er episode in the land­mark radio dra­ma series The Black Mass, cre­at­ed by the late Erik Bauers­feld and his col­leagues at the Paci­fi­ca radio sta­tion KPFA in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, over fifty years ago. In 30 chill­ing tales of mys­tery, imag­i­na­tion and the human mind, The Black Mass brings you some of literature’s most haunt­ing sto­ries, by mas­ters of the craft — many of whom are best-known in oth­er fields.

Note that the episode will not start until the track play­ing at the top of the hour has fin­ished, so the actu­al start time of the episode will be a few min­utes after the hour.

Today: 11: “The Imp of the Per­verse” & “The Man­u­script Found in a Bot­tle” — Edgar Allan Poe

Tarot @ Teatime — Episode 5

Thurs­day 29 April sees the first broad­cast of the fifth episode in our twice-month­ly series on the Tarot, Tarot @ Teatime, with Wil­low Moon­fire and Hon­ey Heart. The show airs on Thurs­days and Sun­days at 12 noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time (8pm or mid­night in the UK), and a new episode pre­mieres every two weeks.

Episode 5 cov­ers Part One of the sig­nif­i­cance of num­bers in the Minor Arcana.  We present qual­i­ties and key­words asso­ci­at­ed with the num­bers one through five.

The pri­ma­ry resource men­tioned is the Rid­er Waite Smith Tarot deck.  It is avail­able from the pub­lish­er, US Games Sys­tems, Inc. and numer­ous book­stores and online book sellers.

 

“Where’ve You Been?” Visits ‘once upon a time’

At 12 noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time on Wednes­day and Sat­ur­day, tune in for Episode 7 of “Where’ve You Been?” — our twice-month­ly series on things to do and places to see on the Sec­ond Life Grid, with Cale­do­nia Sky­tow­er and Elrik Mer­lin. In this episode we vis­it once upon a time by Jus­tice Vought — a place that mix­es “The Land of the Giants” with “Hon­ey, I Shrunk the Kids” in an expe­ri­ence that encour­ages explo­ration and requires an active sense of humor.

Hits In Hi-Fi

Today we’ll take a nos­tal­gic jour­ney back to the 1950s and 1960s, when music was on vinyl (and on the radio) and home audio was new and excit­ing­ly futur­is­tic… with Hits In Hi-Fi.

In the ear­ly days of stereo, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of albums were released that were designed espe­cial­ly to show off the won­ders of this new way of pre­sent­ing musi­cal enter­tain­ment. Sounds “ping-ponged” across the stereo sound­stage; instru­ments appeared hard on one side and then hard on the oth­er… and there were a lot of space ref­er­ences, bloops and bleeps start­ing and end­ing the pieces — and once the Moog Syn­the­sis­er became avail­able, that was includ­ed in the mix too.

Tarot@Teatime #4 and Where’ve You Been #6 now on Mixcloud

If you missed broad­casts of Episode 6 of “Where’ve You Been?” and Episode 4 of “Tarot@Teatime”, they are now avail­able to lis­ten again on our Mix­Cloud page along with pre­vi­ous episodes.

You can lis­ten to them here. Also see the links and play­er at the bot­tom right of this page.

Tarot @ Teatime — Episode 4

Sun­day 25 April marks the last reg­u­lar broad­cast of the fourth part of our twice-month­ly series on the Tarot, Tarot @ Teatime, with Wil­low Moon­fire and Hon­ey Heart. The show airs on Thurs­days and Sun­days at 12 noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time. The next episode, Part 5, pre­mieres on Thurs­day April 29.

Episode 4 cov­ers Part Two of The Four Ele­ments.  We present qual­i­ties and key­words asso­ci­at­ed the ele­ments of Air and Earth, which are rep­re­sent­ed by the suits of Swords and the suit of Pentacles.

The pri­ma­ry resource men­tioned is the Rid­er Waite Smith Tarot deck.  It is avail­able from the pub­lish­er, US Games Sys­tems, Inc. and numer­ous book­stores and online book sellers.

 

Light Classical Music

Today on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio, we’re pleased to present a pro­gramme of light clas­si­cal music, one of our core gen­res. This is a repeat of our pro­gramme of April 21, which we had to trun­cate due to inter­net issues between us and the serv­er. Hope­ful­ly all will be well today.

The pro­gramme fea­tures a wide range of both artists and com­posers, some well-known and some, per­haps, who are sel­dom heard of. Lis­ten out for the likes of Tom­lin­son, Ketel­bey, Alwyn, Gun­ning and Addin­sell, for exam­ple, to name but a few, and enjoy a day of tune­ful, often relax­ing orches­tral music.