Sounding Brass

Today’s pro­gramme focus­es on brass instru­ments, with gen­res that range from Ear­ly Music to con­tem­po­rary pieces.

Thus the gen­res range from ancient and ear­ly music, through Baroque and clas­si­cal, to Vic­to­ri­an brass bands, to rag­time, trad jazz, a touch of big band, right up to mod­ern works includ­ing a mar­vel­lous suite of pieces for wind band inspired by the works of Shakespeare.

This will all lead to some remark­able jux­ta­po­si­tions — and a few surprises. 

The Black Mass: Atrophy by J Anthony West

Join us on Fri­day at a lit­tle after 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic time, 8pm or 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 pro­gramme will not begin 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: Atrophy by J Anthony West

The Black Mass art­work was cre­at­ed by Ter­ry Lightfoot.
Many thanks to John Whit­ing and the late Erik Bauers­feld for mak­ing these unique works available.

 

Tarot @ Teatime 8: The Reader As Storyteller

Today: A New Episode of Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio’s “Tarot @ Teatime”

Thurs­day, June 10th begins episode 8 of our twice-month­ly series on the Tarot, Tarot @ Teatime, with Wil­low Moon­fire and Hon­ey Heart.

Episode 8 intro­duces the role of nar­ra­tive in read­ing: the Tarot read­er as storyteller.

We dis­cuss the sig­nif­i­cance of nar­ra­tive in a read­ing and how to cre­ate a nar­ra­tive that is mean­ing­ful and clear.

Tune in at http://main.vcradio.org/

The episode goes out at Noon and 4pm Pacif­ic today and again on June 13, 17, and 20.

New Episodes on Mixcloud

If you missed the lat­est episodes of our two pop­u­lar series, “Tarot @ Teatime” Episode 7 and “Where’ve You Been?” Episode 9, you can now catch them on Mix­Cloud. You can pause play­back at any point, or go back over some­thing you need to hear again — ide­al with pro­gram­ming like our Tarot series where there’s quite a lot of detail.

Please note that on occa­sion there can be a delay access­ing episodes of “Where’ve You Been?” as Mix­cloud has trou­ble with short pro­gram­ming and the episodes are some­times dis­abled for a while.

Where’ve You Been 10: Limoncello Airship Gallery

Wednes­day, June 9th sees the pre­miere of a brand new episode in our series “Where’ve You Been?”, where we look at things to do and places to see in and around the Sec­ond Life Grid.

In Episode 10 we vis­it the Limon­cel­lo Art Gallery — in an air­ship! The gallery has a her­itage going right back to 2007 and was recent­ly relaunched in a brand new meshed air­ship. The gallery is enor­mous and includes works by many well-known names in the Sec­ond Life art world.

From Classical to Romantic

Today we explore a lit­tle of the music writ­ten at the bor­ders of the Clas­si­cal and Roman­tic eras, focus­ing on the work of some well-known com­posers born in the last 30 years of the 18th Cen­tu­ry. It’s also time for a new episode of our Sec­ond Life trav­el series, “Where’ve You Been?” — Episode 10, which vis­its the Gallery Air­ship Limon­cel­lo (see sep­a­rate entry).

His­tor­i­cal­ly, the term ‘clas­si­cal music’ refers specif­i­cal­ly to the musi­cal peri­od from 1750 to 1820. The tran­si­tion from the clas­si­cal peri­od of West­ern art music, which last­ed around 1750 to 1820, to Roman­tic music, which last­ed around 1815 to 1910, took place in the eigh­teenth and nine­teenth cen­turies. Com­posers began tran­si­tion­ing their com­po­si­tion­al and melod­ic tech­niques into a new musi­cal form which became known as the Roman­tic Era or Roman­ti­cism due to the imple­men­ta­tion of lyri­cal melodies as opposed to the lin­ear com­po­si­tion­al style of Clas­si­cal music.

Music of the Baroque

Today, Sat­ur­day June 5th, we explore, once again, 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, there’s anoth­er chance to hear Episode 7 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 the excit­ing Sau Motors Demo Track — an amaz­ing mul­ti-lev­el race­track and a fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of bikes and cars to test out on it — 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.

The Black Mass: The Rats In The Walls by H P Lovecraft

Join us on Fri­day at a lit­tle after 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic time, 8pm or 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 pro­gramme will not begin 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: The Rats In The Walls by H P Lovecraft

The Rats in the Walls” was writ­ten in August–September 1923. It was first pub­lished in Weird Tales, March 1924

The Early Music Show

Tune in to  Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio today, Sat­ur­day March 20, for a pro­gramme of Ear­ly Music – today fea­tur­ing music of the High Renais­sance, with con­tri­bu­tions from France, Spain, Eng­land and Ger­many. There are also some mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions thrown in for good measure.

The 100 Word Stories 16th Anniversary Podcast — Now on Mixcloud!

Long ago, R. Dis­man­tled swore an oath to write a 100 word sto­ry every day until the day he died. He’s not dead yet…

On Mon­day, May 31st,  Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio joined R. Dis­man­tled and the 100 Word Sto­ry Pod­cast as we cel­e­brat­ed 16 years of “keep­ing it brief”, in Sean­chai Library’s Ceiluiradh Glen, with sto­ries and inter­views.  Live in Sec­ond Life, and live here on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio. We found out what “microfic­tion” and “Drab­ble” are, and how it’s done. We dis­cov­ered R. Dis­man­tled’s back­sto­ry. We cel­e­brat­ed the anniver­sary — and we heard some great, short, sto­ries — all sur­pris­ing­ly deep and some­times dark, too.

This spe­cial pro­gramme is now avail­able on Mix­cloud for those who missed it or would like to hear it again. Per­haps, as a result, you’ll try writ­ing microfic­tion your­self! Check out the week­ly chal­lenge here.