March 3: Celebrate the Music of Mardi Gras & Carnivale!

Does the win­ter lull before the true arrival of spring have you melancholy?

Dress up in some­thing bright and join us in the beau­ti­ful, exot­ic Wil­low Grove Ball­room — or live on the air — on March 3rd, from 1:30–3:00pm SLT/Pacific as we cel­e­brate… cel­e­brat­ing!

VCRa­dio DJs Cale­do­nia Sky­tow­er and Elrik Mer­lin will be fea­tur­ing the music of Mar­di Gras and Car­ni­vale from around the world.

Let your spir­it rejoice to the sounds of New Orleans Jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, Zyde­co, and oth­er world music. Dress: For­mal or Carnivale.

Your car­riage awaits!

This is one of a series of for­mal events VCRa­dio is pre­sent­ing month­ly dur­ing the course of this year. Stay Tuned!

Jack Flanders in Steam Dreamers of Inverness — Series 3

Tune in on Fri­day for the next episode of anoth­er excit­ing radio ser­i­al from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion: “Steam Dream­ers of Inver­ness — Series Three” - in which Jack Flan­ders and his friends con­tin­ue their excit­ing Steam­punk adventure!

The com­plete adven­ture con­sists of 16 half-hour episodes, in four series of four episodes each, broad­cast at noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT on Fri­days.

Cur­rent­ly we are broad­cast­ing the four episodes of the third series.

Now read on…

Anthems In Eden: The Journey from Folk into Rock

Today in our Fea­tured Music we  look at the pro­gres­sion from folk into rock in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s. In addi­tion, at 12 noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT, we present anoth­er edi­tion of “Where Have You” Been?, where we dis­cov­er things to do and places to see around the Sec­ond Life Grid. Plus “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” every four hours from 4am Pacific.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Mardi Gras on VCRadio

It’s Mar­di Gras time here on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio, and our Fea­tured Genre will be the music of Car­ni­val and Mar­di Gras, from New Orleans to Latin Amer­i­ca and beyond, plus some old-time R&B and Trad Jazz.

In addi­tion, you can hear an episode of our orig­i­nal series, Where Have You Been? where we dis­cuss things to do and places to vis­it across the SL Grid: 12 noon and 4pm SLT/Pacific.

And don’t miss  The Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity from The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton’s Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing — a series about the machines that make our civ­i­liza­tion run, and the peo­ple whose inge­nu­ity cre­at­ed them — every four hours from 4am SLT/Pacific.

Main image: “Mar­di Gras on Canal post­card by Hirschwitz” by Infrog­ma­tion is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Early Music on Virtual Community Radio

Today,   tune in to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio via the link — or sim­ply “Play Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio” on your Alexa smart speak­er — for a pro­gramme of Ear­ly Music.

We’re 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.

Where Have You Been?”, our orig­i­nal series on things to do and places to vis­it around the Sec­ond Life Grid,  airs at 12 noon and 4pm SLT/Pacific Time — and don’t miss Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity every 4 hours from 4am Pacific.

Celtic Music for Imbolc

Wel­come to a Celtic Music (and more!) Fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing (among many oth­er things) music from around the Celtic Lands, along­side music inspired by or express­ing Celtic themes, in cel­e­bra­tion of Imbolc.

Today you’ll hear a wide vari­ety of Celtic and Celtic-influ­enced mate­r­i­al, with orches­tral works like Shaun Dav­ey’s Bren­dan Voy­age; a wide range of per­for­mances by tra­di­tion­al Celtic artists; and music inspired by the Celtic her­itage. There are also some large-scale per­for­mances from artists like Celtic Woman, Celtic Thun­der and even the Cincin­nati Pops! And lis­ten out for some of the Celtic/Goddess themed pieces from Nashville-based artist Lau­ra Pow­ers’ Leg­ends of the God­dess tril­o­gy, along with Rut­land Boughton’s sel­­dom-heard clas­sic, first per­formed in Glas­ton­bury between the wars, The Immor­tal Hour.

Then tune in at 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic Time/SLT, 8pm or mid­night in the UK, for episodes from our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?”, where we dis­cuss things to do and places to vis­it across the Sec­ond Life Grid. And catch “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton every four hours from 4am Pacific.

Hits In Hi-Fi

Today we’ll take a nos­tal­gic jour­ney back to the 1960s and beyond, when music was on vinyl and home stereo 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.

A selec­tion of these albums forms the core of our music today. Often the tracks con­sist of instru­men­tal arrange­ments of pop­u­lar songs, but there are also plen­ty of orig­i­nal tunes too.

Saturday At The Movies

Today, join us for a pro­gramme of music from movie and TV sound­tracks — and now we’re includ­ing some gam­ing sound­tracks, which have become as sophis­ti­cat­ed as movie scores in recent years and include some of the same composers.

Movies are where most peo­ple hear orches­tral music these days, and there will be plen­ty of that in this pro­gramme. But movie music is a much broad­er field than that, and today you’ll hear music from the movies of many dif­fer­ent kinds, from the very start of the genre (with Camille Saint-Saens) to the lat­est block­busters; from orches­tral music to rock, to Fifties songs. There is a slight bias towards fan­ta­sy and SF movies, but nev­er mind, we all need a bit of an escape these days.…

Jack Flanders in Steam Dreamers of Inverness — Series 2

Tune in on Fri­day for the next episode of anoth­er excit­ing radio ser­i­al from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion: “Steam Dream­ers of Inver­ness — Series Two” - in which Jack Flan­ders and his friends con­tin­ue their excit­ing Steam­punk adventure!

The com­plete adven­ture con­sists of twelve half-hour episodes, in four series of four episodes each, broad­cast at noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT on Fri­days.

Cur­rent­ly we are broad­cast­ing the four episodes of the sec­ond series.

Now read on…

Celtic Moods

Today’s pro­gramme takes a look at the expan­sion of Celtic music and themes into sev­er­al dif­fer­ent gen­res of music.

Here we are fea­tur­ing musi­cians and music that start from the Celtic tra­di­tion and take it for­ward into oth­er realms, from Joanie Mad­den to Mendelssohn to Ger­al­do and his Orches­tra; from thun­der­ous­ly spec­tac­u­lar orches­tral arrange­ments (you’ll hear sev­er­al of those today) in the wake of River­dance, to inspir­ing music for a small Celtic ensem­ble and organ, played in the largest Goth­ic space in the world.