Category Archives: Programming

Ancient Journeys

Today, Weds 10 Feb­ru­ary, join us on a jour­ney across the Ancient World, guid­ed by the ancient and mys­te­ri­ous Piri Reis Map.

We vis­it Ancient Greece, Rome and beyond to encounter the Sev­en Won­ders of the Ancient World. We redis­cov­er lost Atlantis, the ancient civil­i­sa­tions of South Amer­i­ca, cross the Pacif­ic and even trav­el to Antarc­ti­ca and the Moon.

Genre Day: Music of the Baroque

Today, Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 6th, 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.

The Black Mass: Fridays at 4pm Pacific

The Black Mass

Every Fri­day at 4pm Pacif­ic time (mid­night Fri/Sat GMT), join us for an episode from the land­mark radio dra­ma series The Black Mass, cre­at­ed 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.

Realised with the min­i­mum of audio equip­ment, the per­for­mances were quite remark­able and trod ground sel­dom cov­ered by radio dra­ma before — or since. The series includes a lit­tle over 30 episodes of eight to 30 min­utes each. They will be ran­dom­ly select­ed for broadcast.

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

New Series: Where’ve You Been?

Join Cale­do­nia Sky­tow­er and Elrik Mer­lin on Wednes­days and Sat­ur­days at 12 noon and 4pm Pacific/Second Life Time (8pm and mid­night GMT) for Where’ve You Been?  — our new series that goes out and about in Sec­ond Life, find­ing inter­est­ing places to vis­it and fun things to do.

We’ll usu­al­ly cov­er one attrac­tion in a show, but as this is the very first episode, we’re cov­er­ing two! There’ll be a new episode every cou­ple of weeks.

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

Genre Day: The Early Music Show

Today, Weds Feb­ru­ary 3rd, join us for a day of Ear­ly Music from the Renais­sance peri­od of North-West Europe. Many of today’s pieces are played on orig­i­nal and repli­ca instru­ments, and there are some live­ly mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions too. Com­posers range from the well known, such as Michael Prae­to­rius and King Hen­ry VIII (well, attrib­uted) to peo­ple you may not have heard of.

“Ear­ly Music at Water­works ‑12” by Mikeal Everett is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Piano-issimo

Join us today for a pro­gramme of piano music — main­ly clas­si­cal but not entirely.

In addi­tion to some amaz­ing piano con­cer­tos and oth­er clas­si­cal works, we’ll also be play­ing pieces like the “Den­ham Con­cer­tos” — pieces writ­ten to cap­i­talise on the suc­cess of Richard Addin­sel­l’s War­saw Con­cer­to from the film Dan­ger­ous Moon­light (the film-mak­ers asked Rach­mani­nov to write a piece but he declined). These include Clive Richard­son’s Lon­don Fan­ta­sia, orig­i­nal­ly to be titled Coven­try Fan­ta­sia after the Mid­land city severe­ly dam­aged in the Blitz of Novem­ber 1940, but his pub­lish­ers told him that Lon­don would sell bet­ter. This tremen­dous work musi­cal­ly traces a day in the life of a city at war.

There are oth­er piano pieces from the movies too, but in addi­tion there’s light music, solo and orches­tral works, music-hall pieces arranged for piano, and much more. Do tune in!

Image: “piano keys” by mararie licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Genre Day: British Composers

It’s the mid­dle of Win­ter here in the UK but hope­ful­ly you’re able to keep warm inside — and lis­ten to today’s pro­gramme, which fea­tures music from British com­posers old and new. Edward Ger­man, Richard Har­vey, Ger­ald Finzi, Sir Arthur Bliss, Jon Lord, Christo­pher Gun­ning, Vaugh­an Williams and many more.

Image, “Mid­win­ter” by Lord Skul­ly is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Saturday At The Movies

Stuck at home like every­one? Pour­ing with rain or snow out­side at the same time? Tune in to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio for Sat­ur­day At The Movies, one of our col­lec­tions of Genre Days, each fea­tur­ing a dif­fer­ent genre of music.

Movies are where most peo­ple today hear orches­tral music, and there will be plen­ty of that today. 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.…

So… Grab the pop­corn and set­tle down in front of the speak­ers in the best seat in the house — your own.

Pho­to by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash

Genre Day: Light Classical

Today on VCR, we’re pleased to present a pro­gramme of light clas­si­cal music, in our first live play­out broadcast.

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.

Pho­to: The Jalis­co Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra, by Pedro Sánchez (CC)

Coming Soon: The Black Mass

The Black Mass

Com­ing short­ly to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio is the land­mark radio dra­ma series The Black Mass, cre­at­ed at the Paci­fi­ca radio sta­tion KPFA in Berke­ley, CA, 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.

Realised with the min­i­mum of audio equip­ment, the per­for­mances were quite remark­able and trod ground sel­dom cov­ered by radio dra­ma before — or since. Watch this space for details on when the shows will air. There are 30 episodes of up to 30 min­utes each, and each week­ly episode will be broad­cast twice on the same day, once for UK/European lis­ten­ers and the oth­er for those in North America.