Pastorale

It may be freez­ing and snow­ing out­side, but just think: Spring is not that far away. Tune in today for a pro­gramme of melod­ic, often orches­tral music as we fea­ture music that evokes the nat­ur­al world in all its glory.

And don’t for­get that at 22:00 GMT / 2pm Pacif­ic, we’ll be hold­ing our first gath­er­ing at The Grove for 90 min­utes of New Age music — and if you are in Sec­ond Life, do join us in The Grove: SLURL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/127/78/3805

The Black Mass: Fridays at 4pm Pacific

The Black Mass

Join us on Fri­day at 4pm Pacif­ic time (mid­night Fri/Sat GMT), join us for anoth­er 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.

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.

Our apolo­gies: the show sched­uled for Fri­day 12th did not go out due to a tech­ni­cal issue.

The Black Mass art­work was pro­duced by Ter­ry Lightfoot.

 

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.

Virtual Community Radio Is On The Air — Saturday Feb 6

The tests are com­plete, the stream is on the air, and it’s time to offi­cial­ly launch the station!

We’d like to extend a warm invi­ta­tion to Sec­ond Life res­i­dents to join Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio at our Grand Open­ing Ball in our fab­u­lous art deco the­atre on the Chest­nut Hills region, on Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 6th at 2pm Pacif­ic Time (22:00 GMT), as we offi­cial­ly launch the sta­tion. Come in for­mal dress and enjoy a pro­gramme of 90 min­utes of waltzes, fox­trots and some rather more live­ly dances in a broad­ly Light Clas­si­cal vein, pre­sent­ed in liv­ing stereo­phon­ic sound by DJ Cale­do­nia Skytower.

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

Elrik Merlin Steps Forward to Found Virtual Community Radio

Richard Elen (bet­ter known in Sec­ond Life by his DJ name, “Elrik Mer­lin”, or “Rik” for short) has a tool­box which run­neth over with audio skills, music, broad­cast­ing, and all the impor­tant behind-the-scenes details that go along with those activ­i­ties.  From work­ing as a tour­ing and stu­dio sound engi­neer in the 1970s; through dozens of pro­duc­ing and engi­neer­ing gigs; mag­a­zine edit­ing and mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions; to cur­rent work as a spe­cial­ist trans­fer­ring vin­tage tapes and discs to dig­i­tal for­mat for major pro­duc­tion music libraries, “wealth” does not begin to cov­er the expe­ri­ence he brings to his var­i­ous vir­tu­al world endeavors.

Sec­ond Life res­i­dents may best know him stand­ing beside Saf­fia Wid­der­shins in the award-win­ning web TV show Design­ing Worlds, where for well over a decade he’s been co-host and has worked cru­cial­ly behind the scenes on the tech­ni­cal pro­duc­tion of each episode. Until recent­ly, he played a sim­i­lar role with Gabrielle Riel and the suite of streams for­mer­ly known as Radio Riel, work­ing as part of the team of on-air pre­sen­ters, along­side pro­vid­ing behind-the-scenes tech­ni­cal sup­port. With the found­ing of Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio he steps in front, tak­ing the lead­ing role informed by his decades of pro­fes­sion­al experience.

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