10 May 2008

The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope Switches On!

5 Iyyar - Year 5768

Certain critters over the years have suggested I present a radio show. I'll admit that I was pretty lazy most of the time and never really got it together. I did audition at the Connecticut School Of Broadcsting...oh, about ten years ago now. I passed the audition, but the tuition fees were (are?) steep and at the time I couldn't afford to take out another loan to pay them. The coolest radio station in Conn. at that time was (and probably still is..) WWUH, the University Of Hartford's campus outlet. All of their time slots were filled and so I didn't have a chance there either.

A WWUH program that I "discovered" back in 1990, while hanging out with my friend Dave M., was The Greatest Show From Earth. T.G.S.F.E. features psychedelic rock, progressive rock, ambient and space music and is still going today. I discovered so many great bands and artists through that show, such as Gong, Fairport Convention and The Orb, to name just a few. It was the first radio show that I really listened to with any kind of devotion (O.K., besides Dr. Demento in the mid-80s and er..The American Top 40 (hosted by "Shaggy" himself, Casey Kasem) in '83/'84). I was a regular listener for nearly ten years, but then as I had collected most of the albums and bands they featured, I started tuning in only every once in a while. The set-up and style of T.G.S.F.E. had a big influence on me and I thought that if I ever was able to host a program, I would like to do something similar.

Another, more recent program that I regularly check out is Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone. T.F.Z. started up on BBC 6Music a few years ago and also features a lot of psychedelic and prog-rock, as well as esoteric electronic stuff, British folk-rock and some jazz and world music. It's quite an excellent show and most of the time I think "Right on!" when ol' Stu plays a track I really like. A must-listen if you're into an eclectic muso-mix.

Sooooo...I finally got round to at least attempting to get a program going, with encouragement from a couple of different sources (Pixie being one). I wrote up a proposal and e-mailed it to a few local stations (even Fox FM, but I sent it there for a laugh really). I did get a couple of replies and both asked for a demo. Oop--I admit I was a bit under-prepared. I cobbled a demo together over the past two weeks, using Audacity and a mic that was lent to me (cheers, Baxter!). I'm trying to upload it to My Podcast as well--so anyone who wants to check it out, can do. I'm having problems with My Podcast's upload process at the moment--but I'll post a link to the episode as soon as it's ready.

(UPDATE: I finally was able to upload the mp3 file to "My Podcast" - you can check out the episode here)

The track list for the first hour is:

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever (take 4 - recorded late 1966)
Schicke, Fuhrs & Frohling - Sundrops (1976)
Coil - Slur (1987)
Boards Of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country (2000)
Caravan - Waterloo Lily (1972)
Klaus Schulze - Some Velvet Phasing (1974)
Jefferson Airplane - Fat Angel (live 1968 - released 1969)
Danielle Dax - Numb Companions (1983)
The Incredible String Band - The Half-Remarkable Question (1968)
Wire - I Feel Mysterious Today (1978)

You also get my dulcet tones in-between some of the tracks, as an added bonus! Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't wait to hear this! Let me know about any further developments in your DJ career!! If you ever get a regular show, make sure I get a chance as guest presenter! ;)

The Purple Gooroo said...

I definitely will, Bear. You *have* to be a guest presenter if I get a show...or at the very least gimme a track-list for an episode.

Thanks for the kind words on the podcast page as well!

Anonymous said...

That Danielle Dax song is wonderful. Never heard any before.

The Purple Gooroo said...

Yeah - her early stuff is really trippy. She's another one I was hipped to by "The Billboard Guide To Progressive Music".

Apparently, her late-80s/early 90s stuff is more mainstream, but the first couple of records seem pretty prog-music to me.

I'll get you a copy sometime.