fun on the fringes …
Thanks for listening to the first show. The feedback been positive, and podcasts should hopefully be available in a couple of days; I’ll post a link where you can subscribe. In the meantime, here’s the full track listing from the first outing. I’ve posted most of the tracks on the blog as well.
Remember you can join in and keep the music playing. See you on the 18th.
You can download the show if you like.
This is the album includes the track Chicken, which there was only time to play a teeny, tiny snippet of on show 1. We hope to have Paul on the show on September 18.
Downbeat upbeat – this is the segment where you can experiment and help keep the music playing. The idea is simple – choose one song that’s downbeat – slow, sad, dirgy, deep, slow or dark, and another that’s unfailingly upbeat – a song or piece of music that always leaves you smiling or feeling that little bit better.
Show 1 it was Pink Frost and Every Day is Sunday.
Here is the EP featured in show one, by Nelson composer Mike Beever. Listen below or visit his site at mikebeever.com
Congratulations to Matt, who won the giveaway copy.
In about 1970 composer Douglas Lilburn had to make something he didn’t have – the sound of the huia. You can imagine him, moaning to his colleagues over morning tea at Victoria University – you’ll never guess what the boss wanted – bring the dead back to life … kind of thing. Luckily, he had a room full of kit at Victoria University to help him out. And as you’ll hear, the result was no frankensound, but something fascinating and believeable.
You can listen to him describe how he did it, with analog signal and a razor blade. These days it sounds retro and futuristic all at once. The piece was recorded for a performance at Expo 1970 in Osaka. Expo is a world trade fair which also had a large rock from the moon, a spherical concert hall which played three dimensional music from multi-track tape, plus early examples of mobile phones, local area networking, and hover train technology. Read more about Expo 1970.
A 16-year-old singer from Auckland’s North Shore has become the first woman in 17 years to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Her real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor and she’s just about to release her first album, Pure Heroine, as Lorde. Not bad success for someone who’s still at high school. She told the world the news with a tweet and told the New Zealand Herald her success because she’s an Internet kid.
“I’m watching ‘Adventure Time’ but I’m also reading Allen Ginsberg … I’d like to think I’m doing something different.”
On Soundcloud the description of the EP is a series of lusts and luxuries. I think you better make your own mind up …
It was way back in the 1940s that the very first end-to-end New Zealand record was cut. And Just as the Clean felt out of place, looking for answers in empty doorways, this song was about staring out into the distance, missing home, yearning for something out of reach.
You might recognize it – Pikiteora Maude Emily Gertrude Edith Williams singing Blue Smoke. Recorded in 1949, written by Ruru Karaitiana. Pixie passed away in the last few weeks at the age of 85, and what a wonderful, sweetly scratchy sounding legacy she leaves.
Incidentally, the engineer for ‘Blue smoke’, Stanley Dallas, is credited with being one of the first engineers to record an electric guitar by connecting it directly to the recording equipment, rather than using a microphone. If you want to find out more about pixie – visit http://www.bluesmokerecords.com/.
For many people the early Flying Nun bands were when New Zealand music came of age. They were also the inspiration to pin your musical ears back and have a go at making your own songs. The Christchurch label and the Dunedin sound led an explosion of Kiwi culture.
In terms of guitar and bands and recording they fired a whole non-mainstream creative industry at a time when half the country was closing down. It’d be fair to say Not everyone liked the sounds, especially some of the regular patrons of the pubs the bands played at, but the energy and the creativity of the DIY ethic couldn’t be ignored.
Make sure you tune in on Wednesday night to hear some of Nelson-based composer Mike Beever’s recent piano recordings.
We’ll learn a little about the process and equipment that he uses, and some of the interesting ways his music has been used. Best of all, Mike’s kindly offered to give a download copy of the EP to one lucky listener.
So send in a contribution of some sort and remember to include your email address so we can get in touch if you are the winner.
Well done to Matt who won our first giveaway.
One week tonight, the first show will go to air. I’ve been working away on the first script. There’ve been a few late nights, plenty of revisions, and whole sections I’ve ditched. I’m quite out of practice – an hour is a reasonable chunk of time to fill and I have to remember how to drive the desk. All part of the fun! Thanks to the crew At Fresh FM for their help and support, too.
The first show is a bit of a musical time machine ride. You’ll hear:
Find out how you can join in, and mark this time next Wednesday in your calendar to listen live.
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See you at eight on Wednesday!