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a crack in your ear through which sound surreptitiously slips, or an illicit substance which gives your ears immense pleasure while enslaving them to a crippling addiction

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

mixed up

I first heard of Peter Bochan about 6 years ago, when Ben Manilla (my boss at the time) handed me a cd of Bochan's work. He's really good at mixing audio clips over music, and he has a nack for putting just the right song in just the right place. Anyone interested in sound-rich non-narrated radio production owes it to themself to check him out. Here's his bio:

Peter Bochan is the creator of the Shortcuts radio series, and the host and DJ of All Mixed Up, which has run on WBAI in New York City for over 20 years. He is a frequent winner of local and national radio awards, and was voted "Best (and most eclectic) Radio DJ of 2000" by the Village Voice, #1 Pick of Top 10 Music Programs by The New York Times, and was listed as one of the Top Ten Radio Programs by Time Out New York. He also works as the Alternative Music Guide at about.com, music director for the PBS series "The History Detectives" and Operations Director at WBAI.

For the past 30 years, Bochan has been producing a non-narrated hour-long year-end retrospective called Shortcuts. He's posted his latest one on PRX, but you can also hear it (via Real Audio) by clicking on this link:

A Shortcut Through 2005

You can learn more about Peter Bochan by going here.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

the plan


Barrett Golding's got a new show.
It's a sound rich orgy of radio goodness culled from already existing material, a lot of it found on the Public Radio Exchange.

I just listened to the Elvis episode, I'm looking forward to hearing more. Barrett says the idea for this show is to be "closer to the way a music DJ presents a show than to the typical public radio ‘informational’ style. The showcase will mesh with the format of an eclectic, music-based station."

It's called The Plan...

"A weekly half-hour transmitting all human knowledge on a single subject via a series of rhythmic radio bursts."

Perhaps you didn't know there was a Plan. Well, there is:
The Plan transmits all human knowledge on a single subject as thirty minutes of rhythmic radio bursts. You have been selected by the Planetary Powers to receive this week's Plan.

You will then have The Plan. Your will then know The Plan. Do Not Attempt to Change The Plan.

Here's our Future Plans:
Time - 1/1/2006 - New Year's chronological contemplatons.

Elvis - 1/8/2006 - Elvis Presley Jan 8 1935 - Aug 16 1977.

Race - 1/15/2006 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Holiday.
Train - 1/22/2006 - Ridin' the rails.
Ice - 1/29/2006 - Groundhog Day (Dead of Winter).
Love - 2/12/2006 - Valentine's Day.
Prez - 2/19/2006 - Presidents' Day.

The Plan is a PRX-funded Showcase Series, produced by KGLT and Hearing Voices. They are to blame.

You need to have a prx account to hear it, but it's free to sign up if you just want to listen.

PRX recently gave grants to six stations to produce their own local shows using material found on PRX, this is part of that. Barrett's station is KGLT in Bozeman, Montanna, the other stations that got these grants are Vermont Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, KFAI, KRTS, and WMPG.