Thing of the Day

RESONANCE AND THE CONTINUED ART OF LISTENING

January 10th 2011

The Thing Of The Day today is London radio station Resonance 104.4FM

Resonance logo   Resonance is special.  Resonance is a unique radio station, legal and advert-free, broadcasting on FM across London (and of course streamed on the net). We feel very privileged to have been involved in the station for a number of years now, we don’t really want to talk about our show on the station today. Today the new 2011 schedule and a whole load of new shows kick in. There’s a whole load of intriguing new names and fresh show titles on the listings waiting to reveal themselves over the next few days and weeks.

   You never know what you’re going to get with Resonance FM - there’s all kinds of left field experimental music, radio art, discussion, documentary, political thought, counter culture, globe trotting, sound sculpture and lots (lots) more besides, all there on your old school FM radio band waiting to be discovered (well, FM in London, online all over the world). You can go explore the schedules and cherrypick the things that take your interest or the best way, is to just turn it on and see. Not everything is brilliant, but most of it is more than interesting and by just dipping in you’re probably going to find something wonderful you’d never imagined would be in the radio…the sound of icebergs cracking, militant pensioners ranting, the oppressed minority that is Americans in London, an experimental piece of prog rock that really has no right to expect to be on the radio, a strangely good strange drama, conspiracy theories that have you wondering if the station might just be a whole conspiracy…     

The best way to explore Resonance FM is just to jump right in and listen, tune in and take pot luck… it might be alternative music, it might be underwater sound art, it might be Whitechapel Anarchists, it might be a Persian art show or an alternative view of the stock markets or a punk rock record played at the wrong speed…Our favourite shows? Too many to mention, Framework maybe, or Hooting Yard.. or - nope, can't do it or this is going to be a very long list. The new schedule starts today, go explore and see

Here’s the station’s very own manifesto…

Mission Statement
Imagine a radio station like no other. A radio station that makes public those artworks that have no place in traditional broadcasting. A radio station that is an archive of the new, the undiscovered, the forgotten, the impossible. That is an invisible gallery, a virtual arts centre whose location is at once local, global and timeless. And that is itself a work of art. Imagine a radio station that responds rapidly to new initiatives, has time to draw breath and reflect. A laboratory for experimentation, that by virtue of its uniqueness brings into being a new audience of listeners and creators. All this and more, Resonance104.4fm aims to make London’s airwaves available to the widest possible range of practitioners of contemporary art.

Resonance104.4fm is the world’s first radio art station, established by the London Musicians’ Collective. It started broadcasting on May 1st 2002. Its brief? To provide a radical alternative to the universal formulae of mainstream broadcasting. Resonance 104.4 fm features programmes made by musicians, artists and critics who represent the diversity of London’s arts scenes, with regular weekly contributions from nearly two hundred musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists and instigators; plus numerous unique broadcasts by artists on the weekday “Clear Spot”.  

And while we’re here I guess we might as well mention that we Organs are back on as part of the new schedule at 9pm on Sunday evening. The Organ Hour alternates between a general Organ Thing and The Other Rock Show -

 The OTHER ROCK SHOW is presented by Marina O, it's about exploring 'other' time signatures within structures of rock and filtering out the conventions of the 4/4 time easy option in favour of something a little more challenging. It's really all the avant, progressive, experimental music happening now getting cherrypicked out Organ postbag - plus the influential rarely-heard originators.
 Meanwhile on the ORGAN THING Sean O plays an eclectic mix of diverse left-field things from all points in between and beyond - the best new releases and demos that are circulating around the underground fanzine channels and landing here in the Organ bunker, along with forthcoming events and general alternative music news, arts news and goings on in and around London, interviews with painters, performers.... Expect an hour of challenging alternative music each week, special guests, expect who knows what... Here's our dedicated Organ Hour /Other Rock Show page

 ...but that’s not the point of this piece! this is about all the other things you can find if you go explore the Resonance schedules or maybe the podcasts...

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