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This Week's Free Lab Radio - Endurance City

This week we explore minimal house, tech and synth-pop tracks tracks with reliably repetitive forms, and how these give people clubbers the confidence (and therefore the freedom) to dance?

Their mesmeric beats, by their very repetition become a kind of meditation, a small box in which the dancer moves shoulder to shoulder to a driving, seamless mix along with everyone else in a kind of flamboyantly stylish step class, where endurance rather than variety is part of the experience. Think of Techno Viking if he'd been an international corporate head hunter living in Dubai.

Here in Dubai, the dance scene is varied, but only within the parameters allowed by the brackets in which different social groups operate. The Ethiopians have their club, the Indians theirs, the Russians, the Singaporeans have theirs. The expat Europeans, Australians, South Africans and Americans mostly dance to chic, boutique music. That's the best way to encapsulate the genres that we're thinking of - clean, reliable, at first hearing possibly featureless, but after a while, a freedom appears within the framework.

New #Podcast - MidTempo on @ResonanceFM




Versatile bass music for today.


Playlist (in this order):

Caravan (instrumental) by Flechette.
Dugong - My Heart is Broken
Shamanic Technology - Homeostasis
Zebbler Encanti Experience - Follow the Bubbles (SugarBeats Remix)
AMB - By Myself
Katana - Datsik (Stowey Remix) Sutured
Eden - XO
Michel Herrera - Silhouette
Space Jesus & Esseks - Dream Whirled (Zebbler Encanti Experience Remix)
Star Chiller - Equinox
Soysauce - Broken Record ft Joni Fatora (Louis The Child Remix)

Broadcasts on Resonance104.4FM 11-midnight on www.resonancefm.com
Repeats Thursday 2am
Produced by Fari Bradley
ResonanceFM is UK's art-music radio station.

This Week's Free Lab Radio - Vaporwave

Vaporwave, a mushy, so-cheesey-they-are-cool series of adapted samples of '80s & '90s TV infomercial and corporate muzak, made today. On this week's show we play both good old fashioned, hi-fidelity vaporwave and progressive (adapted and made on new hard and software) vaporwave.

Samples are might be pitch or tempo shifted but they are still recognisable. Reimagined 80s Microsoft advert with a whole load of obsessive compression and reverb, tracks are often very short...Vaporwave examines the vapidity of mass mainstream media and its promises, the short-sightedness of libidinous 90s yuppie culture and celebrates the perennial nature of advertising most of its producers suffered growing up....

Other similar genres are chillwave, grave-wave,
sea-punk, witch-house and of course one that the ResonanceFM performing collective explored quite a bit in the 2013-14 hauntology.... Vaporwave often crosses into genre we've looked at before on Free Lab Radio, such as Chiptune and Brostep.

Featured this week are: 
Shisa and Choongum (released on cassette)
Oneohtrix Point Never
Fortune 600
REVERB LITE
Greeneyed Meganekko
Space Arabica
VHS Logos and more....




Free Lab Radio - Live, with Tapes


As we met young producer Tapes this month, we've invited him to ResonanceFM studios to do a live thing...it might be tapes it might be vinyl. But it will be Tapes.

His new release is on vinyl with EM Records "No Broken Hearts on This Factory Floor", as marketed by Boomkat. Here are his previous ones, the first of which was in 2009 in which the tracks were transferred to tape, and back again for effect.

The record "No Broken Hearts..." comes with a printed 12" x 12" double-sided insert, a compendium of what Boomkat call Tapes' "frayed and wayward dub exploits on Japan's always wonderful EM Records ahead of his full debut LP with Honest Jon's."

We're just looking forward to hearing his version of Olivia Newton John in 'Phyzikal Dub', because I'm addicted to a very cool remix of that song ourselves....

 Broadcasts Saturday 11-mdnight on 104.4FM across London and online...Repeats Thursday 2am

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This Week's Free Lab Radio - Mid Tempo

Versatile bass music for today.

Playlist (in this order)
Caravan (instrumental) by Flechette.
Dugong - My Heart is Broken
Shamanic Technology - Homeostasis
Zebbler Encanti Experience - Follow the Bubbles (SugarBeats Remix)
AMB - By Myself
Katana - Datsik (Stowey Remix) Sutured
Eden - XO
Michel Herrera - Silhouette
Space Jesus & Esseks -  Dream Whirled (Zebbler Encanti Experience Remix)
Star Chiller - Equinox
Soysauce - Broken Record ft Joni Fatora (Louis The Child Remix)

Broadcasts on Resonance104.4FM 11-midnight on www.resonancefm.com
Repeats Thursday 2am

Produced by Fari Bradley



This Week's Free Lab Radio - Experimental Housewife's Lament

Experimental Housewife's ambient-mix for Communikey Festival; a long-running cultural institution that promoted social, cultural and ecological innovation through creative process.

As the Festival came to an end this year Experimental Housewife created a lamentation for it’s end and as an ode to what is yet to come.

Featured: Segue, Charles Cohen, Neel’s modular abstractions and the flickering drones of Colorado-based artist Radere.

Broadcasts Saturday 11-midnight BST on 104.4FM and www.resonancefm.com/listen. Repeats Thursday 2-3am BST

"In advance of the 2015 Communikey Festival — which takes place April 16-19 month in Boulder, CO — we tapped Experimental Housewife to record a mix showcasing the more ambient-leaning portion of the festival programming.
This year’s edition of the Communikey Festival is set to be our last, as we prepare to retire the format in order to focus on the next stage of their creative evolution. It’s a bittersweet end for a long-running cultural institution that has served to promote social, cultural and ecological innovation through creative process. As such, Experimental Housewife intended for this mix to serve as a lamentation for the festival’s end and an ode to what is yet to come.
Bookended by a pair of tracks from the lauded Silent Season artist Segue, the mix traverses a wide range of styles, from Charles Cohen and Neel’s modular abstractions to the flickering drones of Colorado-based artist Radere and beyond. The end result is an evocative mix that is at turns friendly and creepy, calling to mind the very atmosphere of the Front Range region itself as it moves through its shadowy soundscapes.
For more information, please visit www.communikey.us. Festival passes and showcase tickets are available for purchase at communikey.strangertickets.com"

Tracklist:

Segue - Turning Patterns
FOANS - Conversion 4
FOANS - Diorama 2
FOANS - Diorama 4
Normal Ones - Eidolon
Experimental Housewife - New Private Life
Radere - Good Evening, Ghosts (Verison)/Stay Away
Lichens - Faeries
Neel - Storm In Stickney
Experimental Housewife - Pad (Music)
Orphx - Circuit IV (Consumption)
Charles Cohen - The Middle Distance
Clinker - Partial Intervention
Segue - Wind Through Trees
This mix was originally featured as part of Headphone Commute's ongoing podcast series.


This Week's Free Lab Radio - Composing With Process

COMPOSING WITH PROCESS

PERSPECTIVES ON GENERATIVE AND SYSTEMS MUSIC 

Systems

Curated by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore. Narrated by Connie Treanor.

Marcel Duchamp
A look at the use of formal systems in the composition and performance of musical works. It explains the diversity of approaches to musical systems using a range of technologies and processes.

The radio episode asks how we might distinguish systems based procedures in music to other musical activities, and makes reference to technological development and implementation, structural complexity, and relationships to other musical traditions. We compare three tape-based approaches to composition that explore sound as a temporal and spatial phenomenon and refer to theoretical positions offered by notable artists working in this field.

The composers Tim Perkis and John Bischoff suggest: '...for us the distinction between composing a new piece of music and building a new instrument is not clear cut: composing a piece of music for us IS building a new instrument.' 

Broadcasts Saturday 13th June 11-midnight, repeats Thursday 2-3am on 104.4FM, www.resonancefm.com

 Originally streamed on Radio Web MACBA