Counterstream Radio

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I don’t know why it took me so long, but I finally checked out the American Music Center’s Counterstream Radio, and I haven’t turned it off since. It’s not just that Raz Mesinai used recordings of me and Joan LaBarbara to create their “audio logo,” or that within the first half hour of turning it on I heard some of my own music I haven’t heard for a while. Nope. I’m surprised it took me so long because they play some f#%king great music! Just in the last half hour I heard some Bill Frisell, Sun Ra, Paul Dresher, John Cage…, it’s like they looked in the “favorite composers” file in my brain and created their playlist. Then other times I’ve heard wonderful music by folks I don’t know, and also by people I’ve met but haven’t yet heard their music. Now I have. There are also “on demand” and special programs I’m looking forward to hearing, like their spotlight on pianist Jenny Lin and the conversation Sarah Cahill arranged between Elliot Carter & Phil Lesh (that’s Sarah for ya’). Thank you American Music Center!!

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Dallas July 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm

If you like modern, post-modern experimental music from all genres where experimental music is featured, there’s nothing missing on counter stream radio. The sound is quite good, but, considering the fidelity of most recordings played, it would be a little better if there stream was done with arc, flak, or was a faster stream than 128k. Still, they get a donation from me each month, & would get a much bigger one, if I felt it was affordable. They dig deep to find new music that fits a discerning ear. I bet most of it gets no air play anywhere else.. I’ll be quite sad if counter stream stops.

Dallas July 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Counterstream radio plays a huge variety of experimental music in all genres that have it. I’ve only found one other station on the web that comes close to their variety & quality. I’m not a scholar, but experimental music is something I’m passionate about listening to, & playing some of. I’d be quite sad if it was ever gone.

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