Goodnight and good luck from basic.fm
It’s with some sadness, but also with a great sense of pride, that we announce that September 30 2014 will see the last broadcast from the imaginary antennae of basic.fm, Tyneside Cinema’s web radio station.
basic.fm was created in 2011 by Dominic Smith as part of the cinema’s Pixel Palace digital media arts programme, one of a series of experiments in how to present digital art to new audiences and in particular how to present digital art in a venue which had no dedicated exhibition spaces other than its cinema screens.
Of the many experimental projects of Pixel Palace, basic.fm became one of the most successful, as it rapidly developed into a virtual community of artists working with sound who wanted to digitally distribute their work and connect with audiences. After a few months it moved from occasional transmissions to a hugely ambitious and demanding 24/7 broadcast schedule.
For 24 hours per day, seven days per week, over 30 months, basic.fm presented an audio gallery that exhibited the work of those making interesting noise: sound collage, found sound, spoken word, discourse, dialogue and discussion, musique concrète or original, remixed and detourned musics.
basic.fm was never intended to run forever. It was conceived as time-limited project, a test-bed for ideas, within a programme which had three-years of funding from the Arts Council. That original funding comes to an end later this year.
However it seems appropriate to bring the project to an end just a little earlier, not least as the arts programme at the Tyneside is entering a new era as it will soon open a dedicated digital arts space curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi.
We’d like to express sincere thanks to Dominic and also to other staff at the cinema and at partners like sourcefabric in Berlin and the Community Media Association who have worked on the basic.fm experiment.
The audio has been exciting, but what’s been more rewarding has been the opportunity to meet, work, and collaborate with so many great creative people around the world.
We had regular shows from Melbourne, Osaka, Lisbon and Hamburg. We broadcast complete beginners and internationally renowned artists. We weren’t particularly interested in professional sounding ‘radio’. We were more excited by interesting noise – and we found it.
In our final month we’ll be broadcasting a 24-hour Dave Graney Special, and many of our regulars will be playing out with extended specials celebrating their time at basic.fm
You can also hear many of our archived shows on mixcloud, soundcloud and Podbean.
Thanks for the love!
Craig J Puranen Wilson
On September 30 1996, Dave Graney was crowned King of Pop.
It was the day he won the ARIA for Best Male Vocalist, and we’re celebrating the 18th anniversary of his coronation with 24 hours of Graney relegated programming on basic.fm
In addition to being something of a style guru, Graney, alongside drummer and partner Clare Moore have fronted numerous bands includingThe Moodists (1980 to 1987), The White Buffaloes (1989 to 1990), The Coral Snakes (1987 to 1989, 1991 to 1997), The Dave Graney Show (1998 to 2003), Dave Graney and Clare Moore featuring the Lurid Yellow Mist or Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist (2004 to 2011) and currently, dave graney and the mistLY.
He has written two books, received nine ARIA Award nominations, and co-presented a radio show on Melbourne’s Triple R community radio station for five years (from 2009) called Banana Lounge Broadcasting aka “BLB”.
Hail King Dave! Long may he reign! We’ll let you know more details soon.
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