Monday, November 28, 2011

RANDOPHONIC – the program so far …

Randophonic started back in March 2011, a few days before the big earthquake hit Japan.  So program #2 was a weird one, mixing up all the cool new sounds while the Apocalypse seemed to be happening across yonder ocean (not really so pacific).  We honestly didn't know for sure that everything wasn't all about to blow to nuclear smithereens that night.    

Maybe it did.

Unfortunately, we have no podcasts for the first two programs.   So the trail of evidence starts at Program #3, with apocalypse still unfurling roughly 4000 nautical miles due west, now with the added luster of the so-called SuperMoon It seems so long ago now.  

Then maybe two months later, the world ended.  May 21st, 2011.  Or so we were promised.  We got two, maybe three programs out of that.   

Then it was Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday – good for four shows in which we explored "The 70 best Bob Dylan songs you probably haven't already heard".  

Summer 2011 was fun, albeit disjointed.  We did a fill-in for Synaptic Sandwich (the always interesting electro-techno-trance-whatever-you-want-to-call-it show that precedes us Saturday nights at CiTR).  We observed the Nineteenth Annual All Vinyl Barbeque + Apocalypse, or was it just the Ninth?  The good news is, none of the hostages were harmed.

But meanwhile, something BIG was going on off-air, strange rumblings from way deep in the heart of the machine known as the Randophonic Jukebox – all of it directly connected to what we'd come to think of informally as "Random's Apocalypse Stuff".  This would be the boxes upon boxes full of cassettes, reel-to-reels and notes (lots of notes) – not to mention a few tons of aging vinyl.  We'd been hearing whispers about it from the beginning.  But suddenly here it was, the thing that would define the heart of the coming year's programming (with occasional interruptions, sidetracks, meltdowns, shenanigans):

The Randophonic All Vinyl Countdown + Apocalypse
The 1,111 Greatest Records You Probably Haven't Heard 

Installment #1 was scheduled to air on November, 5, 2011, the 496th anniversary of the infamous Gunpowder Plot.  And so it was thus ...

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