Thursday, 28 August 2014

AbstractRadio session - august 2014

So, without further ado, our first mixcloud post... 

In an effort to clear the studio desk, here's a little selection of also-rans that have been cluttering up the place. 
A bit of a mixed-bag - some light, some a bit darker - hopefully there's something here which will get your toes a' tapping - apologies for the occasional intrusive hi-hat. 
Any feedback is much appreciated. 

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by genre:
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Track Title
00.00Gruia & Horatio the ritual VIVA music
07:17Lay-Far new day, new light lazy days recordings
10.22Doorly I want you to dance toolroom
15.15 MAM hand in hand nice to be records
18.35 Mickey sweet baby exploited
24.14 Ramon Tapia the clash snatch!
28.23 In.Deed turn me on kittball
35.44 David Morales feat. Tamra Keenan I don't belong hereultra
40.45 Plastik Funk don't push me (house it dub) tiger
44.19 Belocca back to the old school mainground music
50.16 Audiowhores subject of my affection soulfuric deep
55.43 Moodymanc joy exploited
58.16 Twenty Twelve ramon aquarius recordings
66.56 Detroit Swindle feat. Mayer Hawthorne 64 ways (65th way dub) dirt crew
71.10 Brooklyn Friends tramp (morales and harris remix) nite grooves
76.48 Urban Soul black in my soul (tiger stripes instrumental) king street sounds
83.12 Jay Lumen nobody off recordings
89.25 Tiger Stripes genesis (florian kruse remix) soundz
95.00Elektrochemie vs. Tiger Stripes pleasure seeker vs me dj series / defected
100.48 Tiger Stripes give you up suara
108.18 Mashall Jefferson feat. curtis mcclain move your body ultra

-- Total running time – 116.07 --

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AbstractRadio: A Manifesto

AbstractRadio - turning a dream into reality.

AbstractRadio was born out of a simple observation: there's a lot of great music out there, and it never ceases to amaze how little of it is well-known. 

AbstractRadio is here to rectify this sorry state of affairs, to redress the balance caused by one of the major pitfalls of commercial radio, namely playing a constant rotation of mediocrity - mainstream music, the quality of which is, at best, somewhat dubious. 

AbstractRadio aims to be a little different. AbstractRadio aims a little higher. 

Here at AbstractRadio, we have a truly vast library of amazing music at our fingertips - amassed over decades, much of it not in the public domain - and a fantastic team, ever-eager to present it in its best light possible. AbstractRadio never plays obscure material lacking in substance - with our combined experience as radio and live djs, we guarantee that the hidden gems we unleash on you are just that - gems. 

AbstractRadio was born out of a immense, all-encompassing passion for music of all kinds. 
And so, the music should be allowed to stand on its own, hence the desire to play the best music, without break - we never cut to the news or an unwanted ad., and you won't hear any inane, needless, self-promoting banter coming over the air. If the best version of a song runs three times as long its radio edit, we will still play that one, the best.

AbstractRadio was born out of a dissatisfaction that while we, who have worked in the industry for years, have access to some truly great, some say life-changing, music, our audience has until now been limited - restricted either to local/national radio, and usually required to adapt to the programming limitations of playlists, audience targetting, advertisers' needs and radio charters (which determine the ratio of how much talk/music/news etc you can broadcast per hour), or to working as live djs where, even if you play 10 times a week to a crowd of 1,000 each time, this weekly audience of 10,000 is negligible when compared to the reach of a global internet-based radio station. 

AbstractRadio was born out of an ever-growing despair over the cult of personality. 
For AbstractRadio, it is the music that counts, not the person playing it. And so, unless we have a very special guest contributor (and we do have some wonderful talent already lined up), we won't be telling you much about the dj.

←   So, absolutely none of this.

Instead, as part of AbstractRadio's 24-hour live stream, there's an up-to-the minute list of the tracks recently played, so you know what's what, along with a chat feature so you can discuss the merits of late '90s Patagonian techno, or whatever else takes your fancy, with your fellow listeners and with us here at the studio.

One other thing - AbstractRadio aims to be completely transparent, with a warts and all approach - that is, we will report about all the problems, pitfalls and decisions encountered as the station finds its feet. 

Thanks for coming, and enjoy the show...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

By way of introduction...

"Well, we've got to start somewhere, so it might as well be here."

A great man once said, "I have a dream". Well, here at AbstractRadio, we also have a dream...

   Mission Statement    

The task is simple : create the world's finest radio station. 

"Well, that's no simple task!", you cry. 

Followed quickly by: "What exactly do you mean by 'world's finest'?", and "How do you intend to achieve this monumental task?"

You raise very valid points...

Clearly, 'world's finest' is open to a fair amount of interpretation. Here at AbstractRadio, it simply means the following: seamless quality music on a global stage - no chat, no ads., no breaks, no news, no frills; just music, sweet music.
For a lot more on this, please have a look at the

And how are we going to do it? Hopefully, with a little help from our friends.

Here's the plan:

1) Get established as a reliable source of quality music.

It's early days, we're still learning the ropes and, at present, with the station's current revenue stream flowing at a mere trickle, AbstractRadio does not yet have the means to provide the sort of bandwidth necessary to reach its intended global audience.

So as we find our feet, AbstractRadio will stream its live feed on a fairly low bandwidth, while simultaneously posting the same fine line in quality music as mixes/podcasts at a much higher bitrate on our mixcloud page.

With this approach, we hope that, over time, you'll will get to know and trust that our commitment to fine quality music is a genuine one. And you can then recommend AbstractRadio to your friends, and so on, helping us slowly build up an appreciative following of happy listeners. 

2) Crowd-funding our early steps.

AbstractRadio is completely committed to providing a seamless listening experience, kept totally interruption free, including ads. But, nothing comes for free, and with both bandwidth and hosting costs rising as we expand, the best way to pay for these services on internet radio is by placing adverts within the live broadcast, and that would defeat the whole point of the exercise.

So, to escape this, AbstractRadio hopes to crowd-source the funds from you - our lovely and fantastically generous listener - to help support the first six months of broadcasting by covering its running costs. And over these first six months, we intend to develop and expand a following large enough to give the station enough market presence to allow us to sell advertising space here on the website (and so keep the broadcasts ad. free) - hurrah!

It's worth pointing out that we don't need to source vast sums - if 1000 "followers" donated just a few pennies each, that alone would cover the bills for a fair while.

Understandably, we need your help with this - we can't do it alone - this is a radio station for anyone and everyone, so anyone can... 

3) Get in touch and get involved.

As well as providing financial support for AbstractRadio, we would love you - the listener - to take an active part in the station - what do you want to hear? Do you have new ideas, new music, are you a dj, a musician, a producer? - get in touch, send us your thoughts, your demos, photos of you dancing around the cat, anything - let's do this together - it's more fun that way.

So, a fairly simple plan: build up a following, raise a small amount to cover the bills during the early days, develop a global audience and use ads. to support the station, all the time spreading the gospel of the finest quality music known.

"Large streams from little fountain flow, tall oaks from little acorns grow."

Honestly, what could possibly go wrong?

AbstractRadio - for you listening pleasure....
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