DJ Profile: Elrik Merlin

Name: Elrik Mer­lin, Laird Brideswell, aka Rik

SL Rez Day: 29th March, 2007

Jour­nal: The New Observ­er — An Englishman’s Pere­gri­na­tions in Cale­don & Envi­rons

Occu­pa­tion: Stream­ing Audio Spe­cial­ist, Broad­cast­er (1968-present!), Sound Record­ing Engi­neer & Pro­duc­er, Writer/Journalist, Graph­i­call Design­er and Cre­ative Tech­nol­o­gy Con­sul­tant, Philoso­pher, Pedant &c: aka a “Renais­sance Man”.

Music Library: Seri­ous­ly eclec­tic, with a sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of Renaissance/Early Music, Baroque/Classical, tra­di­tion­al and mod­ern Folk, New Age/Instrumental and some var­ied Musicks of the neo-Rock per­sua­sion which sel­dom ham­mer the ear in these times. In addi­tion, a bizarre col­lec­tion of Light Music from the 19th and 20th Cen­turies includ­ing Music from British Tele­vi­su­al Broad­cast­ing since the ear­li­est times. Some trance/dance. Cur­rent­ly expand­ing my Vic­to­ri­an pop­u­lar music cat­e­go­ry.

Favourite Books: Works by John Crow­ley (the Ægypt series for exam­ple), Alan Gar­ner (Red Shift, Strand­lop­er, Thurs­bitch et al) Piers Antho­ny (Macro­scope and the Xanth books) and Rus­sell Hoban (Rid­dley Walk­er and beyond).

Favourite Films: Things to Come; The Time Machine (strange­ly, both ver­sions).

Favourite TV pro­grammes: Tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­taries by pro­duc­ers like Adam Cur­tis (The Trap).

Favourite Quote (one of): “A man should nev­er be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but say­ing in oth­er words that he is wis­er today than he was yes­ter­day.” – Alexan­der Pope, 1688–1744 C.E.

Notes: In late March, 2007, I was invit­ed to a par­ty at my friend’s club in SL… and nev­er looked back. I did my first in-world DJ work there and soon set up my own stream. I am inter­est­ed in improv­ing the qual­i­ty of audio on-line in gen­er­al and in SL in par­tic­u­lar, and have been a broad­cast­er of one sort of anoth­er for almost 40 years. I am often to be found in the streets and shops and at the events of Cale­don, or float­ing over­head in some aer­i­al con­trap­tion or oth­er. I am now hap­pi­ly estab­lished at Brideswell Hall, Rothe­say SE, Cale­don. Look for the trans­mit­ting mast and the enor­mous air­ship sit­ting above the house.

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One Response to “DJ Profile: Elrik Merlin”

  1. Jennifer Cutting says:

    Thanks for play­ing my music, Elrik. When I checked into your sta­tion as a result of the Google alert say­ing I was on your playlist, I got hooked…have been lis­ten­ing to your show all day on my ‘phones.

    Am work­ing on a Win­ter Sol­stice CD for release in Novem­ber of 2010 which will fea­ture Annie Haslam, John Roberts and Tony Bar­rand, Coope, Boyes & Simp­son, plus my own Ocean Orches­tra (three mem­bers in com­mon w/ New St. George!).

    Keep up the great work & fab playlists.

    Jen­nifer Cut­ting

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