Main: From the Library — A Sense of Place with Elrik Merlin

Today’s pro­gramme con­cerns itself with the “sense of place” or genius loci, as the Romans called it, that has informed much of West­ern art through the cen­turies. We’ll be attempt­ing to cap­ture the feel­ing of pres­ence that char­ac­teris­es many loca­tions, and to do so we’ll be vis­it­ing sites, cities and spots around the world, and trav­el­ling beyond, study­ing ancient maps and even going out into space and jour­ney­ing to the Cen­tre of the Earth (and a few oth­er imag­i­nary places while we’re at it).

So you’ll hear pieces from Respighi’s Foun­tains of Rome to Mitchel­l’s Stat­ue of Zeus at Olympia; Fin­gal’s Cave from Mendelssohn to Gersh­win’s An Amer­i­can In Paris, Hol­st’s The Plan­ets, Elgar­’s Cock­aigne (In Lon­don Town), and many more. Most of the music is in a clas­si­cal vein, but we’ll also be play­ing recent com­po­si­tions, for exam­ple music by Sheri­dan Tongue for Pro­fes­sor Bri­an Cox’s stun­ning BBC tele­vi­sion series Won­ders of the Uni­verse. Immerse your­self in the music and trav­el with us on our own, rather exten­sive and a lit­tle unusu­al, Grand Tour.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, that’s 18:00 and 02:00 GMT this week, for two excit­ing adven­tures from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion in the ZBS Radio Hour. At the top of the hour, Jack Flan­ders returns to where it all began — his aun­t’s mys­te­ri­ous Vic­to­ri­an man­sion where all man­ner of strange goings-on unfurled and he dis­cov­ered many oth­er worlds both with­in and with­out, over 35 years ago, in Part 4 of Return to Inver­ness. Then at the bot­tom of the hour it’s Ruby the Galac­tic Gumshoe, in Part 4 of Ruby 5.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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