Mr Merlin’s 4th Anniversary Music Machine

Hel­lo every­one and wel­come to Radio Riel’s 4th anniver­sary! Yes, it’s on this day in 2007 that Radio Riel began broad­cast­ing to lis­ten­ers in Sec­ond Life for just a few hours a day… and now in 2011 we have six streams broad­cast­ing around the clock.

How­ev­er, unlike pre­vi­ous years, we’re hold­ing on for our anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions for just a few days, until the week­end — because on Sun­day, June 5, from mid­night to mid­night Pacif­ic Time, we’re run­ning the Sec­ond Annu­al Riel Day For Life, where we invite you, our lis­ten­ers, to spon­sor an hour and choose the music we play, all pro­ceeds going to the Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety’s Relay for Life — the vir­tu­al worlds’ biggest char­i­ty fundrais­er. Please join us in rais­ing as much mon­ey as we can for this wor­thy cause - full details are avail­able here.

Mean­while, as the actu­al anniver­sary has fall­en on my watch, so to speak, today I’m going to be play­ing selec­tions from some of the gen­res I both spe­cialise in and enjoy most here on Radio Riel’s Main Stream. So today you’ll be hear­ing some of my favourite Ear­ly Music pieces. Some choice bits of Vicwar­diana, includ­ing what is prob­a­bly more or less the gloomi­est bal­lad ever writ­ten. A good deal of Baroque music, both in the orig­i­nal and (in the case of Bach) with the assis­tance of Wendy Car­los’s clas­sic elec­tron­ic real­i­sa­tions. Also on the elec­tron­ic front we’ll hear from Tomi­ta, and from his sources, includ­ing Debussy and Holst. And you’ll hear some oth­er French and Eng­lish com­posers such as Fau­re, Poulenc, Delius and Elgar. And talk­ing of Eng­lish com­posers, we’ll hear from Wal­ton, Ron Good­win and some of the mas­ters of British Light Music. And there’s some Celtic mate­r­i­al in the mix too, though large­ly of the orches­tral vari­ety. There’s even some pop music. Quite a vari­ety of music in today’s pro­gramme, then: I do hope you enjoy the (rather bumpy) ride.

And on our Anniver­sary, all of us here at Radio Riel would like to thank all our kind spon­sors who make our wide range of eclec­tic pro­gram­ming pos­si­ble — and most of all, you, our lis­ten­ers, who lis­ten to our streams in increas­ing num­bers, in-world or oth­er­wise. Thank you to every­one.

I would per­son­al­ly like to thank my col­leagues on the sta­tion for their won­der­ful work, espe­cial­ly our Founder and DG, Gabrielle Riel. And a spe­cial tip of the hat to Ter­ry Light­foot of To-a‑T Designs for the stun­ning 4th Anniver­sary poster she’s cre­at­ed, shown above — and for some oth­er, equal­ly stun­ning (and not entire­ly unre­lat­ed) art­work we expect to be unveil­ing very short­ly.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at; out­side the US, tune to in-world, or sim­ply click here if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to launch a play­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

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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