Rik Rocks the Classics

Today’s pro­gramme focus­es on rock (and oth­er) inter­pre­ta­tions of clas­si­cal and ear­li­er themes, so expect a some­times noisy day’s lis­ten­ing.

We cross gen­res and peri­ods with aban­don today. You’ll hear elec­tron­ic real­i­sa­tions thanks to the likes of Wendy Car­los and Tomi­ta. Six­ties and sev­en­ties clas­sic rock from Dutch bands Eksep­tion and Trace, both found­ed by clas­si­cal­ly-trained organ­ist Rick van der Lin­den. You’ll hear the jazz arrange­ments of David Rees-Williams and War­ren Bern­hardt. The steam­punk sounds of Vern­ian Process, and the neo-goth scream­ing vir­tu­osic solos of Emi­lie Autumn. Then there’s Trance Opera. Not to men­tion some rocked-up Renais­sance and Medi­ae­val mate­r­i­al.

We’ll go the oth­er way too, with Metal­li­ca arranged for four cel­los, a Medi­ae­val trib­ute to Black Sab­bath (and a snatch of Jumi Hen­drix), and Frank Zap­pa arranged for cham­ber orches­tra by The Muf­fin Men. Today’s seques will some­times be very, very dra­mat­ic.

Have a nice day.

And do join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic (7pm and 3am in the UK) for the lat­est instal­ments of our adven­ture seri­als in the ZBS Radio Hour (see sep­a­rate entry).

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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