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Monday, 12 September 2005

Ukulele mashups, talkaoke and radio wrongness

I was listening to some comedy on Radio 4 yesterday when I heard a piece of music by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; they have played some music that has impressed me in the past, but this really caught my imagination... it could, I suppose, be described as a 'ukulele-based mash-up' and exposé of basic pop musical premises. It's here (1.8MB MP3) if you want to hear it for yourself. (quick plug - it's also on the blog radio... down and to the right of here!)
The Ukulele Orchestra are playing the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-sea on the 14th October... I would love to go and see them in my old home town, but I'm all gigged out for 2005, more's the pity.

Earlier on this evening, Radio 4's Word Of Mouth programme featured an unusual concept in social interaction - Talkaoke. It's like a chat-show, except with random people. More info here: www.talkaoke.com.

why not?
While listening to A World in Your Ear, Radio 4's programme about world-wide radio, they featured a story that really frustrated me.

With the thousands of Katrina refugees occupying Houston Astrodome, some fine citizens had the fine idea of creating a radio station to keep them informed about all that is going on. The FCC (America's broadcasting regulators) approved it, and volunteers set it up, but the only thing standing in the way of its launch is - and this is so wrong - the owners of the stadium! Why? Because they're worried about Gangsta Rap! More information at the Dome Radio site... I hope they are able to start broadcasting soon!

natural disaster
Before I go, here's the latest addition to those "I'm sure that's not what they meant" TV captions:

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Posted by james at September 12, 2005 12:38 AM

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