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This Week on WXYC
Friday, May 22, 2015

Hello out there,

The lazy days of summer are now in full swing, but that doesn’t mean lazy programming here at WXYC! We’ve got some killer stuff ahead of us this week that you won’t want to miss. Here’s the plan:

The Inside Track airs tonight at 9pm and will feature Soichi Terada’s Sounds from the Far East, out on Rush Hour Recordings. Terada is a Japanese composer, producer, and founder of the record label Far East Recordings; he’s perhaps best known for his work on the Ape Escape video game series. This release compiles the best of his tracks for Rush Hour as well as a few from producer Shinichiro Yokota.
Right after that, on tonight's New Science Experience, resident DJ Selector B Steady will be spinning a collection of heavy dub sides from the influential New York label Wackies. Tonight's show will also feature a very #rare interview between Selector B and Wackies boss Lloyd Barnes! Tune in from 10pm to midnight!

This Sunday from 11-1pm, Orange County Special will explore the legacy and influence of country guitarist Chet Atkins. Atkins' smooth, plucked guitar is a real treat, and as a producer at RCA, Atkins molded the sounds of Country and Nashville giants like Norma Jean, Eddy Arnold, and Waylon Jennings. Atkins was a true pioneer and a prolific artists whose songs never fail to delight, surprise, and astonish!

Hell or High Water, 1-2pm on Sunday, will feature a collection of late 1920s and early 1930s recordings of string bands from the Ashe County, NC area. Music will be selected from UNC’s own Southern Folklife Collection. Tune in to hear Frank Belvins & his Tar Heel Rattlers, Ephraim Woodie & the Henpecked Husbands, Grayson & Whitter, and much more!

Broken Music, Sunday from 2-3pm, will feature excerpts from a new tape set from the prolific British electronics experimenter, composer and linguist Simon Wickham Smith. A Hidden Life and Other Works centers around Wickham Smith's recent translation of the biography of the Sixth Dalai Llama to which he adds electronics, percussion, samples and vocal snippets from, among others, the late Robert Ashley. Though Wickham Smith has been involved in the British avant-grade scene for a few decades, including works with Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell and Matthew Bower, A Hidden Life represents a refreshing new challenge for his talents.

Later on Sunday, from 8-9pm, the Backyard BBQ will keep things simple and sweet: tune in to hear one hour of music from awesome local artists. Don't miss out!

On Sports Rap, 9-10p this Sunday, we’ll be discussing the first few games of the NBA Conference Finals and looking forward to the NBA Finals. Other topics will include the Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and being Steph Curry with the shot.
And this week's Thursday Night Feature, airing Thursday from 9pm-midnight, is entitled Hear This: Sound Art. It will be hosted by the students of Hong-An Truong's summer sound art class (the first of it's kind at UNC!). The show will explore the concept of deep listening and investigate the ways in which sound as art shapes our experiences of both space and time. It will feature works by artists ranging from John Cage, Steve Reich, and Alvin Lucier to contemporary works by artists and collectives like Francisco Lopez and Ultra-red. The show will also feature short audio pieces composed by sound art students, and a conversation with Hong-An Truong, who was introduced to the concept of sound art through her own work as a video artist.

This Week on WXYC
Friday, May 15, 2015

How is everybody? I'm doing well. This is my first time writing one of these, so go easy on me...
We've got some sick programming coming up this week on WXYC. It's got me so pumped that I feel the need to tell y'all about it!
Tonight on Inside Track, we'll be hearing the album Aksak by Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Mertin. Liebezeit, founding member/drummer from Can, pairs up with multi-percussionist Mertin to explore aksak, a Turkish folk music rhythmic system based on irregular musical meters and patterns. Featuring countless different percussion instruments, from spoons and bowls to bongos, tambourines, hand cymbals and so so so many more, the release is a pretty sick rhythmic exploration. Tune in at 9pm!
After that, on tonight's New Science Experience, local DJ veteran ONE DURAN will be gracing the decks for two hours of choice dance selections. Check it out from 10pm to midnight!
On Hell or High Water, Sunday from 1-2pm, DJ Jonathan G will present a selection of music from UNC's own Southern Folklife Collection housed in Wilson Library.
This Sunday from 2-3pm, join Broken Music to explore the work of American new age composer Craig Krupka. Krupka crafted his serene pieces as "music for relaxation", intending them for use in meditation, yoga, and generally quiet times. Over several albums, he crafted a catalog of spacious and imaginative arrangements, using a number of keyboard instruments, trombones, and digital effects.
And don't forget the Backyard BBQ from 8-9pm this Sunday! DJ Mucho Mango will be spinning an hour of some local tunes that you won't want to miss.
Happy weekend!