Tonight on the Thursday Night Feature on WXYC: Get into the lotus position and center in on three hours of FM3 and the Buddha Machine, the duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian who combine electronica and Chinese classical into meditative loops that can be shaped and layered second by second into personal soundtracks to coalesce with your state of mind. Hosted by Jake Bromberg, 9 pm to midnight.
Tune in to tonight's Thursday Night Feature on WXYC.org for some deep listening with Buddha Machines.
Buddha Machines are the product of Chinese music duo FM3. The Machines are simple electronic boxes roughly the size of a cigarette pack, each holding about ten loops that play indefinitely. In an age of MP3 abundance, people often call Buddha Machines the anti-iPod.
Buddha Machines themselves are inspired from "singing Buddha machines," similar devices often found in Buddhist monasteries that play back the repetitive chants of monks. FM3 hijacks these hypnotic devices with sounds of their own.
Tonight on The Backyard Barbecue: a few tracks off the new Organos (Durham, NC experimental-folk-indie pop) record, Concha. 8 to 9 PM. Mute your TV volume so you can watch yer sports AND listen to good music.
Tune in at 5pm for new episode of Fusion Youth Radio, our show produced by youth in the surrounding Chapel Hill and Carrboro community. This week's episode is their take on Black History Month. If you have any questions or comments during the show feel free to tweet at @FYR893 ♥
Tune in to the first installment of a new series on Hell or High Water: We've unearthed some old broadcasts (from the Southern Folklife Collection) of the "Merry-Go-Round" radio show on WPAQ-Mount Airy, and we'll be airing them the 1st Sunday of every month this spring. Today's show features rowdy bluegrass from Delmar Starling & the Carolina Buddies. Here's a preview: http://soundcloud.com/jamesfinnegan/sets/hell-or-high-water/
Tonight on the Thursday Night Feature on WXYC: It's the season for drum-roll drama of award shows and yes, we have our very own. Each year Pat J. takes on the much appreciated and mathematically rigorous task of compiling our best-of. Having prodding his fellow DJs to submit lists of their favorite releases from the previous year, he then uses a proprietary algorithm and some magic spit to prepares a master list and secrets the number one album with security appropriate for Egyptian relics. Tune in 9 pm to midnight tonight as he hits the airwaves along with representatives of WXYC's music department to spin the winners and countdown to the midnight revelation of 2011's best. On 89.3, Chapel Hill.
On tonight's Thursday Night Feature on WXYC, Tim Carless brings us the life and music of Harry Nilsson, singer-songwriter and night-shift banker. So put de lime in de coconut and tune in nine to midnight, cowboy.