Brian Eno has been exploring for a year the currently viral . This longish thread is his curation of the "global jukebox"-- as @kevin2kelly described it in an email to Eno. How Eno responded is below...
Brian Eno:


I think I wrote to you about this app nearly a year ago! And if I didn’t I certainly meant to. It’s been an absolute saviour to me out in the countryside here, and I’ve discovered new worlds of music through it.
One of my all time favourite stations is CHEBOKSARY, which broadcasts from central Russia. It is nothing but wall-to-wall Orthodox chants - no speaking, no ads, just music, 24/7. The stylistic range of Orthodox chanting is astonishing, and the grandeur and poignancy of this...
music seems somehow perfectly in tune with the steppe-like landscape I’m in.

In more local (to you) vein is an American Orthodox station called ANCIENT FAITH MUSIC some of which has a haunting, raw primitivity. They sing in very unusual scales.
Another station I love is ALEFAMUSIC from Antisiranana in Northern Madagascar. This is a pop station, but only Malagaysian pop, which is more rhythmically complex and overlaid and full of life than any other pop music I’ve ever heard. It’s a total ear-opener.
I discovered it last March and got all my friends here hooked on it: now we delight in finding the most bizarre and obscure stations for each other.

There’s Paranormal King Radio from Quebec, where people discuss (interminably) their alien abductions and various unlikely...
animals they’ve seen in swamps.

There’s Disruptarian from Hawaii, which plays only 1970’s reggae and dub. Nothing else. Ever.

There’s Bongo Radio - Zilipendwa which plays East-African pop from the 60’s to 80’s…such sunny, open, dancy music.
There’s Audio Noir Radio which plays 1940’s and 1950’s Philip Marlow radio thrillers - with dramatic organ music, and the original ads of the time - mostly for cigarettes.
There’s Bongo Radio - Zilipendwa which plays East-African pop from the 60’s to 80’s…such sunny, open, dancy music

Then Brokenbeats from Odessa, Ukraine - an UNbroken feast of EDM, nearly all at about 150 bpm. It’s like listening to very strong coffee.
ChristFM comes from Uganda and occasionally features incredibly violent exorcisms.

Lovers of North African music flock to El Mandara from Tunisia.
oh..i could go on and on

But not without mentioning Eruption Radio from London…even faster than Brokenbeats, closer to amphetamines than coffee


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