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    wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 234: Radio Active Satellites Maandag, 4 oktober 2003 (17.00 to
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      wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam

      Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 234: Radio Active Satellites

      Maandag, 4 oktober 2003 (17.00 to 19.00)
      SIMUL-streaming <http://freeteam.nl/patapoe/>


      A Walk Through the City > Hildegard Westerkamp [1]
      Perfect World > Kochu [2]
      While Playing Chess With the Former Artist 4 > Marc Sloan [3]
      Lore & Disorder > Sykes [4]
      24 Stunden > Rocket / Freudental [5]
      Hurricane > PFFR [6]
      Dogbite > Black Sifichi vs Black Dog vs les Mescalitos [7]
      Egnekn's Fridge / Bath Drain > Gen Ken Montgomery [8]
      The Snow > Jeff Roden [9]
      + New York > Jose Padua [10]
      Floor of the Forest > Jeff Roden [9]
      East Meets West > John Fahey [11]
      From Morning Night to Real Morning > Voices of the Rain Forest [12]
      Wien West Bahnhof > Gabriele Proy [12a]
      Track One [untitled] > Korai Öröm [13]
      In Danger > Marc Farre [14]
      Response > Magic Carpathians Project [15]
      + Bhouto > Eddie Woods [16]
      War Porn > Paniculture [17]
      La Java des Bombes Atomiques > Boris Vian [18]
      War Laws > Roberto Valenza [19]
      Vertical Fracture [exc] > Dr. Dr. Jazz [20]
      + Witchcraft > Frank Sinatra [21]
      An Irish Airman Foresees His Death > W.B. Yeats vs Shane McGowan [22]
      Politics > W.B. Yeats vs Karl Wallinger [22]
      Waiting for a Train > Jimmie Rodgers [23]
      Don't Worry About Rupture > Septimania [24]
      Rain > Paniculture [17]
      + Telephone Door > Richard Brautigan [25]
      + Trout Fishing in America [exc] > Richard Brautigan [25]
      Sutton How? > Septimania [24]
      Oil War > Chris Burke [26]
      First Strike > Fist of Facts [27]
      Cirolini > Black Faction [27a]
      The Nun - or the Whore > Solomonoff & Von Hoffmanstahl [28]
      You Fuckin' Cunt > Derek & Clive [29]
      Britches > Elvis Presley [30]
      Here Come the Cool Jerks > Septimania [24]
      Warm [Leatherette] > Glomag [2]
      Moelijke Bijeenkomst > Grand Mal [31]


      The Cost of Free Radio in the Netherlands

      First the BAD news: It looks like the government minister who rules
      on issues regarding radio has decided NOT to create a third way
      [non-commercial, non-public, unsponsored] for radio stations and has
      basically closed the door on the possibility of some crumbs thrown
      the way of alternative culture. This includes the likes of PTP, 100,
      Vrije Keyser, Tonka, Koekoeroe and others and also the thousands of
      other Dutch pirates [basically private residence amateur broadcasters
      who often play their fave oldies]. The second phase of selling off
      the airwaves will be finished by January 2004 and it will then be
      clear how much and where empty airspace remains to squat. The risk of
      going on the air as a declared organisation [with logo, structure,
      etc.] is that the org and its members can now be heavily fined for
      breaking the law and that has certainly scared off some radio
      enthusiasts from coming back.

      The GOOD news: There is some soft [not all that outspoken] support
      for independent/free radio among all the parties especially
      Green-Left [Groen-Links], the Socialist Party, and even some of the
      more moderate left parties like the PVDA. Even the ruling CDA
      [Christian Democrats - doubly wrongly named!] who like it that there
      are Christian pirates who get out the message. The rumor is that
      Vrije Keyser, knocked out by the fact that a legal station had
      gobbled up its frequency, has all the intentions of coming back
      bigger, badder, louder than ever at a new unused frequency. Another
      rumor is that despite the sales gap, holes, swaths of unused
      bandwidth will remain where the likes of Radio 100 & VK will again be
      tolerated. Another rumor has it that the mayor of Amsterdam is all
      for tolerating the 3 major free radio stations. These are rumors and
      even if true there are no legal guarantees that something bad
      couldn't happen.

      Any Corrections, elaborations, comments or advice offerings are
      welcome. In October I sent out a package including the 50+
      international letters, some articles, and my intro letter to about 10
      political entitities and a few media outlets. Thus far I have only
      heard back from two: one politician thanked me for sending the
      package - nothing concrete - and one public radio producer sent me
      the documentary he did for public radio on pirate & free radio so
      that I could rebroadcast itŠ Below you will find explanations of why
      the cuts are connected to certain letter writers and excerpts from
      the various letters. They are impassioned, indignant and in my view
      fairly convincing letters especially the letters coming from the US
      where the government is farther along toward dismantling interesting
      radio and privatising the airwaves. The full package of letters will
      soon appear on the new & very improved Radio Patapoe site. [see below]


      [1] "Transformations" on Empreintes Digitales. Great CD dedicated to
      finding the honing characteristics of sound that will tell us more
      about ourselves and our surroundings. This represents Canadian
      Professor, Ellen Waterman, through whom I met Westerkamp at a
      conference dedicated to sound geography that I attended outside
      Toronto. Waterman writes "By suppressing Free Radio, you are
      undermining your country's admirable reputation for artistic
      innovation, plurality of expression and cutting-edge aesthetics. How
      sad to see you following the impoverished model of radio that obtains
      in North America! Undermining Free Radio will have a deleterious
      affect on the expression and dissemmination of meaningful artistic
      creation - one that goes far beyond the physical boundaries of the

      [2] "Kochu" Kochu <kochu@...> is NY Musician, Glomag
      sound-collagist, & Producer, Chris Burke who writes "It is a grave
      error to reserve the airwaves for only the biggest, most commercially
      and mainstream oriented stations. Stations like Radio Patapoe and
      Radio 100 are essential the the working of a vibrant democracy like
      your own. In America we have a much more dire situation with most
      media in the hands of fewer and fewer large corporations that have
      stifled independent voices and challenging music and ideas on the
      air. We are working hard to change that here, but in the meantime
      please do not repeat the mistake. Remember the importance of the
      marketplace of ideasŠ."

      [3] "While Playing Chess With the Former Artist" Gawk is NY
      Avant-Garde Musician and Bassist, Marc Sloan <www.marcsloan.net>, who
      writes "As a composer as far away from you as New York City, in a
      land that commodifies life and a corporate government that wages war
      on those who do not, Š ClearCom owns most of the major radio
      stations. If you persist on the implementation of the Dutch National
      Radio Frequency Policy your radio stations will be owned by the
      'ClearCom' agenda within 5 years Š. In the USA you have to listen to
      Elton John and Phil Collin's Genesis. Music that was made 30-40 years
      ago, fourth reich national anthems played over and over again in the
      public streets, in restaurants, elevators and on MOST of the radio
      stations in just TOO MANY countries. The Dutch National Radio
      Frequency Policy will make the most commercially and mainstream
      oriented stations the only stations able to exploit the remaining
      Dutch frequenciesŠ."

      [4] "I Witness" on Iris Light <www.irislight.co.uk>. Sykes is British
      Music Producer and Musician, Adam Sykes who writes "Radio Stations
      like Radio 100 are the life blood of small independent labels like
      myself in The Netherlands, without these forward thinking individuals
      running such programs and stations then our music, and labels like
      us, would not be heardŠ. [They offer] a solid foundation in
      experimental music and audio art. For this reason alone it is
      imperative that they are allowed to survive in the state they exist
      at present. Without them the very basis for experiment in music is
      lost to the populace, and the international community loses one of
      it's greatest allies in transmitting these experiments."

      [5] "15 Neue Songs" on Bobrocket <bobrocket@...>. German
      Musician/Artist, Robert Steng, is one-half of Rocket. He writes "I
      want to express that a loss of the Dutch free radio culture will also
      mean a loss for a lot of people outside of the Netherlands. Please do
      everything to keep free radios alive!"

      [6] "United We Doth" on Birdman <www.birdman.com> Crazed culture
      crunching post-punky rap and effects. President of Birdman Recording
      Group, David Katznelson, writes "During my career I have signed bands
      like The Flaming Lips, Mudhoney, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The
      Boredoms, The Warlocks, The Texas Tornados, Otha Turner and more. I
      currently work with six different independent music labels and
      represent musicians in the field of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical,
      Noise, Country, Tejano, Calypso, Pop and Electronic. Music is my
      life, a life that started at KUSF, a college radio/independent
      station in San Francisco in 1985. From my radio beginnings, I learned
      that the airways are where most people in the world hear the music
      they love and the music that makes them think. Radio is a source of
      learning, of enjoyment, of life-enrichment. With Clear Channel doing
      its best to destroy free radio in my country, college radio stations
      and international free radio stations (that can be listened to over
      the internet) are becoming more and more important in the
      dissemination of new, cutting edge sounds and sound ideas. Free
      radio is the only outlet that many composers and musicians can have
      their creations heard and appreciated."

      [7] "Unsavoury Products" on Hydrogen Dukebox
      <http://www.unsavouryproducts.com> from Paris-based Scotsman and
      Artist, Writer, DJ, Black Sifichi, who writes "Free radio in the
      Netherlands has always been a beacon for other free radio stations
      world-wide and is a necessity for diffusing modern culture,
      philosophy, politics, music is the most democratic mannerŠ. The
      reason shows like "Wreck This Mess" (Radio 100 / Radio Patapoe in
      Amsterdam) and other programs on free form radio stations are of
      better quality is the lack of pressure from outside sources such as
      publicity / marketing or a single-minded editorial direction. Free
      form radio exists because of the love and desire to keep radio alive
      and breaks away from the classic hierarchy, which is behind most
      other media structures. Recently I finished an album with the
      legendary group The Black Dog entitled "Unsavoury Products" which
      came out on Hydrogen Dukebox records. This music was made from a
      purely artistic desire, as an hommage to William S. Burroughs and was
      able to get considerable airplay in the Netherlands because of the
      existence of free form radio. If it wasn't for this kind of platform
      - so many facets of musical and written culture are going to continue
      to disappear.

      [8] "Pondfloorsample" on XI <www.xirecords.org>. NY Sound Artist, Gen
      Ken Montgomery <www.generatorsoundart.org>, writes "As an artist and
      a producer of artistic music since 1981 I have witnessed Free Radio
      Stations becoming fewer and fewer here in the U.S. The Netherlands
      have a reputation for supporting art, culture and radio programming
      that is original and diverse through Free Radio. I was first
      introduced to the composer and artist who creatively inspired me by
      listening to Independent Free Form Radio Stations. Please continue to
      support this artform."

      [9] "The Floor of the Forest" on Big Tree. Leo Kottke joins the
      Durutti Column. Independent Artist-Musician, Jeff Groden, writes "Is
      it not enough that the world's ears are savaged without the
      possibility of any respite from the clamor and crap of commercial
      radio. The artists who release music for the love of it and the joy
      that it brings their audiences need and deserve the forum of free
      radio and radio which is not under the domination and suppression of
      the mass media. Leave us our place to work and contribute in our own
      small way. Leave these stations alone and find another way to wring
      the last bit of life out of our world."

      [10] "My Tongue is a Red Carpet I Only Roll Out For You" on Alibi.
      Washington DC Writer & Journalist Jose Padua is the only good thing
      on this CD of spoken word stand ups. Slam Poetry, yeah, right. Padua
      combines the best of Frank O'Hara, Bukowski, Celine and Bob Newhart.
      He writes "Being based here in the Washington D.C. area, I have been
      envious of the numerous means by which artists on the other side of
      the Atlantic may present their work. One means in particular, is
      radio. Here in Washington, the last truly independent and adventurous
      radio station, WGTB, was removed from the airwaves some twenty or so
      years ago. WGTB presented jazz, rock, classical music, poetry, comedy
      and more in a format that was completely unhindered by commercial
      considerations. It was that rare instance (in America, at any rate)
      where art came before commerce. Naturally, such a radio station could
      never survive here. It is with sadness that I must note that the
      Netherlands may be catching up to America in this regardŠ. In
      acknowledging only two forms of radio (public and commercial) and in
      effect eliminating the FREE, so-called "illegal" stations, listeners
      in the Netherlands (and listeners like me overseas) will be left with
      the choice between the idiotic words and music of commercial radio,
      and the insipidly pretentious blatherings of public radio. (In case
      you're not aware of it, America's National Public Radio, with just a
      few exceptions, is a dreadfully bland, horribly dull, and
      artistically inconsequential affair.) Is this what the government of
      the Netherlands wants? To be more like America?"

      [11] "Hitomi" by John Fahey on LivHouse Records, 2000. Former Music
      Label Owner & IT Businessman, Danny Letham explains: "It came about
      through a mixture of a wish to bring good alt music in multiple
      genres to the world, concern for the well being of a long-standing
      role model, and - I must confess - an opportunist attempt to get
      myself a second career. Having done quite well as an IT man out of
      the Y2K scene I saw this as an opportunity to move on while "putting
      something back", kind-of repaying a debt of honour to a man who had
      proved one of the most formative influences on my view of life."
      Letham also wrote, "Throughout my 49 years I have been inspired by
      the pioneering spirit of the independent sector in recorded music Š
      as a "conventional" businessman myself (now in the I.T. world) my own
      ability to think creatively and operate competitively has been
      stimulated as much by the "indie" ethos as by any formal training,
      probably more so. I am sure I am not alone in this. You must know
      from the lessons of recent history how fragile our freedoms are in
      Europe today, at any rate if those politicians who exhort us to
      defend them are to be believed! Therefore I cannot understand why the
      Government of the Netherlands (a nation not free itself less than 60
      years ago) can contemplate stifling a vital organ of such a
      stimulating part of our "multi-cultural" world by proscribing the
      "Free Radio" stations, because they are neither public (ie the
      instrument of government) nor commercial (i.e., the instrument of the
      often too-oppressive faceless corporations). To my mind it is the
      same in principle as the Scottish Highland Clearances of which my own
      government became ashamed, and the land acquisitions from natives in
      Africa, America, and other parts of the world. Magnification? I think
      not. It is the same as the threat to the way of life of everyone to
      runs or works for a small business that plays a part in keeping their
      community alive. Why does the Dutch government want to spoil its
      record of open-minded liberalism by destroying this fine network and
      handing its territory over to Big Business, in effect for a payment
      of wampum?"

      [12] "Voices of the Rain Forest" on Ryko. Panua New Guinea is as
      close to East Timor I get. East Timor Radio Station DJ, Chesara
      Guererra writes "Here in East Timor several community radio stations
      have organised themselves within the ARKTIL, Association of Community
      Radio Timor Lorosae, to stand strong together and protect our right
      for free radio broadcast and free media in general. The right of free
      media is subscribed by the International Convention in Geneva. Your
      country signed this Convention. We are shocked to hear what is
      happening in the Netherlands with the new rules on frequencies. Can
      only rich and commercial radio stations in your country broadcast
      their voice under this new regulation? How about the non-profit and
      low-budget radio stations? Do they have no right of speech? Here in
      East Timor, we fought 24 years for our independence and our rights of
      self-determination to become a country with all the freedom that the
      word democracy contains. More than 200,000 people died for this.
      Today, we organise ourselves not only to create free media, but also
      to protect free media. As free media is a guarantee for transparency,
      peace and democracy in its true meaning. Must we conclude that the
      Dutch government has given up on equal rights for all? Must we
      conclude that the Dutch government has given up on democracy?"

      [12a] "Austria" on GB, 1999, a sensory lunge through various
      neglected Viennese ambiences. Vienna composer, sound artist,
      professor, Gabriele Proy wrote "I support the Dutch Free Radio
      Stations in their protest against Dutch National Radio Frequency
      Policy which currently threatens the very existence of Free Radio in
      the Netherlands."

      [13] "New Music from Central & Eastern Europe" on Tamizdat
      <http://www.tamizdat.org>, an Eastern European Music Label, NY /
      Prague. Heather Mount and Matthew Covey write "For over four years
      now, we have been dedicated listeners and supporters of Radio 100 and
      Radio Patapoe in the Netherlands. These particular independent radio
      stations are rare and unique bastions of international cultural
      understanding which promote global voices and which celebrate the
      learning that comes from the exchange of music. These independent
      stations give voice to music of the world that is often overlooked by
      either commercial or public radio stations, and are driven by
      dedicated musical historians whose passion it is to create unique
      opportunities for listeners Š The influence of Radio 100 and Radio
      Patapoe reaches far and wide across the globe. Š To disallow Radio
      100 and Radio Patapoe to continue to serve the interests of people
      like me from around the world, is to do a disservice to all people
      who appreciate the art of music and who enjoy the opportunity to hear
      and learn about unique global soundsŠ"

      [14] "Man on the Sun" on All Weather. NY Musician & Manager of John
      Cage & Merce Cunningham, Marc Farre writes "I have spent my entire
      career working in areas of culture that many consider "fringe" but
      which, in time, have been universally revealed to be visionary and
      even profoundly influential (as indeed Cage and Cunningham have
      become). Š Sadly, it has now come to my attention that the Dutch
      government's new Zerobase Radio Frequency Policy runs the risk in
      effect of forcibly homogenizing the Netherlands radio spectrum, of
      making it more rigid and formulaic - as it already is here in the
      USA. As an American who has little recourse to such cultural
      offerings in my own country, I implore you, do not let this happen!
      Please, instead, cherish and protect this extraordinary and unique
      resource of non-commercial, non-public free radio you have in the
      Netherlands right now..."

      [15] "Water Dreams" by The Magic Carpathians Project on Fly Music
      <www.karpatymagiczne.vivo.pl> is that rare thing, a hot and natural
      weld between world, trance and electronic music without feeling
      force. World Musicians, Anna Nacher & Marek Styczynski write "With
      growing anxiety and pain we've been watching to what extent the space
      for independent radio stations has diminished in the countries of
      Central and Eastern Europe, due to rampant commercialisation of
      broadcasting. It is our only hope that radio stations like Radio 100,
      Radio Patapoe or Radio Vrije still exist and broadcast in European
      Union (which we're about to join), often bringing to European
      audience the independent music created in Eastern and Central Europe
      which otherwise would be still somewhat obscure to the average
      listener from Western Europe. From our perspective this is the space
      for the civic education through music and the art of freeform radio
      that shall not be forget and / or mindlessly left behind."

      [16] "Ins & Outs Benefit Reading at the Grand Piano, San Francisco,
      1980". Personal cassette of neglected live gem includes Peter
      Pussydog, Woods, Jack Hirschman, Kush, Walter Q. Foxx and other near
      legendsŠ Poet, Writer, Editor, Living in the UK, Edward Woods was
      that rare person in Amsterdam or anywhere for that matter. He for
      over 20 years brought together a wild array of international writers
      and artists here in Amsterdam through his ground- and rule-breaking
      agit-lit journal Ins & Outs. He recently sent off his literary
      archive to Stanford where they saw the value of his contribution
      [thus far] to a blind corner of literature, the scene in the San
      Francisco of Europe. Woods writes "The very notion that a country
      which has long been a haven for free expression in all its forms
      would suddenly restrict her airwaves to be exclusively used by
      mainstream public + commercial broadcasting is an unthinkable
      travesty. Indeed, this is tantamount to selling off part of a
      nation's very soul."

      [17] "Black / White CD" on Paniculture. Experimental
      Musician-Composer-Editor, Scott Marshall
      <www.subliminal.org/paniculture>, writes "Here in America, artists of
      all disciplines generally languish and endure the cruel vicissitudes
      of the hyper-capitalist cultural marketplace. If you are a cultural
      producer, but not among the 1/2 of 1 percent of artists and musicians
      that support themselves with their work, you generally have to
      struggle endlessly to have your work heard/seen. The Federal
      Communications Commission exists solely to ensure that
      radio/television distribution opportunities are available only to an
      ever-dwindling number of big-money media conglomerates. Across the
      country, the AM radio bandwidth has been almost completely taken over
      by the reactionary ultra-right, broadcasting a steady barrage of
      gutter neofascist political spew. The FM band has also increasingly
      come under corporate/governmental pressure, leaving only low-power
      college radio stations to provide any "alternative" or non-commercial
      programming (though they often operate under the scrutiny and control
      of University Regents and Boards). As a result, my colleagues and I
      have always looked with great appreciation upon the modern Dutch
      model of cultural support and tolerance (not to mention
      state-provided health-care!). It would be a great tragedy in this
      otherwise exemplar history if Dutch Free Radio is squeezed out of
      existence. ..."

      [18] "Boris Vian et ses Interprètes" on Polygram. Los Angeles Book
      Publisher of Tam Tam Books <www.tamtambooks.com> & Editor, Tosh
      Berman has done a great service to American readers by having great
      French novels by the likes of Vian, Debord, and Gainsbourg translated
      and published there. For many it is their first chance to read some
      of these incredible author/artist/singers. Berman writes "The very
      intimate nature of radio should be honored - and the best way to
      allow that is to allow free programming and free radio to go on.
      Let's not give the public less choices - but open up the airways to
      allow what is wonderful out there in our culture and elsewhere."

      [19] "Musical Secretions" on Primordial Marrow. Florida Spoken Word
      Recording Artist, Roberto Valenza, is the kind of poet who sets the
      words on fire as he's reading them. Jazzy, noisy, rambunctious and
      elegant. He writes "Independent radio is the inner circle of freedom
      in this world, where music and voices beyond the money and power
      people who only use the world and have no idea or thoughts about
      caring for it. in america and europe free radio is the voice the only
      voice without millionaires and government cancer telling what can be
      heard or with the church what can be believed. to weaken the power of
      independent radio is one more voice not heard. please consider what
      is being lost. people need something outside of the commercial stupid
      painful violent garbage only sent out by old ways of seeing and
      believing. i sincerely hope that this station stays on the air..."

      [20] "Dental Machine Music" on Mental Caries. Imagine Lou Reed
      filling your cavities in a dentist office where the muzak is warped
      Hawaiian ukele music played from inside a giant fishbowl. Michigan
      Musician, Dr. Dr. Jazz, D.D.S. writes "Living in the United States,
      where the corporate takeover of the airwaves is not only ongoing but
      escalating, I cannot urge enough that airspace allotment be made for
      enterprises such as Radio Patapoe. There is a great need for the true
      alternative category to have exposure via the radio. Amsterdam has
      been a cherished beacon of many freedoms. Do not forsake this in lieu
      of capitalistic greed. The airwaves belong to the people, not the
      highest bidder."

      [21] "40 Golden Hits" on Arcade. Me and Eddie Woods have often
      brought out the heavy adjectival artillery to help convince one
      another of the relative [un and over] worth of Sinatra. I find him
      terribly overrated whose reputation almost "required" you to like
      him. I dunno. EW has basically thrown in his lot with FS. Taste or
      its lack is what is easily forgiven among friends. I recently turned
      EW onto the interestingly undervalued Johnny Hartman. It's not that I
      hate FS, it's that I hate that too much fame basically works like a
      black star, sucking up all value, all attention that could perhaps be
      more equitably distributed among the talentedŠ Fandom has its own
      lockstep toward fanaticism. My sense of rooting for the underdog and
      an even stronger sense of iconoclasm guide my decisions in these
      matters as much as aesthetics.

      [22] "W.B. Yeats Tribute" with among others Yeats himself grumpily
      agreeing to read "Innisfree" plus Richard Harris[!], the Waterboys,
      the CranberriesŠ NY-based Irish Businessman, John Mehigan, writes "I
      am an Irishman living in NYC as a naturalised citizen, yet feel
      European to my core so this came as both a severe shock &
      disappointment to me. I have been an avid listener to Wreck This Mess
      for over a decade on my many trips to Holland, both business &
      pleasure. I also have a friend there tapes copies of particular shows
      for me. There are no radio stations and/or shows to compare to those
      on Dutch free radio. Be proud of them, don't destroy them for the
      sake of soiled, filthy corporate lucre. The USA prides itself on
      being the 'Land of the Free'. I couldn't agree less, however I always
      believed it would be an apt name for Holland. The above action is
      really a crushing blow to what makes Holland such a great place, with
      it's reputation for so many freedoms. Please do not become like Uncle
      Sam and live a lie. Give the airwaves back to the people, not to the
      corporations. The airwaves are not yours to give anyway."

      [23] "The Very Best of Jimmie Rodgers" on BMG. The Blindpainters Art
      Foundation once heard and then subsequently used my radio program
      devoted to trains as a good portion of a soundtrack for their
      documentary on the Art Train, which passed through much of Europe and
      even more red tape in the period between 20th & 21st century, their
      Amsterdam rep, Carol Poyé, writes "As Blindpainters Art Foundation we
      travel the world and were always happy to come home to our Amsterdam
      base with the best radio station of the world = Radio 100. The music,
      the News, the agenda of what's going on in Amsterdam Underground, the
      voices of friends, we listened to it 24 hours a day and it was never
      boring. Š Commercial radio stations sucks we don't want to listen to
      them. We want free radio, we need free radio."

      [24] "Welcome to Septimania" on Commodify This. The Chimpmunks
      accompany André Kostelanetz in a mall concert at noon, high on smart
      drugs. Independent Post-Pop Musician, Jonathan Thomas writes "I am
      writing on behalf of Dutch Free Radio, insofar as it is a cultural
      institution relevant to listeners worldwide, and important to me as a
      musician/writer/aficionado of vital and noncommercial music. If the
      Dutch government has any meaningful interest in a "free" market, then
      it must acknowledge that attempts to pigeonhole all broadcasting into
      "public" and "commercial" categories amount to censorship of
      independent thinking and expression (and not just in terms of "arts"
      reportage: during the recent war in Iraq, a major source of
      non-sanitized, balanced information for me was Free Radio). Š Free
      Radio has flourished in the Netherlands for 25 years, and has proved
      its importance there and in the wider world. In such difficult times
      as small and noncommercial US broadcasters are now facing (due to FCC
      deregulation in favor of large-scale corporate interests), it is
      lamentable that those looking to more "progressive" European models
      for inspiration and encouragement should find the situation as bad or
      worse for their overseas counterparts who believe in radio as a labor
      of love and as a vehicle of expression available to a broader
      constituency than profit-oriented lobbies."

      [25] "Listening to Richard Brautigan" 1969 recordings on a
      cassette-gift from Carol Wierzbicki. There is something so
      affectingly simple about Brautigan and it instantly takes me back to
      my senior year in hi schoolŠ Poet Carol Wierzbicki writes "I am a New
      York-based writer and I receive Bart's Wreck This Mess Playlist every
      week. Although I can't get the show, I read his playlists because I
      want to know what is happening with music that's new and interesting.
      It is nearly impossible to hear original programming in New York,
      where all the major stations are driven by advertising dollars. The
      smaller, more innovative stations have such weak signals and are
      therefore it is difficult to hear their shows. I hope you will decide
      to keep the Dutch Free Radio Stations going. Otherwise, you may be
      creating the same situation as we have here in New York: I hardly
      ever listen to the radio now except for news."

      [26] "Oil War" on Arrest Records, 1991. Great détournement efforts
      from the golden era of sampling as guerrilla activity. [see also #2]

      [27] Emerging out of the great band, Liquid Liquid, in a great "eara"
      that spawned some of the greatest fusions of black funk and white
      punk [Tom Tom Club, Konk, James Chance, Lizzy Mercier etc.] the
      mid-1980s, all now being rereleased and appreciated often for the
      first time. Music Journalist, Radio Producer, and bassist in FoF,
      Dave Mandl, wrties "I am a music journalist and radio producer based
      in New York City. I'm writing to express my concern about the threat
      posed to free radio by the increased privatization of radio
      frequencies in the Netherlands. I listen regularly to several Dutch
      free stations (in particular Radio 100 and Radio Patapoe) over the
      internet, and I know many other journalists and artists in New York
      who do as well. Even with the growth of webcasting worldwide, radio
      stations that broadcast a diverse selection of music and cultural
      affairs programming free of the restrictions of the marketplace are
      very hard to find. Radio 100 and Radio Patapoe allow all kinds of
      "unpopular" or powerless voices--minority ethnic groups, little-known
      musicians and composers - to be heard, a quality that is highly
      prized by the stations' listeners. The Netherlands has always been a
      place where this kind of radio programming has been allowed to
      thrive, or even actively encouraged. It would be a disaster to lose
      these highly regarded and irreplaceable radio voices.

      [27a] "The Seven Sages of Mesopotamia" on Htz
      <http://www.htz-records.com> was one of my favorite records of 2002,
      great dense ambient dub that sits upon our shoulders like a
      mysteriously colored cloud of suspect chemistry. Paris Music Producer
      at Htz, DJ, music journalist, Laurent Diouf took over the Paris
      reigns of WTM when I left in 1991. He writes "It has come to my
      attention that there is a risk that the situation of 'Free Form
      Radio' in the Netherlands is under threat of a drastic change. This
      is terrible news for the democracy. Free radio in the Netherlands, as
      for other free radio stations world-wide, is a necessity for
      diffusing modern culture, philosophy, politics, musics, arts, etc.
      Please, defend the right and existence of Free Form radio in your

      [28] "In the Mood" on S&V cassettes. Early 1980s. Amazingly avant
      material. Their noise cabaret was always good for much ruffling of
      feathers of not-all-that-hip-after-all NYers. NY No Wave Musician and
      Software Designer, David Solomonoff writes "For thirty years there
      has been a tolerance for "Free Radio," [in the Netherlands]
      unlicensed radio stations broadcasting music and other content not
      heard on the mainstream media. Although technically illegal, these
      stations have a large listenership. The Dutch government's recently
      implemented Zerobase Radio Frequency Policy is designed to control
      and regulate free use of the ether by commercial radio stations. On
      May 23 this year most available space on the Dutch airwaves was
      auctioned off to the highest bidder. Predictably, the highest bidders
      were large, well-capitalized media conglomerates. The ZeroBase Policy
      acknowledges only two kinds of radio: public and commercial. Any
      radio formats that don't fit within either of these categories have
      in effect become criminal organisations. An enforcement program
      called "Project Etherflits", an initiative of the Department of
      Economic Affairs, has since March of this year been pro-actively
      identifying and tracking broadcasters throughout the North and East
      of the country, confiscating studio equipment and imposing large
      fines. Many stations have already been forced off the air. Although
      Free Radio culture in the Netherlands has a long history and remains
      innovative, popular and highly valued as an important cultural and
      political resource, Free Radio is neither public nor commercial.
      Thus, under the Zerobase legislation these stations will never be
      granted a legal broadcasting permit."

      While S&V duo-partner and NY Internet Journalist & Avant-Garde
      Musician, Carola Solomonoff, writes "Though I'm not a resident of the
      Netherlands, I'm familiar with the concept of truly free radio... I
      say truly free, because I do not regard the dichotomized choice
      between public and commercial radio to be a true choice at all. The
      content of both have become totally predictable. They are two
      packages - with sugar in one and salt in the other. Either your teeth
      ache or your lips pucker. It is only in media coming from outside
      these rigid formulas that anything new has a chance to be born. We
      desperately need the new. We are spinning our wheels. Most of what
      flows from both public and commercial sources is an endless rehash of
      what's been coming down the cultural/political pike for roughly 100

      [29] Peter Cook & Dudley Moore perfectly capture some of the insanely
      inventive and sloshed humor I know comes from the gaseous carcass of
      Brad Weiss. He may be one of the 3 funniest people I have ever met.
      He makes neurosis smell like a dozen roses. American Photographer and
      sometime Euro-Disney Cowboy singer, living in France, Bradleigh Weiss

      [30] "Flaming Star" Elvis's casual throw-away yodels on "Britches,"
      were cut from the film version. Elvis here represents American Artist
      living in Japan, Christine Bullard who does great bright effervescent
      puckish artworks that involve the Pope and Elvis Presley. She writes
      "let's keep those stations going. free radio needs to continue, new
      sounds, new ideas need a place to grow. Free radio is the garden in
      which they can grow."

      [31] "Grand Mal" on Unsounds <www.unsounds.com> is a snicker inducing
      CD of some incredible collaging of diverse influences. Bennett brings
      his ambience crunching into the cabaret. British experimental
      musician living in Den Haag, Justin Bennett, writes "One of the
      things that interested me about The Netherlands, looking and
      listening across the water from the UK, was the extent of progressive
      radio culture here. Works of mine (I work with both sound and image)
      had already been broadcast on public radio here even before I
      arrived. Once over here and busy "in te burgeren", it became obvious
      that most of the interesting radio activity had shifted to the sphere
      of free radio. Radio 100 in Amsterdam and Radio Tonka in Den Haag
      opened the door for me to the world of Dutch sound art. Radio Tonka
      in particular was instrumental in setting up an ambitious live radio
      artwork of mine which won official recognition from the Haags
      Gemeentemuseum. Having worked with art centres like De Vleeshal in
      Middelburg, Witte de With in Rotterdam and Lokaal 01 in Breda on
      radio projects, I know how difficult it is for artists to obtain
      permission for even a short-range broadcast licence. Free radio fills
      this gap, offering flexibility, non-commercial programming and
      enthusiastic participation. In contrast, I note the appalling state
      of public and commercial radio in The Netherlands. It takes only a
      few minutes scanning the ether to realise that what the broadcasters
      offer is ten times the same stuff: an incredible redundancy and
      repetition of programming that makes me homesick for the BBC. It is
      typical of this country (maybe Europe in general) that the success of
      a project is measured solely in commercial terms and not in its
      contribution to the social or cultural sphere. Diversity?
      Multiculturalism? forget it. City councils like Amsterdam and Den
      Haag have slowly come to realise that their actions against the
      cultural "vrijplaatsen" and in favour of project developers was
      stunting cultural growth and development. Now some of these "free
      cultural spaces" are being tolerated and even (re)created as
      alternative centres of cultural production. How long will it take
      before the Dutch government realises that their policy of auctioning
      ether frequencies to the highest bidder and pursuing "illegal"
      broadcasters is stunting the development of radio culture in a
      similar way?"

      Thanx to all of the letter writers including the ones I could not include here.

      Radio Patapoe Site as well as radio developments both political and
      otherwise, check out: <freeteam.nl/patapoe/>.
      Also check out the Radio 100 site and add your voice of support there...

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