Beginning this week, the In All Languages department of WKCR will offer three original shows as a part of its standard programming: Morning Profiles from Sunday, 6:00 AM - 8:-00 AM, Field Trip from Sunday, 11:00 PM until Monday, 12:30 AM, and Coordinated Universal Time (The C.U.T.) from Monday, 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM. Taking the place of our former Morning Ragas and In All Languages shows, these three new broadcasts will work in their own ways to complicate and expand the listening experience of "world music." We're excited to announce these changes, keeping in mind that a large part of WKCR's mission is to broadcast what may otherwise be left unheard. Read below for more detailed synopses, and, most importantly, tune in!
Morning Profiles is a show, much like Jazz Profiles, that presents an in-depth look at one or two specific artists in one of many classical traditions (Carnatic, Chinese Traditional Music, Hindustani, Griots, Gagaku, etc). Our DJs conduct thorough research to offer rare recordings alongside acknowledged masterpieces, thus presenting our listeners with a fully-rounded portrait of the musician.
Field Trip is a show founded in 2016 that focus on the music and practice of field recordings. Field recordings have a complex history both in America, think of Alan Lomax’s recordings, and beyond, think of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) collection. A field recording simply is music recorded outside of a studio. In this way, field recordings have been considered as especially authentic and live. However, the reality is, as always, much more complicated. Questions of race, culture, and aesthetics trouble a simple history of field recordings. On Field Trip, this music is our starting point to answering these questions and is brought to our listeners with thought and creativity. Tune in and you may catch field recordings that were recorded fifty years ago, others that were experimented with by your favorite Afternoon New Music artist, or even those documented in New York City by WKCR itself.
Coordinated Universal Time (The C.U.T.)
Coordinated Universal Time brings our listeners the latest music from anywhere in the world, especially highlighting music that does not get attention in America. In doing so, every week C.U.T. breaks down the notion of ‘world music,’ into the real polyphonic, and interconnected diversity of music happening right now. Coordinated Universal Time also features live interviews and live sets, and keeps NYC updated on concerts in the area.