Among my duties on WBAI Radio's hacker talk show Off the Hook is that of curating the musical outros we play at the end of our program. Since I take particular glee in playing tracks which wouldn't normally be heard on FM radio (including - but not limited to - independent stuff, offbeat remixes, hobbyists' tracks, experimental cover songs, mashups, chiptunes, parodies, and especially nerdy things) that means I'm always digging for new stuff to introduce to our listeners.
So, I'm putting out this call; I know I've some musically-talented pals out there. If you have one or more tracks which might be cool for us to consider for use on the show, get in touch! Hacker, tech, and/or activism-focused themes are very cool, but not entirely necessary; I just like playing all sorts of cool stuff which, for whatever reason, needs more ears pointed its way.
- Tracks must be around three and a half minutes long at minimum, optimally around four or five minutes long. Part of the purpose of an outro is to keep our station's airwaves going while our show leaves the studio and the next show's staff (usually our friends at The Personal Computer Show) set up and get ready to start their broadcast; if the track is too short, it won't work for the purpose. If the track is very long, a shorter excerpt may be used. Multiple shorter tracks might be combined into a medley of suitable length.
- Work of all genres, lyrics of all languages, etc. will be considered.
- Tracks must be "radio-safe" in terms of language. As the station which found itself bitten in the famous "Filthy Words" FCC case, WBAI has no desire to pay further overzealous fines into the Federal Swear Jar. I do pro-grade audio production and can censor tracks myself as necessary, though if you've a sweary track you've already made your own "clean" version of that would of course be cool. Swears in languages other than English still count as swears for broadcast purposes.
- By submitting your own work, you acknowledge that if we decide to use it it'll be broadcast on non-commercial FM radio, streamed online, and will forever appear as part of that episode's freely-available MP3 in our own podcast feeds, download archives, torrents, etc. and will probably spread further than that; we've always been supportive of third parties freely mirroring, rebroadcasting, and otherwise republishing our program.
- If we use your submission I'll keep you posted as to when you can expect it to play and, after the show, send you the link to the episode's archive MP3.
You can contact me via email with this form, or directly email rob at this site's domain. Pointers to where I can download your music files are preferable over file attachments.
If you are not yourself a musician, but know of something I should check out and consider, I'd love to hear of that too.