What you can actually do in ten seconds

A big shout to Gerry Hectic who told us about this compilation when they were originally looking for contributors. This compilation has over 200 10-second tracks and is released by ATTN:Magazine here. What’s great about it is that ALL proceeds from the sale of the set are donated to the charity Cool Earth who work alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change.

There’s ten seconds from a variety of sources including Gerry Hectic, Justin Patrick Moore and Madtone amongst many many others! Cheers to Jack Chuter for including our track!

And my god we need cheering up…

The first in an occasional series by One Deck Pete called “Tunes to Cheer you up” which will feature every now and again on Free Radio Skybird on the shortwave via Channel 292.

Here’s the debut tune to cheer you up with, recorded off an online SDR located in Belgium earlier (here), the audio comes with added fading and noise which weren’t there on the original recording. Enjoy Funk Reverse with In & Out” (DJ Moy’s dub version) on Sound Exhibitions Records. A tune!

The lockdown’s just kicking in…

Woo hoo! It’s bin night!

The refuse men are around again tomorrow morning so the bins had to be put out earlier this evening. In the present lockdown putting your bins out is a big thing, something to really focus on from mid-morning. Tomorrow is recycling, food bin AND domestic rubbish bin day so it’s a triple bonus! Big up all binmen/binwomen everywhere!

Do remember DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird is having a broadcast on Easter Monday 13th April at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz via Channel 292. The programme will feature Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory and One Deck Pete’s “Tunes to cheer you up” alongside other great stuff! It will be a bit of a different Easter this year with that damn virus but it will be Easter all the same. Tune in and be entertained during lockdown.

Bouncing off the ionosphere

Here’s a lovely piece of radio-related graphics which we received the other week thanks to DJ Frederick. It’s a Free Radio Skybird log book designed and produced by the graphic artist NanSea Griggs. It’s an excellent hand-crafted booklet in a folded over card cover which is a collaged, hand stamped, one-off piece which we love here! Have a look at her other work for the cassette label whythetapesplay. Designwise it’s a refreshing breathe of fresh air which makes us shout “Bring back the Prittstick, PVA and the John Bull printing kit to graphic design!”

Just a reminder that Free Radio Skybird will be on the air tomorrow Sunday 29th March at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz via Channel 292. The programme will feature Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory (at 10 mins in) and One Deck Pete’s “Radio fanatics of the world unite” mix (at 25 mins in) and other interesting stuff. If you haven’t got a shortwave radio tune in here and enjoy something “a little way different” as they say.

Next weekend, today


Here’s a sneak preview of DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird to be transmitted on Sunday 29th March at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz via Channel 292. The show will also be rebroadcast on Sunday 5th April at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz.

The programme features Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory (at 25 mins in) and One Deck Pete’s “Radio fanatics of the world unite” mix (at 10 mins in) that features tunes from Nadezha Orlova, Duce Haus and Yemanjo and the Monarch Duo. Don’t touch that (internet) dial!

Tune into the world outside

We may be locked out from the outside world for a short while but don’t worry, that interesting thing called radio will help us through this mad time.

The next episode of DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird will be aired on Sunday 29th March at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz via Channel 292. The show will be rebroadcast on Sunday 5th April at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz also. If you haven’t got a shortwave radio it can also be heard on the SDR link on Channel 292’s site here.

The programme will feature Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory and One Deck Pete presenting the Skybird Mailbag. There’ll also be an airing of Pete’s “Radio fanatics of the world unite” mix that has tunes from Nadezha Orlova, Duce Haus and Yemanjo and the Monarch Duo. Also in the next couple of months Free Radio Skybird will take to the air a little bit more. We will keep you posted!

And further radio help can be obtained from this week’s instalment of This is a music show available below. As usual there’s a mix of excellent music in a cross genre style, image data and a corker of a dub track. Our kind of radio show!

This is a blog post about this is a music show

We’ve just recently discovered on twitter through @StrangeBeacons an excellent shortwave broadcast called This is a music show which is now on our weekly listening rota. It’s put together by someone called “Your host” and originates out of Toronto, Canada and their recent shows are up on their soundcloud page here.

The show contains a real eclectic mix of music from records founds in thrift shops, lesser known international classics, pitched down disco, easy listening, across the board malarkey and some excellent dub! Added to that, there’s shout outs and even images and text broadcast in MFSK64 digital mode too, all in an hour, how do they fit it all in? Tune in, you’ll like it!

We tried on youtube to find one of the tunes played on the latest show Sanchez’s “One in a million dub” but only found the vocal version but these two related tunes turned up. We never knew that about the Eddie Floyd original that inspired the reggae version. Well you learn something new every day!