Be prepared, the music on Essential Madness Radio is abrasive, absurd, adventurous, bizarre, crazy, dark, deviant, erroneous, experimental, freaky, hilarious, humorous, independent, inventive, original, otherworldly, quirky, strange, terrifying, weird, wild, and zany.
The overall music style is experimental, that is the avoidance of pre-manufactured formats and an interest in surprises. The overall spirit is D.I.Y., that is when the urge for creative expression meets the devices at hand. Talking of "genres" these would possibly be: post-punk, new/minimal wave, Neue Deutsche Welle, theater/ballet/circus music, soundtrack, collages, sound art, psychedelic, jazz, dub, reggae, hip hop, electro, and punk. Often we are in Germany and/or in the 80's. Thematically it's often about sex, drugs, computers & video games, afrofuturism, (anti-)capitalism, global apocalypse, and personal distress.
The tracks are played in random order, so some juxtapositions will certainly be banal, but occasionally stories come through. Anyways EMR will keep your ears and your brain constantly busy, and sometimes also your feet.
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Essential Madness Radio is brought to you by DJ jri. Every 4th Wednesday
and I gave the Strange Songs for Strange People parties at Berlin's
Eschschloraque artist club (until 2020).
You can contact me. I'd love to hear about your EMR experience.
Also I'd like to hear your craziest yet listenable music recommendation.
Perhaps you'll hear it soon here at EMR 😀
Art is not imitation, nor is it something manufactured according to
the wishes of instinct or good taste. It is a process of expression.
For Essential Madness Radio jri did 2 mashups, that is playing 2 tracks together.
During the Vietnam war a local Vietnamese, "Hanoi Hannah", gives a demoralizing speech to the surrounding GIs,
through a public address loudspeaker. Mixed with "Nachalo" by Slava Ranko (from the 1981 album "Arctic Hysteria").
Bill "Ravi" Harris plays a sitar on a James Brown-like beat, mixed with a comedy performance by The Frantics (1987).
In it a martial arts teacher in Ti Kwan Leep is disturbed by a participant who is not realizing he is in the wrong