Propaganda I


KPWR is free music, free speech, free people. Or at least it is music, speech, and people experimenting with freedom in real time, on the air. It is also the obsessions and preoccupations of a small circle of people. We do not all know each other well but we are bonded by our desire for radio. Later we laugh about what one or the other of us played or said on the air. In some bedroom in Austin or halfway across the world some other soul laughs as well. Every show has its real and imaginary audiences: I play music for the 13 and 14 year olds longing for an out in the suburbs and rotten corners of the city. If you listen closely you will hear in each program the memories, desires, and anticipations that orient the sound. And mistakes! Because we are rough around the edges and say so: that is a mark of our small circle. Some of us are tuned in to the mainstream word-image flow, its spectacle, and others of us tune it out in part or completely. But we all mind the gap, mark the difference, I mean, between free speech, free music, free people, and processed culture. If you listen carefully you will hear the gap.