...and congratulations to all other German football fans. I'm interrupting my publishing schedule to post the above screenshot which proves that The World's Most Important Free Music Blog* has been featured on Breitband, the highly-respected Deutschlandradio Kultur (German state radio) programme devoted to media and digital culture. Yes, I was flown out on the express instruction of Angela Merkel just to be photographed strolling along Germany's sun-kissed north coast and ignoring an autograph request from an annoying child.
It's interesting to note that co-presenter Volker Tripp, who is heavily involved with the excellent iD.EOLOGY netlabel, favoured CTW's highlighted pop, rock and folk songs and mostly eschewed dance and electronica, although this was possibly due to time constraints and a wish to appeal to a large audience. (I apologise for not knowing whether his velvet-tongued co-presenter was Julia Eikmann, Jana Wuttke or Anja Krieger.) Equally notable was the number of songs with vocals (all sung in English). This tells me three things:
- Creative Commons music would be more popular if there were more rock and pop netlabels.
- Germany is enviably bilingual.
- There are parts of Europe where the mullet can still be seen in the wild.
Germany has an endearingly high regard for Creative Commons culture. I've always thought of the country itself as Netlabel Zentraal; it's no coincidence that Beat Magazine is probably the only major music magazine that treats the CC netlabel scene seriously. It's an honour to be a tiny part of that culture.
Please click on the illustration to visit Breitband and hear the show, or listen below:
My next review will appear quite soon; well, as soon as Typepad's software stops sulking.
*There are lies, damned lies, and my claims for this blog's status.