Introducing: “L.I.N- Listening to international Noise”

October 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Introducing: “L.I.N- Listening to international Noise”
By Linn Schjervan

Listening To International Noise for HKU from freewheelinn on 8tracks Radio.

-1.06 AM, October 17th

It’s well past midnight; I’
m on my second cup of caffeine trying to figure out how to answer this essay question in the most elaborate way despite the word limit.

Question: The history of your generation is a history of struggle – yes or no? Find an example to illustrate your answer. Based on your reading of Marx and Engels, describe how your example illustrates your answer.

JK just wrote on whatsapp: “I sometimes wonder what is the point of these assignments. How do you say anything in 400 words when Marx and Engels are involved?”

I’ll tell you once I figure it out.

Facebook status update by MN: “It’s funny how study breaks are always way longer than the actual study.”

Right?! Making this playlist was only supposed to take 15 minutes tops. 40 minutes in and I’m still not satisfied. It needs to be just right. Transitions, pace and rhythm, it’s more than just putting a few songs together. And yes, Marx and Engels will have to wait. I’m trying to create a revolution here. A sound revolution!

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself.

This playlist could easily have been filled with a range of electro and indie rock/pop tunes. But it didn’t seem suitable for our ‘international’ setting at HKU.

Rewinding back to August 3rd:

PS has commented on the link you shared on his wall: “You should make these kind of posts a regular thing, like a channel or something. I’d subscribe. You could call it L.I.N. – Listening to International Noise.” (The link was of a song by Zambian musician Alick Nkhata dating from 1959 )

Listening to International Noise has become my baby. It is, as suggested, a regular playlist of things you wouldn’t usually listen to because they are way beyond your comfort zone, your musical jurisdiction. Listening to International Noise is now up and running to infiltrate the young minds of HKU.

Lyrically, ‘world music’ doesn’t always make sense, but that’s the beauty of it all. The melody is there to compensate…or is it the other way around?  Does it matter though? If you know how to listen, it shouldn’t matter.

This episode’s playlist:

  1. Sara Tavaras – Portugal
  2. Una Mas Trio – Germany
  3. Oskar Schuster – Germany
  4. Radhu Dixit – India
  5. Parov Stelar – Austria
  6. Amadou & Mariam – Mali
  7. Husky – Australia
  8. Alt-J – UK