Monday, December 31, 2012

Secret Music News, end of 2012

Hi -

  My name is Scott Raymond, and for those of you who don't know me, I'm a
New Age/Ambient/Electronic music DJ with WVKR-FM. WVKR is a 3700 watt
non-commercial station broadcasting from Vassar College to the greater
Hudson Valley region. My show, "Secret Music", has been on for over 25
years and has a large and devoted audience. The show airs every Sunday
from 9AM to 12 noon EST. For more information or to listen in online,
check out our website at 

  I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting music to play on my
show. If you have something you think I'd be interested in, feel free to send it to the
address below or email me for more info. If you're a local musician or
just passing through the beautiful Hudson Valley region and you'd like to
stop by for a live interview and/or performance, drop me a line and we'll
work something out. Also, if you'd like to send me downloads of your
releases in lieu of actual CD's, that's fine with me, too. Just send me an
email and let me know. Thanks.            

  This year is just about over, and I want to take a moment to reflect on
what's happened. As usual, some good, some bad. We always look towards
the future with the hope that things will get better. It certainly was a good year for music,
and some interesting times here on Secret Music. Most importantly, I
celebrated the 25th anniversary of Secret Music back in June. Not a lot of
hoopla this time around, but it's still quite an achievement. I don't know
if I've got 25 more in me, but I'm not planning on leaving anytime soon.
In fact, there are some things I'm working on to improve things. I'd like
to thank the people that came in for interviews and performances this
year, mainly Bas Broekhuis, Detlef Keller and Mario Schonwalder, Markus
Reuter and Kevin Keller. They were all great people and I'm privileged to
have them on the show. Thanks to everyone who listens in, and especially
to those who donated during our annual pledge drive. It's nice to know
people appreciate what you do. And thanks to the artists and labels for
giving me great music to play. Remember that especially in this day and
age, it helps more than ever to support the artists and labels who work
hard to play the music you love.

  There's a new service out called which allows you to record
radio shows (like mine). The website has more info. but it's basically a free service much
like a Tivo, which allows you to select and record radio shows for future
listening. Finally something for those of you who aren't around to listen
in on a Sunday morning.              

  For more info or weekly playlists, check out my website below. I'm also
on Facebook, so look for me there too. Here's my top 20 playlist for December 2012, as
well as my top 25 albums for 2012. Enjoy! 

Scott Raymond
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524

 WVKR-FM "Secret Music" Top 20 Playlist
     December, 2012

1. A Viberatto - B - King Of Beasts
2. V/A - Imaginational Anthem 5 - Tompkins Square
3. Stephen Parsick and Markus Reuter - Lament - Iapetus
4. Radiant Mind - Sense - Periphery
5. Kelli Rudick - We Would Love Each Other - Self Released
6. Ramp - Astral Disaster - Doombient
7. Perge - Dyad - Self Released
8. Sophie Hutchings - Night Sky - Preservation
9. Peter Brown - Kinsfolk - Self Released
10. The American Dollar - Ambient Three - Yesh
11. There Is No Teenage Love - There Is No Teenage Love - Self Released
12. Javi Canovas - Transfiguration - Musiczeit
13. Dave Luxton - Collected Ambient Works - Wayfarer
14. Louis Landon - Peaceful Solo Piano from the Heart - Landon Creative, Inc
15. Steven Lance - East Setting Sun - Self Released
16. Chuck Cape - In The Spirit Of Christmas II - Self Released
17. Glyn Lloyd Jones - Chaotic Attraction - Musiczeit
18. Olan Mill - Home - Preservation
19. Panabrite - The Baroque Album - Preservation
20. Broken Harbour - The Geometry Of Shadows - Relaxed Machinery

  WVKR-FM "Secret Music" Top 25 Albums of 2012

1. Jeff Pearce - In the Season of Fading Light - Jeff Pearce Music
2. Various Artists - The Gathering - West River Records
3. A Viberatto - B - King Of Beasts
4. Thought Guild - Third Voyage - Harmonic Resonance Recordings
5. Thomas Ronkin - Precursors - Periphery
6. Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell - Morphogenic - DiN
7. Alexander Turnquist - Like Sunburned Snowflakes - VHF
8. Merge - Secret Life Of Machines - Self Released
9. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis - Pias Recordings - Diquela
10. itsnotyouitsme - everybody's pain is magnificent - New Amsterdam
11. Shane Morris and Mystified - Epoch - Lotuspike - Spotted Peccary Music
12. Various Artists - Manikin Records Second Decade - Manikin
13. Ramp - Steel And Steam - Doombient
14. Various Artists - Take To The Trees - Sound For Good
15. Ben Kettlewell - Retrospective - Lyrebird Media
16. Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder - Level Four - Manikin
17. Symmetry - WMD - Self Released
18. Forrest Fang - Animism - Projekt
19. Icebreaker - Apollo - Cantaloupe Music
20. Steve Roach - Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection - Projekt
21. Sundog - Insofar - Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.
22. Loreena McKennitt - Troubadors On the Rhine - Quinlan Road-Universal Music
23. Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo - Frontiers - DiN
24. Caul - Let The Stars Assume The Whole Of Night - Hypnos
25. Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Cooperation - Self Released

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