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Music, Radio, Misc. Audio

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Filk Music

Filk is a type of music, loosely related to Science Fiction. Nick Smith wrote a description of filk (blars.org) but there is no simple agreed-upon definition. Many SF cons have some kind of filk, ranging from entire filk conventions to giving the filkers a room so they will shut up. (At least one con learned the hard way not to deny the filkers a room they had been promised.) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]

Heather Alexander (heatherlands.com) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
alt.music.filk and rec.music.filk
The newsgroup rec.music.filk is bidirectionally gatewayed to the Fidonet FILK echo. The Fido "Topic Cop" Kay Shapero tries to keep discussions on topic (puns are allowed, as is almost anything in song) and posts several informational postings occasionally. alt.music.filk still exists, but Fido is now gating rec.music.filk instead, which frees a.m.f for somewhat bawdy postings, as it is no longer subject to Fidonet restrictions. (Kay Shapero)
Blars Blarson's Filk Page (blars.org) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
The Dandelion Conspiracy (blars.org) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
A convention with filkers attending is better off than a con without them... read this to learn more. (Kathy Mar)
Dandelion Digital's Home Page (dandelion.com)
(Leonard N. Zubkoff)
Digital Tradition Folksong archive (mudcat.org) at The Mudcat Cafe [Updated 04-Oct-2001]
Contains some filk songs - search for "@filk" to find them. [Updated Oct 2001]
Firebird Music Online Catalog (firebirdarts.com)
Lynn Gold (rahul.net)
(Lynn Gold)
Avram Grumer's Filks (pigsandfishes.org) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
(Avram Grumer)
Keshlam's Filk Resources (lovesong.com) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
(Joe Kesselman)
Prometheus Music (prometheus-music.com)
"Prometheus Music is a young publisher of topical folk music CDs and songbooks, focusing on themes of space, technology, science-fiction, and fantasy... Our mission is to resurrect the Filk Anthology Album genre by producing some of the highest quality filk products ever made, and at the lowest price ever in filk." (Eli Goldberg)
Random Factors (random-factors.com) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
Science Fiction References in Music (faqs.org) (Ohio State) [Updated 04-Oct-2001] [Updated Oct 2001]
Susan Stepney's Filk music page (logica.com)
(Susan Stepney)
Mary Ellen Wessels (mewsic.com)
(Debbie Ridpath Ohi)
Yahoo: Entertainment: Music: Genres: Novelty: Filk (yahoo.com) [Updated 04-Oct-2001] [Updated Oct 2001]

Other Science Fiction-Related Music

GNP Crescendo (gnpcrescendo.com)
"GNP Crescendo Records is a record company based in Hollywood..." This label produces science fiction soundtrack albums including the last several years' worth of Star Trek albums, and other music genres, such as Zydeco.

Radio and Miscellaneous Audio

Audio Text (flash.net)
"Infinivox, AudioText's science fiction imprint, publishes an unabridged series, Great Science Fiction Stories, on audio cassettes." (Allan Kaster)
Dragon Systems Klingon Speech Recognition (dragonsys.com)
(Mark Mandel)
Hour of the Wolf (hourwolf.com) [Updated 04-Oct-2001]
"Jim Freund hosts Hour of the Wolf, a weekly radio program of science fiction, fantasy and related fields of endeavor over listener-sponsored WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC. The show may be heard every Saturday morning from 5 to 7 AM, (*yawn*) and has been broadcast since 1972." (Jim Freund) [Updated Oct 2001]
Mark Time Award (greatnorthernaudio.com) [Updated 26-Sep-2001]
"The Mark Time Award is given each year to honor the Best Science Fiction Audio Production in the United States... The Mark Time Awards are co-sponsored by MINICON and Minn-STF." (Jerry Stearns)
Reality Break - a science fiction talk show (sff.net)
Information, schedules and interview transcripts available. "Any station with access to the public radio satellite system can have it without any type of carriage fee... The quick mnemonic tag to explain it to (public radio station program directors) would be 'kind of like FRESH AIR, but with all SF guests.' Feel free to e-mail me if you need addresses or need to know if a specific station has satellite access. Thanks. Confirmed guests for our first quarter nationally (which means the interview has already happened): Clive Barker, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orson Scott Card, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, George RR Martin, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Joe Kubert. Tentatively scheduled guests include: Bruce Sterling, Barbara Hambly, George Alec Effinger, Mike Mignola and David Brin." (Dave Slusher)
Science Fiction on Radio (greatnorthernaudio.com) [Updated 27-Sep-2001]
"There has been science fiction on the radio since Buck Rogers in 1932. Perhaps the most famous Old Time Radio SF shows are Dimension X (1950-51) and X Minus One (1955-57)... Science fiction is still being made for radio, too." (Jerry Stearns)

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