18 giugno 2010

Paul McCartney compie oggi sessantotto anni, e per l'intera giornata di domani - per ventiquattr'ore, da mezzanotte a mezzanotte - Resonance FM trasmetterà unicamente versioni di Yesterday. L'idea è di Ed Baxter.

Most radio stations rely on playlists. Most rely upon the repetition of familiar tunes. Resonance 104.4fm, the award-winning radio station which famously does not have playlists, presents an entire day devoted to a single song. Radio Yesterday presents 24 solid hours of radio in the company of The Beatles’s “Yesterday” reputedly the most covered song in history – in as many cover versions as it’s possible to secure. Midnight to midnight, the day after Sir Paul McCartney’s 68th birthday. Radio Yesterday is presented as a conceptual radiophonic artwork. It is a forensic examination of “variations on a theme”. It’s an homage to an enduring masterpiece. It’s an investigation into what turns a pop song into currency. It’s a satirical take on “golden oldie” playlists. As comfort zone turns into endurance test and back, it’s an exercise in casual listening taken to a crazy and disturbing extreme. Radio Yesterday is conceived and produced by Ed Baxter. It is curated by Dan Scott. It features the voice of continuity announcer Piers Gibbon.