Today, we take a bird’s eye view of our beloved City. What an incredible view! Wow. Just… Wow. For the benefit of listeners at home, Michael, our host, guide, and favourite anxiety-reducing weighted blanket, is sitting next to Mayor Joanne at a beautiful hand-carved wooden cocktail bar in front of a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window overlooking the city. It’s an inspiring perspective for our inspired civic leader. “Joanne, your perch up here is the envy of city leaders everywhere. But you must be so busy with politics that you rarely get a chance to just sit, relax and drink in the view…”
A little known fact: Billy Joel, aka The Piano Man, designed the city. Beautiful, no? His songs are the deepest expressions of a planning visionary. Take ‘Uptown Girl.’ It’s about the devastating impact that an inadequate cross-town public transportation system has on the lives of young people. Or ‘Miami 2017.’ The line in the song that goes “they turned our power down and drove us underground” sparked a serious debate about the advantages of underground electrical cabling, and the part about how “the boats were waiting at the battery” is clearly Joel’s sketch for an eco-friendly electrical ferryboat system to help alleviate commuter traffic during rush hour.
In episode 4 of the Extra Extra Radio Show, we will be dressing head-to-toe in black, packing our cheap museum tote bags with pointe shoes, paintbrushes, novels, crippling debt and white wine, and visiting the overpriced loft studio of our dreams. This episode is, of course, exploring The Arts. Painting, design, theatre, music, literature and cinema: all these city life treats might be incomparable to great blue whales or luscious redwood trees, but dammit we’ll take it!
Meet some of the most seductive people that make the city into a unique, urban environment. They adore their city. They govern it with desire. Sway along with the dulcet tones of a surreal, sonic landscape.
The Extra Extra Radio Show is a radio series broadcast from an undefined city, a place you can see from the corner of your eye, just one click away from reality. A city that harvests and lives off of pheromones, lust, pent-up needs and the desires lingering in its inhabitants.
Welcome friends, to the Extra Extra Radio Show, episode 3, with Michael as your host, guide, and reliable adult-in-the-room. Exploring different aspects of life in The City and meeting some of the people who make it one of the world’s most unique urban environments.
Meet the two park keepers, Tracy and Sandy, travelling in their official maintenance truck as they make their daily rounds of the park. We also encounter the Park’s latest Director of ***, Formidabla, and the newly appointed Director of Language, Paraprosdokian. Atmospheric musicscapes with titles such as ‘Tiny Human Figurines Made From Sand. If You Held These To Your Ear, You Heard Soft Sweet Music’ and ‘Taurus – The Voluptuary’ pull you into this park of the flesh.
In the second episode of this season, our host speaks to the defining voices of the city’s nightlife, whilst the music alternates between thumping beats and mesmerising soundscapes from brand-new genres. All is centred around Hive, a 160-floor club with its own masseuse community, Italianate basilica and arable farmland.
Lampooning a traditional radio show, a late night DJ arouses his listeners in an undefined city – think talk radio, jingles and enticing commercials, interweaved with ambient soundscapes. The show, written by Dan Fox and Michael Portnoy, is in close collaboration with Loes Verstappen, who selected the music for this show. Tune in and listen to the stories of phone-in callers sharing their specialist fetishes, studio guests recounting unexpected experiences of the city, yoga exercises, a weather forecast and pillow talk, no touching permitted.