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Last updated : 24-Apr-21

Bridges 05 Air date : 24th April 2021 @ 1900 hours

The fifth edition of Bridges, Radio Northumberland's show dedicated to electronic music will air at 1900 hours on 24th April 2021.

  • Part One
  • Tangerine Dream, Civilized Illusions from the movie Shy People
  • Ultravox, Slow Motion
  • Ultravox, The Voice
  • Ultravox, Brilliant
  • Tunnel Club, edit from Northern Exposure 2017
  • Razmataz Lorry Excitement, In the Beat
  • Jan Hammer, Theme from Eurocops
  • Jan Hammer, Trance
  • Jan Hammer, SkipChaser
  • Gary Numan, Now and Forever
  • Killing Joke, Euphoria
  • Moby, James Bond theme
  • Alien Ant Farm, Smooth Criminal [Cover]
  • Part Two
  • Tangerine Dream, Streethawk
  • Moby, We are all made of Stars
  • Covenant, Stalker
  • David Bowie, Scary Monsters & Super Creeps
  • Vangelis, End Titles from Blade Runner
  • Vangelis, Love Theme from ,em>Blade Runner
  • Tangerine Dream, Warsaw in the Sun
  • Killing Joke, In Cythera
  • VNV Nation, When is the Future?
  • David Bowie, Loving the Alien
  • John Foxx & Louis Gordon, Sidewalking
  • MarqElectronica, Bad Bones
  • Jan Hammer, New York Theme from Miami Vice
  • Tubeway Army, Fadeout 1930s

Bridges 04 Air date : 10th April 2021 @ 1900 hours

The fourth edition of Bridges, Radio Northumberland's show dedicated to electronic music will air at 1900 hours on 10th April 2021.

Note : This is an updated version of the original show with a better vocal mix, tighter running order and two track changes to reduce the overall running time (so that we don't cut Gary Numan off in his prime...)

  • Part One
  • Depeche Mode, Big Muff
  • Paraniomia, The Art of Noise with Max Headroom
  • Bad Wolves, Zombie (Cover)
  • Placebo, A Friend In Need
  • Depeche Mode, Enjoy the Silence [Mike Shinoda Remix]
  • Project Pitchfork, Rain
  • t.A.T.u., All the Things She said
  • Depeche Mode, It's no good
  • Eighties Adverts Medley
  • 1. Midge Ure / Chris Cross Levi's Rivets
  • 2. Ian Drury Hello Tosh, got a Toshiba
  • 3. The Human League Gordon's Gin
  • 4. The Art of Noise Cranberries, Moments in Love [Brycream Advert]
  • 5. Tubeway Army Lee Cooper Jeans
  • Killing Joke, Love Like Blood
  • Empathy Test, Loising Touch
  • The Right Hand of Onan, Edith Piaf ate my Hamster
  • The Right Hand of Onan, Don't read this out on air. You'll get banned...
  • Part Two
  • Shiny Darkness, In the Silence
  • Massive Attack, Teardrop
  • The Mission, Tower of Strength
  • Tubeway Army, Me! I disconnect from you!
  • Talk Talk, Talk Talk
  • Maxxess, Electrixx
  • Kate Bush, Running up that Hill
  • David Bowie/Trent Reznor, I'm afraid of Americans
  • John Dyson, Reprisal
  • Maxxess, Vision
  • Gary Numan, Ghost Nation

Bridges 03 Air date : 27th March 2021 @ 1900 hours

The third edition of Bridges, Radio Northumberland's brand new show dedicated to electronic music will air at 1900 hours on 27th March 2021. This is the Hurrah! We didn't get cancelled edition...

  • Part One
  • Covenant, Bullet
  • Nine Inch Nails, The Perfect Drug
  • Churches, Wonderland
  • Gary Numan, Music For Chameleons
  • Agency-V, This Time
  • VNV Nation, The Farthest Star
  • Gary Numan/Andy Gray, For You (Theme from Hunters)
  • Talk Like Tigers, Fruit
  • Arc, Howl
  • Cranberries, Zombie
  • Placebo, Nancy Boy
  • Covenant, Call the ships to port
  • Boddy/Reuter, Memento
  • Ian Boddy, Axiom
  • Trance Session
  • System F, Out of the Blue
  • Delerium featuring Sarah Mclachlan, The Silence (Tiesto Remix)
  • System F, Exhale
  • Part Two
  • Parastatic, Saint Mary
  • Jean-Michel Jarre, Zoolookologie
  • Razmatazz Lorry Excitement, Haven
  • VNV Nation, Illusion
  • Japan, Life in Tokyo
  • David Bowie, The Stars are out tonight
  • Me Lost Me, Worm Unearthed
  • The Mission, Butterfly on a Wheel
  • Ultravox, Ingenuity

Churches Wonderland @ Moog Soundlab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjxsabBjmfI

Bridges 02 Air date : 13th March 2021 @ 1900 hours

The second edition of Bridges, Radio Northumberland's brand new show dedicated to electronic music will air at 1900 hours on 13th March 2021.

The playlist looks a lot like this:

  • Part One
  • Linkin Park, In The End
  • Japan, European Son
  • Tunnel Club, Live at Norther Exposure 2018
  • Tenek, Sombre Friday
  • Tenek, Fear For Nothing
  • State Azure, SwitchBlade
  • John Foxx, Barbican Brakhage
  • Gary Numan, I Am Screaming
  • John Foxx, Barbican Brakhage
  • Talk Like Tigers, Diamonds
  • Ian Boddy, Virtual Journey
  • Ian Boddy, Ecliptic
  • John Foxx, Twilight's Last Gleaming


  • Part Two
  • Tangerine Dream, Marakesh
  • Eisbrecher, Ohne Dich
  • Churches, Wonderland
  • Twist Helix, Renewal
  • Nigel Stanford, Solar Echoes
  • William Control, Deathclub
  • Eurasianeyes, Far Off Land (Instrumental)
  • Gary Numan, The End of Things
  • Apocalyptica, Nothing Else Matters (Metallica Cover)
  • Tin Gun, Devils and Angels (Psykelektric Mix)
  • Ultravox, I never wanted to begin

More fun next week... unless we get cancelled... :)

Bridges 01 Air date : 27th February 2021 @ 1900 hours

The very first edition of Bridges, Radio Northumberland's brand new show dedicated to electronic music will air at 1900 hours on Satuday 27th February 2021.

The playlist looks a lot like this:

  • Part One
  • Gary Numan, Pure
  • NiN, Head like a Hole
  • Nigel Stanford, Automatica
  • Depeche Mode, Enjoy the Silence (Mike Shinoda remix)
  • Blancmange, Living on the Ceiling
  • Eurasian Eyes, Far off Land
  • Gary Numan, Intruder
  • Nigel Standford, Cymatics
  • Thomas Dolby, Europa and the Pirate Twins
  • Midge Ure, Monster
  • John Foxx, Evergreen
  • Sleepy-Time/Chillout Section
  • Brian Eno / Roger Eno / Daniel Lanois, An Ending [Ascent] from the Apollo Soundtracks
  • Tangerine Dream, Love on a Real Train
  • Part Two
  • Tangerine Dream, Lily of the Beach
  • Kraftwerk, Tour de France
  • Michael McCann, Icarus Deus Ex Soundtrack
  • Bronson, Foundation / Heart Attack
  • Tunnel Club, Infinite Orbit [SkinMechanix / Falling Skies remix]
  • Jean-Michel Jarre / Armin Van Buuren, Stardust
  • Kraftwerk, The Robots
  • David Bowie, Dead Man Walking
  • David Bowie/PetShops Boys, Hello Spaceboy
  • OMD, New babies, new toys
  • Ultravox, One Small Day

This is the first show. Expect some rough edges. I haven't quite found my radio voice yet. Be patient. We'll get there.
David

Submission Guidelines (updated 23-Feb-21)

Here are a rough set of guidelines for submitting tracks to Bridges

1. First and foremost, we aim to be a family-friendly show. We don’t play tracks which are linked to strong sexual content. End of. If your track features an explicit video then we won’t play your track. This is non-negotiable. Why? Because our audience includes children and young adults, and kids these days are highly proficient at using web tools. They can find age-restricted videos with comparative ease so if your track features a lot of sex, nudity and general smut then, sorry. We won’t touch it. Mild sex is okay. Profanity is okay, within reason. Ask yourself this. Would you be happy showing your video to my Aunty Pat from Shiney Row? If you think Aunty Pat would disapprove then please find another track. Remember, you Aunty Pat is not the same as my Aunty Pat. My Aunty Pat swears like a Hendon Docker and has more tattoos on her bosom than entire The North of England Chapter of the Hell’s Angels but she is easily offended. So tread carefully.

2. Artists must be producing music right now. It doesn’t matter if they’ve split from their original band and moved on to another career or have gone solo. Providing that artist is still writing good music then they’ll be considered for airplay.

3. You must have listened to the show at least once. No exceptions. If you still think your material fits within the show's remit then send us a link to a web page, a Youtube video or a Soundcloud account.

4. Don’t send us files. If you send me a 100Mb AIFF file of your latest hit then I’ll blacklist you and you won’t ever hear from us again.

5. We don’t play tracks by certain labels because they’ve blacklisted us. Sorry if that sounds negative but those are the breaks.

6. Artists from the North East Electronic Scene get automatic first consideration, whatever their style. We’re not God. We don’t judge. We’ll probably play your track even if we don’t like it, so long as the production values are reasonably high. We’re here to give you a leg up. If you want to get played then consider moving up here.

7. The programme concentrates on a mix of Dark Electro, Machine Rock and Alternative. Basically, we play what we like and what we enjoy, as well as artists who, we feel, deserve to be heard by a wider audience. In particular, we’re interested in those artists who are having a really hard time getting noticed. Guess what? We were in the same boat when we started out. Got a hard-luck story? Tell us all about it.

The Music we play

So long as the piece is fundamentally electronic, musical style is unimportant - content and context is paramount.

Length - we will, on occasion, play longer tracks. However, the majority of the pieces we play are between three and six minutes in duration. If your track takes fifty minutes of long slow aimless meandering before getting to a vague and nebulous conclusion then sorry, Bridges is not for you.

We won’t play noise tracks. If your track is just five minutes of car alarms going off or an hour of filter-swept noodling then this programme is not for you.

We do play ambient, usually as part of our Sleepy-time thread. We can’t guarantee that you’ll have an audience though. Most of our listeners will use Sleepy-time as an opportunity to visit the loo, put the kettle on, get a beer from the fridge or put the cat out. It’s your nickel.

We don’t play drones. Our aim is to keep the listener entertained and engaged, and to provide the backdrop to their Saturday night in. We do not want our listeners to switch to another station. Careful, detailed precise scientific analysis has clearly demonstrated that nearly every scientient living being in the Universe would rather gnaw its own foot off than listen to another artfully crafted three hour drone track. So, no... Don’t.

You Sir, are not metal.

We like our metal. We like our punk. We love our guitars. How heavy will we go? We don’t know. Try us. However, if it sounds like a Machine Gun blasting off two hundred rounds a minute with lyrics that appear to have been written by a hoard of Satan’s more playful minions then we’re unlikely to give it airtime. Fans of Norwegian Death Metal and Des O’Connor’s later works should look elsewhere.

Quality

We’re not massively bothered if you gift wrap your latest release in a roll of newspaper that’s been at the bottom of the cat’s litter tray for a month or if you stick it in a Jiffy bag with around a dozen or so nice, crisp ten pound notes. Art is subjective and we’re not critics. However, we do insist that you pay attention to the quality and format of your recording.

It's not important if your track has been artfully rendered in glorious 24-bit, 96kHz pro audio or just hacked together with bits of old cassette tape. What matters is that we can import it easily into our audio system (Logic X running on Apple Mac). Our shows are rendered and exported as 320 kps MP3 files so the source is not hugely important. WAV, AIFF or MP3 files are ideal. We can deal with other formats if we have to but we’d rather not. If it will take two hours to import and edit your Meisterwerk into Logic then we’ll probably just replace your track with something by Rammstein or Rick Astley.

Recording quality is very important. If the levels are so low that they’re barely above the noise floor then we cant play it. Similarly, if your levels were recorded at such a level that the waveform is just a dense wall of black that hits 0dB 100% of the time then… No. I probably won’t even look at it. I have no desire to blow my speakers out. Or my ears.

One final word - If you do send us something then it's very, very important that you send us your best possible work. If it's not your best possible work then why are you sending it?

“Hey, Dave. We’ve been friends for thirty years. Why don’t you play my stuff?”

We play the music we like. We play the music we think our audience will like. Our aim is to build an audience that keeps coming back to the show week after week, year after year. We want to develop and support a community of musicians, a scene, in the North East of England that is second to none because we believe we have a deep, deep well of highly skilled, very talented musicians and bands in this part of the world that deserves to be heard. We’re not partisan.

We’re also happy to work hand-in-hand with other radio shows within this region to develop and enhance the scene. I’m a massive fan of the BBC’s Introducing series. Credit to them for the work they do in supporting artists.

However, just because we’re friends does not automatically mean that you’ll be pushed to the forefront of the programme and given top billing. We work strictly on merit and nothing else. That said, insincere flattery and Terry’s Chocolate Oranges sent anonymously will help.

Great, you made it this far. Still want to send us something? Even better.

Click here to fill in the Submission form

Talk soon,
David