Mar 202017

Phantom Circuit has now been on Resonance Extra for a year (since the start of Series 5), and we’re pleased to learn that the station wishes to continue carrying the show throughout 2017.

Phantom Circuit #189, which features a session recorded by Kieran Mahon, will get its first airing on Resonance Extra tomorrow, Tuesday 19th March, at 19:00 UTC.

Following on from that, the show will be in the schedules every two weeks, as before. That means an additional week’s wait for a brand new show after the current one (since it’s been available via this site since 13th March), but we will then be back in sync with Resonance Extra, and if you ever want more Phantom Circuit, you are welcome to listen to any of the previous editions.

Phantom Circuit will of course also continue to offer streaming via this site and on Mixcloud.

[Update, 21st March. For the record: Resonance Extra actually broadcast show #188 today, which is fine since the station had missed that one before. Show #189 should pop up in the broadcasts soon!]

 Posted by on March 20, 2017 Comments Off on Broadcasts via Resonance Extra to Continue
Sep 162016

Phantom Circuit #181 will be out in October as you would expect. However, the programme will probably not be in its usual slot on Resonance Extra since the station will be covering the Radio Revolten festival of radio art throughout the month. That should be well worth listening to and Phantom Circuit #181 may well pop up in a free slot in Resonance Extra’s broadcast output. Either way, you will as always be able to listen to the show via this site, using the on-demand stream from Mixcloud.

 Posted by on September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Phantom Circuit in October
Feb 032016

Roberts radioPhantom Circuit is soon to have a regular slot in the schedules of Resonance Extra, the exciting new radio station based in Brighton, UK. It’s a new project from the people who brought you London’s long-established Resonance FM.

The first new show will go out on Tuesday, 1st March at 8 pm, and you will be able to hear it on DAB radio in Brighton & Hove, as well as being streamed over the Internet for listeners worldwide.

The listen-on-demand service will continue as before from and Mixcloud.

Also, Resonance Extra will be repeating Phantom Circuit #172: ‘Caustic Spells’ tonight (Wednesday 3rd February) at 8 pm.

Update (1st March 2016): the new series will now start tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd March at 8 pm (20:00 GMT). The slot tonight at that time will be an airing of show #173.

 Posted by on February 3, 2016 Comments Off on Phantom Circuit on Resonance Extra
Jun 112014

Update 1st July 2014: Mixcloud has confirmed that embedded players have reverted to the old behaviour: shows will not now be automatically followed by unrelated cloudcasts or mixes. Thanks, Mixcloud! So you can safely ignore this post…

SrslyAs you may have noticed (and as mentioned in the previous post), it is now the case that when you listen to an edition of Phantom Circuit on this site (or on Tumblr or anywhere else the player is embedded), you will be treated (?) to another show or mix of Mixcloud’s choosing. It might be another edition of Phantom Circuit, or it might well be a completely unrelated show or mix by another “cloudcaster”. It could well be something to your taste, something that will make you grind your teeth or maybe some psycho ranting about the people who live behind his walls for all we can do about it. Phantom Circuit will have no say in the matter. On its own Web site.

It does make sense for an algorithm to play continuous music if you listen directly from, but it’s surely confusing and misleading to have some random show pop-up and start playing, without any announcement, as soon as an edition of Phantom Circuit has stopped playing at…! And what of the text below the player, which is part of Mixcloud’s code for embedded players? Well, that will continue to assert that the show is Phantom Circuit, when in fact you may well be listening to a completely unrelated show!

Mixcloud has been extremely reliable as a streaming platform, and whilst there have been occasions in which this site has had to be tediously adjusted on a large scale to accommodate Mixcloud’s evolving ideas about presentation of the players, that is not unreasonable given the overall progress of the service. But this voluntary work is in service of, which hopefully benefits certain sets of listeners and musicians. It’s not just some satellite of or some launchpad which will give you a feed of algorithmically linked cloudcasts. The automatic embedding of other cloudcasts at this site seems confusing, misleading, and maybe even risky. Will Mixcloud accept liability for content that its algorithms decide this site will host? That seems unlikely.

So what can be done? If you agree that the automatic inclusion of unrelated cloudcasts in embedded players is undesirable, let Mixcloud know. You’ll have to have an account at to access their “support” section, but perhaps they will be responsive to feedback via Twitter and the usual social media channels.

How does this affect Phantom Circuit? We shall see. But at the very least, it seems the embedded players will have to be laboriously removed, in order to protect the programme and its listeners from confusing and potentially undesirable content. That’s further inconvenience and work, and you have to wonder how many more distractions and obstacles to straightforward “cloudcasting” lie ahead, and whether it’s actually worth struggling with.

 Posted by on June 11, 2014 Comments Off on Rogue programming in embedded Mixcloud players
Jun 102014

TestcardMixcloudYou may have seen a couple of “test” entries here. They shouldn’t have been on the front page but hopefully they did not cause any confusion.

These tests were created to demonstrate to Mixcloud’s support team a bug which leads to other Mixcloud content following playback of shows on this site. Mixcloud was quick to respond and the problem has been referred to the appropriate section. While we wait for a fix, if you see random mixes and shows popping up after you have listened to an edition of Phantom Circuit, you know why!

Update 11th June 2014: we are now told that this is a feature and not a bug. This sounds like bad news for Phantom Circuit and its listeners. Please see the next post, which explains why it may be a matter of great concern.

Update 1st July 2014: Mixcloud has confirmed that embedded players have reverted to the old behaviour: shows will not now be automatically followed by unrelated cloudcasts or mixes. Thanks, Mixcloud! So you can safely ignore this post…

 Posted by on June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Oops… Testing completed