An Introduction to Phantom Circuit
Phantom Circuit is a programme of strange and wonderful sound waves that you can hear streamed from various locations over the Internet and in the transmissions of radio station Resonance Extra.
Since October 2008 Phantom Circuit has promoted and supported music that is alien, electronic, exotic, essential.… plus familiar objects viewed from unusual angles… All of it is worth a try, so we hope you will listen in.
Do not be concerned by the presence of atmospheric disturbances, electronic voice phenomena and mysterious signals: these are all integral parts of the Phantom Circuit.
The Music of the Phantom Circuit
Categories are at best only a rough guide when it comes to the most interesting music, but listeners to Phantom Circuit receive an always unpredictable blend of some of the following loose genres: experimental music, dark ambient, sound experiments, post-industrial electronics, outsider pop, atmospheric folk, vintage synthesiser innovations, world music, off-world music… and what ever else the circuits bring forth. So you could call Phantom Circuit experimental music radio, but with a strong emphasis on the musicality.
Phantom Circuit’s roots date back to radio shows from the early 1990s (and nascently events in the 1980s) but there had been an interlude of over a decade before the launch of the Phantom Circuit endeavour in 2008.
Phantom Circuit was first heard on 2nd October 2008, on a short-lived Internet radio station in Birmingham. In April 2010 the programme was relaunched using the Mixcloud streaming service. Previously broadcast shows were uploaded too and you can listen to nearly all past editions of Phantom Circuit.
Since March 2016, Phantom Circuit has been broadcast by Resonance Extra (a younger sister station to London’s famous Resonance FM). Resonance Extra broadcasts over DAB radio in the city of Brighton & Hove and (from 2018) in London, Bristol, Norwich and Cambridge, in addition of course to worldwide audio streaming over the Internet from Resonance Extra’s Web site.
There have also been manifestations of Phantom Circuit in the broadcasts of Resonance FM, WFMU, Basic.fm and Seance Radio. Here are some ways in which you may have heard the show’s strange emanations.
Spectral appearances of Phantom Circuit
|Series||First heard||First broadcaster||Repeat broadcasters|
|1||2008 – 2009||Rhubarb Radio (w)||Mixcloud (p)|
|2||2009||Rhubarb Radio (w)||Mixcloud (p)|
|3||2010 – 2014||Mixcloud (p), Resonance FM (x)||Basic.fm (s, w), WFMU (f, s, w)|
|4||2015 – 2016||Mixcloud (p)||Resonance Extra (d, s, w)|
|5||2016 – present||Resonance Extra (d, g, h, t, w, y),
Resonance FM (d, f, s),
Seance Radio (z)
|Mixcloud (p, r)|
d: DAB radio or DAB+ radio
f: FM radio
g: scheduled stream from radio.garden
h: scheduled stream from radioplayerHosting.com
p: on-demand stream from the Phantom Circuit account on Mixcloud.com and via phantomcircuit.com
r: on-demand stream from the Resonance Extra account on Mixcloud.com
s: Selected shows
t: scheduled stream from TuneIn.com
w: scheduled stream from the radio station’s own Web site
x: guest mix originally broadcast in ‘Exotic Pylon’ on Resonance FM
y: scheduled stream from Youtube.com
z: guest mix originally broadcast in ‘Secret Self’ on Seance Radio
Every edition has something unique to offer, but in addition to the mix of unusual music you will also find live music, interviews and other features from a wide range of artists. See the list of past editions or our list of special features.