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About Phantom Circuit

An Introduction to Phantom Circuit

Phantom Circuit is a programme of strange and wonderful sound waves.

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.

History

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.

From 2016 till 2019, Phantom Circuit was carried by Resonance Extra plus Mixcloud, with selected additional coverage on other radio stations and audio streaming platforms.

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 – 2019 Resonance Extra (d, g, h, t, w, y),
Resonance FM (d, f, s),
Seance Radio (z)
Mixcloud (p, r)
6 2020 Mixcloud (p) -
Key

d: DAB 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 on Mixcloud.
r: on-demand stream from the Resonance Extra on Mixcloud.
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.

Highlights

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.