Monday, June 12, 2006

First episode!

The first episode of Raqs Radio is now available.
To listen Click on this link.

The music, with links to the websites of the musicians:

The background music to my introductory remarks is:
"Wilderness Dance" by DJ Squirrel King.
(I chose it after I recorded the voice track, so I was unable to include it in the podcast.) Obtained from the podsafe music network (PMN)

Warm-up/isolation music:

"Shaman" by Colie Brice. From PMN

"Galatasaray" by The Maido Project. From PMN

Bellydance improv music:

"Raqs Leyla" by Brothers of the Baladi, from their CD titled "Presence of the Past." Used by permission of the musicians.

"Khatar" by Solace, from their CD titled "Ahsas." Used by permission of the musicians.

Cool down:

"Flight of the Diplasiocoela" by Bitstream Dream. From PMN

A note about subscribing -- the feed url is

It appears to function, but I am not going to submit it to iTunes until I have a good graphic -- should be in a few days. Meanwhile, you can use the feed link above to subscribe in iTunes by choosing the "Advanced" menu, then "Subscribe to podcast."

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Getting Closer

I aim to create the first episode of Raqs Radio this weekend -- June 10-11, 2006 -- and upload it to the internet Monday or Tuesday, June 12th or 13th. Given that there are always unexpected glitches that take time to work out, I think it's safe to say the first episode will be available via the website the weekend of June 17-18, and in iTunes a few days after that.

Part of the delay is that I've wanted the first episode to be an introduction to me, and an introduction to what to expect from Raqs Radio. However, my aim is that most episodes will be something you can "dance out" to (as opposed to "work out" to) -- a few minutes of music appropriate to stretches and isolations, followed by a couple of pieces appropriate for improvisational bellydance, followed by a few minutes of music to do cooling stretches. So, I've decided to make the first episode in that mold.

Shimmies and sparkles,