As per recent posts, I have begun initial setup of EpicureanRadio.com. I am linking here to a model clip, of which I plan to prepare many and add into a rotation on the radio stream along with programs of other types which will take much more time to develop. For now, I wanted to post again to talk about the concept and get those of you who might be interested thinking about how you might contribute. I have plenty of computer-read material that can be added in, but what we want is real human voices, and like most people, I prefer listening to other people talk rather than myself. Don't worry about accents; that's one of the most interesting parts of listening to other people from around the world express their interest in Epicurean philosophy.
Even in this on-demand internet world the "radio" format has not disappeared. One reason is that people often find themselves in situations where they would prefer to listen to something they haven't selected themselves, which gives a feeling of personal connection that just is not present in playing clips in your local music player. A "radio station" (actually a streaming audio website) dedicated to Epicurean philosophy can serve that role for those who are looking to listen and learn something new to them, and provide a personal connection to real people who are thinking about the same subjects they are interested in themselves.
It is going to take a long time and a lot of work to develop a rotation of programs that are desirable. As Elli outlined in her recent post of 11/7/18, we should aim for a radio playlist that includes at least the following:
1) Live or recorded discussions among new and old Epicureans on issues, such as question answer sessions, and in parallel, suggestions of books and articles to people who wish to know about EP.
2) Reading excerpts of the surviving sources, such as Epicurus's letters, Lucretius's DRN, Philodemus' Papyri from Herculaneum, Diogenis of Oinoanda's inscription, etc. with the voices of real people.
3) Reading articles and excerpts of the books by the modern-day Epicurean friends with the voices of real people, such as with the voice of the author him/herself.
4) Playing melodies and music of artists who would like to make known their artistic works. For example I hear a lot of instrumental artistic works that are a real pleasure to hear and would appeal to a wide variety of people.
5) Playing a theatrical work based on Epicurean philosophy. For example we have a very didactical theatrical play by an Epicurean friend in Thessaloniki that can be translated into english (with his permission), and can be read by real persons that could chose a role in the performance. I remember theatrical playings of a program as I listened to the radio when was a little girl in my country. Something that is lost and be replaced by news, news, news, or political discussions without end, among journalists (and as I call them parrots).
6) Announcing the events of other Epicureans that live around the world. For example, when our friends of the garden in Australia would have a meeting, and if they like to connect online in the radio, to exchange some thoughts with them; or if they would like to announce some events that they will hold in Australia.
7) Announcing news of the dates and programs of the Greek Gardens for their events in Athens and Thessaloniki, such as the yearly Symposia, and then giving us English language reports and news after those events, by reading those reports by real persons. If the Greek friends want to make programs in Greek they can do that too. For example there are many greek persons around the world who like to hear how the situation is going in Greece, and we can have discussions of that, perhaps in both Greek with immediate English translations. The same can be with our Epicurean friends who live in Australia too, or the same could be for any future Epicurean garden that would be established somewhere else.
Discussions / suggestions among real Epicurean persons and how Epicurean philosophy is becoming known or how it could become more known to the people in their societies.
9) Some narrations of real stories and experiences by real persons on the application of Epicurean Philosophy based on friendship, and how Epicurean Philosophy has benefited them to understand more clearly some of the issues in their lives, and how Epicurean Philosophy led them to the goal of pleasure.
I have registered the domain EpicureanRadio.com, and it is now operational with a very small rotating playlist of material. What we need is more material.
I would like to invite all readers of this post consider preparing a recording of any Epicurean core textual material, for example what I have done today and am linking here: a six minute excerpt from the Letter to Herodotus. Please plan to refer to Elli's list of possible material for ideas. It would probably be good idea to ask whether the material is appropriate before devoting a lot of time to it. Any text contained within the Diogenes Laertius Book 10 Biography of Epicurus, Lucretius, and Diogenes of Oinoanda, would automatically be appropriate. Likewise the Epicurean sections from Cicero's On Ends and On The Nature of The Gods would clearly be appropriate. No doubt there is much good material beyond that, but these are the prime sources, and that's how I prepared the following:
If you are not practiced with recording on your computer, I suggest you consider the free program AUDACITY and record in MP3 format. That program makes it easy to edit what you record, and it is the program I will use to edit the recording and make it ready for adding to the rotation.
Please feel free to post questions or suggestions. If you are willing to participate, we will need to have the understanding that you have given permission to use that material on EpicureanRadio.com without restriction. Over time we will want to polish these tracks with openings and closings, perhaps adding a musical overlay, etc.,
For the present I suggest that the best format for recording short clips is this (note that in my sample I did not include an ending, but I will fix that later):
Hello, this is __(FirstName)___ from ____(Country)___ and here is a selection from ___(Name of Source) ________ as translated by ______(Name of Translator)_____:
Then read the selection.
Then at the end :
"...... This has been a selection from ___(Name of Source) ________ as translated by ______(Name of Translator)____ as read by __(FirstName)___ from ____(Country)___"
Thank you for any submitted recordings, and I will appreciate all suggestions!
For anyone interested, I think currently the best method of sending in recorded clips would just be to attach them as a file in a private message, if you don't want to register a free account at Soundcloud and upload it there. I don't think that a "post" here allows attaching a file without it being a link to a service like Soundcloud.