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15th February 2017

The Annual Fundraiser. The Big Issues through the mind of a 10 Year old, and Japanese children's songs with real children.

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8th February 2017

Tracks from the new album by Debashish Bhattacharya, Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe, original Tau Moe tracks plus other Hawaiian Classics from Sol Hoopi to Gabby Pahinui.

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1st February 2017

More 1990s Japanese rock, from punk rock to funk rock, and influences from Brit-pop to Bob Dylan.

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25th January 2017

Fantastic Japanese rock and pop from the 1990s, featuring The Boom, Soul Flower Union, Heatwave, Kazuyoshi Nakamura, Mr Children and Spitz.

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18th January 2017

From Legendary Thai Crooners of the 1950s to the Funkiest Sounds from 1970s Bangkok.

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11th January 2017

New releases of some classic Japanese traditional music, plus tracks from Ryuichi Sakamoto's new compilation of Japanese pop music.

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25th December 2016

A Christmas special with Asian versions of Christmas tunes and the best of the guests who came to the studio to play live in 2016.

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21st December 2016

The Top 10 albums of 2016 from the Far Side.

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14th December 2016

Ten of the Best Compilations and Reissues of 2016.

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7th December 2016

Tribute to Japanese keyboard player, producer, songwriter, arranger, remixer, who passed away on 30th November. From solo and early dub with Mute Beat, productions and keyboards with The Boom, songs for UA, to collaborations with Boy George and Janis Ian. Some brilliant sounds from a musician who will be much missed.

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30th November 2016

Two guests, one crazy show. Kaptain Rock lands at the Resonance studio with his one string light sabre guitar, while Okinawa duo Sala-saji bring their brand of acoustic instrumental tunes on guitar and soprano sax.

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23rd November 2016

Music from one of the great traditional music series; The World Roots Music Library from King Records. Tracks from Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Laos,China and Vietnam.

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16th November 2016

10 Classic Albums from East Asia featuring Shoukichi Kina, Haruomi Hosono, Siti Nurhaliza, Koto Vortex, Pompuang Dunangjan, Cui Jian, Rhoma Irama, Nenes, Labour Exchange Band and Byungki Hwang.

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9th November 2016

The Far Side reaction to the US election. From Gil Scott-Heron to Soul Flower Union, old American tunes and sounds from Japan to match the mood on the morning after.

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2nd November 2016

Brian Foreman of Thrashing Doves joins Paul in the studio to play tracks from the re-released edition of their first album Bedrock Vice, his co-written song with Japan's Miyazawa plus Paul plays other artists singing in English and covers of Dylan, Doors, Madonna and James Brown from Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.

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26th October 2016

Yumi Kagura- ancient mesmerising music for the gods. New takes on Kagura from Micabox and Aragehonzi, plus zen shakuhachi from Akikazu Nakamura.

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19th October 2016

Amazing slide guitars and zithers featuring Ry Cooder & VM Bhatt (India) Kim Sinh (Vietnam) U Tin (Burma) Tse Chan-Yan (China) Yu Kwung Hwa (Korea) Yuji Hamaguchi (Japan) Debashish Bhattacharya (India) and vintage Hawaiian/Indonesia/Malaya sounds.

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12th October 2016

New releases including tracks from the new album by Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Enka Mood Collection LPs, Burmese guitar, Japanese gakubiwa and from Kenji Yano's latest of sanshin island cafe music.

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28th September 2016

Propaganda Songs, Commie Funk and Stirring Classics from North Korea, wacky and melancholy sounds from the South. A various mix of artists including Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, Wangjaesan Light Music Band, E Pak Sa, Cho Yong-Pil, Kim Hye Yeon, Tokyo Bibimbap Club and Puri.

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14th September 2016

Members from the Korean group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe come into the studio to play live, plus tracks from other artists appearing at K-Music 2016 in London.

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7th September 2016

Music from the career of one of Japan's musical legends, Yukihiro Takahashi. Includes tracks by YMO, HASYMO, Sketch Show, Metafive, Pupa, Beatniks, solo material and tribute covers from including Steve Jansen and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

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31st August 2016

New releases from Japan and Korea, a rare live recording, crazy Kawachi ondo, classical Ryukyu music, 70s Thai morlam and a 90s cult electronic/dub album re-released onto vinyl.

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13th July 2016

Extraordinary new releases with Japanese folk (via Paris), saxophone and shakuhachi avant garde weirdness, 1920s Asakusa Opera, 1930s Japanese Erotic Songs and Thai 70s morlam and funk.

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29th June 2016

After a tumultuous week leaving the UK divided over Europe, Far Side Radio embraces European culture. From innovative Japanese interpretations of European songs, to traditional tracks where you can scarcely believe the performer is Japanese.

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22nd June 2016

A trawl through some vinyl; old and new, LPs and singles, traditional and modern, Japanese and Okinawan.

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15th June 2016

60s and 70s Shima Uta Pop from Okinawa. Evocative island sounds mostly originally released as 7 inch singles.

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8th June 2016

Music from the Asia Diaspora; Japanese in London, Laotians in Paris, Vietnamese in San Francisco, Cambodians in Los Angeles, Koreans in Tokyo and more.

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1st June 2016

Tracks from Books + CDs. Beautiful artefacts, packed with great writing, information and photos, that come with a CD of often rare and wonderful recordings. Music from Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Malaysia, China and Japan.

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25th May 2016

London based Japanese journalist Akiko Shimizu, joins Paul in the studio to play tracks from the wonderful Tokyo record label, Zipangu.

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18th May 2016

The effervescent Kanako Horiuchi joins Paul in the studio to play live and introduce tracks from her varied recorded output.

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11th May 2016

Okinawa based Japanese musician Coo plays tracks from his new album and production of minyo singer Yoshiko Furuta. Plus amazing Indian slide guitar from Debashish Bhattacharya and Korean slide zither from E-do feat. You Kyung-hwa.

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5th May 2016

Japanese/Swiss singer and sanshin player, Mina Mermoud joins Paul in the studio to play Okinawan songs live in the studio, various recordings she features on, plus some songs from Kumamoto following the recent earthquake.

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6th April 2016

New releases from Japan including from Tomita, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Sakai Shun, Sven Kacirek and Kanako Horiuchi.

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30th March 2016

Rather well known Western musicians including Brian Eno, Bjork, Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Jah Wobble, Martin Denny and others play their take on East Asian music. Includes some wonderful quirky stuff.

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23rd March 2016

Indigenous music, both traditional and modern, from East Asia. Includes some amazing and rare music from the Ainu (Japan), Amis, Wulu Bunun, (Taiwan), Batak (Indonesia) Dong, Naxi (China) and from East Timor and Papua New Guinea (Oceania).

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16th March 2016

Arabic and East Asian connections, with Nubian version of Japanese folk song, Algerian / Japanese collaborations, Syrian meets Japanese and Chinese music, Arabic influenced sounds from Malaysia and Indonesia and more.

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9th March 2016

Some fantastic women players of Asian traditional instruments including Kazue Sawai, Koto Vortex, Chieko Mori from Japan, Korea's Geomungo Factory and Yu Kyung-Hwa, Vietnam's Vanessa Van-Anh Vo and Nguyen Thanh Thuy and China's Min Xiao-Fen and Jiang Jian Hua.

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2nd March 2016

New releases and some crazy stuff from Japan, China, Mongolia, Korea and elsewhere.

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24th February 2016

Second part of the latest music from Okinawa plus some mid 1990s favourites.

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17th February 2016

Fundraising for Resonance and playing music from Okinawa received at or inspired by the Trans Asia Music Meeting 2016.

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10th February 2016

Music for the Chinese New Year with stars of the 50s - 70s from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia, Shanghai Divas from the 1930s plus modern remixes and cutting edge electronic sounds.

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3rd February 2016

New and re-releases from the doyens of Japanese Electronic Music. Unreleased 70s recordings from Ryuichi Sakamoto, new tracks from Cornelius, Metafive (Yukihiro Takahashi) Akiko Yano, Yumiko Ohno (Buffalo Daughter) and a sub theme tribute to Joe Meek.

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3rd February 2016, New and Re- Releases from the Doyens of Japanese Electronic Music by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

13th January 2016

Amami island and Asian blues. Traditional bluesy tunes from Amami, Vietnam, Cambodia and Korea plus American blues inspired Japanese music.

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13th January 2016, Asian Blues by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

6th January 2016

New and re-releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano, Miharu Koshi, Yukihiro Takahashi & Meta Five, Steve Jansen, Sean Lennon, Cornelius, World Standard and more.

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6th January 2016, New and Re-Releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano, Miharu Koshi and More by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

16th December 2015

A slightly wacky run through Christmas songs from Japan, Indonesia, China and Taiwan, with Brazilian and Hawaiian flavours.

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16th December 2015, a Far Side Christmas by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

9th December 2015

The Top 10 Japanese and Okinawan Releases of 2015 from the Far Side.

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9th December 2015, The Top 10 Japanese and Okinawan Releases of 2015 by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

2nd December 2015

The Top 10 Asian albums of 2015 from the Far Side (excluding Japan and Okinawa)

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2nd December 2015, The Top 10 Asian albums of 2015 by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

25th November 2015

A trippy kaleidoscope of sounds from dub meets Japanese festival, Okinawan and Ainu roots music to cutting edge remixes of Femi Kuti and YMO.

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25th November 2015, Dub Meets Japan by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

11th November 2015

The extraordinary sounds of Myanmar. From 1970s psychedelic rock to exquisitely beautiful traditional music via bluesy guitar and modern day hip-hop.

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11th November 2015, The Extraordinary Music of Myanmar by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

4th November 2015

Mostly new and some old favourites from Okinawa, including Ryuichi Sakamoto + Unaigumi, Kanako Horiuchi, Mutsumi Aragaki and a dedication to my recently deceased father with a song by Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman.

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4th November 2015, Music from Okinawa by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

30th September 2015

New releases and re-releases from Vietnam, Burma, Thailand and Korea. From traditional to contemporary, the greatest singers to the latest roots sensations.

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30th September 2015, New Releases from Asia by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

23rd September 2015

Yukihiro Isso is Japan's foremost player of the nohkan flute. He is equally at home performing traditional style accompanying noh plays or improvising with musicians from Japan and around the world. He performs live in the studio and introduces tracks from his albums.

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23rd September 2015, Japanese nohkan (flute) master Yukihiro Isso live in the Studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

16th September 2015

New releases from Japan and Okinawa including tracks from the live album by YMO, the brilliant Sandii, bluesman Yuji Hamaguchi and a fantastic Okinawa/Senegal collaboration from Kanako Horiuchi and Falaye Sakho.

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16th September 2015, New Releases from Japan by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

29th July 2015

Best known as a member of YMO and a pioneering solo musician, here's a selection of songs written by Hosono for other artists. An incredible body of work, that mirrors the development of Japanese pop music.

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29th July 2015, The Songs of Haruomi Hosono by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

22nd July 2015

Gearing up for a DJ stint for Cambodia Space Project, 70s psychedelic Cambodian classics, Thai funk and lukthung.

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22nd July 2015, 70s Cambodian Psychedelic and Thai Funk Classics by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

15th July 2015

An eclectic mix of recent releases including Korea's Geomungo Factory and Jambinai, Burmese hip-hop and traditional, 70s pyschedelic sounds from Indonesia, 70s Thai funk and 60s Malaysian pop yeh-yeh.

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15th July 2015, New and Re-releases from Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand and Hong Kong by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

1st July 2015

Ngawang Lodup sings traditional nomadic ballads and Tibetan folk songs. He performs live in the studio and talks about his nomadic lifestyle in Tibet, and life in a monastery.

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1st July 2015, Tibetan folk musician Ngawang Lodup Live in the Studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

24th June 2015

Japanese guitarist Kenta Hayashi joins Paul in the studio. Layered guitar, effects and percussion creating a mix of acoustic/funk/blues/trance performed live, plus interview and album tracks.

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24th June 2015, Japanese guitarist Kenta Hayashi live in the studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

17th June 2015

Tetsuro Naito and Tomoko Takeda of the Japanese duo Tomoro join Paul in the Resonance studio to perform live on their taiko drums and flutes, play tracks from their albums and talk about their wonderful music.

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17th June 2015, Japanese duo Tomoro live in the studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

3rd June 2015

Some of the most amazing music you'll ever hear from Indonesia from the 1960s-90s. Dangdut, psychedelic, Sumatran pop and classic pop sunda.

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3rd June 2015, Amazing Indonesian music 1960s-90s by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

20th May 2015

New releases from Japan. Tradtitional shamisen mixed with jazz. Heavy rock meets heavy gypsy. Shakuhachi from a Spanish maestro. Three Okinawan greats. Ryuichi Sakamoto classic reissue.

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20th May 2015, New Releases from Japan by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

13th May 2015

Kazuya 'Gachan' Uechi, musician and owner of the the Okinawan live house , 'Groove' and bassist Kengo Sakamoto join Paul live in the Resonance studio to talk about the current Okinawa music scene and play tracks from their 100 of the Latest Okinawan Popular Music compilation.

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13th May 2015, Today's Okinawa Music Scene by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

6th May 2015

Tracks from six CDs of evocative Malay and Indonesian music from the 50s and 60s.

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6th May 2015, Evocative 50s and 60s Sounds from Malaysia and Indonesia by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

22nd April 2015

YMO covers. From the weird and wild to almost perfect renditions of some Yellow Magic Orchestra's most famous songs. From Todd Rundgren to Human League via electronic, Latin, classical and jazz.

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22nd April 2015, The Best Covers of Yellow Magic Orchestra by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

15th April 2015

Part 2 of the Greatest Songs from Asia. This week the Top 5! Songs from Malaysia, China, Thailand and Japan.

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15th April 2015, Top 10 Greatest Songs from Asia, Numbers 5-1 by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

8th April 2015

Part 1 of the Greatest Songs from Asia. This week numbers 10-6. In no particular order, in no real seriousness, but truly great songs nonetheless that have withstood the test of time and crossed international borders.

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8th April 2015, Top 10 Greatest Songs from Asia, Numbers 10-6 by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

1st April 2015

New releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano, Jinta-la-Mvta, Sugai Ken, re-releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Thailand's Daojai Paijit and Japanese spy prevention songs from before and during the war.

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1st April 2015, New Releases including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano and Wartime Japanese Spy Songs. by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

18th March 2015

Two pioneering Japanese keyboard players. Electronic music legend Tomita, including tracks from his recent SACD surround sound release of Space Fantasy and sending out positive vibes to dub master Hirofumi Asamoto, who is in a coma following a serious bicycle accident in September 2014.

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March 18th 2015, Two Japanese keyboard pioneers, Tomita and Hirofumi Asamoto by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

11th March 2015

Japanese Avant-Garde legend Haco joins Paul in the studio to play tracks from her new album and some of her previous work.

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11th March 2015, Haco, the Japanese avant-garde legend is our Studio Guest by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

4th March 2015

Japanese traditional meets electronica, as koto, shakuhachi and other instruments are combined with electronic sounds and beats in a variety of styles and moods.

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4th March 2015, Japanese Traditional Meets Electronica by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

25th February 2015

Psychedelic sounds from the 1960s to the present day from Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Okinawa and Vietnam.

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25th February 2015, Wild and wacky Far Eastern psychedelic sounds by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

18th February 2015

New releases from Okinawa's Unaigumi, Japan's Kodo, Vietnam's Hanoi Masters, re-releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto and a tribute to Sheena of Sheena and the Rokkets who died on 14th February.

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18th February 2015, New Releases and Tribute to Sheena & The Rokkets by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

11th February 2015

Best of Far Side live sessions and interviews Part 1. Far Side Radio has been broadcasting on Resonance since 2002. Many guests have graced the studio to perform live and be interviewed. Part 1 features interviews with Jah Wobble (2009), Christian Virant of FM3 (2004), Makoto Kubota (2006) and live sessions from Shinichi Kinoshita (2003), Huong Thanh (2009) and Kuricorder Quartet (2011).

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11th February 2015, Best of Far Side Live Sessions and Interviews, Part 1 by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

4th February 2015

Ancient meets modern, old meets new. Fantastic mixes of Japanese folk and traditional tunes with dub, electronica, surf, pyschedelic and more.

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4th February 2015, Ancient meets Modern Japan by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

28th January 2015

Tracks from the Ryuichi Sakamoto Year Book 2005-2014, of unreleased material from the last decade.

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28th January 2015, Ryuichi Sakamoto Year Book 2005-2014 by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

21st January 2015

Just over 20 years ago, on 17th January 1995, the Kobe Earthquake struck killing nearly 6,500 people. Out of this tragedy came the song Mangetsu no Yube. Listen to the originals, covers, songs by Thai musicians about the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and a few other choice tunes.

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21st January 2015, 20 Years since the Kobe Earthquake; Magnetsu no Yube and other Songs by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

14th January 2015

From traditional morlam to pulsating 70s tracks and the latest dub mixes. One of southeast Asia's funkiest sounds from northeast Thailand.

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14th January 2015, The Funky Sound of Morlam from Northeast Thailand by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

7th January 2015

Japanese traditional tracks for the new year, all taken from the new Ryuichi Sakamoto compilation of traditional music.

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7th January 2015 Ryuichi Sakamoto Chooses Japanese Traditional Music by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

17th December 2014

Merry Christmas from the Far Side. Weird and some wonderful Christmas tunes from Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Indonesian degung and Japanese koto and shakuhachi, Kuridorder Quartet, Teresa Teng and others

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10th December 2014

The Top 10 albums of 2014

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3rd December 2014

Music from Geinoh Yamashirogumi. A collective of hundreds of people who have studied the musical traditions of many countries, and at the same time developed their own original compositions of hi-tech ethnic fusion. The group was founded in 1974, have released many groundbreaking albums and have a cult following around the world.

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12th November 2014

New and old favourites from the Japanese roots/rock/chindon/strange worlds. Music from Oki Dub Ainu Band, Soul Flower Union, Sakaki Mango, Shisas, Tatsumi Chibana, Kuricorder Quartet and Cicala Mvta among others.

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29th October 2014

Japanese singer and player of various flutes, Miho, joins Paul in the studio to play tracks from her latest album as half of the duo Kuri, play live in the studio and explore more Japanese and Celtic mixtures.

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22nd October 2014

The greatest ever female vocalists from east Asia. Mostly not with us anymore, all popular in their home countries and an influence still today on a younger generation. Singers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Taiwan, China and Japan.

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15th October 2014

From Folk pop to Technopop, from the early 70s to the late 70s, from Happy End to Yellow Magic Orchestra. Plus solo material from Haruomi Hosono, Eiichi Ohtaki, Akiko Yano, Masayoshi Takanaka, Makoto Kubota, Morio Agata and Haruomi Hosono and Yellow Magic Band.

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8th October 2014

Music from pre-handover Hong Kong (before 1997). Atmospheric tracks from the 1940s to 90s, from 60s pop to ancient traditions via 90s electronic.

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1st October 2014

Okinawan music chosen (including by Paul) for a CD sampler to be given away at the upcoming WOMEX conference. From traditional Okinawan folk to jazz and other styles with only a passing reference to Okinawa, but all of high quality.

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24th September 2014

Sounds of Tokyo in 1959, early 20th century music and entertainment from Asakusa, Tokyo, and Tokyo jazz 1920s-40s.

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30th July 2014

New releases from Yukihiro Takahashi, Yasuaki Shimizu and others plus some other old favourites

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23rd July 2014

Dutch musician Pascal Plantinga comes to the studio to talk about his recent collaboration with Okinawan Shoukichi Kina and other collaborations and influences.

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16th July 2014

Tribute to the great shakuhachi player and cross cultural collaborator Hozan Yamamoto with tracks from big band bossa to Bach and flamenco.

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2nd July 2014

Ethonomusicologist, specialist in Indonesian music and producer of the acclaimed Smithsonian Folkways Indonesian series. Philip Yampolsky, comes into the studio to talk about his Indonesian recording exploits.

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4th June 2014

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 which was brutally ended on 4th June. Music from the rock artists who helped inspire the protesters at the time such as Cui Jian plus others inspired by these rock pioneers.

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18th June 2014

Tracks from the new Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia and a couple from the Rough Guide to Indian Classical Music.

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11th June 2014

Football World Cup songs from Japan and Japanese/Brazillian collaborations and songs from the 1950s to the present, to mark the start of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

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28th May 2014

New releases from including Cambodia's Krom, Korea's Jambinai, Bali's Mekar Budaya, Malaysia's Siti Nurhaliza, and Indonesia's Ubiet.

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21st May 2014

Debashish, Subhasis and Anandi Bhattacharya join Paul in the studio to talk and play music from their recent albums and UK tour.

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26th March 2014

Tracks from the just released surround sound SACD by Tomita, Pictures at an Exhibition, plus other tracks from Tomita albums.

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12th March 2014

To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, minyo (folk) tunes from the region, in different styles from the traditional to the modern.

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5th March 2014

One of the most requested tracks on Far Side Radio is the opening theme by Kensuke Shiina called Ring of Fire. Other tracks by Kensuke Shiina, and other similarish tunes by Makoto Kubota and others.

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19th February 2014

Far Eastern albums released on European and US labels. Includes tracks by Shanren, Hanggai, Da Wang Gang, Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, Huong Thanh, Sambasunda and Dengue Fever.

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12th February 2014

Incredible mixes of Japanese and Latin music from the 1940s 'til the 1990s. Japanese traditions with rumba, calypso, samba and flamenco.

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29th January 2014

Music for the Chinese New Year. From traditional and vintage pop to electronic and indie sounds of Beijing.

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15th January 2014

Brilliant Thai morlam and lukthung music from the 1950s-90s. Funky and wild grooves from northeastern Thailand.

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8th January 2014

Albums from the Zipangu/Bamboo label, based near Mount Fuji in Japan. Japanese traditional music with a contemporary edge. Some really fascinating releases.

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18th December 2013

Christmas songs Japanese style. Hawaiian Christmas from Sandi,and renditions of famous Christmas tunes and carols by Japanese artists including Haruomi Hosono and Kuricorder Quartet.

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4th December 2013

New releases and re-releases including Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Khun-In and Sweetnuj from Thailand, and 96 year old Japanese Goze singer Haru Kobayashi.

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27th November 2013

Music from South Korea, Japan and China all brought back from the World Music Expo in Cardiff in October 2013.

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20th November 2013

Jun Lin Yeoh, director of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak and the Borneo Jazz Festival comes to the studio to talk about and play some Malaysian and Sarawak music.

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16th October 2013

The Music of Miyako island Okinawa featuring both traditional and modern styles, including Satoru Shimoji, Sakishima Meeting and Blue Asia.

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2nd October 2013

Part 2 of the Japafrica theme. This time with Algerian rai musicians, Congolese and of course Japanese. Includes Hamid Baroudi, Cheb Tati, Vundumuna, Ali Hassan Kuban, Sakaki Mango and Anyango.

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25th September 2013

Indian slide guitar player Debashish Bhattacharya comes into the studio for an in depth interview about his music and Indian raga.

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18th September 2013

African musicians playing with Japanese musicians, Japanese musicians playing African music. Some wonderful and surprising collaborations featuring Toumani Diabate, Youssou N'Dour, Mamadou Doumbia and many others.

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11th September 2013

Music of Tokyo in 1964, the last time the Olympics were held in the city, upon news Tokyo will host the 2020 games.

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4th September 2013

Some wonderful rootsy Thai music from the Baichasong label in Bangkok,unknown, and superb Burmese roots music, plus Japanese shakuhachi.

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31st July 2013

New releases, many with a YMO connection. New albums from Yukihiro Takahashi, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree, Soggy Cheerios, Haruomi Hosono singing Bossa Nova, plus superb biwa and koto duo tracks. The recording device in the studio wasn't working properly and the first few songs are distorted. Persevere as it gets a bit better...

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24th July 2013

New releases including tracks from North Korea, Blue Asia, Sandii and vintage jazz.

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17th July 2013

Hawaiian music with a Japanese link, from the 1930s to the present day, from Club Nisei to Sandii.

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10th July 2013

Paul is joined in the studio by Japanese acoustic duo Kuri to perform live and talk about their 'global' music.

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3rd July 2013

Broadcaster and long time Tokyo resident Peter Barakan comes to the studio to talk about his time in Japan and play some Japanese music.

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19th June 2013

Music from a playlist for a Japanese restaurant. Modern, cool, electronic sounds from HASYMO, Chari Chari, Beatniks, Akiko Kanazawa, Oki and others

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12th June 2013

New releases from Haruomi Hosono, Miharu Koshi, Etsuko Takezawa, Kenji Ikegami, Hatsuneya Ishikawa and Tetsuhiro Daiku

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5th June 2013

New releases from Tetsuhiro Daiku, Lucy, Indonesian kroncong, and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

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22nd May 2013

Japanese psych and garage rarities from 1967 and 1968.

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15th May 2013

Selection of amazing 1930s-70s music from Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia.

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8th May 2013

New roots music from Japan. Some quite brilliant stuff, with a few classic things in the mix as well.

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1st May 2013

Bob Brozman sadly passed away on April 23rd. This is a recording of a show with Bob as guest first broadcast on 6th October 2004 in which he talks about his Okinawan recordings and other projects.

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24th April 2013

Contemporary Chinese music with roots and an experimental edge.

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10th April 2013

Tracks from the new Early Popular Music of Indonesia CD, with vintage recordings from 1920s-60s of all types of Indonesian pop music including kroncong, gambang kromong and dangdut.

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3rd April 2013

Left field Okinawan music, a show inspired by Dutch musician Pascal Plantinga's collaboration with Shoukichi Kina. Okinawan music combined with all sorts of extraneous influences and sounds.

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27th March 2013

Tribute to Okinawan musician Seijin Noborikawa who died on 19th March. Tracks from throughout his career from 1950s to 2011.

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13th March 2013

Japanese roots music gems from 1991 to the present day. Classics from Shang Shang Typhoon, Takio Ito, Soul Flower Mononoke Summit and recent tracks from younger, contemporary musicians pushing the boundaries of traditional music.

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6th March 2013

Tracks from the latest album by Tomita, Symphony Ihatov, and from some of the electonic music pioneer's previous albums.

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20th February 2013

Prayer and religious music, mostly with a contemporary edge from Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, Tibet and Bali. Laid back traditional and contemporary sounds.

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13th February 2013

Singers who died too young. Legends from Thailand (Pompuang Duangjan) Cambodia (Sinn Sisamouth) Malaysia (P.Ramlee) and lesser known singers from Indonesia, including Detty Kurnia and Japan (Yoshie Uno)

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30th January 2013

Various styles of Chinese electronic music from house to chill out.

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23rd January 2013

Monumental recordings 1931-1957 of Latin American music in Japan. Some brilliant recordings.

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9th January 2013

Cool music from Japan and Thailand, ideas for a new restaurant compilation.

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12th December 2012

The Far Side Top 10 releases of 2012.

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5th December 2012

New releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shibusashirazu, Emme, and tracks from a Ryuichi Sakamoto Tribute album.

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21st November 2012

Some amazing Indonesian pop sunda, dangdut and jaipong, produced by Japanese producers or released in Japan from the mid 1980s to mid 90s.

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14th November 2012

Traditional Vietnamese music from Hanoi in the North to Saigon in the South, via Hue in the centre.

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31st October 2012

An eclectic mix of songs about Tokyo. Boogie-woogie, old folk, new folk, underground, overground, and the odd.

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24th October 2012

Tracks from the Discover New Japan CD, Ainu group Marewrew, Sandii and others.

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10th October 2012

New releases from Fishmans+, Tsukudanaka Sanpachi, plus Korean music from Geomungo Factory and others.

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3rd October 2012

As Psy's Gangnam Style reaches Number One in the UK, some other tracks from Thailand, Japan and elsewhere that, you never know, could also have reached the top spot if You Tube had been around and someone was doing a horse riding dance. But then again, maybe not, Plus, some good tracks as well

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12th September 2012

New releases, re-releases and related tracks including Tomita, Logic System, and tracks from Red Diamond, tribute to Yukihiro Takahashi

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15th August 2012

New releases from Shoukichi Kina, Perunika Trio, Yu Kyung-Hwa and more.

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8th August 2012

Music from the just released second edition of the Rough Guide to the Music of China, compiled by Paul.

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18th July 2012

As torrential rain floods much of Kyushu, including Kumamoto where Paul lived, and Aso where the Far Side Japan office is located, listen to folk tracks from the various Kyushu prefectures.

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27th June 2012

Sublime Balinese gamelan music, while the presenter tries to deal with a chronic attack of hayfever.

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13th June 2012

Some rather wonderful Japanese roots and popular music, all to do with rain, topical for the UK in June, although it was a sunny day when this was broadcast. Features Shigeri Kitsu, Kiwi & The Papaya Mangoes, An-Chang Project, Tadamaru Sakuragawa and Shoukichi Kina.

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6th June 2012

New releases from including Okinawa's Yasukatsu Oshima, Japan's Kuricorder Quartet and Logic System, Korea's Yoo Ji-Sook and Noh Eun-Ah and re-releases from legends, Indonesia's Rhoma Irama and China's Bai Guang.

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30th May 2012

Kenichi Takahashi of Respect Records of Tokyo comes to the Resonance studio to talk about his label, play some of his favourite tracks and have some fun at the same time.

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16th May 2012

A phone interview with Matt Gillan, currently living in Tokyo who has just had his fascinating book 'Songs from the Edge of Japan: Music-making in Yaeyama and Okinawa' published. Matt selects a few of his favourite tunes.

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25th April 2012

Kenichi Kawamura and Masato Higa, of the Okinawan sanshin/vocal, piano duo Lacorde come into the Resonance studio to play live and talk about their music.

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18th April 2012

Collaborations; Chinese & Japanese, Vietnamese & Japanese, Japanese & Spanish, Mongolian & Iranian, American & Taiwanese, Okinawan & American..Fantastic music from two cultures.

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11th April 2012

Tsugaru Shamisen, the northern Japanese folk style. From the greats such as Chikuzan Takahashi to the new generation and hybrid styles from bluegrass to polka and even heavy metal.

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28th March 2012

Live music and festivals featuring the legendary recordings of the Kawachi Ondo festival in Tokyo 1982, live music from Nenes, Shokichi Kina from Okinawa, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Cicala Mvta and more. Rather good.

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21st March 2012

New releases from including OKI meets Misako Oshiro, Shanghai Hits of the 1930s and 40s, and contemporary Chinese roots music.

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7th March 2012

From Korean traditional music to wacky 'ponchak' via roots and emotional 'trot'. A brief overview of Korean music.

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22nd February 2012

Music you might like to hear at a Japanese restaurant. Mostly cool pop with some added dance, jazz, Latin and ambient vibes.

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15th February 2012

It's donation drive week at Resonance while playing retro covers of pop hits from 1930s-60s by contemporary artists from Japan and Malaysia.

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1st February 2012

New releases from The Beatniks, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Toshihiko Mizuno and others, plus Chinese electronic tunes for the Chinese new year.

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18th January 2012

As Paul Fisher turns 50, he reflects on a few records that changed his life.

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11th January 2012

New releases by The Beatniks, featuring Yukihiro Takahashi, Hiromichi Sakamoto, 70s Pop Melayu from Indonesia's Koes Plus and 1930s-40s Japanese re-releases.

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14th December 2011

The Far Side Music Top 10 albums of 2011.

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23rd November 2011

Odds and ends of demos and other oddities.Includes Okinawan 12" from Pascal Plantinga and Keiko Kina, Malaysian music and tracks recorded for BBC World Routes.

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16th November 2011

The type of sounds to be played at a forthcoming DJ set at the release party of the superb film KanZeOn.Buddhist and other traditions mixed with dance beats and other modern styles.

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2nd November 2011

New releases from Kiwi & Papaya Mangoes, Maricamizki, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Sakamoto produced albums, YMO covers and more.

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19th October 2011

Chinese music from 1930s and 40s Shangai, traditional music and more.

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12th October 2011

New releases from Kazue Sawai, Oyama x Nitta, Misako Oshiro and Kanako Horiuchi, Takashi Nakagawa, Lucy and others.

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28th September 2011

New releases from Sakaki Mango, Makoto Kubota plus Japanese/African and other mixes. One not to miss.

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21st September 2011

Unusual renditions of Japanese children's songs, from Hosono, Sakamoto, Heatwave, UA and others.

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7th September 2011

New releases including from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz, plus music from two musicians who died recently; Japanese electronic musician Rei Harakami and Indonesian singer Euis Komariah.

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10th August 2011

Protest songs from East Asia by Okinawa's Shoukichi Kina, China's Cui Jian, Japan's Soul Flower Union, Taiwan's Labour Exchange Band and more.

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27th July 2011

Katsunori Tanaka joins the show from Tokyo to talk about the life of legendary journalist Toyo Nakamura who died on July 21st, and play music from his various productions and compilations.

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20th July 2011

New releases from Oki Dub Ainu Band, Sandii, Snakeman Show, Waraku Ensemble and others.

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1st June 2011

Kuricorder Quartet come to the Resonance studio to play live and talk about their music and other groups they've played in.

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18th May 2011

Miyako island music singer Isamu Shimoji joins Paul in the studio to play live and talk about his music.

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4th May 2011

New releases including from the new album by Haruomi Hosono and the compilation Oriental Deluxe.

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27th April 2011

East Asian music for weddings.From sublime Cambodian and Thai traditional wedding music, to syrupy idol bubblegum J-pop.

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13th April 2011

New releases from Sandii, Tomoyo Harada, re-releases from Lebu Kamuy, hits of the Showa Period, Shisas and tsugaru shamisen from Michihiro and Michiyoshi Sato.

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6th April 2011

Laid back cool sounds and some wild ones too from Java, Bali, Sumatra for a warm day in London.

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23rd March 2011

Paul is joined by Maki Nishida to talk about the ongoing situation in Japan, to promote a web site sending goods to Tohoku and play relevant music.

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16th March 2011

Following the earthquake and tsunami that tragically struck the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11th, Paul plays music from Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Aomori prefectures, much in the news, and is joined on the phone live from Tokyo by Australian Joe Gayton.

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2nd March 2011

New releases from Japan including some great club/ambient underground music from Osaka, electro-pop classics from Logic System, Okinawa's Seijin Noborikawa and more.

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23rd February 2011

Music from the 20 year history of the documentary programme, NHK Special with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Isao Tomita, Kitaro and other speicially commissioned music.

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16th February 2011

Music for the Chinese new year; both modern and traditional, from rock and folk stars Ai Jing and Cui Jian to traditional erhu and Guqin.

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26th January 2011

Music and dialogue from classic Japanese films from the 1930s-50s, featuring Hibari Misora, Shizuko Kasagi and other film and music stars of the day.

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19th January 2011

Tracks from the brilliant compilation, The Sound of Siam- Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam in Thailand 1964-1975 and other classic tracks from the 1950s and 60s.

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5th January 2011

The best of recent new releases.

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15th December 2010

The Top 10 releases of 2010 from the Far Side.

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8th December 2010

Tribute to John Lennon on the 30th anniversary of his death. Wacky and wonderful cover versions of John Lennon and the Beatles.

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24th November 2010

Neil Cantwell and Tim Grabham, makers of the documentary film KanZeOn, join Paul in the studio to talk about their intriguing project and play remix tracks of music featured in the film.

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17th November 2010

Okinawan group Maltese Rock come into the studio to perform live and talk about their compelling music.

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20th October 2010

A selection of tracks from various Rough Guide CDs compiled by Paul Fisher including from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Japan and Okinawa.

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13th October 2010

Another in the occasional series focusing on record labels. This one, Japan's Chitei Records, home to Shibusashirazu and other jazz and experimental artists

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6th October 2010

Paul is joined on the phone from Okinawa by author and journalist John Potter to talk about his book, The Power of Okinawa, Roots Music from the Ryukyus.

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15th September 2010

East meets East as musicians from Japan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia and elsewhere collaborate with eachother.

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8th September 2010

Tracks from the excellent Chlangden series of Cambodian 60s legends.

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1st September 2010

New releases and re-releases including Umekichi, Soul Flower Union, Pupa, Kazue Sawai and Indian hindustani music meets Japanese Buddhist chants.

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4th August 2010

Music for an imagined Far Side beach- laid back and fun sounds from Okinawa and Hawaii.

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28th July 2010

Documentary titled Ainu Country, recorded on location in Japan by Paul Fisher for CBC Radio in Canada. In Tokyo he talks to Mina Sakai of young performance group Ainu Rebels, witnesses a live concert by Oki Dub Ainu Band, before travelling to the northern island of Hokkaido, the ancestral home of the Ainu, to meet musician Oki Kano. Paul's journey ends at Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Japan.

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14th July 2010

More new releases from Oki Dub Ainu Band, Harry Hosono and others plus great reissues of 60s Okinawan music and more.

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7th July 2010

New releases from Tetsuhiro Daiku, Maltese Rock, Sandii and others

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23rd June 2010

Paul is joned by Meria Miller and Sherry Sugita of the London Sanshinkai to play and talk about Okinawan music ahead of Okinawa Day.

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9th June 2010

A lighthearted preview of the football world cup from an East Asian perspective. Football songs from Japan and patriotic songs from North Korea.

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2nd June 2010

Various bamboo flutes from Asia. From traditional to jazz, serene to upbeat, flutes from Japan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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26th May 2010

New releases from Sandii, Iyeth Bustami plus some rare gems from Elvy Sukaesih, Mamadou Doumbia, Toumani Diabate, Nenes, Yasukatsu Oshima and others.

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12th May 2010

Requests from Far Side listeners with tracks from Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

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5th May 2010

The latest Far Side Music Top 10. Plus an added bonus.

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28th April 2010

Western and African collaborations with Japanese musicians, plus non-Japanese playing Japanese music. Featuring Youssou N'Dour, Toumani Diabate, Jah Wobble, Kila and Oki, Martin Denny, Masami Tsuchiya and many more wonderful tracks.

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14th April 2010

Some superb new releases including tracks from the new albums by Shibusashirazu, Cicala Mvta, Okinawa's Seijn Noborikawa and classic reissues from Chu Kosaka and Kenji Endo.

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7th April 2010

Another of our occasional series focusing on record companies. This one, Ryuichi Sakamoto's Commmons label.

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12th May 2001

A temporay file of Charlie Gillett's BBC London show from May 2001 with ping-pong guest Paul Fisher.

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24th March 2010

Paul is joined by journalist Howard Male to pay tribute to the late, great Charlie Gillett.

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17th March 2010

A tongue-in-cheek listen to some of the worst music from the Far East including some of the bad but brilliant variety.

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10th March 2010

New and modern classics from the contemporary Chinese music scene.

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3rd March 2010

The Japan Playlist from the new edition of the Rough Guide to World Music book- Europe, Asia and Pacific. Everyone a gem.

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17th February 2010

New releases from Japan, including Chanchiki Tornade, Aoki Takamasa, Haruomi Hosono, and superb new recordings of koto music.

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10th February 2010

Sublime recordings of traditional East Asian music from the JVC World Sounds catalogue.

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3rd February 2010

70s and 80s Indonesian pop and dangdut classics, including Makoto Kubota's early productions, plus a few surprises.

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27th January 2010

Ukulele gems, from the traditional to the bizarre, from Japanese maestros to Hawaiian masters.

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20th January 2010

New releases and re-releases. From 60s jazz versions of traditional tunes to traditional versions of traditional tunes, 60s Group Sounds and Okinawan legend Shouei Kina.

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9th December 2009

The Far Side Top 10 releases of 2009.

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2nd December 2009

New releases from Japan including Minimums covers of YMO, shakuhachi player with Isao Tomita, re-release of 80s Miharu Koshi and taiko goup Wadaiko Hiryu.

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18th November 2009

Okinawan musician Kanako Horiuchi drops in to play live in the studio as well as recordings of her traditional music and with her band Ska Lovers, who mix Okinawan traditional with ska and J-pop.

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4th November 2009

Paul is joined by Cathy Eastburn of Good Vibrations who run gamelan workshops in UK prisons and secure hospitals. She plays some extraordinary music including her favourite Indonesian gamelan music and recordings from those workshops.

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28th October 2009

Music for Autumn including Japanese koto, Chinese qin, enka and the sounds of Autumnal Chinese crickets.

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21st October 2009

Releases from the excellent GNP label of Indonesia, featuring tracks from Sambasunda, Waldjinah and traditional Sundanese gamelan.

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14th October 2009

New releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, Setsubun Bean Unit, plus re-releases from Virginia Astley, Malaysia's Sharifah Aini and Zaleha Hamid, Cambodia's Ros Sereysothea and more.

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23rd September 2009

Paul is joined by Rie Ogata, recently of the Asian Music Circuit in London, just before she headed back to Japan. Rie plays some of her favourite Japanese experimental music.

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16th September 2009

Children's songs for an East Asian playground.

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2nd September 2009

New releases from including Japan's Blue Asia, Shabushabu and Umekichi, Indonesia's Sambasunda and Cambodia's Ros Sereysothea.

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5th August 2009

Music for a Bon Odori summer festival in Japan. From Tokyo Ondo to Kawachi Ondo plus Hibari Misora classic tracks.

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29th July 2009

Music featuring Yoshie Uno of Shisars and An-Chang Project who sadly passed away in July. Includes never before heard session recordings.

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22nd July 2009

The cream of the current roots music scene in Asia. The final part of the Beginners Guide to Asia.

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15th July 2009

Legendary singers from Asia- all tracks taken from the Beginners Guide to Asia.

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1st July 2009

Traditional music from the just released Paul Fisher compiled Beginner's Guide to Asia.

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24th June 2009

The Far Side Top 10 for June 2009.

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3rd June 2009

Paul is joined by Vietnamese singer Huong Thanh and musician Hong Nguyen, to talk about Thanh's new album and to perform live in the studio.

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20th May 2009

Musicians who died too young, inspired by the passing of Kiyoshiro Imawano on May 2nd, plus legends from Cambodia, Thailand and other Japanese musicians.

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13th May 2009

Music linked to Paul's trip to Japan, including demo recordings from Blue Asia, Toshimi Mikami and Hosono's Daisyworld label.

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8th April 2009

New releases from Yukihiro Takahashi, classic Thai lukthung from the 1960s and much more.

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1st April 2009

Protest, revolutionary, patriotic, propaganda and political songs from the Far East.

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18th March 2009

Asian songs and tunes about the joys of spring. From traditional Japanese and Chinese music to Hong Kong 60s pop.

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11th March 2009

A selection of new and recent releases from Japan, including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Ryukyu Underground.

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11th February 2009

David Mitchell of the group Panjir joins Paul for a fascinating talk on Uyghur music and to play some superb other Uyghur sounds.

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4th February 2009

Minyo (folk) mixed with Latin and other music by star singers from the 1950s-70s.

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14th January 2009

New releases including tracks from YMO live in London and Gijon in 2008.

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7th January 2009

Jah Wobble joins Paul to talk about his fantastic album, Chinese Dub.

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17th December 2008

The Far Side Top 10 CDs of 2008

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3rd December 2008

Legendary singers and musicians from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan and China.

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19th November 2008

A selection of the best traditional and contemporary roots music from Asia.

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12th November 2008

Korean roots music, from the traditional to the modern. Exciting and innovative.

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22nd October 2008

New releases from Okinawa's Misako Koja, Surf Champlers, HASYMO, Taiwan's Inka Mbing and many more.

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15th October 2008

Second programme in our series of record labels. This one focuses on Respect Records, with tracks from Takashi Hirayasu, Soul Flower Mononoke Summit, Cicala Mvta, Seijin Noborikawa, Abdul Tee-Jay and others

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8th October 2008

The coolest dub tracks from Dry & Heavy, Kodama, Dub Squad, Oki, and dub remixes of YMO, Ryukyu Underground and Kawachi Ondo.

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24th September 2008

Paul is joined in the studio by sanshin and sarod player from Okinawa, Wataru Kousaka.

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17th September 2008

Three male singers who were born and died within a few years of eachother, were the biggest stars of the 50s and 60s in their own countries and remain icons today. Thailand's Surapol Sombatcharoen (1930-68), Cambodia's Sinn Sisamouth (1933-76) and Malaysia's P.Ramlee (1929-73)

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10th September 2008

The September Top 10 (or Top 8 CDs to be precise).

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3rd September 2008

New Asian selections from the recently released World Roots Music Library series.

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13th August 2008

Latest releases, including Pupa, Haruomi Hosono, Okinawan court music and Flower Travellin' Band reissue.

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6th August 2008

Tracks from Paul Fisher's two Chinese compilations, including Bar Beijing

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24th July 2008

Paul Fisher is a guest on Shibuya FM in Tokyo to talk about the Rough Guide to the Music of Japan

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25th June 2008

Selections from the new edition of the Rough Guide to the Music of Japan

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4th June 2008

New releases from Japan, Thailand and Indonesaia, plus classic tracks from YMO

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28th May 2008

Japanese musicians play music from around the world; from Tanzania to Tuva, via India and Indonesia.

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21st May 2008

Westerners playing Japanese and Asian inspired music- brilliantly. Artists include Henry Kaiser, John Kaizan Neptune, Elizabeth Falconer and Bob Brozman.

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14th May 2008

First in a new series paying homage to some of the Far East's best record labels. Disc Akabana / Off Note in Japan, has been a pioneering label in both the roots and contemporary jazz scenes.

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7th May 2008

The best of the latest new releases including Japanese electro-folk rock, an Okinawan/Indian mixture, Indonesian jaipong, Malaysian classic pop, Korean and Japanese traditional music and Arab Andalous vintage recordings.

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30th April 2008

The music of Tibet. From Buddhist chants to patriotic folk songs and the street sounds of Lhasa

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23rd April 2008

Classic vintage Japanese popular music recordings from 1938-45.

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16th April 2008

Chinese music. From virtuoso classical performances to the latest sounds from Beijing.

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2nd April 2008

Beautiful and enchanting traditional music from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.

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26th March 2008

Some of the latest new releases. From Japanese jazz to Khmer rap, via Indonesian dangdut.

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5th March 2008

Vintage Japanese Popular music from 1928 until 1937. Fascinating early mixtures of Japanese traditional and western music

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27th February 2008

The Far Side Top 10 in March, from vintage Japanese pop to present day Cambodian roots music.

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20th February 2008

Traditional music for Chinese New Year, plus Communist era patriotic songs, and our favourite Beijing punk rockers.

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6th February 2008

Tracks from the 2 excellent volumes of Tributes to Haruomi Hosono from foreign artists including Dr John, Geoff Muldaur and Garth Hudson and Senor Cocunut while from Japan there's Buffalo Daughter, Makoto Kubota, Micabox and Sheena and the Rokkets.

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30th January 2008

Hawaii meets Japan and Okinawa with incredible collaborations from the last 60 years from Dick Mine to Sandii via Shokichi Kina and Nenes.

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23rd January 2008

February new releases from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Okinawa, Japan and Korea.

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16th January 2008

Some of Japan's coolest artists cover Beatles songs and solo songs penned by the fab four.

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9th January 2008

The best (worst?) of Asian pop. From established to new stars, the Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese versions of Madonna, Celina Dion, Kylie Minogue etc..

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19th December 2007

The Top 10 releases of 2007 from the Far Side.

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12th December 2007

The Top 20 releases of 2007. Numbers 20-11.

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5th December 2007

The Far Side Mix- favourite tracks at the moment perhaps destined for some compilations next year.

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21st November 2007

No Music Day - so listen to a Chinese cricket orchestra, sounds from a Japanese garden, traditional Japanese street entertainment, Sundanese Wayang Golek, Japanese kabuki, Japanese comedy, Balinese Gongs and more.

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14th November 2007

The December Top 10. Best sellers and favourite tunes.

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7th November 2007

More essential new releases and old favourites from Haruomi Hosono + Cornelius, Ryuichi Sakamoto with a couple of collaborators, Hibari Misora, Indonesia's Sambasunda, Cambodian legend Ros Sereysothea and Dengue Fever.

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31st October 2007

Back on the air after a break, exceptional new releases from Japan's Haruomi Hosono, Morio Agata, YMO, Momonashi, China's Sa Ding Ding, Taiwan's Lo Sirong and Korea's Puri.

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27th June 2007

The best enka singers, the best enka songs. Tears and sorrow; the soul of Japan.

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20th June 2007

New releases and a few first time airings, including from Japan Takeharu Kunimoto's bluegrass shamisen, Thai legend Pompuang Duangjan, Korean female trio Infinity of Sound and the wacky sound of ponchak from Korean singer E Pak Sa.

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6th June 2007

Tracks from and chat about the new release Rough Guide to the Music of Vietnam compiled by Paul Fisher.

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30th May 2007

Slow, meditative instrumental sounds from great master musicians from Korea, Japan, India, Thailand and Indonesia.

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16th May 2007

The May Top 10

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9th May 2007

More new releases, including Yasukatsu Oshima and Geoffrey Keezer, Tsuru to Kame featuring Haruomi Hosono and tributes to Haruomi Hosono, from Geoff Muldaur and Garth Hudson.

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25th April 2007

The best of the latest new releases from Japan, Okinawa, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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11th April 2007

A programme of entirely vinyl tracks, culled from the Far Side vaults. Updated Japanese kouta or geisha style music, YMO, Akiko Yano, Okinawan singles, Indian film music and Tibetan conch calls

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4th April 2007

Prepare to be amazed as east Asian music from the 1940s-70s is combined with Latin and rock 'n' roll. Listen to pioneering artists of world mixtures from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Okinawa.

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29th March 2007

Neil Cantwell joins Paul to talk about his Japanese electronic project, Shinokosei, and exchange tracks from the cutting edge of the Japanese electronica and club scenes.

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21st March 2007

Tom Hamilton, leader of the Oxford University expedition to Tibet 2005, talks about the trip and plays some of his incredible recordings of rare folk music from the remote Porang region and the ritual chants of the Bodang-pa school of Buddhism. More info www.tibetmusic.org

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14th March 2007

The best of recent releases from Japan, Okinawa, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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28th February 2007

Yellow Magic Orchestra hits and rare tracks, plus comedy skits from Snakeman Show.

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21st February 2007

The outer sounds of jazz and beyond from some of Japan's most extraordinary musicians including Shibusashirazu, Kazutoki Umezu, Cicala Mvta and Soil & Pimp Sessions.

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14th February 2007

All the major Japanese instruments and music styles, such as koto, shamisen, shakuhachi, gagaku, nogaku and kabuki from the award winning King Japanese Traditional Music Series.

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7th February 2007

Some of southeast Asia's funkiest roots music; Thai morlam and Khmer Surin music from Cambodia.

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31st January 2007

Traditional gamelan music from Bali, Java and Malaysia, plus modern gamelan influenced tunes from Geinoh Yamashirogumi and Blue Asia among others.

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17th January 2007

Japanese and Asian music played by non-Japanese and Asians. Listen to among others Bjork, Brian Eno, Michael Nyman, Balanescu Quartet, 3 Mustaphas 3 and Brave Combo venture east.

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10th January 2007

The naffest songs from Asia ever! Songs so bad they're almost good (well some of them)

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27th December 2006

The Top 10 releases of 2006, numbers 10 to 1.

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20th December 2006

The Top 20 releases of 2006, numbers 20 to 11.

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13th December 2006

The Best of the latest new releases, from OKI to Okinawa, Khmer Surin to Indonesian kroncong.

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6th December 2006

The Top 10 for December 2006

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29th November 2006

Gideon Juckes of the Japanese / UK group Setsubun Bean Unit (and Farmyard Animals/Bellowhead) joins Paul to play his music and share their passion for the wacky side of Japanese ondo (festival music).

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22nd November 2006

Japanese lullabies, including ancient Ainu, modern Okinawan and updated versions of some of Japan's most beautiful songs.

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8th November 2006

Legenday Japanese producer Makoto Kubota talks about his latest project Blue Asia, and other classic albums he has produced including Shokichi Kina's Bloodline and Detty Kurnia's Dari Sunda.

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1st November 2006

East / West collaborations from 1932 until 2006, plus Chinese meets Arabic music and Malian guitar combined with Japanese koto.

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18th October 2006

Traditional instrumental ensemble music from Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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11th October 2006

Sample the atmosphere of Tokyo in the 1950s with American soldiers playing Japanese influenced tunes and Japanese singers adding boogie woogie, mambo and rumba. First an exploding boiler had knocked out the Resonance FM transmitter, then the heavens opened up and flooded the studio and server during the broadcast. Listen to an unfolding disaster culminating in an abrupt end, as it happened!

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27th September 2006

New releases, from Kawachi ondo to a Blue Asia mix of the Lambada via Okinawan recordings by the sea.

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20th September 2006

The autumn Far Side Top 10.

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26th July 2006

Producer and Author Joe Boyd joins Paul for an exchange of their favourite Asian music.

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7th June 2006

Ismet Ruchimat of SambaSunda plays music from his group, side projects and other Indonesian music.

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29th March 2006

The golden age of Okinawan music from the 60s and 70s by the island's greatest musicians.

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1st February 2006

From Cambodian traditional wedding music to sensational 70s psychedelic khmer roots mixtures.

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25th January 2006

A musical journey through Vietnam from traditional to pop, north to south.

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17th October 2005

Songs you'll know by artists you won't. Wacky cover versions from Yellow Submarine to No Woman No Cry via Japan, Indonesia and Okinawa.

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3rd August 2005

Accalimed Ainu musician OKI comes in to talk about his music and culture.

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11th August 2004

The best Far East albums ever! inspired by Charlie Gillett's Sound of the World forum.

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