East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Radio Karavansara – why not?


I’ve been listening a lot to Martin Newell’s ODDCASTE, an irregular podcast in which the British musician and poet plays DJ, offering a selection of obscure and often fascinating pop tunes. I often thought that’s the sort of thing I’d love to do… but of course the ODDCASTE already exists, and there’s no need for more of the same.

On the other hand, I am having a lot of fun with the current work on Paura & Delirio, the podcast on horror and fantastic movies I host with my friend Lucy. Wouldn’t it be good to do something else, podcast-wise?
Of course it would!

Then last night the thought struck me.
Time to bring back Radio Karavansara.

Last night I was outlining my next long project, a hard boiled novel, and I played a bunch of songs that I automatically associate with hard boiled and detective fiction.
Why not make a thematic selection and post it?

And so I did it. I selected a handful of songs, I arranged in an order that made sense to me, and I added four words of presentation – in my ugly, nasal voice. Not much, because I wanted to leave room for the music.
The result is the first programme of Radio Karavansara, and you can listen to it on Mixcloud – where I can play songs and music and they’ll take care of the royalties for the artists.
Nice and smooth.

It’s a very rough experiment, a sort of late-night “let’s see what happens”.
I hope you’ll like it.
I’d like to do more, exploring more themes related with my interests… what about a selection from Old Shanghai, next?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Radio Karavansara – why not?

  1. This was a really enjoyable listen and I’m looking forward to the next episode! Don’t fret too much about your voice, I think it’s just fine as it is.
    By the way, if you’re interested in discovering new tunes I would suggest the Youtube channel “My Analog Journal”, I think it would be just right up your alley.
    Keep up the good work!


  2. Bravo!


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