Of Baroque and iTunes Radio

I’ve been listening to a couple nice and unique radio stations on iTunes since the beginning. A few weeks back, I’ve discovered a new addition under the classical streams: 1.FM – Otto’s Baroque Musick.

Otto’s Baroque Music is an awesome streaming radio station for lovers of Baroque and iTunes Radio. Navigationwise, it’s located at the top of the classical stations under iTunes > Radio > Classical. At 128 kbps, the sound quality is just fine. There’s also a 32k dial-up version on the website itself. The station (supposedly) has its own independent URL, which, although nicely named after the most prominent Baroque composer, doesn’t seem to function properly. (Last time I’ve visited, all I see was a blank black page with a link to 1.FM.) For those who are curious and would like to discover more, 1.FM website gives you a minute by minute history of tracks recently played back on Otto’s Baroque Musick. You can also search the song database, or make a request. (Although these are nice features, the annoying pop-ups and advertisement screens give 1.FM a little sour taste.)

On a related note, right under the Baroque station, iTunes also lists Otto’s Classical Musick. There seems to be a technical problem with this Classical station; it never works! I’ve tried numerous times but have never been able to succeed. Despair not. Despite the fact that it doesn’t work on iTunes Radio, you can always listen to Otto’s Classical Musick on 1.FM. You can even stop by the Opera House if you’d like.

Classical or Baroque, whichever you prefer, it’s always good to remember what Ellen said:

“There are two kinds of sex, classical and baroque. Classical sex is romantic, profound, serious, emotional, moral, mysterious, spontaneous, abandoned, focused on a particular person, and stereotypically feminine. Baroque sex is pop, playful, funny, experimental, conscious, deliberate, amoral, anonymous, focused on sensation for sensation’s sake, and stereotypically masculine. The classical mentality taken to an extreme is sentimental and finally puritanical; the baroque mentality taken to an extreme is pornographic and finally obscene. Ideally, a sexual relation ought to create a satisfying tension between the two modes (a baroque idea, particularly if the tension is ironic) or else blend them so well that the distinction disappears (a classical aspiration).”
Ellen Willis, Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life (1979)

Did I say the Classical never works?

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