Since Autumn 2003 People Like Us have been doing a weekly show on WFMU, called DO or DIY. The aim of the show is to mix highbrow with lowbrow to challenge whether there is much difference. Also, many artists played on DO or DIY get very little radio play (a google search for many of these bands brings the show’s airplay at the top of the results). Each weekly show has been known to have excess of 50,000 listens per year (based on average Realplayer stats archives collected over the space of one year).
Here are the archived playlists and realaudio streams of at least 100 shows from 2003 to the present day. www.wfmu.org/playlists/PL
Subscribe to the Podcast of DO or DIY by right clicking and saving this link, and pasting into the Advanced section of iTunes.
DO or DIY is a freeform sound art radio show broadcast weekly by Vicki Bennett (project name People Like Us) on WFMU.
This show has been in existence since 2003, and has broadcast more than 100 shows.
The philosophy behind the show is simple. That within the realms of avant-garde and experimental sound art the goalposts defining “accessible” and “inaccessible” are constantly moving. As the radar rises and dips, fragments and shards of underground creations unearth, and popular culture and artist resonate, shifting shapes accordingly with one another in reflections of changing spotlights. The avant-garde and popular culture rely on each other’s energy. People Like Us collage both “hard to listen” works and popular listening matter, showing that in fact, beyond the restrictions of genre, genre IS the restriction and it is possible to like many kinds of art and music. The key is finding the door – DO or DIY leads the way into new and unusual realms of listening and hope to show the way in.
Each show consists of collages made of sound works from the 20th and 21st century, often layered and looped many times over, resulting in an album type effect on each show.