What’s it all about

Mother Earth wishes that you feel better if you listen for a while. Furthermore it is kind of a musical education to accustom again to a complex and nutritious music diet.
  1. The Faslaks frequency

    In 1939 concert pitch was set to 440hz by the international concert pitch conference held in London. But 440Hz or higher pitches are out of the question from a biophysics point of view, since music based on this pitch is inducing stress.
    German engineering office Lachmann calculated the ideal concert pitch of 429hz based on the periodic table of elements (Faslaks frequency). This root note is resonant to the elements carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. 429Hz music elicits the state of „Euthymia“ as described by Demokrit.
    Every song on-air has individually been analyzed and tuned as close as possible to the Faslaks frequency.

  2. Technical
      streaming format FLAC 96khz/24bit.

      Signalprocessing in mainstream radio – very often an intense audio processing chain occurs before broadcasting so that the bit in the song where only the voice whispers into silence is the most loud part of the track. That sounds unnatural and is uncomfortable to listen to.

      Vinyl

      Most recordings in the program are recorded from vinyl in 394khz/32bits. A whole lot of vintage recordings included, where music was performed differently than nowadays:

  3. Music
      Recordings

      Back in the days musicians had to record their songs all together in one go. Being able to get it all together on point and shine while doing it is the fine arts. Today instruments are added from different takes, everyone can repeat his performance all alone until he is satisfied.

      Computers

      Computers entered the arena, suddenly every single note by every single musician on the song could be perfectly quantized into an exact time-grid – the subtle variances in timing make it „groove“ though, the last bit of freedom in performing and responding to each other was gone.

      A counter-example:

        AC/DC Back In Black:
      • Verse 1: 90bpm
      • Chorus : 95bpm
      • Verse 2: 92-93bpm
      • Chorus 2 : 95bpm
      • Guitar-solo : 93-94bpm

        Led Zeppelin „Whole lotta love“:
      • Verse 1: 88-89bpm
      • Chorus: 91-93bpm
      • Verse 2:92bpm
      • Chorus 2:94bpm
      • Guitar-solo: 87bpm
      Composition

      Further downward we go, when the money was gone, music-industry (name gives it away) began to work strictly by the hit-cookbook. Producers started to use only harmonics that will „work“:
      background: Opposite to the melody built from single notes, a whole piece is looked at by chord progressions.
      Basic progression: I-IV-V: root note (tonic), subdominant, dominant. (twinkle, twinkle little star)
      and that's the almost exclusively used compositional vocabulary of todays hit factories: nursery rhyme level.
      However, looking at i.e. the Beatles world hits catalog one finds ony one song that is using I-IV-V chord progressions: Let It Be.
      The rest is highly complex and demanding, key changes, diminshed chords, you name it. A young listener might be overtaxed and therfore not really able to enjoy a Beatles #1 hit.

      This limitiation of chord progressions leads to another impoverishment:

        The melody:

        Usually you build your melodies based on your chord tones, C major i.e. C-E-G. If you only have I-IV-V progressions your melodies get as interchangeable and boring as they are in today's mainstream radio.
        An uneducated bluebird sings you more elicit things in no time.
        Should you go and try unusual things, key changes, tritones etc to improve your melody, the other 5-8 persons involved will veto. The rent has to be payed and the families fed. That is also why the lyricist wont write you complicated demanding lyrics:

  4. Lyrics:

    The music on Mother Earth Radio is curated by my philosophical views. In a nutshell, i only play music that tells about bravery, love and joy, also tales of grief of course, but nothing of the devil, hatred, violence and dependency.
    You can listen to Mother Earth the whole day without being told a horrible story or curse words. And you’ll notice at the end of the day.

    So, nice and easy, not too demanding, that’s what the hit cookbook gives you – resulting in a mainstream radio that is extremely simple, to the point of dumbing down peoples neurons with perfumed sandpaper till there is nothing left than nursery rhyme level.

Florian Reiterer, Munich, 2021