From 1987 till 1990, Stein Halvorsen and I ran the legendary Norwegian weekly radio show “Midnight Magic”. Interactive radio featuring role-playing on the air. After 22 years off the air, we did a comeback just before X-Mas on Pål Hverven‘s radio show “Magic Beat“.
Pål was a big fan of Midnight Magic – both the role-playing and the music we played on the show – Italo Disco, Depeche Mode, SpaceSynth as well as the regular crop of hits. Five years ago, Pål started his own music radio show – the Magic Beat where he mostly plays SpacSynth. An oasis among the run-of-the-mill airings.
SpaceSynth, greatly inspired by Jean Michel Jarre and similar artists, was born in the mid-80’s and served by Koto, Laserdance and their ilk. Around the start of our show, Koto came out with one of my old-time favorites, Dragon’s Legend:
During our comeback a month ago, I rediscovered SpaceSynth – and much to my delight, I discovered that there has been a renaissance of the genre. Lots of new artists such as Galaxion and Resource X had entered the scene – and the scene is more active than ever. And so I have spent the past few weeks listening to tracks like this:
and even Laserdance is delivering new music:
It’s a Renaissance! Oh Joy!
And without further ado, here’s the Midnight Magic comeback:
You can also get it streamed from Radio Nova (click on the program dated 21.12.2012). I am sure the world didn’t go under because everyone was anticipating our comeback.
It may mark the start of a renaissance for our program. We’ll see if Pål can come up with some time slots for Midnight Magic. If it happens, I will let the readers of this blog know. Perhaps we can do a couple of programs in English as well.