My favorite records in the Trent Radio vinyl archive

My favorite records in the Trent Radio vinyl archive

Jordan Cook in Trent Radio's Studio A.

In the winter of 2021, I was specified the challenging assignment of bringing buy to Trent Radio’s enormous collection of vinyl documents, which experienced developed to incorporate much more than 8,000 parts of wax over the many years-extensive historical past of the broadcast facility. Lead archivist Alex Campagnolo and I spent months sorting and labeling vinyl to create a extra manageable and consumer-friendly selection for radio programmers to obtain.

In the close, we whittled the collection down to about a third of its original dimension, choosing 2,971 records to showcase in Trent Radio’s main archive space. How did we come to a decision what was worthy of retaining? We prioritized just about anything that was Canadian, anything that was not “popular music,” nearly anything that was not readily available to stream on the world-wide-web, and anything that was considered scarce by tunes nerds.

“There’s a joy of discovery to searching by a bodily archive that really has no substitute in the electronic realm,” clarifies Trent Radio’s director of functions, Rob Hailman.

When I questioned Rob what the greatest file in the assortment was, his reaction was a beautiful reminder of the power of this archive. “My favorite is not some wonderful rarity or important musical landmark, but anything personally important,” he explained. “The Harvey Silver Dixieland Band, in the jazz collection.”

“Harvey was my piano teacher when I was incredibly youthful. I keep in mind him as a quite variety and affected person aged guy who, I imagine, recognized he’d never ever transform me into a pianist but could possibly sow the seeds for a appreciate of audio.” It naturally worked, as Rob is not only a great musician in his own proper, but a supporter of community radio and instrumental in flooding Peterborough’s airwaves with one of a kind and local audio.

The magnificence of radio — in particular as it’s practiced at Trent Radio — is its ephemeral nature. You go to the archive, glimpse for music to enjoy, pick one thing on a whim, and then engage in it for whoever might be listening. 

In a entire world that seems hellbent on pushing streaming platforms of just about every media kind, getting an precise archive of actual physical media is scarce in and of alone. And it is real it can just take hours to locate a film to stream but there is tiny pleasure derived out of the approach of seeking. Not so when you are exploring by way of a bodily area.

 “Walking via the stacks in a library, digging as a result of the racks at a outfits retailer, or leafing via a report assortment,” Hailman suggests. “The immediacy and serendipity suits seriously effectively with the knowledge of producing radio!” 

It is very possible your favourite record is in this archive but you have hardly ever heard it. It’s even doable there is a file by a family mate, a distant relative or even a piano instructor. It is doable as well some of these data may in no way be played once again. 

For me, likely by means of the archive was just one of the extra magical activities of my existence. I manufactured mates, discovered about music, and was impressed more than at any time to create radio highlighting unusual and unheard masterpieces. It is with great privilege that I share with you some of the most unique gems in the archive.

Interpretations: Chapter Just one

By Idiom Colleagues

Only 1,000 copies of this report exist and Trent Radio has a person of them! The Invisible Towns label unearthed a number of deadstock (authentic and unopened copies) a handful of years again that had been promoting for 65 euros on their web page. By natural means they sold out straight away. For enthusiasts of krautrock, ambient and abstract music.

Canadian Electronic Ensemble

By Canadian Digital Ensemble

Extended out of print (but lately reissued by Artoffact Records) and one particular of the initial albums of its form in North The us. It was at first released by Music Gallery Editions, when referred to as “the strangest file corporation in the country” by the Toronto Star. This was a person of only 27 albums to be launched on the label, and perhaps its most effectively recognised. The music was built typically on synthesizers — excluding “trumpet” and “ping-pong balls” — together with a house designed synth identified as the “Dyna-Saur.” Certainly essential and a single the initially digital new music albums in Canada. If you are in Toronto you can pay attention at the Reference Library or at York University’s archives.

Fenelon Falls Secondary University Music Night

By Fenelon Falls Secondary University students

Pressed by Lee Smith Recordings out of Toronto, the title suggests it all. The music directors for the evening were Mr. Nicholson and Miss Saigeon with accompaniment by Mr. Fletcher (so official!). There are numerous sticky notes affixed to the protect, 1 of which reads that the A Minor Suite has some “squeaky clarinets”. A different sticky notice statements that the monitor ‘Watermelon Man’ is “60’s psych rock”. How cool had been these children throughout significant college to get on phase and perform some crunchy grooves in front of their classmates?

Annihilated Shock

By Stuart Broomer and John Mars

Recorded in concert at the Lynnwood Arts Centre in Simcoe for the duration of the summer time of 1983, this at first arrived out with a holographic photo glued on to the front go over. However, Trent Radio’s copy is lacking the photo. I was not equipped to pay attention to this one, so I emailed John Mars straight to study extra about his music. “At some point, my webmaster will be earning a large amount of my tunes into no cost, streaming, whole-duration clips on the world-wide-web web page,” he wrote back again to me. “People will be welcome to do what that they want with regard to listening, earning copies or whatev,” he wrote. So, when I have not read this history yet, ideally I’ll be equipped to shortly!

You and I are Marked by the Great and the Undesirable

By East Avenue Energy

Another mystery no MP3s or YouTube movies on the internet. Released independently, this duplicate is number 244 of 992. Why quit 8 quick of a single thousand? No clue only adds to the secret. There are 10 various musicians on the album, and Discogs lists the style as people/region. Recorded at the Princess Theatre, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, June 1, 1986.

Premonition of Reality

By E.Q…Zak

Another private press of spacey electronics, constrained to only 500 copies, this time out of New Jersey. Not significantly is recognized about this duo, built of Wayne Smith and Jeffery Sontag. There are not lots of bands with an ellipsis in their name, and there are much less that are in ALL CAPS…perhaps none? The 2nd side of this is a full suite about the novel Dune.

Heads in the Sky

By Heads in the Sky

One of 4 releases on the Illuminated Data Label (Box 81, Lake Wilcox, Ontario, Canada, L0G 1X0), what struck me most about this album was the excellent address. Incredibly prog, really reminiscent of the “get schwifty” episode of Rick and Morty. Also, what improved way to myth-make than to identify not only the album following your band, but also the greatest cut on the report? A fantastic slice of Canadian psych rock that seems like a lengthy shed Pink Floyd album.

The Absence of a Canary

By Ceramic Hi there

After leaving well known new wave and Can-rock mainstay Spoons (“Nova Heart”, “Old Emotions”) in 1980, Brett Wickens went on to form Ceramic Howdy, an experimental electronic band that was way in advance of its time. Championed by Damian Abraham of Fucked Up, re-issued on Suction Records, and incorporated on Truth Magazine’s leading Minimal Wave albums of all time, this is an underrated Canadian common.


By Beastles

Not to be confused by the Beatles-Beastie Boys mashup album (try to remember those people?), this is a novelty record that is designed up of generally animal sounds, despite the fact that the guitar is by previous Lighthouse member Grant Fullerton (!!!). Handles contain Ma Moo Moo Moo (Ba Baa Baa Baa) to the tune of De Do Do Do by the Police and Let us Dance by David Bowie. Their variation of Satisfied Birthday is available on Youtube.

Devil’s Audio

Nicolas Collins

The back go over of this album reads: “In Devil’s Tunes, fragments of radio broadcasts are digitally sampled, looped, re-brought on and once in a while reversed or de-tuned. All the material is taken from FM and AM transmissions occurring at the time of the functionality.” Absolutely amazing, and correctly Trent Radio.

Freedom As a result of Mobility


This is a 3 disc set put out by the Modern society of Automobile Engineers for their 1980 Diamond Jubilee Celebration. That includes 3 discs of relatively existentialist dilemmas this kind of as “what is the evidence that proves individual engineers and company employers do have a social conscience?” Plane sound and emissions as very well as electric motors are touched on.