00:00 to 24:00, Saturday 19 June 2010
broadcasting in central London, streaming worldwide on www.resonancefm.com Most radio stations rely on playlists. Most rely upon the repetition of familiar tunes. Resonance104.4fm, the award-winning radio station which famously does not have playlists, presents an entire day devoted to a single song. Radio Yesterday presents 24 solid hours of radio in the company of The Beatles’s “Yesterday,” reputedly the most covered song in history - in as many
cover versions as it’s possible to secure. Midnight to midnight, the day after Sir Paul McCartney’s 68th birthday.
Radio Yesterday works on many levels. It’s a forensic examination of “variations on a theme.” It’s an homage to an enduring masterpiece. It’s an investigation into
what turns a pop song into currency. It’s a satirical take on “golden oldie” playlists. It’s a exercise in casual listening taken to a crazy extreme. As comfort zone turns into endurance test and back, Radio Yesterday is presented as a conceptual radiophonic artwork by Resonance104.4fm - described as “the best radio station in London” by The Guardian and “the best radio station in the world” by The Village Voice. Resonance104.4fm was the winner of the Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Award for London.
Radio Yesterday instigator Ed Baxter was runner-up in this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards “Station Programmer of the Year” category and featured as one of the people who had made the UK a better place to live in The Independent on Sunday’s “Happiness List”.
Radio Yesterday is conceived and produced by Ed Baxter. It is curated by sound-artist Dan Scott. It features the voice of continuity announcer Piers Gibbon.