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by Emir Prasetyo (subscribe)
Currently studying in the University of Melbourne, Australia. Majoring in Media & Communications and Cinema Studies. Follow me on Instagram @em_prasetyo
Published March 17th 2013
A radio revival

It is 2013 and people everywhere are receiving an overwhelming amount of information everyday through the media. It seems like just a few years ago our number one source of information and entertainment was the humble radio. Now television, the internet and movie theatres provide us with what seems to be an endless stream of entertainment, music and news. Has the radio become irrelevant? No, at least not according to Bayu, an Indonesian born graduate living in Melbourne and five of his friends who had recently established Tambora Radio, "an online-based community radio station" based in a secret location somewhere in North Carlton.

"All of Tambora radio's programs are presented by volunteer broadcasters, who are music enthusiasts, artists, producers, DJs, and record collectors" he says while rolling a cigarette. "Every broadcaster has a passion for what they present and devoted experts in their fields"

"I have always had a passion for radio because I grew up on a pre-internet era, where radio is one of best sources for music", he explains while organising his equipment in his living room, next to him, was his friend sitting comfortably on a brown vintage sofa smoking his cigarette and listening. So far Tambora Radio has four different shows, including "Live at Como" which focuses on various genres of underground dance music, while "What Da Funk" focuses on 70's funk, and early hip-hop. Bayu graduated with a master's degree in marketing, but his passion remains in music. His show: "Puff Puff Pass", is where he displays his love of obscure music from the past.

Tambora Radio has become a way for Bayu and his friends to express themselves, not just through music. The artworks on their website are made by close friends and local artists; their website is also maintained by a friend of theirs.

It truly encourages musical diversity by purely showcasing obscure music both old and new.

"It's like watching a TV series, and once you get the character, you'll be into it. One thing we can assure you is we offer an alternative to alternative music. A side stream of the side stream music", he said with a smile.

Bayu can also be seen spinning his records in Hasti Bala Bar in the Carlton Hotel, in their once a month event: Day Care.

If you love music, and love discovering sounds that you never heard before, check them out here.

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