Most people never receive an honour such as having their composition broadcast across the former Soviet Union. Today is a bitter-sweet anniversary for me. In 1991, one of my electronic music pieces was played on a radio network in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
I felt so excited the day I received the letter from Sergey Tutov, host of a radio show called Tangerine Wave. He informed me that January 31 would be the day that my music would be played on his show.
As soon as I arrived home from work, I turned the dial of my shortwave receiver. In those days, the CIS hadn’t yet begun to switch to FM for their relay stations. Though reception was good, I missed the broadcast. Either I mixed up the time or the date.
A few weeks later, I received the playlist of the show on which my composition had been played. I felt proud of this accomplishment but chagrinned that I couldn’t record it for myself.
Six years later, I had the privilege of traveling to Moscow and being a guest on Sergey’s show. A friend of his made a tape of it and it’s one of my treasured possessions today. I no longer compose electronic music but I still fondly remember the triumphs and friendships I made during those years.
I mentioned my music in my debut memoir, When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living with Bunnies. It and my memoir of being in a school for the blind are available at the Bruce Atchison’s books link. My recently published testimony, How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity is distributed through Amazon and Barnes & Noble in e-book form. Virtual Bookworm stocks the paperback version.