Ambient music, environmental sound recordings and poetry? It sounds perfect.
The world's first satellite radio station. Programmed according to the tide schedule.
At the apex of Japan’s miracle “bubble” economy in 1990, a new broadcasting company named St. Giga put forth a utopian vision for radio programming, envisioning a new direction for the world of media as mankind drew close to the 21st century. Conceived by creative director Hiroshi Yokoi (横井宏) after his success establishing the legendary terrestrial J-Wave station in Tokyo, St. Giga followed a radically new set of principles: no commercials, no DJs, no news and a seamless flow of audiophile-quality digital sound, using a subscription-based model for long-form environmental home listening that re-oriented the relationship between listener and transmitter — what Yokoi envisioned as the radio model of the future. “We are about to enter a period of major historical change not often witnessed in the history of mankind,” Yokoi wrote in Dream Tide (夢の潮流), the station’s wide-eyed programming manifesto. “I believe that people involved in media have an important obligation to fulfill - that is to truly grasp the spirit of this period.”
St. Giga’s story is deep and fascinating, a utopian technological vision at the bubble economy’s zenith ...