Mosaic / Music / Reviews / February 22, 2012

Snowflake Music: a movie for the ears

If it is 1 a.m. on a Wednesday and you want funny conversation without actually having to talk to someone, tune in to Snowflake Music on 90.7 WVKC.

On election night 2008, Snowflake Music turned into a fake news show, got a large group of friends to come on the air and faked interviews with Barack Obama and Christopher Walken before declaring war on Belgium. Since then, what started as a music radio show has become a talk show where anything goes.

Alix Wilson ’11 and seniors Spencer Graham and Rob McCarty started the show fall of 2008. They were drawn to doing a show because they all liked the same music, “back when Snowflake Music actually played music,” McCarty said.

Through the years, Snowflake Music has taken on a life of its own, shifting from music to screwball comedy; it is now hosted by Graham and senior Jack Dryden.

One recent show started out with Graham and Dryden narrating a silent movie. Graham described the scene: “A woman is sleeping, writhing in ecstasy.”

After the audience had, according to Dryden, “watched a movie with their ears,” the conversation turned to amusing insights about life, such as Dryden’s discovery that “the shoes make the man.” The contentions became more and more ridiculous, until they were claiming that Laurence Olivier had a tragic foot condition due to his obsession with wearing shoes.

McCarty — who joined them via Skype — and senior Bob Carey were recent special guests.

The four of them engaged in an hour of goofy banter. Carey played the intellectual, claiming to have just graduated from the “Doctor School of Cambridge, Cambridge.” He provided theological insights like “God made us in his image, and we made shoes in our image. But shoes make us in their image. So shoes are God.”

The highlight of the show, however, was the visit from the WVKC “radio troll,” a monstrous creature who speaks with a Cockney accent and loves The Velvet Underground. Dryden, the voice of the troll, showed the talent of a true entertainer in that he could put on an accent and create a character on the spot.

Over four years, Snowflake Music has created a rich oral history, one that not only the hosts can look back on, but also that anyone who regularly listens to the show can share. Graham and Dryden allude to old jokes like the “Blind Hands Wisconsin Impersonator,” which may be confusing to a first-time listener, but to a long-time fan, the inside jokes are part of the pleasure.

The listeners are a vital part of the show because according to Graham, without them, the show is just “an aimless spectacle for no one.”

Rebecca Gonshak

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