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Virtual Noise
C/O KOOP Radio
PO Box 301899
Austin, TX 78703-0032

Since 2004 Virtual Noise has been Austin’s only music broadcast focusing on Progressive Rock Blending many progressive musical styles (as well as related genres like jazz-fusion & art-rock) from around the world spanning the last 50+ years all the way to the present day in intricate, musically intense and experimental ways, Virtual Noise is a mind-bending experience!

Originally founded and hosted by “The Progressive Cowboy” Mark Boyden, Virtual Noise began its weekly broadcast in January 2004. Co-host “The Professor” (a.k.a. “Professor Ted“), came on board in 2008.  In late 2018, Progressive Cowboy decided to take a hiatus and was replaced by “Baron Mind” who brings his own related influences to compliment The Professor‘s and further expand the musical palette of Virtual Noise.

Virtual Noise exposes the listener to the many forms of adventurous music collectively known as Progressive Rock (a.k.a. Prog). This includes a wide variety of sub-genres such as Symphonic progProto-progNeo-progHeavy progPsychedelic (a.k.a. psych)/Space-rockEclectic progCanterburyAvant-prog/Rock-In-Opposition (a.k.a. RIO)ZeuhlKrautrockChamber-progRock Progressivo Italiano (a.k.a. RPI). We also venture outward, playing music from related genres such as Crossover progJazz-Rock/FusionProgressive MetalExperimental/Post-MetalArt-Rock/Prog-relatedProgressive Folk-rockAmbient/Progressive ElectronicPost-rock/Math-rock, and more including occasional “coloring outside the lines” such as Art Rock (e.g. Bowie, Kate Bush, Roxy Music, etc.) and some categories we make up ourselves: “New Directions” (possible futures of prog), “Nu-Jazz/Not-Jazz” (trad. jazz styles mixed with electronics), “Pop goes the Prog” (Is it pop or prog?), “WtF?” (head-turning, unclassifiable weirdness), “Local Yokels” (Austin artists of interest), and the beloved category “It’s Prog Jim, just not as we know it.” (prog influences where you might not expect).

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Professor Ted
The Professor (aka Ted Thomas or Professor Ted) is a life-long fan of progressive rock (aka prog), having come of age in the early/mid 70’s during which time the genre was maturing before falling from popular favor. The Professor continued expanding his musical horizons (as he continues to do to this day) but always maintained his love of prog rock – whether it be classics from the 70’s or the various new forms and sub-genres which followed. After a chance meeting with “The Progressive Cowboy” (founder of Virtual Noise) at the NEARfest prog-rock festival, The Professor soon joined The Cowboy as co-host in 2008. The Professor is also a musician and is currently active in the Austin prog scene. In late 2018, The Progressive Cowboy decided to retire from Virtual Noise, and in early 2019 The Professor was joined by new co-host Baron Mind who brought his own related influences to further expand the palette of Virtual Noise.

Baron Mind

baronBaron Mind is a brain in a jar in another dimension, employed as an anterior decorator for The Time Being. In this dimension, however, he is Brooke Wilton, who has been a friend to KOOP since its inception, though he did not officially join until he was recruited in late 2018 to be a part of the progressive music program Virtual Noise. The Baron is a techie, visual artist, and musician who started Flameless Shirt, a clothing line of locally hand-made shirts,  which is his primary vocation. He founded The East Austin Handmade Arts Market in 2014 to help provide local artists like himself with an arena to bring their goods to the public, and regularly produces events that are a synergy of art and music in the Austin area. The Baron also formed Third Sat From The Sun to create Progressive music events around town. He founded and has produced Surf By Surf East, the largest annual gathering of Surf Rock bands in the US for six years running, and has also organized large and small events for KOOP and Voyager Fest. To this day, he remains at large. Baron Mind also does two other shows on KOOP: The Hippy Campus and Here Comes Sunshine.