Marc Bauduin, a 64-year-old from Brussels, founded TradCan in 2008. Tradcan is one of the very first radios created on Radionomy. More than ten years later, this IT project manager remains a genuinely passionate person, and his radio continues to broadcast folk and traditional music from all over the world. An exciting musical journey from Irish music (Dubliners and many others) to Breton fest noz, Auvergne and Berry bourrees, Swedish polkas and many more…
Why did you create TradCan?
In fact, since the end of 1982, the monthly magazine Le Canard Folk, which I created, has been receiving records to be reviewed : first some 33 RPMs, then CDs, stacks of CDs, mountains of CDs! I currently have about 3000 of them, and I was always wondering what to do with these CDs when an unexpected opportunity presented itself: the arrival of Radionomy.
Without Radionomy, you might not have created this radio…
Not because it requires a significant investment: computer hardware and software, competent personnel, Sabam fees… The radio was activated as soon as Radionomy opened its system to beta testers. It was September 23, 2008.
“Trad” refers to traditional folk music that is also often referred to as “folk.” “Can” has the advantage of representing two things: part of the name of the association “Canard Folk” (and it is indeed a duck’s head that we see on the radio logo), and a box in English. TradCan can, therefore, be understood as a “box of Trad”!
Let’s clarify what this music is by giving examples of music mainly to be danced: Irish music (Dubliners and many others), Brittany fest noz, Auvergne and Berry bourrees, Occitan country rondeaux, English country dances, Swedish polkas, Quebec reels with their podorhythms, Wallonian and Flemish dances.
Why did you choose this particular musical niche?
Because in 1982, I discovered trad/folk music thanks to my future wife. I started both this music (diatonic accordion) and the publication of a monthly magazine with the presentation of bands and albums, concert and ball agenda, list of classes,… I had fun and felt useful at the same time, so I immersed myself more and more in it. The web radio appeared as an opportunity both to enhance my CD collections and to broadcast this music that we rarely hear in the traditional media.
Every month, I add new titles that I choose from the last CDs I received. The selection criteria are numerous: first of all the standard criteria (intro not too long, the song not too long and not esoteric); I add the beautiful melodies, the lovely arrangements, the vital momentum, the originality, and the dynamism.
Do you have any contact with your listeners?
Usually, by email. A member of the United States West Coast Coast Guard who is looking forward to hearing tunes he can play on the banjo. A listener who doesn’t like bagpipes, another who doesn’t like the accordion, French people who are happy to be able to listen to Scandinavian folk music finally…
How much time do you spend managing your radio every week?
Since it’s only randomly generated music, the main task is to select songs from the new CDs of the month. I then process them so that they have the right lengths of silence at the beginning and end, record them in my db (which has more than 8000) and paste mp3 tags into them. Before loading them on the radio; it takes me about two evenings a week, but it’s only possible thanks to a much more substantial upstream work: publishing a credible monthly magazine for which I receive 15 to 20 folk CDs per month, processing a mass of emails, permanently updating a calendar, presenting groups… I have almost no free time left, knowing that I have a full-time job. Next March it will be better: I will be retiring.