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    KLPR drifts into space with original radio programing: ‘Drifting Beyond’


    Ian Kahler
    Antelope Staff

    KLPR 91.1 is getting some new and interesting programming this semester. “Drifting Beyond: A Radio Space Drama” is airing on KLPR 91.1 and adding original fresh and new content to the air waves.

    Thomas Prentice, a junior music composition major from Grand Island, is the lead composer of the radio drama and gives the show more atmosphere and immersion through his music. “Most of the music is mostly improvised,” Prentice said “This is my first foray into composing music for a radio show, so it’s been interesting to learn how to take what I perform on a keyboard and see a computer spit it back out at me.”

    Prentice has been working with the creators of the radio show to incorporate their vision for the music. “It’s mostly ambient tones and sounds” Prentice said, “Watching science fiction movies and reading books has given me prior knowledge as to what they want and what the public would expect from a space audio experience.”

    Prentice uses a keyboard and improvisation entirely for the score of Drifting Beyond. “Some of my favorite movies of all time are “Interstellar” and, of course, “Star Wars,” so listening to the scores of those films and listening to the brilliant John Williams scores really gave me ideas as to how to approach the music for the show.”

    Prentices biggest music accomplishment so far has been performing at the Honors Recital his sophomore year but said he has been enjoying music his entire life. “I’ve been playing piano since a very young age and so after years of band, orchestra and composition and lots of time commitment and long sleepless nights, it’s really exciting getting to hear your own music on the radio. It’s an out of this world experience for sure.”  

    “Drifting Beyond” airs on 91.1 KLPR on Mondays and Thursdays at noon & 4:30 p.m.

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