micatonal: New web radio for contemporary music from Austria

mica – music austria, the Austrian Music Information Center, is marking its 20th anniversary with an array of special events and activities and has just launched the new web radio channel “micatonal”. micatonal features contemporary music from Austria that can be heard non-stop around the clock from all over the world. Accessible on the mica – music austria website, the channel can also be easily shared on any website with an embed code.

micatonal – the name says it all

2014 is a special year for mica – music austria and celebrates 20 years of commitment for and with Austrian music creators. Although mica – music austria already offers a broad range of services for musicians and composers on many levels, there has been a definite need for a medium to listen to contemporary music from Austria.

“There are hardly any online broadcasts featuring contemporary music, not to mention contemporary music from Austria. We want to fill this gap and draw more attention to the diversity of this genre,” says project manager Susanne Amann.

“micatonal will focus on contemporary and experimental music from Austria, but also cover the margins of genres such as rock, pop, world, jazz and electronica,” adds Ines Fernau, who developed the concept and assisted in the technical realization.

A unique novelty of micatonal is the connection of radio broadcasts to the mica – music database, which is the largest database of contemporary Austrian music. Almost every music piece playing on air is linked to the corresponding entry in the database, where interested listeners can search through a plethora of available information on work details, performers, composers, instruments, etc. With over 42,000 compositions in the directory, the mica – music database is the most important international source of comprehensive information on Austrian-based composers, performers and ensembles.


micatonal 24/7

micatonal features Austrian contemporary music around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It also offers 5 special programs produced by the micatonal team and 2 shows shared by independent radio stations.

The micatonal player can also be played on any mobile device or easily integrated to any site via an embed code.

To stream micatonal on mobile devices:

  1. Download the free “VLC Player” from your app store (iOS, Android)
  2. Open the menu item “Open Network Stream”
  3. Enter the following URL:
  4. Open network stream – the VLC player will remember the entered streams. You can reopen these at any given time.

Embed code for websites:
<iframe src=”http://www.closer2sound.com/radio/index.htm” width=”190″ height=”80″ frameBorder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>

Special Programs

Mo, Tu, Th, Fr: 6:00-8:00 PM
We: 6:00-9:00 PM
Sa, Su: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM


Migration im Ton
Migration in sound.
The program takes a closer look at works of Austria-based music creators with a migration background (or vice versa, works of Austrians living abroad)

Bundesländer Spezial
Austrian province special.
A focus on works by composers from a selected Austrian province.

micatonal KomponistInnenportraits
micatonal composer portraits.
A presentation of individual composers and their works.

Exploring the margins of contemporary music and jazz, world, electronic, pop.

Doris Weberberger and Susanne Amann, the two comtemporary music experts at mica – music austria, play a personal selection of music.

Composer portraits from and with Wolfgang Seierl
Composer portraits produced by the composer and musician Wolfgang Seierl for the Ö1 radio channel “Zeitton”.


Atelier für Neue Musik
For many years the “Trans Art” artist Astrid Rieder has been hosting her annual studio concert event “Atelierkonzert für Neue Musik” in the Great Hall of the Künstlerhaus Salzburg. Once a month she talks about this event in her program, plays music examples and invites contributors of these concerts to her show.

Kofomi – Composers’ Forum  Mittersill
The Kofomi network for exchange, information and communication is a driving force in the contemporary Austrian music scene. The programs conceptualized and hosted by Wolfgang Seierl present contemporary experimental music, introduce composers and musicians and discuss current issues of the music scene.