As audio fanatics themselves, Semēvics and Peterkops spend much of their free time creating experimental field recordings for broadcast. It’s a hobby that takes them to galleries with microphones to pick up ambient sounds of artwork or wandering the city, recording the sounds of daily life in Riga. “We’ve explored in our shows how different seasons have different sounds,” says Peterkops. “When you walk around in the spring, fall or winter, there are totally different noises.”

But Peterkops says the pair “never wanted the station to be just about the two of us. Eager to expand, the duo brought in Riga-based sound technician and DJ Michael Holland to produce new contents and amassing a pool of guest curators for Tīrkultūra performances.Today, Tīrkultūra’s audience extends far beyond Riga, with a growing fanbase in Switzerland, the Czech Republic and France.

Tīrkultūra started life in 2015 as a radio show on one of the main commercial stations in Latvia, organized by Peterkops and his friend Jānis Šipkēvics (a successful Latvian pop musician). A year into the project, however, they were discontinued when the station decided their shows were too specialized. “Most radio stations are rather afraid to play music that is not immediately understandable,” says Peterkops.