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Happy Birthday, Joseph Fourier!

March 21, 2011

So… it’s Joseph Fourier‘s birthday. I thought I was the last word in mathematical clumsiness until I read this choice paragraph at Wikipedia:

“Fourier believed that keeping the body wrapped up in blankets was beneficial to the health. He died in 1830 when he tripped and fell down the stairs at his home.”

That’s just messed up, and I don’t know how appropriate it is that I find it so funny. He’s like the ultimate pitchman for Snuggies! At any rate, when you’re comfortably seated today, raise your glass to very smart, clumsy man who gave the world complicated math stuff and the concept of the greenhouse effect.

And while you’re feeling smarter than the average 19th century mathematician for keeping your paws planted firmly on the floor, be sure to download a copy of my daughter’s latest radio show, Style City.

“Ah, now we’re getting to the meat of things,” you say. “I knew that DaveX couldn’t focus on math stuff for long!”

Yes, it’s true. After I mercilessly mocked a beloved French intellectual’s bumbling death-by-blanket, I’ve gone and employed him– the switch to my bait! It’s terribly crass, but what’s done is done. Fire up your favorite torrent application, and enjoy STYLE CITY!

High Carb Low Life #6 is out!

May 8, 2010

If you can’t find a copy with the bonus CDR, download it here.

“Hijack, Get Well”

April 18, 2010

(Note: The following text was originally written for the 6th volume of “High Carb Low Life,” a Carbondale zine, 50 special copies of which include a free CD. The CD, titled “Hijack, Get Well,” features local experimental music. “Hijack, Get Well” was also given away in a digital edition as a freebie for persons attending the 2nd Annual Noise Summit. For those of you have have somehow encountered this page without first obtaining a copy of your own– please get with the program, and download it before proceeding.

Although a full overview of experimental music in and around Southern Illinois is outside the scope of a single CD, this collage is representative of the tremendous variety of interesting and regionally unique sound experiments from the area. We begin with a loose ensemble of Nashville musicians at the direction of Tony Youngblood. His “Ore: Theatre Intangible” podcasts got their start here in Southern Illinois, carrying with them ideas we co-developed while hosting the original show together on student radio in the late 90′s. Some of our original taped samples used for those broadcasts appear as “chapter stops” throughout the CD, usually marking the beginning or end of a recording.

Alex Ryterski enters into the mix next, capturing a fractured soundwalk during a single night delivering pizzas in the area. My current broadcasts of experimental music on WDBX and WSIU both occur very late at night, but also serve as a central gathering point for odd music makers in Southern Illinois– and the Midwest isn’t a friendly place for walking. The combination of car culture, late nights, long distances, geographic separation, and the general lack of awareness about what we do makes for an interesting combination of shaping factors.

That’s Mystified in the third section, spinning out a lengthy drone set via the phone, linking his lonely sound to the lonely radio in the middle of the lonely night. Southern Illinois becomes like barely-connected points on a darkened map. Style City takes up where Mystified leaves off, interestingly enough, never having heard Mystified previously. I know– I’m Style City’s father. But there’s that Southern Illinois sound again; something pulsing, a feel of neverending-ness, like an ocean of grain or the stampede of traffic.

Another microcassette sample brings us around to an improvisation with myself and Karthik Kakarala, where small and unimportant sounds mingle without actually meeting, like so many well-meaning people.

Cover art:

Ore: Theatre Intangible — All Guitars (excerpt, complete recording features Tony Youngblood, Adam Louis, Anthony William Herndon, Ben Lowry, Brady Sharpe, Brey McCoy, Charlie Rauh, JJ Jones, and Will Floyd)
Alex Ryterski — Delivery 6pm-4am
Mystified — Live phone performance for WDBX-FM, 8/1/09
Style City — Droid (from the album “The Happening,” available free as a full download)
DaveX, Karthik Kakarala — Small Sounds Improvisation, WDBX-FM, 12/5/09

Want to hear me talk about tooth pain?

January 11, 2010

I know you do! That’s why you’re going to scoot over to the ~Ore~ Theatre Intangible site, and download a free copy of “The Sound of Teeth,” in which I provide the narration. After you check it out, be sure to drop back by here and let me know how much you enjoyed my Jimmy Stewart impression.

Return of the Downloads

December 15, 2009

Here’s a ton of downloads for you– I’ve re-upped them at Mediafire due to the ongoing weirdness in the bit-torrent community, so these are good and solid links. Click on any date to go to the Mediafire download page, or click “playlist” to see the original liveblogged entry for the specific broadcast. Each file is under 200 megabytes, though some are much less. Be sure to share these with your friends!

12/5/09 (part 1) – Interview with Tristan Perich; Craig Colorusso/Joel Westerdale phone-in performance on WDBX-FM (playlist)

12/5/09 (part 2) – Karthik Kakarala, DaveX, LIVE @ WDBX

11/28/09 – This show is dedicated to Acid Mothers’ Temple, Katie Holmes, and Fred Savage. Features Terry Riley, Cluster & Eno, Eyes Like Saucers. (playlist)

11/21/09 – Analog goodness from Resipiscent label, Brian Eno, and the slowest “Yakety Sax” ever. (playlist)

11/14/09 – LIVE @ WDBX-FM; Karthik Kakarala & Tom Vasilj,  Malaria, Oblive, Wilmer Incognito, group improv w/ DaveX (commentary)

11/7/09 – Frank Rothkamm, Wadada Leo Smith, Ironing & Chefkirk, Art Jerks (playlist)

10/24/09 – Jeff Arnal, Edgetone Records goodies, Eddie the Rat, Sabrina Siegel (playlist)

10/10/09 – LIVE @ WDBX-FM, Matt Weston!!! Show also features recordings from Gordon Beeferman, George Korein, Focus Quintet (playlist)

9/26/09 – LIVE phone-in set/interview from Swamp of Pus label owner Novasak, plus an interview with George Korein. Also, lots of previously-unreleased Korein recordings, and an extended selection of Glenn Weyant awesomeness. (playlist)

9/19/09 – Improv saxophonist Randall Hall classes up the Hi-Life Room with THREE live sets, and a hands-on demonstration of extended technique. What does bubble wrap in the bell of a sax sound like? We do the things Mythbusters won’t try. Play along at home, and clap when you hear us say “John Cage.” (playlist)

9/12/09 – Harold Schellinx phones in a sound tour of his home, and Trash Ant provides the most art-damaged cassette tape EVER. (playlist)

9/5/09 – “It’s Too Damn Early” salutes BKPR, and jams to Peter Gordon’s “Life is Boring”. (playlist)

8/29/09 – Black Beast of Arrrghhh, LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM. Also features recordings from Hal McGee’s “Dictaphonia” series. (playlist)

8/22/09 – Ironing, LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM. Also features recordings from Transhumans, Bob Marsh, Rich West, and the “Dictaphonia” series. (playlist)

8/15/09 – Ernesto Diaz-Infante AND Mike Khoury do live phone-in sets for WDBX-FM. You get a car! You get a car! YOU get a car! (playlist)

8/8/09 – Unless you own a Brekekekexkoaxkoax DVD, cool microcassette recordings of Nassau from Ironing, and an alternate version of Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” you’d better grab this episode! (playlist)

8/3/09 – DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme! (playlist)

7/25/09 – Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time! (playlist)

6/27/09 – Karthik Kakarala, Tony Youngblood, DaveX, LIVE @ WDBX-FM. Recorded exactly one month before Tony got kicked off WRVU-FM, and setting off a chain reaction of community member shows being cancelled!

6/27/09 – Praey, LIVE @ WDBX-FM

6/20/09 – Marathon, LIVE @ WDBX-FM

6/13/09 – Warm Climate, phone-in performance, on WDBX-FM

Updates and a Download OR How I Spent My Weekend

October 12, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent file referenced in this post is being replaced with a new link. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

Here’s my latest torrent file, for the 10/10/09 broadcast with Matt Weston. I’ve also added some links to the playlist, and finished typing it out fully– you’ll notice the inclusion of Matt Weston’s set and the New Haven Improvisers Collective airplay for their “Inflection” disc. Sometimes, the liveblog has to take one for the team during a broadcast, but I usually catch it up pretty quick when I get back home.

However, my Saturday had other plans. I decided to take the kids to the St. Louis Zoo; so I spent the vast majority of the day tromping around trying to find giraffes, unsuccessfully cajoling a capybara into revealing his mug for my camera, and trying NOT to hit any endangered sharks with my backpack. (Yeah, I’ve done this.)

Later on, I went to the hospital to have my “brush with death,” i.e., some rather alarming chest pain that had me flashing on all those “if you think you’re having a heart attack” PSAs I’ve played in the past. Although it turned out to be a torn/strained muscle at my sternum, I still ended up spending a fair amount of time in the late-night ER, listening to a belligerent drunkard’s attempts to walk on his broken foot. I got a bruised-up arm (IV port, shy veins) and a lidocaine slurpie for my troubles (an intern was more or less running a concurrent examination with the actual doctor, and had become convinced that I had acid reflux, haha) but was otherwise discharged with a clean bill of health at 3 in the morning. It’s not often that I fit an improvisational drummer, a hippo, and an emergency room into one day– but I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere.

Here’s DJ Mo at the zoo:

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New torrents for YOU

October 8, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

There’s five– collect ‘em all.

9/5/09 — “It’s Too Damn Early” salutes BKPR, and jams to Peter Gordon’s “Life is Boring”.

9/12/09 — Harold Schellinx phones in a sound tour of his home, and Trash Ant provides the most art-damaged cassette tape EVER.

9/19/09 — Improv saxophonist Randall Hall classes up the Hi-Life Room with THREE live sets, and a hands-on demonstration of extended technique. What does bubble wrap in the bell of a sax sound like? We do the things Mythbusters won’t try. Play along at home, and clap when you hear us say “John Cage.”

9/26/09 — Live phone-in set/interview from Swamp of Pus label owner Novasak, plus an interview with George Korein. Also, lots of previously-unreleased Korein recordings, and an extended selection of Glenn Weyant awesomeness.

10/3/09 — DaveX enjoys a bit of the Nashville SoundCrawl early, and interviews the organizers. Later on, Kim Cascone teaches kids a lesson about time zones, but still gets his interview in under the gun. Will DaveX be convinced to move to Linux? Find out in this exciting episode!

More torrents for you to ignore

August 16, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

Here’s the two most recent shows– and I’m re-posting links to the three previous ones, since they were mostly ignored. Shame on you all!

8/8/09: Unless you own a Brekekekexkoaxkoax DVD, cool microcassette recordings of Nassau from Ironing, and an alternate version of Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” you’d better grab this episode!

8/15/09: Here’s a no-brainer for you… Ernesto Diaz-Infante AND Mike Khoury do live phone-in sets. You get a car! You get a car! YOU get a car!

…and three older torrents (but good ones, for real!)

7/25/09: Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time!

8/1/09: Focusing entirely on St. Louis drone king Mystified’s phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early,” along with the lovely bit of transitional period between Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” and Mystified’s generative synthesis bath. Duh, grab it!

8/3/09: DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme!

Feeding you torrents

August 4, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

These are all must-haves– two live sets, and one DAYTIME broadcast! As always, I encourage you to SEED these torrents when you’re through downloading. A handful of you are good about this, but most are not. Seeding past your completed download means faster times for other listeners, and a healthier torrent. So seed already!

Here’s my latest batch:

7/25/09: Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time!

8/1/09: Focusing entirely on St. Louis drone king Mystified’s phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early,” along with the lovely bit of transitional period between Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” and Mystified’s generative synthesis bath. Duh, grab it!

8/3/09: DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme!

Eat all the torrents you want-- but be sure to seed!

Eat all the torrents you want-- but be sure to seed!

Roadblocks to airplay

July 20, 2009

I don’t want to pick on William Harrington, or his Urban Electronic Music project, but a recent message from him provides me with an example of something bothersome that pops up every now and then for me– roadblocks to airplay. I’ve discussed it somewhat in-depth from a packaging/mailing angle previously, but this is another side of the same problem:

Here’s a portion of the original message:

“This year, we’re trying something different. Rather than printing copies of our latest cd, we’ve decided to release it as a download and see how that works. The project is titled: “Science Can’t Explain It” and is available here.”

Keeping in mind that UEM’s music is generally quite good, and that I do intend to listen to it soon, please read an excerpt from my reply:

“In my experience, though, it’s always best to remove as many roadblocks to airplay as possible– you might consider continuing to provide radio, reviewers, etc with a CDR of some sort. I’m sure it would break a lot of hearts among those who make a small fortune re-selling such promos, but I’ve always been just as happy with a CDR, a track list, and an info sheet. For the average listener, a downloadable album is great, but for those few of us who deal with LOTS of albums at once, it’s great to just have something on-hand to stick into the stereo. It’s a lot easier than downloading the individual tracks, making a folder, playing them on a PC, and then burning a disc to take into the station. Like I said– lots of roadblocks to getting on-air. Oh geez, I just noticed– I have to register with Redline Park as well before I can download these.”

I’ll be happy happy to hear your opinions about this matter in the comments section.

Update: Harrington was unaware of the need to register with Redline Park before being able to download, and will be mailing me a CDR copy. He wrote: “This is the first time I’ve tried this and it’s a learning experience.”

You might want to clear off some shelves

July 13, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

I’ve got two new torrents coming at you! I intended to share these much sooner, but I got a little bit behind… now it’s July and I’m putting up links to April broadcasts, go fig. Here’s what I’ve got for you:

4/4/09: Our hero takes two-and-a-half hours to slowly transition from a Zelphabet-curated Arcane Device track to a live field recording of birdsong outside the station. A chance yard sale find of Smithsonian Folkways birdsong LPs just 15 minutes after the broadcast confirms DaveX is on the right track. This show is lovely, and sets up the bird mania of the next episode. Also includes Philip Samartzis, Michael Vorfeld, Asmus Tietchens, and Guilty Connector.

4/11/09: Lots of birds. Lots of tape. Also features The Revolutionary Ensemble’s final recording, Miya Masaoka, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Valerio Cosi.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/11/09

July 11, 2009

Listen to the broadcast here.

If you were ever curious about my sleeping habits, I offer you the following tidbit: it’s now 12:25 a.m. I’ll be going to bed in a few minutes. For more fun, note the time I start this week’s episode. Also, I just noticed that I failed to upload last week’s broadcast. I’ll try to fix this oversight as soon as possible– most likely on Monday. Now tell me “goodnight” and I’ll see you in a few hours.

“A few hours,” ha! It’s 2:38 a.m., getting my shoes on.

Well, I guess my DJ search has officially ended. Today, I met Eric and Tatiana, who were doing their first broadcast of “Mass Resistance.” I suppose it’s a techno or dance show, though I’d be hard-pressed to nail down a genre– club music isn’t exactly my strong point. They’ll be on-air from 12-3 a.m. weekly, so I think my work squatting the 3 a.m. hour has unofficially paid off. Maybe I have a 3.5 hour show now? I’ll have to ask.

Quickie: “Sweat Stained Fancy Heaps for First Rate Ladies” by Ritualistic School of Errors has to be one of the ugliest-sounding albums I’ve ever heard. On the other hand, it’s really well-assembled. This one will take a lot more time.

Playing Zelphabet now… trying to educate a caller a little bit… “what’s noise?”

Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge should be calling in soon. I’m looking forward to their live set.

Ritualistic School of Errors — Fanfare: Wobbling Turn, Fine Physique
Negativland — Gimmie the Mermaid
Ritualistic School of Errors — Purpating Hindquarters Burst
Ritualistic School of Errors — Corkscrew Catheter for a Jelly Loaf
Halaka — Grocery, Singer, Girl
Halaka — A Man’s Head on Fire, Through the Tree
Halaka — Mossy Stone
Halaka — Dancing Between the Cracks of a Jigsaw Puzzle
Billy Gomberg — Exposures
Billy Gomberg — Verse
Billy Gomberg — Darkened
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — Post-Dramatic Stress Syndrome
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — Upside Down Crossing Guard
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — Recycled Excitement
Francisco Lopez — Untitled #210
Frans De Waard — Meet Melt
Katchmare — Lotus Village Plan, disc 2
Rabbit Girls — Sick Problems
Rabbit Girls — Skin and Fat
Rabbit Girls — Hardwired Entropy
Rabbit Girls –Device
The Lonely Procession — Murder Hauntings (excerpt)
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM
Halaka — Andrew Doubts His Ability to do a Feature Film
Halaka — The Loose Table is Tracked Down
Halaka — Part 4: Don and Andrew Try to Connect the Wind Machine
Halaka — Putting the P Back In Quality
Halaka — Set Design and Dealing With the Production Staff On a Very Small Budget
Halaka — Part 2: Don Recalls the Black Shirt
Halaka — Finally Giving Up on the Wind Machine
Don Campau — Tum-mo

New torrents!

June 20, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

Here’s some new “It’s Too Damn Early” episodes and pieces that you may enjoy:

“ITDE” 6/20/09 — In which DaveX overcomes his nightmares in order to interview Hal McGee. Marathon plays live, and the Infant Cycle’s secret message is intercepted by dogs.

“ITDE” 6/13/09 — Warm Climate plays radio guinea pig for DaveX, gang-pressing a cell phone into field trials. Halaka brings the weird, Dictaphonia v.1 goes one further.

DaveX interviews Hal McGee — Pretty straightforward. Too lazy to download the full show? Skip right to the microcassette-themed goodies.

Marathon, Live at WDBX-FM — Again, the title gives it away. Is there no more mystery? Help stamp out DaveX’s yammering and just download Marathon’s drone-noise live set.

Warm Climate, via cell phone, 6/13/09 — Who needs foreplay? Shoot your wad all at once, and head straight for Warm Climate’s inaugural phone-in set for DaveX. It’s kinda rough– go ahead, blame DaveX!

For more information about downloading with torrent files, see my earlier post.

I, Phone

June 1, 2009

My good friend and former co-deejay Tony Youngblood hipped me to the free download of one of his latest ~Ore~ broadcasts this morning, an all-iPhone-app improvisation experiment originally broadcast this April 26th, on Nashville’s WRVU-FM. It’s called “I, Phone” and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

From the ~Ore~ episode guide’s description:

Here we have six performers playing apps such as Noise.io, RJDJ, Balls, The Zombietron, Brian Eno’s Bloom, the Thereminator, Mobile Synth, SpeakEZ, Ocarina, iPhone voicemails, Bebot, and more. William Davis from Oh No It’s Howard, his friend Brian Zimmerman, Ryan Adams from Sunshine Bros., Pimpdaddy Supreme, Irony from Nerd Prom on WRVU, and myself make one hour of pure iPhone goodness.”

Of course, experimental music obsessives will want to visit ~Ore~’s MySpace page as well– there are download links for many of the broadcasts, many of which are in the classic ~Ore~ model of an extended improvisation based on some bizarre theme. Some of my favorites:

“Good Sir” — Storytelling and weird music collide in slow motion. Listen gets to decide, success or failure?

“Turn the Page” — Wherein six vocalists find their behaviors controlled by inert objects. Namely, a stack of action cards making odd suggestions.

“Random and Nameless” — Maybe you have to be an ~Ore~ vet to dig this one, where all hell breaks loose and everything goes pear-shaped. Amusing for listeners, but probably a gut-wrencher at the time. Also notable for holding the current “most participants in-studio simultaneously” record.


Léger de oreille

May 29, 2009

Sadly, I will be out-of-town this weekend, so you’ll have to do without your “It’s Too Damn Early” fix for another eight days. To help get you through this painful time, I’ve put together a short list of some other interesting things to hear (for free) around the net in your spare time.

Ironing’s “Sum of Your Life” broadcast for May 25th: Features Hal McGee, Don Campau, and whaddya know– DaveX!!!

Southern Illinois Noise Summit 2009 2-hour collector set: Features Karthik Kakarala, the Cloud Cuckoo Band, and there he is again– DaveX!!!

Halaka - “ITDE Songs”: Features live performances created especially for– you guessed it– DaveX!!!

Marina Hardy, AKA Song for ITDE – “Rat Attat”: Yep, my radio show has a fanpage. No, I didn’t create it. But I’ll gladly link you there because I’m– DaveX!!!

I’ll be back in the Hi-Life Room on June 6th. Don’t despair!

Download the Noise Summit @ Terror Noise Audio!

May 23, 2009

Burek, co-curator of the infamous Terror Noise Audio blog, has posted .flac AND .mp3 versions of the 1st Annual Noise Summit– it’s a free download, so be sure to grab yourself a copy! In case you’d forgotten, here’s the tracklist for this killer 2-cdr set:

1-0 Introduction
1-1 The Cloud Cuckoo Band
1-2 DaveX
1-3 Glass Pyramid, Gorilla Heritage, Andrew Crook, Cosmic Twilight Pimps, Alex Ryterski
1-4 Karthik Kakarala

2-0 Introduction
2-1 Karthik Kakarala pt.2
2-2 Glass Gorillas on Safari w/ Andrew Crook
2-3 DaveX, Karthik Kakarala

Torrents!

May 3, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

I have a new method for archiving my broadcasts now, one that results in a higher-quality recording for you, but a slightly larger file size for me. Because of this, I can no longer avail myself of Mediafire’s pleasantly-free filesharing service, as their limit tops out at 100 megabytes.

So I’m going to share them using bit-torrent, and farm some of the work off to you! If you don’t use torrents now, let me explain a bit about how they work. If you do use torrents, skip to the last line of this entry and start downloading.

Alrighty… I have two files for you at the end of this blog entry. They’re called torrent files. These are very small, and contain no music whatsoever. They’re something like maps that your torrent software (we’ll get to this in a moment) can use to find the recordings I’m trying to share with you. Once you open the torrent file in that software, it will download the actual file for you.

This sounds like a bit of a run-around until you understand some of the magic happening. As I write this, I have not yet shared these music files with anyone. But by the time you read this, any number of people may have already downloaded them to their computers. When you open the torrent file (the map, remember?) it will not only start sending the file from me, but from everyone else who has a part of the file that you request! In this way, everyone who downloads a file helps to share it. Even if you haven’t finished downloading the file, you will still be able to share the pieces you DO have– that’s the magic of bit-torrent.

All you need to start is your torrent software, and the torrent file itself. As for the software, you have a lot of choices. I’ve done a lot of looking, and I recommend you use uTorrent. It’s popular enough to have a good community of users, it does what it’s supposed to do in a regular manner, and it’s not a bloated piece of junk. My Mac and PC friends can all use it, and it’s free.

And now for the torrent files. These are tiny, so they download really quick! Open up uTorrent, and drag them in– the program will ask you where to save them– it’s pretty straightforward. You can see the size of the file you want to download (these are going to both be under 200 megabytes) as well as how much has completed. You can also see your ratio, which is fairly important. If you’re playing fair, it’s nice to keep your ratio at 1.0 or above– that means you’ve given away as much as you have taken, so you’re helping others get the files you download as well. If nobody happens to want the file and your ratio is low, it’s not your fault; don’t sweat it.

As always, I offer these recordings purely in the spirit of sharing. They’re not as good a quality as you’d get if you purchased the actual albums, and these aren’t split into individual songs– you’re getting one big 2.5-hour mp3. If you like something, get in touch with the artist or the label. If you can’t, I’ll dig them up for you. Enjoy these recordings!

Here’s the torrent file for the 4/25/09 broadcast. Here’s the torrent file for the 5/2/09 broadcast. Have fun!

“Unheard Music” pdf for you to read

February 6, 2009

Someone just posted this on the Silence listserv– a rather interesting .pdf file, “Unheard Music.” It’s written by Craig Dworkin, detailing various silent (and nearly silent) musical works.

It’s not terribly long, but there sure are a lot of fascinating examples!

Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” leaked

September 2, 2008

Was there any doubt this would happen? Without admitting any guilt, let’s just say I’m quite happy this evening, with all the DaveX neurons (both teen AND music freak grownup) firing away. But don’t worry guys… I’ll be buying this one as soon as it hits my local store.

Rick Rubin, whatever it is that you do, keep doing it. You kicked my ass with new Cash, Neil Diamond, and now Metallica. THANK YOU!!!!

Copyright = 5 years?

July 23, 2008

Andrew Dubber, New Music Strategies blogger, has a lot of folks riled up about copyright– including me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t send some readers his way; the conversation has been fantastically interesting. His idea? Make copyright an opt-in process, with a 5-year timeout, followed by the option to renew. Dubber hopes the renewal process will lead to a greater percentage of works entering the public domain… I just think its going to result in another enormous bureaucratic clusterfuck mis-managing artists’ rights.

I found this hanging outside WDBX. Either the tree lost its pants, or someone lynched a member of Dokken.

I found this hanging outside WDBX. Either the tree lost its pants, or someone lynched a member of Dokken.

In truth, I’m still not exactly certain where I stand with copyright. It seems to me that copyright and art don’t really go together all that well anyway– art and commerce ultimately have very different goals. If I was a businessman, I could definitely understand the value in hoarding everything of any possible use forever. As an artist, I’ve often given things away for free, or at least encouraged their dissemination. Can these be reconciled?

The fear underlying most copyright decisions (or so it seems to me) is that if a big-name artist’s work wasn’t protected, it could be sold out from under their noses by unscrupulous businessmen, de-valuing their work by making it more freely and cheaply available. But hey, isn’t this already happening? As I type this, a quick torrent search reveals more than one Radiohead discography available right now. One has 33 separate albums, in lossless format, and even features scans of some booklets and liner notes!

Yet Radiohead carries on. I’ve yet to see Johnny Greenwood flipping burgers.

Granted, they might have made a lot of their money before such widespread filesharing came into practice. What about newer artists? Honestly, I have no idea. In some ways, I’m just sort of waiting to see how it plays out. My hope is that the ubiquitous availability of any sort of information, at any time, will de-value ownership itself. I know that I have downloaded songs just to avoid the walk downstairs to retrieve the actual record. I’ve downloaded albums I already own to more easily make a copy for my daughter– the de-valuation of ownership is underway.


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