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It’s Too Damn Startling #6!

January 5, 2008

I missed contributing my “It’s Too Damn Startling” guest portion of Tony Youngblood’s “ORE Theater Intangible” last week, as you may have noticed. This week, I’m back with a nearly twelve-minute blend.

For this mix, I chose to work with the theme of human reaction to tragedy. Starting things off is Potpie’s “Blues for the Lower 9,” on “Proud To Swim Home,” a compilation from the New Orleans-based Backporch Revolution label.

An extract from Darren Copeland’s “They’re Trying to Save Themselves,” found on his Empreintes Digitales release “Perdu et Retrouvé,” follows. Constructed from recordings of news broadcasts made during the 9/11 attacks, Copeland’s composition is among the most heartrending works I’ve ever encountered.

Pogus Productions artists Dimitri Voudouris’ “Praxis” is the third piece, heard here in extract from the full 14’30″ work. “Praxis,” meaning action, is partially created from a damaged recording of a memorial church service dedicated to the victims of Croatian genocide. As an example of a highly-complex electroacoustic composition, listeners need look no further– “Praxis” utilizes 556 separate “sound compartments,” each individually constructed and edited.

Finally, the mix closes with “Some Vowed Abstinence,” a disturbing track from the Edgetone release of “The Generation of Our Grandfathers.” Inspired by a documentary of the Nazi-era law which would lead to homosexuals being imprisoned and murdered by the German state, Conure’s album is an excellent (and sometimes reactionary) sound companion to the sense of absurdity and disbelief learning of such things can engender.

You can download this edition of”It’s Too Damn Startling” now, or catch it live Sunday morning from 2-4am on WRVU-FM, Nashville.

It’s Too Damn Startling #5!

December 23, 2007

I’ve just uploaded the 5th edition of “It’s Too Damn Startling,” my regular contribution to Tony Youngblood’s ~ORE~ Theatre Intangible radio show. You’ll definitely want to grab this one!

Going into my fifth edition, I decided that I really didn’t want to work with a lot of materials. I’d had a conversation with fellow WDBX-FM deejay Nick last night regarding my microsound leanings, and of my own temptations about working ever deeper within the waveform.

Of course, I’ve also been doing a fair amount of thinking about Stockhausen, as I have been taking a more active approach to hear many of his works of which I am unfamiliar. I decided to take a very small sample of one of Stockhausen’s works, and use it as the basis of a larger piece.

Following this rather vague plan, I ended up using a little less than two one-hundredths of a second of Stockhausen’s “Helikopter Streichquartett” as the sound source for a 3′ 33″ work of pulsing, chattering sound evolution. I’m quite pleased with it, and hope you will be as well.

You can hear “It’s Too Damn Startling #5″ when today’s broadcast airs live from 2-4 AM, this December 23 on WRVU-FM. However, if you have plans to be handcuffed and left for dead during this time, you may download It’s Too Damn Startling #5 at your convenience upon rescue.

Enjoy!

It’s Too Damn Startling #4!

December 16, 2007

I’ve uploaded the 4th edition of “It’s Too Damn Startling,” my continuing to Tony Youngblood’s ~ORE~ Theatre Intangible radio show, which airs live from 2-4 AM, this December 16 on WRVU-FM.

This week, Tony has no pre-conceptualized theme, so I thought I’d play with the idea of going into things blindly– which also perpetuates my approach to this morning’s “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast.

For this short mix, I utilized extracts from some of the tracks I broadcast this morning, with the exception of Neil Rolnick’s “Breathing Machine,” which I had not used earlier. Selecting my extracts purely from the appearance of each track’s waveform, I began assembling the mix without the benefit of any sound output– using only the “look” of the waveform as my guide. It was not until after uploading the finished product that I allowed myself to listen to it– so what you hear is the first result, just as I heard it.

You may download the 4’15″ long mix by clicking this awkwardly-rendered link, or simply content yourself with the list of sound sources below:

Neil Rolnick — Breathing Machine
Leo — Cute Drops
David Watson — Dexter no.1
Tom Nunn — Skatchmat
Judy Dunaway, Tom Chiu — Etude no. 1 for Balloon and Violin

A touch of DaveX

December 12, 2007

That’s what you’re going to find among the rest of Tony Youngblood’s 12/9/07 broadcast of “~Ore~ Theatre Intangible,” a Vanderbilt radio show I contribute to each week.

Original digital photography by DaveX

Actually, I don’t. Like an old person’s bowels, my offerings to ~Ore~ have been somewhat irregular. On the other hand, mine are much less disgusting as they enter your ears.

Enjoy a full download of this experimental broadcast, including a lovely six-minute mix of degenerating tones and voice from yours truly, by clicking the seven chance words after the double dash– britney spears crotch shots nude girls strip

I swear, I pick these words completely at random. The shame is yours for having a filthy mind. (more…)

It’s Too Damn Startling #3!

December 2, 2007

I’ve uploaded the third edition of “It’s Too Damn Startling,” my small contribution to Tony Youngblood’s ~ORE~ Theatre Intangible radio show. This week, the theme is “Degenerates,” which can be read as a noun or a verb– and will surely be used both ways in the broadcast. As always, I recommend you catch it live from 2-4 AM, this December 2nd on WRVU-FM.

If it does happen that you find yourself unable to operate a mouse until tomorrow afternoon, though, feel free to download the mix here.

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This edition is exactly 6 minutes long, and features portions of the following:

Billy Murray — Save It For Me
Ross Bolleter — Piano Dreaming
Rune Lindblad — Party
Scott Smallwood — Debris
Mike Hallenbeck — Silent Night (Shepherds Quake)

It’s Too Damn Startling #2!

November 24, 2007

I’ve uploaded the second edition of “It’s Too Damn Startling,” my (hopefully) regular contribution to Tony Youngblood’s ~ORE~ Theatre Intangible radio show. Of course, I recommend you catch the broadcast live from 2-4 AM this November 25th on WRVU-FM– but if you miss it, or just want to add my every sonic leaving to your archive of DaveX-y goodness, you may download it here.

This edition is a little over 12 minutes long, and features portions of the following:

Sarah Peebles — Fast Kitchen
Joan LaBarbara — Solo for Voice #45
DaveX — Waiting at the Start
Boyd Rice — Untitled #2
Steven Flato — 48v
Ryan Gregory, Christine Jeanine — Rain
Frank Rothkamm — Temporarily Unavailable OR Descent Into LAX
Anna Lockwood — Rod Against Edge of Pane
Anna Lockwood — Deep Water Gong

DaveX on Nashville’s WRVU-FM!

November 18, 2007

As you may recall, I was invited by WRVU-FM host Tony Youngblood to contribute a regular feature to his experimental program ~ORE~ Theatre Intangible. I finally got around to actually following through on this, and have whipped up a 10-minute mix worthy of Commodore Vanderbilt himself.

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This recurring feature, which I’m calling “It’s Too Damn Startling!” for lack of a better name, will center around a single theme or idea related to experimental music. This first instance was inspired by a recent e-mail exchange with School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Eric Leonardson. In response to my questions about the nature of his “Locofone” broadcast, he said:“I’ve been touting the idea of radio as a medium better for ‘evoking the imagination’ than providing “information”.

Leonardson’s take on radio is very similar to how I approach my own show– less a clearinghouse for music trivia or hits, and more of an opportunity to bewilder and inspire.

Too many words hasten failure
Cannot compare to keeping quiet”

-Tao Te Ching, translated by Derek Lin

I am making this first edition of “It’s Too Damn Startling!” available for download, but I highly encourage you to hear it in it’s natural environment as well. ~ORE~ airs this morning, from 2 a.m. until 4 a.m., CST. Enjoy it live, or check the archived stream later on. Regardless, enjoy!


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