Depending on how I feel, tonight’s show could go many different ways. I had to consider whether or not to actually come this week, as I hadn’t been feeling too well for the past few days. Still, I’m noticing that either the studio is really warm, or I’m having a bit of trouble with my own temp. Keep your fingers crossed.
Here’s some good news, though– that awful Sony disc player which gave me so much trouble last week seems to be gone, replaced by a wholly different Tascam. This one, a CD-01U, actually seems to be rather nice! Its as if Tascam read last week’s liveblog, and designed a player just for me. I’ll keep you posted on how it performs. For now, though, it’s handling the first disc of Eliane Radigue’s Lovely Records release “Jetsun Mila” very well. I’m curious how this material will be received by my listeners, though. It’s a fairly quiet work; it is also rather fragile. I especially fear the transition to the streaming portion of my broadcast will not result in an adequate experience of this work.I really enjoyed the transition from “Jetsun Mila” into the Rasbliutto Recordings release of GOD’s “Each One Confinement Force.” Superficially, the two recordings seem to have a lot in common, but upon closer listening it is clear they are moving toward separate goals– Radigue’s work is one of eventual dissipation and enlargement, while GOD’s (comprised of two separate ‘takes’ on the same previously recorded and newly-layered material) is one of increasing introspection and reduction. That the microsound artifacts of GOD’s digital world mirror the occasional sounds of Radigue’s tape is just icing on the cake.
Whew! I’ve got one hell of a headache. It’s not from the music– just loads of sinus pressure. Did I mention that it sucks? Well, yes it does. Time to figure out what to play next…Looks like I’ve got bass on the brain today– from GOD’s super low-end of the previous half-hour, and now to William C. Harrington’s sub-sonic shuffle “The Long Descent,” on his latest release “Nuclear Menace.” You have to love Harrington’s cracked sense of humor (the single word “BOOM” faces those who open the jewel case) and personal vision– like Harrington’s prior disc “Urban Electronic Music,” “Nuclear Menace” is a jarring hodge-podge of sounds– evocative, overwhelming, disturbing, peaceful. I will cheat– you should just hear this one to see why.
I almost forgot– don’t neglect to notice Rune Freeman and Seth Kasselman’s (of Warm Climate, duh) contribution to the disc, on “Rockitt II”. Huge craziness, I will leave it at that.
As you know, I love electroacoustic composition– the thrill of hearing often ordinary elements transformed into, or combined with, otherworldly sounds is endlessly fascinating to me; both for the fun of it, and for the increased perspective about these sounds that I benefit from. At their best, electroacoustic works reveal and highlight existing aspects of the original sound, and can ‘pull them away’ from the source to allow the listener an opportunity for examination. The multi-composer release “Resonance: Steel Pan in the 21st Century,” available through Quiet Design Records, contains many such works. I’m impressed by the ambitious set-up (source recordings of pannist Darren Dyke performing with an original Ellie Mannette steel pan, and source recordings of steel pan construction were provided to a variety of composers) and by the results– a surprising variety of compositions displaying facets of this instrument I had not imagined.I just noticed that the sun is already out, and its not yet 5:30. Is this normal? I’m afraid my sense of time has gone beserk.
I had been wanting to broadcast some more Mike Tamburo stuff since last week, so here’s another half-hour worth of his fantastic sounds. I just couldn’t be more impressed with his “Language of the Birds and Other Fantasies” set– not only is it a tremendous way for listeners to experience a significant portion of Tamburo’s enormous body of work, but it seems to have very little filler of any sort. Granted; Tamburo’s organic, acousmatic soundscapes aren’t going to be for everyone– if you have to have electronics with all of your experimental music, please move on– but the works find a niche both personal and accessible, like a small opening to a wider land. My advice? Explore it!
I decided to play “Tiny Robots,” a Rasbliutto Recordings release by the band of the same name. I figured that I’d had a lot of ‘bounce’ on this broadcast– instances where one artist starts something, and another ‘bounces’ off that point to go somewhere else entirely. So if guitar is the meeting place for Mike Tamburo and the “Tiny Robots” album, the bounce is that “Tiny Robots” removes nearly all traces of the personal. Echoing the clean lines of the hand-drawn line-art cover, this is a crisp set of recordings– finely detailed, with much angular movement.Finally, to salute the passage of the night and the transition into my day, I am playing from Circle Six’s latest recording “Night In Kansas.” This release finds Circle Six somewhere in the common ground of film, soundscape, and noise– a recording where the ennui of nighttime driving, the seemingly barren state of Kansas, and billions of mating insects present the perfect proof of why the Midwest is consistently home to some of the most perfect noise art available. Someone smart should approach the artist about a re-release!
A full download of this show is now available, in a single-track, 64kbps mp3 format– basically, the same way you’d hear it in the webstream. I do not offer this recording as a replacement for purchasing albums from the artists and labels heard on the show, but merely as another chance for busy “ITDE” listeners to catch their favorite broadcast. If you require any assistance or information about a recording I have played, please let me know!
Eliane Radigue — Jetsun Mila (30 minute excerpt)
GOD — Each One Confinement Force, pt.1
William C. Harrington — The Long Descent
William C. Harrington — Look at the Time
William C. Harrington — Interlude
William C. Harrington — Song for a Lighthouse (Composed for “40 bands in 80 minutes”)
William C. Harrington — Rockitt II
William C. Harrington — Into the Car Park
Peter Swendsen — Tomorrow will Be 5m 21s Shorter
Daniel Blinkhorn — Grumble(r)
Damian O’Riain — Ghetto Tuning
Mike Tamburo — Man of the Clock
Mike Tamburo — When I Began (Search for Atlantis)
Tiny Robots — 00
Circle Six — Driving Into Kansas
Circle Six — Passing the State Line
Circle Six — Swan Song for a Kansas (Fred Phelps)
Circle Six — Night in Kansas
Circle Six — Waking Up/Waking Down
Circle Six — Following the White Line