Archive for February, 2010

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 2/27/10

February 27, 2010

Today’s phone-in guest is Ironing, back for a second bite at the apple. You’ll have to make sure you’re tuned in– he might take us all out for waffles again! If you’re hungry now, go check out these videos.

Speaking of eating, I gotta thank Chaos Kit for this yummy pizza!

Matt Davignon — Mesonychoteuthis (from “Living Things” on Edgetone)
Matt Davignon — Markhor
Shelf Life — Morning Parlance (from “Courtesy,” on Psychic Oscillator)
Shelf Life — Afternoon Parlance
Shelf Life — Evening Parlance
David Morneau — Salutation (from “a/break machinations”)
David Morneau — Transformation
Ironing — LIVE phone-in performance, WDBX-FM, 2/27/10
Louis Dufort — Materio_*

Now that you’re done listening to “ITDE,” why don’t you go check out Ironing’s radio show “The Sum of Your Life?”

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Episode #1– DONE!

February 24, 2010

I got my first episode of the new radio show for WSIU done today! As I mentioned yesterday, the work-flow is a bit different, but the end result is a fine two-hour broadcast– and I’m happy to say that I’ll be starting my listeners off in the deep end of the pool. You’re going to have to wait until it’s broadcast to see the playlist, but if you’ve got a good handle on my taste, you’ll probably be able to guess a handful of my favorite artists and labels that made the cut.

But let’s geek out for a bit, before you leave your guesses in the comments section. Here’s a photo of Production B, where I’ll be assembling my shows:

This is a nice little room, very cozy. I haven’t had an opportunity to check all the equipment out just yet, but I will! Here’s a closer view of the board:

Looks like I’ve got a bit of a learning curve ahead of me– but then again, I remember when the board at WIDB looked expansive, too! I just reminding myself that it’s mostly repetition. Anyhow, here’s a look at the engineering area. Can you spot the Optimod?

Yep, that’s it, mid-way up in the sixth rack from the right. He looks a bit different than Sir Optimod at WDBX, eh? Speaking of fancy gear…

I don’t know WHAT this does, but I’m totally tempted to re-enact Star Wars scenes with it. Okay, </geekingout>.

Did I mention that I was interviewed today? I’ve been told the interview will most likely be in the March 1st issue of WSIU’s “Signal” newsletter. You should probably add this to your news reader, but you can also just read it at the site. Obviously, this is required reading.

Okay, gotta go now. Weasel is calling for his bath– “DaveX? DaveX? Baaaaaaaath!”

Pre-production, 1st day

February 23, 2010

Tomorrow, I’m scheduled to begin production on the first broadcast of my new radio show for WSIU-FM… which means that I spent a good amount of time today planning and shaping what that broadcast will be. Although I consider myself fairly talented at putting a radio show together, the live broadcasts I do in WDBX’s relatively free format are rather different than what I’m finding is required of me at WSIU– in short, I’m working on the same goal, but from different angles and with a different set of skills.

Luckily, I’m well-acquainted with my music library. Timing a show exactly– on paper– is a lot different than mixing CDs live to get the desired time, and I had to fuss a lot with my selections to make things fit. I also decided to take advantage of WSIU’s production facilities, and bring all my selections in on a thumb drive– I’ll still have the same sound quality, but I can work directly with the files in a sound editing program rather than record them in real-time. I’m hoping this cuts down on the time necessary to construct a two-hour show; I have to get three broadcasts complete before I can bring the show on-air.

This, in itself is rather strange. I’m broadcasting at a distance; I imagine this is how theater actors experience television work– even though I’m often alone in the Hi-Life Room at WDBX, I don’t find it hard to imagine my audience. The aural ambiance outside my door, the passing cars, the occasional phone call; they all combine somehow to give me a mental connection to my listeners. But here at my kitchen table, it’s more difficult to achieve this sensation, so I’ll have to work on building a new one.

I’m going to try to remember to take some photos tomorrow, so I can introduce you all to the studio. Wish me luck!

I’m starting a new broadcast!

February 20, 2010

After years of personal consideration, I’m starting another broadcast. As of Friday, I’m an official host at WSIU-FM, a public radio station broadcasting from the Southern Illinois University campus.

But don’t worry; I’m not leaving WDBX-FM, or canceling “It’s Too Damn Early.” My plan is to continue my current Saturday morning broadcast, as well as host a separate 2-hour broadcast at WSIU-FM on Sunday mornings. Both broadcasts will feature experimental and avant-garde music, sound art, and difficult listening– with no repetition between the two.

Since I’ve told you so much about WDBX in the past, I figure it’s only proper to introduce WSIU as best as I can. WSIU is a non-commercial station, and our local public radio broadcaster. They have programming from NPR, PRI, and some locally-produced shows as well. If you’re a fan of Celtic music, you may have heard “Celtic Connections,” which is carried in syndication on dozens of public radio affiliates across the United States.

Whereas WDBX currently broadcasts at 3000 watts, WSIU is at 50,000 watts. To make things even more fun, WSIU employs two “repeater” transmissions in Mt. Vernon and Olney for a total of 88,000 watts. As I understand it, this not only covers the lower-third of Illinois, but parts of Missouri and Indiana as well! Obviously, this will be a much larger listening audience, so I’m very excited. For those outside the broadcast area, WSIU streams online– and I have been told that archiving shows is a distinct possibility.

Quite possibly, this will be the largest broadcast of experimental music anywhere in the state; it will certainly make Southern Illinois a prime destination for sound artists, experimental musicians, and composers of new music.

For now, I’ll be working on getting the first few broadcasts ready, and checking my WSIU mailbox for the first promos I hope everyone will be able to send my way. If all goes well, the show will most likely be launching in early April, so send some music in!

Here’s my address at the station:

WSIU-FM, c/o Dave Armstrong
Communications Building 1003, Mail Code 6602
SIUC, 1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901 USA

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 2/20/10

February 20, 2010

The studio was unoccupied again today when I arrived. Unfortunately, the “emergency” disc of music timed out a few minutes before I made it in the door. Ah… dead air.

This week, I’m really excited about being able to play Asmus Tietchens’ “Daseinsverfehlung,” and Freiband’s “Replicas,” which is inspired by (and sourced from) the former. I got the Freiband disc from the amazing Monochrome Vision label, along with a bunch of other good stuff I’ll be sharing with you during the next few weeks.

I also have some REALLY HUGE news that I’m going to be sharing on Monday– but if you’re impatient, you can always send me an e-mail and ask about it…

Eddie the Rat — Sunny’s Up All Night
Eddie the Rat — Freak Out & Die
Eddie the Rat — Cough Up the Life Units
Eddie the Rat — Lip-syncing at Zero Gravity
Asmus Tietchens — Freiband III (from “Daseinsverfehlung,” on Stille Andacht)
Asmus Tietchens — Freiband VI
Asmus Tietchens — Freiband VIa
Asmus Tietchens — Freiband X
Freiband — Re-III (from “Replicas,” on Monochrome Vision)
Freiband — Re-VI
Freiband — Re-VIa
Freiband — Re-X
PBK, Telepherique — Twilight Cue (from “Noise-Ambient Connection,” on Monochrome Vision)
PBK, Telepherique — Radical Pair
PBK, Telepherique — Ecosystem Interrupt
Univers Zero — Warrior (from “Clivages,” on Cuneiform)
Larval — One Day I Just Kept On Walking (from “Obedience,” on Cuneiform)
David Watson — 1 (from “Fingering an Idea,” Sinister disc, on XI Records)
David Watson — 2
David Watson — 3
Conrad Schnitzler — DictaCon (excerpt)
Ross Bolleter — Unfinished Business
Ross Bolleter — Under Rookwood

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 2/13/10

February 13, 2010

I just finished reading Gordon Hempton’s remarkable book “One Square Inch of Silence,” which has left me full of thoughts about the relationship between sound and place. While I’m working to arrange an on-air interview with the author sometime soon, I hope you can enjoy these recordings.

Also, I have a head cold– hooray for long tracks! Next week, I’ll try to be more energetic. Oh! The station’s little clock just died. Apparently, it needs to be more energetic as well…

Cesar Bolanos — Divertimento I
Cesar Bolanos — Divertimento III
Cesar Bolanos — I-10-AIFG/Rbt-1
KGB — Noise Forest I
KGB — Noise Forest II
KGB — Noise Forest III
Malcolm Goldstein — The Seasons: Vermont, Summer
Malcolm Goldstein — The Seasons: Vermont, Autumn
Malcolm Goldstein — The Seasons: Vermont, Winter
Malcolm Goldstein — The Seasons: Vermont, Spring
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Donauwirt to Samorin
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Esztergom to Keselyus
Golden Roses — Monkey pie chair brain banana orange teeth toilet screaming (this track, and the next, taken from “Dictaphonia” vol.6)
Thee Virginal Brides — Accanto Al Cimitero
Conrad Schnitzler — DictaCon (excerpt)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 2/6/10

February 6, 2010

I’m playing fine examples of improvisational and ensemble works today, and needless to say, I’m really stoked about all the music I’m presenting. I’ve also got a bit of homework for my readers– suggest a book about sound for me! I’m self-directing a sound studies course for myself, so keep that framework in mind.

Volvox — Touched By A Mouth That’s Wrong
Volvox — Cardboard Cupboard
Phil Hargreaves, Glenn Weyant — Do Not Sing
Phil Hargreaves, Glenn Weyant — A Door Is Open
Phil Hargreaves, Glenn Weyant — Force of Circumstance
Big City Orchestra — Mantra (previously unreleased track from “White Fungus, Issue 11” zine compilation CD)
Shelf Life — tkcrdsuow
Shelf Life — cuswodkrt
Shelf Life — wkuctdrso
New Haven Improvisers Collective — Roger and Out
New Haven Improvisers Collective — BCS Triac
Keith Jarrett — Rotation
Ratchet Orchestra — Love On A Faraway Planet (from “Live at the Sala Rosa, November 28, 2007”)
Thuja — Pine Cone Temples
Anla Courtis, Seiichi Yamamoto, Yoshimi — Untitled 4 (from Public Eyesore release, “Live at Kanadian“)
id M Theft Able — v ide touch ess?
id M Theft Able — Split Angels (in tow no tow)
id M Theft Able — ovum crude (lasers out)
if, Bwana — Connecticut
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