Archive for March, 2010

Required Reading, vol. 37

March 31, 2010

Carbondale’s wonderful weekly “Nightlife” newspaper has a great little interview and write-up about “Sounds Like Radio,” in the April 1-8 edition. Be sure to clip it out and keep it in your wallet, for easy reference.

Or, read it right now:

Dave Armstrong, sometimes known as DaveX, will begin a new experimental-music program on Saturday nights / Sunday mornings at 3 a.m. on WSIU 91.9 FM. The show, Sounds Like Radio, will debut Sunday, April 4 at 3 a.m. He will continue to host It’s Too Damn Early on WDBX 91.1 FM, though the second program will allow him to send each show in slightly different directions.

“Although it may be difficult for casual listeners to tell, I actually cover a rather wide swath of experimental music on It’s Too Damn Early,” Armstrong tells Nightlife. “Now I can divide it up a bit, and bring some more focus to each broadcast. Besides, they’re both great stations, and I love being able to be part of each….

“Although there may be a bit of crossover at times, the general idea will be to present the more academic wing of experimental music at WSIU,” Armstrong continues. “Although there’s always some crossover, this would cover the more rigorously composed pieces of electroacoustic music, avant-garde works, or simply those that require more unpacking and intellectual effort on the part of the listener. Of course, that just gives me even more room for going further out with the WDBX broadcasts– more noise, dada, outsider works.”

Another difference: Armstrong will prerecord the WSIU show, but broadcast the WDBX program live.

“Pre-recording shows offers me a completely different set of opportunities, which I’m also pretty excited about,” Armstrong says. “Live shows gives me a flexibility that I love, but prerecording might let me go completely baroque in the studio.”

As Armstrong implies, the works he plays on his shows are often challenging for listeners– while they certainly are not noise, they are not always music per se, either, but varieties of audio art. Enjoyment and appreciation often requires a different listening mentality, he says.

“I’m a big advocate of active listening,” Armstrong says. “After nine years worth of late-night phone calls [at WDBX], I know that a lot of listeners still consider experimental music as either unwanted noise or as a sort of sonic wallpaper. It’s understandable, but intellectually lazy. If there’s anything to jettison, it’s the concept that music has to be anything more than those sounds you choose to focus upon as music. Frankly, I just hope some new people check out my broadcasts. I may not want the Little Grand Canyon in my yard, but I’ve gone to see the place– it’s an amazing part of Southern Illinois, and an offbeat treasure– same as my shows.”…

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/27/10

March 27, 2010

I’ve got a couple surprises up my sleeve tonight. Also– NOISE!

And hey——— you better go to one of two shows tonight: Randall Hall and Jonathon Kirk are playing at SIU as Pendulum tonight, for free, as part of the Out of the Box Festival. Or you could go see Tatsuya Nakatani and the SIU Improv Unit at Lemp Neighborhood Arts in St. Louis. Nakatani and the siuIU are playing Sunday evening here in Carbondale as well, so if you DO see both, be sure to give me a report on the differences in performance.

A. Stroud — Come On Lovers (from “Killer Workout” on Hot Releases)
A. Stroud — Bag of Tricks
A. Stroud — Sugar Daddy
A. Stroud — The Firm
Rabbit Girls — Vomit Splash (from “Sick Problems” on Smell the Stench)
Rabbit Girls — Insertion Video
Rabbit Girls — Erektile Disjunktion
Wether — Beauty Is In the Eye of the Storm (from split with Needles, on Nail in the Coffin label)
XV Parowek — Body Warmth (from “Periodical Embarrassment” on Public Eyesore)
Dalek/DS/Oddatree — Son of Concrete (this, and next track, from Public Guilt/Implied Sound compilation “At the Doors of the Palace“)
Strotter Inst. — AN (side A) [and here’s Strotter Inst.’s current tour dates)
Review of iPod/iPhone app “ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ” by Jorg Piringer
Bastard Noise — Ice Epoch (from “Live in Japan” on Helicopter)
Pendulum — Vxatk (from “Pendulum” on Medusa Critical Publications)
Pendulum — Continuity of Etz’nab
Rabbit Girls — Militant Audio (from “Audio Insurgency II” on Roil Noise)

Required reading, vol. 8

March 23, 2010

The Daily Egyptian (the campus newspaper of Southern Illinois University) has an article about “Sounds Like Radio” in today’s edition. Knowing that you’re all enthusiasts of student journalism, I’ve included this handy link so you can go read it right now. Please resist the urge to correct any definitions of noise– this isn’t the Troniks forum. On the other hand, check out the awesome photo! Feel free to leave your lecherous remarks regarding my rugged good looks in the comments section. Or, try to guess which CDs I’ve got in front of me on the board. I’ll mail a CD to whoever manages to guess ONE correct album first.

Mark your calendars!

March 22, 2010

On Friday, April 9th, at 8AM– I’ll be a guest on Jason Sullivan’s “Southern Illinois News Beat” program, at WINI 1420 AM. I’m hoping that some of the folks who haven’t yet realized that he’s replaced Glenn Beck’s crybaby nonsense with good local programming will tune in for a proper kick in the pants. We’re going to be discussing the 2nd Annual Noise Summit, and maybe even playing some noise as well!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/20/10

March 20, 2010

Kolpakoph — Kalte (this, and next two tracks from Monochrome Vision release “Roulette Russe Pour Un Peu De Caviar
Bardoseneticcube — Untitled
Exit In Grey — 999
Brian Miller, Kevin ShieldsWe Had A Baby And It Will Die (DVD, from Deathbomb Arc)
CD-R — Concert for the Street and Shopping Center (this, and next, also from “Roulette Russe Pour Un Peu De Caviar“)
Interior Disposition — Montage
Failing Lights — The Submarine Twilight (from Zelphabet vol. F“)
Matt Weston — For Alexandros Grigoropoulos (from “A Question of Re-Entry #10, on Absurd)
Matt Weston — This October, All Octobers (from “Seasick Blackout,” a totally amazing disc you should own.)
Bradbury — Paws (from “Ruffini Corpuscle,” on Dual Plover)
Bradbury — Big Man on Campus
Bradbury — Never the Less
Bradbury — Speaker
Bradbury — The Van
Bradbury — Feet of Clay
Bradbury — Chubfuddeling

An Evening With DaveX

March 19, 2010

…but only if you read the Theatre Intangible interview with me in the evening. Why wait?! It’s a beast, but definitely worth your time.

2nd Annual Noise Summit!

March 15, 2010

Now is the time to get in touch if you’re interested in performing, attending, or just want more information about the 2nd Annual Noise Summit!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/13/10

March 13, 2010

I made it into the station a little bit early today, just in time to interrupt some sort of Justin Timberlake madness in the CD player. Yikes. I’ve got a whole lot of good music with me this morning, so I know this will be a great show. Karthik Kakarala is my phone-in guest, live from Texas. He’s been attending the cool kids prom at NX35, so I’ve done my best to convince him to duct tape a cell phone to a guitar and have at it. We’ll see how that goes.

Other big news? My new show, “Sounds Like Radio” kicks off on April 4th, from 3-5 a.m., CST. I’ll definitely be posting more about this as the day gets closer– but for now, I’m just going to hammer it in a little at a time.

Eckhard Gerdes, Shelf Life — Blues For Osiris (from “Scuff Mud“)
Joe Foster, Hong Chulki, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Ryu Hankil — Oscillation, Vacillation (from Balloon & Needle release of the same name)
Gary Verkade, Kenneth Gaburo — Antiphony X (Winded) [from “Winded,” on Innova)
Eckhard Gerdes, Shelf Life — Z. Buzz
Karthik Kakarala — LIVE phone-in performance for WDBX-FM, 3/13/10
Ralph White & The Hora Flora Sound System — Wildflower Face, Insect Eyes (from self-titled album on Resipiscent)
John von Seggern — Hyper Erhu (this, and next two selections, taken from “Sonic Circuits VIII,” on Innova)
Antun Blazinovic — Elements
David Jaggard — Mary & Ann
Rodrigo Costanzo — I Am Your Density, Section 2 (from “I Am Your Density,” on The Noise Upstairs Records)

“Sounds Like Radio” launches April 4th!

March 12, 2010

“Sounds Like Radio,” my brand-new broadcast of experimental and avant-garde music for WSIU, will debut April 4th from 3-5 a.m.

I know you’re not doing anything important on Sunday morning, so why not get up a bit early and enjoy the show? WSIU is at 91.9 FM, or you can listen to me live online!

Incidentally, this means the show will share a birthday with Tristan Tzara! (And for those who don’t already know, “It’s Too Damn Early” shares a birthday with Alan Lomax and Philip Glass…)

I just can’t let this go– yes, I’m obsessive.

March 11, 2010

Okay, so I mentioned in my earlier blog post that the cover photo used on today’s Flipside music insert for the The Southern was somewhat strange, resembling something like broadcasting in Hell. Then I tracked down what I figured was the original source photo– but now things aren’t so clear! I’ve done some searching, and found that this particular photo has gotten more than a little use around the net, so I’m wondering… where did it come from originally? Who created it? Why are so many people claiming a copyright on this image? What about the ethics or legality involved in its use?

Here’s what I’ve found:

First off, this is the photo used on the cover of the Flipside. That’s my big head obscuring the photo in question, of a mic and headphones, most likely emanating a terrible feedback which is blasting from the speaker array in the background. Hence, the yellow “flames.” When you’re through checking these photos out, click it and go read the interview!

Then I found this version, in green:

Browsing through Flikr, I found many users claiming copyright on this image. Here’s the same image, “copyrighted” at the accounts of merthylo, richepstein, gusroman1985, and israely13 . It seems that someone is lying.

I also found some other versions of the photo. Here it is in black and white, taken from the Revolution Studio website in St. Croix:

And here it is without the added blur, against the same speaker backdrop, minus the soundwave “flames”. I found this on the Flickr account of user Niko_warning.

And finally, here’s the same microphone and headphone photo, minus all other elements. Could this be the original? I found it on the Flickr account of user azie2010.

And let’s not forget the crowning glory of this microphone and headphones extravaganza– a frakkin’ mural, no shit. Flickr user Surat Lozowick says this mural is located in Prescott, Arizona near an Auto Glass store:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a microphone and headphones overload. Clearly, there’s some ethical issues with so many people representing this image as their own work, not to mention the obvious failure of attribution occurring. What are your thoughts?

An interview with DaveX!

March 11, 2010

Here’s an interview that ran on the front page of my local regional newspaper, The Southern, as part of their weekly entertainment section. Clicking the photo below– which I think makes me look a bit like an angry man broadcasting from somewhere in Hell– will take you directly to the article. Clicking on this link will take you directly to a terrifying original snapshot of Hell itself, which is apparently green. Curiously, it’s also in the first page of images for “microphone” found at Google.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/6/10

March 6, 2010

Oddly enough, I set out to do an all Shelf Life episode this morning, but re-considered at the last moment. I think I’m going to save this idea for my third WSIU broadcast! Right now, I’ve got two finished– and if I hadn’t been laid out for a while with my millionth case of strep throat, I’d have probably been through with the third as well. So, to sum up, it seems that bacteria and my own capriciousness account for this week’s programming.

Warm Climate — 19th Century Blessings (from “Mangler Redbeard“) (and hey, my review!)
Warm Climate — Multiplier’s Post
Kiyoshi Mizutani, Hideaki Shimada, Kiyoharu Kuwayama — Chimere 1 (from “Gambetta“)
Kiyoshi Mizutani, Hideaki Shimada, Kiyoharu Kuwayama — Meguro
Kiyoshi Mizutani, Hideaki Shimada, Kiyoharu Kuwayama — Chimere 2
Choi Joonyong, Park Seungjun — Drill Into Your Eye (from “Driller,” on Balloon & Needle) (and hey, Brian Olewnick’s review!)
Choi Joonyong, Park Seungjun — Drill Into Your Heart
Choi Joonyong, Park Seungjun — Drill Into Your Throat
Pau Torres — Climfon (from “Hostile” on Testing Ground)
Pau Torres — Brown Dog
Pau Torres — Banjo Insult
Pau Torres –Haunted Chuck
Pau Torres –Bob McDermont
Auris — Meniscus (from “Auris“)
Auris — Ngckng
Auris — Ghost Coarse
Barry Chabala, Glenn Weyant — anoZona (on “newZona” double-disc)
Rafael Flores —  Minoo 1 (from “Nubes, cometas, rumores y orugas“)
Rafael Flores — Oidoor 1

Interview with ME about the new show!

March 1, 2010

It’s in the March edition of WSIU’s “Signal” newsletter. Also– my favorite SIU prof Jay Needham will be on “Morning Conversations” to talk about an Antarctica-related sound exhibit. I think he may end up being my first interview subject for the new show. But that’s future talk… go read about ME now!

Did I mention that you’ll not only get to find out the name of the show, but my last name as well? Secret origins, REVEALED!