Archive for January, 2011

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 1/29/11

January 29, 2011

Maurizio Bianchi — Plays The Clockwork Orange Part 1 (from “MB Plays The Clockwork Orange,” on Hot Releases)
Maurizio Bianchi — Zyklusters (from “Zyklusters,” on Lona Records)
Philip Samartzis, Michael Vorfeld — Wams (from “Scheckenrock,” on Non-Visual Objects)
Annie Gosfield — A Sideways Look From An Electric Eye (this, and next, from “The Art of the Virtual Rhythmicon,” on Innova)
Philip Blackburn — Henry and Mimi At the Y
Ryan Jewell — Eschew Obfuscation (from “Eschew Obfuscation, Espouse Elucidation” on Hot Releases)
Ryan Jewell — Espouse Elucidation
Thollem McDonas — For All Those Who Have Gone Before (from “Gone Beyond Reason To Find One,” on Edgetone Records)
Choi Joonyong, Park Seungjun — Drill Into Your Brain (from “Driller,” on Balloon & Needle)
Big City Orchestra — Raga (from “Cogkamame,” on Ubuibi)
Big City Orchestra — Nutshell

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 1/22/11

January 22, 2011

Wow, I SO hope that my recording of this episode comes out properly. I’m having an awesomely random moment with some bird sounds and Music From the Film’s “How The West Was Once”… you can’t script these sorts of things– they just happen– the trick is being ready for it!

Strotter Inst. -#1 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer and Public Guilt)
Strotter Inst. -#2
Strotter Inst. -#3
The Infant Cycle — Secret Hidden Message (from album of the same name, on Drone Records)
The Infant Cycle — (And Then The Dog Replied)
Kim Nasung — Breathing Technique 01 (from “Mindful Awareness,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Kim Nasung — Raisin Exercise
Bastard Noise, Antennacle — He No Longer Lives Entirely Among Us (from self-titled 7″ on Kitty Play)
Tootsietoy — Wild Bird Calls
Music From The Film — The Main Attraction (from “How The West Was Once,” self-release)
Music From the Film — There Is No Help
Music From the Film — An Oasis of Mirages
Music From the Film — Sawdust Floor
Jeff Sampson — Stress
Jeff Sampson — Outside Perimeter 2
Alvin Lucier, Robert Dick — Almost New York (from “Almost New York,” on Pogus Productions)
Horaflora — Live at KALX, 8/11/09 (this, and next, from “Horaflora/Secret Boyfriend” split LP on Hot Releases)
Secret Boyfriend — Northern America
Secret Boyfriend — Cool Air

MLK Day Eve, 2010

January 17, 2011

I have a tradition of doing something small and creative on MLK Day Eve. This year, I worked up a little improvisation with “Lawrence Welk’s Secret Shame,” a circuit-bent drum machine. This is an excerpt from the recording, and a video I cut together for it. I’m pretty new to the video-making process, but I think it worked out fairly well.

I used clips from the following videos:

Attack of the Giant Leeches

Janmera Kokhama Kasaiko

White Girls Rap

There’s one other video used as well, but I lost the link. And btw, here’s a longer improv performance with the same instrument.

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 1/16/11

January 16, 2011

Today’s broadcast of “Sounds Like Radio” kicks off the first of three weeks profiling the current crop of new and emerging sound artists coming out of the “Jeu de Temps/Times Play” competition. This year, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community has teamed up with the Australasian Computer Music Association, so it’s a very global mix of composers! Here’s the playlist for this week, and a video promo as well. You can listen to the show live here, on WSIU-FM!

Mark Oliveiro – In Maluga
Jeremy Coubrough – The Spectre of the Delusion of the Fury
Blake Johnston – Submerge
Valerie Delaney – La Cite de Verre
Guillaume Campion – Quadriforis
Jarryd Bird – Larvae
Nic McConaghy – Single Origin
Jack Hooker – Field Murmer
Emilie Payeur – Triptyque
Adam Basanta – A Glass Is Not a Glass
Charles Quevillon – Au Boute

Liveblogging! 1/15/11 (covering “He Said/She Said”)

January 15, 2011

I’m covering a show for a fellow volunteer, so I’ve taken it as an opportunity to finish my two-part “vacation” show in one day! Enjoy this very random, totally geeky salute to vinyl.

Preston Epps — Bongo Party
Commodores — Sail On
The Beatles — Do You Want To Know A Secret
Ogene — Onye
The Guitar Factory — King Herod’s Song
Lenny Dee — New Plantation Boogie
Boots Randolph — Yakety Sax
Dee Dee Sharp — Playboy
Little Stevie and the Gospel Superstars — Martin Luther King
Batman — Challenge of the Catwoman
Bill Conti, Valentine — Take You Back
Brass Construction — Dance
Piero Umiliani — Mah Na Mah Na
Manu Dibango — Dangwa
Kate Bush — Wuthering Heights
The Stills-Young Band — Fountainbleau
Barry White — It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
The Clarke/Duke Project — Louie Louie
Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers — If It Ain’t Funky
AMU — Donald E. Knuth’s Wet Dream Dub
The Excellents — Coney Island Baby
Jerry Lee Lewis — Your Cheatin’ Heart
Whispers — In The Raw
George Duke — Let your Love Shine
The Stills-Young Band — Long May You Run

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 1/14/11

January 15, 2011

Today is my first “vacation” show of the year– this is when I temporarily abandon experimental music programming in favor of a free form romp through my record collection. It’s anyone’s guess where today’s show will take us, so I hope you enjoy it!

Mr. Rogers — Let’s Be Together Today
Timothy Leary — You Can Be Anyone This Time Around
The Supremes — Your Kiss of Fire
Bill Conti — All Of My Life
George Duke — Son of Reach For It (The Funky Dream)
The Doors — The Crystal Ship
The Alan Parsons Project — Time
Jagwa Music — Jenifer
Jagwa Music — Liwalo Na Liwe
Debonaire, Tricky D — Get Silly With The Muppet Bass
Smoke — Freedom of the Mind
Takeshi Itoh — Cowbell
Burt Reynolds — Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial
Buck Owens — I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)
Saban Bajramovic — Bubamara
Tony Youngblood — End of the Day
Spacehog — Zeroes
Bobbie Freeman — Do You Wanna Dance
Patti Smith — Rock n Roll Nigger
Kraftwerk — Kometenmelodie 1
Electric Light Orchestra — I’m Alive
Alhaji K. Frimpong — Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu
Plastic Ono Band — Isolation
The Carpenters — Goodbye To Love
Zwan — Honestly
Elton John — Someone Saved My Life Tonight
George McKelvey — Teenage Fallout Queen
Brass Construction — Peekin’
Batman — Challenge of the Catwoman (story)
Ministry — Brick Windows

“Sounds Like Radio,” 1/9/11

January 10, 2011

Here’s the playlist for this week’s broadcast of “Sounds Like Radio.” Remember, the show airs twice a week now– 3-5 a.m., CST, Sunday mornings; and later Sunday evening from 10-midnight. Tune in at 91.9 FM, or online at the WSIU live stream: http://www.wsiu.org/live

AGF (Antye Greie), Modyfier – Process Part 101 (Confusion Dripping From Me)
John Adams – Shaker Loops (from Nonesuch, 79360)
Haruki – Wetlands
Haruki – Posts and Fences
John Adams – Chamber Symphony (from Nonesuch, 79219-2)
Sculpture – Shiiin, Jet Stream, White Earphones

And while I’ve got your ear, (so to speak) consider adding your voice to that of 170 million other Americans who make use of public broadcasting. Let Congress know that public broadcasting funds are too important to be cut! I’ve added mine, so please do your part as well.

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/8/11

January 8, 2011

So far, just taking it easy for this broadcast. Some weeks, I feel like I’m pushing the music around, or wrestling with it– other times, it’s like following the music where it wants to go. In rare cases, such as this morning, the music carries me there. I hope you’re digging it too.

Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #1 (from “Monstranz,” on Everest Records)
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #2
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #3
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #4
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 1 (from “Subterranean Sky,” on Aural Terrains)
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 2
ANNA — Araignées (from “Araignées,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Motet, parts 1-10 (from “Motety i Jutrznia,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Jutrznia
Strotter Inst. — Minenhund pts 1-5 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer and Public Guilt labels)
Eloine — Threadbare Margins (from “Simpler Machines,” on DarbolisticRex)
Eloine — Bracket Migration

Early example of noise art in literature!

January 5, 2011

This is the kind of stuff I absolutely love– a song (which basically amounts to a fun bit of dada/noise– comprised of Washington state town names. I found this in “Free Air,” by Sinclair Lewis. This was far too long for Twitter, but if you like this sort of thing, be sure to check out my “Litnoise” page.

“…Claire combined the town-names in a lyric so emotion-stirring that it ought, perhaps, to be the national anthem. It ran:

Humptulips, Tum Tum, Moclips, Yelm,
Satsop, Bucoda, Omak, Enumclaw,
Tillicum, Bossburg, Chettlo, Chattaroy,
Zillah, Selah, Cowiche, Keechelus,
Bluestem, Bluelight, Onion Creek, Sockeye,
Antwine, Chopaka, Startup, Kapowsin,
Skamokawa, Sixprong, Pysht!

Klickitat, Kittitas, Spangle, Cedonia,
Pe Ell, Cle Elum, Sallal, Chimacum,
Index, Taholah, Synarep, Puyallup,
Wallula, Wawawai, Wauconda, Washougal,
Walla Walla, Washtucna, Wahluke,
Solkulk, Newaukum, Wahkiakus,
Penawawa, Ohop, Ladd!

Harrah, Olalla, Umtanum, Chuckanut,
Soap Lake, Loon Lake, Addy, Ace, Usk,
Chillowist, Moxee City, Yellepit, Cashup,
Moonax, Mabton, Tolt, Mukilteo,
Poulsbo, Toppenish, Whetstone, Inchelium,
Fishtrap, Carnation, Shine, Monte Cristo,
Conconully, Roza, Maud!

China Bend, Zumwalt, Sapolil, Riffle,
Touchet, Chesaw, Chew, Klum, Bly,
Humorist, Hammer, Nooksack, Oso,
Samamish, Dusty, Tiger, Turk, Dot,
Scenic, Tekoa, Nellita, Attalia,
Steilacoom, Tweedle, Ruff, Lisabeula,
Latah, Peola, Towal, Eltopia,
Steptoe, Pluvius, Sol Duc, Twisp!”

Wouldn’t this be a great basis for a 7″ record? I might just do it!

Startling Moniker’s Top 12 Best Happy Neat-O List of 2010!

January 1, 2011

Amazingly, this year’s Best Happy Neat-o List is on-time, a nice touch for its 5th Anniversary!  But professionalism be damned, I’ve decided to add 4 “honorable mentions” this time around– obsessive music geeks take note, and please adjust your Star Wars figurine/obscure sound art purchase budgets accordingly. As always, this list is given in no particular order:

1) Violet — “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers” — Quite simply, this one scared the bejeezus out of me during my first listen. Zeromoon do a fine job upholding their “intelligent noise” claim with this truly dark, and at times harsh, slab of crisp and disturbing electronics. It’s the sort of disc you’ll handle with care for fear it might actually cut you, no shit.

2) Mark Peter Wright — “Inanimate Life” — A strong debut release for the 3 Leaves label, featuring a series of odd field recordings from Wright taken from within bushes, hand rails, flag poles, and the like. If you’re looking for more of a “hands-off” use of field recordings in a non-travelogue setting, this disc is for you. Bonus points for classy packaging, and Wright’s own 3″ commentary disc included with the album itself. Correction: This is not the debut release for the label, as the release page clearly shows. Not sure where I got this idea. Past releases include works by label head Ákos Garai, Lasse-Marc Riek, Scott Sherk, and others.

3) Various — “Zelphabet” — At this point, I can honestly count the GX Jupitter-Larsen-curated “Zelphabet” series among my reasons for continuing to exist. If caffeinated beverages and photobooths were to suddenly disappear, I’d have an awful day, but could pull through with the help of these generous and ear-opening entries which have continued to reveal an increasingly faceted noise universe– an aural equivalent of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field survey.

4) The Painful Leg Injuries — “The Anomaly That Had Gotten The Better Of Me” — Serious weirdness from the OKSRNA label, and a contender for my favorite release employing circuit-bent instrumentation. Deceptive “simplicity” reminds at turns of Frank Rothkamm or George Korein, especially in the ability of PLI driving force Bill Byrne’s apparent ability to perform a total brain dump onto CD. Remarkable stuff, highly recommended for those who need their sonic oddities at full strength.

5) Gen Ken Montgomery — “Birds + Machines” — I don’t know if anything Gen Ken Montgomery does is “good” or not. What I do know is that even among sound and listening enthusiasts, Montgomery is a cut above, being absolutely fascinated with sound in such a way that life must surely be a constant source of amusement and interest. This disc is further evidence to the fact, radiating with Montgomery’s passion and infectious excitement.

6) Fat Worm of Error — “Ambivalence and the Beaker” — This one might be the strangest entry on this year’s list, but frankly, I’d expect that from a Resipiscent release– most of which seem to share an uncommonly cracked musical vision. But this… well, it’s the work of madmen. Staring at the sun, gibbering and naked, clutching a thousand-page handwritten manifesto kind of stuff. I have no idea what to make of it, but so far I’ve been happy not to ruin the experience by trying. Be sure to fill out your mental history intake forms if you plan on playing it back-to-back with The Painful Leg Injuries!

7) Amy Horvey — “Catchment” — Stunning self-release for trumpeter Horvey and friends, coming out of left field for this listener. Clear and un-embellished recordings highlight a series of playful and interesting sound actions– improvisation with distance and space, volume dynamics, setting, etc. Very well realized material; I’m certainly looking forward to Horvey’s next outing.

8) Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair, Ernesto Rodrigues — “Our Faceless Empire” — Quite possibly the most inscrutable recording on the list, and paradoxically, one of the most intimate. Featuring the work of this one-time quartet of experienced improvisers, “Our Faceless Empire” channels amazingly nuanced playing at every turn, buffeted by mysteriously coordinated changes of direction and intent. A high-water mark for improv, highly recommended for deep listening.

9) David First — “Privacy Issues” — Here’s another one to sail away on, XI Records three-CD retrospective of David First’s droneworks spanning from 1996-2009. Extensive liner notes bring a lot of pertinent and interesting information to light, and the recording quality is top-notch throughout.

10) Tom Hamilton — “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music” — Two-disc anthology of early Tom Hamilton works on the Kvist label, and a surprising entry into this year’s list in regards to the age of some of these pieces, each of which has its roots in the early to mid-1970s. Regardless, I had a blast listening to this one, particularly the “Crimson Sterling” series on disc two. Kvist thankfully gives Hamilton the proper treatment, with thorough liner notes and smart packaging.

11) @c — “0°-100°” — Rarely has any single disc received so many positive listener comments in a year than @c’s  “0°-100°” release for the exceptional Monochrome Vision label. I have been continually surprised at the ability of this meticulously-produced work to generate so many different ideas within listeners. Everything from submarine voyages to enormous growing forests have been cited as thoughts conjured by reporting listeners. Who knows what you’ll end up hearing?

12) My Fun, John Ira Ebersole, Kimberly Ellen Hall — “Camaraderie” — Without a doubt, the classiest release of the year, from label The Land Of. Hall’s design work, which has permeated the feel of The Land Of releases, is on bold display here. Throughout Ebersole’s included small book of poetry,  Hall’s jaunty sketches find themselves quite at home. My Fun’s collage of field recording and found work is a gentle counterpoint to both, seemingly accompanying the others’ contributions, rather than simply providing a soundtrack or inspiration to either. The Land Of has long been a label to watch, with “Camaraderie” surely the central piece of evidence why. Highly recommended.

The following four “honorable mentions” might throw off my numbering scheme, but they also deserve a place in your stereo, or on your shelf:

Warm Climate — “Camouflage On the River Wretched” — Stunned Records
Robert Ashley — “Atalanta (Acts of God) Volume II” — Lovely Music, Ltd.
Mari Kimura — “The World Below G and Beyond” — Mutable Music
Ava Mendoza — “Shadow Stories” — Resipiscent

Think you’ve got everything now? Check out the Top 12 Best Happy Neat-O Lists for 2009…. 2008…. 2007, and 2006!

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/1/11

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! I’m celebrating the occasion with a mix of hyper-futurism, and the best of 2010– I haven’t got my official Top 12 Best Happy Neat-O List completely squared away, but you can bet that a lot of today’s broadcast will be making the cut. I’ve also brought in my vuvuzela, which is my friendly alternative to the gunfire I heard earlier this morning. It’s also way more fun– it sounds like a cross between a failing boat horn and a giant bumblebee!

But before we get to the playlist, let me tell you a bit about the future we’ve tuned into this morning. Connected as it is to this very moment (where generations of the future’s students who furiously sniffed insta-learn crystals in all night cram sessions will happily tell you is the moment where we collectively decided that theirs was the future we actually wanted) one can certainly understand our interest.

I’m sorry to say that direct knowledge of the future would melt your brain, as it is lacking the extra quantum mer-lobe that future generations will evolve during our time living in the sea during the Tri-Glacial Period. But I can get you close.

1) Put your right arm behind your head until it goes to sleep.
2) Rapidly inhale one tablespoon of cocoa powder through a thousand-dollar bill.
3) Listen to the following playlist:

RP Collier — Exegesis
Fat Worm of Error — Wipeless Two (from “Ambivalence and the Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Fat Worm of Error — Return of the Thin White Dook
Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate
KK Null — Tokyo August 15 (from Zelphabet, volume “K”)
Ava Mendoza — Don’t Pity Me (Up In Flames) [from “Shadow Stories,” on Resipiscent)
Ava Mendoza — The Furious Harpy Who Followed Me Everywhere
Gen Ken Montgomery — Birds & Machines (machine suite) [from “Birds + Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery — Birds & Machines (Bird Suite)
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Third Anomaly (Failure) [from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Records of North America]
The Painful Leg Injuries — Phosphorus! Of Course For Us!
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Confused Clone’s Mirror Moment
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Fourth Anomaly
The Painful Leg Injuries — Tropical Sabbaticals Traveled Subatomical
My Fun — Churning Surf (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Dunes
My Fun — Still Pointing, Recording Nothing
My Fun — Gasp
@c — Composition #77, pts. 6-8 (from “0°-100°,” on Monochrome Vision)
RP Collier — Detector Dreams
RP Collier — Plaxplex

I got a vuvuzela!

January 1, 2011

…and just in time for New Year’s, too! You can look forward to me making an awful racket with it during my show, which goes live in 4.5 hours. Or just stick your head outside around midnight, and you might hear me!

If you want your own red plastic vuvuzela, you can find them at Toys ‘R Us, in the sporting good aisle. Don’t let the “stadium horn” tag fool you– these are authentic, red, plastic vuvuzelas hahahaha.