Archive for the ‘experimental music’ Category

Recording in progress!

November 19, 2015

Last year, I purchased an old Tascam Portastudio 414 on a whim. One of the DJs at the station had got it from a pawn shop, intending to record their shows– enthusiastic, but probably not the best tool for the job. Seeing it, I was filled with fun ideas– I generally enjoy working with physical media, but tape will always be special to me. With a vacation from work in mid-swing, I decided it was finally time to get some tape rolling.

So far, a lot of my ideas are working out. I’m remembering some of the ins and outs of working with tape, and having fun with the various eccentricities of the medium. I’m also taking my good sweet time, so don’t get too excited at these little snippets– there’s a fair chance that none of this will make the cut. This is also recorded directly to my phone, via a set of headphones off the Portastudio, so forgive the fidelity. Enjoy!

“The way that is forward seems to lead backward”

November 16, 2015

From the backlog of interesting things, here’s a set that concluded Swampfest 2014. It features Nick Yeck-Stauffer, Tom Vasilj, Brandon Beachum, and a guest appearance (for the last 15 minutes or so) from yours truly. To say that this was very informal hardly covers it– I didn’t expect to do anything but listen to bands that evening, but was quickly invited to help out once I’d arrived. I ended up with a single microphone, and a non-functioning amplifier, so I decided to see if I could bore a hole in the side of the amp with the mic– a little action inspired by The Haters, most certainly! For my efforts: a healthy pile of sawdust, a cleared room, and a newly-whittled microphone. Enjoy!

I’m back! (A Quick-Start Guide to DaveX)

November 16, 2015

Sorry for the gigantic delay. My last post of merit was written one year, six months, and nine days ago! To say that things have been a little rough is an understatement. Since that time, I have graduated from university, accepted a full-time position managing a community radio station, and gotten divorced. I’ve had more than a few close encounters with my depression, and have been just about as low (off and on) as I ever hope I’ll get. I’ve assured myself that it’s a terribly boring story, so I’m going to quickly skip you to the present with a handy “quick-start” guide:

I’m DaveX. I’ve been interested in sound for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t always know it. I’ve hosted numerous radio programs featuring experimental music, each with a focus on active listening. I have two children, “Mo” and “The Weasel.” I manage a small community radio station that is not unlike running The Muppet Show. I have problems with depression, but I’m still hopeful. I enjoy collecting records and tapes, reading, and circuit-bending. I make noisy things (and sometimes, I sell them!) I’m a vegetarian. I like comic books, photobooths, and kung-fu movies. Dee Snider saved my life, and I will happily read your John Cage fan-fiction.

This week, I’m on vacation from work, so I’m going to be getting back into blogging. To kick things off, I’ve uploaded my latest episode of “Music For Swimmers” to SoundCloud. You can listen to it online, or download the files. Ordinarily, this is a one-hour program, but Mo was sick today, so it’s closer to 2 hours and 15 minutes. The playlist is below– enjoy!

“Music For Swimmers” 11/15/15

Brian Chase “Feedback Drone” on Pogus Productions
Ross Bolleter “Piano Dreaming” on Pogus
Enzo Minarelli “The Weak Suits” on Pogus
RP Collier “Scum For DaveX” on RP Collier
Richard Pinhas “Efrim” on Cuneiform Records
Tony Youngblood “Light Has A Universal Meaning”
Tony Youngblood “Moderate Stimulation”
Tri Atma “Natural Loving” on Higher Octave Music
Tony Youngblood “Different Voices, Different Worlds”
Preston Ari Swirnoff “Maariv 1” on Last Visible Dog
César Bolaños “Sialoecibi, ESEPCO I” on Pogus
John Lennon, Yoko Ono “Two Virgins No. 1” on Negram
Leif Elggren “Soya” on Bananafish
OiMa “Brushman” on OiMa
OiMa “Prayer Wheel” on OiMa
Mooey Moobau “Love Bloody Love Food Sewer Food” on vosotros
Alok “Pool Weakness” on Lona Records
Oval “Standard Audio Frontend” on Thrill Jockey Records
Kiyoshi Mizutani, Hideaki Shimada & Kiyoharu Kuwayama “Chimere 1” on Monochrome Vision
Martin Denny “Quiet Village” on EMI Capitol
The Evolution Control Committee “hello” on Seeland
Steamboat Switzerland “VI” on Grob
Anaphylaxis “all yours” on Parasomnic Records/Mannequin Oddio
Pitz “Motet 6” on Oktadka
Pitz “Motet 7” on Oktadka
Anders Ostberg “Futuristic Experimental Music” on Chain Tape Collective
Chica X “Kickin The Kittens” on Nail In The Coffin
George Korein and the Spleen “There Must Be Somewhere” on George Korein
Tuft “Bathory” on Medusa Head Records
John Morton “Amazing Grace Variations” on Innova
Marcelo Radulovich “Turn On the Phone” on Titicacaman Records
Kanito “3” on NoType
Celluloid Mata “Convex” on ant-zen
Electropolis “Sailing The Flat Earth” on Innova
@c “77(1)” on Monochrome Vision
Kid Koala “Drunk Trumpet” on Ninja Tune
Tom Nunn “Skatchmat” on Edgetone Records
Matt Weston “Holler” on 7272music
Juppala Kaapio “Kagami Hebi (Mirror Snake)” on Last Visible Dog
Massimo Falascone & Bob Marsh “In Your Dreams” on Eh?
Loachfillet “Hell” on Resipiscent
Uladat “Guerra” on Black Tropical Records
Noah Creshevsky & If, Bwana “Cicada #4: Version Barnard” on Pogus Productions
Kenneth Gaburo “For Harry” on Pogus
Z’ev & Bob Bellerue “Felt, If Not Seen” on Phage Tapes

Liveblogging! Music For Swimmers, 4/28/13

April 28, 2013

Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate (from “Ambivalence & The Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Blue Door Openings (this, and next, from “Blaue Blooded Turen,” on Resipiscent)
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Blaue Blooded Turen
Morceaux de Machines — Omlegging (from “Estrapade,” on NoType)
Auris — Kr-Tkec-Pte (from “Auris,” on Artco)
Frank Rothkamm — Opus Spongebobicum, Veranderungen nos. 1-20 (from “Opus Spongebobicum,” on Flux Records)
Jurica — Broken Bells (this, and next, from “Distant Memories,” on Alrealon)
Jurica — Scene 21
Tom Hamilton, Peter Zummo — Today’s Beat Thing Tomorrow (from “Slybersonic Tromosome,” on Penumbra)
Tom Hamilton, Peter Zummo — Trance for the Bopanon Set
Henry Kaiser — Devil In the Drain (from “Devil In the Drain,” on SST)
Provocative Operations — II (from “Montreal Free!” on NoType)
Provocative Operations — III
Provocative Operations — IV
Ken Montgomery — New Age Machines, pt. 1 (from “Drilling Holes In the Wall,” on Monochrome Vision)
Kotra & Zavolonka — Out of Nowhere (from “Wag the Swing,” on Kvitnu)
Kotra & Zavolonka — Uneven Walk
Kotra & Zavolonka –A Taste of Live Life
Kotra & Zavolonka — Spacy Drift
Kotra & Zavolonka — Mountain River

Liveblogging while I cover a show…

March 26, 2013

I’m covering for another DJ today, so I quickly packed a bag and heading in to the station. I’ve got a fairly large amount of music with me, so this should be a fun time! Just for formatting kicks, I’ll insert the playlist between thoughts…

Coin Gutter — Timewise (from “All Your Dreams Are Meaningless,” on NoType)
My Fun — Black Sky (from “Idyll EP” on Test Tube

I figured out an interesting little “jog” technique using our CD players, quite by accident. I was not aware that you could trick it into staying put in active mode on a single frame of the disc– so I opened the Insect Ark cut with a little jog improv, which sounded great.

Insect Ark — Lift Off
Pierre-Andre Arcand — Paradoxal (from “Atlas Epileptic,” on Ambiances Magnetiques)

I noticed that the “Dj Trios” disc featured a track recorded at Bard College, whose “Office of Student Life Programming” assisted with putting on the original concert. Seems fun that we are now the unintended beneficiaries of their effort– thanks Bard College!

Christian Marclay, Toshio Kajiwara, Marina Rosenfeld — Annandale-on-Hudson, November 19, 2003 (from “DJ Trios,” on Asphodel)
Felix Lachance — Manege I (from “Cache 2009,” on CEC)

Jeez. Only when dealing with experimental music will a DJ find himself describing the Greek root words for “behind” and “anus” in relation to a family of fish. Luckily, the music is worth it. Hope you’re enjoying this!

Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, Michael Zerang — Opisthoproctidae (from “Erb, Baker, Zerang” on Veto Records)
Psychotic Quartet — We Are All 11 or 26 Dimensions (from “Sphaleron,” on Eh?)

Whew! Feeling tired tonight. As much as I enjoy filling in, I’m definitely going to enjoy getting back home. Plus, I won’t have Tom Selleck staring at me. I was using a pirate flag here at the station as a curtain between the master studio and my office, which has a big window (it used to be a studio as well). As near as I can tell, someone mistook the Jolly Roger for Old Scratch, prompting a quick switch on my part. In a pinch, Tom Selleck– via his “Mr. Baseball” days– made a decent substitution in movie poster form; his ample arm hair, twinkling eyes and thick mustache surely no match for anything cloven-hoofed. But now he stares at me, happily brandishing his ball bat. I’m not sure if we’re any better off.

Ministry of Rites — Embers (from “Grid,” on Edgetone)
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Beautiful (from “Beautiful,” on Edgetone)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 2/17/13

February 17, 2013

I’m playing from vinyl acquired during my local university’s library cleanout a couple weeks back. I’ve been quite happy with many of my finds, which include vintage works from Cage, Pousseur, Stockhausen, Brown, Antheil, Xenakis, and many others. I feel incredibly lucky to not only have an opportunity to get my hands on these albums, but to save them from what was otherwise going to become a trip to the dump. Hard to believe, isn’t it? If you’re excited about what you’re hearing on “Music For Swimmers,” be sure to tune in to “Sounds Like Radio” tonight as well– I’ll have even more cuts from these records, each better than the last. If you’re not sure how to tune in, just look in the sidebar for “Sounds Like Radio,” and be sure to leave me a comment!

Ton Bruynel — Arc (from “Visual Series 7072/1,” on Donemus)
Iannis Xenakis — Polla Ta Dhina (this, and next, from “Album 2,” on Angel)
Iannis Xenakis — ST/10 = 1-080262
Gordon Mumma, David Tudor — Mesa, For Cybersonic Bandoneon (from “A Second Wind For Organ,” on Odyssey)
Toru Takemitsu — Asterism
Toru Takemitsu — Requiem

“Music For Swimmers” liveblog/playlist for 9/30/12

September 30, 2012

I’m having some fun with old Contrastate material today– mixing stuff from the “English Embers” album with the “I” cassette, just because I like how it works together. Mo’s “Style City” broadcast was a good mood-setting today, blending some fairly off-kilter chiptunes stuff into a nice, workable mix. Maybe DJing isn’t the most amazing talent, but I’m still awfully proud; she’s definitely gotten the hang of things in the last couple years. I’ve got some nice recordings to share today as well– the “Hot Choice” album by Breakaway that I reviewed the other day, as well as a really nifty compilation album on Barge that I picked up for a Loren Connors cut, and ended up really digging across the album.

As a sidenote, if anyone from Nuun Records or Metamkine is reading this, thanks for sending the Pauline Oliveros/Jesse Stewart “Dunrobin Session” album. I found it lodged in the station’s currently-hoarder-worthy library room, where it had obviously been opened for me, and discarded. Not sure how long this one has been AWOL– but trust me, I don’t make a habit of ignoring Oliveros material, or any promos sent my way for that matter.

Contrastate — Invocation to the Rite of Birth (from “I,” on Direction Music)
Contrastate — The Rite of Birth
Contrastate — Northern Twilight (from “English Embers,” on Dirter)
The Fun Years — Electricity Is A Scarce Commodity (this, and next six, from “Innature,” on Barge Recordings)
The Kallikak Family — Purity Music, Purity Sound
Bird Show — Stay High
Polmo Polpo — Farewell to the Flyer
Loren Connors — Outside My Window
Animal Hospital — Late Summertime

“Music For Swimmers” playlist, 9/23/12

September 23, 2012

Philip Gayle — Agnes Unknown (from “Babanço Total,” on Public Eyesore)
Matt Davignon — Snowshoe Hare (from “Living Things,” on Edgetone Records)
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky, pt.2 (from “Subterranean Sky,” on Aural Terrains)
Bob Marsh, Bryan Eubanks — Wanna Wanna (from “Eight,” on Setola di Maiale)
Sashash Ulz — Maenads, Pt. I & II (from “Maenads,” on SicSic)
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Phillippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds (pts. 1 & 2) (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
Persistence In Mourning — The Feral Children (from Persistence In Mourning/Koufar split cassette on Phage Tapes)
Tim Reed — The Point (from “Selected Electroacoustic Works,” on Lonely Whistle Music)

“Music For Swimmers,” liveblog and playlist for 9/16/12

September 16, 2012

It’s been a little while since I posted on STARTLING MONIKER. I’m sorry about that, and hope that you haven’t lost all hope for this blog– I am still very much interested in experimental music, making awesome radio shows, and writing about all my sound-related ideas. I just haven’t had a lot of time! In the past few months, I have managed to get back into school in order to finish my undergraduate degree. Making this transition has been time-consuming, but I’m figuring it out. With luck, I’ll be looking into grad school in a little over a year from now.

Izanami’s Labour Pains — Explaining Reason To An Uninvolved Stranger (from “Destination: Toujinbou,” on Small Doses/Phage Tapes)
Ross Adams, Ed Handley — Oil (from “Nord Rute,” part of the “Compass Series” on Gruenrekorder)
Jurica — Notebook Drawings (from “Distant Memories,” on Alrealon)
Jurica — Seaside Sketches
Ross Adams — Nord Rute

“Music For Swimmers” playlist and commentary 7/29/12

July 29, 2012

So many things happening lately! I know I’ve been a bit spotty on my “Startling Moniker” duties, but  rest assured, it won’t become a “thing.” Give me a few weeks, and I think I’ll have it all working regularly again. Until that time, enjoy your playlist:

Henry Kaiser — Devil In The Drain (from “Devil In The Drain,” on SST)
Robert Horton — “I am not a centipede”, said Mary Poppins (for P.L. Travers) [from “Reading Sounds,” on Luovaja]
Bill Shute, Anthony Guerra — Deep Focus (from “Subtractions,” on Black Petal)
Iamheard — Hongistola (this, and next, from “Reading Sounds,” on Luovaja)
Haute Cuisine — Une Saison en Enfer
Daniel Kientzy, Tom Johnson — Tortue de Mer (from “Kientzy Plays Johnson,” on Pogus)
Glenn Weyant — Untitled #2, Disc 5 (from “Mystery Vault Files,” unreleased)
A Death Cinematic — The New World (from “The New World,” on Simple Box Construction)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 7/22/12

July 22, 2012

Playing some cool tapes today, along with some older stuff that I’ve been digging recently. I’m trying out blogging from my phone as well– seems more of a pain in the neck than anything, but might be interesting for less text-heavy posts. I hope you enjoy today’s show! Just as a reminder, you can catch “Music For Swimmers” (formerly “It’s Too Damn Early”) at its nice new broadcast time every Sunday afternoon from 5-6 p.m., CST.

Head Boggle — Plaid Days (this, and next two, from “Modern Language #1” on Snapped In Half Tapes)
Pulse Emitter — Bucolic Vortex
Carlos Giffoni — Pulpo
Ophibre — Untitled 1 (from “Basil Forests,” on Digitales Limited)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 6/16/12

June 17, 2012

I decided to play older stuff today– not necessarily in relation to its release date, but “older” in terms of when I last played it. I don’t think I’ve played any of these since 2005 at the latest, and it’s possible that one or two never made it on the show at all, but were just present in the mix happening behind-the-scenes. Wouldn’t that be fascinating by the way? To hear a mix of all the things I didn’t necessarily air, but that influenced what I did broadcast. I’d sure love to hear that! By the way, just a heads-up– the next episode of “Sounds Like Radio” is going to be kick-ass. I’m really getting the feel of that show lately, and I’m excited about this particular episode. be sure to tune in tomorrow and check it out.

Mira Calix – Routine (The Dancing Bear) (from “One On One,” on Warp Records)
John Oswald — O Hell (from “Plunderphonic,” on Mystery Tape Laboratory)
David Tudor — Rainforest Version I (from “Rainforest,” on Mode)
Zoviet France — Alchemagenta (from “Digilogue,” on Soleilmoon)
René Lussier, Martin Tétreault — Tellure (from “Qu’ouïs’je?” on Ambiances Magnetiques)
René Lussier, Martin Tétreault — Aventure
René Lussier, Martin Tétreault — Faufilure

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 6/9/12

June 10, 2012

Well, I just got done being interviewed for Emma’s “Pony Party 2012” edition of Style City, where we discussed “Friendship Is Magic,” favorite ponies, pony songs, etc. A pretty cool show, but a bit of a jumbled mess moving from one show to the other. Fortunately, I’ve got Pilesar’s “Radio Friendly” album from Public Eyesore to help me transition!

Jean-Marc Montera, Francesco Calandrino — Untitled #3 (from “Idi di Marzo,” on Eh?)
Pilesar — Slipping On Eggs On the Floor (from “Radio Friendly,” on Public Eyesore)
Pilesar — Hit The Door
Pilesar — My Friend Sunshine
Pilesar — Slight Case of Clown
Jacob Felix Heule, Bryce Beverlin II — Live at Art of This, Minneapolis, 8/3/10 (from “Intersects,” on Eh?)
Jean-Marc Montera, Francesco Calandrino — Untitled #4

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 5/6/12

May 6, 2012

Once again, covering Emma’s “Style City” today, so I decided to make excellent use of my additional 1.5 hours and play the entirety of Robert Ashley’s opera, “Now Eleanor’s Idea.” It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I’m delighted to bring it to a bigger, more awake, bunch of listeners. So many nice calls today about it, too. That always makes things nice! At any rate, if the playlist looks a little short today, remember that pieces 1 and 2 are awfully long! Thanks for listening– tune in next Sunday from 5-6pm CST on 91.1FM locally, or stream at WDBX if you’re somewhere more interesting. Until then, take care!

Stanislav Kreitchi — Voices and Movement (from “Voices and Movement,” on Electroshock)
Robert Ashley — Now Eleanor’s Idea (Complete! From “Now Eleanor’s Idea,” on Lovely Music)
Birchville Cat Motel — Kanji Email Dreaming (from “Curved Surface Destroyer,” on Last Visible Dog)
156 — Horse Drawn Carnage (from “156,” on Feast of Hate and Fear)
Tetsu Inoue, Carl Stone — .bitÅ (from “pict.soul,” on Cycling ’74)

“Style City” and “Music For Swimmers” playlists for 4/29/12

April 29, 2012

I’m covering for “Style City” today, which is kinda fun, seeing as how my own “Music For Swimmers” begins directly afterwards.

The BIG NEWS of the day, however, is that the WDBX Pledge Drive is OVER! Ms. Bags (a fan of “Style City”) agreed to meet the remainder of WDBX’s pledge drive goal of $13,000 singlehandedly, as an act of support for Style City’s Friendly Badger Group! If you’re confused, here’s the takeaway– that’s a pledge in the $2,000 range, and an amazing show of support for community radio here in Southern Illinois!

Thank you, Ms. Bags!!!

Grundik & Slava — Pattern In Time (from “…For Birds and Electronics,” on Stateart)
Eddie the Rat — Chasing The Sun (from “Once Around The Butterfly Bush,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Shortcut
Eddie the Rat — Once Around The Butterfly Bush
Zavolonka — For A Cuckoo (from “Plavyna,” on Nexsound)
Zavolonka — Painted Berries
RP Collier — Transponderize (from “Let Them Eat Flarn,” self-release)
Gutevolk — Twinkle Star’s Cycling Bolero (from “Twinkle,” on 12k/Happy)
Gutevolk — Light Parade
Gutevolk — Little Girl, Little Star
Gutevolk — Silo
Gutevolk — Moonlakers
Gutevolk — Wondering
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pt. 11 (on Pax Recordings)
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pt. 12
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pt. 13
—————-end of Style City playlist—————
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — The Tempest, Fuggit (from “E, And Sometimes Why,” on Pogus)
Felix Werder — The Tempest (from “The Tempest: Electronic Music,” on Pogus)
RP Collier — Aerie (from “Platz,” self-release)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early” 4/28/12

April 28, 2012

Today is the final broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” in this timeslot– from now on, you can hear the show from 5-6 pm (CST) under its new name, “Music For Swimmers.”

I also need to mention that this “Monolith Transmissions No. 0” cassette I’m playing right now is pretty awesome. A great package of mystery and noises, just my sort of thing!

Philip Gayle — Hadaka Denkyu Very Much (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
Philip Gayle — Howdy Elephant Tree
Philip Gayle — The Queensboro Bridge Song (Feelin’ Slumpy)
Francis White — Walk Through Resonant Landscape No. 5.2 (from “In The Library Of Dreams,” on Pogus)
Francis White — The Book of Roses And Memory
Amy Horvey — Marionette Lazarus (from “Catchment“)
Doctor Bob — PSA #1 (from “It’s About Time,” on Edgetone)
Doctor Bob — They Are Waiting
Doctor Bob — Seahorses and Flying Fish
Doctor Bob — Dreams of Prey
Doctor Bob — PSA #2
Tri-Cornered Tent Show — Aliens Left A Scar On My Back (from “Alien Trailways,” on Edgetone)
Tri-Cornered Tent Show — Twist The Sky
Nicholas Rejack — Monolith Transmission No. 0, Side A (from cassette of the same name, self-released)
Nicholas Rejack — Monolith Transmission No. 0, Side B
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pts. 1-3 (from “Music For Guitar + Computer,” on Pax)
Jin Dohyong — Showroom Dummies

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 4/22/12

April 22, 2012

It’s just one day until my birthday, which is turning out to be a combination of “I forgot,” and “I’m broke.” If you listened to “Music For Swimmers” today, at least take the time to tell a friend about the show– 5-6pm CST, every Sunday evening on WDBX-FM. Thanks!

Here’s your fine playlist:

KK Null, Scumearth — Time-Quake (from “K.K. Null + Scumearth,”on Phage Tapes)
American Band — Out Nurture (from “Low Fiction,” on Hot Releases)
Guillaume Coutu Dumont — Arianne Secret (from “Cache 2001” on CEC)
Matt Weston — This October, All Octobers (from “Seasick Blackout,” on 7272 Music)
Stefan Udell — Ollie Noseblunt To Backside Tailslide (from “Cache 2001,” on CEC)
Violet — In Capacitated By The Sun (on “Sonic Circuits: District of Noise vol. 4,”)
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt I (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Yannick Dauby — Raud 07.06.03 Saaropera (from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad,” on Invisible Birds)
Ophibre – Untitled #2 (from “Puzzle Pieces,” on Oph Sound Recordings)
Ironing — Your Oxen Have Drowned (from GayBomb/Ironing split LP on Hymns)
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — Cicada 4AA (from “E (and sometimes why),” on Pogus)
Noah Creshevsky — La Sonnambula (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)

Liveblogging! “Music for Swimmers” 4/15/12

April 15, 2012

Today was the first episode of my show in it’s new 5-6pm Sunday time slot– I think it went very well! I’m used to having a lot more space to stretch out in, so this was different, but fun. Earlier, I compared the experience to working as a short order cook after spending a long time working entirely with crock pots. My special “no interruptions” arrangement with the station manager lets me avoid playing any promos or underwriting during my show, which definitely helps. I also did a lot more quick transitions than usual– I won’t do this for every show, but I wanted to kick things off with some improv mixing and collage. It felt right. Ordinarily, I intend to stick by my “no excerpts” rule, which may prove interesting in terms of focus during a one-hour show. There’s definitely a lot less room for error, though; I believe this may be an interesting challenge. If you heard today’s show, leave a comment and tell me what you thought. I’m curious how things went on your end. –DaveX

Margaret Noble — The Object of Power Is Power (from “Frakture,” self-release)
Strotter Inst. — #2 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer & Public Guilt)
Ian Yeager — Untitled no.3 (from “Music for Guitar + Computer,” on Pax Recordings)
Chefkirk, Ironing — Notorious (from “Notorious,” on Hymns)
Dan Joseph — Archaea Quintet (from “Archaea,” on Mutable Music)
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Philippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds, pts. 1-4 (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
Art Jerks — Like Things (from “Dysphemism Treadmill,” on BatHotAxe (and OMG, George Korein has a Bandcamp. Go buy everything of his right now, no kidding.)
Philip Gayle — Pajama Turtles (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX #1 (unreleased)
Christopher Cichocki — Elemental Shift, pt.1
Noah Creshevsky — Tomomi Adachi Redux II (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)
Glenn Weyant — Electric Fan Sound Works (from “Electric Fan Sound Works,” on Sonic Anta)
Bill Shute, Anothony Guerra — Marion, Texas (from “Subtraction,” on Black Petal & Kendra Steiner Editions
Tom Hamilton, Peter Zummo — Trance For the Bopanon Set (from “Sylbersonic Trombone,” on Penumbra
PAS — Socrates Speaks (from “Experi-MENTAL Compilation 2,” on Alrealon
Violet — All Records Collapse (from “Violet Ray Gas & The Playback Singers,” on Zeromoon & Sentient Recognition Archive)
Don Campau — Planck Era (from “Jungle of Misunderstanding,” on Lonely Whistle)
Mystified — Rubber Cats (from “Iron,” on Turgid Animal)
Mystified — Sporadic Signal (from “Give Me Static,” on Hymns)
TD Skatchit, Karen Stackpole — Confined Canary (from “Skatch Surveillance,” on Edgetone)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — It’s Easy To Disappear Into This Fog (from “Civilian Life,” on Pax)

“It’s Too Damn Early” is now… “Music For Swimmers”

April 15, 2012

With the move to the new 5-6pm show time, I realized that “It’s Too Damn Early” was no longer an appropriate name for my show. So, while my focus on experimental music, the avant-garde, sound art, and noise has not changed– the name has!

Say hello to “Music For Swimmers.”

I love picking out names for things. This time around, I looked to John Cage for inspiration, and found it in one of his many stories– in this case, one that was included on his Folkways recording with David Tudor, “Indeterminacy.” I’ve reproduced a screen capture from an online archive of the stories below, though I hope that you’ll check out the other stories as well. I’m not sure how the name works out if you think about it too hard, but I enjoyed the absurdity– a program of music for people who aren’t listening? Electrical devices in a marine environment? I suspect that “Music For Swimmers” will find its meaning with time. Until then, I’m looking forward to spending that time listening and staying afloat with you. –DaveX

 

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 4/7/12

April 7, 2012

Blue Sausage Infant — Afflicted By the Wind Disease (from “Manitou,” on Alrealon)
Blue Sausage Infant — Hosebag
Oubliette — Falls of Rauros (from “Tol Brandir” cassette on St. Petersburg Institute of Noise)
Blue Sausage Infant — Abdominal Frost
Jazzfakers — Flying Carpet Transport (this, and next three, from “Experi-MENTAL Compilation 2,” on Alrealon)
Invisible Hand — Evader
Violet — Blatta Blyad
The Expanding Man — Interpretation of Dreams
Baculum — East End Boys (from split, double cassette release Pregnant Spore/Baculum, on Phage Tapes)
Philip Gayle — The Queensboro Bridge Song (Feelin’ Slumpy) (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
Philip Gayle — Bi-curious Marsupials Underneath The Panels For the Walls of Purgatory
Philip Gayle — The Indexicality of My Middle Finger
Philip Gayle — Naked Brunch
Philip Gayle — Pajama Turtles
Seth Ryan — RCT 1-3 (from split, double-cassette release with Brandkommando, Seth Ryan, Fear Konstruktor, and Disgust on Phage Tapes)
Hobo Cubes — You Made Me Feel The Past (from “Inscriptions vol.1,” on Sacred Phrases)
Head Boggle’d — Diesel Power (from Head Boggle’d/Fossils split cassette on Middle James Co.)
Crank Sturgeon — Fuchs-Octubre (from “Fuchs-Octubre,” on Psych Form Records)