Archive for the ‘Sounds Like Radio’ Category

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

Apologies for anyone listening to “Sounds Like Radio

April 1, 2012

Apparently, someone messed up and re-ran a show from two weeks back. I have no idea why– there’s a perfectly good, brand-new episode that was supposed to be running right now. So much for listening along and liveblogging the show! If you heard it already, I apologize. If not, perhaps this twist of fate was intended for you. –DaveX

Liveblogging! Playlists for 7/3/11, both shows

July 3, 2011

A scheduling oddity means that both my shows, “Sounds Like Radio” and “It’s Too Damn Early,” can be heard back-to-back tonight. I figured I’d do a little liveblogging during ITDE, sharing the playlists, etc. If you’ve got any questions, comments, suggestions, or requests; get in touch with me on the studio line: 618-457-3691.

I sure hope you enjoyed the shows this week! Leave me a comment and a request if you plan on tuning in next time around. Take care! –Dave

“Sounds Like Radio”

Mark Wingfield, Kevin Kastning — Air Distance Transform (from “I Walked Into The Silver Darkness,” on Suigeneria)
Gary Verkade, Philip Blackburn — PPS (from “Winded,” on Innova)
Annea Lockwood — Floating World (from “Thousand Year Dreaming/Floating World,” on Pogus)
Mark Wingfield, Kevin Kastning — From The Green All Around You
Mark Wingfield, Kevin Kastning — The Sharp Crucible of Autumn
Rick Cox — Fade (from “Fade,” on Cold Blue Music)
Loren Mazzacane Connors — Little Match Girl (from “Little Match Girl,” on Roadcone)
Preston Swirnoff — Maariv #1 (from “Somethings #1,” on Last Visible Dog)

“It’s Too Damn Early”

Coin Gutter — Zero Article (from “Pigeonless,” on Vanity)
Coin Gutter — Third Conditional (for V)
Tim Kaiser — Numbers Station, side A (from “Numbers Station,” on Créme DeMentia Records)
Lovely Little Girls — The Flesh Is Good! (from “Glamourous Piles and Puffy Saddlebags,” on Apop)
Lovely Little Girls — Lady Shoes Remain Attached
Violet — Violet Ray Gas (from “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers,” on Zeromoon and Sentient Recognition Archive)
Silver Ash — Deathless (from “Deathless/Lifeboat” 7-inch on Generate Records)
Frank Rothkamm — Message From Space Mountain (from “FB01,” on Flux)
Frank Rothkamm — Silence of Mute (from “FB02,” on Flux)
Frank Rothkamm — Outdoor Heritage of New Jersey
Ryan Jewell — Eschew Obfuscation (from “Eschew Obfuscation, Espouse Elucidation,” on Hot Releases)
Leif Elggren — Soya (from “Paradoxes of Enlargement” compilation from Bananafish 16)
Strotter Inst — Monstranz #2 (from “Monstranz,” on Everest)
Tim Kaiser — Numbers Station, side B

Grab your headphones, get comfy

July 3, 2011

Clear your schedule for this evening–tonight is one of those rare times when you can catch BOTH of my shows back-to-back!

After you’ve got your favorite listening spot ready, tune in to WSIU-FM at 10 p.m. (CST) for “Sounds Like Radio.” Spend two hours with my more avant-garde offerings, and keep up with the playlist right here while I liveblog the show.

At midnight, catch me on WDBX-FM for “It’s Too Damn Early,” and even more experimental music. I’ll be covering for “The Galaxy,” liveblogging, and you can even catch me amongst the general craziness in SLSK indie chat.

It’s four straight hours of DaveX– can you dig it?

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio” 6/19/11

June 19, 2011

I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio” with you this evening, and very much enjoying these cuts from Glenn Weyant’s “Tucson Orchestrated” album. There is a nice moment toward the end of “Monsoon Redux” where light percussive sounds strike on what sound like pots and pans. Although I’m guessing that Tucson doesn’t get much in the way of rainfall, it does remind me of an experiment of mine where I left some similar cooking implements out in a gentle shower. It’s good music to dream on, especially with headphones.

Hmm, seems I was too close to the mic for this break– definitely a bit too much low end in the voice.

As I’m listening to Merzbow and Richard Pinhas, I’m struck by how much Pinhas’ guitar sounds like one of the synths in Brian Eno and Jon Hassell’s album “Fourth World, Vol.1″… I’m thinking specifically of “Charm.” It’s like a bizarro world version of the B-side, as if Hassell just took off in a completely different direction. I might need to dig that album out again and compare them for fun.

Glenn Weyant — Bugs (from “Tucson Orchestrated,” on Sonic Anta)
Glenn Weyant — Train
Glenn Weyant — Monsoon Redux
Merzbow, Richard Pinhas — Rhizome 1-010011010011011 (from “Rhizome,” on Cuneiform)
Merzbow, Richard Pinhas — Rhizome 2-100101000111010
Tatsuya Nakatani — Abiogenesis (from self-release of same name )
John Luther Adams — Four Thousand Holes (from release of same name on Cold Blue Music)

Help “Sounds Like Radio” out!

May 28, 2011

I’ve been given the green light to begin syndication of “Sounds Like Radio,” my weekly program of experimental and avant-garde music at WSIU-FM. Looks like this will kick off sometime this summer, so I’m trying to get on top of things now, and start lining up some interested stations.

If you live within earshot of a public radio station, ask them to get in touch with me– or directly with WSIU-FM– so I can send them a sample program. If all goes well, you could be listening to “Sounds Like Radio” on your local station within the next couple months! I’m offering the program for free to these stations, so it’s a great way to add some experimental music and sound art to the radio schedule on the cheap.

If you’re not sure how to get in touch with your local public radio station, just leave their call letters in the comment area, and I’ll mail them for you. How easy is that?

“Sounds Like Radio,” 5/15/11

May 15, 2011

I’m a little too tired to fully liveblog today’s episode of “Sounds Like Radio,” but I thought you’d still enjoy seeing the playlist. If you missed it, just remember that “Sounds Like Radio” airs from 3-5 a.m., and again from 1o p.m. to midnight, every Sunday (Central) on WSIU-FM. Don’t miss next week’s broadcast– I’ll be playing Robert Ashley’s “Improvement,” which is fantastic stuff!

Sabrina Siegel – Yom Kippur (from “Grace/Precarious“)
Sabrina Siegel – The Body Moving
Thomas Buckner, Annea Lockwood – Luminescence (from “New Music For Baritone & Chamber Ensemble,” on Mutable)
David Rosenboom – On Being Invisible pt.1 (from “Invisible Gold,” on Pogus)
Scott Smallwood – Chest & Chair (from “Desert Winds,” on Deep Listening)
Sabrina Siegel – After your voice
David Rosenboom – On Being Invisible pt.2
David First – Zen Guilt, Zen Blame (from “Privacy Issues,” on XI Records)

I’m listening with you– “Sounds Like Radio,” 5/1/11

May 1, 2011

It’s International Workers’ Day– or well, it is for another couple hours. I figured I’d spend the rest of it (as the song says) “for what I will,” listening to “Sounds Like Radio” with you. So here goes!

Oh good, things have started. I don’t sound too bad! I just realized that I don’t remember what I was going to play this week. I suppose I’d better check my notes. Ah, this is “Wind Tunnels,” by Scott Smallwood. It’s from “Desert Winds,” an older disc of his from the Deep Listening label.

Hmm… seems like I’m going to be defacto pre-empted by an official White House announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death.  They created Osama, and they destroyed him when it was convenient. Don’t expect me to rattle my chains to celebrate the master’s triumph.

I really enjoy this “Asia Radio Environments” by Jesse Paul Miller. It’s absolutely full of weird, transient sounds, and is just plain interesting to hear. Plus, broadcasting it is kind of like sticking a bunch of radio broadcasts inside my own broadcast– recursive broadcasting!

I’m letting Obama and the “Asia Radio Environment” mix in my headphones. He’s laying it on thick. “Remain vigilant.” Ugh. If folks were vigilant, they wouldn’t have things like this— suits giving and taking our so-called rights. Anyway, Obama’s done, so I’ll get down off my soapbox. Back to things of beauty and substance.

Speaking of which, Miya Masaoka’s “For Birds, Planes, and Cello” is freakin’ awesome. I added it to this week’s program after noticing that David Toop mentions his enjoyment of the piece in his latest book, “Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener.” He actually has a laundry list of great recordings there, which I’ve got big plans to work through at my leisure.

I was starting to get a little antsy, thinking that there isn’t much “Sounds Like Radio” remaining, when I noticed that there is actually 45 minutes left! I love long-form radio!

Oh, it occurs to me that you may wonder about my listening setup. I’m using headphones right now, some nice AKG K-240s. They sound great, and won’t kill your budget. I’m sure you could spend more, but if you’re still rocking earbuds, you’ll be amazed at the huge difference in detail and clarity once you get a set of these on your ears.

I’d forgotten– I did ask everyone who listened THIS week to listen NEXT week with a friend. If you do this, take a photo of yourselves, and I’ll post it here. Until then, take care, and keep your ears open!

Birthday Wish #2

April 6, 2011

How about making a pledge to WSIU, and let them know you’re fan of “Sounds Like Radio” while you’re at it?

That would be six kinds of awesome, so give them a call now: 1-800-745-9748

“Sounds Like Radio” is currently in its second broadcast year, and everyone at WSIU has been super supportive of the show. If you’ve been enjoying the broadcasts (or if I’ve been playing your recordings) then I’d dig it if you’d consider making a pledge.

Remember– a pledge is like a promise, so it’s okay if you’d broke now. Just catch it up later!

“It’s Too Damn Early” returns 3/19/11

March 2, 2011

I’ll be on vacation, so there will be no new broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early” until my triumphant return on March 19th. But I won’t let you starve– you can catch my “Sounds Like Radio” broadcasts on WSIU-FM on Sundays, at your choice of time– tune in from 3-5 a.m., or from 10-midnight CST. If you’re not already listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” now is a great time to start!

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

“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! “Sounds Like Radio,” 10/3/10

October 3, 2010

I just realized that until the 9th, I get somewhat symmetrical dates! It all falls apart with a bang on the 10th, followed by a timed release of chaser symmetry on the 11th and 22nd– just enough to get me through. Anyways, I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” digging on this Grundik & Slava track, which apparently never made the cut to an actual album. I wonder about what happened to it… I’ve always enjoyed that one, and I know it’s on at least one of my “Mystery Tapes,” as it put a smile on my face during one of my periodic “quality checks.” If you’ll allow me a quick digression, I should mention that two more Mystery Tapes have been released during the past 30 days. Keep an eye out for them, my tape distribution agents are widely scattered; occasionally, they do not even know they’ve been selected for the job!

Well, I’m a chatty thing. Two songs in, and I still haven’t got the playlist up. Yikes! Dig the similarities between the John Morton track and the Grundik/Slava cut. So many odd similarities!

I must’ve had a thing for bells when I selected these tracks. Seems like they’re popping up everywhere. Currently, listening to “Walking By the Refinery.” Eek, now there’s a promo with Somali soldiers. There’s a downer for you! Speaking of a downer, I think my vocals need to improve. Anyone have some tips for me? I think the sound is accurate, but they just seem a bit flat to me. Is it the lack of typical radio compression, etc, or something I could improve without too much trickery?

Digging on Glenn Weyant’s “Natural Electronics” right now. Sometimes, when I put together a show like this, I get a kick out of watching how low some of the levels are. I don’t think that many radio broadcasts explore such a wide range of dynamics, but of course, I have nothing more than my own experiences with radio to go on.

Wow! I had forgotten how well these two tracks fit together. I don’t think I even noticed the exact crossover point between “Natural Electronics” and “Essl Museum.”

Grundik Kasyansky, Slava Smelovsky, Chaos As Shelter – Lullaby for Little Ghostesses
John Morton – Solo Traveler (For 5 Voices and 5 Music Boxes) (from “Solo Traveler,” on Innova)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Hannafin – All The States Between, pt.II (from “All the States In Between,” on Pax Recordings)
Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster – Walking by the Refinery (from “Lung Tree,” on ReR)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Machine Suite) (from “Birds and Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Bird Suite)
Violet – Violet Ray Gas (from “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers,” on Sentient Recognition Archive and Zeromoon labels)
Glenn Weyant – Natural Electronics (from “In the DNA,” on Sonic Anta)
Mark Applebaum – Essl Museum (from “The Bible Without God,” on Innova)

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 9/26/10

September 26, 2010

I’m staying up and listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” so I thought I’d liveblog it– why not? Is it liveblogging if the show is pre-recorded? You can listen live at WSIU by clicking here.

Right now, I’m digging on “Cicadas,” from Glenn Weyant’s “…In the DNA” disc. It made a lovely outro to “Death of Bellflower” from Chaos As Shelter. Hmm… I just heard a promo for our “Powered By You” campaign, asking station members to contact Laura at 618-453-4343 about being on one of the “Powered By You” bits. I really enjoy hearing these! It sure would be neat to hear one from a “Sounds Like Radio” listener. I bet it would be awfully different! My 20th episode, “Powered By,” was actually dedicated to one of these folks; Ms. Hale, whose fascinating and lengthy history of public radio involvement was nothing less than inspiring. It would be interesting to know if she ever found out about this or not.

Well, that was actually a really nice way to spend the remainder of my day. I’m going to have to stay up and listen to myself more often! But seriously, this beats getting up at 3 a.m. to check out the show. Hooray for re-broadcasting! If you enjoyed the show, listen again next week for part two of this set, “Reflection and Influence.” It’s on from 3-5 a.m., CST; and again from 10-midnight, Sundays. Goodnight! –DaveX

Luftzucker
Name: Ernesto Diaz Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair, Ernesto Rodrigues
Name of CD: Our Faceless Empire
Track Label: Pax Recordings

Subliminal Clutter 1
Name: Gen Ken Montgomery
Name of CD: Birds + Machines
Track Label: Pogus Productions

Subliminal Clutter 2
Name: Gen Ken Montgomery
Name of CD: Birds + Machines
Track Label: Pogus Productions

All Records Collapse
Name: Violet
Name of CD: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
Track Label: Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive

Marionetki
Name: Violet
Name of CD: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
Track Label: Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive

Death of Bellflower
Name: Chaos As Shelter
Name of CD: Electroacoustic Vol.8
Track Label: Electroshock

Cicadas
Name: Glenn Weyant
Name of CD: …In The DNA
Track Label: Sonic Anta

Morning Light Through Smokestacks
Name: Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster
Name of CD: Lung Tree
Track Label: ReR

The Anta Project
Name: Glenn Weyant
Name of CD: The Anta Project
Track Label: Sonic Anta

I sure hope you like playlists!

September 10, 2010

Because this little link will show you every “Sounds Like Radio” playlist! Why don’t you check it out, and see if you’re on a show or two? You might even be able to cheat and look into the FUTURE!

“Sounds Like Radio” at a time you can hear it!

August 31, 2010

WSIU has been super-awesome to “Sounds Like Radio” this year– first, taking a chance on experimental programming– and now, scheduling “Sounds Like Radio” broadcasts for TWO times every Sunday!

Starting September 12th, you can hear “Sounds Like Radio” from 10 p.m. until midnight every Sunday evening. If you’re more of a morning person, you can catch it much earlier at the original time, from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday mornings. Personally, I hope you’ll listen to it twice.

Another exciting development is that the 10 p.m. rebroadcast is part of a really great line-up of shows– at 8 p.m., there’s “Rhythm in Bloom,” a locally-produced jazz show; and at 9 p.m., “European Jazz Stage,” from Radio Netherlands. I think it’s a great lead-in for experimental music, and a great time to tune in.

“Sounds Like Radio” coming up!

April 24, 2010

Don’t miss the 4th episode of “Sounds Like Radio,” coming up in about four and a half hours– you can hear it streaming live online from 3-5 a.m., CST this Sunday morning. This episode is part one of a “Strings” themed set, and has some really terrific music. Be sure to send a message to soundslikeradio@wsiu.org as well!

Liveblogging! Playlist for “Sounds Like Radio” 4/18/10

April 18, 2010

The show is starting! This is the third edition of “Sounds Like Radio,” and today’s theme is “storytelling.” I’m really proud of this particular installment. You can listen online here… you can also send WSIU an e-mail about the show if you want.

Today’s show begins with Henry Kaiser, covering Daniel Pinkwater’s children book. I love this recording, it’s just so damned weird.

I’m back– I’m a bit behind in the liveblogging– I had to catch up on the playlist for the main page. It seems like each week is a little bit different in how the WSIU site reacts to my playlist, so I’m finagling with it still, getting it figured out. Right now, I’m listening to Joan LaBarbara, who is one of my absolute favorite artists. I wholeheartedly recommend the Lovely Music double-disc release “Voice Is the Original Instrument,” which has the “October Sky” track we’re listening to.

Now we’re starting the “Somewhere Songs” triptych. Listen close, there’s a lot of great detail in these songs– not only in the narrative, but the structure. So many things happening in the background! Besides, it’s not everyday that you get to hear a song mention scalar physics weaponry, ha!

It’s the second hour now. Starting with John Wanzel’s “Pears in Iowa,” which is a fairly humorous piece– I dig the bit about not wanting to live in Iowa as a vegetarian. Kim Cascone’s “The Language of Ghosts” is up now. This is from “Music For Dagger and Guitar,” which is a really fine album for Aural Terrains, although this particular track isn’t very representative of the remainder of the material on it. Sheesh, today’s show is kind of heavy, isn’t it? I didn’t notice how much this particular episode keeps winding these strange, paranoid, disturbing threads together– aliens, deception, death, war, the devil eating pretzels… It’s not always like this, I assure you! Next week is an episode all about strings, for real.

This track from “Now Eleanor’s Idea” fits in well… “Now Eleanor” begins demonstrating a miraculous ability to speak Spanish without previous knowledge of the language, in preparation for her upcoming role as something like a prophet. But first, she doles out advice on a call-in radio program.

I’m closing the show with Philip Blackburn’s “Soundwalk Through Old Havana, Cuba.” This is actually five tracks from this limited-edition release for Innova Recordings– if you enjoy soundwalks, this is a good one! Don’t miss the “performers” section on the Innova page for this disc.

Henry Kaiser — Devil in the Drain
Ralph White — Buzzard and Rattlesnake Share a Meal of Honeycomb
Joan LaBarbara — October Music: Star Showers and Extraterrestrials
Blue Gene Tyranny — Somewhere in Arizona 1970
Blue Gene Tyranny — Somewhere in Search of Heaven, AD 999
Blue Gene Tyranny — Somewhere Inside the Red Circle
John Wanzel — Pears in Iowa (lucky you! John Wanzel is sharing the entirety of this disc free at his site. Enjoy!)
Kim Cascone – The Language of Ghosts
Edward Ruchalski – Truro
Robert Ashley — Now Eleanor’s Idea, Act III: Questions and Answers
Philip Blackburn — A Soundwalk Through Old Havana, Cuba

Liveblogging! Commentary for “Sounds Like Radio” 4/11/10

April 11, 2010

I’m joining you for today’s broadcast of “Sounds Like Radio,” on WSIU-FM. You can listen online, or locally on 91.9 FM.

You can reach WSIU’s listener line and leave a voice mail about the show by calling 618-453-8272. Go ahead and call– I want to hear what you have to say! You can also send WSIU an e-mail, which is just as good. You can also join me in chat!

The show just started. My vocals sounded a bit quiet. The music sounds great– this episode is solely comprised of netlabel works, so you can download everything you hear for free, legally. The current work is “Solid State,” by Greg Surges. This piece reminds me a lot of John Cage and Lejaren Hiller’s “HPSCHD,” actually. Oh! The vocals just improved a bit. This sounds a lot better. Now I’m playing Markus Jones’ “Send and Receive,” from Con-V. I love the ebb and flow of this recording; it’s a real favorite of mine.

I’m looking forward to hearing me pronounce the next cut. Did I get it right? Martin Back’s piece is available on the Modisti netlabel– lots of good stuff there.

Whew! Lots to do this morning. I neglected to get my playlist entered into the WSIU database, which is quite comprehensive. There’s start/end times, durations, etc… so timing is pretty important. It’s just about tapped out my meager mental resources this early in the morning, haha.

Hooray! I just got the playlist live on the site. That’s some quick typing, wow. Now I’m going to try getting this liveblog back on track. I’m listening to the last Martins Rokis/Kaspar Groshevs cut right now. This is some seriously unsettling stuff to be sitting around in the dark, listening to on headphones! Still, it sounds great. I also really enjoyed the Rafiev/Borisov track, probably even more than I dug it when I first heard it. I’m going to have to sit down with that full album sometime in the next couple days, now that my taste has been piqued again.

I just saw Tatsuya Nakatani a couple weeks back over at SIUC, during the Out of the Box Festival of avant-garde music. What a player! I’m glad I’d included this track from the Insubordinations netlabel, it was nice to be able to let him know that he was getting airplay down here.

I hope you enjoyed the show! I’m heading back to sleep now– good morning, good night!

Greg Surges — Solid State
Markus Jones — Send and Receive
Martin Back — Study for Diaphonus Transforms Melopsittacus Undulatus
Pau Torres — John Leo Crow, pt. 2
Pau Torres — John Leo Crow, pt. 3
Pau Torres — John Leo Crow, pt. 4
Pau Torres — John Leo Crow, pt. 5
Pau Torres — John Leo Crow, pt. 6
Zafka — Yonghe
Alexei Rafiev, Alexei Borisov — Prayer of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Martins Rokis, Kaspars Groshevs — 051509
Martins Rokis, Kaspars Groshevs — 062609
Claudia Bonarelli — Starfield Simulation Series 8, parts 2-4
Joel Grip, Christian Munthe, Tatsuya Nakatani — Tralfamadorian Tempus

Liveblogging the “Sounds Like Radio” premiere!

April 4, 2010

Let’s get some basics out of the way:

1) I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio” with you, and liveblogging about it here.

2) You can chat with me in real time. (update: this feature is now unavailable. Send me an e-mail instead!)

3) You can hear the show on WSIU-FM 91.9, or listen to the online stream.

4) You can reach WSIU’s listener line and leave a voice mail about the show by calling 618-453-8272. Your call may even be played on the air during an Audience Comment segment!

5) You can send WSIU an e-mail too.

So be involved! Now let’s get things going… I’m listening via FM, but I’m also going to keep the online stream going via wi-fi, just for kicks. Right now, it looks like they’re about 10-ish seconds off one another. OMG it’s me!!! I just announced myself to… myself. YAY!

Hmmm. There’s a bit of a disconnect here, from what I thought might happen, to what IS happening. First off, I spent a lot of time entering playlist information, with the idea that this would show up in real time on the WSIU site– but it seems that it just makes a big list, and displays the whole thing at once. In fact, it’s displaying half of the big list… so either I’ve done something dreadfully wrong, or this feature doesn’t work quite right. I don’t like having the whole playlist where someone can see it before it happens. Kinda kills the element of wonder, or of surprise.

I think my production could use a bit of fine-tuning as well. I don’t think I sounded as “live” as the program that ran before me. A bit muffled, maybe. We’ll have to see.

Yeah… it just sounds too quiet behind me during announcing. Quiet isn’t exactly the correct word. “Flat” might be better. The music sounds fine, so perhaps I’m not recording the vocal bits as accurately as possible. It’s David Watson right now, btw– from “Fingering An Idea,” on XI Records. Really good stuff. I actually opened the program with Rune Lindblad’s “Evening,” from the “Death of the Moon” album on Pogus Productions. They’re one of my long-time favorite labels– not only does Pogus have really wonderful releases, but it was one of the first to really get behind my “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcasts and send some phenomenal promos. As a broadcaster in Southern Illinois, far off the usual avant-garde centers, that sort of support means a lot to me. Rune Lindblad also happens to be a tremendously interesting person, with similarly intriguing music– I couldn’t think of anything better with which to kick off the first episode of “Sounds Like Radio.”

BTW, I’m actually quite happy. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to pick my own program to pieces. Otherwise, how will it get better?

Right now, I’m playing from “Where We Were, Shadows of Liverpool.” Sounds great– so much the same/different listening in this manner. I’m still wrapping my head around it.

I dig how the sound just changed tonal qualities in this cut. Amazing stuff. I hope everyone listening is enjoying this as well. Aha– just changed over to Tom Nunn and David Michalak’s skatchit recordings. Sounds really good. There are some really terrific videos of them playing, actually– part of the “Rigs” series on YouTube.

Okaaaay. I knew there were going to be a couple spots during the break from hour 1 to hour 2 in the show– but Ann Richards just threw me off. That was a bit disconcerting. Louis Dufort is on now– this is where things get a lot more unusual. This is a great album, btw. I’m really happy to have another outlet for electroacoustic music recordings, so I’m definitely going to be playing a lot more things along this line on “Sounds Like Radio.” I particularly enjoy the mellow woodwinds and bells in this track. It’s unexpected, but totally works.

Well, I checked… the playlist updated to show the second hour’s worth of music. So at least it’s all there. Still, I don’t like it showing up ahead of time. My fear is that people will sort of “go shopping” on it, and try to guess whether they will/won’t like something. It would be better if this was updated in real-time. “Sweet Cuts, Distant Curves” from the Balloon & Needle label is playing right now. This was another no-brainer for me to include on the first show. It’s absolutely audacious stuff, and terrifically well-recorded. Wow, this sounds great. Very, very minimal right now. Almost like someone is playing with my headphone cable (which is pretty long right now!)

Double hmm. I think there’s actually a bit of fan hum in the background of the vocal parts. I need to fix this, it’s driving me nuts. Will anyone else care? I don’t know! Right now, we’re listening to Judy Dunaway and Tom Chiu, from “Mother of Balloon Music.” This is another one of those albums that I just knew would make it on the first episode. I’d love to hear her play this with Mike Khoury sometime– I think that would be just about perfect.

I’m still pretty interested in hearing my own show. Granted, I’ll never really hear one of my live shows, but this is pretty close. It will never sound this way again, so it’s nice to catch it while I can. Obviously, I’ve listened to the recording of this premiere more than a couple times now– but somehow, the broadcast transforms it… like watching a dancer rehearse versus seeing the stage show. The elements are the same, but the experience is transformative.

Oh my. Just one more track to go. This is from Annea Lockwood’s “A Sound Map of the Danube.” Not only is this one of my most treasured recordings, but it’s from Lovely Music as well, a really fine label that listeners just can’t go wrong with. There’s a little animal of some sort that makes noises during the woman’s interview– I’m not sure what it is, but the sounds are fascinating– like an underwater cat. Maybe a more wildlife-oriented listeners can figure out what it is.

Nearly finished now. This is a great way to end the broadcast… a little like Charles Kuralt’s “Sunday Morning” nature segment. I used to pay a lot of attention to those segments as a kid; I always knew that they’d be important to me later on. Now I can hear why.

The show just ended. I have a couple things to improve upon, but I’m 98% happy with how things went. I think the flow of the music worked well, and the overall sound quality of the music worked well too. I’ve been very happy to see so many online listeners– thanks for making “Sounds Like Radio” part of your day!