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Mingus, Inkxpotter, Nauman, Reynolds

ListenAbility Rating : 8.3  Musings and rumblings from the heart of the internet beast, a cornucopia of visions and exhaltations.

In summary, we use the sounds of Charles Mingus from 1962's "Oh Yeah", Passions of a Man was the cut we heard. Then we move onto the Inkxpotter mish mash of talk radio musings on the curses of tecnology that plague the youth of today. Segue number 3 leads us into the mind of Bruce Nauman. Act4 heads it ull up with Todd Reynolds and Kid Beyond with Transamerica off of "Outerburroughs".

Listen up people!

Direct download: smsd110626.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm PDT

From Chaos to calm

Listen Ability Rating : If you can make it deep into the freedom that pours forth from the man with the sax you are rewarded with openness on the other side.

For this segment of time I have constructed a three part transition that anchors itself firmly in the year 1966. We are at Temple University and listening to one John Coltrane play "Leo." "This cat makes the horn go places I didn't even now existed", you take another puff on your joint and knowingly smile and nod your head.

With the use of the ipad and the ims-20 app Korg has made a cool instrument. The original hardware came out in 1978 and was introduction until 1983. The software is quite nice especially when attached to a midi keyboard externally. a nob turning, patch cording, key pounding barrel of fun!

We closed with the sounds of Miki Yui and a tune called Long Before, this is off of "Magina" and just came out in december of 2010. One Akio Suzuki says, "Music that my ears never want to hear through half-baked equipment."
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Direct download: smsd110228.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:02am PDT

Cage. Wendt, Orcutt and Schwitters

Listen Ability Rating: If the sound of acapella voices, beautifully mangled guitars and various ruminations on the occult grabs your fancy than this podcast is for you.

This episode starts out with the sounds of Bill Orcutt and Sad News from Korea, this is off of A New Way To Pay Old Debts, released in 2009 and just re released on CD. "It's an intense set of raw, blues-influenced songs that sound heavier than most of the guitar records in your collection put together!!"

From here we transition to Obscure #5 - Voices and Instruments - , which was released on Brian Eno's Obscure Records label in 1976. This record exists only on out of print vinyl and in the digital domain of downloadableness. It is a very quiet and beautiful record, featuring three compositions by Jan Steele on one side, and five compositions by John Cage on the other side. We heard Forever and Sunsmell [lyrics by E. E. Cummings, vocals by Carla Bley].

Next up is Zoo by Larry Wendt. He started his creative artistic activities in the mid 70s focusing on creating text-sound compositions. His works are widely represented in various radio programs and performances in different countries.

To close out the cast we were treated to Ribble Bobbie Pimlico by Kurt Schwitters. Performed by Die Schwindlinge.

Direct download: smsd110130.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm PDT

Forever Changed

Listen Ability Rating: A wordy set of sounds, audio compounds, a homage to Beefheart...

"When we hear sounds we are forever changed...we are never the same..." , K. Stockhausen.

---------Interweaving the audio are the words of John Cage and Karl Heinz Stockhausen and an unknown student asking the question, "Can this souless electronic music, devoid of human inflection be a viable art or will it wither and die?"------------

Here is my answer...The Inkxpotter Resonse...Listening is your only option...

"Wild Life" by Captain Beefheart --

"Another Green World" Eno

"Studie One" Karl Heinz Stockhausen--

"Would I for all that were" Sun Ra

"Eyeballs" Oneohtrix Point Never

 ...And a shout out to those uploaders of video...

Peace Out.

Direct download: smsd101231.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm PDT

A Night of Living Sound

Listen Ability Rating: 9.9. The dissonance of times colliding. Mixed and matched often inappropriately.

My concept here is a mixing together of cultural artifacts from different time periods. The 50's and it's vision of the future. Tape decks and record players to be bought and sold. Automatic rewind waiting on the horizon. So simple, So convenient, So Easy to use. You get the idea.

Fast forwarding we end up in the now. A place where the call and response of Communication is Community echoes in our ears. "The technology of transmission is the promise of one world made whole. . .  I dream of a time when everybody breathes and touches each other on air."

Aldous Huxley enters our sound stage from somewhere in the 50's. His metaphysical, eastern outlook, fueled by the visions, the inner light shining.

From the war years prior to the fiftys we get a taste of state sponsored propaganda. It's the audio from a movie ,"The Spirit of '43", about saving your money to pay taxes and help the war effort. "Thanks to Hitler and Hirohito the war effort this year is more expensive than ever!". Funny how things have changed. The vid is highly entertaining.

A girl in trouble appears in dislocated time and it doesn't end well. It's one of those Mary met Robert stories and Mary ends up dead. As the narrator explains, "There's no easy way to tell a mother, "Your daughters been murdered.""

A few parting thoughts from Mr. Huxley and we are ready to shine thru.

peace Out.

Direct download: smsd101125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm PDT

For Tomorrow We die

Listen Ability Rating: A CSI vs. Soap opera outakes mashup. You decide if he gets to the truth. Soothing to the mind and ears.

Delving deeper into meanings beyond fleeting hesitations. There is An Echo , A Stain, from Bjork's Vespertine album. Referring to the sound of a last breath as it moves thru space around the deathbed. An Armchair Traveller delivers up Walking Tracks. Referring to the footsteps we take down the long and circular road. Ending with Ben Frost and a Deconstructing Michael Gira from Evenings at Room40 and some sort of Untitled Transient.

In between, the sound fabric is woven with a tangle of the never ending line of people about to expire. The drama and the descent into nothingness. The image of a solitary figure against the afternoon sun, light streaming in from the open window, curtains floating around her, "I See You, Robin I SEE You!" and then it ends and the illusions fall away.

Enjoy!

Direct download: smsd101010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT

Re-storing. De-stroying. Re-storying.

Listen Ability Rating: <<<<9.2>>>> Take one part Glenn Beck, a smattering of frost covered Washington Monuments, and a short history of King of the Luthiers and you've got no idea what I'm talking about. You'll just have to do the prudent thing and listen.

In the late summer of 2010 half a million minions assembled to absorb propaganda in it's most rarified form. An aptly titled "Restoring Honor" speech by Glenn Beck. He altered his tone from manic word-monger to fatherly wisdom imparter. Yet underneath the apolitical surface writhes a venomous snake, hungry for the souless masses, ready to exact the slow squeeze. Sort of like a boa constrictor on crack.

Into my re -storying of the speech I've added short fragments of music, all under the two minute mark. King Midas Sound, "Sumtime"  from Waiting for You , Ben Frost "Through the Glass of the Roof" from By the Throat, Broadcast and the Focus Group, "Will You Read Me" from Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, John Oswald "spring" off of 69 Plunderphonics, Negativland "The Playboy Channel" off of Escape from Noise, Inxpotter "Amazing Grace" excavated especially for this podcast, and Rufus Harley "Re-Creation of the Gods" from the album of the same name.

Listen in and get the real story and let the Inxpotter know what you think!

 

Direct download: smsd100925.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm PDT

Enter A Time Machine

Listen Ability Rating: Going forward in the endless pursuit of time ... your ears are thus enabled to take an excursion you won't soon remember. Hauntology, Deep Dub, Cut and Paste, in other words.

A time machine operational manual is thus written, page one a reassembled version of Orson Welles radio theatre doing a bang up version of the HG Wells classic. Inkxpotter adds his own special chaos to the initial moments of transition.

Second decision is, Where to go? Or maybe better to decide if We Are After All Here. Off Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age -- propelling us deeper on our jouney through time.

We have landed, yet the gauge that tells us where and when is broken. Above us rings the deep soul of King Midas Sound. His golden voice echoing thru the jungle and making the apes sway in their trees. Dreaming deeply of a cure and remembering, the Earth a Killya.

Deep into the tunnel we have ventured a sound beckoning endlessly to us, calling us to listen and embrace the message. Even though we awoke in the morning from A Cold Freezin Night , The Way Out is surely thru The Books. 

Enjoy!

PS. (don't miss The Books site.. a time machine unto itself!)

 

Direct download: smsd100828.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45pm PDT

Born with a Pure Ox

Listen Ability Rating: Born of controversy and extremely good looks this slumdog is waiting to inhabit your ears.

One missing in action. One breath of Maya. One Born free. One Redhead in Distress. One man with a gun. One paranoid driver. One place in the sun.  One unruly Ox. One weilding a bone. One shadowy monolith. One horse thats ok. One naked Zarathustra. One voice in the tunnel. One echo. One man with a horn. One illness. One Pure unending sound. One stillness.

All this adds us to Strange Music in Small Doses.

Dig?

Direct download: smsd100724.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm PDT

No News is Good News

Listen Ability Rating: I'll give this one a seven because it's July and I wanted to finish this in June.

In this oversaturated media whirlwind that we currently survive in, that feeds upon and us and I upon it, I give to you a mix of noise and electricity and the sounds of distant callers wanting to be heard. So go on and listen!

Cut one is from the band Nice Nice, we heard "Pulp" from their album Chrome.

Cut two is from Water Tongue by the artist Aaron Martin.

Cut three is Part III (Excerpt) from Burning Star Core

In the immortal words of our hero, "I have a pain threshold that needs occasional relief..."

Enjoy!

Direct download: smsd100702.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04pm PDT