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Thorbjornsson, Inkxpotter, Prospero

Tonite we begin our journeys with Par Thorbjornsson off of his Genophonics CD with the piece "Wind Translation." On his site he explains his process in creating this music based on the genetic sequences in our DNA, "During millions of years our DNA has evolved into what we are today. Every little random mutation has gone through the trial of evolution, to be banished or be brought on to the next generation. I've used the information contained in our genes to create music. " Making audible the code behind this reality we see before ourselves runs thru this piece and also the piece we close our show with, in the middle we have Inkxpotter off on a tangent.

Speaking of myself once again in the third person, oh well, multiple personalities are sort of fun, especially when you ask them to make music and they comply. This week we have a mix titled "One way". You may hear the clip "..unfortunately these dreamy psychedlic trips often end up one way..." and ask yourselves which way is that? Which one way are you headed?

Okay, back to more serious and thoughtful ways of constucting music. Piece number 3 is Prospero off of his Fibonacci CD, with the quaintly titled "Track 5", I do wish he would give these pieces names, they deserve it. Maybe Prospero and his other alter egos that reside at Black Note Music are too busy creating compelling music to have the time to give them names, but there are just so many nameless offspring. About the music he writes, " The fibonacci numbers are a self creating recursive pattern. This mysterious sequence of numbers has been connected to many natural phenomena, ancient constructions, and esoteric systems. The music you hear on this CD is based on various translations and isomorphisms of the Fibonacci numbers." Heady stuff but it sounds cool.

Direct download: smsd050728.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm PST

Cul De Sac, Inkxpotter, Junkboy

On a bit of a hiatus I am now to be considered back. Tonights program rolls on with the sounds of Cul de sac.  "A Boston-based group of critically acclaimed practitioners of unusual instrumental music who draw inspiration from the incantatory rhythms of Indian ragas, the complexities of avant-garde folk finger-picking, the cerebral excesses of '70s prog, the bouncy reverb of surf rock, and the energy of experimental music."- epitonic. Sounds like fun to me! I chose their song Nicos Dream because of those haunting samples of the real Nico inhabiting her dream song.

The self-referential Inkxpotter impulse comes forth once again in the remix "Attack of the podcasters" . For this piece I stumbled onto a local radio program (KPFA Berkeley, CA, USA ) while driving to work and heard a segment on podcasting. Ripe with unusual comments from listeners " I hacked your URL at KPFA and now can download your radio shows to my Ipod!" , to other yammerings about the fact that "podcasting is not bound by frequency" a "worldwide audience awaits our content". This I can attest to with listeners from Scotland, Cape Town, Austin and Brazil, all rolling with the Strange Music in Small Doses. The mix behind these pieces came from an alien soundtrack to the video game Kill all Humans, but the Inkxpotter touched removed most traces but some aliens still remain.

The three cut collapse come to a conclusion with the sounds of Junkboy and his piece Shadow and Act. This is off of the latest Wire tapper collection that comes to subscribers of the Wire magazine. A great resource for strange music.

Direct download: smsd050717.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:55pm PST