Thu, 30 August 2007
Listen Ability Rating; This one may prove to be a challenge for those less accustomed to random weirdness but hang on tight and you may have your sonic appetite satiated. (24.3mb/ 17:13)
Posted from the trusty and ever present iPhone. This podcast initiates a series of undetermined number, they are titled "Music to live by." These will include extensive use of a recent invention curiously called "remote control." Sourced from the random vibrations of AM radio a sound continues to appear and begs to be revealed. Inkxpotter has promised to explore this new instrument and all results will be posted with utmost haste.
Although the sounds from this side of the web have been far and few between lately this montage is sure to make you wonder if I did truly wait long enough between episodes. Enjoy!
Oh and ALOG played "Change Position" off of Miniatures to close this podcast.
Keep on listening!
Sun, 3 June 2007
Listen Ability Rating: Apocalypse on the brain can lead in strange directions. A delicious sampling of 50's inspired hysteria mixed in with unusual musics. (27.4mb, 19:47)
This week I have filled in the gaps between my musical selections with snippets from a record titled "If the Bomb Falls". An interesting and completely serious synopsis of what to do in case of a nuclear attack. Enjoy!
In the first stages of the apocalypse their will be mass confusion. I found this selection by Dokaka to be a rather stunning representation of the chaos and discomfort this might cause for everyone involved. "Economy Parcel Post" is the name of this piece and it's another cut off of the Atlantic Waves sampler that I played on the last show.
In a more literal vein I chose William S. Burroughs intoning "Apocalypse" from his Dead City Radio album. Amidst the confusion arises something recognizable, long hidden and well worth the wait.
In the aftermath Albert Ayler gives us a hint of what we might see. The piece we heard is "untitled blues" but don't let that title fool you. With what starts out as a standard blues tune for a moment is quickly reconfigured into something else entirely. Be prepared.
And now, off to the shelter we go!
Mon, 28 May 2007
Listen Ability Rating: An interesting conversation with a film maker amid my usual smorgasborg of music.
This episode intermingles some interesting thoughts from film maker Guillermo Del Toro. He talks about insects, fantasy and reality and other cool stuff.
Musically we start with Jonas Braasch off his Global Reflections CD. This Cd features six sound recordings from various sites around the world. We listened to the one from Montreal. But he takes the idea in an interesting direction by using motifs he's recorded on site and then translates them into the language of the solo soprano sax.
Secondly our ears get a bit arythmic with our old friend Jon Oswald. These works continue to fascinate me. There use of recognizable tunes reconstructed yet still retaining an aural reference to the original, it's something about their ability to invoke and reconfigure that intrigues me. Here in "Rose" the echoes of Captain Beefheart's peculair brand of rhythm and chaos is turned in to chaos and a lilting twisted flower unfolds.
Z'EV takes us to the outro. We sampled the sounds of "The Smoking Key" off of the latest sampler from the Atlantic Waves music fest. The piece may sound like it is overly saturated in reverb, muddied and indistinct. But the medium is the message. Listen closely for the sounds of insects, archangels, and fauns speaking in tongues.
Sun, 13 May 2007
Listen Ability Rating: Odd Dj makes mix of sounds with a coincidental letter.
Yes there are some new sounds awaiting your ears, hear they are here. Been reading about the Return of Quetzlcoatl, a book by Daniel Pinchbeck. Got me motivated to assemble this mix.
First up, after my "intro", we listen to Sonic Youth off of their latest CD Rather Ripped and the track "Do you beleive in rapture?"
There are a few tracks in the mix by Curium and the CD Nowever. The CD is built around poems by ee cummings and it's cool. I played "When God Decided To Invent" and "O Purple Finch/ Please Tell Me Why."
Sandwiched in between the Curium is a group called The Dead C. We listened to "Voodoo Spell" off of Vain, Erudite And Stupid .
Closing out the set we heard @C and their found sound masterpiece Int 10_34. Enjoy.
Mon, 19 March 2007
Listen Ability?Another hiatus of unknown origin brings this wrongly dated podcast to your ears. Better later than nevered.
First slab o sound we listen to is a piece by Satanicpornocultshop titled Anorexia Gas balloon, this is a tasty little treatise on candy and all the disturbing things in her mind circa 1960s Velvet Underground and beyond.
Following that your ears were treated to a slice of minimilsm via Fred Frith and his solo CD Clearing. One of my favorite guitar masters he always has a thing to say in his own unique way.
Lastly I sampled a cut off of an LP that came out in the 60's (and more recently was found on the 365 day project) that features a couple chatting away about nothing in particular. The fun thing about it is that the LP was designed to be played while you were not at home in order to discourage burgalars from popping in unexpectedly. Follow the 365 day link for a full hour of this fun!
Sat, 20 January 2007
Listen Ability Rating: Given the approach many of these musicians and artists take, we might say: the instrument as body, the body as instrument.
For this sequence of sounds we ventured into the limitless universe that is ubuweb and found a recent "audio response" to an art exhibit at the ICA in Boston. This compilation is called Music Overheard and was edited by Damon Krukowski.
"Rather than look to the latest computer-based electronica-the futuristic sounds of tomorrow-I wanted to gather work made by traditional means, which would not have been possible outside today's digital audio environment." - Damon Krukowski
Our set focuses on the body as instrument and starts with a piece by Matmos titled "Memnto Mori" which is composed entirely from samples of human skull, goat spine and connective tissue, and artificial teeth.
The second piece is "Ritual with Giant Hissing Madagascar Cockroaches" and was performed by Miya Masaoka with thirteen Madagascar Cockroaches. She triggered the insects' amplified hissing noises while they were crawling over her body.
The last selection was "The Body is a Sound Factory" by Henri Chopin. He is one of the pioneers of sound poetry, both with his own works and with his work as a publisher. Since the 1950s, Chopin has explored the amplification of the voice and the body, the vibrations of the larynx, the labial snaps and the hiss of bodily systems.
Thu, 11 January 2007
Listen Ability Rating: Odd droning sounds overlayed with tasty bits of sampled bytes. Have a listen.
On this episode we start off with the sounds of "New York, New York" played by a chorus of car horns. Hear it and hum along. But the show really begins with the sounds of Ubique and their sound sculpture titled "neglect of those In between." Ubique, the Latin word for "everywhere" is the motto of the British Royal Artillery.
Bardo Pond offers our next sonic flavor in the form of "Moonshine" off of Ticket Crystals. I've listened to this CD only as background sounds while reading Charles burns graphic novel "Black Hole" the merging of the two mediums was perfection and highly reccommended. Follow the link above to a lengthy and scholarly review of the novel.
The final spice added to our sonic palette was courtesy of Telectu and their piece "Kraula Alviazul II". I found this on a Cd of Exploratory music from Portugul. Mixed in with the sounds of Telectu was William S Burroughs and Malcom X. Enjoy!