Archive for November, 2007

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 11/3/07

November 3, 2007

I’m starting early! I love doing a three-hour show, and with the new DJ being absent many weeks in a row, I’m once again comfortable sliding into this extra half-hour. I’m beginning to think I’m a DJ-killer– nobody seems to be able to lead into (or out of!) my broadcasts for very long.

I’m starting off this first 30 minutes with Mike Tamburo, from the “Language of Birds and Other Fantasies” box set on New American Folk Hero. There’s a lot of material to cover in the set, so I’ve been approaching it a little at a time on-air. Oh! Crap… CD 3 (the player’s name) is giving me trouble… seems to want to cut discs off randomly. That’s not good! I’ve had to switch to a different player. Hopefully, this is not the direction tonight’s show is taking!

Regardless of equipment malfunction, I’m hoping you enjoy the Tamburo tracks. If you DO like them, be sure to send me a mail. Once again, I find myself attempting to convince him to drop by “It’s Too Damn Early” during his current tour. If everything works out, you could be hearing him play hammered dulcimer live next week. Help me make this happen, and leave a comment or send some mail!

It looks like right now I’m in a semi-acoustic mood. I’ve moved to playing from “Ghost in the House,” which I’ll admit I haven’t gotten on the air very quickly. (see my previous post) I’ve really enjoyed what little of Tom Nunn’s work I’ve had the opportunity to hear, so you’ll most likely be hearing more of this disc soon. On the other hand, I have decided to work toward a certain point for this broadcast– it’s a bit like a puzzle. I started with Mike Tamburo, and I’d like to reach Darren McClure’s new disc “Softened Edges” within an hour or so. The trick is getting there without taking any missteps. I don’t usually work this way, but I thought it would be interesting to try.

Right now, I’m playing SIECOX, from the album “Noisy Folk.” Sabrina Siegel was kind enough to hook me up with some copies of various solo and collaborative recordings she has made. I’d like to flesh out her work a bit more in the coming weeks on-air; with her incredible “Grace/Precarious” never too far from my stereo, I want to make sure I’m ready by the time her next release comes out. As for “Noisy Folk,” I really dig it. One of the best aspects is how well Charles Coxon’s contributions blend with Sabrina Siegel. It’s truly difficult to figure out who is doing what, or where one sound begins and another ends.

Here’s a rather apparently drastic transition– SIECOX into Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores, from the Cuneiform release “The Blind Spot.” I’m hoping this turns out as well as I imagine, otherwise I’ve just taken the show into wholly other territory. This IS quite a good album, though, and don’t let my trepidation stop you from checking it out. Redfearn manages a terrific amount of talented musicians on “The Blind Spot,” creating extraordinarily-detailed music that I’ve come to associate with Cuneiform releases. Although the first three songs could easily fit on a Gove County Philharmonic album; the remaining eight are somewhat darker overall, comprising the “I Am the Resurrection and the Light” song cycle about drug addiction.

Wow! When stuff works around here, it really works! I just moved from the Alec K. Redfearn disc straight into Darren McClure’s “A Sheltered Life (Hazakura Mix)” from the collection of Crepusculum re-imaginings “Six Diary Edits” on 12rec. Naturally, these are all taken from Crepusculum’s “Six Diary EP,” available on the same label. Some of the material on this disc is playing it rather safe, but there’s a few good tracks– not out of line for a compilation in any regard.

Eek. Now I’m confused, because apparently, my show falls directly in the middle of the “fall backwards” clock-changing madness that screws me up every single year. At least, I think it does. If I end up doing a 12-hour show, will someone please come relieve me?

I’ve got a real treat for you all after the break. I’m going to play “Snowfield,” recording of Jamie Drouin and Lance Olsen’s 4-channel installation “Snow:Field.” This is the debut release for the Infrequency label, and actually comes with an additional disc of remixes, including one from Tomas Jirku. Being able to play a 60-minute long cut is one of the joys of DJing at a community radio station– without media like this, it seems unlikely something like “Snowfield” would ever be heard outside a gallery. Remember that come next pledge time, eh?

Update: The download for this broadcast is now available, as a single 64kbps mp3. As always, I encourage you to seek out and support the artists and labels listed below.  

Mike Tamburo — Abner Lechte
Mike Tamburo — Julie McHenry’s Last Blast
Mike Tamburo — Man’s Possible Evolution
Mike Tamburo — Monkey Man Travels the Great Oceans to Meet with the Other
Tom Nunn, David Michalak, Kyle Bruckman, Karen Stackpole — Beehive Memory
Tom Nunn, David Michalak, Kyle Bruckman, Karen Stackpole — Narcolepsy
SIECOX (Sabrina Siegel, Charles Coxon) — Noisy Folk no.1
SIECOX (Sabrina Siegel, Charles Coxon) — Noisy Folk no.2
SIECOX (Sabrina Siegel, Charles Coxon) — Noisy Folk no.3
SIECOX (Sabrina Siegel, Charles Coxon) — Noisy Folk no.4
Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores — The Radiator Hymn
Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores — The Burning Hand
Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores — River of Glass
Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores — The Flesh of the Drum
Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores — The Blind Spot
Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores — Rising
Darren McClure — A Sheltered Life (Hazakura Mix)
Darren McClure — Distance
Darren McClure — ST Fence
Darren McClure — Pink River
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.1
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.2
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.3
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.4
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.5
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.6
Jamie Drouin, Lance Olsen — Snowfield pt.7
Crank Sturgeon — A Tribute to Civilization
Crank Sturgeon — Amerdidannae

Can’t get enough DaveX?

November 1, 2007

I followed through with yesterday’s plan, and listened to Eric Leonardson’s students’ broadcast “Locofone” today, on Free Radio SAIC. It was a good broadcast, with enough woozy moments to keep me on my toes, so to speak.

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I did end up calling in (twice!) to contribute to the mix, and I’m glad I did. Although I spend a fair amount of time behind the radio controls, it’s another thing entirely to contribute a small portion to another radio show. I was reminded of working on ~Ore~ Prefab Audio Extrapolations with my good friend Tony Youngblood, who currently hosts the new incarnation, ~Ore~ Theatre Intangible, at WRVU-FM in Nashville.

For today’s broadcast, I ended up using Skype to connect with Free Radio SAIC, along with a Dial-a-Story line at the Toronto Public Library. Additionally, I played a recording I made of my “parp whistle.” With Skype in conference mode, I also added Tony’s cell phone to the mix, selecting the option to leave a message. Leaving the blend of Locofone, parp whistle, and Dial-a-Tone simmering in the guts of Tony’s voice mail, I selected the option to review the message; which played back a sort of cellular “remix” of the past couple minutes broadcast. Along with the strange sounds being presented by Leonardson’s students, it worked quite well!

Later on, I phoned in a mix of various foreign internet radio broadcasts, which I processed live in Audiomulch. Altogether, I probably contributed 5 minutes of material to the hour, but it was still a lot of fun.

Lately, there’s been no doubt in my mind that I’m wanting to expand my radio activities in some fashion. Obviously, calling in to other people’s shows isn’t going to cut it, so I’ll lay out some of my possibilities. Let me know what sounds interesting to you!

radio_wrvu.jpgFirst off, Tony has invited me to contribute a bi-monthly show-within-a-show to his ~Ore~ broadcasts. The exact form and length of this segment has yet to be determined, but I’m thinking somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes would be appropriate. He’s hoping I’ll keep a small theme for each of these segments, and provide musical examples of whatever it is I’m discussing. Most likely, I’m making the first of these tomorrow afternoon, so I’ll see how it goes!

Secondly, I’m interested in making some supplemental podcasts to “It’s Too Damn Early.” I get quite a few promotional recordings, and I feel terrible if I can’t get to everything during my two-and-a-half hours a week. Experimental music is often long-form stuff, and I made a commitment long ago to never air excerpted material unless absolutely necessary. My only problem is that these 6, 10, and 25 minute tracks add up to occasionally being able to only play from a handful of cool releases, when I really want to play many more different things!

Because of this, it’s almost certain I’m going to begin making supplemental podcasts to “It’s Too Damn Early.”

I’m concerned that some listeners will treat the podcasts as something like a junior varsity version of the show, which is not my intention– I’m simply trying to find additional time and exposure for worthy material. Naturally, there are also some iffy legal issues to making such podcasts; it’s my hope that my good intentions and the free nature of the downloads will put off any potential bad feelings.

I’ll let you know when the first of these is completed.

Lastly, I’m really trying to get more live music on my broadcasts. While this seems to directly counter my wishes about having more time to play from great recordings, I’m still going to try expanding this aspect of “It’s Too Damn Early” in a big way. Helping to create an understanding and appreciation of experimental music in Southern Illinois is one of my major goals for the show; it is my belief that this cannot happen without some sort of germination of ideas from other areas. “It’s Too Damn Early” can be one such source of information, but live music also helps immensely.

If you’re interested in getting on the air, get in touch!