Archive for June, 2008

Very sad news/Flaming balls with report

June 27, 2008

There will be no broadcast this Saturday, June 28th, as I will be out of town. Feel free to drop by and leave coke in my fridge, or money in my mailbox– and no fair taking money back out, either!

I’ll have my next broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” on July 5th, so expect lots of explosions, etc. If anyone has firework-themed recordings, now is the time to start e-mailing me links; you know how much I love these! While you’re waiting, go see some of my friend Heather Lose’s photographs, from firework stands in Tennessee.


June 25, 2008

If you’ve been keeping up with my liveblogged playlists, you’re already aware that I’ve been looking into adding Skypecasts to my ever-expanding repotoire of broadcasting options. After a few trial broadcasts, I’m convinced this could be a useful tool, despite the fact that it’s a bit more clumsy than I’d like.

As with any medium, Skypecasting has unique strengths and weaknesses. On the positive end, I can schedule a Skypecast for pretty much any time of day, and for any duration. Listeners can also join in, as a Skypecast is more like a big conference call than the one-way street that is normal radio. I’m looking forward to hearing you as much as I hope you enjoy hearing my broadcasts!

However, listeners have to install Skype in order to listen at all– it’s free, but I’m not sure how many people will be willing to do this.

The biggest drawback for me is how I have to set the audio options. As I vastly prefer having multiple sources from which to source music for my broadcasts, I have been using at least two instances of a music player program during the Skypecasts. However, this necessitates setting my computer’s stereo mix as the recording source– this means that I can’t use my microphone to speak with listeners without switching away from the music entirely. It’s also fairly clumsy, with me bopping back and forth in my PC’s recording settings control window. Anyone know a way around this? I wonder if there’s a plugin or little app that could make this easier.

So how many STARTLING MONIKER readers would check out a Skypecast? Discuss it all by yourself, with the single anemic comment that this post will likely engender…

Auto-percussion fun!

June 24, 2008

I just saw this a few moments ago– what a great idea! Check out more of RP Collier’s sound videos here.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 6/22/08

June 22, 2008

I’m covering for the Jazz Kitten right now– just got finished babysitting the “New Dimensions” program… something about “living democracy,” ugh. I’ve noticed that every time I hear that program, the host and interviewee sound.. I don’t know, breathy. Like two people falling asleep while talking politics. Music, please!

I’m playing from Dr. Mint’s superb “Visions and Nightmares” album right now, with an excellent lead-in from the California Outside Music Associates, and their disc “Big Words.” I rarely mention this, but it’s just wonderful to be able to get music like this on the radio. It may not be much compared to the corporate behemoths, but it’s got to count for something! I won’t lie– it’s all an uphill battle. Last night’s big musical event was a live covers band, who apparently slogged through some Steely Dan to the drunken delight of an enormous crowd. Dr. Mint, come save us!

You want to talk about taking a risk? I’m dropping the next half hour on one artist– and one work– Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Dies Irae.” That’s more or less radio suicide, but I like this piece so much I’m doing it anyway. Let’s hope some folks stick around for the whole thing. As a side note, do not listen to “Dies Irae” following a scary movie viewing. I made that mistake during my last show, and spent a lot of being totally paranoid.

I’m bargaining with people in SLSK’s noise chat– the host of CFMU-FM’s “A Little Noise in the System” will check out my show if I dig his sometime. Sounds fair.

If you weren’t listening, you just missed a really beautiful bit with Annea Lockwood’s “Fridingden to Ulm,” co-existing with Sabrina Siegel’s “Fire”. Gorgeous stuff– and too bad I’m not recording this broadcast… Next up, I have a work from Robert Dow, entitled “Precipitation Within Sight.”

I finished off the show with an excerpt from Solitary B label’s new release “For Birds, Planes & Cello,” which was a nice way to lead into “Music From Beyond the Lakes,” and its annual “Porchswing Music” broadcast.

Frederique Bruyas — Christophe Tarkos, Poeme choisi in Pan, Editions P.O.L.
Bob Marsh — Over Time You’ll See
California Outside Music Associates — Folketymology
Dr. Mint — Fire Flight
Henri Chopin — La civilisation du papier
Nicolas Bougaïeff — Dies Irae
Miss High Heel — A Holocaust Offered to Soft-Moloch
Frank Rothkamm — Half Man, Half Amazing
Sabrina Siegel — Ring
Sabrina Siegel — Fire
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Fridingden to Ulm
Robert Dow — Precipitation Within Sight
Al Margolis/If, Bwana — An Innocent, Abroad: Abroad
Miya Masaoka, Joan Jeanrenaud — For Birds, Planes & Cello (excerpt)

DaveX goes among the normal people

June 22, 2008

I’m covering for the Jazz Kitten’s normal broadcast, so all of you lazy folks who sleep each night will have no excuse for missing my broadcast this time around– tune in Sunday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m., CST for a solid dose of experimental sound.

Ordinarily, the Jazz Kitten presents jazz standards… hopefully, I don’t get too many irate/confused callers!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 6/21/08

June 21, 2008

I don’t have a whole lot to say this week so far, just been letting the music speak in my place. Right now, I’m downloading Skype to the WDBX master studio computer– I have been toying around with the idea of doing a simultaneous Skypecast, so I’m going to implement this today!

As for the music, I had been thinking about this Harmful Free Radicals album, “Duplicate Factories of Washington State” all day, and knew I was going to play it when I got here. When I got around to it, I thought I had lost the album! Of course, it was located in my dismally-organized case, and now you can hear it. Like the MSPaint-type cover art, this is a weirdly blunt disc– obviously odd, but totally comfortable in that mode. Naturally, it’s a lot of fun to hear. More long titles for DJs to type, though!

Oh! My Skype install is complete. More details in a bit.

I’ve got a treat coming up– in less than a minute… new material from Nicolas Bougaïeff… “Dies Irae”

Alrighty, Skype is up and running. I’m already hosting a Skypecast. If you have Skype, just click this link to listen. If not, consider getting a free copy. I may end up doing more of these in the future.

Frederique Bruyas — Christophe Tarkos
Frederique Bruyas — Gherasim Luca
The Harmful Free Radicals — Beauty (After Peer Review)
The Harmful Free Radicals — Can I Eat the Whole Thing?
The Harmful Free Radicals — The First Time I Heard the Word ‘Billabong’
Stephane Roy — Appartences, Theme celt
Stephane Roy — Appartences, Theme latin
Stephane Roy — Appartences, Theme oriental
Nicolas Bougaïeff — Dies Irae
Nicholas Szczepanik — 05 10
GRKZGL — Live at Cafe Independent, Tokyo
Ethan Tripp — A Spear Through the Purple Indefinite
Miya Masaoki — While I Was Walking, I Heard a Sound…

Imaginary software fanfic!

June 19, 2008

The other day, I was imagining an mp3 player of sorts, something that would allow the user to manipulate a variety of data about a virtual listener to generate playlists reflecting their age, location, and time. It’s basically the reverse of something like LastFM– instead of running into people and discovering them through their music, users of this program (which I’m calling “Malty”) would discover the music through virtual persons of their own design.

I decided that it would be a fun project to create a couple mock-ups of Malty– not only do I have no coding experience to create a program, but such an idea seems rather far-fetched anyways! Still, it’s been fun… something like software fanfic, if you think about it. Stephen King’s “Word Processor of the Gods” might fit the genre, too.

To create the mock-ups, I imported various screen caps into Photoshop, mostly of Photoshop and EAC preference windows. A little bit of cutting and pasting work, and voila! I present Malty 1.0, fanfic for the most extreme version of vaporware ever. Feel free to register your copy of Malty by leaving a comment!


As you can see, Malty allows users to select the age and gender of the virtual listener. A “race weighting” feature allows users to generate playlists for virtual listeners ranging from extremely sheltered to cosmopolitan in outlook. The “religion shaping” tool can add realistic flourishes, using Malty’s patent-pending Pezee-Myers algorithm. The “odd formats” option introduces otherwise out-of-date formats into the mix; for example, a teen in the 1980’s could theoretically select from 78 RPM recordings.

Where Malty 1.0 is particularly exceptional, however, is in the pioneering field of realistic external sound generation. As no music is experienced in a vacuum, users can toggle the external sound playback function to generate lifelike incidental noises heard alongside the standard playback feature. Virtual listener profiles created within city environments will produce typical urban sounds appropriate to their day, all heard through the lens of your listener’s selected environment. Registered users can also import everyday sounds using the HarS plugin.

Social support is a given. Malty is iTunes-enabled, with auto-downloading of any playback recordings to user-defined libraries, or share playback lists across LastFM. Integrated Skypecasting allows virtual listeners to host “listening parties,” with 100% virtual listener control available– your virtual listener will interact with other created listeners worldwide, with temporal and cultural mashups providing hours of entertainment.

The time settings section allows Malty users to precisely select the time and duration of the playback span. Dates spanning approximately 4,000 years are available, however, years preceding the known history of recorded music will generate modern reproductions of historical and hypothetical music– e.g, Bach played by the New York Philharmonic, or interpolations of how a Hurrian hymn may have sounded.

Venue compensation lets Malty weight playback selections to account for listener profiles exposed to popular music via live settings; such as concert halls, discoteques, vaudeville, dive bars, or even coffee shops. A wide variety of settings are being developed by users everyday, utilizing Malty’s open-source code and venue-generator tool. The “parent” button can be toggled on and off during playback to simulate mom or dad returning home– try it during playback involving explicit lyrics!

Various playback methods are also included, with appropriate historical players available within the listener profile. Finally, users can browse the “situation library” to accurately frame the playback list– the same listener profile will generate different possible lists based on this information. Choose nearly any situation from cross-country roadtrip to quiet basement flat, pre-suicide to post-coital!

Future versions of Malty will allow situation “gradients,” for example, moving from over time from “drunken spree” into “slumber party.” Millions of combinations!


June 17, 2008

Firefox 3 Firefox 3 drops at noon (my time), which surprised me. I figured I could jump out of bed, pad over the computer in my PJs, and have some sort of geeky pseudo-Xmas morning event.

No such luck!

Now I’m waiting on those slowpoke San Franciscans to wake up, have their coffee, read some blogs, etc… In the meantime, be sure to get over to the download pledge site and help Mozilla win a world record!

Update: Here’s a hint– if you invite everyone to a party, be sure to have enough chairs. 30 mins in, and I’m still getting time out errors, ack! BTW, this is my first animated gif. Feel free to throw those party chairs at me, but I think it turned out well!

Update 2: It took about an hour, but I finally got Firefox 3 downloaded. I’m really enjoying the way bookmarks are set up, especially in regards to live bookmarks. The back/forward/recent button is pretty fab, too! I’m still not a big fan of the new location bar, it’s kinda big and ugly… wouldn’t mind being able to turn that off easily, it’s too weird having bookmarks pop up as I type, especially for miscellaneous internal links at the main site I may be attempting to reach. I’m also happy to have my Adblock Plus back– it wasn’t compatible right off, but seems to be working now. With any luck, I’ll get the Skype and Linkify plugins back soon.

Feeling left out?

June 15, 2008

Father’s Day is not for moms and kiddies, so if you’re feeling left out– or if you’re just a weirdo single loner lurking in a dank basement surrounded by pristine vinyl and John Cage fanfic like every other person reading this blog– then I have a surprise giftie for you!

Yes, it’s new downloads! And neglected downloads! It’s like a one-two punch of curiosity and guilt. Enjoy!

It’s Too Damn Early, full show for 5/31/08

It’s Too Damn Early, full show for 5/24/08 (here’s a link to the original commentary)

It’s Too Damn Early, April Fool’s broadcast 4/1/06 (Be the first to download it!)

It’s Too Damn Early, full show for 3/11/06 (Just think– you might need this someday.)

It’s Too Damn Early, ALL-NOISE broadcast 12/16/06 (You know you want it!)

The playlists (and original commentaries!) for these shows follow the jump:

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 6/14/08

June 14, 2008

Update: OMG, I actually recorded this broadcast, and am now offering it for a free download. It’s not nearly as high quality as the originals, so if you like something, be sure to get a real copy. This download is taken directly from the webstream, and is a 64 kbps mp3 file– about 68 megs.

Well, I’m managing to keep up the playlist and liveblog… granted, not with a whole lot to say here so far this week. I started off this “It’s Too Damn Early” with a Blossoming Noise release, Miss High Heel’s “The Family’s Hot Daughter.” Not a bad way to clearly demarcate one show from the next, eh?

With little regard for flow, I proceeded on to Object, a much more quietly nuanced release on Eh? Records. I’m a sucker for any recording utilizing balloon as a sound source, so this was a natural pick for me.

At present, I’ve got the Mystified disc “Crank” spinning– this is his first for the Power Silence label, which is quickly becoming one of my favorites to watch. So far, all the PS releases I’ve heard have featured high-quality work, and seem to benefit from some picky selection. I haven’t heard a lot of Mystified’s beat-based material, but I enjoy the remix of Metek’s “Infrastructure” included here… it’s a track with an odd pedigree, the current remix most likely arising from an earlier Metek/Mystified/Pythagora split where Metek constructed it from Mystified samples!

Just got done playing a nice little mini cdr from GRKZGL, courtesy his recent Canadian care package. On-air, I promised details of how to acquire copies of this nifty little disclet– looks like you may have to e-mail him: grkzgl AT … Next week, I hope to get a chance to play from another of his recordings, “C’est de la Marde,” which you will no doubt enjoy.

It looks as though I will more or less close out this broadcast with “For Birds, Planes & Cello,” a lovely work from Miya Masaoka and Joan Jeanrenaud on the brand-new Solitary B label. I am quite impressed with the quality of their first two releases– the other being “While I Was Walking I Heard A Sound…” which features Amy X Neuberg (one of my favorites, AND we share an inital!) among other vocalists in a unique setting. I’ll get to this one next week, so be sure to tune in. That’s not to say this show hasn’t been without highlights! I’m already envisioning a little home mix I may put together with “For Birds, Planes & Cello” intertwined with some Francisco Lopez and Annea Lockwood materials…

How about a little more? I’ve got a nice advance copy of RP Collier’s “Deconstruction of Twilight,” an ambient guitar work very much different from what I’ve previously heard of Collier’s work. As you may recall, I’m mighty choosy with ambient recordings, but this one has definitely made the cut. I’ll have about 15 minutes of show time remaining, so instead of closing with one sort of ambient sound, I’ll finish with another. Enjoy it!

Miss High Heel — Pity Squashed Your Flowers
Miss High Heel — Name Lady Entirely Over ‘Was’
Miss High Heel — Lace Maker of Perfect Arse
Miss High Heel — Bad by Proust ‘A’
Ricardo Arias, Miguel Frasconi, Keiko Uenishi — Object, Live 6/12/04
Mystified — Disintegrate
Mystified, Metek — Infrastructure
Mystified — Cruel to be Kind
GRKZGL — Antitule
Miya Masaoka, Joan Jeanrenaud — For Birds, Planes & Cello
RP Collier — Deconstruction of Twilight

Weird similarity

June 13, 2008

I don’t ordinarily have television, but I overheard a McDonald’s commercial on my father’s tv last week that caught my ear– the accompanying music sounded like a bizarre acapella version of “Kepone Factory” by the Dead Kennedys!

I made a mental note to check this possibility out (-Wesley, -rednecks, if you want to get decent Google results for “Dead Kennedys” AND “McDonalds,” btw)… but didn’t find anything. Luckily, the commercial was popular enough to find its way to YouTube, so I can share it with you!

Turns out that the song used is actually called “Hocus Pocus” and is by the band Focus. Overall, it doesn’t sound much like the Dead Kennedys at all, and is quite irritating.

This is how my brain works– catch the back 5 seconds of a McDonald’s commercial, spend half and hour figuring out exactly which DK song it reminds me of, and then painstakingly research the whole thing a week later.

Both kinds of ‘struction

June 13, 2008

Some concepts I’m having for this blog:

1) More links! I was thinking of meeting The Listenerd halfway. He’s adding more personal writing, and I need to add more ways to get out. There’s lots of interesting things online… maybe you’ll be interested in some of them. Whaddya know, here’s one: Cloak of Silence!

2) Reviews. I love reading them, I hate writing them. Unfortunately, everybody seems to like the damned things. They also feel like an accomplishment… probably because I take forever constructing them. Part of me wants to never write one again, another part wants to write one each day. Aside from getting your band some cheap PR, how useful are these things to you? Would you miss them?

3) More audio. I’ve got a few gigs to work with on WordPress. Maybe audio-only posts could liven things up a bit? Do I actually need more work? Who wants to hear me review albums while listening to them and cleaning my house? THAT would be unique!

4) You better start leaving some comments. I don’t get paid for any of this, you know.

I can’t quit/kill you.

June 13, 2008

Okaaaaay, so I’m a lazy SOB. This, we have established. In other news, no fatal consequences to my stats– not sure if this is a good thing or not.

As longer-time readers/listeners can guess, I’m inside one of my periodic “low” times, with both the show and blog suffering as a result. My past what? whole bunch of shows have had suck-ass accompanying liveblogs, no download, and a silent host. It’s no comment on the music, to be sure, but that’s what you get from a DJ half-decided to build his broadcast around an “I’m a useless waste of space” theme. Ugh.

I just deleted a whole bunch of stuff from this entry. Too introspective!

Oh, and deleted a lot more again. Too dramatic!

In a nutshell, if I can’t get things together to my liking, I’m giving up entirely. Let’s see how it goes.

Taking a break until Saturday

June 2, 2008

I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment, and don’t want to have anything to do with blogging for a bit– my head’s in it, but my heart feels lazy and burdened with radio and blogs right now. I’m going to step back until Saturday, and just give myself the gift of “relaxing”… I put this in quotes because my body will be doing anything but relaxing… lots of driving coming up, lots of family, and lots of stuff to do IRL.


Anyways, I’ll get the last playlist up at that time, and I promise to have the next show recorded and available for download as well. Honest!

Last show, I had to call a hipster (born in 1985) on his assertion that he “stopped listening” to Metallica after Master of Puppets. Umm, what, when he was 1 year old?

On the upside, I pulled a u-turn yesterday to go back for a turtle crossing the highway– I wanted to move him off into the grass before someone hit him. I was happy to see the car in front of me had the same idea, so I managed traffic while he got the slowpoke reptile off the road. If you know a Southern Illinoisian with the license plate “Jolvo,” be sure to give him a big thumbs-up.

See you Saturday!