Archive for September, 2009

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/26/09

September 26, 2009

I’m looking forward to hearing from Novasak and George Korein today! (Hopefully, you are as well.) Up until now, I’ve been playing mostly unreleased Korein recordings. As expected, they’re a lot of fun, and also very strange. In my perfect world, there would exist a box set of George Korein/Henry Kaiser collaborations– perhaps some millionaire recluse will fund this project, and make my dreams a reality!

For a much more down-to-earth project that needs a bit of funding, I should definitely mention Glenn Weyant’s recent decision to commit 100% of the profits from his double-disc release of The Anta Project and Droneland Security to the No More Deaths/No Mas Muertas fund. I’ve mentioned this on-air, so if you didn’t catch all the information at that time, click through to Glenn’s explanation and help out if you can. This is undoubtedly a worthy cause, made all the more compelling by Weyant’s lovely music.

I’ve turned Novasak loose on Southern Illinois. Be sure to visit his Swamp of Pus label to thank him later!

Sarah Peebles, David Toop — White Powder/The Spiders
George Korein — Sewerspire
George Korein — Brain Problems
George Korein — Anxiety
George Korein — Bump
George Korein — Cluster Groove
Art Jerks — Like Things
George Korein — Screed
George Korein — Jettisoned Bedding
Glenn Weyant — The Velvet Red Bug: July Ghost Constructions
Glenn Weyant — August Construction, The Street Where They Live, pt.1
Glenn Weyant — August Construction, The Street Where They Live, pt.2
Glenn Weyant — August Construction, The Street Where They Live, pt.3
Novasak — LIVE phone-in set for WDBX-FM, 9/26/09
Daryl Shawn — Cut Away the Stone
George Korein — LIVE phone-in interview, 9/26/09

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/19/09

September 19, 2009

First off, happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! In-studio guest Randall Hall is joining us this morning, with a series of live improvisations on saxophone– some processed live, some not. We’re going live in about six minutes, so I hope you’re tuning in!

Currently in the midst of Hall’s first set– this is really terrific stuff. Having a bit of board trouble, but ultimately, everything is going well.

Pendulum (Randall Hall, Jonathon Kirk) — Vxatk
Randall Hall — LIVE at WDBX-FM, 9/19/09, first set
Pendulum — R. Hydrae 1
Pendulum — R. Hydrae 2
DaveX interview w/ Randall Hall
Pendulum — It collides
Randall Hall — LIVE at WDBX-FM, 9/19/09, second set
Jack Wright — Untitled solo, from “As Is”
Randall Hall — LIVE at WDBX-FM, 9/19/09, third set “Schism”
Guiseppe Rapisarda — Ex Tubae Corporae
Randall Hall introduces “It’s Too Damn Early” to extended techniques for saxophone

Upcoming show– Randall Hall!

September 18, 2009

You definitely won’t want to miss tomorrow morning’s broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” with live in-studio guest, the amazing improv saxophonist Randall Hall.

Come for the electronics, stay for the slap tongue! Here’s your webstream link, should you be fool enough to stay home.

randall hall

mystery tape update

September 18, 2009

I’m still ripping tapes– just finished number 27 a few moments ago. This has been a truly interesting project. I’ve got the dedicated PC sitting in my garage, so I bop down there every hour or so and change out tapes. Occasionally, I’ll find things in mid-rip, so I put on some headphones to hear what’s going on. Needless to say, I’ve had some interesting aural moments! Last night, I slipped on the headphones just in time to hear Tujiko Noriko whisper “I love you” quietly in my ears. It took me a moment to realize what the heck was going on, and then I had a good laugh. What timing!

I’ve also run into odd moments from my infamous “Ghost Show,” some awesome improvised drones, and some sort of spectacularly failing phone-in interview that I’ve yet to place. I’m going to have to refresh myself on this one– it seems to have involved quite a few people in-studio, but I can’t remember what the exact situation was.

As for the mystery tapes themselves, they’re coming right along. I decided to number the series (there will be 41 total) and scatter them to the wind over a long period of time. I haven’t decided on the exact method yet, but it will probably involve me carrying a tape around everywhere until it just feels right. Some of these are much more strange than others, too! While a good lot of these are “just” straight shows, there are a bunch that document extended improv sessions at WDBX, with little or no identifying information whatsoever.

mystery tape(s)

September 16, 2009

While ripping all these tapes, I realized that there still remains the question of what to do with them afterward. I’ve decided that since I currently have plenty of tapes to dub over for future recording projects, I would very much like to let these random recordings out into the wild to inspire and confound the lucky people who happen to find them.

As such, I’ve started scratching off the labels of each newly-ripped tape, and affixing a printed label– “mystery tape” in its place. Later, I plan to overdub a short greeting at the beginning of each tape, providing contact information and my congratulations to the finder. I may also number these tapes.

Naturally, some of these tapes will find their way into the usual places– thrift and junk stores are a good bet. But there are around 50 of them… so I may have to get clever and start leaving them in unusual places.

Cassette ripping– yes, it’s crazy

September 16, 2009

A few months ago, I mentioned that I’d been going through my cassette tape archive, and had discovered a heap of taped broadcasts still awaiting transfer. Shortly after writing that entry, I contacted my go-to guy for “hey do you happen to have a _____,” this being my helpful friend Karthik. As it happened, he did have a machine dedicated to ripping cassette tapes directly to my PC, and was happy to loan it to me once he had a chance to retrieve it from storage. Some of these tapes had been waiting patiently since 2002– no big deal waiting a bit longer!


Last weekend, Karthik showed up with the machine, and I’ve been ripping tapes successfully since last night. I did encounter a couple problems along the way, though.

First off, the manual is about 50% Chinglish. My favorite part is on page 44. “This is the main funtion of the Plusdeck2c.” For some reason, stating the main “funtion” of the unit halfway through the manual just cracks me up, and I made no shortage of dumb jokes about this for the rest of the evening. That the phrase appears as a bullet point seems to increase the hilarity– I may need this on a t-shirt.

Secondly, the PC I chose to mate with the cassette ripper has a thin-profile case. In other words, only PC components for the gnome hobbyist fit inside. I ended up using one of my various Dremel tools to chew a neat hole in the side of the case, allowing the PC power cable to emerge. It’s not exactly elegant, but plopping the ripper directly on top of the PC was a fair enough workaround, especially since I lay this PC down flat anyway.

Other than that, everything works fine. I had to screw around with the levels a bit, but I have to admit that the included software does a fine job of making cassette ripping into a set-it-and-forget-it experience.

It’s also fairly exciting! I’ve already ripped two shows from 2003, and two from 2002. One of the 2002 shows is from 7/26, which includes two improvisational mixing sets of mine. I’m pretty cheesed about the playlist:

EKV - Testimony
Kid Koala - "Nerdball" and "Fender Bender"
Hoppy Kamiyama - Fresh for the Jet Set
Art Bears - Collapse
Dave Fischoff - 926
Tuxedomoon - Dark Companion
Jackie-O Motherfuckers - The Pigeon
The Saboten - Unmitigated Audacity
DaveX - Happy Birthday Archie
Forma 4 - Reproduction
Kalma - Toob Steak
:::::::IMPROV PORTION OF SHOW (list of materials used, in whole or in part):::::::::
Jimmy Swaggart - May the Circle Be Unbroken (speech in Detroit, Mich.)
John F. Kennedy - Nuclear Tests Speech, Nov. 1961
James Bailey - Train to the 8th Dimension
Gen. Douglass MacArthur - Keynote Speech, 7/7/1952
John Coltrane - The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost
Eccentre - Gray Landmarks
Jimi Hendrix - Star-Spangled Banner
Rasmussen - Zac McKracken (Commodore64 Remix)
Adrian75 - Elves in my Bathroom
Keith Jarrett - Live in Lausanne, 1973.. solo concert
::::::::::2ND IMPROV PORTION OF SHOW (list of materials used, in whole or in part):::::::::
Rune Lindblad - Optica 8
July Fourth Toilet - Noise Maker Pomposity
Contrastate - Northern Twilight
Merzbow - Bamboo Honey
Hoppy Kamiyama - Insect's Dream
Kalma - Scrubbing Lockdown

Right now, I can’t be sure of how much of this show was on the tape, but I’d imagine this is only half of the show. Hopefully, another tape from this date is in the pile as well. I also saw five tapes from 1/28/06, the day of my infamous six-hour broadcast. Some of the tapes seem to indicate eleven sides were originally recorded– I’ve only located nine, so who knows where the gap will be?

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/12/09

September 12, 2009

Today’s show is an exciting one. Harold Schellinx, Found Tapes curator and sound artist par excellence will be phoning in later. I’m very much looking forward to speaking with him– this should be a very interesting interview!

Right now, we’re digging on Miriodor’s album “Avanti,” out now on Cuneiform Records. Recently, I organized many of my albums by label, with Cuneiform being in the short list of labels I have looked for on my first pass through my collection. As such, I’ve made the rather interesting step of listening to albums in big bunches from a single catalog– in short, there’s been a lot of that RIO sound in my house lately! Next week, I’ll definitely be bringing in some more.

Speaking of sounds in houses… Harold will be taking us on a sound tour of HIS house very soon! This is going to be a lot of fun.

Miriodor — Envoutement
Miriodor — Bolide Debile
Robert Dow — Precipitation Within Sight
Hans Fjellestad — Pica
Hans Fjellestad — Phone Damage
Hans Fjellestad — Cabrito
Randall Hall — To Be Neither Proud Nor Ashamed
Harold Schellinx — LIVE Phone-in for WDBX-FM, 9/12/09
Yuko Nexus6 — Journal de Tokyo #1
Yuko Nexus6 — Voici le tempes de lecture
Yuko Nexus6 — J’aime beaucoup la cassette #1
Yuko Nexus6 — Journal de Tokyo #2
Yuko Nexus6 — Phonographe #1
Yuko Nexus6 — J’adore la boucle #1
Yuko Nexus6 — Berlin 1936
Trash Ant — Astral Projection
Trash Ant — Subliminal
BKPR — Burden
BKPR — Kollateral
Judy Dunaway — The Rubber Forest
Judy Dunaway — The Balloon Factory

Liveblogging! Playlist for “ITDE” 9/5/09

September 5, 2009

I’m dedicating today’s show to BKPR, whose self-titled disc on Autumn Abattoir languished in my holdings for many months before receiving a proper play due to its rather prompt decision to fall out of the case and become lost behind some furniture. Having found the disc a few days ago while moving things, I was happy to re-unite it with my station bag, and bring it in for you to hear.

BKPR– ITDE salutes you!

Fursaxa — Song to the Cicada
Renato Rinaldi — Hoarse Frenzy
Maurizio Bianchi — Sretsulkyz
Maurizio Bianchi — Zyklus
BKPR — Burden
BKPR — Kollateral
BKPR — Pretend
BKPR — Retraction
Lesson Lesson Lessen Relearn — Stockhausen Syndrome
Lesson Lesson Lessen Relearn — Stepfriends
Rodrigo Constanzo — These Secrets Are Just Lists
Rodrigo Constanzo –Full Speed Face Plant
Peter Gordon — Star Jaws
Anla Courtis — Respire un Cordero
Peter Gordon — Life Is Boring
Anla Courtis — Jarabe de Llanura
Chef Menteur — Io

WDBX Membership Drive / Custom freebie giveaway

September 1, 2009

I kicked off the WDBX-FM Membership Drive this week, and (as is often the case) nobody called me with a pledge! I don’t want this to be one of the years that experimental music gets shut out at drive time, so I’m asking all of you to dig around your piggy banks and find something green for the station, preferably with a president on it.

WDBX has their own set of promo goodies for folks who make good on their pledges, but I’m prepared to offer something of my own to sweeten the pot. This year, I’m giving away unique sound collages, custom-made for anyone who pledges my show. The sound collages will be delivered to you via a unique download, that– once accessed– will be deleted from the net. If you want to have the only copy, fine. If you want to upload it to your blog, whatever. It’s yours!

Every $10 pledge coming in for “It’s Too Damn Early” gets a 1-minute custom sound collage, with every additional $10 garnering an added minute to the total length of your unique creation.

Call in during this week’s broadcast, (618) 457-3691, or contact me via my e-mail for pledging details.

Ironing performance vids, alternate download

September 1, 2009

ironing 4

Here’s three quick videos taken by Ironing during his phone-in performance on August 22nd’s broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early.” In order to avoid spooking his workplace IT department thugs, who perhaps take a dim view of bit-torrent filesharing, I have uploaded this particular broadcast to Mediafire for him as well. Hop on this download if you haven’t already grabbed the torrent– you can grab it in two parts here and here.