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“It’s Too Damn Early” needs phone-in guests!

February 13, 2011

Are you interested in being a phone-in musical guest for “It’s Too Damn Early” in 2011? It’s time to get in touch! These are opportunities for LIVE radio performance and interviews, all over the phone– no need to change out of your pajamas.

I am seeking sound artists, noise folks, improvisers, radio art enthusiasts, and experimental music makers of all types. Performance lengths vary, but you’re always booked for at least 30 minutes so we can fit an interview in as well as your set. Dream up something weird, and drop me a line in the comments section!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 12/11/10

December 11, 2010

I wanted to do an all-noise show tonight, and since I’m feeling particularly scummy, I’m fully getting it on with some very random releases. And now that I’m in this rather unique headspace, I figured I’d put out a call for similarly scummy tapes and CDRs. I’m looking for your most ill-advised recordings, stuff that basically should never have seen the civilized light of day. Think Rubbish, Trash Ant, Crank Sturgeon, etc. If you found it in the garbage, recorded over it, and now it sucks audibly– I want to hear it. Here’s the address:

WDBX c/o DaveX
224 N. Washington St.
Carbondale IL 62901 USA

Damn, this live Merzbow (Henie Onstad Art Center, on Prisma) is amazing. This has got to be one of my most favorite Merzbow releases in a long time.

Bestial Earthhammer — Organe Magic of the Black Sun Cult (from “Satanic Pigfuck Armageddon,” on Lunar Blasphemy)
Ritualistic School of Errors — Pancakes Soaked, Started Bucking (from “Sweat-stained Fancy Heaps for First-Rate Ladies,” on Resipiscent)
Ritualistic School of Errors — Leaking Fancy Fanny, Ladies Laugh
Kenji Siratori, Torturing Nurse — Massacre Gene (from “Mad Blockhead’s Tale,” on Roil Noise)
Kenji Siratori, Torturing Nurse — Mutant Hell
Kenji Siratori, Torturing Nurse — Abolition Body
Absolute Null Punkt — Absolute Magnitude 1 (from “Absolute Magnitude,” on Blossoming Noise)
Haunted Vawmitt — Spiritual Entrails (from “Spiritual Entrails,” double-3″)
Rubbish — untitled track 1 (from untitled 3″, on Roil Noise)
Rubbish — untitled track 2
Merzbow — Live at Henie Onstad Art Center, 10/11/09 (on Prisma)
The Eternal Om — The Eternal Om
Evil Moisture — Blood Picnic (from “E” volume of the incredible “Zelphabet” series)
The Adjective Noun — Mask Up You! Black Bloccader (parts 1-4, on album of the same name, via USA Surpasses All Nazi Genocide Records)
Plasmic Formations — untitled (from split cassette 064 w/Zemekky, on Epicene Sound)

WDBX Membership Drive update

September 4, 2010

The WDBX Fall Membership Drive starts today; I got the ball rolling this morning during my “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast. I’m happy to say that a one of my favorite long-time listeners was kind enough to make a $250 pledge!

I’d like to see if we can’t continue this great momentum, and try to match it by next week’s show. The quickest way is just to give the station a call– 618-457-3691, and be sure to tell them that the pledge is coming in for “It’s Too Damn Early.” There’s a lot of nice thank-you gifts available this time around, so you might ask about those as well. You can also donate online, through PayPal.

I’ve seen the numbers this year– 41% of our total operating budget comes from member donations, so obviously these are very important to us!

Happy Birthday, DaveX

April 23, 2010

I didn’t really realize that it was going to be my birthday until a few days ago– obviously, it kind of snuck up on me. I’ve apparently been too busy to do the usual gift-harassment, so I’ll be hitting everyone up extra hard next year. But I got something right this time around the sun, and I was smart enough to call it way back last December.

This is my year.

I’ve been working on my focus, and it’s paying off. I finally got around to knocking on WSIU’s door– and today I just finished producing my fifth episode of “Sounds Like Radio” for them. I started looking up venues and planning the Noise Summit way back in November, which was also a success. And hey, my lawn’s mowed and the kitchen floor got mopped. I didn’t have an adventure today (at least not yet) but I did have a number of small nice things happen…

“Happy Birthday” were the first two words I heard today.

I played “Satanic Pigfuck Armageddon” while eating Cheerios with the kids.

Miss Information bought me a morning Coke.

Johnny Cash and I went down in the Grand Canyon on a stubborn donkey.

I kidded a cashier about stealing nickels from the till.

I had a giggle in Production B after leaving the mic and monitors on for a voice-over, which made me sound like a Martian.

The Chairman told me that he admired my “passion for music.”

I got two nice birthday cards.

I danced around to John Henry’s theme music.

I convinced the Weasel that an old man with boogers in his teeth was licking the Icee machine, thus averting the immediate need for Icees.

I had yummy Cubby’s Pizza.

I got all meta and reflected on the good things I wrote about in my list, realizing that although none of them are individually amazing, their sum is actually quite a nice day.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 2/6/10

February 6, 2010

I’m playing fine examples of improvisational and ensemble works today, and needless to say, I’m really stoked about all the music I’m presenting. I’ve also got a bit of homework for my readers– suggest a book about sound for me! I’m self-directing a sound studies course for myself, so keep that framework in mind.

Volvox — Touched By A Mouth That’s Wrong
Volvox — Cardboard Cupboard
Phil Hargreaves, Glenn Weyant — Do Not Sing
Phil Hargreaves, Glenn Weyant — A Door Is Open
Phil Hargreaves, Glenn Weyant — Force of Circumstance
Big City Orchestra — Mantra (previously unreleased track from “White Fungus, Issue 11” zine compilation CD)
Shelf Life — tkcrdsuow
Shelf Life — cuswodkrt
Shelf Life — wkuctdrso
New Haven Improvisers Collective — Roger and Out
New Haven Improvisers Collective — BCS Triac
Keith Jarrett — Rotation
Ratchet Orchestra — Love On A Faraway Planet (from “Live at the Sala Rosa, November 28, 2007”)
Thuja — Pine Cone Temples
Anla Courtis, Seiichi Yamamoto, Yoshimi — Untitled 4 (from Public Eyesore release, “Live at Kanadian“)
id M Theft Able — v ide touch ess?
id M Theft Able — Split Angels (in tow no tow)
id M Theft Able — ovum crude (lasers out)
if, Bwana — Connecticut
Matt DavignonMesonychoteuthis

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

October 14, 2009

The cat is out of the bag– I announced my annual call for New Year’s submissions just moments ago on the Oddmusic list, so unless you’re a subscriber, you’re already behind the curve. I know, it’s only October; I thought I’d give folks a little bit of time to prepare something extra nice.

I’ve always felt somewhat down around New Year’s, but it wasn’t until 2005 that I decided to make something out of those feelings, by asking artists to send in their “future” recordings:

“As in years past, I am somewhat upset because I have once again failed to receive my personal jet pack. When I was a child, it was more or less promised that by the year 2000, I would not only have a jet pack, but would be partially robotic, vacationing on Mars, eating sea kelp grown by intelligent machine farm workers in the ocean, and living part-time on the Moon. None of these things has happened. In fact, humans have not been back to the moon since I was a child. For all the fascinating and intelligent people in the realm of experimental music that I come in contact with through my radio program and this list, I ask you to please focus on helping to create a healthy and innovative future that we can all look forward to. Without the possibility of an intriguing future, it is hard to dream (or to work towards) better days and a more pleasant life for us all.”

I’m asking again this year– set your time machine for sometime yet to come, and bring us back a recording of that tomorrow. Imagine something startling, new, and worth aiming for. I’m counting on you!

Send your submissions to:

WDBX c/o DaveX’s New Year show
224 N. Washington St.
Carbondale IL 62901 USA

As in years past, I am somewhat upset because I have once again failed to receive my personal jet pack. When I was a child, it was more or less promised that by the year 2000, I would not only have a jet pack, but would be partially robotic, vacationing on Mars, eating sea kelp grown by intelligent machine farm workers in the ocean, and living part-time on the Moon. None of these things has happened. In fact, humans have not been back to the moon since I was a child. For all the fascinating and intelligent people in the realm of experimental music that I come in contact with through my radio program and this list, I ask you to please focus on helping to create a healthy and innovative future that we can all look forward to. Without the possibility of an intriguing future, it is hard to dream (or to work towards) better days and a more pleasant life for us all.

DJ Search, Day 1

March 23, 2009

As many long-time listeners are aware, “It’s Too Damn Early” has had quite a colorful history in regards to shows preceeding and following its various time slots. Some shows were more of a natural fit than others; it is often surprising to find out what unexpected theme will provide a natural segue in or out of my experimental offerings. I couldn’t now imagine not finishing my broadcast without wondering how my last track might be received by Kids Kamp’s much-younger audience!

But things change rather suddenly in the world of volunteer radio; I’ve seen more than a few well-meaning folks step up to the 2-4 a.m. slot only to rebuffed by exhaustion, ennui, and the nagging feeling that nobody is listening. I won’t lie– it’s a difficult showtime.

But damn, doesn’t anyone want it?

For now, the 2-4 a.m. slot early Saturday morning is vacant, and has been vacant since the end of January. I had hoped that some interesting person might have stepped up to claim it, but it seems I severely overestimated the enthusiasm of potential volunteers. I’ve decided to step up the promotion of this opening, to see if I can find someone willing to fill it.

Some things to know:

1) You gotta love music. Be passionate, be excited, and be ready to share your enthusiasm with your listeners.

2) Ditch your iPod, and your mixtapes– go ahead and bring in a load of CDs, vinyl, tapes, whatever! Make a mess in the studio, and worry about getting everything back into its slipcase later. My hint: always bring three times as much as you’ll need.

3) To hell with “eclectic” shows! Be eclectic on your own time. If you can’t commit to a total theme, at least be thematic on a weekly basis. Nothing is worse than a DJ who tries to hide lazy music selections behind an “eclectic” tag. Focus can be your friend– take the time to really go deep; and bring something listeners can’t get at LastFM, Pandora, or iTunes.

4) If you do it right, it’s fairly hard work. You’re not going to learn everything from glancing at Pitchfork. Write to labels, talk to musicians, go to shows, read blogs and ‘zines! If you’re one of the twelve people listeners could spend their day with, earning that privilege will take more effort than just buying CDs at Amazon.

Here’s what you don’t need:

1) Hipster bullshit. DJing is about sharing, not using music trivia to be better than others. There are worlds of music out there, and its foolish to think (or act) like you know it all. “The love you take is equal to the love you make.”

2) Technical know-how. Some of our best DJs are electronically illiterate. Seriously, I wouldn’t trust a few of them to check e-mail unaided, but they can run one hell of a show. Don’t let a bunch of buttons and faders discourage you from trying this out!

3) A radio voice. Half the time, I sound like a drunken Southern mobster impersonating a gameshow host. The rest of the time, I’m inventing new ways to mangle foreign language titles and getting shocked by the microphone. But I have fun, and I get my point across. I’ve always bet that listeners would rather have good music than a pretty voice, and they’ve yet to prove me wrong.

4) Good looks, fancy clothes, or a shave. I don’t think I’ll much appreciate you sitting in the DJ chair in your birthday suit (in fact, I’ll make you buy us a new chair) but your listeners won’t know the difference. Wanna wear slippers and pajama pants? Your secret is safe with me!

Sound good? Call our station manager, Brian, at 618-529-5900 for the application details. Don’t make me wait!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 1/31/09

January 31, 2009

“It’s Too Damn Early” is seven years old today! My inaugural broadcast under the “ITDE” name (changed from the rather droll “Radio Show For Resume”) kicked off January 31, 2002. Although I don’t remember it too well, the playlist was a bit IDM-heavy for my current tastes– Squarepusher, Kanito, Oval– but nothing too embarrassing there. At the time, OiMa were regular contributors to my broadcast, with their “Prayer Wheel” track featuring as my “Lengthy Selection.” Already, I was making committments to play longer and more immersive tracks. A bit of Sun Ra and the Vandermark 5 closed out the broadcast with jazz… probably not a bad start to seven years!

Today’s broadcast started off with recordings from the Cadavre Esquis compilation/collaboration “Imperfect Silence.” This is volume one, and it’s already a very far-reaching set of improvisation and blending of so many interesting musical ideas– I’m wondering what volume two will sound like! Warm Climate’s “Circle Dub/Regrettable Form” was a nice transition. This is a fairly limited-release for Warm Climate on the Phantom Limb Recordings label. I recommend any and all Warm Climate recordings– I’m not sure this is the best starting point, but if you see it, don’t sleep!

Next up, various tracks from the Wooden Sherpa label. A little while back, this self-described “tiny label from Finland” sent me a compilation– I’m impressed! The Kospel Zeithorn work is especially interesting, and really got me going in an unexpected direction for this week’s broadcast. I knew that Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet would be go great afterwards– sort of a straight analog chaser to some of the more psychedelic moments of the Wooden Sherpa disc. I’ll definitely be trying to track down more stuff from both of these!

Right now, I’m playing from the Last Visible Dog release of Fabio Orsi’s “Audio For Lovers.” It’s titled like one of those throwaway LPs from the mid-70’s, but of course, puts a new spin on the idea. It’s a two-disc set, so LVD is helpfully including the entirety of an earlier Students of Decay3 x 3″ CDR set from Fabio Orsi on disc two.

I played from Kim Cascone’s recent “Music For Dagger and Guitar” album, specifically the “Language of Ghosts” track, blending it with some of the Fabio Orsi. This sounded terrific, really leaving much more of an ominous mood than I had originally intended. On the upside, it made getting into Thanos Chrysakis’ “A Scar in the Air” disc a bit less jarring. I haven’t had enough time with this release yet, but my initial impression is that it’s another fine release from Aural Terrains, who have yet to compromise themselves with a poor disc.

Of course, every birthday needs a present. This year, Mystified gives us “Pulse Ringer Pieces,” his first effort for vinyl. Available through Droenhaus, it’s another lovely addition to the ever-expanding Mystified discography. I’m playing Side A today– next week, I’ll play Side B.

Looks like I’m keeping the “Lengthy Selection” idea alive, seven years down the line– Bearly Queen’s “Rainbow’s End?” from Luovaja label is 37 minutes long! This is interesting material, though. Towards the end, there is a kind of audio haze… it’s hard to remember that this is a CD, and not some vintage tape! A great mood-setter.

I really dig the Balloon & Needle label. Such amazing releases, all seemingly quite vital. This is one of my recent favorites, though it is a real challenge for the ears. If you can muster your best attention skills, “Sweet Cuts, Distant Curves” will really pay off.

I’m closing out this birthday broadcast with Don Campu’s “Jungle of Misunderstanding,” playing the title track, which features loops from a variety of Tape Germ artists– Ed Drury, 8th Day Rebellion, M. Nomized, Mental Anguish, International Garbage Man, and Insecta Sonic are all represented here.

As a birthday gift for “It’s Too Damn Early,” take a bit of time this week to send me an e-mail! Let me know what you’re wanting to hear more/less of on the show, and also share your “It’s Too Damn Early” memories. As always, I appreciate your musical submissions, ideas, ‘zines, information, etc. Putting together these shows is fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work– if you know something I should hear, let me know about it!–DaveX

Various — Imperfect Silence, Cadavre Esquis Compilation One
Warm Climate — Rehearsal Repulsive
Kospel Zeithorn — Kukkula 70
Ester Poland — Megrez
Atte Nylppanen — Posetiivari-ilmestys ja koynnoshiippaillija
_______ — . (edit) [DJ note: from Wooden Sherpa label album titled “.” ]
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Pulse Widthed Doors
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Helitude
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Dark Waidung
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Autzahlungszeiche
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Fanfares
Fabio Orsi — Yesterday Love
Fabio Orsi — Rising Love
Fabio Orsi — Secret Love
Fabio Orsi — Pure Love
Kim Cascone, Kathleen Cascone — The Language of Ghosts (monologue)
Thanos Chrysakis — Inscape 24
Thanos Chrysakis — Inscape 25
Thanos Chrysakis — Inscape 26
Mystified — Phantom Ringer
Mystified — Floaty Ghost
Mystified — Pulse Beyond
Bearly Queen — Rainbow’s End?
Choi Joonyong, Hong Chulki, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide — 3/1
Choi Joonyong, Hong Chulki, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide — 3/2
Don Campau — Jungle of Misunderstanding

Radio reminder

April 11, 2008

I don’t care how you do it– either stay up until 4a.m., or set an early alarm– but I want to remind everyone to listen to “It’s Too Damn Early” this coming Saturday morning. I’m in a pretty good mood, and I feel like I’ve been building to a really fine broadcast.

It helps that I have a lot of great stuff to play, but I’m not about to start promising you’re going to hear any one thing for certain, as it tends to kill the fun for me.

Community Radio for Sudden Annoy

A week from now, I’ll be kicking off the WDBX Membership Drive, so I’ve been trying to let people know about that early as well. Since I’m always the one who starts the drive, I usually come in a bit behind on the pledges. Between the hour of my broadcast, and the fact that I have that my first week of pledge drive has no momentum behind it, reaching my show’s individual goal is difficult. Do me a favor, and take a look around your wallet this week. If you think you can spare something for WDBX, set it aside. If not; consider making a donation of ‘zines, music, or a supportive blog entry.

I’m always appreciative of your efforts, and you’ll get a nice feeling knowing you helped out a valuable community broadcaster… or you’ll laugh as you avenge yourself against corporate radio’s stupid morning talk shows!

Upcoming– Two weeks of NOISE!

August 27, 2007

I’ve been sitting on this plan for over a month now, and the time is finally right to let you all in on it– for the first two weeks of September, “It’s Too Damn Early” will feature all-noise programming!

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Being the obsessive, extreme, over-the-top person that I am; I’m not going to be playing one cut after another. These broadcasts will be constructed with large numbers of layered noise cuts, one on top of another. I’m pulling out all the stops, using every piece of equipment I can get my hands on. This means bringing in additional disc players, tape players– it will be done. Microcassette? Check! Re-routing the station signal back through master control? Check! Hundreds of tracks held together by the force of my will for over 9,000 seconds of intense noise? CHECK!

Making matters even more crazy is that the second week of September kicks off the WDBX-FM Membership Drive, so I’ll be hitting the airwaves hard with alternating bouts of abuse and begging for cash. It will be spastic, bi-polar, and completely off the map.

I am aiming for nothing less than producing the two greatest noise broadcasts of all time. You won’t want to miss either one. As always, the show starts at 4 a.m. CST, Saturday morning. I have no pity for your precious sleep schedule, so expect no quarter from me.

…And for those of you not familiar with the sound of a folded, re-routed radio station signal layered upon itself in mass reiterations, allow me to direct you to a fine recording of one such anomaly

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

July 17, 2007

I’m issuing a call for submissions of new 30-second promos for “It’s Too Damn Early.” Other than the length, and a few key points of information, I’m leaving the rest of the content up to you.

At some point in time, the submitter must clearly state, “It’s Too Damn Early features experimental music each week, from 4 to 6:30 a.m., Saturday mornings on WDBX ninety-one point one FM.” Promos also need to be 30 seconds in length; no more, no less.

My plan is to use as many submitted promos that I like. If you follow all the rules, and I don’t use your promo, you may go through a lengthy and expensive appeals process entirely of my own design. Bonus points go to submitters who identify themselves during the recording. Submissions can be mailed to my standard postal address, or I will download your mp3 promo if you provide me a link. Promos attached to e-mail will be deleted with glee.

Sloppy Seconds Italian Disco Takeover Conspiracy!

April 16, 2007

Now here’s something I wouldn’t have expected– a group takeover of the Sloppy Seconds compilation. In case you’re unfamiliar, Sloppy Seconds is the in-the-works comp from Obscurica Records constructed with individual one-second submissions– 4800 separate submissions, with a track marker every minute yields a single 80-minute disc!

I think it’s a great idea, and submitted my own track a while back. But today, courtesy of my blog’s referral list, I saw that some folks over at the Noistorm.com “Speedcore Worldwide Movement” forum are hoping to send at least 60 separate submissions of a common tempo in as a group– collectively constructing some sort of one-minute song.Says forum member Rotello:

It would be GREAT if 60 of us make a 1 sec long track at 180/ 240 /300 /360 bpm. ( lets find two suitable speed,that is in sync and pumping enough) if we can keep that tempo the track will have a rigorous tempo, and track will have an internal consistency. i think 60/ 120 /240 / 480 /960/ 1920

While I sort of admire Rotello for thinking outside the box, I’m a bit disappointed someone wants to game the system, especially the bit about it being “pumping enough.” Ugh. Part of what will make the Sloppy Seconds comp interesting is the emerging structure, rather than anything being forced. It’s also clear that some of the other forum members just don’t get the basic idea either. Forum member Dismelt said:

I think more than 1 sec would be better. Maybe 3 secs each = 3 minute track?”

Site admin Frazzbass adds:

5 or 10 second each”

Shit. Why don’t you all just make speedcore albums and see if Obscurica will release them for you? Rotello goes on to do his best keeping these speedcore lawn jockeys in line, reminding them that it’s not his compilation, and reiterating his original group concept:

“my idea is to take “control” of one of that 60 sec track and make a full core track. if we use same tempo it’s not gonna be THAT difficult.”

I’m not holding my breath that these guys will be able to pull it off anyway, but if they do, I don’t think the results are going to be all that great. Forum member DeadlyAngel sums up the worst of my suburban fears with his statement:

dont forget to add a huge distortion to the final mix of the track! i think its perfect for virtual music, not for a “real” cd.”

*sigh*

Commentary for “It’s Too Damn Early” 3/10/07

March 10, 2007

Today’s show went very well. I’ve still been really excited about the “Friday Morning Everywhere” album from Phil Hargreaves and Glenn Weyant on Whi-Music, so I started with that one. There’s a lot of odd sounds in the first track, which got me thinking about some of the transient noises in Kylie Minoise’s Kovorox Sound release “Spank Magic Lodge.” Four tracks later, I knew I finally had the perfect opening for the whacked-out avant-pop of George Korein, now available from Galvatraz Records, and Peacific Music.

Original photography by DaveX

After this set, I played an older recording I made with a friend as part of our radio show ~Ore~. This particular broadcast, Modular II, was constructed entirely from short sound samples we burned to CDRs specifically for the broadcast.STL-based sound artist Mystified supplied unreleased noise, sound art, and commentary for his guest-host spot. This was a little experiment that went very well. Although I’m always interested to have artists participate in my broadcasts in some creative fashion, it is remarkable (and sad) how few choose to approach me with unique ideas. If you have an idea for something that can stretch listener’s expectations, for a collaborative radio work, or something entirely new, get in touch! (more…)

Seconds, anyone?

December 12, 2006

Looking to gently ease yourself into the realm of artistic collaboration? Do you want to give of your time, but find that everyone is just asking for too much? Perhaps you work very slowly, and you’re just waiting for Sony to release the ultra-minidisc so you begin selling your two-minute opus that took you six years to create?

Well have I got some news for you!

Patrick Neve; Obscurica Records label head and host of KWVA’s experimental “Tone Killers” program, is continuing to take submissions for his “Sloppy Seconds” project, where every one-minute track is comprised of 60 one-second submissions. With his sights set on filling an 80-minute CDR, however, the project is currently somewhere around 30 minutes in.

At 60 artists a minute, that would be 4800 separate submissions, with a track marker every minute. I know, I’m aiming for the sky, and it’s probably a totally unrealistic goal. You can help by passing the website around to anyone you think might be interested. Any style of music will be accepted. When I deem it’s “done”, submissions will no longer be accepted and it’ll be released in whatever form it takes.

And what a form! Last I listened, I was incredibly surprised to see how musical it could be. Sure, it changes every second, but part of the real fun is seeing how much can actually be fit into those tiny contributions. There are plenty of moments of synchronicity, too– rhythms form over the period of four or five seconds, and collapse; changing dynamics from one track to another play with your perception… well, it’s all much more interesting that you might first suspect. I’m definately looking forward to picking up a copy!

Of course, I had to get involved– as “Malty and the Maltettes,” with a blisteringly loud burst entitled “It’s Too Damn Early.” My track, sourced from a molecule of Super Mario gameplay, is at 3’38” joining trackmates Miulew, Rank Sinatra, and even R. Stevie Moore. Besides the obvious 58, how many people can claim they were on a track with R. Stevie Moore?

Besides these; I see Cock ESP, Black Leather Jesus, Id M Theft Able, Crank Sturgeon, Lasse Marhaug, Phroq, Pulse Emitter, Aboolele, Mutant Ape, Government Alpha, Boris, MC Hawking, Kylie Mynoise– a real who’s who of the noise world.

So, be sure your submission is exactly one second long (screwups will have their tracks altered, Patrick says), and e-mail it to: obscurica@gmail.com

Afterward, you can treat yourself to a fine mix of harsh noise, experimental sounds, and many varieties of difficult listening, because “Tone Killers” broadcasts tonight at 7pm Pacific time. Be sure to tune in!

Helpful hints for artists!

December 10, 2006

For a while now, I’ve wanted to write an entry about promotional recordings– basically, some helpful hints for artists who are considering mailing a copy of their latest album to their favorite radio stations. To begin with, let me say that these are my observations on this topic. I don’t represent other DJs or radio stations, and I won’t claim that I know what they think. I do know that I’ve been on the receiving end of many, many promotional packages– and that every artist and label is hoping their package will catch the eyes and ears of a friendly DJ. (more…)

Three Rich Gold works for “Billion Dollar Synthesizer”

November 21, 2006

Yesterday, I posted an entry about Rich Gold’s “Billion Dollar Synthesizer” composition. I decided to follow up my call for submissions with a few entries of my own. Using Skype software, I was able to get around the 1970’s “handset tech” Gold suggested, by working in conference mode. Here are my results, for a few of Gold’s instructions:

IMAGINARY UNITED STATES-SCAPE #1. — DaveX, no.1 v.1
PIECE WITH RELATED ELEMENTS — DaveX, no.3 v.1
A STUDY IN CONSTIPATION — DaveX, no.6 v.1

I will continue to accept submissions for this project. Think how happy it would make Mr. Gold!

The Billion-Dollar Synthesizer

November 20, 2006

Here’s something interesting I found at the ORIMA website, specifically their “History of Experimental Music in Northern California” section. Rich Gold; a digital artist and technology lecturer, composed a set of instructions for “Billion Dollar Synthesizer”… better known to most as two phone handsets taped together, each “speaking and listening” to the other. (more…)

Call for submissions!

November 19, 2006

As you may or may not know, it is my New Year’s tradition to broadcast the most futuristic experimental music I can get my hands on. I also generally become angry about the distinct lack of jet-packs, meals in
pill form, and undersea glass bubble homes.

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Anyhow, I am issuing this CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to all artists in order to insure an excellent supply of hyper-futuristic experimental music. I am looking for sounds that suggest the glorious possibilities of what our future can hold– although I may be otherwise throughout the year, I try to be hopeful and positive for the New Year’s broadcast. In other words, dystopian sounds need not apply.

Because of the nature of this broadcast, I will put no other constraints on your submission. I only ask that you use you imagination to its fullest– the best submissions will be those with no grounding in history, that sound as if they have literally arrived from a future time. Please send your most forward-looking, futuristic sounds to:

WDBX c/o DaveX
“New Year’s Show Submission”
224 N. Washington St.
Carbondale IL 62901 USA