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Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/23/11

April 23, 2011

Update: OMG Tom Hamilton is kicking some serious ass.

Hot damn, it’s my birthday. I’m kicking it off right with a special broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early”… Tom Hamilton will be phoning in this morning! I’m looking forward to it– and of course, I’ll be playing a lot of interesting new things as well. There’s adventuring to be done today! In the meantime, enjoy your playlist:

Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson – Horpma I (from “Horpma,” on Carrier)
Mystified, The Ghost Between The Strings — Glacial March (from “Ghostbone,” on Dark Meadow Recordings)
Mystified, The Ghost Between The Strings — Fear Is A Force
Brian Eno — M386 (from “Music for Films“)
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Walleye Spawn (from “Shadow Machine,” on Pogus)
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — The Salt Eaters
Anla Courtis — Respire un Cordero (from “Tape Works,” on Pogus)
Anla Courtis — Reducido a Hemorragia de Merluzas
Anla Courtis — Studio for Wire Plugs
Anla Courtis —  Invisible Clown Sonata
Frank Rothkamm — Outdoor Heritage of New Jersey (from “FB02,” on Flux Records)
Frank Rothkamm — Astronaut of Inner Space
Jesse Paul Miller — Lani Hua Moana (Sky Egg Ocean) (from “Huelo, Tail of a Beast,” self-release)
Tom Hamilton — Modhera (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Vapaa — Tuhannet Vuodet (from “Hum Hum Hum,” on Last Visible Dog)

An Evening of Radio Art & Surround Sound Works

March 31, 2011

If you’re local– or if you can get local in time– you’re going to want to check out “An Evening of Radio Art & Surround Sound Works” at the Christian H. Moe Theater this April 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

My good friend Jay Needham has put together a fine selection of works (some of which I’ve previewed, and am quite excited to hear) as well as a live set from improviser and instrument builder Eric Leonardson. It’s not to be missed!

DaveX, Live at the Circuit Benders’ Ball

December 1, 2010

And hey, be sure to check out some of the other videos from the Circuit Benders’ Ball as well– nearly everyone has more stage presence than I do, haha.

Circuit Benders’ Ball live footage

October 31, 2010

Here’s some video from the live Theatre Intangible set– obviously, you couldn’t see the circuit-bent Sega video behind us in the podcast– now you can! However, if you want the high-quality audio, you’ll need to download it here.

Circuit Benders’ Ball live improv– “Rust Bubble”

October 26, 2010

It’s taken me a while to mentally return from this weekend’s “Circuit Benders’ Ball” in Nashville, run by Ore: Theatre Intangible host Tony Youngblood. There were a number of terrific sets; I particularly enjoyed those from Robbie Hunsinger, Thriftstore Boratorium, Tim Kaiser, and Freya West. I’m not certain my own set was quite up to par, but seemed have been well-received regardless.

Capping the evening, however, went particularly well. I was invited to participate in a group improvisation with Tim Kaiser, Thriftsore Boratorium, Jeremy Walker, and Lola Wilson. I decided early to avoid a classic “Ore” pitfall, and keep my contributions relatively simple. Given that I had taken “Lawrence Welk’s Secret Shame” to the Ball as my instrument of choice, I knew that I would only be able to go so far in battling it’s rhythmic nature in an improvisational setting. I’ve found ways to extend it’s performance capabilities, but providing a steady beat is basically the heart of this device. That’s why I was pleased to discover ways to employ its natural electrical hum in useful ways during the opening portions of the improv session. What you’re hearing deep in the background is the rising and falling swells of electrical hum of the machine, bounded by rhythmic body contact touches altering the tone in subtle ways.

Later on, some audience members helped provide some additional tonal control, helping extend my circuit through their bodies. We got some great sounds, and made the whole bending process a lot more fun.

At any rate, be sure to listen to the recording. Tony got a really good capture of the audio, and did a fine job mixing everyone live. If you like it, download a copy for free and share it with a friend. Enjoy!

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/23/10

October 23, 2010

Lots to do today! I’ve got the SIUC campus soundwalk coming up at 10:30, and also getting ready for a performance at the Circuit Benders’ Ball in Nashville. I’ve got some copies of my new “Free Air” CDR that I’ll be bringing along– I’m very happy with these recordings, so check them out! In the meantime, here’s your playlist:

The Painful Leg Injuries — Everything Put Here Was With the Best of Intentions (from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
Richard Pinhas — Hysteria (Palladium) (from “Metal/Crystal,” on Cuneiform)
Santiago Latorre — Alpha-Globin (from “Orbita,” on Accretions)
Santiago Latorre — Preludio
The Adjective Noun — Myspace Ruined Noise Music (Side A, on cassette of same name, on Obsolete Audio Formats)

Merzbow — Wind of Pain (from “13 Japanese Birds vol.7, Kujakubato,” on Important Records)
Merzbow — Black Swan (from “Merzbird,” on Important)

Richard Pinhas — Schizophrenia (Silver)

Duane Pitre — Koan (from “Origin,” on Root Strata)
Duane Pitre — Sun PM
Alvin Lucier — Wind Shadows


October 21, 2010

I’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up this weekend, so here’s your guide:

1) New broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early” and “Sounds Like Radio.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, “It’s Too Damn Early” airs Saturday mornings on WDBX-FM from 4-6:30 a.m. “Sounds Like Radio airs twice a week Sundays on WSIU-FM, from 3-5 a.m., and from 10 p.m. to midnight. Both episodes are going to be amazing.

2) I’m hosting a soundwalk of the SIUC campus. If you’re interested, meet outside the Student Center on the North end at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. The soundwalk is free, and takes about an hour.

3) I’m performing in Nashville, as part of the Circuit Benders’ Ball. I’ll be employing “Lawrence Welk’s Secret Shame” for this show, which I have recently re-modified to include even more champagne secrets. The Circuit Benders’ Ball will feature performances by Tim Kaiser, Thriftstore Boratorium, CMKT4, Ben Marcantel, and others. There are also instrument-building workshops, visual art, and video projections. This is an all-ages event with tickets starting at $15 for general admittance, $30 including both workshops. For other ticketing information and a complete list of performers and workshops, visit Theatre Intangible.

4) I’ve got a new release out! “Free Air” is a CDR documentation featuring sound installations I originally created for multi-speaker through-home environments. Each copy comes with a sealed unicorn woodblock print, and is part of a limited and numbered edition of 10. These will be available first at the Circuit Benders’ Ball.

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/2/10

October 2, 2010

Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.1 (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.2
Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.3
Daniel Francis Doyle — There Are Two Of You, LIVE at WDBX-FM
Daniel Francis Doyle — Learning Things At School

RST — Laser (from “Axes,” on Last Visible Dog”
RST — Moonlit Air
RST — Return To the Stars
Bios — After the Universe Consumes Us All, the Singularities Felt Particularly Useless (from “Retiring to Palermo to Make Apple Whine,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
Bios — It’s a Not a Paradox if It Doesn’t Hurt a Little
Christopher Campbell — Ritual Waking, Ritual Sleepwalking (from “Sound the All-Clear,” on Innova)
Richard Pinhas — GSYBE (thanks to) [from “Event and Repetition,” on Cuneiform)
TBC — Gute Luft (from “Gute Luft/Muskel,” on Drone Records)
id Battery — The Foot

Swampfest, thank you!

August 8, 2010

Just got back from tonight’s Swampfest activities. I left rather early due to a jumbly stomach, but I still managed to have a good time. I saw sets from Dr. Responsible, Staring Problem, Not Healthy, and Marathon. I particularly enjoyed the Marathon set– there’s a lot of good, interesting sounds being wrung from that small pedal garden, congrats! Dr. Responsible had some unexpected juxtapositions of sounds that I dug, and Staring Problem’s style more than made up for the fact that I was unable to hear the vocals at all. I’m probably far too jaded to get much into hardcore by this point in time, but I did appreciate Not Healthy’s energetic performance. I know enough not to drop an unwanted opinion on them here– so let’s leave it at “they do what they do very well.” Sounds like they’re breaking up, so it might be a moot point.

I was happy with my own set, and am looking forward to mentally unpacking it over the next few days. There’s room for expansion on some of the core ideas, so I’m hoping this leads to some other places to explore.

Brandon– thanks for inviting me to be a part of Swampfest! And for everyone who caught my set, thanks for listening! –DaveX

Swampfest lineup

August 5, 2010

It’s hard to imagine anyone attending Swampfest needing to know the lineup, given the astronomical chance that they’re also part of it– but since Babiemecca put it up, why not? Check it out:

MLA For Matt
Freedom Ride
Big Sex
Of Course You Realize…
Michael Brown & Danny Lighty
Drunk Virago
Secondary Modern
and an Ape reunion!


Kangaroo Rats
Alpha Villain
Dave X
Staring Problem
Dr Responsible
Deth Warrant
Black 40s
Black on Brown
Rob Jacobs and his band
Community College
Solar Shadows

Both days kick off at 4 p.m.

Tomorrow– WDBX DJ Spin Party

August 4, 2010

Be sure to make it to Carbondale’s Turley Park tomorrow, August 5th, from 4-8 p.m. for WDBX’s DJ Spin Party. I’ll be doing a short and strange set, complete with a sing-along opportunity– your group effort will be judged and rewarded (or punished!) accordingly. If you can’t make it to the park, be sure to tune in; we’re broadcasting everything live!

2nd Annual Noise Summit– YOU MISSED OUT, SUCKAS

April 18, 2010

Noise Summit 2010 was a success! This year’s lineup included a lot of really cool stuff– hula hoops, contact mics, hammers, blenders, a theremin, an overgrown tuba, flying lens caps, exploding salt, and enough pedals to go Shirley Jackson on Bob Moog AND Ernie Ball.

I want to thank everyone who played, listened, or just helped me get in touch with the right people. Although absent from this year’s lineup, Nick helped me with phone numbers and contacting many people– and Karthik is the little bird who helps me remember names until they stick. Give these two a big “thanks” when you see them, and make their lives easier for next year by keeping in touch. As I said, we’re doing it again in 2011!

I’m going to be working to round up photos and video during this week. If you have any, share them with me! I’ll be more than happy to accept a complete dump of your memory card; no need to edit anything for me. Toss the whole mess on MediaFire or Dropbox, and I’ll share the best stuff here. Until then, enjoy these photos:

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Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 1/23/10

January 23, 2010

I’ve got Peter Martin (of Eddie the Rat) on the phone right now– he’s playing piano in a closet, and sending his efforts via speaker into a phone in another closet– all while trying not to wake the SFPD officer and her 4-year-old sleeping in the residence above.

Try finding that on corporate radio!

Anyhow, I’m pleased as punch about this set. The phone is giving us the usual “dial-a-fidelity” random qualities. In this case, adding a bit of ringing distortion to a handful of notes. Fun!

Peter Martin — LIVE phone-in set, WDBX-FM, 1/23/10
Eddie the Rat — Food For the Moon Too Soon, pt. 1
Eddie the Rat — Cannibal
Eddie the Rat — I Ovulate in Mode
Eddie the Rat — Spiritual Amnesia
Cesar Bolanos — Intensidad y Altura
Cesar Bolanos –Interpolaciones
Frank Rothkamm — Zahra Fugue 19, opus 467
Frank Rothkamm — Zahra Fugue 14, opus 459
Frank Rothkamm — Zahra Fugue 15, opus 460
Frank Rothkamm — Zahra Fugue 12, opus 457
Frank Rothkamm — Zahra Fugue 17, opus 462
Frank Rothkamm — Arppegiator
Frank Rothkamm — Rauschmittel
Grundik Kasyansky — 10.9.2005 (from “Light and Roundchair”)
Sous Su Toulouse En Rouge — Live at Dictaphonia Fest, 11/7/09
Mark McGee — Live at Dictaphonia Fest, 11/7/09
Vagina Teeth/Jesus Teeth — Live at Dictaphonia Fest, 11/7/09
Various — Runaway Train (from Ash International release “Runaway Train”)
Skozey Fetisch — Face Rub As Objective Convex Device

Today’s show turned into a bit of a drawing festival (something which I need to do more often, I miss this!) with Karthik, DJ Mo, and The Weasel contributing. I thought I’d share the results:

DJ Mo's pen and ink

A pencil sketch from Karthik

An early, untitled work from The Weasel-- can an electronics enthusiast convert this to a schematic? What would it do?

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 1/16/10

January 16, 2010

Today’s guests– Chicago sound artist Eric Leonardson will be joining us over the phone, and local drummer Matt Sickest (say it slowly, folks) is here in the Hi-Life Room.

Frank Rothkamm — Ich (from Monochrome Vision release “Moers Works 1982-1984”)
Frank Rothkamm — Relikt
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — The Six-Leggers
Matt Sickest — LIVE at WDBX-FM, 1/16/10
Interview with Eric Leonardson, 1/16/10
Eric Leonardson — Revolving door, CTA bus, walk to CTA Blue Line (from AudioBoo)
Eric Leonardson — Locus Sonus; Chicago, Westside (excerpt)
KRN — Locus Sonus; Zone B, Amitie, Dakar (excerpt)
Auris — Kr-Tkec-Pte
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — Near and Distant Relations
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — Four-Anna Bit
Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson — Waltz of the Parking Meters
Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson — Switch Yard
Eric Leonardson — White As White
Eric Leonardson — Pittsburgh Electric
Eric Leonardson — Eko
Eric Leonardson — Handwriting
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti –Round Airy Light on Dark
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — Middle Neck and Scrag End

Return of the Downloads

December 15, 2009

Here’s a ton of downloads for you– I’ve re-upped them at Mediafire due to the ongoing weirdness in the bit-torrent community, so these are good and solid links. Click on any date to go to the Mediafire download page, or click “playlist” to see the original liveblogged entry for the specific broadcast. Each file is under 200 megabytes, though some are much less. Be sure to share these with your friends!

12/5/09 (part 1) – Interview with Tristan Perich; Craig Colorusso/Joel Westerdale phone-in performance on WDBX-FM (playlist)

12/5/09 (part 2) – Karthik Kakarala, DaveX, LIVE @ WDBX

11/28/09 – This show is dedicated to Acid Mothers’ Temple, Katie Holmes, and Fred Savage. Features Terry Riley, Cluster & Eno, Eyes Like Saucers. (playlist)

11/21/09 – Analog goodness from Resipiscent label, Brian Eno, and the slowest “Yakety Sax” ever. (playlist)

11/14/09 – LIVE @ WDBX-FM; Karthik Kakarala & Tom Vasilj,  Malaria, Oblive, Wilmer Incognito, group improv w/ DaveX (commentary)

11/7/09 – Frank Rothkamm, Wadada Leo Smith, Ironing & Chefkirk, Art Jerks (playlist)

10/24/09 – Jeff Arnal, Edgetone Records goodies, Eddie the Rat, Sabrina Siegel (playlist)

10/10/09 – LIVE @ WDBX-FM, Matt Weston!!! Show also features recordings from Gordon Beeferman, George Korein, Focus Quintet (playlist)

9/26/09 – LIVE phone-in set/interview from Swamp of Pus label owner Novasak, plus an interview with George Korein. Also, lots of previously-unreleased Korein recordings, and an extended selection of Glenn Weyant awesomeness. (playlist)

9/19/09 – Improv saxophonist Randall Hall classes up the Hi-Life Room with THREE live sets, and a hands-on demonstration of extended technique. What does bubble wrap in the bell of a sax sound like? We do the things Mythbusters won’t try. Play along at home, and clap when you hear us say “John Cage.” (playlist)

9/12/09 – Harold Schellinx phones in a sound tour of his home, and Trash Ant provides the most art-damaged cassette tape EVER. (playlist)

9/5/09 – “It’s Too Damn Early” salutes BKPR, and jams to Peter Gordon’s “Life is Boring”. (playlist)

8/29/09 – Black Beast of Arrrghhh, LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM. Also features recordings from Hal McGee’s “Dictaphonia” series. (playlist)

8/22/09 – Ironing, LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM. Also features recordings from Transhumans, Bob Marsh, Rich West, and the “Dictaphonia” series. (playlist)

8/15/09 – Ernesto Diaz-Infante AND Mike Khoury do live phone-in sets for WDBX-FM. You get a car! You get a car! YOU get a car! (playlist)

8/8/09 – Unless you own a Brekekekexkoaxkoax DVD, cool microcassette recordings of Nassau from Ironing, and an alternate version of Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” you’d better grab this episode! (playlist)

8/3/09 – DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme! (playlist)

7/25/09 – Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time! (playlist)

6/27/09 – Karthik Kakarala, Tony Youngblood, DaveX, LIVE @ WDBX-FM. Recorded exactly one month before Tony got kicked off WRVU-FM, and setting off a chain reaction of community member shows being cancelled!

6/27/09 – Praey, LIVE @ WDBX-FM

6/20/09 – Marathon, LIVE @ WDBX-FM

6/13/09 – Warm Climate, phone-in performance, on WDBX-FM

DaveX, roaming the internet

December 10, 2009

At the urging of Dan Godston, I’ve written an entry for the Fire Music Consortium blog describing my recent experience of performing the world premiere of John Cage and Lejaren Hiller’s “KNOBS.”

In other words, I’m not reviewing anything today!

TONIGHT! Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan at Lemp Arts

December 1, 2009

Tristan Perich contacted me a few minutes ago, to hip me (and you!) to tonight’s activities at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. This is why I wish Lemp was a little closer. And now, watch me cheat the blogging gods by quoting liberally from Perich’s e-mail:

“I’m a New York-based composer, lugging a harpsichord around the country and playing a new composition for it with low-fi 1-bit electronics (an extension of 1-Bit Music, my circuit-in-a-cd-case album from a few years ago). Lesley Flanigan performs on her own hand-built speaker feedback instruments, which generate tones that she layers on top of her own voice.”

For my next trick, I will attempt an astounding feat of journalistic prestidigitation– copy-pasting the press release!

“New York artists Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan team up this Fall for a series of unique electronic music performances across the United States. Perich’s duet “Dual Synthesis” (for harpsichord and 1-bit electronics) and Flanigan’s “Amplifications” (for voice and speaker electronics) explore the viscerality of electronic music. Mixing primitive sounds from their own hand-constructed instruments with the harpsichord and voice, each choreographs intersections between acoustic and electric sound.

For composer/inventor Tristan Perich, Dual Synthesiscomes on the heels of finishing his new album, “1-Bit Symphony.” An electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip, “1-Bit Symphony” expands on the format of his 2005 release, “1-Bit Music.” A departure from traditional recordings, “1-Bit Symphony” literally ‘performs’ its music live when turned on. A complete music circuit, programmed by the artist and packaged inside a standard CD jewel case, plays the composition through a headphone jack mounted in the case itself. Probing the foundations of digital sound, “1-Bit Symphony” celebrates the virtuosity of electricity. The new album, to be released by Cantaloupe Music, will be available exclusively for presale at performances during the tour.

Artist/vocalist Lesley Flanigan’s tour of Amplifications introduces her first solo album for speaker electronics and voice. Moving among a cluster of wires and microphones, she builds compositional frameworks that grow and break apart. Her speaker instruments, employing a built-in microphone, create pulsing tones through their own feedback, which Flanigan samples and weaves into her own vocal patterns. The result is music that hovers somewhere between noise experiments and lyrical song, resonating with organic transparency.”

So here’s the moral of the story– if you’re able, get over to Lemp and check these folks out– and when you’re standing in line for that sweet pre-sale copy of “1-Bit Symphony,” remember to pick up a copy for the awesome blogger who told you about it!

New York artists Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan team up this Fall for a 
series of unique electronic music performances across the United States. 
Perich's duet /Dual Synthesis/ (for harpsichord and 1-bit electronics) and 
Flanigan's /Amplifications/ (for voice and speaker electronics) explore the 
viscerality of electronic music. Mixing primitive sounds from their own 
hand-constructed instruments with the harpsichord and voice, each choreographs 
intersections between acoustic and electric sound. 

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 11/21/09

November 21, 2009

Hard to believe it’s getting on this late in the year, isn’t it? For today’s show, I’m hoping very much to get a chance to go back to work on those “small sounds” I wanted to hear last week. With a bit of luck, my regular coterie of performers won’t be too worn out from the past three (highly successful) days of taking over the SIUC Student Center during the “All Together Now” fest. I assume that footage and recordings will start leaking out over the coming week, but I’m pretty confident saying that it will be no substitute for having been present. Nick definitely did the Southern Illinois oddmusic community a solid by putting this thing together. Thanks, Nick!

Loachfillet — The Automated Bowl of Soup
Loachfillet — Somnambulist Synchronisms, Part 2
Loachfillet — Hell
Harold Budd, Brian Eno — Not Yet Remembered
Harold Budd, Brian Eno — The Chill Air
Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois — Their Memories
Harold Budd, Brian Eno — Among Fields of Crystal
Harold Budd, Brian Eno — Wind in Lonely Fences
Harold Budd, Brian Eno — Failing Light
Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois — Foreshadowed
Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois — An Echo of Night
Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois — Still Return
Karlheinz Stockhausen — Momente, side A (1965 version, Nonesuch)
The Guitar Factory — King Herod’s Song
Karlheinz Stockhausen — Momente, side B
DaveX — Improv w/ “Yakety Sax” 45rpm single
John DuVal — Distress Call
Benge — “1972 Serge Modular” From “Twenty Systems”
kkonkkrete — Untitled 1
cebec — Transformer Substation
Hans Grusel — Quarintimes
Electronic Waste Product — Picket Fences
Carlos Giffoni — All the Mistakes I Made During the Caribbean Winter

Best promo EVER

November 17, 2009

Tom has outdone himself now. Here’s his “official” promo clip for KNOBS, followed by an unofficial one– the aforementioned BEST PROMO EVER:


I can’t wait to send this to Sonny!

Tom is brilliant…

November 16, 2009

…and he’s making a promo for “KNOBS” as well!