Archive for the ‘performance’ Category

“All Together Now” Festival line-up

November 16, 2009

If you somehow missed it, I’m performing the world premiere of John Cage and Lejaren Hiller’s “KNOBS” this Wednesday, as part of the “All Together Now” inter-arts festival. So far, I’ve been quiet about other activities happening (and this IS a HAPPENING) so check out the schedule:

WEDNESDAY is our kickoff. Like the start of a roller coaster ride after being secretly slipped some psychedelics; get pumped and hold tight.

4:30 – 6:15: ALL TOGETHER NOW takes over the INTERNATIONAL LOUNGE, showcasing Photography, 2-D and more by Jason Wonnell, John McCowen, Bridget Ryan, Kaley Venable, Photogenesis and more!
6:30-7:00: we will break into the student center auditorium for the OPENING RECEPTION/PERFORMANCE:
SIUIU (Improv unit) with DUAL KIT DRUMMERS MATT LIND and SAM from INFINITY WIZARD and POETRY by DAVE NELSON.
7:00-7:15: INSTRUMENTAL TRANSITION by James McKain (guitar/sitar) with PSYCHEDELIC MASHUP PROJECTION
7:15-7:25: AMBER GIRADO reading/DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION of EPIPHANY FERREL’S “Last Person on Earth” with zombie mashup PROJECTION
7:25-7:35: KEVIN FLINN POETRY set to a DEREK SMITH PROJECTION

7:40-7:55 INTERNATIONAL LOUNGE INTERMISSION: GET SOME DINNER!

8:00-8:25 Back to the AUDITORIUM as DAVE X orchestrates WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN CAGE score KNOBS
8:25-8:45: KARTHIK KAKARALA SOUND/PERFORMANCE ART
8:45-9:05: PREGNANT TONGUES (formerly cloud cuckoo) performing to LIVE PAINTING
9:05-9:15: DANNY BROWN SPOKEN WORD
9:15-9:40: BLACK ON BROWN performs to PROJECTION
9:40: PEACE OUT TILL THURSDAY!

THURSDAY DAY 2
is AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION day. YOU bring it, we BLAST it for all to see and hear!

3:00-5:00: BALLROOM D- GALLERY TIME! Wednesdays favorites and NEW PIECES. BYO ART! Have it displayed! No Rules except No Pricetags! For the love of the game!
5:00-6:30: head back to the AUDITORIUM 4 SIU’s FILM ALTERNATIVES curated STUDENT SCREENINGS! and HOUR and a HALF of SIU auteurs. AGAIN, bringing your own work is ENCOURAGED!

6:30-6:45: INTERMISSION

6:45-7:45: SPECIAL SETS by MUSICIAN/VIDEO artists ALEX RYTERSKI, TOM VASILJ, and PATRICK BRENNEN; each performing ORIGINAL MUSIC to ORIGINAL PROJECTIONS
7:45-8:15: DUENDE ENTENDTRE (sound art/poetry)

8:30-10:30: BALLROOM D becomes a forum for LIVE ART MAKING and TUTORIALS on STENCIL MAKING and CIRCUIT BENDING, with lessons by graffiti artist GABE GOWER and sound artist DAVE X. Materials for creating your own stencils/circuit bent toys will be provided, but interested parties are encouraged to bring their own.
IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCES TBA

FRIDAY DAY 3
will be the end of the party.

6:00-9:00: BALLROOM D will again become a gallery presenting the best work from the three days.
SIUiu will be performing along with MATT and SAM,
PREGNANT TOUNGUES will play a set to live art,
and as a FINALE SIUiu will perform with an experimental film by DERON WILLIAMS accompanied by JOHN MCCOWEN

Dear DaveX, what’s new with you?

October 26, 2009

I’ve got a few different entries worth of stuff to share with you all, but I’m going to try cramming it all into one post.

To begin with, the first Mystery Tapes are now in the wild. Some of these will be much easier to find than others, as I have been taking my usual absurdist approach to placing them. I nearly put #3 under a few dozen tons of concrete I watched being poured the other day… the paleontological ramifications of this were exciting, but even I had a hard time picturing anyone actually finding the tape in the future. Keep an eye out, and maybe you’ll find one!

I’m also working hard on my upcoming performance of John Cage and Lejaren Hiller’s “KNOBS” composition. This will be the world-premiere performance of the piece, so I’m taking it very seriously, and hoping to do a great job with it. The premiere will be helping to kick off the three-day “All Together Now” inter-arts festival at SIUC’s Student Center. I really hope that all my local readers can make some time on the evening of November 18th to come down to the Student Center Auditorium and check it out. It’s at 7:30, and will be free. Bring your kids, your friends, and your friends’ kids.

Getting ready for the performance has been interesting so far. I’ve never worked this in-depth with an actual score, so this is a new experience for me. The score is very precise, so I’ve been developing a method for keeping exact time during the performance, as everything occurs in five-second intervals. Making matters more complex is the addition of a troupe of modern dancers to the mix. Normally I’d avoid this sort of thing, but I think it’s in the spirit of the festival itself (which is a cooperative and improvisational event) and with John Cage, whose life-long partnership with Merce Cunningham often resulted in such collaborations.

At the same time, I’m literally “gearing up” for teaching a circuit bending workshop on the second day of the festival. The Create-A-Smile Thrift Shop was nice enough to donate a good amount of electronic toys for me to work on, so there will be more than enough interesting possibilities presenting themselves throughout the workshop. If you’ve got any interest in circuit bending, this is a free chance for you to give it a shot– just get up to the Student Center “E” Ballroom on November 19th in the evening time and check it out.

WDBX is having trouble AGAIN with the webstream, it’s just not working for Mac users. I talked with Brian about it, who assures me that he’s trying to find a new host for our stream– if you know someone reliable and technically-proficient who is not a total dumbf**k, not the sort of person who will let our stream be down every other day or encode it in a Microsoft-user-only format, or insist that 64kbps sounds great, please put them in touch with us. That would be AWESOME.

Finally, I’m pushing the re-vamp of STARTLING MONIKER back a bit to December. Getting back to reviewing music is a goal of mine, but I’ve got a couple health-related goals that are going to need to be accomplished before I feel good about dedicating more time to sit at the computer. Winter is coming, and with it, my usual sense of dread and depression. I’m going to see if I can get ahead of it this time around, so bear with me. In the meantime, keep listening, keep commenting, and keep your head up. –DaveX

Updates and a Download OR How I Spent My Weekend

October 12, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent file referenced in this post is being replaced with a new link. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

Here’s my latest torrent file, for the 10/10/09 broadcast with Matt Weston. I’ve also added some links to the playlist, and finished typing it out fully– you’ll notice the inclusion of Matt Weston’s set and the New Haven Improvisers Collective airplay for their “Inflection” disc. Sometimes, the liveblog has to take one for the team during a broadcast, but I usually catch it up pretty quick when I get back home.

However, my Saturday had other plans. I decided to take the kids to the St. Louis Zoo; so I spent the vast majority of the day tromping around trying to find giraffes, unsuccessfully cajoling a capybara into revealing his mug for my camera, and trying NOT to hit any endangered sharks with my backpack. (Yeah, I’ve done this.)

Later on, I went to the hospital to have my “brush with death,” i.e., some rather alarming chest pain that had me flashing on all those “if you think you’re having a heart attack” PSAs I’ve played in the past. Although it turned out to be a torn/strained muscle at my sternum, I still ended up spending a fair amount of time in the late-night ER, listening to a belligerent drunkard’s attempts to walk on his broken foot. I got a bruised-up arm (IV port, shy veins) and a lidocaine slurpie for my troubles (an intern was more or less running a concurrent examination with the actual doctor, and had become convinced that I had acid reflux, haha) but was otherwise discharged with a clean bill of health at 3 in the morning. It’s not often that I fit an improvisational drummer, a hippo, and an emergency room into one day– but I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere.

Here’s DJ Mo at the zoo:

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Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 10/10/09

October 10, 2009

I’m kicking off today’s show (#369!) with a few seven-inchers from Generate Records, percussionist Jeff Arnal’s label. Since I’m playing these, I figured I might bring in some older stuff he’s on as well, so you can look forward to a few deeper cuts this week too!

Speaking of percussionists, Matt Weston is scheduled to make an appearance here in the Hi-Life Room today! I’ve heard that his Lemp Arts set may have been cancelled, though, so we’ll have to see if he still makes it here.

YES! Matt Weston is IN the Hi-Life Room. Amazing things will be happening very soon.

Just finished playing a large portion of George Korein’s “Another Corpse” album.

Gordon Beeferman — No Meat
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Jeff ArnalBrooklyn Mantra pt.1
Gordon Beeferman Far Interlude
The Focus Quintet — Dedicated
The Focus Quintet — Foreward
The Focus Quintet — Acknowledgements
Rev.99 — The Price of Bananas
George Korein — Rotodrone Encroaching!
George Korein — Squawking Corpse Rotodrone
George Korein — Squawking Sinking
George Korein — Flying Corpse: Liftoff
George Korein — Flying Corpse: Peak Altitude
George Korein — Flying Corpse: Evasive Manuevers
George Korein — Flying Corpse: Acceleration
George Korein — Flying Corpse: Crash Landing
George Korein — Flying Corpse: Flying Corpse Flies Again
Neil Rolnick — Hammer & Hair
Matt Weston — LIVE performance at WDBX-FM 10/10/09
New Haven Improvisers Collective — Schrodinger’s Wolverine
New Haven Improvisers Collective — You Me Who
New Haven Improvisers Collective — Suspended In Amber

New torrents for YOU

October 8, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

There’s five– collect ’em all.

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

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

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.”

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.

10/3/09 — DaveX enjoys a bit of the Nashville SoundCrawl early, and interviews the organizers. Later on, Kim Cascone teaches kids a lesson about time zones, but still gets his interview in under the gun. Will DaveX be convinced to move to Linux? Find out in this exciting episode!

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

Ironing performance vids, alternate download

September 1, 2009

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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.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/22/09

August 22, 2009

No telling how next week will pan out, but for now, WDBX has a new DJ programmed in the 2-4 a.m. slot– meaning that I won’t be doing anymore of these fun long shows for a while. Oh well! I suppose I could use the extra sleep.

Thankfully, this won’t affect any of the really cool guests I have scheduled for the next couple months, including tonight’s phone-in guest, Ironing. I’m really looking forward to chatting with this guy; not only does he run the terrific Hymns label, but he’s a fellow enthusiast of the microcassette format.

Wow, today has been unexpectedly heavy– Mammal obviously gives us a huge push in that direction, but Larval and The Transhumans are definitely keeping it going. I had actually forgotten how good the Larval album (“Obedience,” on Cuneiform) actually is! I had been playing it earlier today at home, noting that it sounded particularly awesome on my homemade through-house surround setup. Naturally, I had to get it on today’s show!

As for The Transhumans, I just don’t play their “Into the Maelstrom” enough. I’m perpetually amazed at how in-control this recording is, despite the high level of apparent chaos. I’ll probably play a few tracks from this disc– the overall arc of the music is one of the great qualities of this album.

Got a lot of calls about the Rich West “Mayo Grout’s Known Universe” recording. Apparently, Southern Illinois is keeping it weird. If you dug this and The Transhumans, you’re in luck– they’re both on the pfMentum label!

Bob Marsh wrote me this week, to hip me on his M! & M? project, a series of collaborations with a mysterious Italian fellow (the M?) of the duo. Marsh was debating whether to send me a CDR or just point me to the download, having apparently experienced the futile feeling of having a near-universally appreciated album (“Eight,” which I’m playing later) get great reviews, airplay, and still eat his budget. I always advise folks to send me a disc– it’s just easier– but if it’s between me hearing it or NOT hearing it– point me at the download!

I also played from Marsh’s “Nine” recordings, postcard-sized compositions made from alternations to a 1987 Michelin Road Atlas of France, which Marsh has been sharing with other musicians.

Okay, I tried phoning Hal McGee’s “Automatic Confessional,” but got hung up on twice. I guess I’ve been terrible. My insects and birds will have to wait until next week to become famous. As a runner-up prize, I’m now playing from volume 3 of “Dictaphonia,” the microcassette compilation McGee has been curating of late. See? No hard feelings about the confessional!

Eeek. My needle drop is showing.

Ironing will be calling in anytime now. Exactly when is anybody’s guess. Stay tuned!

Well, we are currently LIVE with Ironing, who is taking a walk in a park with some ducks. This is definitely going to be a memorable phone-in set, especially as Ironing’s microcassette contributions gradually take over the setting. I’ve also been promised that our journey will end in a Waffle House, for the live interview portion. Perhaps we’ll also be able to hear some yummy waffles being eaten. Mmmm, waffles.

Mammal — Repulsion
Larval — One Day I Just Kept On Walking
The Transhumans — Into the Maelstrom; Part Two: Descent (Approach)
The Transhumans — Into the Maelstrom; Part Two: Descent (Passage)
The Transhumans — Into the Maelstrom; Part Two: Descent
Rich West — I’m a Cockroach: Adapt, Adapt (pt.1)
M! & M? — New York Minute
M! & M? — Etude
M! & M? — Tarantella
M! & M? — Heart of the Matter
Bob Marsh — Nine Mine
Bryan Day — Day Nine
Larval — Last Ditch
DaveX — Phoning Hal McGee’s Automatic Confessional With Insects & Birds
Neonwork — Panic Attack
Mannequin Hollowcaust — Shrapnel Bath
Karl J. Paloucek — Phonorail
Justin Robert — Nylon/Mylar
Carl Holmes — Impulse Response
Ooy — Subway
Fludd — Reso-Nuances
JLIAT — Beethoven’s 9th, Bonus Track (Movement 5)
Bisexual Swinger — The Exercist
Alan George Ledergerber — I Like To Scare Myself
Stirner — digita4dictaphonia
auvikogue — heimart/exp – lost concert series vol.1
Bright Duplex — It’s Geese
Bright Duplex — Church of the Rosy Porky Pine
Lesson Lesson Lessen Relearn — Ultra Cultural Bummer (from split 7″ w/ Russian Tsarlag, on West Palm Beotch Records)
Russian Tsarlag — The Master’s Speech
Boris Hauf — Return of the 8 Bobs
Marina Hardy — No Bones
Earzumba — Trotando Riesgos
Ironing — LIVE phone-in performance for WDBX-FM, 8/22/09

This big show will impress her… friends!

August 4, 2009

August 15th is going to be incredible for “It’s Too Damn Early” listeners– even if it’s shaping up to be a hectic morning for me. Here’s what’s on the schedule:

First off, we have two phone-in guests that I’m VERY excited about. Ernesto Diaz-Infante, whose work includes everything from ethereal piano to improv noise, has been one of my favorites since hearing his 1999 release “Ucross Journal.” At the time, I wasn’t sure what to do with it exactly, but I’ve certainly paid attention to its continued ability to capture my attention and interest over the years.

Mike Khoury, whose free violin improvisations have featured on many of my broadcasts, will also be phoning in his own performance. I don’t know exactly what to expect from either of these guys, so you’d better just tune in and find out for yourself.

If this wasn’t enough, I’m also playing host to visiting musicians in the Hi-Life Room. Direct from a bill with Dan Godston the previous evening, I’ll be joined by Focus Group and Falcon Buddies. I’ve challenged Focus Group to showcase their experimental leanings– and while the rabid prog-fans at the following night’s Swamp show will surely give them a pass, I plan to lay a similar request with Falcon Buddies.

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Upcoming broadcasts

July 31, 2009

Tomorrow’s broadcast continues to reflect my good fortune with booking interesting phone-in guests– St. Louis-based drone king Mystified has worked up something brand-new for those tuning in. You won’t want to miss a minute of it; Mystified is VERY good at what he does… and what better way to inaugurate the station’s new Skype setup?

I’ll also be playing a terrific release from Neil Rolnick on the Innova label, going cassette-crazy, and maybe even showing off some new Merzbow! You can listen this Saturday morning, from 4-6:30 a.m. CST right here. (BTW, I have made the station manager aware of our compatibility problems with the VLC player, so be a trooper and use Windows Media Player until we get it worked out.)

Can’t get enough DaveX? You may want to check me out this Monday, Aug. 3rd, from 6-8 p.m. (YEAH, IN THE EVENING!) when I cover WDBX’s esteemed “Camp Festus Radio Hour”. Imagine the hijinks a fully-awake DaveX will be up to when given an unsuspecting audience. Epic broadcasting awaits you!

…and hey, since you’re here, check out my growing list of upcoming guests!

8/1 — Mystified (St. Louis, MO)

8/8 –  Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge (Treasure Island, FL)

8/15 — Ernesto Diaz Infante (San Francisco, CA) – AND – Mike Khoury (Detroit, MI)

8/22 — Ironing (Gainesville, FL)

8/29 — Black Beast of Arrrghhh (St. Petersburg, FL)

9/5 — IT’S A SURPRISE, SHHHH….

9/12 — Harold Schellinx (Paris, France)

9/19 — Randall Hall (Rock Island, IL)

9/26 — Novasak (Denver, CO)

10/3 — Kim Cascone (San Francisco, CA)

10/10 — Matt Weston (Northampton, MA)

10/24 — Sabrina Siegel (Eugene, OR)

Future guests!

July 20, 2009

I’ve been booking live performances for “It’s Too Damn Early” for the past couple weeks– and I’ve been getting an excellent response from many fantastic artists. Here’s a look ahead at the next five weeks:

7/25 —  Lonely Procession (St. Louis, MO)

8/1 — Mystified (St. Louis, MO)

8/8 —  Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge (Treasure Island, FL)

8/15 — Ernesto Diaz Infante (San Francisco, CA) – AND – Mike Khoury (Detroit, MI)

8/22 — Ironing (Gainesville, FL)

There are a lot more interesting guests and live sets to come, so be ready!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/11/09

July 11, 2009

Listen to the broadcast here.

If you were ever curious about my sleeping habits, I offer you the following tidbit: it’s now 12:25 a.m. I’ll be going to bed in a few minutes. For more fun, note the time I start this week’s episode. Also, I just noticed that I failed to upload last week’s broadcast. I’ll try to fix this oversight as soon as possible– most likely on Monday. Now tell me “goodnight” and I’ll see you in a few hours.

“A few hours,” ha! It’s 2:38 a.m., getting my shoes on.

Well, I guess my DJ search has officially ended. Today, I met Eric and Tatiana, who were doing their first broadcast of “Mass Resistance.” I suppose it’s a techno or dance show, though I’d be hard-pressed to nail down a genre– club music isn’t exactly my strong point. They’ll be on-air from 12-3 a.m. weekly, so I think my work squatting the 3 a.m. hour has unofficially paid off. Maybe I have a 3.5 hour show now? I’ll have to ask.

Quickie: “Sweat Stained Fancy Heaps for First Rate Ladies” by Ritualistic School of Errors has to be one of the ugliest-sounding albums I’ve ever heard. On the other hand, it’s really well-assembled. This one will take a lot more time.

Playing Zelphabet now… trying to educate a caller a little bit… “what’s noise?”

Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge should be calling in soon. I’m looking forward to their live set.

Ritualistic School of Errors — Fanfare: Wobbling Turn, Fine Physique
Negativland — Gimmie the Mermaid
Ritualistic School of Errors — Purpating Hindquarters Burst
Ritualistic School of Errors — Corkscrew Catheter for a Jelly Loaf
Halaka — Grocery, Singer, Girl
Halaka — A Man’s Head on Fire, Through the Tree
Halaka — Mossy Stone
Halaka — Dancing Between the Cracks of a Jigsaw Puzzle
Billy Gomberg — Exposures
Billy Gomberg — Verse
Billy Gomberg — Darkened
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — Post-Dramatic Stress Syndrome
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — Upside Down Crossing Guard
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — Recycled Excitement
Francisco Lopez — Untitled #210
Frans De Waard — Meet Melt
Katchmare — Lotus Village Plan, disc 2
Rabbit Girls — Sick Problems
Rabbit Girls — Skin and Fat
Rabbit Girls — Hardwired Entropy
Rabbit Girls –Device
The Lonely Procession — Murder Hauntings (excerpt)
Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge — LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM
Halaka — Andrew Doubts His Ability to do a Feature Film
Halaka — The Loose Table is Tracked Down
Halaka — Part 4: Don and Andrew Try to Connect the Wind Machine
Halaka — Putting the P Back In Quality
Halaka — Set Design and Dealing With the Production Staff On a Very Small Budget
Halaka — Part 2: Don Recalls the Black Shirt
Halaka — Finally Giving Up on the Wind Machine
Don Campau — Tum-mo

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 6/27/09

June 27, 2009

We’re live!

VNC — Fight/Destroy/Ambulance
VNC — Your Heart Cannot Stay Asleep
VNC — Field of Anchors
Andrew Coltrane — Death Letter
The Raytownian(s) — We Are In A Corporate State (pt.2)
Belltonesuicide — Your Mouth is an Open Sore
blanco estira nuestro (+) hermana Helice — position lines within an afternoon movement
Fried Marlenstahl — Etude pseudo-electronique #1
NXP — Spiders
Rez Epo — Seen Her in the Very Heart of the Ocean
Hanson Ono — Incomprehensible Frustration
Death Factory — Memorial
Douglas Ferguson — v96+7gDL
Melissa Lovely & Justin Waters Here and Thereian Duo — DIY ask DIY
Pony Payroll — Nah
Karthik Kakarala, DaveX, Tony Youngblood — LIVE @ WDBX-FM, 6/27/09
BIOS — After the Universe Consumes Us All the Singularities Felt Particularly Useless
Conure — Hobart
Jeff Gburek — Kreuzberg–Neukoln–Kleve
Praey — LIVE @ WDBX-FM, 6/27/09
Jeff Gburek — Grace-Hollogne-Liege
Yoshihide Sodeoka — Video Metal, “Evil Erector”
Yoshihide Sodeoka — Video Metal, “Psychedelic Death Vomit”
Yoshihide Sodeoka — Video Metal, “Electric Hair Doom”

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 6/20/09

June 20, 2009

I’ve made it into the station, following an extraordinarily creepy nightmare. Let me just say that any deceased children attempting to contact me via my computer keyboard will not receive the best treatment from me at this time.

Listeners, on the other hand, have got it good today! Hal McGee is due to phone in for an interview soon, and Brandon Beachum is busy setting up for a performance in the next room. He was short one 1/4″ cable, so I found one for him– to call it “vintage” is exceedingly polite.

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That was Hal McGee, folks. Definitely one of my better interviews– it’s so nice to speak with a person who is as obviously in love with sound as I am myself– I’d like to encourage you to visit the Dictaphonia 1 page; pick yourself up a digital copy of this fascinating compilation!

Right now, Brandon Beachum is warming up his giant amps right here in the Hi-Life Room. He’ll be going live as “Marathon” momentarily, so don’t miss out.

As I mentioned, today is Kurt Schwitters’ birthday– happy 122nd!– so I’m playing some Merzbow in his honor… the connection being the “merz-” see? Masami Akita didn’t dredge that up out of thin air… so it pays to know your history.

At present, Brandon is having some difficulties with his gear. Something may be broken. In such a case, I generally take it as an opportunity to do something completely different and aurally flog the defective equipment within an inch of its existence. Public humiliation for malfunctioning technology! Brandon is being a bit more sensible, systematically attacking the problem one knob and cable at a time. We’ll see how this goes.

It’s a gear crisis, but we’re all working to ease Mr. Brandon’s troubled spirit. Soon, listeners, soon!

David Lee Myers, Marco Oppedisano — Hyperpituitary Giant
David Lee Myers, Marco Oppedisano –Pheremones
David Lee Myers, Marco Oppedisano –Roog
David Lee Myers, Marco Oppedisano –Fling Away the Shell
David Lee Myers, Marco Oppedisano — Throttle Body Lifter
David Lee Myers, Marco Oppedisano –An Infinitely Hot and Dense Dot
Merzbow — Run Chicken Run
The Infant Cycle — Trombone
The Infant Cycle — Secret Hidden Message
The Infant Cycle — (and then the dog replied)
BIOS — Forever Dividing and Evolving
Sandor Szabo, Kevin Kastning — Hyperbola
Marathon — LIVE @ WDBX-FM, 6/20/09
Locrian — Barren Temple Obscured by Contaminated Fogs
Dave Wright — Cattle Gas
Richard Orlando — Farrington Street Blues
Mark McGee — Capoeira Blitz Squad
Sonic Disorder — Ugly Chemical Junk
Douglas Burkett — Spin Cycles
Jamison Williams — Francois Boucher (1703-1770)
Zebra Mu — Micro Junk Cassette Slicer

Don’t frog-et!

June 19, 2009

Tomorrow’s broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” will feature an interview with Dictaphonia curator Hal McGee, and a live in-studio performance of local artist Brandon Beachum’s “Marathon” project. If that wasn’t enough to get you wet; I’ll also be playing from the brand-new Dictaphonia 2 tape, spending some time with one of my favorite new releases from the OKS Recordings of North America label, and celebrating Kurt Schwitters’ birthday with some Merzbow love.

Tune in around 3:30 a.m., CST– I’ll most likely be a bit early getting started.

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Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 6/13/09

June 13, 2009

Today’s show will be a long one, as I am covering for Kids Kamp until 8 a.m. Having “just” returned from St. Louis on a trip to see Peter Brotzmann’s Full Blast Trio (and Yowie!), I’m going to do the best I can to present a decently-coherent set. There may be rough patches, so hold on.

My phone-in guest today is Warm Climate, who have promised to make the best use of cell phone technology to play us all a little something around 4:30. I expect everything with go well with our phone-to-radio setup, but I still hope you’ll cross your fingers that no glitches occur.

Cheer Accident — Sun Dies
Cheer Accident — Mescalito
Cheer Accident — And Then Your Realize You Haven’t Left Yet
Cheer Accident — Blue Cheadle
Randall Hall — To Be Neither Proud Nor Ashamed
Warm Climate — Live phone-in performance on WDBX-FM
Halaka — Everyone Told Me I Was Great
DaveX — Jam Up/Jelly Tight
Barry Chabala — Acoustic Guitar: “m”
Violet — Spring
Fiver’s Stereo — Back Woods Preacher
Hal McGee — Inverse Square Ratio
3D-Man — Untitled Guitar Solo
Chefkirk — no input for microcssette
Ironing — MicrocaBettestrabE
Concrete — Distant Envelopment
Jeph Jerman — Metamatic
Blind Umizato — Microcasstte 04132009
Dave Fuglewicz — Liquid Glass
Big City Orchestra — Treasure for Daddy
Waterdigger — Hal McGee Has Stipulations
Jeff Gburek — Kreuzberg Neukolln Kleve
Jeff Gburek — Grace Hollogne Llege
The Infant Cycle — Secret Hidden Message
The Infant Cycle — (And Then the Dog Replied)
Luc Houtkamp — Flow Chart
Luc Houtkamp — New Wabash
Raquel Castro — Soundwalkers (DVD)
Randall Hall — HARD
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, John Cage — Sound

Upcoming guests!

June 11, 2009

Things have been moving quick for the “It’s Too Damn Early” performance schedule lately. Here’s what you can look forward to in the next two weeks:

This Saturday June 13, enjoy a live phone-in set from Warm Climate. Noise complaints from pesky neighbors thwarted their last performance, so all that pent-up musical frustration might lead to one hell of a set. Later on, I’ll play from Side 2 of Dictaphonia– Ironing, Jeph Jerman, Concrete Violin, Chefkirk, Big City Orchestra, and more!

On June 20th, I will be doing a live interview with sound art pioneer Hal McGee, who recently released the first volume of microcassette compilation series “Dictaphonia.” We’ll be discussing the unique properties of the microcassette format, the Florida noise scene, and getting Hal’s update on volume 2 of this fascinating project.

Local musician Brandon Beachum will also make the radio debut of his solo noise project, Marathon. If you enjoyed his contribution to the 1st Annual Noise Summit, you won’t want to miss him playing live in the Hi-Life Room at WDBX-FM.

Update: DaveX sez– I can haz spelchekr?

Upcoming performance!

May 4, 2009

Indiana improv collective and human tag cloud DBH have just confirmed it– they’re playing “It’s Too Damn Early” this May 16th, as part of their “Leave At Your Own Chosen Speed” tour. You’re not going to want to miss their set, so be sure to mark your calendar.

dbh


Here’s the tour dates:

MAY
9 – Cincinnati, OH @ BUNK arts  w/ Wasteland Jazz Unit
10 – Columbus, OH @ TBA
11 – Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor
12 – Lansing, MI @ Basement 414
13 – Chicago @ Elastic Arts
14 – Iowa City, IA @ TBA
15 – St. Louis @ TBA
16 – WDBX-FM, “It’s Too Damn Early” 4-6:30 a.m.
16 – Little Rock @ Schiller St. House
17 – Jonesboro, AR (or) Nashville, TN  HELP
18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Cinemat  w/ Fancie, Dang!Fever & more…

Torrents!

May 3, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

I have a new method for archiving my broadcasts now, one that results in a higher-quality recording for you, but a slightly larger file size for me. Because of this, I can no longer avail myself of Mediafire’s pleasantly-free filesharing service, as their limit tops out at 100 megabytes.

So I’m going to share them using bit-torrent, and farm some of the work off to you! If you don’t use torrents now, let me explain a bit about how they work. If you do use torrents, skip to the last line of this entry and start downloading.

Alrighty… I have two files for you at the end of this blog entry. They’re called torrent files. These are very small, and contain no music whatsoever. They’re something like maps that your torrent software (we’ll get to this in a moment) can use to find the recordings I’m trying to share with you. Once you open the torrent file in that software, it will download the actual file for you.

This sounds like a bit of a run-around until you understand some of the magic happening. As I write this, I have not yet shared these music files with anyone. But by the time you read this, any number of people may have already downloaded them to their computers. When you open the torrent file (the map, remember?) it will not only start sending the file from me, but from everyone else who has a part of the file that you request! In this way, everyone who downloads a file helps to share it. Even if you haven’t finished downloading the file, you will still be able to share the pieces you DO have– that’s the magic of bit-torrent.

All you need to start is your torrent software, and the torrent file itself. As for the software, you have a lot of choices. I’ve done a lot of looking, and I recommend you use uTorrent. It’s popular enough to have a good community of users, it does what it’s supposed to do in a regular manner, and it’s not a bloated piece of junk. My Mac and PC friends can all use it, and it’s free.

And now for the torrent files. These are tiny, so they download really quick! Open up uTorrent, and drag them in– the program will ask you where to save them– it’s pretty straightforward. You can see the size of the file you want to download (these are going to both be under 200 megabytes) as well as how much has completed. You can also see your ratio, which is fairly important. If you’re playing fair, it’s nice to keep your ratio at 1.0 or above– that means you’ve given away as much as you have taken, so you’re helping others get the files you download as well. If nobody happens to want the file and your ratio is low, it’s not your fault; don’t sweat it.

As always, I offer these recordings purely in the spirit of sharing. They’re not as good a quality as you’d get if you purchased the actual albums, and these aren’t split into individual songs– you’re getting one big 2.5-hour mp3. If you like something, get in touch with the artist or the label. If you can’t, I’ll dig them up for you. Enjoy these recordings!

Here’s the torrent file for the 4/25/09 broadcast. Here’s the torrent file for the 5/2/09 broadcast. Have fun!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 4/25/09

April 25, 2009

Things seem awfully calm here after last week’s Noise Summit, that’s about all I can say so far. Karthik Kakarala has a set worked up that he’ll be performing later in the show– apparently I’ll be doing some reading, though I haven’t been briefed fully yet.

I’m starting off today’s show with some Edgetone Records material, all Thollem McDonas-centric stuff. The first, from self-titled disc from Bloom: Rent Romus, Steven Baker, McDonas, Jon Brumit… then a duo of Baker and McDonas, “Lunar Etudes Time Differentials”… and why not? A Romus/McDonas outing, “Sudden Aurora,” as well! There’s a rather striking instrument photographed on the rear of the second disc– a metal ball, with a protruding, cylindrical neck strung in the round, culminating in something like a mushroom-ish headstock. I’d guess it is played with a bow. Neat stuff!

As for McDonas, I can’t help but think he uses every part of the piano– reminds me of the old Far Side gag with the guy holding up some mangled buffalo organ– “except this, we have no idea what it’s for.”

I’m digging this new Pogus Productions release, “Shadow Machine,” by Tom Hamilton and Bruce Eisenbeil. Kinda reminds me of Na’s “Na Is Nice” disc on Pax Recordings from a few years back. It’s rather random, but in a pleasant way. I could definitely see this becoming one of my long-range favorites… it’s going to merit many, many entertaining listens.

I’m now playing from “The Passage Between,” a fine collection of Randall Hall’s saxophone improvisations out now on the Innova label. I’m happy to learn that Hall hails from Augustana College– I wonder if it might be possible to get him down here for a performance? Regardless, there’s a lot of fine playing on this disc. I’m especially taken with Hall’s interactions with Jonathon Kirk as Pendulum, with Kirk processing Hall’s saxophone in intriguing ways. I appreciate Kirk’s light touch here; he doesn’t mangle Hall out of existence, but he’s still very much central to what’s going on. There are interesting “control” issues present in an improvisation situation such as this, it takes a special bond between performers to make it work.

Karthik Kakarala is performing his live set now. It has a theme– my birthday! I have introduced the concept of the “continuous birthday,” so I hope you’re tuned in, and taking notes.

Now I’m playing Frank Rothkamm’s “Frank Genius Is Star Struck,” one of my most favorite albums of this year. It’s gloriously Rothkamm, and that’s probably the best way to explain it, too.

Oh! Before I finish– let me know if you want a copy of the Noise Summit 2009 CDR. I have 9 copies remaining, though some may end up at the local record store for free distro. In other words, get your claim in early. If you live far away, give me a few days to get the download together.

Bloom — Stamen
Bloom — Chandelier
Steven Baker, Thollem McDonas — Perigee Dirge
Steven Baker, Thollem McDonas — Radio Below
Rent Romus, Thollem McDonas — Intimation Dusk
Rent Romus, Thollem McDonas — Of Reflection Veil
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dusting Off Dada
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dryer Mouth
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Shadow Machine
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dot Dot Dot
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Mars Fell on Alabama
Randall Hall, Jonathon Kirk — Three Reflections on Eternity: Awakening
Randall Hall, Jonathon Kirk — Three Reflections on Eternity: Loss
Randall Hall, Jonathon Kirk — Three Reflections on Eternity: Apocalypse
Karthik Kakarala — Live @ WDBX-FM
Frank Rothkamm — Atari
Frank Rothkamm — Chelsea Girl
Frank Rothkamm — La Vie
Frank Rothkamm — Black in the Sky
Frank Rothkamm — Q
Frank Rothkamm — Roll X Tones
Frank Rothkamm — Vast
Frank Rothkamm — Elvis