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Paradox, edges

April 24, 2014

Going into campus studio tonight with pretty much my full-on noise setup. Recording for a final audio project– and of course, I’ve got the awful case of “senior-itus” and just want to get things knocked out, out of the way, etc. However, I partly came back to college for these sorts of opportunities– looking in from the outside at all that cool gear, interesting connections… That wasn’t much fun. So, I’m also trying to honor the experience. Half of me wants to step back, let unintentional connections and “happenings” occur– the sort of micro-minutiae that create the greatest detail, letting the universe speak, as it were. The rest of me is “grand statement” and “don’t disappear.” I’m hoping to find a way to let both of these impulses breathe. For now, I’ve settled on splitting things down the middle. In the recording process, I’ll step out of the way. Let the tape run. Create situations and see what happens. I’m toying with the idea of recording with extremely high volumes and ridiculous amounts of gain, so that I have no ability to disregard even the smallest movement. I’m also returning to the setup I used at the last Noise Summit– an unwieldy mess of interconnected cables, mixers, and amplification. It’s impossible to control, given its condition and ongoing abuse. I’m looking forward to hearing it belch forth from the bowels of campus!

The editing and mastering process will be an entirely different matter. I do intend to come forward at this stage, and show my hand. I’d prefer to be working in a different set of software, but I’m confident that the campus setup will allow me to get precise with things. I’d like to stay away from processing for the most part, but I am very interested in placement. But more on that later– I’ll update your tomorrow with how recording goes tonight!

Welcome back– for me and you

April 23, 2014

So, I’m back. Another birthday today. As always, not sure how I feel about that, but I’m getting the idea that it’s alright to let it go. After a second go of it, I’ll be graduating in a couple weeks– definitely pleased with this. And I’ve gotten to do so many neat things lately! I recorded a 78 lathe cut with the Free Air anthem I mentioned a couple years back, I’m running a radio station full of cool folks and neat music, and I’ve even gotten a new cassette player. Stuff is shaping up. I think depression is running out of steam, maybe. I don’t want to be too optimistic on that– but stuff feels different. So I’m back. And you’re back too! I thought I’d formally say it– let’s be in touch. I don’t want to slip off again. If you’re making music, tell me about it. Label has a new release? Share it with me. A mix? I want to hear it too! In return, I’m going to open things up a bit– more writing about running the station, more about sound and noise and music, and more of my own music coming your way as well. I’m a year older today. Here’s to not disappearing. Best, –DaveX


Liveblogging! 6/23/13

June 23, 2013

So we’re trying something new at the station– using Spinitron to help us keep our playlists. This is a really nice service that lets us input and track playlists, as well as make reports to all the fun fun fun performing rights organizations. What does this mean for you? Well, it means you can click around my past playlists a bit easier as I type them in. Here on STARTLING MONIKER, it might mean that I simply am able to copy-paste or provide a link from Spinitron, depending on whatever works best.

At any rate, enough shop talk. I’m covering for Style City today, in exchange for allowing her to cover my show next week so she can have an extra-long birthday broadcast. So I’ve brought in a bunch of great stuff to work with today, even though I’ve been mostly speanding my time on longer cuts– the Francis Dhomant and Phillip Schulze are notable examples. Good stuff from both by the way, but I’m especially impressed with Schulze’s addition to the Quartet Solo Series on this disc from the Striking Mechanism label. Lots of unusual sounds here, and the compositions is also very nice– a good blend of “musical” and “non-musical” elements, without getting into the precious feel-go0d ambient territory, or passing completely into noise. I’m also digging the feel of this label. The packaging for the releases is fairly simple, but with solid design elements. A bit difficult for me to figure out which track came first, though– some numbers would have been nice.

CRAY (Ross Healy) “STRK” from “Serge Modular Users 2009” on Resipiscent
Loachfillet “Origins of the Two Headed Spitting Cobra” from “Electric Pond: Solar Solution” on Resipiscent
Carlos Giffoni “All The Mistakes I Made During the Caribbean Winter” from “Serge Modular Users 2009” on Resipiscent
Morceaux de Machines “Lo-Fi Soundscape” from “Liberum Arbitrium” on No Type
Francis Dhomont “Frankenstein Symphony: Andante” from “Frankenstein Symphony” on Asphodel
Phillip Schulze “Cause Unfold Proceed II” from “Quartet Solo Series, Volume 1” on Striking Mechanism
Jonathan Chen “Drummer” from “Quartet Solo Series, Volume 1” on Striking Mechanism
Kine “Meditations in April Green” from “Meditation 1” on Alrealon Musique
Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich, Murmer “Sugis” from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad” on Invisible Birds
Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich, Murmer “Talv” from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad” on Invisible Birds

Alright, so pasting from Spinitron still leaves me with a bit of formatting, but this WAS pretty easy. I’ll make these into links a bit later on for you. In the meantime, here is a link to all of my Spinitron playlists. I’m going to have to see if there is a way to automatically export this data to STARTLING MONIKER. If you happen to know how, share it with me in the comments!

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 3/24/13

March 24, 2013

Kallabris — Consideration dur cafe (from “Genesungswerk,” on Genesungswerk
Kenji Siratori, Torturing Nurse — Mutant Hell (from “Mad Blockhead’s Tale,” on Roil Noise)
Grkzgl — Untlat (from “Esque,” on Angle Rec)
Erik M, DJ Olive, Christian Marclay — New York, September 17, 2000 (from “DJ Trios,” on Asphodel)
Climax Golden Twins — Untitled (from an untitled EP on Testing Ground)
Jin Sangtae — Extention (from “Extensity of Hard Disk Drive,” on Balloon & Needle)
O, Moon — Untitled #1 (from “Moonophonique Part One,” on Burning Emptiness)
Anla Courtis, Seichi Yamamoto, Yoshimi — Untitled (from “Live at Kanadian,” on Public Eyesore)
Richard Trosper — The Ocean (from “The Ocean,” on Public Eyesore)
Lateral Agriculture Order (as Figlia Villana) — First Memorial Gangrene (from “Bananafish 16: Paradoxes of Enlightenment”)
Wether — Selective Reasoning (from “Skin Atonement,” on Hymns)
A_Dontigny, Dianne Labrosse — TSF (from “Telepathie,” on NoType)
Jennifer Walshe — Nature Data (from “Nature Data,” on Interval)
Mammal — Repulsion (from “Lonesome Drifter”)

Hot damn, it’s been a while. Let me explain…

December 30, 2012

So I haven’t been talking much on here lately. It’s not a thing– I’ve just been busy. I’ve returned to school, as you might have noticed from some of the “recent” posts, so there’s that…. and then I’ve been in the process of syndicating “Sounds Like Radio,” which is time-consuming… and hey, I also became the interim station manager here at WDBX-FM!
I’m in/on/around radio pretty much all day now, it seems! I’ve had to re-learn some of what goes into attending school– notes, exams, homework– and now I’m in the process of trying to integrate my pre-chaotic life into my post-chaotic life, then calm the whole thing down into some sort of manageable, sweet-smelling gelatinous substance.

Of course, this means there’s never been a better time to send me your noise album, your sound art, or your experimental opus. I’ve got shows to feed!

Here’s my playlist for today’s episode of “Music For Swimmers,” followed by the best address to send me your sonic offerings.

John Coltrane – The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
John Coltrane — Compassion
Gaybomb – Untitled split LP with Zach Kouns
Jeff Rehnlund — Gangnam Basement (side A)
Blue Sausage Infant – Subferal
Charles Ives — Chromatimelodtune
Paul Metzger — Bright Red Stone
Philip Glass — Etoile Polaire
Philip Glass — Victor’s Lament
Philip Glass — River Run
Philip Glass — Mon Pere, Mon Pere
Malcolm Goldstein — Soundings (side A)

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

New review posted at Musique Machine

October 18, 2012

Check out my review for Russell Haswell’s “Scandinavian Parts (Immersive Live Salvage Supplement)” at Musique Machine!

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 7/22/12

July 22, 2012

Playing some cool tapes today, along with some older stuff that I’ve been digging recently. I’m trying out blogging from my phone as well– seems more of a pain in the neck than anything, but might be interesting for less text-heavy posts. I hope you enjoy today’s show! Just as a reminder, you can catch “Music For Swimmers” (formerly “It’s Too Damn Early”) at its nice new broadcast time every Sunday afternoon from 5-6 p.m., CST.

Head Boggle — Plaid Days (this, and next two, from “Modern Language #1” on Snapped In Half Tapes)
Pulse Emitter — Bucolic Vortex
Carlos Giffoni — Pulpo
Ophibre — Untitled 1 (from “Basil Forests,” on Digitales Limited)

Liveblogging! Music For Swimmers,” 6/23/12

June 24, 2012

Strotter Inst.  — Minenhund, pt. 4 (from “Minenhund,” on Public Guilt/Hinterzimmer)
Strotter Inst.  — Minenhund, pt. 5
Instinct Control — String (from “This Is Where I Draw The Inflection Line,” on Liscentric)
Being — Take Off (this, and next two, from “Heavy Focus,” on Small Doses)
Seth Ryan — 01CNN_FRK
Gnawed — Ostrich
KK Null — Plutonium (from “KK Null/Scumearth,” on Phage Tapes)
Charlamagne Palestine — A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies (from CD of the same title, on Cold Blue Music)

Check out “Noise Park”

April 29, 2012

Noise Park (on Tumblr) is noise folks crossed with South Park. Kind of amusing– dig GX Jupitter Larsen below!


Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 4/21/12

April 21, 2012

Eddie the Rat — Chasing the Sun (from “Once Around The Butterfly Bush,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Shortcut
Mystified — Atlantic Passage (from “Coming Days,” on Attenuation Circuit)
Mystified — The Charge
Mystified — Phantom Ether
Shane Morris, Mystified — Cambrian Explosion (from “Epoch,” on Lotuspike/Spotted Peccary)
Shane Morris, Mystified — Devonia
Mudboy, The USA Is A Monster — USA Is A Mudboy (from split CDR with Kites, The USA Is a Monster, and Mudboy on Free Matter For The Blind)
Barthel Gadau Kopp, Rother Weibel — Untitled live improvisation, 2/11/2003 (from “Radio Student,” on Hymns)
Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson — Staropolska (from “Dancing Walls Stir The Prairies,” self-release)
Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson — Cicada
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Philippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds, pt.1 (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
George Korein — Gleaming Corpse (from “Another Corpse,” on BatHotAxe)
George Korein — Rotodrone Encroaching!

Liveblogging! “Music for Swimmers” 4/15/12

April 15, 2012

Today was the first episode of my show in it’s new 5-6pm Sunday time slot– I think it went very well! I’m used to having a lot more space to stretch out in, so this was different, but fun. Earlier, I compared the experience to working as a short order cook after spending a long time working entirely with crock pots. My special “no interruptions” arrangement with the station manager lets me avoid playing any promos or underwriting during my show, which definitely helps. I also did a lot more quick transitions than usual– I won’t do this for every show, but I wanted to kick things off with some improv mixing and collage. It felt right. Ordinarily, I intend to stick by my “no excerpts” rule, which may prove interesting in terms of focus during a one-hour show. There’s definitely a lot less room for error, though; I believe this may be an interesting challenge. If you heard today’s show, leave a comment and tell me what you thought. I’m curious how things went on your end. –DaveX

Margaret Noble — The Object of Power Is Power (from “Frakture,” self-release)
Strotter Inst. — #2 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer & Public Guilt)
Ian Yeager — Untitled no.3 (from “Music for Guitar + Computer,” on Pax Recordings)
Chefkirk, Ironing — Notorious (from “Notorious,” on Hymns)
Dan Joseph — Archaea Quintet (from “Archaea,” on Mutable Music)
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Philippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds, pts. 1-4 (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
Art Jerks — Like Things (from “Dysphemism Treadmill,” on BatHotAxe (and OMG, George Korein has a Bandcamp. Go buy everything of his right now, no kidding.)
Philip Gayle — Pajama Turtles (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX #1 (unreleased)
Christopher Cichocki — Elemental Shift, pt.1
Noah Creshevsky — Tomomi Adachi Redux II (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)
Glenn Weyant — Electric Fan Sound Works (from “Electric Fan Sound Works,” on Sonic Anta)
Bill Shute, Anothony Guerra — Marion, Texas (from “Subtraction,” on Black Petal & Kendra Steiner Editions
Tom Hamilton, Peter Zummo — Trance For the Bopanon Set (from “Sylbersonic Trombone,” on Penumbra
PAS — Socrates Speaks (from “Experi-MENTAL Compilation 2,” on Alrealon
Violet — All Records Collapse (from “Violet Ray Gas & The Playback Singers,” on Zeromoon & Sentient Recognition Archive)
Don Campau — Planck Era (from “Jungle of Misunderstanding,” on Lonely Whistle)
Mystified — Rubber Cats (from “Iron,” on Turgid Animal)
Mystified — Sporadic Signal (from “Give Me Static,” on Hymns)
TD Skatchit, Karen Stackpole — Confined Canary (from “Skatch Surveillance,” on Edgetone)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — It’s Easy To Disappear Into This Fog (from “Civilian Life,” on Pax)

Don’t forget!

April 14, 2012

DaveX debuts in his new time slot Sunday, April 15th, from 5-6pm CST on WDBX-FM. Don’t miss it!


Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 4/14/12

April 14, 2012

As you may know, this is my second-to-last broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” at my current late-night time slot. Starting tomorrow, I’ll begin broadcasting from 5-6 pm Sunday evenings! Ordinarily, I suppose I’d just move directly over, but since it’s pledge drive I’m being extra nice and covering my old spot. Oh well– that’s just more experimental music for you!

Leo Kupper, Barbara Zanichelli — Aviformes 1-3 (from “Digital Voices,” on Pogus)
Leo Kupper, Anna Maria Kieffer — Kamana 1 & 2
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dusting Off Dada (from “Shadow Machine,” on Pogus)
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dryer Mouth
Philip Gayle — Feral Basil Pesto (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — E (and sometimes why) [from “E (and sometimes why)” on Pogus]
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — Ringing (Ano)the(r) Bell
Contrastate — Northern Twilight (from “English Embers” on Dirter)
David Dunn — With Zitterings of Flight Released (from “Four Electro-Acoustic Compositions,” on Pogus)
Sun Circle — Untitled (from “Sun Circle/Pregnant Moon” split cassette on NNA Tapes)
Daphne Oram — Tumblewash (from “Oramics,” on Paradigm)
Daphne Oram — Power Tools
Mystified — Deep Expression (from “Sand of Ages,” split cassette with Ctephin, on Black and Purple)
Mystified — Voices Drifting
Mystified — State of Disrepair

I need your help!

April 8, 2012

UPDATE: Thanks to your efforts, I will be moving to the new time slot! More details are available here.

An opportunity has come up for me to change the time slot of my long-running “It’s Too Damn Early” radio program. I would be able to broadcast in the daytime on the weekend, immediately following my daughter’s “Style City” broadcast.

I have had a request to transfer my show to a daytime slot in since last autumn, but the station manager wants to “think about it.” I thought it might be nice if anyone reading this could send him an e-mail– let him know that you dig experimental music on WDBX, and that you support moving “It’s Too Damn Early” to Sundays from 5-6 p.m. CC me in your mail, and I’ll give you a personal shout-out in my next show!

Thanks! –DaveX

Helpful Birthday Hints, #6 in a series of 12

April 7, 2012

I’ve got to step it up, there’s only 16 days to go until my birthday! (I imagine this applies to you as well, yes?)

Anyways– check out the Sacred Phrases label catalog. Lots of awesome tapes there! I’m particularly excited about the Hobo Cubes tape, but feel free to surprise me with something different and interesting.

Apologies for anyone listening to “Sounds Like Radio

April 1, 2012

Apparently, someone messed up and re-ran a show from two weeks back. I have no idea why– there’s a perfectly good, brand-new episode that was supposed to be running right now. So much for listening along and liveblogging the show! If you heard it already, I apologize. If not, perhaps this twist of fate was intended for you. –DaveX

Helpful Birthday Hints, #5 in a series of 12

March 31, 2012

So NNA Tapes did an eight-tape compilation of artists from Burlington, Vermont. Obsessive, unwieldy, obscure– it’s hitting all my buttons! Perhaps you can find a copy at Discogs, I bet.

Helpful Birthday Hints, #3 & 4 in a series of 12

March 29, 2012

Today’s hint is a double– two books from one of my favorite authors, Sinclair Lewis. You can choose from Ann Vickers or Bethel Merriday. Supposedly, Ann Vickers is a better read, but since I’m intending to read all of his books it really doesn’t matter. Go with the cheapest, or rich out and grab me both!

New things I learned today

March 25, 2012

Three terms– anthrophony, biophony, geophony. If I give you the context (soundwalks, etc) I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Some other interesting ideas from today’s workshop leader Andrea Polli (by way of Barry Truax) relate to hearing exercises, pre-soundwalk:

1) Listen for the most distant sound.
2) Listen for the nearest sound.
3) Listen for the loudest sound.
4) Listen for the quietest sound.

These were interesting, and a bit more difficult to discern at times than I would have guessed. We also spoke about soundmarks, sound signals, and the keynote– all terms I am familiar with, but it is always nice to refresh and re-think.


Helpful Birthday Hints, #2 in a series of 12

March 23, 2012

Today’s hint is posed as a question: do you like me in STEREO? Yes? Then I’ll need another mic cable. Oh look! I happen to have a link…