Archive for the ‘upcoming’ Category

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 2/17/13

February 17, 2013

I’m playing from vinyl acquired during my local university’s library cleanout a couple weeks back. I’ve been quite happy with many of my finds, which include vintage works from Cage, Pousseur, Stockhausen, Brown, Antheil, Xenakis, and many others. I feel incredibly lucky to not only have an opportunity to get my hands on these albums, but to save them from what was otherwise going to become a trip to the dump. Hard to believe, isn’t it? If you’re excited about what you’re hearing on “Music For Swimmers,” be sure to tune in to “Sounds Like Radio” tonight as well– I’ll have even more cuts from these records, each better than the last. If you’re not sure how to tune in, just look in the sidebar for “Sounds Like Radio,” and be sure to leave me a comment!

Ton Bruynel — Arc (from “Visual Series 7072/1,” on Donemus)
Iannis Xenakis — Polla Ta Dhina (this, and next, from “Album 2,” on Angel)
Iannis Xenakis — ST/10 = 1-080262
Gordon Mumma, David Tudor — Mesa, For Cybersonic Bandoneon (from “A Second Wind For Organ,” on Odyssey)
Toru Takemitsu — Asterism
Toru Takemitsu — Requiem

“Sounds Like Radio” Fall Campus Soundwalk, Oct. 23rd

October 17, 2012

WSIU Public Radio, a public media station of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology invite the general public to a Fall Soundwalk on the SIU campus on Tuesday, October 23 beginning at 12pm. The soundwalk will start at the rock wall located at the north entrance of the SIU Student Center and should last approximately one hour. A rain date for the event has been set for Tuesday, October 30 at noon.

Dave Armstrong, host of the WSIU Radio program Sounds Like Radio, will lead the soundwalk, which is being presented in association with the SIU College of Mass Communication & Media Arts’ Imagined Geographies Initiative.

“Soundwalks celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us,” says Armstrong. “I plan to introduce listening exercises to deepen the soundwalk experience for participants and to acclimate them to different ways of hearing their surroundings.”
Sounds Like Radio is a two-hour program on WSIU Radio that brings a unique perspective to everyday sounds. It features experimental music, avant-garde works, sound art, and field recordings. Sounds Like Radio airs Sundays from 3-5am and again from 10pm-12am. Comments, suggestions, and questions should be directed to

About the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)
The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), founded in 2009, is a regional chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), a membership organization dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies, while promoting public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration
of natural and cultural sound environments. ASAE is the United States affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

About WSIU
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU
stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU’s programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the IIllinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Sounds, random news

April 28, 2012

I’ve been hearing a lot of nice frog sounds lately– local ponds, even one little water “feature” in the neighbor’s yard. It’s definitely that time of year, where the froggies remind me of their general awesomeness. Also, it’s owl bonkers city outdoors. Perhaps our own population has increased, as I’m hearing more and more of their nightly noises. My soda can is also fairly interesting. Lots of random popping of bubbles, like a poor man’s micro-event sound generator. I’ll probably be sticking a mic up to a Coca-Cola can soon enough!

Tomorrow, I’m covering “Style City” for my daughter, essentially providing my own lead-in to “Music For Swimmers” at 5pm CST. I will most likely be featuring experimental music throughout, from 3:30pm until 6, so be sure to tune in. It’s the last day of pledge drive– though your listenership is enough for me, I do welcome your pledges and donations which help WDBX-FM maintain community radio in Southern Illinois.

Feel free to call me any time from 3:30-6pm CST at 618-457-3691 or give online at

Thanks! –DaveX


“It’s Too Damn Early” is moving to a new time!

April 12, 2012

After 10 years of broadcasting, “It’s Too Damn Early” is moving to a new time– 5-6 p.m. on Sunday evenings. You can catch the first episode at the new time this Sunday, April 15th at 5 p.m. I’ll be revealing the show’s new name as well, so don’t miss it!

For the next two weeks, I’ll transition everyone to the rowboats while covering my old late-night broadcast at 4 a.m. Saturday mornings. On April 21st, listen to my farewell “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast at the late-night time as I scuttle the ship live on-air.

Grab your headphones, get comfy

July 3, 2011

Clear your schedule for this evening–tonight is one of those rare times when you can catch BOTH of my shows back-to-back!

After you’ve got your favorite listening spot ready, tune in to WSIU-FM at 10 p.m. (CST) for “Sounds Like Radio.” Spend two hours with my more avant-garde offerings, and keep up with the playlist right here while I liveblog the show.

At midnight, catch me on WDBX-FM for “It’s Too Damn Early,” and even more experimental music. I’ll be covering for “The Galaxy,” liveblogging, and you can even catch me amongst the general craziness in SLSK indie chat.

It’s four straight hours of DaveX– can you dig it?

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/2/11

April 2, 2011

If you’re enjoying today’s broadcast– and you’re near enough to make it on time– be sure to come out for tonight’s “Evening of Radio Art & Surround Sound Works” in the Christian H. Moe Theater on the SIUC campus. There are a lot of really nice pieces that will be played, and a live set from Eric Leonardson as well.

Thollem McDonas — Living Is The Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Done (from “Solo Piano,” on Pax)
Univers Zero — Soubresauts (from “Clivages,” on Cuneiform)
Univers Zero — Apesanteur
Univers Zero — Three Days
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt I (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt II
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt III
Christopher Roberts, Mark Morton, James Bergman — Around the Hearth (from “Trios for Deep Voices,” on Cold Blue Music)
Christopher Roberts, Mark Morton, James Bergman — Kon Burunemo
Hiss Nausea — Pyramid Glue (from “Hiss Nausea/Nolls” split cassette on Hyster Tapes)
Varropas — Moln På Drift 1978 (from “Second One,” on Hyster Tapes)
Myo — Emergent Citrus Feedback Multiphonics / Lipoma 02 v2 (from “Memory Gospel,” on Zeromoon)
Myo — Tibersund 02
Myo — People Are So God Damn Fucking Selfish
Myo — Memory Gospel

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!

“Style City” debuts this Sunday!

November 16, 2010

I’ve got to brag on Mo for a bit– she’s started her own radio show at WDBX!

You can check out “Style City” this coming Sunday, November 21st at 3:30 p.m. CST. Here’s the link to listen online.

And a promo:

Special show/ticket giveaway

November 7, 2010

I’ll be covering “The Galaxy” tonight for Doug– so catch me from midnight until 2am, CST.

I’m also giving out free tickets to see Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet this Saturday, November 13th in St. Louis! These are ordinarily $15 each, and I’ve got two to give away tonight. When you hear me give out the number, be sure to call in!