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“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.

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! “Sounds Like Radio” 6/19/11

June 19, 2011

I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio” with you this evening, and very much enjoying these cuts from Glenn Weyant’s “Tucson Orchestrated” album. There is a nice moment toward the end of “Monsoon Redux” where light percussive sounds strike on what sound like pots and pans. Although I’m guessing that Tucson doesn’t get much in the way of rainfall, it does remind me of an experiment of mine where I left some similar cooking implements out in a gentle shower. It’s good music to dream on, especially with headphones.

Hmm, seems I was too close to the mic for this break– definitely a bit too much low end in the voice.

As I’m listening to Merzbow and Richard Pinhas, I’m struck by how much Pinhas’ guitar sounds like one of the synths in Brian Eno and Jon Hassell’s album “Fourth World, Vol.1″… I’m thinking specifically of “Charm.” It’s like a bizarro world version of the B-side, as if Hassell just took off in a completely different direction. I might need to dig that album out again and compare them for fun.

Glenn Weyant — Bugs (from “Tucson Orchestrated,” on Sonic Anta)
Glenn Weyant — Train
Glenn Weyant — Monsoon Redux
Merzbow, Richard Pinhas — Rhizome 1-010011010011011 (from “Rhizome,” on Cuneiform)
Merzbow, Richard Pinhas — Rhizome 2-100101000111010
Tatsuya Nakatani — Abiogenesis (from self-release of same name )
John Luther Adams — Four Thousand Holes (from release of same name on Cold Blue Music)

Help “Sounds Like Radio” out!

May 28, 2011

I’ve been given the green light to begin syndication of “Sounds Like Radio,” my weekly program of experimental and avant-garde music at WSIU-FM. Looks like this will kick off sometime this summer, so I’m trying to get on top of things now, and start lining up some interested stations.

If you live within earshot of a public radio station, ask them to get in touch with me– or directly with WSIU-FM– so I can send them a sample program. If all goes well, you could be listening to “Sounds Like Radio” on your local station within the next couple months! I’m offering the program for free to these stations, so it’s a great way to add some experimental music and sound art to the radio schedule on the cheap.

If you’re not sure how to get in touch with your local public radio station, just leave their call letters in the comment area, and I’ll mail them for you. How easy is that?

“Sounds Like Radio,” 5/15/11

May 15, 2011

I’m a little too tired to fully liveblog today’s episode of “Sounds Like Radio,” but I thought you’d still enjoy seeing the playlist. If you missed it, just remember that “Sounds Like Radio” airs from 3-5 a.m., and again from 1o p.m. to midnight, every Sunday (Central) on WSIU-FM. Don’t miss next week’s broadcast– I’ll be playing Robert Ashley’s “Improvement,” which is fantastic stuff!

Sabrina Siegel – Yom Kippur (from “Grace/Precarious“)
Sabrina Siegel – The Body Moving
Thomas Buckner, Annea Lockwood – Luminescence (from “New Music For Baritone & Chamber Ensemble,” on Mutable)
David Rosenboom – On Being Invisible pt.1 (from “Invisible Gold,” on Pogus)
Scott Smallwood – Chest & Chair (from “Desert Winds,” on Deep Listening)
Sabrina Siegel – After your voice
David Rosenboom – On Being Invisible pt.2
David First – Zen Guilt, Zen Blame (from “Privacy Issues,” on XI Records)

I’m listening with you– “Sounds Like Radio,” 5/1/11

May 1, 2011

It’s International Workers’ Day– or well, it is for another couple hours. I figured I’d spend the rest of it (as the song says) “for what I will,” listening to “Sounds Like Radio” with you. So here goes!

Oh good, things have started. I don’t sound too bad! I just realized that I don’t remember what I was going to play this week. I suppose I’d better check my notes. Ah, this is “Wind Tunnels,” by Scott Smallwood. It’s from “Desert Winds,” an older disc of his from the Deep Listening label.

Hmm… seems like I’m going to be defacto pre-empted by an official White House announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death.  They created Osama, and they destroyed him when it was convenient. Don’t expect me to rattle my chains to celebrate the master’s triumph.

I really enjoy this “Asia Radio Environments” by Jesse Paul Miller. It’s absolutely full of weird, transient sounds, and is just plain interesting to hear. Plus, broadcasting it is kind of like sticking a bunch of radio broadcasts inside my own broadcast– recursive broadcasting!

I’m letting Obama and the “Asia Radio Environment” mix in my headphones. He’s laying it on thick. “Remain vigilant.” Ugh. If folks were vigilant, they wouldn’t have things like this— suits giving and taking our so-called rights. Anyway, Obama’s done, so I’ll get down off my soapbox. Back to things of beauty and substance.

Speaking of which, Miya Masaoka’s “For Birds, Planes, and Cello” is freakin’ awesome. I added it to this week’s program after noticing that David Toop mentions his enjoyment of the piece in his latest book, “Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener.” He actually has a laundry list of great recordings there, which I’ve got big plans to work through at my leisure.

I was starting to get a little antsy, thinking that there isn’t much “Sounds Like Radio” remaining, when I noticed that there is actually 45 minutes left! I love long-form radio!

Oh, it occurs to me that you may wonder about my listening setup. I’m using headphones right now, some nice AKG K-240s. They sound great, and won’t kill your budget. I’m sure you could spend more, but if you’re still rocking earbuds, you’ll be amazed at the huge difference in detail and clarity once you get a set of these on your ears.

I’d forgotten– I did ask everyone who listened THIS week to listen NEXT week with a friend. If you do this, take a photo of yourselves, and I’ll post it here. Until then, take care, and keep your ears open!

Birthday Wish #2

April 6, 2011

How about making a pledge to WSIU, and let them know you’re fan of “Sounds Like Radio” while you’re at it?

That would be six kinds of awesome, so give them a call now: 1-800-745-9748

“Sounds Like Radio” is currently in its second broadcast year, and everyone at WSIU has been super supportive of the show. If you’ve been enjoying the broadcasts (or if I’ve been playing your recordings) then I’d dig it if you’d consider making a pledge.

Remember– a pledge is like a promise, so it’s okay if you’d broke now. Just catch it up later!

“It’s Too Damn Early” returns 3/19/11

March 2, 2011

I’ll be on vacation, so there will be no new broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early” until my triumphant return on March 19th. But I won’t let you starve– you can catch my “Sounds Like Radio” broadcasts on WSIU-FM on Sundays, at your choice of time– tune in from 3-5 a.m., or from 10-midnight CST. If you’re not already listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” now is a great time to start!


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! “Sounds Like Radio,” 10/17/10

October 17, 2010

I’m listening in to the broadcast tonight– still trying to improve my vocal work! I hope you enjoy today’s episode of “Sounds Like Radio” on WSIU, and also that you’ll let a friend know about the show as well. We’re doing our pledge drive right now, so if you’re as excited as I am about getting to hear experimental music on public radio, be sure to give them a call at 1-800-745-9748. You can also donate online. Be sure to tell the operator that you enjoy “Sounds Like Radio,” or leave a comment in the online pledge area to that effect. Thanks!

Also, on the 23rd of this month, how about joining me for a soundwalk on the SIUC campus? We’ll start at 10:30 a.m., outside on the North end of the Student Center. It’s free, and a lot of fun– I hope you can make it!

Wow, very strange. I just heard my spot about pledge drive, which I announce. Unfortunately, it was run in the break during my show. So I essentially said that we were going to break, and then was immediately on again. A little discombobulating, haha.

Here’s the playlist for this week:

RP Collier – Leeway (from “Lamelaphone,” on Lonely Whistle)
My Fun – Easy Rest (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun – Murals
Christopher Campbell – Surface Streams Moonface (from “Sound the All Clear,” on Innova)
Christopher Campbell – All Clear
Frank Rothkamm – Overture (from “Amerika,” on Flux Records)
Frank Rothkamm – You’re In the Army Now
Mark Peter Wright – Commentary (from “Inanimate Life,” on 3 Leaves)
Mark Peter Wright – Untitled 2
Mark Peter Wright – Untitled 5
Glenn Weyant – Electric Fan Sound Works (from album of the same name, on Sonic Anta)
PD Wilder – Ilka Maka (from EP of the same name on Lo-Bango Sound)

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 10/3/10

October 3, 2010

I just realized that until the 9th, I get somewhat symmetrical dates! It all falls apart with a bang on the 10th, followed by a timed release of chaser symmetry on the 11th and 22nd– just enough to get me through. Anyways, I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” digging on this Grundik & Slava track, which apparently never made the cut to an actual album. I wonder about what happened to it… I’ve always enjoyed that one, and I know it’s on at least one of my “Mystery Tapes,” as it put a smile on my face during one of my periodic “quality checks.” If you’ll allow me a quick digression, I should mention that two more Mystery Tapes have been released during the past 30 days. Keep an eye out for them, my tape distribution agents are widely scattered; occasionally, they do not even know they’ve been selected for the job!

Well, I’m a chatty thing. Two songs in, and I still haven’t got the playlist up. Yikes! Dig the similarities between the John Morton track and the Grundik/Slava cut. So many odd similarities!

I must’ve had a thing for bells when I selected these tracks. Seems like they’re popping up everywhere. Currently, listening to “Walking By the Refinery.” Eek, now there’s a promo with Somali soldiers. There’s a downer for you! Speaking of a downer, I think my vocals need to improve. Anyone have some tips for me? I think the sound is accurate, but they just seem a bit flat to me. Is it the lack of typical radio compression, etc, or something I could improve without too much trickery?

Digging on Glenn Weyant’s “Natural Electronics” right now. Sometimes, when I put together a show like this, I get a kick out of watching how low some of the levels are. I don’t think that many radio broadcasts explore such a wide range of dynamics, but of course, I have nothing more than my own experiences with radio to go on.

Wow! I had forgotten how well these two tracks fit together. I don’t think I even noticed the exact crossover point between “Natural Electronics” and “Essl Museum.”

Grundik Kasyansky, Slava Smelovsky, Chaos As Shelter – Lullaby for Little Ghostesses
John Morton – Solo Traveler (For 5 Voices and 5 Music Boxes) (from “Solo Traveler,” on Innova)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Hannafin – All The States Between, pt.II (from “All the States In Between,” on Pax Recordings)
Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster – Walking by the Refinery (from “Lung Tree,” on ReR)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Machine Suite) (from “Birds and Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Bird Suite)
Violet – Violet Ray Gas (from “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers,” on Sentient Recognition Archive and Zeromoon labels)
Glenn Weyant – Natural Electronics (from “In the DNA,” on Sonic Anta)
Mark Applebaum – Essl Museum (from “The Bible Without God,” on Innova)

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 9/26/10

September 26, 2010

I’m staying up and listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” so I thought I’d liveblog it– why not? Is it liveblogging if the show is pre-recorded? You can listen live at WSIU by clicking here.

Right now, I’m digging on “Cicadas,” from Glenn Weyant’s “…In the DNA” disc. It made a lovely outro to “Death of Bellflower” from Chaos As Shelter. Hmm… I just heard a promo for our “Powered By You” campaign, asking station members to contact Laura at 618-453-4343 about being on one of the “Powered By You” bits. I really enjoy hearing these! It sure would be neat to hear one from a “Sounds Like Radio” listener. I bet it would be awfully different! My 20th episode, “Powered By,” was actually dedicated to one of these folks; Ms. Hale, whose fascinating and lengthy history of public radio involvement was nothing less than inspiring. It would be interesting to know if she ever found out about this or not.

Well, that was actually a really nice way to spend the remainder of my day. I’m going to have to stay up and listen to myself more often! But seriously, this beats getting up at 3 a.m. to check out the show. Hooray for re-broadcasting! If you enjoyed the show, listen again next week for part two of this set, “Reflection and Influence.” It’s on from 3-5 a.m., CST; and again from 10-midnight, Sundays. Goodnight! –DaveX

Name: Ernesto Diaz Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair, Ernesto Rodrigues
Name of CD: Our Faceless Empire
Track Label: Pax Recordings

Subliminal Clutter 1
Name: Gen Ken Montgomery
Name of CD: Birds + Machines
Track Label: Pogus Productions

Subliminal Clutter 2
Name: Gen Ken Montgomery
Name of CD: Birds + Machines
Track Label: Pogus Productions

All Records Collapse
Name: Violet
Name of CD: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
Track Label: Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive

Name: Violet
Name of CD: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
Track Label: Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive

Death of Bellflower
Name: Chaos As Shelter
Name of CD: Electroacoustic Vol.8
Track Label: Electroshock

Name: Glenn Weyant
Name of CD: …In The DNA
Track Label: Sonic Anta

Morning Light Through Smokestacks
Name: Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster
Name of CD: Lung Tree
Track Label: ReR

The Anta Project
Name: Glenn Weyant
Name of CD: The Anta Project
Track Label: Sonic Anta

I sure hope you like playlists!

September 10, 2010

Because this little link will show you every “Sounds Like Radio” playlist! Why don’t you check it out, and see if you’re on a show or two? You might even be able to cheat and look into the FUTURE!

“Sounds Like Radio” at a time you can hear it!

August 31, 2010

WSIU has been super-awesome to “Sounds Like Radio” this year– first, taking a chance on experimental programming– and now, scheduling “Sounds Like Radio” broadcasts for TWO times every Sunday!

Starting September 12th, you can hear “Sounds Like Radio” from 10 p.m. until midnight every Sunday evening. If you’re more of a morning person, you can catch it much earlier at the original time, from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday mornings. Personally, I hope you’ll listen to it twice.

Another exciting development is that the 10 p.m. rebroadcast is part of a really great line-up of shows– at 8 p.m., there’s “Rhythm in Bloom,” a locally-produced jazz show; and at 9 p.m., “European Jazz Stage,” from Radio Netherlands. I think it’s a great lead-in for experimental music, and a great time to tune in.

Some thoughts about hosting my first soundwalk

July 19, 2010

First off, let me say that I think the soundwalk went quite well, despite a couple challenges. The main obstacle was arriving to find a good portion of campus actually closed down. Apparently, the Illinois budget problems are reflecting themselves here in Carbondale– I had never seen the Student Center locked up before, nor the library, so I had to make some last-minute changes to the soundwalk itinerary. I had anticipated some reduced student population, but it had not occurred to me that the buildings themselves would be closed.

We also had some hot, humid weather. Fortunately, the soundwalk participants took it like pros, even when it later turned into a full-fledged rain shower. I was particularly impressed by the local reporter who trooped along with us– many would have gotten their quotes in the first ten minutes, invented an “important meeting” and boogied on back to the AC– kudos, Tom Barker!

So here’s the nuts and bolts of things. I’d like to share some thoughts because I’ve seen so many different ideas lately, especially on the “Phonography” e-mail list.

I started planning the soundwalk by considering a few basics first: duration of the soundwalk, ease of physically accomplishing the walk itself, and accommodating certain sounds that I considered essential. The original route actually came to me quite easily, in a rather organic fashion. I started at a location that I believe is a “resting/meeting” spot on campus, one from which it is simple to move to a variety of different places. I took some time here, just listening, figuring out what sounds were of interest. Then I’d take a bit of time in a space nearer to those, sometimes moving in an unexpected direction, but mostly attempting to obey ordinary human movements. In other words, if foot traffic pointed in a certain direction, I’d generally head that was as well.

As I moved from place to place, I kept a small notepad open, allowing me to keep a list of sounds I heard in different areas. I made no real attempt to cause sounds to occur; everytime I see this sort of action in a soundwalk, it strikes me as somehow false. I don’t want to say it’s completely wrong, but it seemed a poor choice for my purposes. Later on, I’d amend this feeling a little. In addition to the list of sounds, I also kept a list of ideas, just little phrases or concepts that would pop in my head as I considered the sounds themselves. A bell reminded me to discuss issues of power and noise, a creaky escalator prompted me to think about the use of our sense of hearing as one of our earliest warning signals to danger.

Eventually, I typed these lists up, organizing them sequentially by their location on the “trail,” with separate headings for “sounds” and “ideas”. I was very glad I did this, as it helped me re-plan the soundwalk path upon discovering the various buildings were locked up on the morning of the soundwalk.

I won’t go into the specifics of what we heard or where we went, but I do want to share a couple of my practices with you. First, I took some time before arriving in each location to engage in a small thought exercise. I asked the participants to think about what sounds they expected to hear, and also to make a mental list of adjectives they would use to describe the sound of that area as well. When we moved to the areas, I’d again ask them to reflect on these thoughts, comparing their experience to expectation.

Additionally, I would occasionally ask the participants to take a “mental snapshot” of the sound of an area, for later comparison to another. I also mentioned that they could use these “snapshots” to compare the same places during future visits in other seasons, etc. I cheated a little bit, though, check the photos: that’s Mo running the Marantz, doing her best to capture the soundwalk!

My typed list came in handy during the walk. I never expected that I would refer to it constantly, but it did serve me well for gathering up some of the ideas I wanted to discuss so I could sort of “check them off” along the way. Because I often had to find a new example to replace a sound locked up in a building, the list helped keep me focused.

I think flexibility is a must on a soundwalk as well. The newspaper article mentions that the low campus activity level was “inconvenient,” but in actuality, it was just different. As I explained, there are different sounds to be expected at different times– so the super-quiet campus because a great way to highlight the transient quality of many sounds we consider more permanent. It also made the true soundmarks stand out all the more. At one point in time, I nominated a sidewalk lamp with a large metal dome covering as a miniature soundmark. My thought was that it stands quite constantly, and will always make a small sound to note the falling of a nut or raindrop on it’s metal top. Unlike the campus clocktower, which has functioned intermittently for the past 20 years, this lamp had remained. With little or no reason to replace it, this small soundmark might be one of the most enduring on campus!

Happily, the soundwalk participants seemed to really enjoy the process. A few new sounds and sound-related phenomenon were noted, so there was an element of shared discovery to the event. As a rain shower started to blow in, we found ourselves passing through the campus woods, on the walking path through this sizeable forest. We had taken some time to listen to the sound of the wind, birds, and insects, but we had yet to hear the rain itself. Underneath the leaves and a darkening sky, we took a vote on whether to stay for the rainfall or head for the parking lot– I didn’t want to be responsible for any camera damage, or wet clothes! We ended up staying, listening to the gentle patter of raindrops on the leaves, and the occasional bird call. All in all, a pretty nice way to finish off a soundwalk!

Soundwalk makes the news!

July 19, 2010

Reporter Tom Barker joined us for the soundwalk yesterday, and posted a nice review and description in The Southern. Click to open the article in a new window— when you’re done reading it, go check out my own writeup as well!

I got a new shirt!

July 17, 2010

You can come see it tomorrow morning at 10:30, when I’ll be hosting a soundwalk tour of the SIUC campus. Meet me outside the Student Center on the north end of the building. Bring a friend– you don’t want to miss seeing this awesome new shirt of mine!

Did you notice?

April 6, 2010

I’m doing some housecleaning here at STARTLING MONIKER– in the right-hand column, I’ve included a dedicated link to each of my radio broadcasts under the “Pages” heading. You will find the most current playlist for each show here, as well as submissions information and show times. I’m also proudly sporting the brand-new “Sounds Like Radio” logo at its link. WSIU design assistant and former Cat In the Hat Melody Henkelmann’s update on my long-time mascot Malty sure looks great!

Liveblogging the “Sounds Like Radio” premiere!

April 4, 2010

Let’s get some basics out of the way:

1) I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio” with you, and liveblogging about it here.

2) You can chat with me in real time. (update: this feature is now unavailable. Send me an e-mail instead!)

3) You can hear the show on WSIU-FM 91.9, or listen to the online stream.

4) You can reach WSIU’s listener line and leave a voice mail about the show by calling 618-453-8272. Your call may even be played on the air during an Audience Comment segment!

5) You can send WSIU an e-mail too.

So be involved! Now let’s get things going… I’m listening via FM, but I’m also going to keep the online stream going via wi-fi, just for kicks. Right now, it looks like they’re about 10-ish seconds off one another. OMG it’s me!!! I just announced myself to… myself. YAY!

Hmmm. There’s a bit of a disconnect here, from what I thought might happen, to what IS happening. First off, I spent a lot of time entering playlist information, with the idea that this would show up in real time on the WSIU site– but it seems that it just makes a big list, and displays the whole thing at once. In fact, it’s displaying half of the big list… so either I’ve done something dreadfully wrong, or this feature doesn’t work quite right. I don’t like having the whole playlist where someone can see it before it happens. Kinda kills the element of wonder, or of surprise.

I think my production could use a bit of fine-tuning as well. I don’t think I sounded as “live” as the program that ran before me. A bit muffled, maybe. We’ll have to see.

Yeah… it just sounds too quiet behind me during announcing. Quiet isn’t exactly the correct word. “Flat” might be better. The music sounds fine, so perhaps I’m not recording the vocal bits as accurately as possible. It’s David Watson right now, btw– from “Fingering An Idea,” on XI Records. Really good stuff. I actually opened the program with Rune Lindblad’s “Evening,” from the “Death of the Moon” album on Pogus Productions. They’re one of my long-time favorite labels– not only does Pogus have really wonderful releases, but it was one of the first to really get behind my “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcasts and send some phenomenal promos. As a broadcaster in Southern Illinois, far off the usual avant-garde centers, that sort of support means a lot to me. Rune Lindblad also happens to be a tremendously interesting person, with similarly intriguing music– I couldn’t think of anything better with which to kick off the first episode of “Sounds Like Radio.”

BTW, I’m actually quite happy. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to pick my own program to pieces. Otherwise, how will it get better?

Right now, I’m playing from “Where We Were, Shadows of Liverpool.” Sounds great– so much the same/different listening in this manner. I’m still wrapping my head around it.

I dig how the sound just changed tonal qualities in this cut. Amazing stuff. I hope everyone listening is enjoying this as well. Aha– just changed over to Tom Nunn and David Michalak’s skatchit recordings. Sounds really good. There are some really terrific videos of them playing, actually– part of the “Rigs” series on YouTube.

Okaaaay. I knew there were going to be a couple spots during the break from hour 1 to hour 2 in the show– but Ann Richards just threw me off. That was a bit disconcerting. Louis Dufort is on now– this is where things get a lot more unusual. This is a great album, btw. I’m really happy to have another outlet for electroacoustic music recordings, so I’m definitely going to be playing a lot more things along this line on “Sounds Like Radio.” I particularly enjoy the mellow woodwinds and bells in this track. It’s unexpected, but totally works.

Well, I checked… the playlist updated to show the second hour’s worth of music. So at least it’s all there. Still, I don’t like it showing up ahead of time. My fear is that people will sort of “go shopping” on it, and try to guess whether they will/won’t like something. It would be better if this was updated in real-time. “Sweet Cuts, Distant Curves” from the Balloon & Needle label is playing right now. This was another no-brainer for me to include on the first show. It’s absolutely audacious stuff, and terrifically well-recorded. Wow, this sounds great. Very, very minimal right now. Almost like someone is playing with my headphone cable (which is pretty long right now!)

Double hmm. I think there’s actually a bit of fan hum in the background of the vocal parts. I need to fix this, it’s driving me nuts. Will anyone else care? I don’t know! Right now, we’re listening to Judy Dunaway and Tom Chiu, from “Mother of Balloon Music.” This is another one of those albums that I just knew would make it on the first episode. I’d love to hear her play this with Mike Khoury sometime– I think that would be just about perfect.

I’m still pretty interested in hearing my own show. Granted, I’ll never really hear one of my live shows, but this is pretty close. It will never sound this way again, so it’s nice to catch it while I can. Obviously, I’ve listened to the recording of this premiere more than a couple times now– but somehow, the broadcast transforms it… like watching a dancer rehearse versus seeing the stage show. The elements are the same, but the experience is transformative.

Oh my. Just one more track to go. This is from Annea Lockwood’s “A Sound Map of the Danube.” Not only is this one of my most treasured recordings, but it’s from Lovely Music as well, a really fine label that listeners just can’t go wrong with. There’s a little animal of some sort that makes noises during the woman’s interview– I’m not sure what it is, but the sounds are fascinating– like an underwater cat. Maybe a more wildlife-oriented listeners can figure out what it is.

Nearly finished now. This is a great way to end the broadcast… a little like Charles Kuralt’s “Sunday Morning” nature segment. I used to pay a lot of attention to those segments as a kid; I always knew that they’d be important to me later on. Now I can hear why.

The show just ended. I have a couple things to improve upon, but I’m 98% happy with how things went. I think the flow of the music worked well, and the overall sound quality of the music worked well too. I’ve been very happy to see so many online listeners– thanks for making “Sounds Like Radio” part of your day!

First flyer for “Sounds Like Radio”

April 1, 2010

I love the new WSIU flyers! Rachel Snow took my photo– I was goofing around, pretending that I was being attacked by microphones. Reprint, and enjoy!