It has been a little while since the last one of these. I am keeping my end of the sporadic descriptor. Since it has been a while though I was admittedly a little off my game. Post production was a little helpful, but the idea behind “Sunspot Loops” (as opposed to the “Nothing Under The Sun” shows) is that they’re done as live as possible - mostly for efficiency. I was my own worst enemy with this one, but generally all is well that ends with a show full of solid selections and I believe this has those. Dance music and fuzzy rock and lots in between and outside of those lines (well, relatively lots). All information below (time stamps are for the scheduled air time on WESU).
09/28/2012 / 02:30AM / 03:30AM / Sunspot Loops / Music / … Time / Artist / Song / Disk / Disk Format / Disk Type / Disk Released / Label / Label URL 02:30AM / Supreme Cuts / (Youngster Gone Off That) Sherm / Whispers In The Dark / LP / Album / 2012 / Dovecote Records / http://DovecoteRecords.com 02:35AM / Blood Diamonds / Phone Sex (feat. Grimes) / Phone Sex - EP / 12 Inch / Single / 2012 / 4AD / http://4AD.com 02:40AM / Nguzunguzu / Strut (Dubbel Dutch Remix) / Mirage - EP / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Time No Place / http://www.discogs.com/label/Time+No+Place 02:46AM / Nguzunguzu / No Longer / Warm Pulse - EP / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Hippos In Tanks / http://hipposintanks.net/ 02:51AM / Groundislava / Suicide Mission (feat. Baths) / Feel Me / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Friends Of Friends / http://www.fofmusic.net/ 02:57AM / Russell Haswell / Chua Rave (Regis Remix) / Remixed / 12 Inch / Single / 2012 / Downwards / http://wherenext.tumblr.com/ 02:03AM / Dead Fader / Fishsh (feat. Sensational) / Work It, No - EP / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Robot Elephant Records / http://www.robotelephant.co.uk/ 03:07AM / Killer Mike / Don’t Die / R.A.P. Music / LP / Album / 2012 / Williams Street Records / http://www.williamsstreet.com/ 03:12PM / Symmetry / STREETS OF FIRE / Themes for an Imaginary Film / LP / Album / 2012 / Italians Do It Better / http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/ 03:18AM / Nightsatan / Midnight Laser Warrior / Midnight Laser Warrior / LP / Album / 2011 / Solina Records / Svart Records / http://www.solinarecords.com/ 03:23AM / Kontravoid / DARKEST HOURS / Kontravoid / LP / Album / 2012 / Tarantula x Records / 03:26AM / Kontravoid / Age of Descent / Kontravoid / LP / Album / 2012 / Tarantula x Records / 03:27AM / White Hex / Stranger Love / Heat / LP / Album / 2012 / Avant! / http://avantdistro.blogspot.com/ 03:28AM / Natural Assembly / Nightfall / Arms Of Departure / LP / Album / 2012 / Avant! / http://avantdistro.blogspot.com/
Time (approximate, but mostly accurate) / Artist / Song / Disk / Disk Format / Disk Type / Disk Released / Label / Label URL 12:31AM / Die Selektion / Triumph / Cladis / 7 Inch / Single / 2012 / Edition Gris / http://www.discogs.com/label/Edition+Gris 12:34AM / War / Somme, Maggio / The Glass House Etiquette / 7 Inch / Split / 2012 / Avant! / http://avantdistro.blogspot.com/ 12:39AM / Lust For Youth / Behind Curtains / Growing Seeds / LP / Album / 2012 / Avant! / http://avantdistro.blogspot.com/ 12:45AM / Lust For Youth / It’s You / Growing Seeds / LP / Album / 2012 / Avant! / http://avantdistro.blogspot.com/ 12:51AM / Vatican Shadow / September Cell (The Storm) / September Cell / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Bed Of Nails / http://hospitalproductions.net/ 01:01AM / Slow Head / The Pearl / Fire Is the Mouth of the Snake / LP / Album / 2012 / Disaro / Squalor Victoria / 01:04AM / Com Truise / Cyanide Sisters / Cyanide Sisters / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Ghostly International / http://www.ghostly.com/ 01:08AM / Com Truise / Sundriped / Cyanide Sisters / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Ghostly International / http://www.ghostly.com/ 01:12AM / Geoff Barrow / Ben Salisbury / Lawmaster / Pursuit / Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One / LP / Album / 2012 / Invada / http://www.invada.co.uk/ 01:15AM / Geoff Barrow / Ben Salisbury / Helmet Theme / Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One / LP / Album / 2012 / Invada / http://www.invada.co.uk/ 01:18AM / Rain Drinkers / Helix I / Yesodic Helices / LP / Album / 2011 / Brave Mysteries / http://bravemysteries.com 01:21AM / Dragged Into Sunlight / Boiled Angel / Hatred For Mankind / LP / Album / 2011 / Mordgrimm / http://mordgrimm.co.uk/
Back to business. This one’s got quite the mix of many left of center things - producer based music of the adventurous variety throughout.
Playlist (Time stamps are pretty close, but not exact.) Time / Artist / Song / Disk / Disk Format / Disk Type / Disk Released / Label / Label URL 03:01AM / Diplo / Express Yourself (Featuring Nicky Da B) / Express Yourself / 7 Inch / Single / 2012 / 540 / Mad Decent / http://www.discogs.com/label/540+Records 03:04AM / Main Attrakionz / Vegetables (Produced By NoaBoa) / 808s & Dark Grapes II / LP / Album / 2012 / Type / http://www.typerecords.com/ 03:07AM / Main Attrakionz / Take 1 (Feat. A$AP Rocky; Produced By Clams Casino) / 808s & Dark Grapes II / LP / Album / 2012 / Type / http://www.typerecords.com/ 03:10AM / Ital / Doesn’t Matter (If You Love Him) / Hive Mind / LP / Album / 2012 / Planet Mu / http://www.planet-mu.com/ 03:15AM / ∆AIMON / LOW / Robot Elephant vs. Tundra Dubs / LP / Comp / 2012 / Robot Elephant Records / http://www.robotelephant.co.uk/ 03:23AM / Bathaus / Inferno (Video Mix) / Bizarre Club Hits Volume One / LP / Comp / 2012 / Phantasma Disques / http://phantasma-disques.blogspot.com/ 03:27AM / Hipdiebattery / BONES / Robot Elephant vs. Tundra Dubs / LP / Comp / 2012 / Robot Elephant Records / http://www.robotelephant.co.uk/ 03:30AM / Orphx / Cut Through / Hunger Knows No Law / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Sonic Groove / http://www.sonicgroove.com/ 03:40AM / Carter Tutti Void / v1 / Transverse / CD / Album / 2012 / Mute / http://www.mute.com/ 03:49AM / Shlohmo / The Way U Do / Vacation / 12 Inch / EP / 2012 / Friends Of Friends / http://www.fofmusic.net/ 03:52AM / Lone / Coreshine Voodoo / Iotdxi / LP / Comp / 2011 / R & S Records / http://www.randsrecords.com/
I’ve certainly gotten off my strictly electronic kick. Or, perhaps, there’s just been a nice swing in another direction (doom & dirge rock, rhythmic tribal noise, experimental hip-hop) with new releases. One new release included in this broadcast (Black Rain) is on that electronic wave still and the material on it isn’t the newest, but the release on Blackest Ever Black is and it’s exciting to me for sure.
Playlist (time stamping is close, but approximate) Time / Artist / Song / Disk / Disk Format / Disk Type / Disk Released / Label / Label URL
03:00AM / Ferocious Fucking Teeth / One Bright Light / Ferocious Fucking Teeth / LP / Album / 2012 / Safety Meeting Records / http://www.safetymeeting.net
This episode picks up very much where the last one left off, but a bit darker. You’ll notice by the date that I’m putting this up on the world wide before it airs at WESU. Basement dwellers with headphones on staring at a fixed spot will love this like I do.
There’s something particularly intoxicating about sheer physiological functionality in music. About being acted upon to the extent where granted permission and forceful imperative become giddily indistinguishable. Not that you’re worrying over the distinction anyway when a sound takes you whipsawing around into juddering surrender bordering on then slipping into ecstasy. There just isn’t any need to worry about responsible agency, who or what is answerable for the sudden tyranny of basest autonomy. You’re a character, very nonfiction.
The height of aural power is when a piece you’ve never heard and can’t place finds you more wantonly suggestible than you’d readily volunteer. And manifests its hold physically. Experienced outside and beyond their original context these specially mixed African and Haitian percussion pieces evince an extra-intentional intent, a rhythmic seizure of rational faculties. Timidity of the permeable body, rigid abhorrence of the ass, are not long for this world. Too much won’t be enough.
Merciless non-judgmental ambiguity: your balled-up two-fisted convictions defer to a point of gravity somewhere lower, tag team target of relentless djembe and doun-doun polyrhythms. Best let it exercise full reign, best allow yourself a suspension of the bounds of good sense, an equivocal lapse into that unsafe territory where content is subservient to effect. Sublime indulgence in existential power-play. William Bennett and Mimsy DeBlois
This is the episode that will air next week on the home base stations of WESU FM. I mentioned a couple episodes back that that particular episode was electronic music heavy. Well, it turns out that most of the music made lately that I’m interested in just happens to be heavy in that direction. I’ve got more in queue too!
Sunspot Loops (Music) with … 01/19/2012 02:00AM to 03:00AM
The winter solstice just occurred and its pretty dark/black out here in the north east part of the U.S. That fact is fairly reflected in this playlist (especially in the overtly named Blackest Ever Black label - one of my favorite recent discoveries).
Sunspot Loops (Music) with … 02:00AM to 03:00AM (Timestamps are basically wrong, but work as a reference)
MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH…
Mark Gergis. Part I
22.09.2011 (41’ 58”)
Produced by Matias Rossi
Over the past twenty years, this North American of Iraqi origins has immersed himself in popular and folk music scenes and subgenres from Syria, Iraq, Sumatra, Cambodia, Thailand and other places, in order to rescue what he calls ‘sound anomalies’ from oblivion: records, songs, artists and productions that stand out for their singularity in relation to the mass. Gergis does not approach collecting as an indiscriminate accumulation or an attempt to reconstruct the musical history of a particular country or region down to the last detail with an academic’s rigour. His interest lies in the originality and extravagance of musical products gestated on the margins of the mainstream, or in everything that seems to posses these qualities from an outsider’s perspective. Because in his untiring process of research and discovery, Gergis is fully aware that his work lies in a grey area in which the model archivist’s neutrality and objectivity are replaced by aesthetic criteria/prejudices. An unusual process of filtering and assimilation that celebrates the clash of civilisations, even beyond idiomatic, chronological, cultural and sociogeographic barriers.
Esplendor Geométrico. Part I
25.02.2008 (26’ 01”)
Curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros
AVANT #1 focuses on the work and career of the Madrid-based group Esplendor Geométrico. Every program is composed by two parts: the first one reconstructs the group’s context and contributions in the first person, with narration by Arturo Lanz and commentary by Andrés Noarbe, Francisco López and Javier Hernando. The second part follows the group’s musical career through a selection of tracks that span over three decades.
Born at the end of the 1970s as a reaction to the hedonism of Madrid’s New Wave (which over time became to be known as the “Movida”), Esplendor Geométrico is one of the first cases of independence in the history of Spanish music. Theirs was not only a financial and structural, but also a creative independence, and their music, rooted in an aggressive aesthetic, founded on rhythm as a means of expression and free of elitist pretensions, stands out in the music scene of recent decades as the chief influence for the development of countless branches of experimental music around the world. With their feet on the ground, the members of Esplendor Geométrico struck a sincere and lively attitude that eschewed formalities, especially those of “industrial music”. Arturo Lanz, founder of the group and a resident Shanghai today, has referred to it as “folk music made with electronic instruments”.
LINES OF SIGHT #1 takes inspiration from recent projects concerning the musical score; musical, sociological, biological explorations of how our minds and intuition translate and transmit music.
The compositions on this program have been realized from scores as varied as an interactive computer software controlled by a live performer, verbal instructions that undermine a pre-recorded playerpiano recording, data from a gps navigational system that converts geographical position into mathematical sounds, a text by Jacques Derrida and three superimposed similarly evanescing matrices of differently white numbers.
01 Matthew Marble and Seth Nehil, “Ecclipsis”, 2003-2005 (excerpt) 02 David Behrman, “Long Throw, Beginning”, 2007 03 M Yolande Harris, “Taking Soundings”, 2006-2007 04 Bob Ashley, “White on White”, 1963-2007 (performed by Jennifer Choi, violin; Alex Waterman, cello; David Watson, guitar) 05 Jens Brand, “New Methods for Circular Breathing, #3 / Player Piano & Piano Player”, 2001-2006 (performed by Clemens Rave) 06 Yasunao Tone, “The Origin of Geometry: An Introduction”, 2006 (Zeena Parkins, harp)
I’ve written the following playlist from memory so excuse if anything is out of order (I believe in at least one instance I may have put down the wrong song entirely, but possibly not - the artist and album is correct though so if you like it you know where to look.)
And, as usual, check out every label and artist dealt with in this episode’s playlist. Full track rundown below (timestamps are approximated/basically false).
Sunspot Loops (Music) with … 08/17/2011 12:00AM to 01:00AM
12:01AM Azari & III “Change Of Heart” from Azari & III (MP3, Album, Private, 2011) New
12:04AM Azari & III “Manic” from Azari & III (MP3, Album, Private, 2011) New
Once Upon a Time in CA
12.01.2011 (60’ )
Curated by Chris Brown
Just as the struggle for the Western U.S. in the late 19th century revolved around the construction of the railroad, the struggle for global domination was waged around the development of the new electronic communication technologies during the late 1970s and 1980s in Silicon Valley. It was a free-wheeling time for start-ups run out of garages by a bunch of do-it-yourself geeks and venture capitalists. Hanging around its edges and feeding off the surplus of its aircraft and electronics industries, a gaggle of music experimenters were dreaming of a future where technology might enable new kinds of musical freedom – freedom from orchestras and scores, freedom from scales and temperament, freedom from the academy, freedom from the music business, and, most of all, freedom for noise. Free improvisation was the lingua franca where jazz musicians, junk percussionists, instrument inventors, and computer hackers could come together to play.
It was within this rag-tag musical stew that six idealist musicians, seduced into computer programming, connected their primitive 8-bit microcomputers into a network in search of complexly beautiful, automated behaviors. They were inspired by the home-brew orchestra of Harry Partch, the indeterminacy of John Cage, the electronic noise of David Tudor, with side helpings of the mysterioso of Captain Beefheart and the sonic ritual of Sun Ra. Living within a hippie backwash nirvana philosophy but confronted by the reality of wars launched from their own backyards into El Salvador and Nicaragua, their music was a quixotic swords-into-plowshares fantasy morphing uncontrollably into shouts of joy and rage. Lest there be any doubt that this was still the Wild, Wild West, in 1978 one politician climbed through a window into San Francisco’s City Hall carrying a loaded handgun, shot its mayor and recently elected gay supervisor pointblank, and was later acquitted of first-degree murder for both crimes based on the ‘Twinkie’ junk-food diminished capacity defense. The AIDS epidemic emerged to cut a swath through the arts community, fueling both its paranoia and intensity. The Disney cult lured ever in the background, an implacable siren of pop. Still, the beauty of chaos remained a passionate quest that promised an escape from too much control, and not enough nature. Can musical life arise from industrial waste? Does harmony exist within the interactive chatter of cane reeds, bronze rods, computer algorithms, and resonating streams of electrons?
This podcast presents one insider participant’s movie of this once-upon-a-time musical scene. Excerpts from public performances, home and garage recording sessions, and parking lot sound installations are mingled like so many strands of pasta, sprinkled with bits cheese from a Sergio Leone soundtrack to provide epic flavor. Moments of coincidence among impossible sonic bedfellows created the sauce. The recipe for this California home-grown dish can be found here.