Radio Boredcast is archived at WFMU where you can listen to all 744-hours of this online radio project that ran continuously for the Festival month. WFMU is the longest-running freeform radio station in the US. Information about the programme schedule for this day is listed below. The Radio Boredcast archive can be listened to here.
SAT 10 MARCH: 12.00AM
DANIEL MENCHE: TINY STRETCHED TIM HOUR
SAT 10 MARCH: 12.59AM
CARL ABRAHAMSSON: A MEGA-GOLEM TRANSMISSION – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
In a recently begun (2011) project, several artists have agreed to jointly build a "golem" (magical creature) consisting of various pieces of art. This Radio Boredcast program by Carl Abrahamsson is the Mega-Golem's genitals (male variant - other kinds may follow suit). It's based of a text (by Abrahamsson) and music (by Thomas Tibert). As much as the text is thus a seed in this creature's present becoming, it is also about time and space and existence in general.
Carl Abrahamsson (b. Stockholm 1966) is active in writing, photography, publishing and an assortment of cross fertilizing disciplines. http://www.carlabrahamsson.com
SAT 10 MARCH: 1.31AM
HOWARD MENGER: AUTHENTIC MUSIC FROM ANOTHER PLANET
SAT 10 MARCH: 2.00AM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… MADE BY MACHINES
Boston Typewriter Orchestra - Cornelius
The User - Symphony 1 For Dot Matrix Printers
Mistabishi - Printer Jam
Boston Typewriter Orchestra - Pyramid Scheme
The User - Symphony 1 For Dot Matrix Printers
Woody Phillips Toolbox Classics - Beethoven's Fifth
Willem Breuker Kollektief - The Typewriter
Boston Typewriter Orchestra - Customer Confidentiality
The User - Symphony 1 For Dot Matrix Printers
Stafan Mossenmark - Vroom - Concert for 100 HD Motorcycles
The User - Symphony 1 For Dot Matrix Printers
Remko Scha - Throb
Gen Ken Montgomery - Spacebar - 32 Lines
bd594 - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ryoji Ikeda - Back In Black
The User - Symphony 1 For Dot Matrix Printers
Alexander Liebermann - 40 Typewriters
Remko Scha - Kata Dee Do Day Nat A Doh
386DX - California Dreaming
Sesame Street - Yip Yip Computer
The Lazy Anarchists - Manifesto 2002 - Part 1
Boston Typewriter Orchestra - QWERTY Waltz
SAT 10 MARCH: 2.59AM
CLAUDIO CURCIOTTI: SOUNDS FROM NEPAL AND INDIA
Claudio Curciotti travels the world recording sounds that explore the loudness of contemporary world and its relation to the many cultural aspects of different societies.
On "Indica: Sounds from India" (his second release with IH) he explores the loudness produced by human activity, machines and environments on cities such as New Delhi, Mumbay and Varanasi. India is a country Claudio knows very well through his project "Loud India" where he is involved as a phonographer, photographer and video artist capturing images and sounds and presenting them to the world on different formats. Indica features a sound release composed by short fragments and a book with photos taken by Claudio and Eleonora Trani.
'Nepalese: Sounds from Nepal' is a selection from the many many recordings Claudio captured during his trip to Nepal that greatly display the beautiful sonorities of this young country with an ancient cultural legacy and spiritual and religious tradition. The recordings are complemented with a series of photographs by Claudio and Eleonora that provide visual cues to the beautiful sounds captured here. Phonographic works like 'Nepalese: Sounds from Nepal' are always an amazing experience that literally recreates a journey through many places with different sonorities as it establishes a relation in real time between the listener and a passed moment in time that will never repeat itself.
This is the first publication of this kind by IH, where sound acquires a meaning beyond a mere imaginary, as it serves a window between our lives and the lives of other people and the sounds that define their everyday life. http://impulsivehabitat.com/index.htm
SAT 10 MARCH: 4.34AM
STEPHEN ERICKSON: RAIN FOREST – ESCAPE TO THE AMAZON
SAT 10 MARCH: 5.04AM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… DUB SELECTION
Throughout the month, Radio Boredcast is making selections of themed music that fit the As Slow As Possible subject, either in an obvious or more ethereal way. Dub music, in the original definition (coming from reggae music) encapsulates slowness and spaciousness. Often the reverb and echo effects are very psychedelic, or there are layers of sound effects that turn it into a journey through sound… a soundscape, a very active experience for the imagination…
SAT 10 MARCH: 6.00AM
OVER THE EDGE: TIME AFTER TIME
Leland Googleburger, on tape from the past where he is on a mission, introduces this show about time travel which revolves around a mix of several tales from fiction, including a couple from ’50s science fiction radio and The Time Traveler by H.G. Wells, mixed up with contemporary scientists discussing today’s view of the possibility and how it might be accomplished, as well as why quantum physics suggests “It’s not as far-fetched as you might think.” (July 20, 2000)
Over the Edge (or, OTE) is a sound collage radio program hosted and produced by Don Joyce. Joyce is also a member of the pioneering sound collage band Negativland, members of which frequently make guest appearances on Over the Edge. A series of Over the Edge episodes have been released under the Negativland name.
Founded in 1981, OTE is broadcast live on KPFA in Berkeley, California, every second, third, and fourth Thursday morning from 12am to 3am. On the rare occasion of a month with a fifth Thursday OTE runs an additional two hours, from 12am to 5am. The show is also available on-line, streamed live from KPFA.org (where you can also podcast the show), or from Negativland.com, where many older episodes are available as well.
SAT 10 MARCH: 8.30AM
POREST: PLEBIAN CRAWL – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Porest – aka: Mark Gergis is a composer, performer, producer and international audio/visual archivist. Under the name Porest, he has released several solo and group efforts incorporating multi-layered music, pop songs, audio collage, field recordings, and surrealistic radio dramas. Gergis was a co-founder of the experimental Bay Area music and performance collective Mono Pause (1993 -2004) and its offshoot Neung Phak, which performs inspired renditions of music from Southeast Asia.
02. Death of a Hero
03. Straight and Strong
04. Low Perch
05. Self Interest International
10. Swirly Gates
11. Two Years
12. Mid-Stride Sensitive Poised
13. Spoke Rom Vong
Recorded, performed and published by Mark Gergis between 1993 and 2011.
Track 3 features Erik Gergis & Christopher Davis
Since 2003, with the Sublime Frequencies label, an ethnographic music and film collective out of Seattle, Washington – and more recently, with his own record label – Sham Palace, Mark has found a platform to aptly share decades of research and countless hours of archived international music, film footage and field recordings acquired during extensive travels in theMiddle East, South East Asia and elsewhere. Mark has managed and produced Syrian singer Omar Souleyman and his group from Northeastern Syria since 2006. In 2011, Mark produced and co-arranged three tracks for the 2011 Bjork/Omar Souleyman collaborative EP, "Crystalline", recorded in Istanbul, Turkey. http://www.porestsound.net/home/
SAT 10 MARCH: 9.01AM
TAPEWORM PRESENTS… RANDY GIBSON – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
The Tapeworm is a cassette-only label. No barcodes. The cassette will never die! Long live the cassette! http://www.tapeworm.org.uk/
Analog Apparitions, by Brooklyn-based composer Randy Gibson, is a pair of 30-minute compositions designed specifically to be recorded and released on cassette tape. A student of seminal Minimalist composer La Monte Young, Gibson follows in the tradition of prime harmonic just intonation pioneered by Young in the 1960s. Apparitions of the Four Pillars, the underlying composition on this tape, explores the depth of the harmonic series through standard just-intonation methods and the use of higher prime-harmonic relationships. In the eighteen hours of recordings layered onto the two sides of the cassette you can hear the mechanism of the tape itself, the evolution of improvisations over seven recording sessions, and the purity of sine waves in complex prime-harmonic relationships.
SAT 10 MARCH: 10.02AM
TONY COULTER – FOR RADIO BORECAST
For me, the word “slowness” brings to mind a mood and state of being outside and above the normal rhythms of life – calmer; more profound; slightly sad, perhaps. For my segment of Radio Boredcast, I’ve simply tried to evoke and maintain this mood as best I can, through the selection and sequencing of pieces, and through three audio collages of my own.
BASIL KIRCHIN: Once Upon a Time [intro] (197?) “Quantum” (Trunk, 2003)
“BLUE” GENE TYRANNY: A Letter from Home: The Harmonic Branching (1976/2002) “Take Your Time” (Lovely Music, 2003)
ASMUS TIETCHENS: Drei Beisetzungen in Wien “Notturno” (Barooni, 1986)
DAVID BEHRMAN: Canyon “Unforeseen Events” (Experimental Intermedia, 1991) SLOW ORGAN MIX
D.D.A.A.: Historique Maracayace [part of] “La Conference Maracayace” (Editions Cactus, 2000)
SLOW TUBA MIX (Tom Heasley + John Morton + Francois Bayle + Limpe Fuchs + Jocelyn Robert + Ingram Marshall)
KAREL GOEYVAERTS: Composition No. 7 with converging and diverging sound levels (1955) “The Serial Works [#1–7] (Megadisc, 1998)
SLOW KOECHLIN MIX
LUC FERRARI: Presque rien no. 2, ainsi continue la nuit dans ma tete multiple, pt. 2 (1977) “Presque Rien” (INA.GRM, 1995)
TIBOR SZEMZO: Tractatus (1995) “Tractatus” (Leo, 1995)
LUC FERRARI: Unheimlich Schon (1971) “Unheimlich Schon” (Metamkine, 1993) Ilse Lau, voice / 3” CD
Tony Coulter has been doing radio since 1984, principally on WKCR in New York City, where he focused on experimental contemporary classical music, and WFMU in New Jersey, for which he does a freeform show. After a break from radio following a move to the West Coast in 2009, in early 2011 he returned to FMU, doing a show from his house. Tony also blogs for the station, and is an occasional music writer and editor. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/tc
SAT 10 MARCH: 12.02PM
DANIELA CASCELLA: 31 DAYS, SLOW AND STILL
31 DAYS READING LE PONT MIRABEAU BY GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE AT 8.30AM – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Le pont Mirabeau is a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire, published in his 1913 collection Alcools. In response to the theme and the structure of As Slow As Possible/Radio Boredcast, I chose to record myself reading Le pont Mirabeau at 8.30 in the morning for 31 days, anticipating and mirroring the duration of the broadcast in a different place and at a different time.
I chose this poem because of its slow flowing against its slowing into stillness – the flow of water, time and words in the stanzas against the circularity of time in the refrain. The adjective ‘slow’ appears still in the third stanza, the same one that contains ‘love’, ‘hope’, ‘violent’. The adjective ‘still’ appears slow in the refrain, as an impossibility. In the original French poem, ‘slow’ rhymes with ‘violent’ and ‘still I stay’ with ‘hours’.
The lack of punctuation throughout the poem calls not only for a flow of words, but also for different rhythms and meanings arising out of each reading. The readings always took place in my office, sometimes as dedicated recordings, sometimes while I was preparing to go out, sometimes while I was reading the paper or checking the news online. I learned the poem by heart, so sometimes the recordings mirror my small hesitations and gaps in recalling the verses. An old phonograph recording of Apollinaire reading the poem (from the Archives de Parole, Collection Phonothèque Nationale - Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris) supported some of the readings.
Daniela Cascella is a writer and curator based in London since 2009. Her research is focused on sound and on the way it seeps into other formats, most of all text. Her most recent projects explore and employ fictional tropes in writing criticism and descriptions of sound in fiction. She has recently finished writing her third book, En abÎme: a narrative across listening, reading and writing-as-landscape, as part of her research in the MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths College that she completed in 2011. http://www.danielacascella.com
SAT 10 MARCH: 12.05PM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… ERIK SATIE
SAT 10 MARCH: 1.25PM
OTHER MINDS: SPEAKING OF MUSIC AT THE EXPLORATORIUM IN 1986 – MORTON FELDMAN
Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. There are excerpts from his Piano and String Quartet as well as his Violin Concerto. Feldman indicates that his compositions, which are usually lengthy, can be compared to the novels of Proust or drinking a fine wine: one to be sipped rather than gulped. Don’t give up listening until you find out why Fred Astaire danced so well, or why Beethoven wrote his C-sharp minor String Quartet: Feldman provides the answers!
SAT 10 MARCH: 3.02PM
PHANTOM CIRCUIT: CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE
Featuring an interview with Charlemagne Palestine on the occasion of his performance of a new work for carillon in Bournville, Birmingham (UK) on 26th June 2010 following its premiere at AV Festival 10. We also speak to two key people behind the event, Nigel Prince of the Ikon gallery and Rebecca Shatwell of AV Festival. Thanks to Robert Latham for providing excerpts from his official recording of the event. “I made death into a sunny picnic!” http://phantomcircuit.com/2010/07/15/phantom-circuit-42/
SAT 10 MARCH: 4.04PM
OTHER MINDS: ODE TO GRAVITY – CONLON NANCARROW
Charles Amirkhanian hosts this KPFA Ode To Gravity Series on composer Conlon Nancarrow. Program includes interviews with Nancarrow from 1977 in Mexico City and New York City. Pieces as they appear in order in this program include: Study No 7, Study No 25, Study No 3a (1949), String Quartet (1942), Study No 12, Study No 35 (excerpt), Study No 27, Study No 21, Study No 40b, Piece for Tape, Study No 49, and Study No 20. This program was first broadcast on April 30, 1987. http://radiom.org
SAT 10 MARCH: 6.00PM
NICOLAS COLLINS: AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
I’ve always held that slowing things down was one of the fundamental tactics in experimental music (in fact, in my book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, I pompously enshrine “Slow it down, a lot” as the “third law of the avant-garde.) It’s a weakness of mine, and one that I’m sure has cost me many a grant – an old friend of mine, having served on an arts council panel that had just turned me down, admitted, “Nic, you don’t make ‘panel-friendly music’ – it takes too long to get going.” My formative years were spent immersed in “minimalist” music under the tutelage of Alvin Lucier. I’ve always thought the first act of music making was careful listening – I just don’t listen fast. After LaMonte Young, Glass’s “Music In 12 Parts”, and a lot of Cage’s music my offerings strike me as pretty middle of the curve, but I guess others think otherwise.
What follows are a number of recordings of mine that depend upon either a stretching out and suspending of otherwise fleeting sound material, or just an extended period of relative unchanged to focus one’s attention.
Pea Soup (1974/2002-11)
Audio file: http://www.nicolascollins.com/peasouptracks.htm
A self-stabilizing feedback network creates an “architectural raga” out of site-specific room resonance.
Tobabo Fonio and It Was A Dark And Stormy Night. From “It Was A Dark And Stormy Night” (1992)
In Tobabo Fonio a homemade digital signal processor – controlled from and playing back through a trombone – suspends and draws out fragments of Cusqueña brass band music. It Was A Dark And Stormy Night is an even more drawn out re-orchestration and extension of Tobabo Fonio, for vocalists and mixed ensemble.
Real Electronic Music (1987)
Another work for my trombone-propelled electronics. Here the instrument is used to draw out signals from a scanning radio, similar to that in an automobile, but hacked so that it sits on each station for less than a second before scanning up to the next – a sort of an “aetherial drum machine”.
Still Lives and Still (After) Lives. From “Sound Without Picture” CD (1999)
Essay on history of hacked CDs: http://www.nicolascollins.com/texts/cdhacking.pdf
In Still Lives a CD player is hacked to enable a drawing out of 22 seconds of early Baroque music to almost 6 minutes, suspending the counterpoint into rhythmic harmonic loops, with live trumpet and voice above. Still (After) Lives is an arrangement of the same musical material for a purely acoustic chamber ensemble.
This is almost the opposite of the rubric: the first 22 months of my son’s life, tracking the evolution of his speech. But it sure felt as slow as possible at the time.
SAT 10 MARCH: 7.56PM
KEVIN NUTT: GOSPEL MIX – BRINGING DOWN THE HOLY SPIRIT – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Trance inducing repetition is a key component of much African-American worship and song. In this short mix, I’ve tried to highlight several song styles along with several archetypal songs that feature this type of fervor raising performance. Inspired by this, I’ve also included several re-mixes and collages of preachers and chants (of my own making). Kevin Nutt hosts Sinner's Crossroads on WFMU and runs CaseQuarter Records. He is Archivist at the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture in Montgomery, Alabama. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/CR
SAT 10 MARCH: 9.16PM
ZEPELIM: PEOPLE’S CHOICE
This episode of Zepelim presents a sound collage that aims to stir people’s hearts by featuring the most cherished and praised Western popular music. Inspired by the Chartsweep of the teacher and pop music archivist Hugo Keesing, Zepelim offers a Chartsweep with the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time according to Rolling Stone. This chart was first presented in a special issue of Rolling Stone, issue number 963, published on December 9, 2004. The Beatles are the most-represented musical act and John Lennon is the only artist to place multiple songs in the top 10. This is the chart that radios are made of, and to prove it, Komar and Melamid united with the composer Dave Soldier to determine precisely what people “liked” and “hated” in music. Using a sophisticated experimental design, a sample of 500 American citizens took a survey with items like Favorite and least favorite musical instruments; favorite duration for a musical composition; favorite song subject, etc. The result is The Most Wanted and Unwanted Music - an expression of democracy by statistics and the best example of Demographic Art. Everything the media told you to love and hate is condensed here in less than one hour – be ready for an overload of radio memories and the 99% chance that you will hear the song that made your heart skip a beat.
Carlo Patrao is a 27 year-old native of Coimbra, Portugal. He attended the University of Coimbra and has been working in radio since 2007, when he became a member of the student-run radio station Rádio Universidade de Coimbra (RUC). His education at RUC immersed him in the independent spirit of exclusively author-oriented radio programs free from the pressure of ratings, advertising, and profit-earning. Carlo began his radio career covering several areas of radiophonic activity, ranging from weekly shows featuring pop and folk music to more topical programs presenting cultural events, reviewing books and music, and promoting the work of local artists. In 2008, he created the program Zepelim with his friend Afonso Biscaia in order to explore the diverse possibilities of radiophonic space through the use of field recordings, experimental music, musique concrete, drones, archived sound and live improvisation. Episodes of Zepelim are 60-minute sound collages based on specific themes every month. The tracklists of sounds featured in each program are annotated in his blog. In addition to his work at the radio, Carlo has a degree in Psychology and works as a therapist in the field of drug addiction. http://zeppelinruc.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/zepelim-05-01-2011-peoples-choice-music/
SAT 10 MARCH: 10.12PM
ALVIN LUCIER: I AM SITTING IN A ROOM
SAT 10 MARCH: 10.58PM
WHEELIE HOUDINI: SEASICK DISCO – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Wheelie Houdini Presents summusikfrdiskodancingpartys volume 30 - Special Seasick Disko Edition. This mix came about originally, as a way to capture (mostly) recent tracks that create perceptive and tempo slippages inside various dance music genres. Many of the tracks were chosen because they exclude sensations of deceleration, drag and lurch - a kind of seasick disco mix, if you will. None of the tracks have been altered or timestretched, except by + or - 5 BPM in order to mix them together smoothly. Average tempo of the mix is 100 BPM - slow, by dancing standards.
King Midas Sound - Cool Out
Babe Rainbow - Screwby
Bjørn Torske - Versjon Wolfenstein
Invisible Conga People - In A Hole
Tobias - Free No.1
Chloe - One Ring Circus
Siriusmo - WoW - Modeselektor Edit
BNJMN - Depressure
Andy Stott - Love Nothing
Forest Swords - Miarches
Jan Jelinek - Planeten In Halbtrauer
Battles - Inchworm
Patrick Pulsinger - Impassive Skies
Actress - The Kettle Men
Memotone - Multicolour
Venetian Snares - You Discovered The Secret
Oni Ayhun - Meets Shangaan Electro
Blondes - You Mean So Much To Me
Rondenion - Dark Adaption
Horror Inc - Creepuscule
Wheelie Houdini is the alter DJ ego of Patti Schmidt. Once the host and producer of Canadian underground radio program, Brave New Waves on the CBC, she now spends her obsessive music time curating and programming for Montreal's festival of electronic music and digital creativity, Mutek.
DAY 10 SCHEDULE:
12.00am: Daniel Menche: Tiny Stretched Tim Hour
12.59am: Carl Abrahamsson: A Mega-Golem Transmission
1.31am: Howard Menger: Authentic Music From Another Planet
2.00am: Radio Boredcast Presents... Made By Machines
2.59am: Claudio Curciotti: Sounds from Nepal and India
4.34am: Stephen Erickson: Rain Forest - Escape To The Amazon
5.04am: Radio Boredcast Presents... Dub Selection
6.00am: Over The Edge: Time After Time
8.30am: Porest: Plebian Crawl
9.01am: Tapeworm Presents... Randy Gibson
10.02am: Tony Coulter
12.02pm: Daniela Cascella: 31 Days, Slow and Still
12.05pm: Radio Boredcast Presents... Erik Satie
1.25pm: Other Minds: Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium in 1986 - Morton Feldman
3.02pm: Phantom Circuit: Charlemagne Palestine
4.04pm: Other Minds: Ode To Gravity - Conlon Nancarrow
6.00pm: Nicolas Collins: As Slow As Possible
7.56pm: Kevin Nutt: Gospel Mix - Bringing Down The Holy Spirit
9.16pm: Zepelim: People's Choice
10.12pm: Alvin Lucier: I Am Sitting In A Room
10.58pm: Wheelie Houdini: Seasick Disco