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.
WED 14 MARCH: 12.03AM
LEIF INGE: 9 BEET STRETCH (excerpt)
9 Beet Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours, with no pitch distortions. Executed in various versions with either the Snd or the Common Lisp Music software, both made by Bill Schottstaedt. Sincere thanks to Anders Vinjar, Kjetil Matheussen and Bjarne Kvinnsland at Notam, and Jeff Hunt at Table of the Elements.
Thanks also to all the enthusiasm shown to 9 Beet Stretch. That has really brought the work around and made 9 Beet Stretch into the event it is now. http://www.læyf.com
WED 14 MARCH: 2.07AM
THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION: SIX EASY STEPS TO AVERT THE COLLAPSE OF CIVILISATION – DAVID EAGLEMAN
David Eagleman may be the best combination of scientist and fiction-writer alive. Sum, his collection of afterlife alternatives, made a stunning literary debut last year and now appears in 21 languages. Simultaneously he is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, specializing in time perception. In this talk he spells out how to save the world.
Courtesy of the Long Now Foundation. http://longnow.org/
WED 14 MARCH: 3.51AM
THE BEST OF THE NIGHT AIR: ABC RADIO NATIONAL
WED 14 MARCH: 5.10AM
DYLAN NYOUKIS: AN ATHENS SUNDAY MORNING WALK WITH ‘MUSICAL’ INTERLUDES (BASED AROUND SLOWNESS) OR ‘FANTASY HEADPHONES FOR A COUNTRY GOING DOWN THE TUBES
This is a field recording of a lazy slow morning spent wandering around a small district of Athens, Greece. I always am torn when walking about outside between listening to music or just listening to all the sounds around. Usually I go for the latter. I had just done this walk / recording and thought it fitted in nicely with your request for a piece based round slowness. Then I thought I would ask some friends to send me tracks which they thought fitted into the description of Slowness, these I then inserted into the Athens walk - a fake soundtrack for a slow walk. http://chocolatemonk.co.uk/enter.htm
Duncan Harrison – YG Inst
Coffee – Pissing Contest
Micro_Penis - Teresa Orlowski
Anla Courtis – Poliestireno Expandido
Dead Labour Process – Listen (Slowly Does It)
Fritz Welch & Duncan Bruce – Upside Down Viking Toilet
Dennis Tyfus – Live
Smack Music 7 – untitled
The Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Phallagogia Priapi
Pengo – Good Things Don't Come To Those Who Wait
WED 14 MARCH: 7.55AM
IRENE MOON: LET’S TALK SCIENCE – HUMAN EVOLUTION – PART 2 – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Irene uses her entomological and scientific background to connect with individuals from the scientific community; discussing their perception of time on topics they are most intimate and familiar. http://begoniasociety.org
Jiri Hulcr - How long did it take for human beings to come into existence? Can we even come close to understanding what "millions of years" really means when standing in line at the bank can feel like forever. Is it possible for humans, in one lifetime, to perceive the process of natural selection and evolution? Jiri Hulcr is a post-doc at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. http://www.antmacroecology.org/~ambrosiasymbiosis
WED 14 MARCH: 8.56AM
DAVE SOLDIER: BRAINWAVE MUSIC
These collaborations with Brad Garton uses brainwaves (EEGs or electroencephlograms) to control music in real time: there are no overdubs. The pieces are either "unconscious music", where one composes without being aware of creating the music , or "prosthetic music" in which you attempt to control your brainwaves (e.g., closing your eyes is a classic way to control alpha waves). http://davesoldier.com/experimental.html
Trio for Brainwaves and Percussion: original version at CUNY, 2008. Features Valerie Naranjo (gyil, an African mallet instrument), Barry Olsen (hand drums), Benny Koonyevsky (cajon, a musical box), each triggering brainwaves: this is all in real time with no overdubbing. Part 1: the players move their hands to play the instruments, but don't actually touch them, but the cortical brainwaves trigger the notes. Part 2: they play their instruments at a range of tempos, and the EEG signals trigger sounds in part depending on their activity. Part 3: the players try to sync up with Benny's beats from his brainwaves. Part 4: the players imagine playing, and try to move their hands while sitting on them
First movement, Fourier Transformations: brainwaves control all of the pitches in the scherzo of Schoenberg's 2nd quartet.
Second movement, Breathe the air of other planets: brainwaves advance through different sections of the same piece. Performed and thought by: Mari Kimura, Curtis Stewart, violins, Heve Bronimann, viola, Dave Eggar and Ha-Yang Kim, cello.
Alpha wave mix "prosthetic" solo where I try to control samples from my string quartet by producing alpha waves from the back of my cortex: it's like playing the piano with boxing gloves.
Reading Stephen Colbert "unconscious" music that I'm producing by reading a page from Colbert's book and listening to what happens when I laugh.
Duo for sensory and motor cortex "prosthetic" music where I move my hands or pinch myself and read brainwaves from the side of the cortex
WED 14 MARCH: 9.50AM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… SOUNDS FROM THE ETHER
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. Sounds from the Ether should be taken both literally and symbolically in that we are featuring both radio recordings of "the ether" and also interviews with "the other world", and also using unidentified recordings and music with an other-worldly atmosphere.
Ether - Coil
National Grid-Live Mains Electricity - Disinformation
Track 21 - Art After Death Vol. 2
Track 22 - Art After Death Vol. 2
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Purr and Fuzz - 7/19/2005 - 15435 kHz (2121 UTC) - Radio Jordan
Web Chat with Andy Warhol - Oliver Laric
Balafon Music (10/6/03, 4835 kHz, 2335 UTC) - RTV du Mali
Rondo Alla Turka - Susan Zagon
WED 14 MARCH: 10.53AM
DO OR DIY WITH PEOPLE LIKE US: BLATHER – PART 2 – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Blather is a 3 part series made specially for Radio Boredcast, taking us on a journey through all the kinds of sounds that the mouth makes, whether that be for artistic, comedy, practical, mind-altering, religious or work reasons.
DO or DIY is a freeform sound art radio show broadcast weekly by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) on WFMU. The philosophy behind the show is simple. That within the realms of avant-garde and experimental sound art the goalposts defining "accessible" and "inaccessible" are constantly moving. As the radar rises and dips, fragments and shards of underground creations unearth, and popular culture and artist resonate, shifting shapes accordingly with one another in reflections of changing spotlights. Each show consists of collages made of sound works from the 20th and 21st century, often layered and looped many times over, resulting in an album type effect on each show. http://www.wfmu.org/peoplelikeus
Sesame Street - Mah Na Mah Na
Sten Hanson - O Altitudo
Anna Homler - Conversation
Feng-Hao - Pleasure
From I'm On My Journey Home - Eephing
Mimmo Rotella - Poemi Fonetici - 1949 rec. 1975-01
Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers - Pleyel's Hymn
Professor Stanley Unwin - Answery Most
Ken Dodd - Nickynackynoo
YOUR DJ SPEAKS over Percy Faith - Summer Place '76
Christian Bök - Mushroom Clouds
Sainkho Namtchylak - Long Continuum
From I'm On My Journey Home - Ringing The Pig
Phil Minton and Roger Turner - Supposedly
Jas Duke - Leon Trotsky
Benjamin Weismann - Hitler Ski Story
Three Stooges - Chickery Chick
Lauren Lesko - Thirst
Vito Acconci - Waterways
Christof Migone - Crackers
People Like Us - Hayfever
YOUR DJ SPEAKS over Percy Faith - Summer Place '76
Stan Laurel - Gee This Is Swell
Dave Pell Singers - Mah Na Mah Na
WED 14 MARCH: 11.45AM
VITO ACCONCI: TEN PACKED MINUTES
Ten Packed Minutes is an eclectic audio collage of music, text, found sounds, and excerpts from the recordings of Leon Redbone, Cow Cow Davenport, Eric Dolphy, Karl Berger, and Ornette Coleman.
WED 14 MARCH: 12.01PM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… MNMLISM
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. Here is a selection of minimalist music, both from the era when it was most popular, but also some other tracks that have similar qualities.
WED 14 MARCH: 2.00PM
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
WED 14 MARCH: 2.03PM
TAPEWORM PRESENTS… GOLDMANN VS FENNESZ ‘REMIKSZ’ – 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/
This is a remix of Fennesz's "Szampler" cassette, created by Stefan Goldmann erasing Christian Fennesz's original samples one by one and replacing them with corresponding samples of his own, made between 1999-2010 for his Akai S5000 sampler, in the same sequence. As a result, this now-deleted cassette contained no sounds whatsoever from Fennesz's original. http://www.stefangoldmann.com
On its release in late 2010, The Wire wrote the following review:
"What Remiksz is: an exercise in 'hard-drive dialogue' between Christian Fennesz and Stefan Goldmann. Remiksz follows a previous Tapeworm release, Szampler, in which Fennesz stitched together a series of samples from a collection amassed over more than a decade of laptop sound manipulations. Goldmann replaces every single one of Fennesz's samples from that piece, so that the end result consists entirely of his own personally sourced sounds. In this sense it's a remix of Fennesz in the same way that working through Shakespeare's "Sonnet XIX" replacing every word might be a remix. Does this Borgesian exercise leave a trace element of the organising spirit of Fennesz's piece? Is it a meta-comment on the tenuous connection of so many remixes to the original?
What Remiksz is: a series of miniatures, strung together like jewels on a necklace. A high-speed flick through a scrapbook in which speaker-shredding static is succeeded by ghostly absence and then klaxons of distortion. Eight seconds of static; ten seconds of sinister machinoid exhalations. Experiments begun and discarded by some post-millennial Radiophonic Workshop. A roulette-wheel spin through a radio dial in which most stations are playing musique concrète - but a booming electro groove could click into place at any time. A post-sampling Faust Tape; an utterly absorbing soundworld."
WED 14 MARCH: 3.00PM
CARL STONE – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
As a musical instruction, "as slow as possible" has appeared in composers' scores for the past several centuries. In the past such a term had meaning because of the constraints of human abilities and the limits of instrumental mechanics. But in the digital world these constraints no longer exist. Instead the real problem to realize music "as slow as possible" in the digital age is due to Xeno's Paradox - anything that is slowed down can be slowed down still more. In this program I talk about the implications of musical slowness in the analog and digital ages and I present some music from as far back as ten centuries ago to the present day. (Carl Stone)
Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "the king of sampling" and "one of the best composers living in (the USA) today." He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed across the world. http://www.sukothai.com
Carl Stone: Leif Stretch Stretch (unreleased)
Alvin Lucier: I am Sitting In A Room (Lovely Records)
Carl Stone: Shing Kee (EAM DIscs 1990, New Albion 1992)
Imperial Court Orchestra of Japan: Goshoraku No Kyu (Columbia Music Entertainment)
Carl Stone: Water & Body, Part 1 (unreleased)
WED 14 MARCH: 4.46PM
TENORES DE ONIFERI: POLYPHONIC SINGING FROM SARDINIA – SOS ANTIGOS
Strictly a cappella, Polyphonic Singing from Sardinia is an appealing example of the type of traditional vocal-group performing that has been heard on the Italian island of Sardinia for centuries. There are some similarities between the harmonies employed by Tenores de Oniferi (one of Sardinia's most well-respected traditional vocal groups) and the harmonies used by Catholic monks in Italy, Spain and Portugal. In fact, play this next to the a cappella Chant by The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos (a fine collection of Gregorian chants by monks in a Spanish monastery), and you can't help but notice the parallels. But the Italian lyrics embraced by the Tenores de Oniferi can be either secular or spiritual in nature. Traditional Sardinian vocalists often come up with improvised lyrics, and sometimes, they turn their attention to Sardinian poetry of previous centuries. "Sos Antigos" comes from poet Antioco Casula Montanaru (1888-1957).
WED 14 MARCH: 5.00PM
KEN’S LAST EVER RADIO EXTRAVAGANZA: GO AT THE SPEED YOU’D LIKE TO GO
"Today, our whole downtown is completely enclosed, and we have a welcome neighbor: A GE nuclear power plant."
Show #359, from 22-March-2005
Samples include Wendy Carlos, John Ashcroft, Disneyland, Disco Polka, Tony Shalhoub, WarGames, Mogwai, Diane Cluck, and many others, at many speeds.
Playlist of all samples used:
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza has been creating his ever-changing live improvised sound collage experiment for the past 18 years, weaving mesmerizing new soundscapes from found and collected materials right in the present moment, performed from stages, radio stations, cement bunkers, construction sites, experimental dance spaces, tree houses, and elsewhere.
Audio archives: http://lastever.org
"Looks like tomorrow is already here."
WED 14 MARCH: 6.02PM
DOUG HORNE: SLOWRADIO 2 – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Doug Horne has been doing free-form radio and dabbling in audio art for the last 27 years at the radio stations CHRW, CKMS, and CFRU in Ontario Canada. His most curious achievement was curating the long-running and completely unknown audio-art show "Frequent Mutilations" on CKMS until it was over-run by cretin hordes in 2008. He has carried on audio art-based radio with the collaborative long-distance show "The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour" (his portion originating from CFRU in Guelph, Ontario). In his spare time Doug is an academic librarian who lives with his family and 8 chickens in a shack surrounded by sculptures made of rusty metal, and hopes one day to have an old car on blocks in his yard. http://frequent-mutilations.com/Frequent_Mutilations/Home.html
Language Removal Services - (randomly selected tracks)
Steve Reich - It's Gonna Rain
Steve Reich - Clapping Music
Steev Hise - Slicing up America
Bob Ostertag - Burns Like Fire
Brian Eno - Music for Airports
John Cage - Excerpts from "Indeterminacy"
Plunderphonics - Vane
Michael Snow - Sinoms
Gordon Monahan - Speaker Swinging
John Cage - Suite for Prepared Piano
Hakim Bey and Bill Laswell - Poetic Terrorism
WED 14 MARCH: 8.04PM
ANDREW SHARPLEY: SLOW – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Ever been in a bar or a restroom with someone who won't stop talking? Logorrhea, I think they call it. A two hour monologue about slowness should be enough to put anyone to sleep: Andrew Sharpley obliges with a leisurely wander up and down the garden path by way of the hindlegs of a donkey. You know where the door is.
Andrew Sharpley is perhaps best known as 1/4 then 1/2 of UK sampling unit Stock Hausen and Walkman, formed in 1991, they achieved what they had been working towards in 2001 by splitting up. Relocating to France, Andrew then spent the next ten years undertaking commissions, or playing in bands, from animation festivals to jazz festivals to arts festivals in champagne cellars, by way of wi-fi broadcasts in cars and too many hours spent in vans. His return to the UK in 2O11 found him back where he started, and more productive for it. He presents these two broadcasts," slow" and " red herring", as evidence, although for what, is as yet unclear.
WED 14 MARCH: 10.12PM
ERGO PHIZMIZ SINGS GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: IOLANTHE – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Around the age of 11 or 12 I became obsessed with the comic operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. This fascination lasted around 3 years. There were posters of W.S. Gilbert (the "S" stands for Schwenck, rather spectacularly) and Arthur Sullivan on my bedroom wall. For years the thought of returning to their works "from memory" has been at the back of my mind. My very boring contribution to Radio Boredcast is "acappella" versions of the G & S operettas "HMS Pinafore", "Iolanthe", "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado".
Some of them I know better than others. In the cases where I didn't know the melodies, I made them up or roughly talked through them. I also decided to not use different voices for characters, and to omit stage directions, so we are left with a very boring barrage of Victorian words, tuned and untuned, from my tired, monotone voice.
Ergo Phizmiz is a composer, writer, and multimedia artist. He makes pop, theatre, installations, opera, radio-art, radioplays, sound-collages and performances. He lives in Bridport, UK, and has a headache. He never wants to perform Gilbert & Sullivan again. http://ergophizmiz.net
WED 14 MARCH: 11.04PM
OVER THE EDGE: WORD RECEPTACLE
This one is all about words, specifically all those that the FCC prohibits, with lots of unembarrassed examples. I thought it might be interesting to use the actual words being endlessly discussed for a change. Some clips from an edition of This American Life provides an excellent discussion of the FCC’s impossible words and especially their unproven effect on kids, while lots of offending material from Lenny Bruce to Eminem is heard as well. This is my unauthorized attempt to relax a little around these words and try to depict how hearing them in the middle of the night is a relatively harmless experience. (June 17, 2004)
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. http://www.negativland.com/ote/?p=802
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.
DAY 14 SCHEDULE:
12.03am: Leif Inge - 9 Beet Stretch (excerpt)
2.07am: The Long Now Foundation: Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization - David Eagleman
3.51am: The Best of The Night Air: ABC Radio National
5.10am: Dylan Nyoukis: 'An Athens Sunday Morning Walk with 'Musical' Interludes (based around slowness)' or 'Fantasy Headphones For A Country Going Down The Tubes'
7.55am: Irene Moon: Let's Talk Science - Human Evolution - Part 2
8.56am: Dave Soldier: Brainwave Music
9.50am: Radio Boredcast Presents... Sounds From The Ether
10.53am: DO or DIY with People Like Us: Blather - Part 2
11.45am: Vito Acconci: Ten Packed Minutes
12.01pm: Radio Boredcast Presents... Mnmlism
2.00pm: Daniela Cascella: 31 Days, Slow and Still
2.03pm: Tapeworm Presents... Goldmann vs Fennesz
3.00pm: Carl Stone
4.46pm: Tenores de Oniferi: Polyphonic Singing From Sardinia - Sos Antigos
5.00pm: Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza: Go at the Speed You'd Like to Go
6.02pm: Doug Horne: Slowradio 2
8.04pm: Andrew Sharpley: Slow
10.12pm: Ergo Phizmiz Sings Gilbert and Sullivan: Iolanthe
11.04pm: Over The Edge: Word Receptacle