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 21 MARCH: 12.00AM
JOCELYN ENGLE: SO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEECH?
WED 21 MARCH: 12.34AM
KENNETH GOLDSMITH: SOLILOQUY – ACT 1 – NYC, DECEMBER 2006
Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews. From 1996-2009, Goldsmith was the host of a weekly radio show on New York City's WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. In 2011, he co-edited, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. In May 2011, he was invited to read at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama's "A Celebration of American Poetry." Goldsmith will participate in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, 2012. http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/goldsmith/
Kenneth Goldsmith's page on PennSound
WED 21 MARCH: 4.02AM
PHONE RECORDING ARCHIVE
WED 21 MARCH: 4.43AM
OLD SHIPPING FORECAST
WED 21 MARCH: 4.58AM
STEPHAN DILLEMUTH: NEW LANDSCAPES, YESTERDAY’S CLOUD AND SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE BIRDSONGS
Dawn chorus like you’ve never heard it before.
WED 21 MARCH: 5.23AM
NATURE RECORDINGS: THUNDERSTORM IN THE BIG SUR MOUNTAINS
WED 21 MARCH: 6.08AM
ZEPELIM: WHAT’S ETHER?
In radio, there are certain expressions that capture the magic of its golden age. For me, one of these words is “ether”. When a radio broadcaster uses the expression “in ether” or “through ether waves”, my mind usually goes to the idea of an invisible flying ocean or a vibrating ghost entity delivering sounds woven into a dark blue cape. After all, I never gave it too much thought until I recently came across the word “ether” in the first pages of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. I discovered a scientific and historical dimension to the concept, involving what has been termed “the most successful failed experiment in science” and the cornerstone for the second scientific revolution. Science moved on, but the word “ether” retained a mystical connotation – existing in an imaginary valley somewhere within the spheres of new age prophets, literature and radio afficionados. This radio piece is a sound collage evoking the ether as I perceive it: an invisible medium that suspends fragments of old songs lost in the surrounding cosmos, static, the frequencies between stations, and radio waves undulating through time. My fascination with radio comes from working with this elusive medium. Invisible and intangible, radio waves linger and travel once they are broadcasted, never quite disappearing – as if the Universe was making a moving archive of itself.
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/2011/12/11/whats_ether/
WED 21 MARCH: 6.58AM
GAVIN BRYARS: TRAMP WITH ORCHESTRA 1 – FROM JESUS’ BLOOD NEVER FAILED ME YET
WED 21 MARCH: 7.28AM
PHANTOM CIRCUIT: FULL OF NOISES FESTIVAL
Featuring the first of our reports on the Full of Noises festival 2011, this time concentrating on some of the events in Barrow Park, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on Saturday 6th August. http://phantomcircuit.com/2011/08/29/phantom-circuit-81/
WED 21 MARCH: 8.28AM
NULA PRESENTS… FOR RADIO BORECAST
55881 ambiences built from sound fragments drawn from old movies.
nula.cc began in 2009 as a series of filecasts emanating from an online presence. The aim of the project has been left somewhat vague, which serves a twofold purpose: to allow for free experimentation with the understanding that outcomes are necessarily unpredictable; and, to let the online collection and the works it contains speak for themselves as much as possible.
As it turns out, a substantial number of the nula filecasts are audio works (though video and other media also appear in the collection). Many of these audio works are "slow" in the sense that they unfold gradually (if at all) or set an atmospheric tone that runs for an extended time. This, too, serves a dual purpose: it allows for a kind of "deep" listening (if you're into that); and it also allows the work to be used atmospherically as a backdrop to other experiences. I have assembled several sequences, each combining sound from two or three of the filecasts, sometimes substantially altered from the versions that appear at nula.cc. I have tried to make each sequence work as a cohesive whole. I invite listeners to visit nula.cc and explore there for further works of this kind.
Lloyd Dunn, Prague, 2011, http://nula.cc/
WED 21 MARCH: 9.00AM
OTHER MINDS: MUSIC BY LA MONTE YOUNG
Alexander Dea plays a selection of recordings of La Monte Young's early minimalist drone pieces and discusses the composer’s life and works. La Monte Young (born Bern, Idaho, 1935) has pioneered the concept of extended time durations in contemporary music for over 35 years. In addition, his work has played a central role in the development of the use of just intonation in 20th century music, and the growth of the minimalist style. In these recording Young is joined by his long time collaborator Marian Zazeela, as well as John Cale, Jon Hassell, and others. (March 15, 1975)
WED 21 MARCH: 10.29AM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… TRANCE HYMNS
A collection of elevating spiritual music.
WED 21 MARCH: 12.01PM
THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION: THE WAYFINDERS – WHY ANCIENT WISDOM MATTERS IN THE MODERN WORLD – WADE DAVIS
Anthropologist Wade Davis is one of the world's great story tellers, with personal adventures to match. An Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic, he specializes in hanging out with traditional peoples and exploring their religious practices.
He first came to public notice with his discovery of the reality of zombies in Haitian voodoo and the substance used to poison them---chronicled in his 1985 book, The Serpent and the Rainbow. He is the author of 13 books, including One River and Shadows in the Suns, and has hosted, written, and starred in numerous television specials, including "Earthguide," "Light at the Edge of the World," "Spirit of the Mask," and "Forests Forever." This talk is based on the prestigious Massey Lectures that Davis gave in Canada in 2009.
Courtesy of the Long Now Foundation. http://longnow.org/
WED 21 MARCH: 1.52PM
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 21 MARCH: 1.59PM
IRENE MOON: LET’S TALK SCIENCE – SLEEP – 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
Dave Armitage - Bats are very good sleepers. For his Masters thesis Dave Armitage, now a PHD student at the University of California, Berkley, studied these amazing creatures and explains how a bat enters deep sleep, slowing down its metabolism, and returns to a wake state using the brown fat reserves. Many bat best kept secrets are revealed. Included in the interview are two recordings. The first recording starts with a Southeastern bat (Myotis austroriparius) and is interrupted by a Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). The second recording is a good sequence from a Brazilian Free-Tailed bat searching, approaching, and capturing a prey item. The "zzzziiipppp sound" you hear is known in the bat world as a "feeding buzz".
WED 21 MARCH: 2.44PM
COIL: BATWINGS (A LIMNAL HYMN)
From Musick to Play in the Dark, Volume 2
WED 21 MARCH: 2.56PM
TOUCHAVRADIO: MIKE PRESENTS… SOUND – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Bells of Chilander | Isaiah the Serb - "Come All Ye Sons of Earth/Polieleos Servikos" | BJNilsen - "Controlled Guitar Feedback Loop" Recorded December 8th 2004 @ Fylkingen Stockholm, Sweden | Phil Niblock - "Summing ll", 1981, Cellist: David Gibson | Stian Westerhus - Don't Tell Me This Is Home
Jon Wozencroft and Mike Harding made various collections on cassette over the first ten years of Touch (1982-1992), some actually called "TouchRadio", and some not. TouchRadio is now a formally presented collection of episodes (70 at time of writing) on its own website. It also was acquisitioned as a "Named Collection" by The British Library in 2010.
WED 21 MARCH: 4.00PM
DANIEL MENCHE – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Daniel Menche presents his best of collection of found acetate home recordings from the 40s and 50s. Simple folks making their first recordings in their homes without any intention of non family members hearing them. These acetate records were collected from the homes of the deceased of the voices heard in these recordings. Also mixed in are various sound/noise and field recordings from Daniel Menche. All mixed together for a soundtrack to a really slow dream... record scratches and all.
0:00 - 4:45 Unknown Acetate Home Recordings from 1940s-50s
4:45 - 11:13 Daniel Menche: Recordings of roller skate rink with live organ (stereo shuffle mix)
11:13 - 14:10 Unknown Acetate Home Recordings from 1940s-50s
14:10 - 22:10 Daniel Menche: Rain falling on various metal objects.
22:10 - 26:55 Unknown Acetate Home Recordings from 1940s-50s
26:55 - 33:05 Daniel Menche: Raw field recording of buzzing electrical wires captured in the far mountains.
33:05 - 42:40 Mixing two different home acetate records of Japanese women signing Buddhist chants from 1940s
42:40 - 54:00 Daniel Menche: Bowed musical bass saw mix
54:00 - 1:02:45 Unknown Acetate Home Recordings from 1940s-50s
1:02:45 - 1:18:30 Daniel Menche: Fuzzed-out Electric Rhodes Piano drones
1:18:30 - 1:29:43 Unknown Acetate Home Recordings from 1940s-50
WED 21 MARCH: 5.31PM
POREST: RADIO BETWEEN THE LINES AND BEFORE THE EU - FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Sounds received via the short wave, medium wave and FM bands of a portable radio positioned throughout central Europe between 1997 and 1999. Explorations in turn of the century broadcast music, news and sounds found just between the lines in a time when the Internet was a child, cell phones were a luxury, and trans-European borders were manned.
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. http://www.porestsound.net/home/
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 the Middle 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. www.sublimefrequencies.com
WED 21 MARCH: 6.06PM
FELIX KUBIN: MOTHER IN THE FRIDGE – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
A radio play without a script by Felix Kubin. "Mother in the Fridge" is based on a phone conversation between my mother and me. I recorded this call spontaneously in order to take revenge on the many words that I am carrying around with me.
My mother loves to talk and she loves to talk in English. As I knew of the Radio Boredcast project of my friend Vicki Bennett, I suddenly decided to make this a long conversation in English with a lot of twists and little stories and some experiments with my mobile phone. I started to place the phone (=my mother) in all kinds of different sonic environments in order to test the corresponding acoustics and see what it does to the imagination of the listener. This idea led to a playfully improvised radio drama about early reflections on late memories.
Most people who take a call from my mother don't get away with a talk under 40 minutes. That's why this radio play has a duration of 40 minutes. The remaining music of the one hour show contains improvisations by Fritz Ostermayer and me while preparing for a lecture on the Austrian anarchist Herbert Müller-Guttenbrunn in November 2010. (Felix Kubin, Hamburg, December 2011)
Felix Kubin is a composer, radio-playwright, curator and media artist. He began recording and performing experimental electronic pop music at the age of 12. In the 1990s he turned to electroacoustic noise music and formed “Klangkrieg” with Tim Buhre. From 1992-1994 he co-organised artistic political interventions with the Dada-communist Party KED and the “Liedertafel Margot Honecker” singing group, whose notorious actions received wide media coverage. In 1998 Kubin started to produce Futuristic pop music and launched the independent record label “Gagarin Records”. Over the past decade he has performed at eighty international music and media arts festivals including Sonar, Club Transmediale, Mutek, ISEA, Wien Modern and Ars Electronica. Since 2001, Kubin has been writing and producing radio plays for national radio stations WDR, BR, DR, SWF and Vienna’s ORF Kunstradio. http://www.felixkubin.com
WED 21 MARCH: 7.09PM
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: RX
Jon Nelson is the host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio program Some Assembly Required. He's also a collage artist and curator.
01 RX Music – “White lines”
02 Steinski and Mass Media – “It's Up To You (Television Mix)”
03 Steev Hise – “Nexus 6”
04 The Bots – “Bushwack”
05 Wax Audio – “A Day Of Horror”
06 RX Music – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
07 RX Music – “Dick Is a Killer”
08 RX Music – “My generation”
09 RX Music – “My name is Rx”
10 Evolution Control Committee – “Bush speech (corrected - part 1)”
11 RX Music – “Imagine/Walk on the wild side”
WED 21 MARCH: 8.03PM
CODPASTE WITH PEOPLE LIKE US & ERGO PHIZMIZ: NANA MOUSKOURI
Why on earth is it called this? Well, this episode is all about those themes and songs that are just so catchy that we just keep returning to them. Includes such delights as Bert Kaempfert, Lenny Dee, The Swingle Singers, The Comedian Harmonists, and of course Nana Mouskouri. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/25655
"Codpaste" was a weekly podcast series in which the two artists People Like Us and Ergo Phizmiz attempted to compose collage music from the very beginning, in a "work in progress" style, attempting to open up the creative process. The theory is that it is rare to see compositions made from the outset, and usually the audience are only invited in once the piece is finished, done and dusted. It could be that new light may be shed on the creation of art if the curtains are opened and the audience are given access to the raw, the imperfect and the wrong as well as the polished and the finished. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/CT
WED 21 MARCH: 8.38PM
RADIO BOREDCAST: EARWORMS – PART 2
Earworms is a show made by Vicki Bennett for Radio Boredcast addressing the ongoing problem of the Earworm. An earworm is a tune, a song, some sound that you get stuck in your head for hours, days... YEARS... Vicki asked a few friends to share their "favourite" earworms. You might come away from this show with a little present from us.
WED 21 MARCH: 9.00PM
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 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 21 MARCH: 10.46PM
JOHN BALDESSARI: SINGS SOL LEWITT 1972
WED 21 MARCH: 10.54PM
CLAY PIGEON: THE CORPULANT BRITISHER
Of the many amazing characters featured on The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon, The Corpulant Britisher certainly knows how to take his time.
WED 21 MARCH: 11.00PM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… BORING
Radio Boredcast asked a bunch of young people how they felt about boredom...
Thank you: Valerie, Alisha, Ada, Molly, Eve, Holly, Lila, Lia, Babycall Rechargeabl
WED 21 MARCH: 11.50PM
JNANAVACA: BUDDHISM AND QUANTUM PHYSICS
Jnanavaca's fabulous take on Einstein, Schroedinger, double slits, and all that stuff you wished you understood about quantum physics but despaired of ever knowing so as to impress at parties... Well, now you can learn all about it — as well as how it relates to Dharma practice and the Buddha's view of a truly luminous Reality. Very classy stuff from a great speaker with the most infectious laugh on the planet! We won't give any more away here — settle back and enjoy a brain-expanding, soul questioning talk. Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Convention, 2005.
1. Paramabandhu - introduction
2. Jnanavaca; quote from Einstein; Einstein and quantum physics
3. Introducing quantum physics; the physics of the very small; atoms as mostly empty
4. The relevance of quantum physics
5. Classical physics; the universe as a giant machine
6. Young's 'double slit' experiment; the 'delayed choice' Wheeler experiment
7. The Copenhagen Interpretation; looking at a rainbow; Einstein & Schroedinger's discomfort with quantum physics; the Schroedinger experiment
8. Interconnectedness and empty space
9. The 'many worlds interpretation'; hidden variable theories and others
10. Some dangers of scientific materialism
11. What can we be sure of? Einstein on the human being
DAY 21 SCHEDULE:
12.00am: Jocelyn Engle: So You Want To Improve Your Speech?
12.34am: Kenneth Goldsmith: Soliloquy - Act 1 - NYC, December 2006
4.02am: Phone Recording Archive
4.43am: Old Shipping Forecast
4.58am: Stephan Dillemuth: New Landscapes, Yesterday's Cloud and Some of Your Favourite Birdsongs
5.23am: Nature Recordings: Thunderstorm in the Big Sur Mountains
6.08am: Zepelim: What's Ether?
6.58am: Gavin Bryars: Tramp With Orchestra 1 - from Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
7.28am: Phantom Circuit: Full of Noises Festival
8.28am: Nula Presents...
9.00am: Other Minds: Music by La Monte Young
10.29am: Radio Boredcast Presents.... Trance Hymns
12.01pm: The Long Now Foundation: The Wayfinders - Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World - Wade Davis
1.52pm: Daniela Cascella: 31 Days, Slow and Still
1.59pm: Irene Moon: Let's Talk Science - Sleep
2.44pm: Coil: Batwings (A Limnal Hymn)
2.56pm: TouchAVRadio - Mike Presents... Sound
4.00pm: Daniel Menche
5.31pm: Porest: Radio Between The Lines and Before The EU
6.06pm: Felix Kubin: Mother in the Fridge
7.09pm: Some Assembly Required: RX
8.03pm: Codpaste with People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz: Nana Mouskouri
8.38pm: Radio Boredcast: Earworms - Part 2
9.00pm: Carl Stone
10.46pm: John Baldessari: Sings Sol Lewitt 1972
10.54pm: Clay Pigeon: The Corpulant Britisher
11.00pm: Radio Boredcast Presents... Boring
11.50pm: Jnanavaca: Buddhism and Quantum Physics