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 24 MARCH: 12.00AM
LEIF ELGGREN AND THOMAS LILJENBERG: ZZZ…
Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg "Zzz..."
Sleeping at Firework Edition, Stockholm, June 19, 1995.
In conjunction with the project/book "Experiment with Dreams"
SAT 24 MARCH: 1.05AM
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".
SAT 24 MARCH: 1.52AM
OLD SHIPPING FORECAST
SAT 24 MARCH: 2.00AM
MICHAEL RUBY: CLOSE YOUR EYES (RECORDED ON 11-1-10) – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Close Your Eyes is a book of prose poems in which Michael Ruby describes what he saw with his eyes closed. He is currently working on a sequel, called Visions.
MICHAEL RUBY is the author of five poetry books: At an Intersection (Alef, 2002), Window on the City (BlazeVOX, 2006), The Edge of the Underworld (BlazeVOX, 2010), Compulsive Words (BlazeVOX, 2010) and The Star-Spangled Banner (Dusie, 2011). His trilogy, Memories, Dreams and Inner Voices, is forthcoming in Spring 2012 from Station Hill Press, and includes Fleeting Memories, an Ugly Duckling Presse ebook, and Inner Voices Heard Before Sleep, an Argotist Online ebook; his poetry book American Songbook is forthcoming in Fall 2012 from Ugly Duckling. A graduate of Harvard College and Brown University’s writing program, he lives in Brooklyn and works as an editor of U.S. news and political articles at The Wall Street Journal.
Theme – As Slow As Possible - In the 1980s, when I was in my twenties, I tried and failed to write a manifesto about poetry. It began: Poems slow the reader down. A good story makes readers want to leap ahead and find out what happened. A good poem makes readers slow to a halt, lose themselves in the present of these few words, perhaps even going backward, realizing that there's more in what they passed than they thought. It forces them to regard each word, to try to join the writer in selecting each word. Words break free from their contexts.
If we accept the view of Roman Jakobson, in fiction and nonfiction, the communication/mimesis predominates; in poetry, the words themselves predominate. The signifier over the signified.
LANGUAGE poetry, by destroying conventional syntax, by putting words next to each other that don't normally go together, forces the reader to read one word at a time. In a formal sense, it's pure poetry. But what a sacrifice it makes to guarantee its purity. Compare Clark Coolidge and Shakespeare, which is also pure poetry.
One way the writer causes the reader to slow down is by writing one word at a time. However, prose can be written that way, too. So what lets poetry further "charm" language? The weight at the end of each line that we have to keep pushing aside?
The cliche that a poem can't be paraphrased is another way of saying this.
It's this that makes Stein and Zukofsky such radical figures in our tradition, though perhaps descendants of Rimbaud and Mallarme, who, in “Un Coup…,” partially accomplished this by spacing out the words.
Here are some related fragments:
It was in this period that it became important for me not to talk to anyone when I was writing, to completely sequester myself from other people. Writing poetry became an alteration in my relationship to language, a glacial slowing of the rate at which words come to me.
Poetic composition became a glacial slowing of the rate at which words come to me. Poems slow down the flow of language to one word at a time.
As I continued writing poetry in the 1990s and after, these ideas became somewhat dormant within me, and inapplicable to some of my books. But I have always believed that poetry is a slowing down of the speed at which words come to me, both in reading and in composition. Compared with speaking or email-writing, poetic composition is a glacial slowing of the rate at which words come to me, ideally to one word at a time, or even one syllable at a time. “One word at a time”: That’s what I saw in Shakespeare and Frank O’Hara in the early ‘80s, that’s what I learned from Clark Coolidge in the early ‘90s.
I believe there is nothing more antithetical to poetry than the high-speed performance of it, and I don’t understand why many experimental poets read their poems so rapidly.
SAT 24 MARCH: 3.39AM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… SLEEP
A collection from la-la land to take you to the land of nod.
SAT 24 MARCH: 4.42AM
KRTEK: MUSIC FOR THE MOLE CARTOONS OF ZDENEK MILER
Music direct from the world of dreams.
SAT 24 MARCH: 5.08AM
OTHER MINDS: WORLD EAR PROJECT – MAN SNORING AND TRAINS MOVING
Two ambient recordings made by David Brown in the Summer of 1983. This first recording is of a person, identified as “George”, snoring, and can be quite disturbing at times to listen to. The second clip was made in the Burlington Northern freight train yard in Minneapolis and has some excellently evocative railroad sounds.
SAT 24 MARCH: 5.20AM
STEPHAN DILLEMUTH: NEW LANDSCAPES, YESTERDAY’S CLOUD AND SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE BIRDSONGS
Dawn chorus like you've never heard it before.
SAT 24 MARCH: 5.46AM
CHRIS WATSON: SUKAU – PART 4 – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Over a period of 5 days whilst in Borneo, I went out into the jungle before sunrise and set up a stereo recording system and left it running - something I never usually do. The results are really good and I have a collection of sunrise tracks in the Sukau rainforest of Sabah in Borneo over successive mornings with a range of bird and other animal sounds as well as the characteristic sounds of tropical rainforest; that is huge amounts of humidity and moisture slowly percolating down from the canopy 40m overhead.
Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. His television work includes Bill Oddie Back in the USA, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and The One Show. http://www.chriswatson.net
SAT 24 MARCH: 8.27AM
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 24 MARCH: 9.03AM
RADIO BOREDCAST PRESENTS… BELLS BOWLS GONGS AND GAMELAN
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. Bells, Bowls, Gongs and Gamelan is a collection of just that - but from west and east and across genres and timezones.
SAT 24 MARCH: 10.07AM
ATMOSPHERE COLLECTION: THUNDERSTORM
SAT 24 MARCH: 11.07AM
OTHER MINDS: WORLD EAR PROJECT – A WALK THROUGH THE SAN DIEGO ZOO
Field recordings from the San Diego Zoo, recorded on Nov. 14, 1968 by Pauline Oliveros. Many various animals and bird calls are heard in this recording of ambient sounds that is refreshingly free of crowd noise. (November 14, 1968)
SAT 24 MARCH: 11.58AM
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 24 MARCH: 12.04PM
OTHER MINDS: ODE TO GRAVITY – STEVE REICH
Joanna Brouk interviews Steve Reich. Steve Reich, noted musician and contemporary composer, plays his music and talks about his sounds and dimensions with Joanna Brouk. The program begins with Reich's piece Six Pianos, and after listening to it he describes how his experience as a percussionist influenced this composition. The next piece played is Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ which is also in the minimalist style, and features the delicate vocals of three women blended with an instrumental ensemble. Brouk then suggests that much of Reich's music resembles the percussion patterns found in Balinese Gamelan music, something that Reich agrees to in general principle, although he makes it clear that these pieces were composed before he had studied the music of Indonesia and were written for Western instruments. Reich is also hesitant to accept Brouk's suggestion that his music comes from his emotions. While Reich admits that he composes based on his own intuition, he insists that is only part of what he brings to bear in his compositions. The program ends with a discussion of Reich's increasing interest in only producing music for acoustic instruments and the difficulty of touring with delicate electronic organs which often require repair after coming off of the plane. The first two musical selections heard were recorded at the John Weber Gallery, in New York City, in May of 1973. The interview with Reich was recorded during his visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in November 1973 and was broadcast on December 12, 1973.
SAT 24 MARCH: 1.31PM
DO OR DIY WITH PEOPLE LIKE US: SPRING EQUINOX SHOW – INCREDIBLE SPRING BANDS – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Celebrate the Spring Equinox and the changing of the clox (at least in the UK) with People Like Us.
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
Kraftwerk - Boing Boom Tschak
The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City
Donovan - Summer Day Reflection Song
Chris Owens - Reading Clock Chimes
Petra Haden - Cuckoo Clock
Terry Riley - In The Summer
Nancy Sinatra - Time
YOUR DJ SPEAKS SDS All-Stars - Theme From A Summer Place
Yann Tomita - Time Machine
P. Miles Bryson - Neo-Revivalist-Retro-Summer-Splash
Sainkho Namtchylak - Spring
Kélétigui Diabaté - Summertime in Bamako
Tom Recchion - The Perpetual Motion Clock
YOUR DJ SPEAKS SDS All-Stars - Theme From A Summer Place
Yann Tomita - Time And Space
Teiji Ito - Spring
Basil Kirchin - Once Upon A Time
Wendy Carlos - Summer
William Burroughs - Present Time Exercises
John Cage - IV The Seasons (Spring)
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'
The Free Design - Canada In Springtime
Halcali - Summer
The Delle Haensch Band - Summer Love
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Spring
Sound effect - Spring Cleaning
YOUR DJ SPEAKS Golden Gate Springs - The Times They Are A Changin'
Paul Giovanni - Summer Is A Coming In
Fennesz - Endless Summer
Rolling Stones - Time Is On My Side
RIAA - It's Like That Summer Samba
John Oswald - Brazilianaires Theme
People Like Us - Ipanmnmna
Astrud Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
Richard Hayman - The Girl From Ipanema
YOUR DJ SPEAKS SDS All-Stars - Theme From A Summer Place
Donovan - Season Of The Witch
Incredible String Band - Witches Hat
Only A Mother - Holding Time
The United States Of America - Heresy
Judy Collins - So Early, Early In The Spring
Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air
Tatu - How Soon Is Now
YOUR DJ SPEAKS Golden Gate Springs - The Times They Are A Changin'
Jim Henson - Tick-Tock Sick
Totally Cartoon Sound F X - Clock Repair
Matt Johnson - The River Flows East In Spring
John Oswald - Spring
Angelo Badalamenti - Moving Through Time
ELO - Mr. Blue Sky
The Edwin Hawkins Singers - Oh Happy Day
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
ToToM - Tambourines Are From Barcelona
The International Polynesians - Tiare
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Summer Wine
YOUR DJ SPEAKS Percy Faith - Theme From A Summer Place
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
SAT 24 MARCH: 4.28PM
WHEELIE HOUDINI: SEASICK DISKO – 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 exude sensations of deceleration, drag and lurch - a kind of seasick disco mix, if you will. None of the tracks have been altered or time stretched, 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.
SAT 24 MARCH: 6.00PM
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.
SAT 24 MARCH: 8.01PM
THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION: WILL WRIGHT AND BRIAN ENO – PLAYING WITH TIME
In a dazzling duet Will Wright and Brian Eno gave an intense clinic on the joys and techniques of “generative” creation.
Back in the 1970s both speakers got hooked by cellular automata such as Conway’s “Game of Life,” where just a few simple rules could unleash profoundly unpredictable and infinitely varied dynamic patterns. Cellular automata were the secret ingredient of Wright’s genre-busting computer game “SimCity” in 1989. Eno was additionally inspired by Steve Reich’s “It’s Gonna Rain,” in which two identical 1.8 second tape loops beat against each other out of phase for a riveting 20 minutes. That idea led to Eno’s “Music for Airports” (1978), and the genre he named “ambient music” was born.
Eno notes that ambient music, unlike “narrative” music with a beginning, middle, and end, presents a steady state. “It’s more like watching a river.” That it’s important to keep reducing what the music attempts, and one way he does that is compose everything at double the speed it will be released. Slowing it down reduces its busyness.
Courtesy of the Long Now Foundation. http://longnow.org/
SAT 24 MARCH: 9.44PM
CAMARATA CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PLAY ERIK SATIE: SPORTS AND DIVERTISSEMENT
From Electronic Spirit of Erik Satie
SAT 24 MARCH: 10.00PM
PRIMATE ARENA PRESENTS… MAN MOUNTAIN SNORE – PLAYED BY JOHN TILBURY
In this realization of Man Mountain Snore the snore part is realized by John Tilbury performing Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus.
Hosted by Eran Sachs and Alex DROOL, PRIMATE ARENA is a bi-weekly freeform happening for experimental & out muzak events (mostly in Tel Aviv), dedicated to Psych, EAI, Noise, Speech/Sonic/Concrete Poetry, Avant Rock, post millennial obscurities, pre millennial obscurities, the history of 20th century experimental music & other adventurous ventures. Over the past three years they have created a platform - central to Tel Aviv's now vibrant, thriving scene - that has nurtured a community of adventurous local musicians including Maya Dunietz and Yoni Silver and hosted visiting internationals such as Blood Stereo, Jérôme Noetinger, Usurper, Arnaud Rivière, Ignatz Schick, Daniel Padden, Bob Ostertag and many others.
SAT 24 MARCH: 11.00PM
CARL ABRAHAMSSON: A MEGA-GOLEM TRANSMISSION – FOR RADIO BOREDCAST
Radio Boredcast: Carl Abrahamsson's Cock & Balls Dispatch - A Mega-Golem Transmission. 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.
SAT 24 MARCH: 11.33PM
INSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE: DAY OF NIAGARA - 1965
DAY 24 SCHEDULE:
12.00am: Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg: Zzz...
1.05am: Irene Moon: Let's Talk Science - Sleep
1.52am: Old Shipping Forecast
2.00am: Michael Ruby: Close Your Eyes (recorded on 11-1-10)
3.39am: Radio Boredcast Presents... Sleep
4.42am: Krtek: Music for the Mole Cartoons of Zdenek Miler
5.08am: Other Minds: World Ear Project - Man Snoring and Trains Moving
5.20am: Stephen Dillemuth: New Landscapes, Yesterday's Cloud and Some of Your Favourite Birdsongs
5.46am: Chris Watson: Sukau - Part 4
8.27am: Radio Boredcast Presents... Dub Selection
9.03am: Radio Boredcast Presents... Bells Bowls Gongs and Gamelan
10.07am: Atmosphere Collection: Thunderstorm
11.07am: Other Minds: World Ear Project - A Walk Through the San Diego Zoo
11.58am: Daniela Cascella: 31 Days, Slow and Still
12.04pm: Other Minds: Ode To Gravity - Steve Reich
1.31pm: DO or DIY with People Like Us: Spring Equinox Show - Incredible Spring Bands
4.28pm: Wheelie Houdini: Seasick Disco
6pm: Radio Boredcast Presents... Mnmlism
8.01pm: The Long Now Foundation: Will Wright and Brian Eno - Playing With Time
9.44pm: Camarata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Play Erik Satie: Sports and Divertissement
10.00pm: Primate Arena Presents... Man Mountain Snore: Played by John Tilbury
11.00pm: Carl Abrahamsson: A Mega-Golem Transmission
11.33pm: Inside The Dream Syndicate: Day of Niagara - 1965