Scott Williams: The Lincoln Tunnel helix with no traffic

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.

THU 29 MARCH: 12.24AM

The Tapeworm is a cassette-only label. No barcodes. The cassette will never die! Long live the cassette!

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.

THU 29 MARCH: 1.27AM

Michael Cumella (aka MAC) is an antique phonograph DJ performing on radio and for LIVE events with 100+year old crank-up phonographs ( MAC also collects unusual record formats that can be seen in his "virtual museum" ( He is also a video specialist working in and living in New York City. 

THU 29 MARCH: 1.59AM

TheLong Drone is a 2 hours collaborative composition conceived and directed by Sharon Gal. This performance focused on acoustic instruments, bells and voices and was part of Resonance 104.4 FM's Gone with the Wind sound exhibition at the Raven Row Gallery in London in July 2011.

Sharon Gal with:
Giulia Loi - Voice
Ali Warner - Voice / bells
Bernard Burns - Voice/bells
Guy Harries - Voice /flute/bells
Alison Blunt - Violin
Ivor Kallin - Violin
Noura Sanatian - Violin
Grahame Painting - Cello
Luca Nasciuti - Cello
Andie Brown - Dbl bass
Dave Tucker - Dbl Bass
Mao Yamada - Dbl Bass
Graham MacKeachan - Dbl Bass
Sophie Cooper - Trombone
Paul Shearsmith - Trombone
Richard Sanderson - Russian button accordion (Garmoshka)
Jamil Samad – Harmonium

THU 29 MARCH: 4.02AM


THU 29 MARCH: 5.07AM

Transmuteo is the audiovisual, multimedia project of Jonathan Dean, along with various collaborators, visual and musical. The project encompasses sound, live performance, video, visual art, gallery installation and experimental social networking. The sound of Transmuteo is inspired by new age music, especially the pioneering 1970s and 80s work of artists such as Iasos, Bearns & Dexter, Steve Halpern and Malcolm Cecil. New age beliefs - Dolphin Consciousness, The Melchizedek Method, crystal healing, Angelic Reiki - provide a conceptual basis for the project. The music utilizes samples, environmental sounds, found and prepared cassettes, effects pedals, synths and analog drone to create dense, textural, psychedelic music that revels in the shining artifice of the New Age.

For Radio Boredcast, Transmuteo has created four special one-hour broadcasts that collect meditative sounds from various musicians, along with exclusive pieces created by Transmuteo especially for the Boredcast. Along the way, you will hear guided meditations, channeled messages, interview excerpts, descriptions of advanced spiritual technologies, as well as the inspirational words of your host, one of the Atlantean Starseeds of Transmuteo.

01 Unknown Artist - Oriental Gardens | The Ultimate New Age Collection Vol. 2
02 Transmuteo - Unlabeled drone cassette
03 Peat Raamur - Untitled | Currants Rotifer Cassettes, 2011
04 Iasos - Osiris Bull-Man & Elephant Walk | Inter-Dimensional Music | Unity, 1975
05 Innercity - Expanding Beaches In Jungle Aura | Arupa Travels | Why So Serious, 2010
06 Transmuteo - Untitled | Dreamsphere Megamix | Rotifer Cassettes, 2012
07 Seziki Tetrasheaf - Untitled | Split (w. Perspectives) | Rotifer Cassettes, 2011
08 Laserdisc Visions - Tingri New Dreams Ltd. | Beer On the Rug, 2011
09 Unknown Artist - Unknown Track | (from a homemade mixtape entitled Dreamtime Sounds)
10 Mars Laser - Fields of Gold | Mindscapes Vol. 1 | DCC, 1996
11 William Goldstein - Spiritus Oceanus | Oceanscape | CBS, 1986
12 Transmuteo - Starseed/Zion Hologram | Cymaglyphs | Rotifer Cassettes, 2011
13 Jewel Yen - Untitled | Hall Full Of Jewelry | Self-Released, 2010
14 Shining Lotus - Untitled | Mountain Magic | Self-Released, 1986


THU 29 MARCH: 6.07AM

The texts used in this series of somniloquies were the captions of illustrations in the Reader’s Digest Book of Fairy Tales.

Nancy Oarneire Graham creates somniloquies, or recorded sleeptalk, by repetitively reading a short text—whether from a children's story, a work of nonfiction, or her own dreams—until she begins to fall half asleep. In the twilight state between waking and sleeping, known as the hypnagogic state, visions, half-formed thoughts, and stray words begin to interrupt those read from the page, opening a window onto this borderland.

1. [TITLE] We climbed up a tree to escape the terrible snake.
2. [TITLE] Herrings and puddings streamed out of the house.
3. [TITLE] They rolled a snowball and shaped it into a head.
4. [TITLE] Suddenly she was sitting under a Christmas tree.
5. [TITLE] The boy read the conjuring book secretly.
6. [TITLE] The fox swam into the river with the gingerbread boy.
7. [TITLE] What has brought you here? asked the witch.
8. [TITLE] He galloped up the hill as if it were no hill at all.
9. [TITLE] A monster stepped noiselessly onto the rocks.

One day, Ben met a funny old man with an old, black sack. “Good day,” said the man. “We men of the woods want to give you this wish sack. You can wish things into it.   Wish for something, then say Abba dabba, and what you wish for will be in the sack.” Thank you, said Ben.  “Well I do wish I had a new hat.  Abba dabba.”

—Benjamin Elkin, The Big Jump and Other Stories

Nancy Oarneire Graham's somniloquy-based poems and prose have appeared in print and online publications, including BlazeVOX, Café Irreal, Chronogram, Eratio, Invisible City, New Verse News, Pindeldyboz, Prima Materia, Listening in Dreams (by Carol Ione), and Water Writes (edited by Larry Carr). She has performed somniloquies as part of the Deep Listening Institute's Dream Festival in Kingston, New York. Her chapbook, somniloquies, is available from Pudding House Publications. She lives in New Paltz, New York with her family, Henry Lowengard, Raymond and Ada Graham Lowengard, and Pat Lavender Will, a rescued tabby.

THU 29 MARCH: 8.54AM


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.

THU 29 MARCH: 8.59AM

Almost all of these Japanese rock bands come from the late 1990s - early 2000s and were labelled as part of a "psych-garage" movement of some sort; some of them were represented on a compilation called The Night Gallery in Japan, and Chris Moon did much to represent their work on his Last Visible Dog label in America. Unlike their immediate predecessors (the speed-freak psychedelic bands like High Rise, Marble Sheep, White Heaven and others who appeared on the Tokyo Flashback compilations), these bands sang dirge-like songs and had incredibly slow drumming along with their twangy reverbed guitars. As such they seemed to me to have a lot in common with Les Rallizes Denudes, a much earlier band who had formed in 1967 and continued playing until 1996, so I have included here a 1977 song by this band which surfaced on a French bootleg CD set. Tsurubami don't quite fit the theme, being benign psychedelic hippie types and an offshoot project from Acid Mothers Temple.

Much as I love this music, I also find a lot of it incredibly slow and boring to listen to, and often wonder how the musicians managed to maintain the rigid discipline needed to keep each song at the correct pitch of inertness. I think Les Rallizes Denudes excelled at doing this, and although they are held in high regard by many listeners, I find their interminable music mostly miserable and insufferable. I thought it would be interesting to compress as much as possible of these mixed emotions into the required hour-long slot, and aimed to deliver a sublimely tedious listening experience. Each song was selected with that aesthetic in mind, and accordingly the Doodles track was edited slightly to remove the upbeat ending segment to their song.

The nine tracks are played more or less in the following order, but with overlaps; at any one time in the piece there will be at least two simultaneous playbacks. English translations of some titles are supplied in square brackets.

01 Tsurubami, 'Hitsumyou O Gotoshite' (31:30)
From Kaina, US LAST VISIBLE DOG LVD023 CD (2003)
Recorded in 2000 and originally released as a CDR by the same label.
02 LSD-March, '立体ランプ 明日のゴダール' (9:23)
[The Lamp - Tomorrow's Godard]
From Suddenly, Like Flames, US LAST VISIBLE DOG LVD064 CD (2005)
Originally issued as 突然炎のごとく, JAPAN WHITE ELEPHANT
RECORDS WER-001 (2002)
03 Doodles, '砂語り' (6:37)
From The Night Gallery, JAPAN ALCHEMY RECORDS ARCD-147 (2003)
04 LSD-March, '嵐の終わりに' (8:19)
[After The Storm (Alternate Version)]
From Suddenly, Like Flames, op cit.
05 Kousokuya, '移り' (15:06)
From 1st, JAPAN PSF RECORDS PSFD-132 CD (2003)
Recorded between August 1989 and June 1990.
Originally issued as RAY NIGHT MUSIC RNM0001 LP (1990)
06 Chouzu, '祈請' (7:48)
From The Night Gallery, op cit.
07 Les Rallizes Denudes, 'The Last One' (25:24)
From Le 12 Mars 1977 À Tachikawa,
08 Miminokoto, 'Subeteha' (7:32)
From ライブ [Live] , USA LAST VISIBLE DOG LVD 048 (2003)
09 LSD-March, '悲しみの美少年' (6:48)
From The Night Gallery, op cit.

Ed Pinsent is an artist, writer and broadcaster living in London. He is the creator of The Sound Projector, an annual music magazine which he edits and publishes himself, and a radio show of the same name for Resonance 104.4 FM.

THU 29 MARCH: 9.59AM

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 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.

THU 29 MARCH: 10.57AM


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.

John Selegue is chemistry professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.  His discussion with Moon revolves around rusting and how we perceive the process as associated with aging, which seems slow.  John explains that Rust Never Sleeps and it, like most chemical processes, are really quite fast.

THU 29 MARCH: 11.36AM

From Touch Works, for Hurdy-Gurdy and Voice

THU 29 MARCH: 12.00PM

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:
Description: 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”.

Baby, It’s You With Peter Cusack, bouzouki
Similar trombone-propelled electronics extension of the Bacharach/Dixon/David song, as recorded by the Shirelles.

Still Lives and Still (After) Lives
From “Sound Without Picture” CD (1999)
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.

Broken Choir (1997). Performed by Zeitkratzer ensemble
Another work for hacked CD players drawing out 2 recordings of early music, with ensemble interplay.

Sonnet 40 (1998). Axel Dörner, trumpet.
Acoustic trumpet “reads” a Shakespeare Sonnet – at tempo, drawn out, and bebop speed.

Prattle (2011)
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.

THU 29 MARCH: 1.58PM

A collection of languid pop songs in which not a whole hell of a lot happens.  You can hear the grass as it grows. Charlie Lewis has been compiling music since he got a tape recorder at age eight, but it was not until his involvement with WFMU that he was able to foist his musical conglomerations on the public at large. He has been doing just that, both at that beacon of freeform radio and at other stations, and also for fashion shows and such, since 1996. He has played in various combos (, and written lots of music (, but has yet to outdo this work (  Charlie worked in broadcast audio and in the music business for many years, but now does the more honest work of selling patent medicine.

Sandie Shaw - Coconut Grove - Reviewing the Situation
Jerry Orbach - Lazy Afternoon - Off Broadway
Blossom Dearie - Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars - May I Come In
The Fifth Dimension - Working on a Groovy Thing - Best of
bed: Jack Nitzsche - Da Doo Ron Ron - The Lonely Surfer
Butter 08 - How Do I Relax - Butter 08
Ike & Tina Turner vs. DJ Chazaloo - Proud Mary remix
Karen Mantler - Vacation - My Cat Arnold
Bob Dylan - All the Tired Horses - Self Portrait
bed: Roland Shaw - Tumblin' Tumbleweeds - Westward Ho
Friends of Dean Martinez - Nothing at All - A Place in the Sun
Latyrx - Balcony Beach - The Album
Eno - Golden Hours - Another Green World
Broadcast - According to No Plan - Work and Non Work
bed: Debashish Bhattacharya - Sleep Walk - Calcutta to California
The Special Pillow - No More Problems - Sleeping Beauty
Shudder to Think - Appalachian Lullaby (Nina Persson, vocal) - First Love, Last Rites
The DeZurik Sisters - Go To Sleep My Darling - Flowers in the Wildwood: Women in Early Country
Music, 1923-1939 (various artists)
bed: DJ Wally - Feelin' Groovy - Genetic Flaw

THU 29 MARCH: 3.00PM

In 1970, roboticist Masahiro Mori coined the term “The Uncanny Valley” in the Japanese magazine “Energy”.  From his experience in the field of designing human-like robots, he theorized that the more closely robots resemble human appearance and behavior, the more familiar they seem to be – up until the point where they seem almost-but-not-quite-real. At this point, their appearance and behavior triggers a negative human response, followed by feelings of eeriness or discomfort. Mori called this zone the “Uncanny Valley” because of the way a graph depicting the correlation between familiarity and human likeness would dip drastically just before reaching perfect mimicry of the human appearance. Scientists identified a diverse number of discrepancies that could explain this eeriness in a humanlike robot – for example, the timing of its speech, its gestures, or a lack of all the precise subtleties of a well-timed and natural social interaction. Freud referred to the first copies that humans made of ourselves with wooden and wax figures as an primitive attempt of humans to skirt death and secure a sense of immortality.  Are these scientific attempts to create the perfect robot a sophisticated denial of death?  In this episode of Zepelim, this intriguing and poetic concept is the basis of a sound exploration of the slow and fragile human quest to defy our perception of death through artificial life.  Recently, scientists from Geminoid Lab at Aalborg University have claimed that they have made an android that transcends the uncanny valley – the Geminoid-DK.  See for yourself.

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.

THU 29 MARCH: 3.43PM

GiganteSound is an experimental label specializing in sound collage and the darker side of sampling and electronic music from the San Francisco Bay Area. Started in 2005 by Jared Blum and Dominic Cramp, the two have released music as far reaching as the basement - musique concrete and early synthesis inspired Vulcanus 68, to the deconstructed dubbed -out dankness of Borful Tang, Lord Tang and Qulfus, to the abstract, thrift store- pop rock sample collage stylings of Blanketship, all the way back down to the droney vinyl exploitations of Beaks Plinth...The use of slowed and manipulated sounds has been a foundation to the music of Gigante Sound. This program will feature the slower side of GiganteSound catalog as well as an exclusive 35 minute set by Beaks Plinth (Jared Blum) created solely from sounds recorded off of the Library Of Congress' Talking Book Record and Tape players which allowed listeners to play back media at slower speeds than commercial players of the day...

Bill Gould & Jared Blum - The Talking Book
Beaks Plinth - Forbidden Waters
Blanketship - Easy Slow Flute Harps
Vulcanus 68 - Track 9 & 11
Beaks Plinth & Scott Caligure - Illuminated Blue Balls
Lord Tang - Thang
Qulfus - Sad Clown
Blanketship - I'm Coming Out
Blanketship - The Associate (slow version)


Kraftwerk-Computerworld/Pocket Caluclator/Numbers
Clarrisa Pinkola Estes-How to Love a Woman/Unknown Hawaiian LP
The Beatles-Blue Jay Way/Fool on the Hill/Flying
Peter Gabriel-Intruder/Cambodian Folkways/Georgio Moroder-Cat People
Traditional Japanese Koto and Flute/ Unknown Easy Listening LP
John Cage Percussion LP /Aboriginal Traditional Sounds
John Foxx-Plaza/Cantor David Roitman/The Sounds of Laos
Hal Leonard -Walking Bass Tape/Juan Torres-I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Tangerine Dream-Stratosphere/Time Life Music-Sunny
Baja Marimba Band -unknown/Irish Pipe & Tin Whistle Songs
Van Halen -Mean Streets / Sunday Afternoon in the Park
Music behind DJ: Vangelis Albedo 0.39 i
Jared Blum of Gigante Sound for Radio Boredcast. 

THU 29 MARCH: 4.47PM

The three pieces I chose all deal with slowness as way to focus; to open your ears and let another voice or another world enter into your body. The first time I was out-of-my-mind drunk in my early teens a friend of mine played me the song “Heroin” with The Velvet Underground and ever since then that song has manifested the promise of another world inside my head. I created “Variations on a Theme by Lou Reed” as a way to slowly, and with my eyes wide open, approach that white light first appearing many years ago in my delirious, adolescent brain. “Everyone Laughed When I Sat Down at the Piano” is a piece of authentic spirit possession. Sam Ahsley invites the long gone voice of a dead gold digger to enter his body and to use his tongue to relate a series of events taking place during the Californian Gold Rush. WHAT?? by Swedish maestro Folke Rabe is the forgotten masterpiece of the Swedish minimalist tradition that never was. Slowly, methodically one overtone is exchanged for another, opening your ears to every detail until finally a single piano rings as an orgy in orchestral excess.

1. Variations on a Theme by Lou Reed - Erik Bünger

2. Everyone Laughed When I Sat Down at the Piano - Sam Ashley

3. WHAT?? - Folke Rabe

Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, performer, composer and writer living in Berlin. His works focus on philosophical questions in regards to music and the human voice. Music is never treated as something pure, absolute or abstract but on the contrary, as a parasite feasting on our collective unconscious.

THU 29 MARCH: 6.04PM

Sounds of Alaska was designed to present meaningful and outstanding impressions of Alaska. The selection of these impressions was based on their appeal to Alaskans as well as to the many visitors who might never be able to stay in Alaska long enough to know the sources from which Sounds of Alaska were derived. This recording does not attempt to present a comprehensive picture, nor even the most important aspects of life in Alaska. It is not a historical account, nor does it attempt to follow a geographical, or historical pattern. It does however, attempt to preserve some of the feeling of old Alaska before radio, TV, and modern transportation, a feeling which is alive now only in the memories of the old timers. It introduces to new Alaskans authentic impressions of character of some of the people known and unknown who have either made a significant contribution to the growth of Alaska, or who have made life more colorful during their moment in the "great land".  From the back cover, written in the late 1950s.

1. George Ahgupuk Introduces "Sounds of Alaska"
2. Fairbanks, gold town, big city
3. Nome, the gold rush city
4. Alaskan Dog Mushers
5. The Legendary Alaskan Bush Pilots
6. Kotzebue Eskimos
7. The Seal Islands - The Pribilofs
8. The Breakup of Lake George
9. Anaktuvik Eskimos (one of the oldest intact Eskimo tribes in the world)
10. Fort Yukon - Athabacan Indians
11. Climbing Mt. McKinley
12. Juneau, capitol of Alaska.

THU 29 MARCH: 6.49PM

A condensation of media dreams - with head listening, nose probes & deep sleep, a journey through light and a bicycle-speed future. Running since 2002, The Night Air is a programme dedicated to creative radio-making on Radio National (a network of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Each week obliquely related material, sourced from Radio National's own archives and the media at large, is re-assembled with sonic glue - letting listeners imagine new stories.

Diane Dean was born in the UK and began her radio career with the BBC in London. She later emigrated to Australia and worked as an audio engineer, before joining the ABC as a program maker. She has a Science degree in Architecture and a Dip. Design Science in Architectural Acoustics. She has a love of discontinuity, yoga and languages.

Brent Clough began his radio career with Radio New Zealand and has previously produced and presented the Radio National contemporary music and sound arts program, Other Worlds and the world music show, The Daily Planet. He was foundation producer/presenter for the ABC features program, Radio Eye and currently presenter for 360 documentaries. He is a DJ and writer and has curated gallery projects on music and Pacific culture.

John Jacobs joined the ABC in 1985 and has engineered, produced and created many radio programs, winning international awards and establishing leading ABC innovations such as The Night Air and ABC Pool. Always looking ahead for fresh ways to present ideas and entertainment, John helped to start podcasting at the ABC. With a background in community media he was part of the team that launched the indymedia citizen journalism movement.

THU 29 MARCH: 7.01PM

"I Can't Get Started" is a 2-hour long attempt to get something off the ground. Frustrated expectations, no resolution, circular movement or none at all. With songs.

1. Joe Jackson "A Slow Song"
2. Monty Python "Traffic Lights"
3. William Basinski "Disintegration Loops"
4. Paul Slocum "You're Not My Father"
5. The Reveries "Close Your Eyes"
6. Bruce the Piano Man
7. Everly Brothers "I Wonder If I Care as Much (version 2)"
8. Chris Forsyth & Shawn Edward Hansen "I First Saw You"
9. Tom Recchion "A Complex Shape in the Sky"
10. Lila "A Sleepy Story"
11. Isaac Hayes "By The Time I Get to Phoenix"
12. Alan Parsons Project "Time"
13. Bobby Conn "Who's The Paul? (#16)"
14. Elvis Presley "I Get So Lonesome I Could Die (DJ Carousel Sniper mix)"
15. Ween "Fluffy"
16. Dick Proenneke "Alone in the Wilderness"
17. Scott Walker / Yekaterina Golubeva "Pola X (scene)"
18. Somerset County (NJ) township community bulletin board
19. World Standard "Billy Strange Country"
20. Cerberus Shoal "The Real Ding"
21. Ace Cannon "Blues Stay Away From Me"

Scott Williams does a weekly freeform music show at WFMU in Jersey City NJ, and has been doing so since 1997. His show can be heard live every Monday at 3pm EST, or unbound by time at

THU 29 MARCH: 9.02PM

“Turkey Song” is a form of inter-species music; a joint communication between three human beings and three hundred tom (male) turkeys. The tape that you hear is an edited version of over five hours of tapes recorded at the Willy Bird Turkey Farm in the hills outside of Santa Rosa. The producer of this piece, Jim Nollman, has been experimenting with musical communication with various animals for many years. Besides turkeys, he has found that the bobwhite, the kangaroo rat, hummingbird, and the bullfrog all respond in definite patterns to certain types of human and instrumental sounds. But of all the animals, the most obviously receptive creature to audio stimulus is the turkey. Turkeys respond with a precise rhythmic gobble to any pitch above a certain register. The pitch is relative and is dependent upon the environmental noise already present. It thus becomes possible to devise extremely precise melodic and rhythmic patterns, and by accenting one note of the pattern by its loudness of pitch the turkey will always respond in time. We gather together to ask the lords blessing. A tape piece created for the express purpose of accompanying your Thanksgiving Dinner. Its instrumentation includes wooden and clay flutes improvising with a flock of turkeys. Thanks to Willy Bird Farms in Petaluma. (November 28, 1974).

THU 29 MARCH: 10.02PM

Relatively few people, aside from radio "DXers" (people whom enjoy a pastime/hobby of pursuing long-distance radio reception by various signal-propagation means) know that FM broadcast radio stations, and also television broadcast stations, can "propagate" for extraordinary long-distances at certain times of the year and are not simply limited to "line-of-sight" reception. This is particularly true during the DXer's local summertime period, when the ionesphere can become like a "mirror" to radio signals and reflect/refract FM broadcast stations, as well as VHF ham-radio and other VHF radio signals, quite long distances. I have been an enthusiast of long-distance reception of broadcast radio of all types for over three decades.

These recordings are also quite wonderful "air-checks" of a multitude of FM radio stations across western and central Canada, the USA, and northern Mexico. Even more amazing (to me) is a recording by Dave Headland (of Victoria, Australia - refer the MP3-file with the words "Cook Islands" in it) whom traveled to the Cook Islands in July 1989 where he recorded astounding reception of 95.1 KAOI Maui, Hawaii (100 kw ERP). We believe this is not sporadic e-skip (Es), but a form of TE (trans-equatorial) skip, as the signal is very multi-pathy sounding.

THU 29 MARCH: 11.30PM

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-50s



Radio Boredcast:
Day 29

Thu 29 March, 12am–12am
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12.24am: Tapeworm Presents... Randy Gibson

1.27am: Mac: Slow

1.59am: The Long Drone

4.02pm: Radio Boredcast Presents... Erik Satie

5.07am: Transmuteo: Episode 4 - Blissful Futures

6.07am: Nancy O Graham: Somniloquy Cycle - Fairy Tales

8.54am: Daniela Cascella: 31 Days, Slow and Still

8.59am: Ed Pinsent: Jap Mix

9.59am: Zepelim: People's Choice

10.57am: Irene Moon: Let's Talk Science - Rust

11.36am: Phill Niblock: A Y U aka As Yet Untitled

12.00pm: Nicolas Collins: As Slow As Possible

1.58pm: Charlie: Busy Doing Nothing - Lazy Afternoon

3.00pm: Zepelim: The Uncanny Valley

3.43pm: GiganteSound

4.47pm: Erik Bünger Presents...

6.04pm: Frank Brink: Sounds of Alaska

6.49pm: The Night Air: Speedy Condensate

7.01pm: Scott Williams: I Can't Get Started

9.02pm: Other Minds: Turkey Song

10.02pm: Steven P McGreevy: FM and TV DX (long-distance reception) (via sporadic-E skip and meteor-scatter) (2010)

11.30pm: Daniel Menche