Trolling the stacks of unheard for months or years CDs, I found a couple of neglected albums (the tracks from Ikue Mori and the duo of Andy Moor and Kaffe Matthews) and merged them with some things from our new rack, including a more-indie-than-I-usually-play piece from Final Fantasy.
- Brood by Boxcutter. Oneiric. Planet Mu.
- uter 1 by Takagi Masakatsu. Journal for People. Carpark Records.
- Navrattan Korma by Fe-Mail. Blixter Toad. Asphodel.
- The Have Begun To Move by Cassiber with Shinoda Masami. Live in Tokyo. ReR/Recommended.
- Here is your coat by Andy Moor and Kaffe Matthews. Locks. unsounds.
- Many Lives -> 49MP by Final Fantasy. He Poos Clouds. Tomlab.
- Eight Million Ways to Die by Ikue Mori. Hex Kitchen. Tzadik.
- Brendan Murray by Brendan Murray. nonpod::cdr::may_. non_pod.
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I decided to feature two long tracks tonight: the first a collaboration between Robin Fox and Clayton Thomas, with Robin doing live processing of Clayton’s bass playing; and the second, a realization of John Cage’s Variations III by the Motion Ensemble. I’ve been immersed in Cage’s Variations II for a research project recently, so this seemed quite apropos for the show. Also, I found in the record library a great release from a couple of years ago by Andy Moor, Thomas Lehn, and John Butcher, with more improvisation and slightly less sparse than the Radu Malfratti pieces I’ve played in recent weeks.
- After Marja’s Cats by Embryo and NNCK. Embryonnck. Staubgold.
- Villarusetilla by Rauhan Orkesteri / Lauhkeat Lampaat. Sylissain oot. Ache Records.
- Between Downpours by Robin Fox & Clayton Thomas. Substation. Room 40.
- Six Dreams / Divided by Create(!). A Prospect of Freedom. Sounds Are Active.
- Variations III by John Cage (performed by the Motion Ensemble). Variations I, II and III. Mode Records.
- Imperfect Vehicle by Andy Moor, Thomas Lehn, John Butcher. Thermal. unsounds.
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A little late to the website, yes, but sigtronica has moved for the summer season on WMBR. I now broadcast Monday nights from 1900-2000 EDT (GMT – 4). I’m still playing avant-garde, experimental, and electronic music each week. Let me know what you think!
Sigtronica has moved! I’m now on Monday nights from 1900-2000 EDT. Tonight, new music to me from Twisted Village finds over the weekend, with a CDR track from KFW, older music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, and newer work from Robin Fox and Clayton Thomas; along with some great new Finnish free jazz and a recent release on Constellation by Carla Bozulich.
- Untitled by Keith Fullerton Whitman. nonpod::cdr::may_. non_pod.
- The Fashion Show by Rose for Bodhan. Then Everybody Hugged, “Racism is God”. Deathbomb.
- Wieder das erste Mal by No Neck Blues Band and Embryo. EmbryoNNCK. staubgold.
- Mylviva ullakko by Rauhan Orkesteri / Lauhkeat Lampaat. Sylissain oot. Ache Records.
- Evangelista I by Carla Bozulich. Evangelista. Constellation.
- Grief by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Discord. Sony Classical.
- Shuffle by Robin Fox & Clayton Thomas. Substation. Room 40.
A night of music by Rachel’s, in homage to their upcoming concert at the Museum of Fine Arts on the 24th. Great music that I’ve likely played before, but is well worth airing again.
- Full on Night (Recension mix) by Rachel’s. Full on Night. Southern Records.
- Sonic Contours  by Vladimir Ussachevsky. Pioneers of Electronic Music. New World Records.
- Pretty Song by Fe-Mail. Blixter Toad. Asphodel.
- CD1 Track 04 by Daniel Menche. Concussions. Asphodel.
- The Precise Temperature of Darkness by Matmos. Full on Night. Southern Records.
- Water From the Same Source by Rachel’s. Systems/Layers. Quarterstick Records.
A special focus on music from Max Mathews tonight, as he is coming to visit the Media Lab on Thursday and Friday. Some of the pieces below are the earliest known works of computer music; they set the foundation for everything computer-generated since.
- catch a spear as it flies by Peter Wright. pariahs sing om. Last Visible Dog.
- Mahogany by Growing. Color Wheel. Megablade.
- Home Security by re:. alms. Constellation Records.
- The Historical CD of Sound Synthesis by Newman Guttman. The Silver Scale. Unsure.
- Music from Mathematics by Max Mathews. 3 against 4 canon. Decca.
- Music from Mathematics by Max Mathews. Numerology. Decca.
- The Historical CD of Sound Synthesis by Max Mathews. Bicycle Built for Two. Unsure.
- Track 4 by Phil Durrant, Thomas Lehn, Radu Malfatti. Dach. Erstwhile Records.
- Noémie by Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid. The Exchange Session Vol 2. Domino.
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I first heard tracks of of the new Matmos album earlier this year at a concert they gave at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; excellent and engaging pieces live, it’s interesting now to listen to them sans the visual. I featured their track “Germs Burn for Darby Crash” tonight. As well, I included two tracks from recent purchases of mine: one quarter of the longer, extraordinarily sparse improvisations by Durrant, Lehn, and Malfatti; and an incredibly noisy piece by the duo Re:.
- below by mountains. sewn. apestaartje.
- Track Four by Geoff Mullen. thrtysxtrllnmnfstns. Entschuldigen.
- Germs Burn for Darby Crash by Matmos. The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast. Matador.
- Belonging by Fe-Mail. Blixter Toad. Asphodel.
- Track Two by Phil Durrant, Thomas Lehn, and Radu Malfatti. dach. erstwhile records.
- Orientalism as a Humanism by re:. alms. Constellation.
- Miasma by Peter Wright. Pariahs Sing Om. Last Visible Dog.
(apologies for adding this so late…)
A special two-hour edition tonight, as I filled-in at the last minute for Fro-Fro-a-Go-Go. So I started off with a long recording of a live performance from Christian Marclay, Yasunao Tone, and Christian Wolff—great mix of turntabalism and manipulated CDs. The rest of the show explored some older pieces, including the popular track “O Superman” from Laurie Anderson, an artist that I’ve known about for a long time, and understand quite well her position in the history of avant-garde music, but haven’t listened much to her pieces themselves.
- event by Christian Marclay, Yasunao Tone, Christian Wolff. event. Asphodel.
- Onnela by Sala-Arhimo. Ala-Arhimo. Last Visible Dog.
- Track 1 by Cluster. 71. Water.
- Pariahs sing om by Peter Wright. Pariahs sing om. Last Visible Dog.
- tapping by Hangedup. Hangedup. Constellation.
- O Superman (for Massenet) by Laurie Anderson. talk normal | the laurie anderson anthology. Warner Brothers.
- Track 1 by Geoff Mullen. thrtysxtrllnmnfstns. Entschuldigen.
- rorschach by Loscil. plume. Kranky.
Drone, drone, drone…lots of that for this show. Some great new work from Geoff Mullen, off of Keith Fullerton Whitman’s incredible new Entschuldigen label.
- Four Guitars by Lee Ranaldo, Carlos Giffoni, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline. Four Guitars. Important Records.
- Turilas ruusussa by Sala-Arhimo. Sala-Arhimo. Last Visible Dog Records.
- Rainbow Train by Aki Tsuyuko. Kokane. Thrill Jockey.
- there is no end by Charalambides. a vintage burden. kranky.
- Long Distance Decade by Gregg Kowalsky. Through the Cardial Window. kranky.
- motoc by loscil. plume. kranky.
- wonderland by Takagi Masakatsu. Journal for People. Carpark Records.
- track 6 by Geoff Mullen. thrtysxtrllnmnfstns. entschuldigen.
Combining some minimal electronics with minimal acoustic and drone tonight, I played some tracks off of a recent compilation celebrating Stockhausen’s “Gesang der Jüngliche”. Also some new pieces by the Charalambides and loscil.
Archived version of the show forthcoming…
- Induction Piece 1 by Ælab. Two Point Two. Line.
- untitled by jgrzinich. untitled songs—49 years from gesang der jüngliche (2005—1956). sirr.
- Horizontal by Holland Hopson. With Hidden Noises. Grab Rare Arts Best.
- untitled by Stephen Vitiello. untitled songs—49 years from gesang der jüngliche (2005—1956). sirr.
- Darkpark by Pumice. Yeahnahvienna. Soft Abuse.
- long wave by Final. Final:3. Neurot.
- Burnt Sienna by Growing. Color Wheel. Megablade.
- hope against hope by Charalambides. a vintage burden. kranky.
- charlie by loscil. plume. kranky.
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