Check this one out. It's a nice mix of music, especially if you're a fan of the Buchla.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
I'm putting the finishing touches on my interview with three-time Grammy nominee Patrick Feaster, the author of Pictures of Sound. Pictures of Sound won the 2013 ARSC Award for Excellence in the Best General Research in Recorded Sound/Best History category and was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. Patrick spoke to me for nearly an hour about how he located and made audible some of the world's oldest sound recordings. We'll be listening to tracks from the CD that accompanies Pictures of Sound as well. It will be a really special edition of The Rough Windows Radio Hour.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
If you've been listening to Rough Windows this week, you heard these tracks on the "Strange Territory" show:
1. Générique -- Miles Davis
2. Bucolica -- The House in the Woods
3. Ancient Forces 1 -- Bruce Lacey
4. Tagging Snakes -- Bruce Langhorne
5. Cycles of the Serpent 1 -- Bruce Lacey
6. Slow Accident -- Woodbines & Spiders
7. Hi Scores - Boards Of Canada
8. Finale And Credits -- Marc Wilkinson
9. Hive Culture -- Ian Boddy
10. Come To Dust -- Boards Of Canada
11. Secropia --Sybarite
12. I'm Cold -- Bruce Langhorne
13. Eight Arms to Fold You -- Sir Richard Bishop
14. Deep End -- Pye Corner Audio
15. Seasons -- The Advisory Circle
Some strange and delicious ingredients of the program are pictured above.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I do a program illustration for each episode of The Rough Windows Radio Hour. This one is for 'The Man Who Fell To Flagstaff.' Curiously, there's no Bowie in the mix -- but there is a full hour of great science fiction-related music from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pink Floyd, the Epoxies, Jane Weaver, Peter Howell, Kraftwerk and more. Tune it in at night, around 11 pm, on Radio Free Flagstaff, 94.5 FM, KOII.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Thrift store shopping in Ajo, Arizona yielded these two great finds -- which inspired the theme for an upcoming Rough Windows show. The theme will be "Birds." I'll be featuring some clips from these records, plus a whole hour of electronic music related to our feathered friends. Listen for it on Radio Free Flagstaff KOII.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
THE ROUGH WINDOWS RADIO HOUR: "NUMINA" ... WHAT YOU HEARD ON RADIO FREE FLAGSTAFF, 94.5 FM, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
Ancient Romans used the word "Numina" to describe the divine spirit of a particular place.
This program was all music intimately connected to a particular place.
The tracks played were:
1. In A Beautiful Place Out In the Country by Boards of Canada
2. New Light At Thornborough by the Xenis Emputae Traveling Band
3. Journeys On The Winds Of Time by Alan Lamb.
4. Children by Tony Schwartz
5. Vihuela and Wolf Pack #1 by Jim Nollman
6. Warminster 4 by The Mt. Vernon Arts Lab
7. Camp 2 - World Music On The Radio by Geir Jenssen
8. Earth's Magnetic Field by Charles Dodge
Some notes on the pieces: the Alan Lamb piece was a recording of the wind vibrating miles of telegraph wires in Western Australia. A very good article on Alan Lamb's work can be found here.
Norweigian Geir Jenssen is better known in the music world by the name Biosphere. In addition to being a composer of ambient electronic music, Jenssen is an accomplished mountain climber. The piece we heard was recorded at the top of one of the highest mountains in the word, Cho Oyu in Tibet. You can learn more about his work here.
It has been said that "Earth's Magnetic Field" by Charles Dodge was actually composed by the planet itself. Dodge created it by mapping data from the Earth's magnetic field data to a four octave span, or 45 notes. The piece was realized using Digital Audio Converters that Bell Laboratories was developing in the late 1950's. You can read more about it here.
"Just like the days of old, RADIO FREE FLAGSTAFF aims to engage listeners throughout the community with local music, local flavor, and local voices ... We invite you to gather ‘round that ol‘ receiver and hear fresh stuff radiating from those amps ... stuff you’d never ever hear from the commercial airwaves ... stuff that is Arizona-grown and picked from a higher elevation ..."
Check out the web site here.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Gambel Oak Reading Series got off to an excellent start last night when it presented it's first experiment: curated scenes from The Glass Menagerie and Under A Mantle of Stars, under the direction of Katie King and Jim Dugan. It took place at the Canyon Vista Trail, here in Flagstaff.
The Arizona Adventure Theater is Flagstaff's community driven site-specific installation theater initiative. Combining theatrical literature and environmental enthusiast communities together to provide an enriching and rare live performance experience.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
We saw a wonderful concert at the Sedona Creative Life Center last night.
Nikola Djurica (Clarinetist), David Ehrlich (Violinist), Theresa Ehrlich (Pianist), Thomas Landschoot (Cellist), Steven Moeckel (Violinist), and Nokuthula Ngwenyama (Violinist, Violist) played "Classical Meets Jazz." The performance was part of the Red Rocks Music Festival.
An added bonus was the lovely steeple of the Creative Life Center's chapel, seen above.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Lots of great musicians came out last night to perform at the Orpheum and support Radio Free Flagstaff. Ray Reeves, Andrew Scully and Brad Bays, Antara Hunter, Rob Dutton and Tom Taylor, Bon Fiction and the Prowlers treated us to a full evening of Bob Dylan tunes. Pictured above, members of Bon Fiction in action!
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sound of Flight - Phase II - 2015 - a Mural by Sky Black and the Mural Mice from Alex Gaynor on Vimeo.
Visit www.soundofflight.net to find out more about this ambitious project, and donate to the fundraising campaign. If you're in Flagstaff, be sure to attend the Benefit June 19th at the Orpheum Theater.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Four jingles written and recorded for Radiophrenia. With the exception of a Moog in the first section, the only sounds to be heard are sampled household objects: a ruler, a piece of plastic tube, an electric food mixer, a cork leaving a bottle, a pan lid and a single guitar string.
You can hear more of Jez Butler and the Twelve Hour Foundation on the album "The Lighter Side of Concrete."
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Congratulations and thanks to Mark Vernon and Barry Burns for pulling off an amazing week of FM broadcasting.
RADIOPHRENIA, a temporary FM art radio station, was an unforgettable event, broadcasting 24 hours a day from the Glasgow Center for Contemporary Art.
Vernon and Burns have a long history of creating boundary-pushing sound events. Here's one example from 2012: Vernon and Burns' "Children of Toasted Cheese."
Sunday, April 12, 2015
RADIOPHRENIA is underway. Tracks from my own 'Shut-Eyed Stories' will be heard on five consecutive nights of the broadcast, during the 'Radiophrenia Shorts Night-Time' segments.
The first one will air on Tuesday, April 14 from 1:30 am - 2:15 am, London time.
You can find the whole weeks' schedule for RADIOPHRENIA here, and you can listen online to the entire broadcast here.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
For a full description of the Live-To-Air performances, click here. You can listen to the whole one-week event online, and download media players to listen with, here.
Poster design by Laura Glennie.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Issue #374 of The Wire has a nice article about the upcoming Radiophrenia broadcast in Scotland.
Mark Vernon explains the motivation behind behind the temporary FM art radio station, broadcasting live during April:
"I really like the possibility of accidental listeners spinning through the dial and coming across something completely unexpected. Podcasts and webcasts are all well and good, but people have to deliberately listen to them. Of course there are existing art radio stations like Resonance FM and Sound Art Radio, which are great and I contribute to their broadcasts quite often. But I thought it's about time that Scotland had something similar and this just might be the first stage in that."
Radiophrenia broadcasts between 13 - 19 April from Glasgow's CCA.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Broadcasting live from The Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Radiophrenia is a temporary FM art radio station - a week-long exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Radiophrenia aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging experimental approaches to the medium that are not catered for by mainstream stations. Bringing you the best in local and international radio art, the station will be broadcasting 7-days a week, 24-hours a day.
The programme will include; soundscapes, spoken word, documentary, drama, radio experiments, found sound, challenging and radical new programme ideas. The schedule will include live shows and pre-recorded features as well as a series of specially commissioned ‘live-to-air’ performances at 7pm each day. Selected artists have been asked to respond to the unique circumstances of creating a work that is simultaneously a live performance and a radio broadcast, reflecting the fact that there will be an audience present in the theatre in addition to an unseen audience of listeners at home. Commissioned artists include Felix Kubin, The Resonance Radio Orchestra, Peter Lanceley, Shelly Nadashi, Jim Colquhoun, Kathryn Elkin, Nichola Scrutton, Julia Scott and Elizabeth Veldon. Tune in from 13 April on 87.9FM.
I'm pleased to say my own 'Shut-Eyed Stories' will also be part of Radiophrenia.
Radiophrenia - 87.9FM Mon 13 April — Sun 19 April 2015 Broadcasting live from CCA, 24-hours a day Theatre Space Listening Room: 12noon - 4pm (except during sound checks), Free, All ages Live performances: 7pm, Free but ticketed, Theatre, Ages 15+
Friday, March 13, 2015
Mount Maxwell Radio's fourth broadcast is now online. It's an excellent mix of music, featuring Panabrite, Lalo Schifrin, Louis and Bebe Barron, and The Children's Television Workshop. Listen to it here.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
“The Surrealists’ chosen method was the affirmation of the Marvelous – the production of disquietingly anti-rationalist images that disrupt positivist and other restrictive ways of thinking and being … therefore provoking (the beholder) to come to grips with their own inner reality and its relation to the external world.”
“Surrealism does not reject reality but expands the definition of reality to include the unconscious.”
"(The entire argument of) Surrealism … can be seen as a poetic warning of what Breton called the “extreme precariousness” of the human condition: If civilization persists on its disastrous path – denying dreams, degrading language, shackling love, destroying nature, perpetuating racism, glorifying authoritarian institutions, and reducing all that exists to the status of disposable commodities – then, for us, and the planet (devastation is certain)."
– Penelope Rosemont