Sunday, March 27, 2011

1993-01-13 Drums of Islam

War in the Middle EastImage by Stewf via FlickrThis is a look at the band Muslimgauze.

From Network News interview by Nigel Ayers (September, 1990)

How do you compose/ make your music, is it from samples, or are the tunes you play traditional middle-eastern melodies? What motivates you, why do you do it?
Every piece of music Muslimgauze releases is motivated by a political fact, mostly Palestinian, also Iran and Afghanistan are of great interest. Muslimgauze usually take a word or action etc. and from that evolves a basic idea, which is then altered etc. until the finished pieces come to life. I view samples as theft, blatant theft of Kraftwerk and James Brown is common by people with no ideas of their own, these people should be taken to court and erased from view.
Muslimgauze try to construct their own sound, using their own ideas, a basic backbone of Middle Eastern influences, sounds not falling into the 'Arabian Nights' trap all other Western bands fall into.
Motivation is the injustice of the Palestinians, the Zionist aggression against innocent people who have had all they owned taken from them by Zionists using American money and arms. .
The time is coming when everybody and every country will have to take sides, pro-PLO or pro-Zionist, the war to resolve this is not far away.

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1992-12-30 Endling

The Bonzo Dog BandCover of The Bonzo Dog BandIt is the end of another year, and another year of genre expanding on my part, as well as a year of learning about music. Here are some of my favorites, not necessarily from the year, but from the current music scene. Instead of an important musical explanation of our place in the world at this time, I came up with some silly sounds that may not represent anything at all.

Music included: Residents, Producers for Bob, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Negativland, Tapebeatles, Sucking Chest Wound, System 01, Ebn-Ozn and a lot more.

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1992-12-09 Pro-Noise

Intonarumori-internoImage via WikipediaA lot of noise. It thinks it is music, but it is really noise. Or is it more than that? Almost all of this is new at the time.

From Dane Rudhyar at

An apparently basic distinction can be made between noises, recognizable natural sounds (like animal cries, the sound of a running brook or waves breaking on a sandy beach), and, strictly speaking, musical sounds. In the past, musical sounds were produced by the human voice and musical instruments — musical because their use normally was restricted to the production of musical sounds. Noises did not belong to the field of music; nature's sounds were used very rarely and only episodically, but recently their use has increased. What then decides whether a sound can be considered musical? The answer is, the culture of a particular group of human beings.
The term culture may be interpreted at several levels of meaning. In this case It refers to the expectation which people conditioned by a particular culture have of hearing certain sounds or not hearing others. It refers to what has become customary or traditional in a number of definable circumstances — for example, attending a church service, listening to a troubadour returning from the Holy Land, or crowding a modern concert hall to hear a specially trained virtuoso or an orchestra. The specific circumstances in which music is heard are very important because, at least originally, they have much to do with the "musical" character of the sounds heard and the psychic or personal responses of those hearing them. As these cultural circumstances alter, the possibility arises of a corresponding change in what constitutes a musical sound. Sooner or later not only the musicality of various types of sounds, but also the expected character of combinations of these sounds (that is, musical "form") changes in order to satisfy a new kind of desire — the desire to meet psychological needs aroused by new social circumstances, particularly a new type of family life, education, and daily work.

Music/noise included: Hafler Trio, Etante Dons, Asmus Tietchens, PGR, Blackhouse, Muslimgauze and a lot more.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

1992-11-25 Bill Nelson Again

Bill Nelson is a remarkably talented individual, performer and composer. And, he loves to work largely alone. I had saluted him a few months back and got a bunch of new releases and just had fun with them on this day.

And he loves to spend less than two hours on a song from beginning to the end, and some of them took only 20 minutes.

I explain Bill Nelson and his musical history during the late 1980's and early 1990's early in the show.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

1991-11-18 Media Ecology

The Church of The Subgenius makes its mark in ...Image via WikipediaIt is a new genre called "media ecology." Take sounds produced by someone else in another context and put them together to create a brand new piece.  This really puts it all together. The other thing is that these groups do what I have been doing on my radio for some time now. And, of course, the Church of the Subgenius is there.

Music (or whatever you want to call it) included: Producers for Bob, Sucking Chest Wound, Nubile G & the Spurious Whiz, Tape Beatles, Negativland and a lot more.

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1992-11-11 Music Gas

MUSIC: 200603-200803 Listening History GraphImage by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) via FlickrHigh energy but a few pace breaks. The tech dance craze is growing, and I like the samples used as well. None of my usual songs from this period are on this show, so it is a good one for breaking the mold and enjoying new sounds.

Music included: Eon, Vooq, Ultramarine, System 01, Timothy Leary, In the Nursery, Tanith, Microglobe, Cosmic Baby, 3-Phase, Pink Stanley Ford, Channel X, Barometric, Sky Clan and a lot more.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

1992-10-28 Tuna's 42nd Birthday

Yes, every once it a while my birthday comes on a Wednesday when the program airs, and so I fall into a disgusting paroxysm of self-indulgent musical programming. Please forgive me, but here it comes again. These are a number of songs that were important to me at the time, and as I write this in 2011 I would have to say that they still are important to me.

Music included: The Residents,  New Order,  Clash, System 01 with Timothy Leary, Shadow Work, Propaganda,  Gary Clail,  Chris & Cosey,  Blaine L. Reininger,  Legendary Pink Dots,  Psychic TV,  Clan of Xymox,  Anna Domino,  Timelords and a lot more.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

1992-07-29 Tears and Gardens

Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1: Songs for ...Image via WikipediaNew recoirds by Teargarden and Miranda Sex Garden seem to fit together with some other new music at the station. The feel of a lot of the music is the same and so it seems to flow together nicely. OK, a bit of the Legendary Pink Dots fits in quite well also.

Music included: Miranda Sex Garden,  Teargarden, Legendary Pink Dots, Coil, FM Einheit, Commodity Fetish and a lot more.

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1992-07-22 Melancholy Norse God

LustmordCover of LustmordIs that what they feel like?

Like this? Just a look at the titles of the musical groups and you know that this is the right title for industrial ambient music like this.

Music included: Test Department, Lustmord, Nocturnal Emissions, Zoviet France, Autopsia, Asmus Tietchins and a lot more.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

1992-07-15 Jumping Around

Sebastian CabotCover of Sebastian Cabot"When you cut into the present, the future leaks out."
-William S. Burroughs

Jumping around between genres, styles and feels. I just love the song where Sebastian Cabot sings, "All I really wanna do is baby be friends with you."

Music included:
Tape Beatles, Hilt, Residents, Eric Huffman, Commodity Fetish, Sebastian Cabot, Muslimgauze, Frank Chickens, Sones of Arqa, Negativland, Andy Fairly, Zoviet France, Roughage, Producers for Bob, Controlled Bleeding and a lot more.

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!992-06-17 Eclectic Escapade

I Can Be a Cool Musician Barbie® DollImage by Charles ( via FlickrNo real theme, but a lot of variety. Just having fun with a big stack of music and sounds.

Once again, no play list read. This is going to get me in trouble someday, I just didn't know it would be 12 Marsh 2011.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

1992-06-03 Push To Shove

Cages Variation VII by :zoviet*france:, Matt W...Image by garage_c via FlickrWhen is it that push comes to shove? This is an industrial ambient landscape show that has lots of space in it to imagine a lot of things.

Music included: Commodity Fetish, Acoustic Iatrogenesis, Nocturnal Emissions, Lustmord, Zoviet France, Disappointing the Machine, Master Slave Relationship, FM Enheit, Autopsia, Controlled Bleeding and a lot more.

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1992-05-27 Today's Raving

Ranting, raving, pontificating, blustering, shouting, are all here with music behind them. I am, after all, a professor of communication, so I can identify raving.

adjective madwildragingcrazyfuriousfranticfrenziedhystericalinsaneirrationalcrazedberserkdeliriousrabid, out of your mind, gonzo (slang) Malcolm looked at her as if she were a raving lunatic.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

But it isn't always insane or wrong. You have to decide which is which in this broadcast. Lots of fun.

Another no playlist week. Andy Fairly was a huge poetic inspiration here.

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1992-05-13 Tech Fix Delays Ethic

a technical failureImage by macwagen via FlickrThere it is, that program ID again. A warning to all.

We need a new set of values for our relationship with the ecology. We need a shift in our ecological ethics. When we deal with current problems through partial and mostly obscurantist technical patches we actually delay the transition to this new ecological ethic.

This is a fast paced and mad capped show.

Music included (while I read no playlist this is the best I can do):
DJ Spike, My Life in the Thrill Kill Cult, Kode IV,  Shadow Work, On-U Sound System, Psychic TV, Greedy Beat Syndicate,. System 01 with Timothy Leary,  Negativland and a number of songs I could not identify.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

1992-04-29 Neoromantik

Psychic TVCover of Psychic TVSpring comes a bit later to Vermont than other places. But, by April 29 it is in full swing. Not your normal spring love salute show, this one is a bit different and a bit colder but still fecund.

Music included: Two Bit Man, Homeboy Posse, Lords of Acid, Kode 4, Psychic TV, Chris & Cosey, Die Scvingeuese, Muslimgauze, Sleep Chamber, Commodity Fetish, Master Slave Relationship, Ultramarine and a lot more.

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1992-04-22 Earth Day

EarthImage via WikipediaNice PSA at the beginning.

Earth Day, huh?

A lot of music during this period has ecological themes. So, I put a bunch of them together into a collage of noises and beats and melodies. This broadcast might be a little preachy, but it does have some really nice tracks on it. Pretty aware for 1992. 

Music included: Keith Leblanc, Frank Chickens, Gary Clail & On-U Sound System, Consolidated, Shadow Work, DJ Spike, Psychic TV, Nocturnal Emissions, Legendary Pink Dots, Psy Field, Tapebeatles, Philip Glass and a lot more.

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1992-03-18 Some Day, I Shall Return...

Dark AmbientImage by Jack-i via FlickrThus says Doctor #1 when he leaves grand daughter Susan on Earth with her new love. "Someday, I shall return. Yes, someday I shall return. But until then let there be no tears, let there by no regrets. Continue in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistken in mine."

No play list is read, but this is a mix of industrial ambient and sound collage pieces.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

1992-03-11 Exile on Earth

Sometimes I feel like an exile on this planet. This is where I am and this is what I know, but there is a still small voice inside of me saying that this is not my home, that the stars are my home, and that I am merely here in exile. Thus, the theme for this program. Doctor Who (Doctor #2 played by Patrick Troughton) is put on trial by the Timelords and his sentence is to be in exile on Earth in the 20th Century. Well, at least I made it out of the 20th Century and into the 21st.

No play list was read for this show.

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1992-03-04 Out of Balance

Philip GlassCover of Philip GlassIt was powerful. I watched it several times. The music of Philip Glass was hypnotic. This radio program uses some of that music and a lot more. "Out of balance" is a theme well-handled by this radio program.

Koyaanisqatsi (English pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪ.ɑːnɪsˈkɑːtsiː/ KOY-ah-nis-KAHT-see), also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse stock footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explains the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live."[6] In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsimeans "crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living".[7] The film is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. Koyaanisqatsi is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s.[8]

Music included: Nurse with Wound, Tapebeatles, Nocturnal EMissions, Zoviet France, Philip Glass, Z'Ev, Negativland, and a lot more.
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1992-02-26 For You Too

Cover of "Guns"Cover of GunsNegativland really has it going on. This show features their new "Guns" CD and their continuing struggle with the Irish band U2 who is trying to break their business model. A lot of amazing guns stuff, a lot of scantily clad young females wielding huge guns and shooting them, if that sort of thing turns you on, Nobody does this kind of thing like Negtivland.

Music included: Negativland, Psychic TV, Steinski & the Mass Media, Producers for Bob, Sucking Chest Wound, Dresden, System 01, Coil, Intermix, Miranda Sex Garden, Corporation Pop, Kode IV and a lot more.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

1992-01-29 Mission to Earth

Photograph taken between Summer-Fall 1989, in ...Image via WikipediaCelebrating the Ninth anniversary of the CMK this day. I dedicated this program to the many who had listened to me for these many years.

This one is a real keeper.

Dr. Timothy Leary, "It is my job to encourage you, and to empower you, to think for yourself and to question authority."

Music included: System 01, Oliver Adams, Trance Trax, Love N'Life, Angel Ice, Psychic TV, Lords of Acid. White Dove, Zinnia, Adam and Eve, DLM, MC Chunky & the Knights Templar, Rave Crusader, the Spell, Deep Fry and a lot more.

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1992-01-22 Myths Revealed

Free (Negativland album)Image via WikipediaMuch of what you thought was true is disproven by this radio broadcast.

Wesley's PSA at the beginning is amazing.

1984 voice track, how can you go wrong? Fasten your seatbelt after that, you are off on an acoustic journey.

Is God here, doing this kind of thing?

Music included: Kitten Sparkles, Deep Fry, Consolidated, Coop deVille, Commodity Fetish, George Shrub, Sucking Chest Wound, Delerium, Tackhead, On-U Sound System, My Life in the Thrill Kill Cult, Masked Men, Andy Fairley, Acoustic Iatrogenesis, Negativland, Steinski & the Mass Media and a lot more.

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1992-01-08 Comforting Drone

The Hafler TrioCover of The Hafler TrioThe sweet voice of Adid.

Wow, after Adid, that male voice at the beginning is awesome. No mix here, as this is the record played straight. I think that is Dr. Moolenbeek, one of the Hafler Trio. This is a really nice industrial ambient collage, relaxing but thought provoking. I like it.

Music included: Hafler Trio, Nocturnal Emissions, Zoviet France, Chris & Cosey, PTV3, PGR, Mnemonists, Locked in the Rock, and a lot more.

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1992-01-01 Date Numbers Change

Mr. & Mrs. PumpImage by D.Clow - Maryland via FlickrAh, that old station ID. Scandalous.

So, Wednesday doesn't always come on the right day, but this day it did, New Year's Day. There were a lot of great records out at the time and I sort of played some of my favorites of the year. I behaved myself and just played music.

Music included: Residents, Gary Clail, Consolidated, Dynamite, Test Department, Tackhead, Dub Organizer, On-U SOund System, Tapebeatles, King Crimson, Negativland, Psychic TV.

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1991-12-11 Sound Test

Microphone shadows (HOTEL live)Image by JF Sebastian via Flickr"Broken fingers talk, they grasp at straw, but I heard a voice in there, there's no one there at all. Oh, what have we done, to come to this, huddling on some foreign shore, scanning the abyss?"

There is so much variety in this show, and as soon as one mode gets old, another is kicking in. OK, I am biased, but this seems like one of the best shows.

"And then they had a test."

"Abraham Lincoln said all men were created equal, but then Abraham never saw Bo Diddley in the shower."

Music included: Blaine L. Reininger, SPK, Legendary Pink Dots, Aqsak Maboul, Residents, Edward Ka-spel, Nurse with Wound, Hula, Potato Singers, Thick Pigeon, Negativland, Tapebeatles, Brian Eno, Graeme Revell, Bill Nelson, Nocturnal Emissions, Psychic TV and a lot more.

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