Tuesday, May 31, 2011

1994-03-02 Precipice

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The dividing line between safety and the unraveling that just might become a joyous discovery. This really is an excellent collage of beats, backgrounds, voices and noises that create, once again, a very interesting acoustic space. This one just doesn't seem to have aged very much at all.

But still, well into 1994 and still not reading a playlist. Now that I am documenting the broadcasts, I really regret that decision. although it felt good at the time.

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1994-02-23 I Like This World

This show was the drearier side of ambient beats and grooves, but on the other hand I thought that it was a soundtrack for the listener to work out their problems to. Well, it seemed to work for me, for I seem much better by the end of the show.

Once again, no playlist.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

1994-02-02 Paradise and Back

Sometimes you may feel like you are in paradise. It is very precious and doesn't happen very often. So, you have to luxuriate while you can. The problem is that you may not realize you are in paradise until later, when you are no longer there. Well, it is a journey and so see it as a trip to paradise and back. Very rare, but you need to recognize it as soon as you can. Because before you know it you will be back.

Thus, the feeling behind this week's radio program.

I am still not reading a playlist. This 1993 problem seems to have run on into 1994.

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1993-12-29 Throbbing Globe

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The last radio show of 1993. It had to start with a public service announcement from Unit Boy.

Some fairly normal traditional drum and percussion tracks from around the world have been captured, redigitized and then reprocessed into new and different musical forms. See what you think. Oh yes, and I also brought along about 500 sound effects tracks to mix in.

Primal digital goo.

Music included: Muslimgauze, Basilisk, Adam Flak and Whitehand Soames, Zoviet France, FM Einheit, the Residents and a lot more.

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1993-12-22 Holiday Terror

Sorry for the set of public service announcements at the beginning. They are mildly entertaining. I do like the one about "Don't go drinking and shopping" at about 32 minutes.

I just wanted a different holiday feel. Timothy Leary quotations:

"As you may know, I practice a profession for which there is no real name. What I have been doing for 40 years is to practice the psychology of individual freedom. It is my job to corrupt young people with the contagious, infectious idea of individual freedom. It is my job to encourage you and empower you to think for yourself and to question authority."

"Any reality is an opinion. You make your own reality. Wow."

No play list this week. Again.

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1993-12-15 Gary Clail

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Gary Clail is the subject today. Clail worked originally as a roofer, but during the mid to late 1980s based in Bristol, he became a warm up act for On-U gigs. Clail first released a record in 1985. Several 12"singles were issued between 1985 and 1987, before Clail's first LP for Nettwerk, Tackhead Tape Time, a split effort between Clail and Tackhead. "Television: The Drug of the Nation" by The Beatnigs was remixed by Clail, Adrian Sherwood and Mark Stewart, on the Alternative Tentacles record label in 1988. In 1989, Clail issued his own album, billed as Gary Clail & On-U Sound System, on On-U Sound, which marked Clail's entrance to the electronic underground scene in Bristol, eventually leading him to work with RCA a couple of years later. This output incorporated several singles and EPs, as well as The Emotional Hooligan album (1991). Clail released a further album on Yelen Records, entitled Keep the Faith (1996). His career was pretty much over after that. Hey, we miss you.

I love this stuff. The megaphone is brilliant, as if to say people should focus on what he is saying, not the sound of his voice.

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1993-12-01 Ambient Avalanche

The midi has changed an entire generation of computer hackers into newlt evolved Rick Wakemans with vast new instruments. They have techniques they try to master and what is planned to come out may not come out. Yet, what does come out then gets changed and molded into something very new. The sounds reflect off of each other, some canceling some multiplying. Very interesting.

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1993-10-06 The Residents

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A salute to one of my favorite groups. The Residents.

The Residents is an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. The first official release under the name of "The Residents" was in 1972, and the group has since released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record labelfocusing on avant garde music, was started by The Residents.
Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumor has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos - a long-lasting costume now recognized as their signature iconography.
Their albums generally fall into two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music, or complex conceptual pieces, composed around a theme, theory or plot. They are noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, and disregard for conventional music composition.

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1993-09-29 Scenes and Dreams

A nice program with some good evolution from one style to another.

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1993-11-17 EuroTech Six

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Another week of Euro techno music, all new. What is that? Well, the genre is any of various styles of dance music characterized by electronic sounds and a high-energy, rhythmic beat. The place of origin is the European continent. The time is late 1993. 

Music included: Ramirez, Nuke, World Party 2, Aquastep, TFX, Public Ambient, 2 Fabiola, Precious X Project, Brainstorm, Felix, DJ Hooligan, Hyper a Go Go, Chestnut, Digital Excitation, Alisee, Transformer 2, Hole in One, TLM, Trashmen, Supertronic Compnay, Slackjaw, Invidus and a lot more. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

1993-12-08 EuroTech Seven

mixing mixer party dance music creative commonsImage by zoutedrop via FlickrNew tech dance music from Europe coming out of several anthologies I had managed to acquire. If you listen to it 15-20 years later it does not sound so unique, because it is a sound that has triumphed in the general marketplace. Thus, this may not sound alternative to you, but it clearly was alternative at the time. And still sounding pretty damn good.

Music included: Oscillators, Mato Grosso, Felix, Datura, Tranceform, XRay, Sound Factory, Mocha, Lost Tracks 3, Beyond the B Sides, Shamen, Brain Wave, Oxy, Real to Real, Model 300, Gypsy, Psychic TV, Age of Love, and a lot more.

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1993-11-03 Industrial Neolithic

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Although it is clearly industrial music, it also has a very primitive, almost a Neolithic feel to it. The clanging may be from metal not yet made in the Neolithic period, and the humming might be from mechanical processes still in the distant future, still there is a very wild, uncivilized and yet very free Neolithic feel to the atmopshere created. If you are looking for an acoustic experience on a gray day or a dark night (with just a few lights, enough to create shadows) this is for you.

Music included: Zoviet France (a lot of it), Controlled Bleeding, PTV3, Z'Ev, Psychic TV, Nocturnal Emissions and a lot  more.

"Shouting at the ground will not help it hear any better."

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1993-10-13 Fierce Ruling Fatboy

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Stuff with a beat and a lot of fun. The  beats are fat, and so am I. Gotta face reality and make it work for you, I guess.

Music included: Gary Clail & On-U Sound System, Bim Sherman & Strange Parcels, Producers for Bob, Fierce Ruling Diva, Speedy J, Science, BFT, Chris & Cosey, FUSE, DJ Spike, Keith LeBlanc, Eric Huffman and a lot more.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1988-10-26 Halloween Special

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My vast collection of sound effects, noises and creepy sounds are NOT used to give you a strange and spooky radio show for the Halloween season.


You will, however, after listening to this show be able to identify America's top Satanic celebrity.

From demonbuster.com:
"Do some major Deliverance on yourself for ever celebrating halloween. Burn any left over halloween stuff in your home. Don't even open your doors to pass out "tracts". If you do, then you are celebrating this unholy day.
No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Christian, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church."

No play list was read.

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1993-07-23 Zoviet Bob

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Zoviet France can lay down a backing drone like no other group in industrial music. Likewise, no one can lay down a strange 21st Century rap like the prophet of the Church of the Subgenius, Bob Dobbs. Put them together and you have this radio show, with a few other tasty morsels through in for some diversity without too much of a serious agenda.

Music and sounds included:
Zoviet France, Bob's Media Ecology, Jimi Hendrix, Phillip Glass, Producers for Bob, Residents, Boyd Rice, Sucking Chest Wound and a lot more.

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1988-12-07 Mode and Mood

More in the industrial ambient style, setting the stage for you to insert your own content. There is some variety, however, so the drone won't necessarily get to you. There are some very creative tracks in here, and some that I had forgotten about. This show makes for some pretty fine listening.

Music included: Nocturnal Emissions, Lustmord, SPK & Graeme Revell, Sickness of Snakes, Various Hands, Graeme Revell, Spiritusanctus, Brian Eno, Residents, Klaus Flouride, Hector Zazou, Susan Deihim & Richard Horowitz, Controlled Bleeding, Popol Vuh, Harold Budd & Brian Eno and a lot more.

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1988-11-23 Riding the Tiger

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"Those who were foolish enough to ride the tiger, ended up inside." John F. Kennedy

Some people are so dangerous with their words that they have to be killed. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John Lennon,  Mahatma Gandhi, on and on and on. Add John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert to that list if you want. Whoever said something was "just words" did not understand the power that words have. Had it not been for their words, these people would not have been killed, gunned down by their assassins who hated them because of their words and what they stood for.

Sometimes the tiger you should not ride is the words you feel in your heart.

23 November 1963 an American president was shot. This program is 25 years later.

The names and faces might change, not to protect the innocent by the way, but things seem to remain much the same.

No play list this week.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

1988-11-02 Dangerous Sex Radio

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David Berube asked me to sit in for his show one week. He called it "Safe Sex Radio" and so I called it "Dangerous Sex Radio." This is a chance for me to have fun and play some funky tunes. My apologies for the newscast that I had to read at about 25:45. Otherwise, this is a pretty rockin' set for 1988!

David Berube was a faculty colleague of mine and we coached the debate team together. It was a great honor to have him at Vermont. Here is what the Nanotechnology website at North Carolina State University says about him now:
Berube is actively researching both intuitive nanotoxicology under a NIRT grant to explain how the public unpacks and understands technical human toxicological information and risks under conditions of high uncertainty.http://www.ncsu.edu/nano/faculty/profiles/details.php/56

Music included: Front 242, KMFDM, Psychic TV, Skinny Puppy, Severed Heads, SPK, Chris & Cosey, A Split Second, Slap!, Keith Leblanc, Barmy Army, Gary Clail, Voice of Authority, Test Department and a lot more.

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1988-11-02 Blessings of Obedience ISD #6

This show is composed of a digital tape from the sixth Industrial Strength Dance held down at Border, featuring Marvin X & 174K2, Bill Kirby's Escherhead, Astronauts in Grave Peril and then the Abdo-Men. I had promoted and organized the event. I also announced the groups and read some poetry at the end. The poetry had been produced by a "poetry tree" designed by Jayne Kennedy (acting as Autoreactive Reagant), where many paragraphs had been sliced up and hung from a small tree, and then those attending the show would pick some, arrange them, and post them as poems for the evening. I picked one I liked and read it at the end.

This was an amazing show, and it highlighted some of the finest of what Burlington was producing at the time, a real industrial music subculture with very little copying and a lot of originality. Big thanks to others who made this possible, including Brent Burke, Jayne Kennedy, Matt Sweet, Rick Knight and so many more. Plus the musicians, the late Bill Kirby, Stu Nelson and also those who always wished to remain anonymous (they shall continue to be so). Special recognition to that gifted artist, Bill Kirby, who committed suicide not long after this event. I still miss you, Bill.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

1988-10-22 Industrial Strength Dance #5 Preview

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This show starts with the headline maker of the week, Air Force One's 12" single using Ronald Reagan's incredible remarks about bombing Russia in five minutes.

Then, lots of promotion for upcoming events featuring great local music, such as Industrial Strength Dance #5, Friends of Doctor Mabuse live broadcast on Exposure program, etc.

Then a few proto industrial hits thrown in.

Music included: Air Force One, Friends of Dr. Mabuse, Commodity Fetish, Propaganda, SPK, Psychic TV, Chris & Cosey, Einsturzende Neubauten, Edger Froese and a lot more.

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1988-10-19 Plots and Cover Ups

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Nice lead in with a promo for David Berube's salute to the H. G. Wells historic radio broadcast.

When the news is really new, it almost has to be covered up. I seem to have chopped up first some old movies and put them together with some songs, television programs and other fragments to have some fun. Everything you can imagine that might be happening may well be happening. The "evil influences in music" stuff is really quite interesting. This is one of the most eclectic selection of sounds I have ever used on the air.

Music included: Psychic TV, Negativland, Tabla Rasa, Japanese Sound Effects, Sound Effects of Godzilla Vol. I & Vol. II, Nurse with Wound, David Benoit, Nocturnal Emissions, Abdo-Men, Ho Ho Laughing Monster, The Woman Hunt, Juveniles, Howdy Doody Show Kids, Falcon and Condor, Vogel, Them (giant ants), and a lot more.

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1988-10-12 Military Church Complex

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Connections between industry and the military are fairly common in progressive discussions. Yet, there is also a connection between the military and the church, as a basically pacific Christian faith has been warped into a support for military actions against "them" and a military answer to our problems. We become "defenders of the faith" even if our faith is not threatened but the existence of a religiously free society is. Shame.

Music included: Jimmy Swaggart, Gerbert Singers, Faust, Project Club, SPK, Dance Macabe, Psychic TV, Commodity Fetish, Section 25, Hosa, Manufacture, Ronald Reagan, Ministry, Numb, Hafler Trio and a lot more.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1988-10-05 For the Veep Debate

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I was not happy about the vice presidential debate that had just taken place. Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen? My anger was thus a generating force behind this radio program.

QUAYLE:  And I will be prepared to do that. I will be prepared not only because of my service in the Congress, but because of my ability to communicate and to lead. It is not just age; it's accomplishments, it's experience. I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.
WOODRUFF: Senator Bentsen.
BENTSEN: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy. (Prolonged shouts and applause)

Music included: Danse Macabe, Commodity Fetish, Friends of Doctor Mabuse, Test Department, the World of Skin, Harold Budd, Software, Acoustic Iatrogenesis, Commodity Fetish live, Borghesia, Marvin X & 174K2 and a lot more.

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1988-09-21 Fall of the Castle

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Akira Kurosawa is my favorite director, and his films have had a huge impact on me. I took tracks from Ran and mixed them in with some music to create this radio program. That theme breaks down a bit after the first 20 minutes, but the overall feel of the show continues. I often take inspiration for radio programs from such places, just like music gives me inspiration for fiction writing and even academic writing. Cross fertilization, perhaps?

Music included: Ran soundtrack, Manufacture, Severed Heads, SPK, Borghesia, Abdo-Men, Wavy Gravy, Acooustic Iatrogenesis, Psychic TV, Commodity Fetish, Klinik, Test Department, Numb, Negativland and a lot more.

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1988-09-14 Revival

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"The Dark Side" introduction, followed by Tom Baker's final scene as the Doctor on Doctor Who, followed by a mixture of religious verbiage along with some music, industrial and protoindustrial, mixed together. I did play some of my voice tapes made at the time that Jim Jones was convincing those of his flock with him to drink the poison Kool-Aid. These are some of the scariest tapes I have ever heard. "Overcome by religious fervor, this is WRUV-FM, Burlington." Some of this stuff is also taken from the sound tracks of various movies that were mocking television evangelists.

It is true, I was fortunate that blasphemy laws are no longer enforced.

Music included:
Psychic TV, Wavy Gravy, Gerbert Singers, Data Bank A, Tammy Faye Bakker, PrayerTV, Jim Jones (real voice), Mark Stewart and the Maffia, Frontline Assembly, Reverend Buck, Doctor John the Night Tripper, Abdo-Men, Cabaret Voltaire, Acoustic Iatrogenesis, Pope John Paul, Karmaseptic, Healed for a Day, Tackhead, and a lot more.

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1988-09-07 Slice of Life

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Nice public service announcement from Bernie Sanders telling students not to make so much noise to start off this acoustic item. I guess I just wasn't into reading play lists at this point in time, so it is a guess at best as to what is contained here. Many of the usual suspects, but a few completely unidentifiable items. I have a nice rebuke of Satan near the end, in the name of Berube.

Here are just a few of the music sources i did indicate after my noise pollution rant:
Lustmord, Psychic TV, Zoviet France, Telepathic Request, Nocturnal Emissions, and a lot more. I also hear Residents and Hula in there. There is a nice timeline Nocturnal Emissions thing at the middle.

Two themes here are noise controls by the city and noise from your radio. No escape from noise, apparently. What kinds of noise? What is noise pollution to some is just another request for something on my radio show.

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