KRUI DJ Set 2011-10-08

Sublime Porte, Istanbul
I put out a call for unreleased/promo/advance music to include in this radio show back in September. The response wasn’t overwhelming but I got a few nice tracks from friends and acquaintances, and a rare opportunity to pick and choose among the unreleased music of my friends from Pittsburgh – Shawn Rudiman and Pittsburgh Track Authority. They both are represented liberally in this mix. Also featured prominently is the output of the Sublime Porte label from Istanbul Turkey. Sublime Porte has a load of music that I didn’t do, and it’s free to download so fire up your Googler and check them out.

My obligitory left-field choices are ‘Virus’ from Björk, which is lovely, and Enya’s ‘Boadicea.’ The latter has been going through my head for weeks, after I was reminded of it by an oddball mixtape on Soundcloud. My own track “Anguish Riddim” isn’t particularly anguished musically but a several unpleasant changes were happening at the time I was working on it. We’re all OK, but you know, life has plenty of ugly surprises…

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Michael KuszynsikiMidnight Morning
RandomanWinter In Space(Sublime Port Redshift Remake)
EnyaBoadicea
Shawn RudimanIn Light – In Darkness
TM EyePollution
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityMoving 2 Hard
ZzzzraPetite Lassitude N°3
BjörkVirus
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityApril Boogie
HabtUnstationary
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityNite Owl Video
ZzzzraEnnui Profon (Optic Remix)
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityMonongahela Rainforest
Voigt & VoigtSynthesize
Shawn RudimanGhola Idaho
Mr. BizzSpace 1999
ScubaEverywhere
ChaircrusherAnguish Riddim
Oblivion GardenWindmill Projections
Sublime PorteRed Apple (Subsky Remix)
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityOmar’s Here
ScubaNever
Shawn RudimanWhere does time go?
Weston PrinceAluna
Axial CrewSplatterfunk (w1b0 r3m1x)
RegisBlinding Horses
Claude Young & Takasi NakajimaRapture
PoleWipfel

Fun with Max For Live LFOs

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It’s hard not to be an electronic musician without developing a fascination with random/stochastic processes as a compositional tool. Particularly because when you pay attention to e.g. a Max Roach Drum Solo he seems to be balancing random choices with intentional ones. While Roach knows what he wants in broad outlines, part of what makes his playing great is that he has learned to simply allow his muscle memory and hind brain take over and introduce surprises. By letting go of a score and conscious control he’s participating in randomness shaped by his will.

Max spent a lifetime developing the skills as a musician to allow this sort of freedom in his playing. This demonstration clip is what happens when you set up many random Max For Live LFOs to modulate many, many different things. At the core, LFOs are modulating the Repeat and Grid parameters of a Beat Repeat effect. Then two more LFOS modulate the effect send levels, going to a reverb and delay. A third LFO is modulating the rate of the LFO modulating the Repeat parameters.

Then more LFOs modulate the regeneration level and ‘echo reverse’ parameters of the delay, and the size and predelay on the reverb.

One drum loop is the sole audio source for this. All this modulation introduces a currently fashionable sort of crackle where changing parameters introduces audio discontinuities.

Obtuse Strategies Deck

I’m sure most people know about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies — a deck of cards with gnomic suggestions to consult at random during creative work.

I propose my own, new deck, informed by my jaundiced world view, and in no small part, my own failings as a human being.

  1. Cultivate the disreputable
  2. Lie gratuitously
  3. Argue extravagantly over minutiae
  4. Blame the innocent
  5. Solve the wrong problem
  6. Construct the trivial sturdy, the crucial shoddy
  7. Give misleading directions
  8. Damn with faint praise
  9. Make a virtue of waste, a vice of thrift
  10. Play dumb
  11. Make incorrect change
  12. Celebrate incompetence
  13. Value syntax over meaning
  14. Imagine things to complain about
  15. Leave out the important part
  16. Flatter the deluded
  17. Argue with those who agree with you
  18. Subvert while appearing to cooperate
  19. Niggle, always
  20. Curse the virtuous
  21. Speak authoritatively when ignorant
  22. Say the opposite
  23. Laugh hardest at the unfunny
  24. Meet sincerity with sarcasm
  25. Hold grudges
  26. Complain operatically
  27. Suspect every kindness
  28. Swamp any straightforward motive with ulterior ones
  29. Purport falsely
  30. Implacably oppose the reasonable
  31. Deliver less than you promise
  32. Ridicule caution
  33. Value yourself negatively, others less
  34. No such thing as excessively literal
  35. Prevaricate, Obfuscate, Denigrate
  36. Puncture someone’s good mood
  37. Pursue empty ambitions relentlessly
  38. Exasperated sighs, sour grimaces
  39. Let people try to drag you with them
  40. Whenever possible, disappoint
  41. Deny the problem
  42. Smirk at people’s misfortune
  43. Boast without justification
  44. Give up early
  45. Assign everyone else sinister motives
  46. Squander the irreplaceable
  47. Disturb the tranquil
  48. Afflict the unfortunate
  49. Cut in line
  50. Waste everyone’s time
  51. Take no stand
  52. No pity, ever
  53. Profit from misfortune

2011-06-25 KRUI DJ Set: The Accidental Curator

I spend a lot of time at thrift stores, garage sales, and second hand stores looking for records. When I’ve collected enough interesting records together to fill a radio show, I lug the vinyl to the IMU for a radio show.

Someone who spends time on EBay and Discogs searching for records, who spends hours combing through YouTube going from one obscure house track to another in order to assemble their ultimate vinyl wishlist, end up with a certain sort of record collection. They’ve spent time boning up on music, read books on the subject, made and lost friends on the internet over records. They’re the true students of the art.

I’m more of a magpie — selecting records based on the relatively short list of producers and artists I’m already familiar with, and winging it based on extra-musical cues — the record label it’s on, the cover art, the song titles. I’m also happiest picking up records for a dollar or two. This mix is an assemblage of that sort of records.

And there’s some true gems that are in amongst all the copies of the “Victory At Sea” soundtrack album. How else would I have ever found out about Joy Ryder, or Claudia T? By the way I played Claudia T’s “Fatal Destination” at 33 when it should have been 45, and I think I like it better at the wrong speed.

And the incomparable Cissy Houston? Now, if people know who she is at all it is as the mother of R&B trainwreck Whitney Houston. But Cissy’s career went from gospel to backup singer to flirting with being a disco Diva. Her singing on “Think It Over” combines impeccable phrasing with deep soul.

Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover, after all — I do it all the time, and I’m pleasantly surprised more than I’m disappointed.

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VangelisSpiral
Roy Ayers UbiquityPeople And The World
DeodatoWhistle Bump
Taana GardnerNo Frills
Taana GardnerWork That Body
First ChoiceDoctor Love
Cissy HoustonThink It Over
One WayShine On Me
Bingo Boys Featuring PrincessaHow To Dance
Evelyn Champagne KingAction
Magazine 60Don Quixote
MadonnaShining Star
Joy RiderTired Of Phony
Information SocietyThink (Bluebox 2600 Mix)
Leage Unlimited OrchestraDon’t You Want Me
TelexLakelele
Chaba ZahouaniaDini Maak
Arthur RussellAll Boy All Girl
AntenaIngenious
Gil Scott Herron & Jamie XXNY Is Killing Me
The Final SolutionBrotherman
Claudia TFatal Destination
Kazumi WatanabeYatokesa (Mobo #3)

KRUI DJ Set 6-18-2011

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So this is a little different in that I wanted to focus on particular releases and artists. The stars of this show:


Kate Simko whose new album “Lights Out” raises her profile considerably in the dance music world.

Stewart Walker whose new digital label Son Of Cataclysm takes his techno experimentalism to new depths. The Sweetnighter track is an unreleased demo from his new guitar-based project collaboration with Reynold, aka Sam Rouanet, the label boss of Trenton Records

John Tejada whose new album comes out this week. John is a producer who has released a ton of music, always of the highest quality. I wonder when he sleeps.

Reggie Dokes is one of the 4th or 5th wave of Detroit dance music producers. Detroit is really a crucial center of house music’s renewal, with a long list of amazing musicians making crucial tracks. He’s not as well known as Omar S, or Moodyman, or Theo Parish, but he’s every bit their peer, and I expect him to become even more prominent.

Not a person, but a singular constellation of genre-bending music Hessle Audio just released 116 & Rising, a label retrospective that features 12 new exclusive tracks. It’s the only current label in the UK dance music world about which I’m an absolute completist.

Kate SimkoBeneath
Reggie DokesGod Of House
Stewart WalkerSlipped Off Fogwet Girders
Kate SimkoMind On You
Stewart WalkerLord Housefly
Kate SimkoMira Vos
Peter KirnAnaxagoras
Stewart WalkerBlässe
ChaircrusherTransit Of Jupiter
Kate SimkoBikini Atoll
Reggie DokesHaiti
Dennis De SantisFive Minutes Today Forever(Stewart Walker RMX)
John TejadaUnstable Condition
SweetnighterSign Language Poetry
SighaHF029 A1
SzareAction Five
SCBFuture Unknown
PeverelistSun Dance
Addison Groove5 Minutes Of Funk
Bass ClefRollercoasters of the Heart
PangaeaRunout
ChaircrusherSojourner
RamadanmanRevenue(Untold RMX)
Addison GrooveIt’s Got Me
XiThe Ghost
Bass CleffSo Cruel
BlawanPotchla Ve
James BlakeGive A Man A Rod (2nd Version)
D1Subzero
Throwing SnowUn Vingt

KRUI DJ Set 2011-04-28

Once more into the breach: stitching together something from various styles of music…

Radiohead — for those who bought King Of Limbs they sent out e-mails about a free download of 2 songs “Supercollider” & “The Butcher.” If you pay attention to the whinging class King Of Limbs sucked, but to them I suggest they go listen to Weezer or something. For those of us who love electronic music, Radiohead has been trying nothing less than to make art songs with one of the best live bands in the world, using all the tools of electronic music producers. It’s some 4th or 5th category, and if your’e not enjoying it, you’re not really listening.

Burial — talk about 4th or 5th Category, Burial is his own genre. Massively influential over the past couple years, his morose, introverted, wistfully vague assemblage of house music and audio detritus never fail to kill me. I play all 3 tracks of his new record.

Kode 9 & Space Ape — dropping a new album of (again with the categories) uncategorizable illness. I have a hard time with hip hop any more — it’s either coke-dealing fake-hard, po-faced backpack, or artistically bankrupt commersh. These guys are what I wish hip hop was again — moody storytelling with evil, deep beats.

Atropolis — Atropolis is a guy from Queens, which is perhaps the most racially and culturally diverse urban community on the planet, and he seems to jam it all in the blender and come up with badass pan-human party music. The tracks I chose mash up Soca with Kwaito, with some distorted MBira a la Konono #9. Sweetness.

Addison Groove — the next ‘next big thing’ — especially if you’re Planet Mu’s label-head/IDM legend Mike Paradinas is the Footwork/Juke sound coming out of Chicago. I’ve not yet jumped on the bandwagon with Juke music, but guys like Addison Groove take some of that Chicago flavor to mess up their UK-based post-whatever grooves. Addison Groove put out a couple of tracks I feature here that have some of that frenetic Chicago ghetto energy.

Area/Lightness — my friend Max from Chicago who is one of the people re-mutating Dub Techno, without sounding like the 923rd remake of Phylps Track II.

David Powers + Max Jacobson — David sent me a 4 track demo that is going to come out on a Mexican techno label sometime soon. He’s definitely into his own brand of deepness, or deep weirdness. Going from sampling Sheila E and Hall & Oates, to dropping in little atonal jazz keyboard squiggles over jacking beats … he’s probably the most traditionally musical house producer I know, in addition to being scary smart and emotionally unstable. He’s everything you could ask for in a 21st Century dance music producer.

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AntenaCamino Del Sol
RadioheadSuperCollider
BurialNYC
Gatto FrittoThe Invisible College
BurialStolen Dog
BoxCutterZabriskie Disco
RadioheadThe Butcher
David Powers + Max JacobsonSheila Don’t Love Me
Rick The Godson WilhiteBlame It On The Boogie
David Powers + Max JacobsenFeel It
AreaBed Vertigo
LightnessBurning Mercury(Metal)
BurialStreet Halo
Julio BashmoreFather Father
Jace SyntaxJackin Around
SoultekAnalogueHeart
Owiny Signome BandWires(Theo Parrish Remix)
Kode9 & The Space ApeLove Is The Drug
Graceful ExitRevolve Disco
AtropolisMbira Funk
Addison GrooveMake Em Bounce
ChaircrusherBaile Pedro Baile
Atroplis Feat. AnbuleSom Sista
Addison GrooveThis Is It
Terror DanjahZumpi Hunter RIP
AlfieTreatment
Spatial70810
Kode 9 & The Space ApeAm I
Kode 9 & The Space ApeBlack Smoke
Kode 9 & The Space ApePromise

U of Iowa Socialists and their First World Problems

This headline definitely rubbed me the wrong way. I’m all for small-‘s’ socialism where appropriate — health care, education, social security, appropriately modest defense — but I’m having a hard time imagining many people who would receive a University-wide e-mail who could credibly complain of being oppressed. Sure, there’s racism, sexism, and the erosions of personal freedoms in the US, but when I think of oppression, I think of having your home bulldozed, or being kept naked in a cell with a bag over your head and receiving daily beatings.

There’s hardly a more privileged group of people on the planet than the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Iowa. We worry more about cell phone reception & the price of Lattes than we do about actual oppression.

Will the U of I Socialists do anything useful to liberate the oppressed of the world? If they actually do something that in some small way comforts the afflicted or afflicts the comfortable, more power to ’em. But somehow I don’t imagine they can do much beyond holding weekly meetings.

2011-04-02 KRUI DJ Set

Special Afternoon edition during the Mision Creek Festival. This was in the basement of Public Space one, standing at a cramped counter with crap monitors. I didn’t have a lot of new tracks to drop, so I let each one ride longer than I usually do in the mix, and I think they’re worth it — particularly the Rick Wilhite and Virgo Four joints. The other things I played might overlap a bit with previous mixes, but I hope this his its own flavor…

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PTAAfrican Shufle
Mount KimbieBefore I Move Off
RadioheadSeparator
Rick WilhiteCity Bar Dancing (Basement Mix)
Gene Hunt & Ron HardyIndiana
Virgo FourSexual Behavior
Virgo FourLet The Music Play
Cosmin TRGSeparat
Cosmin TRGIzolat
PangaeaInna Daze
ShackletonDeadman
ShackletonDeadman (The Bug Crackle Mix)
PangaeaWon’t Hurt
Instra:Mental & DBridgeDetuned Heart
LHFCandy Rain
SullyTrackside
ChaircrusherHallucinogens In The Nescafe
SepalcureYour Love
The OthersVertigo 909
KitoLFO
RadioHeadMorning Mr. Magpie
Orphan 101Disemble
Roof LightAll Day Breakfast
Kryptic MindsRubberman
TMSVSignal
Freeze LX/One SP/MC YoungstaUnidentified
PinchThe Boxer
RamadanmanPitter
Truth + Dutty RanksWorlds Apart
Throwing SnowCronos
SynkroJust Say

The Cost Of Truth Telling

Assistant secretary of State P.J. Crowley resigned yesterday because he said of Bradley Manning’s mistreatment in military custody “is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid”

Ron Schiller resigns in disgrace for saying “The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian* — I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.” and that they aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

In both cases, they were telling the truth. In both cases there was a scandal and they were forced to resign. Now I fully understand why that happened, but it vexes me that we live in world where lying, prevaricating, waffling and misdirecting are rewarded and telling the truth gets you punished.

It’s a world where James O’Keefe gets rewarded for being manifestly, comprehensive dishonest. I could fulminate about this all day but what’s the point? It’s not going to change anyone’s mind. Because the basic, fundamental principle of conservatism is this: Believe what we tell you, and never question our authority.

*I might quibble with Schiller about the ‘Christianity’ of Tea Party People. There might be some crossover between religious conservatives and the Tea Party, but there’s plenty of secular people involved. They’re united in their belief in a bunch of bullshit. Not just differences with Liberals over policy, but “slept through high school civics, never actually read the constitution” errors of fact. They get together and reinforce each other’s misguided bogosity.

New Bandcamp Release: EMS Putney Improvisations

I’ve put a new album up on Bandcamp: For Delia Derbyshire 2011-03-10

This EMS Putney came into my hands when I purchased it from Iowa City South East Junior High School in 1997. It is one of the unique artifacts of electronic music. The Putney & it’s close relative, the attache-case-housed Synthi, were workhorse synths at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was a favorite of musicians like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and other Space Rock bands of the 70s.

It’s sonic character derives in large part from the cheapness of the design and construction. Moog Synthesizers were laboratory grade audio equipment; the Putney is cheap and difficult to use in a traditional musical context. And yet it was seductive. It’s limitations and imperfections enlarged musican’s ideas of what sounds could be musical.

Delia Derbyshire was one of the pioneers of electronic music during and after her tenure at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She was both a gifted composer and an audacious and precise engineer. Since seeing her in documentaries, and hearing her music I’m both awed by her and have a synth-geek’s crush on her. She was on my mind as I recorded these pieces, and I dedicate them to her memory.

The 5 parts of this piece were recorded in one evening, with no editing or overdubbing. The Putney was plugged into the Stereo Memory Man pedal, and the pedal was plugged into my computer.

The only post processing applied was normalization. These recordings are as close to the original, raw sound of the instrument as I could make them.

The mystery of Greta Ann

I’ll let go of my obsession with Anika soon, really. But among the interesting covers on her debut record was of “Sadness Hides The Sun,” which was originally recorded by someone called Greta Ann.

As a child of the 60’s I’m always looking for the awesome stuff I missed out on when I was, y’know, eight years old. And listening to the song on Youtube you realize why Anika covered it, it’s a brilliant song. But who was Greta Ann, and where did she go?

There’s precious little to discover on the Internet. The song is featured on a couple of compilations, including Merseybeat -The Story Of The 60s Liverpool Sound, and the awfully named Dream Babes 5: Folk Rock & Faithfull. The song was written about in the June 1965 New Music Express. But aside from the Youtube video, there’s nothing of substance about her. It seems crazy to me that someone could pop up, make one record, especially one that memorable, and disappear.


KRUI DJ Set 2010-03-05

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A little different than the last few sets I’ve done, as I brought the computer; I just didn’t have enough fresh vinyl for a show. It’s a combination of things that have been on mind, some for months, some as recent as this week. The Darkstar album North has been haunting me since it came out last year. Incredibly moody, emotional music.

Of course, for some of us, Radiohead’s new album King Of Limbs has been a recent obsession. It’s without hit singles, per se, but it does have something of what the Darkstar album has — inventive sound design & production as a way to make emotional connections. The When Saints Go Machine song “Fail Forever” is a recommendation from my son Lucas, who is music director at the Earlham College Radio Station. I never was into Radiohead before Lucas fell hard for them when he was 11; I got him to listen to Arthur Russell, so he knew I’d like anything that had some of that AR magic to it. I’m not sure When Saints Go Machine are Arthur Russell heads, but “Fail Forever” is haunted by him.

And then there’s Anika, who I was turned onto by Peter Kirn’s interview with her. The eponymous Anika is produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and has the sort of dark, noisy, rough production values that make the Jamaican work by Lee Perry and Clement Dodd so compelling. Two of the songs I played appealed to the hippy pacifist in me, Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Greta Ann’s “Sadness Hides The Sun.” Odd, but not that odd, that 60s era protest folks songs are so relevant still. Same assholes killing brown people then as now.

And there are 3 of my tracks, for better or worse. The Pete tracks are meant to get some additional instrumentation added when I can get Pete Balestrieri captured to put down some saxaphone, but I kind of like Music Minus One sounding stuff. Then there’s my shoutout to Muammar Gadaffi, “Hallucinogens in the Nescafe” which I wrote about earlier. He really is an epically evil motherfucker, and sometimes I think he says the hilarious things he does to soften the blow of his unrelenting, remorseless cruelty. He’s not Charlie Sheen, and of course, Charlie Sheen is another real-time tragedy whose humorous aspects can’t be denied.

But I couldn’t resist last night during my show when I tweeted “Thom Yorke doesn’t have tiger blood, innit? Tabby blood maybe.”

On a technical note, this mix is a cleaned up in a few places from the on-air performance — I was warping tracks in a mad rush yesterday and a couple of things were fucked up, resulting in dead air, tracks falling out of time, and one track getting played twice as fast as it ought to have been. There was one hilarious moment when somehow the tempo was following mouse movements when I wasn’t initially aware, so one track swung up and down between 120 and 200 bpm for a few seconds. But I photoshopped that out.

SYNKROOpen Arms
DarkStarSP
AnikaYang Yang
ChaircrusherPete 1
DarkStarSeparator
Just A BandExtra
DirtbombsShari Vari (Omar S Remxi)
ChaircrusherPete 2
West Norwood Cassette LibraryBlonde On Blonde (Pearson Sound Remix)
King slaFFOne
RadioheadLotus Flower
T WilliamsHeartbeat
When Saints Go MachineFail Forever
RooflightBirds Outside The Window
ChaircrusherHallucinogens In The Nescafe
DarkstarAidys Girl Is A Computer
SepalcureFleur
RoofLightAll Day Breakfast
TMSVSignal
Freeze & LX OneForeseen
Orphan 101Propa
AnikaSadness Hides The Sun
RadioheadMorning Mr. Magpie
Urban TribeOrbitals
Morgan ZaretHookid
AnikaMasters Of War
Instra:Mental + DBridgeFrom The Start
Instra:Mental + DBridgeDetuned Heart
Derek PiotrCleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
LHFCandy Rain

Album Covers From The Crowded Closets

Can I just say this record cover raises more questions than it answers.
Jesus & matching Polyester Suits. And don’t make this mistake — they’re the Proclamations, not the Proclaimers!
The Shorbs! They sound gospel, they look like child molesters!