Melody in Mayhem

  • Friday 11pm-Saturday 2am

Experimental, genre defying music for all ages and from all ages. Pretty much anything is fair game here but there is an emphasis on minimal electronics of the non-dance persuasion as well as post-classical, between-the-cracks rock and some good ol’ time Musique Concrete when I can find it. We’ll also give emphasis to new releases when they come in. Non serious music for the academic listener.


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May. 30 2015

An unusual sweep of Experimental music young and old.

As per the older stuff, we'll hear some manipulated music boxes, foghorns off the bay of San Fransisco, a wonderfully hypnotic solo cello piece from Sarah Hopkins, some electroacoustic music from Experimental pioneer, Pierre Henry and some music composed in the 12th Century form Hildegard von Bingen.

For something new we'll jump right into the "Miniatures" album lovingly reissued by Knock 'em Dead on red vinyl and very limited. We'll also hear something new from Padna on one of our favorite labels, Aagoo as well as a new and vibrantly hype release from legendary Can percussionist Jaki Leibezeit who at 80 is still just as current and challenging as in his days of yore.

May. 23 2015

On this week’s M ‘n’ M we delve into some new as well as some old.

The “new” includes the likes of French DJ/producer/Experimenter/editor, etc, Philipe Petit, Norwegian artists Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus and an excerpt from the two hour modern opera by Ghost Against Ghost.

In the “old” category we have Richard Grayson & Tom Oberheim’s 1974 release that involves Grayson improvising on piano while Oberheim uses his own electronic devices to accompany Grayson’s classical based work.

Also a work by the American composer, author and pioneer of interactive music systems, Joel Chadabe. This 1977 album is based on computer-generated accompaniments for spirituals sung by Irene Oliver. A unique and moving work like nothing you’ve heard before.

May. 9 2015

We have a show filled with new releases tonight of the experimental nature such as Aphex Twin’s, “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2”, Triac’s, “Days”, Ryan Huber’s, “Akharon” and a slew more. We will also feature some works that have a slightly older origin but carry a powerful impact:

Of all Thomas Köner’s twelve solo releases this is the first to feature an “actual” instrument. His take on such instrument’s is that they were made long ago by instrument makers who’s inherent drive was to make something that would please the Monarch. “The fearful, pathetic devotion built into the instruments and there sound makes them unusable on many levels.”, he declares. This album came to be as Köner visited the apartment of his deceased Grandmother. Alone, saddened and lost he sat at her piano and using his phone began to record. “Tiento De Las Nieves” is his first solo release in more than two years. This “autopsy” of the spatial and temporal properties of the piano is a captivating meditation on the longing in the life of sound. We will hear close to an hour’s worth of this 67 minute composition.

We will also play a 1999 composition by Japanese composer, Somei Satoh entitled, Kisetsu. Satoh is primarily self taught and his compositions evoke a curious fusion of Japanese timbral sensibilities with 19th century Romanticism, electronic technology and the teachings of Shintoism and Zen Buddhism.

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great show! love the mix of weirdness and beauty contained within.

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