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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Apr. 30 2016

Just when you thought you had enough rock we start off this installment of “M’n’M” with some rather outsider type rock. After the wonderful ambient piece by Scottish Composer, Steve Moore, we delve into the new Beth Custer which leads us to “The Human Horn”, Shooby Davis which leads us to...well, you’ll have to listen but eventually we get hoodwinked by a crazy piece by Unpersons that intentionally screwed up the playing time. It was so out there I had to play it to it’s very end regardless.

As the evening continues to unravel we hear musics akin to what this show is known for with the new Juliana Barwick, the string quartet, Ethel doing a blues piece and then we venture further into the wonderful new album by Tim Hecker. Abstract, layered but very listenable and optimistic.

We close out with up an improvised piece with the unlikely instrumental duo of lap steel guitar and theremin from Atlanta based DftalaLS. Trust me, you’ve not heard anything like this. And, just for the hell of it we’ll hear Ross Bagdasarian who created the Chipmunks doing a very un-Chipmunk like piece that will leave us all scratching our little melons.

Okay folks, it’s 4:30AM and ya got all I have.

Enjoy your weekend and your upcoming week.

Apr. 23 2016

We start out the show with some rather rocked-up records including a piece from the new Beth Custer Ensemble as well as the latest from Ryan Huber. The abstraction begins in hour two as we hear the new Tim Hecker, a wonderful improvised piece by the Canadian composer, Christine Duncan (and others) and a sparse but beautiful piece by The Aardvark Jazz Ensemble.

Hour three goes straight for the Experimental with the new Robert Crouch CD but finishing with two older vocal based pieces. First by the Belgium composer Leo Kupper who was profoundly interested in the human voice as an instrument. He developed an electronic mechanism he called the GAME Machine (Générateur automatique de musique électronique) which comprised of “sonic cells” sensitive to modulations from the voice allowing the vocals to influence the electronic accompaniment. An arresting but inspiring piece of work composed between 1967-1971.

We finish with a half hour composition from the American composer Charles Dodge who was similarly intrigued with the human voice. Dodge also melded electronics in with the voice and in this case using a Samuel Beckett radio play as it’s source. The avant garde writer granted Dodge permission to do the piece but didn’t like the idea of adding a musicality aspect so he told Dodge he can do what he wanted but the work was to never be released to the public. That was until Dodge handed the finished work to Beckett to listen to. Beckett was so pleased he told Dodge that he could use Cascando as he saw fit. We’ll listen to the 1978 piece in it’s entirety.

Apr. 9 2016

“If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.”
― John Cage

Hey, it only took me two months to get back to you! Thanks. I try to have fun. Where are you?

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

thump thump, is this thing on? listening ... yes

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