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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Sep. 12 2015

In tonight’s 9\11 show we play two songs dedicated to the WTC bombings. One by Steve Reich as played by the Kronos Quartet and the other by Scott Walker with the help of a make believe Elvis.

As we’ve been playing some new works that center around the banjo I brought in a piece by St. Paul resident Paul Metzger who alter’s everything he plays. Here he uses a 23 string banjo and the sounds he gets out of this thing is pretty crazy. Ever hear a bowed banjo before? We’ll also play another track from the beautiful new Andrew Tuttle record as well as the original banjo wrangler himself, Eugene Chadboure.

We’ll also listen to more Robert Crouch who we’ve been digging the hell out of and whom compares nicely with Richard Chartier, Tim Hecker, Loren Chase and others.

We’ll also delve into an improvisational oud piece from one of the craziest records to come in so far in 2015 by Alan Sondheim/Azure Carter/Luke Damrosch.

Along with some other new releases we’ll play an ever so subtle piece for quartet from the Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki composed in 1964 and a seldom heard piece from Laurie Spiegel that was not on her recent double disc retrospective, The Expanding Universe. Composed in 1979 she considers this work her most successful microtonal composition.

Aug. 29 2015

We'll play some wonderful new releases by the dark noise/ ambient artist Ryan Huber, a posthumous release from the Australian duo Rand and Holland which wrote a song with the help of Oren Ambarchi that displays what a folk song coming off it's rails and imploding sounds like. We'll also hear the new album by former Battles lead man, Tyondai Braxton which is based on a installation piece from 2013 performed at the Guggenheim which is described as "part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods." Then we'll hear an extraordinarily wild work by theorist, poet, critic, artist and musician, Alan Sondheim who plays 19 different instruments with amazing virtuosity. He'll be aided by vocalist Azure Carter and producer, Luke Damrosch.

We'll also here new pieces by Haves and Thirds, Lawrence English, Eugene Chadbourne and more.

Pierre Schaeffer is currently considered one of the most influential experimental composer's for his recording and sampling techniques. Those methods include using a disk-cutting lathe, four turntables simultaneously, a four-channel mixer, filters, an echo chamber, and a mobile recording unit. He also manipulated pickups, locking grooves of records, playing albums backward and much more all developed in the post-Nazi Germany era. His work lead to a new genre of music called Musique concrète. As a musicologist, acoustician, anti-nuclear activist and cultural critic his legacy is felt among a broad spectrum of the world today. We will hear a piece he composed around 1948 entitled, "Le Voile D'Orphée".

Jul. 18 2015

Mercury Records created an offshoot label in the late 60's called Limelight to give attention to many very well known jazz artists of the day like Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk and a slew of others. Something happened though in the later part of the 60's and all that promptly stopped. Suddenly Limelight started releasing much more obscure works by experimental and avant garde composers seldom heard in the day but now considered influential. For a few short years the label released works by the likes of Mauricio Kagel, Pierre Henry, Ruth White, Beaver and Krause's first record and various others. It's a bit of a mystery why and how all that happened but then suddenly things went into a tailspin releasing some pretty erratic rock and ultimately ending with a completely cheeseball Moog record called, "Electric Love".

We'll sample some of the experimental works as well as a couple electro-acoustic pieces. We'll even play a wild musique concrete piece by the French pioneer, Pierre Henry.

Also interspersed through out this array of obscurities we'll sample some of the newer releases that has recently busted through our doors.

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

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