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Options October 23, 2012: Phillip Stearns Live on the Air

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Track Comments Approx. start time
Low-Q versions of Nik Kershaw + mangled Quiet Storm   Concrete samples and field recordings of boats and water from Cyrill Schlapfer's new + outstanding box set Die Waldstatte. More info here.  0:00:00 ()
Interview with Phillip Stearns   A bit of an introduction to Phillips' process of deconstructing and shorting discarded consumer electronics to make music.  0:21:12 ()
Phillip Stearns Live on the air!  

Electronics builder and destroyer Phillip Stearns improvises live on the air with some short circuited DVD players, cameras and CD walkmen. 

0:31:25 ()
Lord Tang     0:44:44 ()
Interview with Phillip Stearns   Taking a tour through the electromagnetic frequencies produced by the different parts of a macbook.  0:50:56 ()
Phillip Stearns playing NASA's website   After discussing how his simple copper coil translates electromagnetic waves into sound, Phil plays collages recordings from NASA's website - these are produced by relating electromagnetic measurements into audible frequencies. Now that's what I call an analogy! To hear these, check out nasa.gov/connect/sounds  1:04:19 ()
"Indonesia Pop Nostalgia"   pulled from this real cool LP comp of funk + psych from Indonesia, all reworkings of children's songs. Preeeetty amazing.  1:15:51 ()
New Sun Araw!!   Out on Sun Ark records, n it's called "The Inner Treaty".  1:20:04 ()
Interview with Phillip Stearns  

Discussing Phillip's recent work with "glitch textiles" - fabrics that he's produced based on images produced by a glitched camera. Check out more of these patterns here and even buy one! 

1:36:55 ()
Philip Stearns live on the air synth improvisation  
Wow, Phillip is rerouting patch cables on the fly in a 1-bit synthesizer built into a breadboard. How did he pull music out of this thing?


1:45:48 ()
Phillip Stearns Interview   Discussing the inner workings of Phillip's synthesizer and mathematics as a roundabout way of rediscovering traditional music harmony. Talk of throatsinging and no-input mixing.  2:06:57 ()
Keith Fullerton Whitman   new split with Mike Shiftlet out on Amethyst Sunset records.  2:17:30 ()
Phillip Stearns live no-input mixing   Sounds produced by running the output of a mixer into the input and experimenting with EQ and routing of the various channels.  2:42:06 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 10/23/12 12:11am osvi:

Oh yeah, back were I come from, those were the jams that expressed our 8th grade feelings, through dedications, on the cheap AM station, at like midnight, on a school night.
  Tue. 10/23/12 12:12am osvi:

oops, "where I come from"
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 12:16am Nat:

Yep!!!! I'm STILL at an 8th grade maturity level pretty much.
  Tue. 10/23/12 12:23am sudo:

second disc gets dark as hell.
  Tue. 10/23/12 12:24am neil:

word 23rd
  Tue. 10/23/12 12:45am albie:

8th grade ruled
  Tue. 10/23/12 12:58am D in Miami:

I have one of those phone taps. Fun to play around with.
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 1:06am Nat:

Amazing, D! I got me some smart listeners.
  Tue. 10/23/12 1:17am D in Miami:

Thanks, Nat! I found it and thought it was like a contact mike at first. Got nothing, but found out about it on youtube, where he places it on cd players, motors, phones and the like.
  Tue. 10/23/12 1:24am neil:

me vhs caveman. ugh. coaxil cable.
  Tue. 10/23/12 1:34am fred:

Good morning Nat
  Tue. 10/23/12 1:34am neil:

sometimes digital clocks amaze and confuse me!
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 1:54am Nat:

Hey Fred, bet you'd enjoy Phillip's earlier set in this show. Speaking of clocks, I was hearing about a radio station out in California where the hippie station manager took all the clocks out of the control room years ago so that the DJs would have no idea how long they'd been playing songs...enforced free-form indulgence!
  Tue. 10/23/12 1:56am fred:

I'm enjoying this set, I'll hit the archives later for the rest
  Tue. 10/23/12 1:58am neil:

nice! phillip glass plays video games?
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:03am neil:

my bad wrong phillip. i do like the way it bounces around in my head.
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:13am neil:

could it be workrd backwards so pictures become sound as ur sound is turned to textile? digitized image filter sound converter?
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:13am fred:

Tom Johnson too uses a lot of ratios and formulas, but the result is very different. I like both
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:14am Rob W:

Missed the performance, will check later, nice conversation...
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:15am DJ Fancy Feast:

Yes, do some mixer feedback!
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:16am fred:

@neil: someone at work is doing a PhD on that kind of stuff, there's already software out there that does that
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:19am Rob W:

Nat - we should have some Tom Johnson in the FMU record library, he recorded for Lovely Music (Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros etc label in the 80s) and records on that label came to FMU via the late great New Music Distribution Service (NMDS).
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:21am fred:

Tom Johnson's Galileo is really cool to see performed live: 5 pendulums struck on their highest points, generating all kinds of rhythmic ratios. Pierre Berthet -- another personal favorite -- performs it really well
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 2:22am Nat:

Fred, Phillip's asking which programs are made to translate image to sound? Got any good recs to check out?
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 2:22am Nat:

And thanks, Rob!!! Both for the kind words and the Tom Johnson rec...I'll play that next!
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:25am fred:

@Nat: I don't know, I'll ask about that and at work and get back to you. I heard people talk about it so I just know it exists
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 2:27am Nat:

Cool, Fred! Sounds very interesting.
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:28am neil:

guess with the right tools its the mind ov the craftsman to control whatever medium. human nature to change stuff. there-in art?
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:31am fred:

Nat, you might want to check out the NIME conferences. I hear some of the performances were really cool. Diemo was there earlier this year, about when he played on your show
Avatar Tue. 10/23/12 2:35am Nat:

Will do, thanks for the rec!
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:36am fred:

I once heard station listener Zax play Stockhausen's Spiral on no-input mixing board, in a church. Pretty wild
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:43am neil:

holy white noise batman! hes trying to jam my brain!
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:45am neil:

glych bit by glych
  Tue. 10/23/12 2:50am fred:

That was really nice!
  Tue. 10/23/12 3:00am Rob W:

Agreed, great job Phillip (and Nat), excellent show and tell!
  Tue. 10/23/12 3:01am neil:

thanks! control time turn off ur clock!
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