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Ridgewood Radio features concert recordings by adventurous bands and experimental musicians and restored archival tapes from private and institutional collections captured at venues large and small across the five boroughs of New York. It is produced by David Weinstein and Outpost Artists Resources operating out of the Ridgewood section of Queens, NY, where you'll find more yellow bricks than on the road to Oz and the cemetery of your choice is never more than a few blocks from home.

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Options August 7, 2019: Ben Johnston's Hand

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Ben Johnston’s Hand, in honor of the composer,
a semi-survey of microtonal music from Harry Partch to Tony Conrad,
with visits from Rozalie Hirs, Charlemagne Palestine, James Tenney, and Terry Riley.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Ben Johnston  Sonnets of Desolation   Options Ben Johnston ‎– Visions And Spels / Sonnets Of Desolation  Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI)  1984  Sonnet #4 of the piece, entitled That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of Resurrection. Written for the New Swingle Singers, who premiered the piece in 1981 in Urbana, Illinois. Recognized as masters of the classical scat, the British octet’s repertoire ranges from works of the 16th century to the present.   
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa (The Crying of the Mouse)   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme https://lovesupportunite.org  0:03:07 (MP3 | )
 
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Music of the Spheres.   Options Ridgewood Radio Noise Library  Beautiful Drummer  2019  Yo, Pythagoras.  0:03:52 (MP3 | )
Rozalie Hirs  Venus [Morning Star]   Options Six  Slagwerk Den Haag  2010  For six percussionists and electronic sounds. Hirs was inspired by the mobius-like curves of Zaha Hadid's pavilion in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and by the “Sixxen”, a set of percussion instruments developed by Iannis Xenakis for his work, Pléïades.  0:08:18 (MP3 | )
James Tenney  Septet   Options Modern Hearts - New Music For Electric Guitar  Redshift  2014  For six electric guitars and electric bass (1981/2000) performed by Canadian Adrian Verdejo.Guitars re-tuned to the harmonic series of the fundamentals (A and E). The piece traverses these two tonalities using temporal modulation. A canon, each voice rhythmically reflects the ratio of the partials (overtones) as they emerge (3:2, 5:4, etc.).  0:16:31 (MP3 | )
Ben Johnston  String Quartet #4 (Amazing Grace)   Options Jacaranda  YouTube  2009  Composed 1983, considered the composer's signature masterpiece, performed by Denali Quartet (presented by new-music organization, Jacaranda, Music at the Edge) in Santa Monica, CA.  0:26:47 (MP3 | )
Harry Partch  Daphne of the Dunes   Options The World Of Harry Partch  Columbia Masterworks  1969  Partch composed with scales dividing the octave into 43 tones generated by the overtone series, outlined in his book Genesis of a Music. Just for curiosity, the names of Partch’s instruments on this piece: Kithara, Surrogate Kithara, Harmonic Canons, Chromelodeon, Cloud-chamber Bowls, Spoils Of War, Gourd Tree, Diamond/Boo/Bass Marimba (with tones so low it is virtually unrecordable!), and Adapted Viola.  0:38:10 (MP3 | )
Ben Johnston  Knocking Piece   Options Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 3: Ensembles  NEOS Music  2016  Composed 1963, performed by two percussionists from the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players, September 1966, Darmstadt, Stadthalle. Another example where harmonic ratios are transposed into rhythmic counterpoint: 6 against 5 or 11 against 8, etc. Johnston championed this as a compositional tool.  0:58:57 (MP3 | )
Terry Riley  Persian Surgery Dervishes (#2 Paris)   Options Persian Surgery Dervishes  Shanti  1972  Recorded live in Paris, France at Théâtre de la Musique on 24 May 1972, using a modified Yamaha electric organ tuned in just intonation.  1:04:13 (MP3 | )
Harry Partch  Barstow: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California   Options The World Of Harry Partch  Columbia Masterworks  1969  The composer spent some time riding the rails as a "hobo" (in search off truth while eschewing commonpractice traditions) and knew this marginal culture well.  1:20:11 (MP3 | )
Charlemagne Palestine, Tony Conrad  An Aural Symbiotic Mystery   Options An Aural Symbiotic Mystery  Sub Rosa  2006  Recorded at Petit Théâtre Mercelis, September 7, 2005, Brussels. Palestine, piano, drone; Conrad, violin. Excerpt.  1:29:25 (MP3 | )
The Who  Baba O'Riley   Options Who's Next  Polydor  1971  Composer Pete Townshend recorded a Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 organ using its note multi-attack feature as the backing track. The song's title combines the names of Meher Baba and Terry Riley, among Townshend's philosophical and musical mentors. The song is often mistakenly called "Teenage Wasteland", after the phrase repeated in the song. Weinstein edit.  1:55:46 (MP3 | )

Ben Johnston


Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:01pm listener james from westwood:

Hoooo, high-hand bonus! Pay that royal flush!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:01pm david w:

james, a winner!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:03pm steveo:

good afternoon. I've got a royal flush, but hearts. ♥♥♥♥♥
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:03pm david w:

thanks, steveo!
  Wed. 8/7/19 3:07pm Ike:

You’re a wee bit quiet there, David, but getting a bit better now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:11pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi David & Ruth ! My kind of show (again) today!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:11pm david w:

Thank, Ike. Something is off in the studio today. Have to figure as we go along. Today's tracks vary wildly in dynamics, always a radio challenge.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:11pm david w:

Hello, Henry! (again!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:14pm Ike:

Music sounds fine though.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:21pm northguineahills:

James Tenney!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:21pm david w:

ngh!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:25pm Ike:

You are quieter now. Turn up your mic a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:26pm Webhamster Henry:

People can explore overtones on my ToneSpiral webpage: jhhl.net...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:39pm doctorjazz:

So purty, the Been Johnson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:39pm Webhamster Henry:

There's Harry! I have the videotape from Innova around here somewhere.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:41pm david w:

Yes, doctor. An all time fave here. And Henry, it is really good to see the instruments, crazy gorgeous and wacky.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:41pm northguineahills:

what doctorjazz said...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:42pm Webhamster Henry:

Harry would bristle at the mention of his "43-tone" scale; that was just used for tuning some of his fixed pitch instruments. He was simply devoted to "Monophony".
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:43pm david w:

Yes, Henry. Of course. Just getting at the basics. Explaining monophony is going to kill some folks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:44pm Webhamster Henry:

They will die happy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:44pm Webhamster Henry:

Or they'll get happy making spare notes for the Xymo-Xyl.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:57pm coelacanth∅:

greetings David & Ruth and 'woodies
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 3:57pm coelacanth∅:

(mic break quite quiet)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 3:59pm Ike:

Sounds good to me now.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:01pm david w:

Thanks, Coel and Ike. We think we found the beast and I'll also have to talk louder!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:02pm listener james from westwood:

"Is it just me, or did someone let a brace of woodpeckers in here?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:09pm fred:

Good afternoon David, Ruth and listeners
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:09pm david w:

@james: I just noticed that use of "brace" is that the official gang name for woodpeckers?
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:10pm david w:

Fred! Welcome to the celebration!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:11pm steveo:

great listening; i'm rapt
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:11pm Ike:

Yes, this is awesome.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:13pm Webhamster Henry:

This is the future we were going to have after 1972.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:19pm Webhamster Henry:

You're even overmodulating a little.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:21pm Webhamster Henry:

Barstow: because you are on the stream, you won't have to bleep what was not coming instead of "just a truck."
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:22pm david w:

Ah my legendary inclination to overcompensate!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:23pm listener james from westwood:

@david w: Is it? Then Groucho was most accurate when he dropped that line in A Night at the Opera!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:25pm david w:

Whoa, james. You're good. I'm getting a dose today...
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:29pm david w:

There's that naughty line...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:31pm Webhamster Henry:

The original journal entries with the inscriptions can be found in Bitter Music, pp 201-203 .
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:32pm Webhamster Henry:

The truck passage isn't in there. Maybe he made it up!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:34pm david w:

Thanks, Henry. I'm no Partch scholar, just fascinated for decades. One thing for sure, Harry enjoyed hyperbole (and perhaps a tall tale now and then).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:36pm fred:

I was wondering about "Théâtre de la Musique". Turns out that was how what is now "Gaîté Lyrique" was called for a few years. Now it's focused on digital arts, including music (and a major hipster haunt)
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:38pm david w:

Thanks, fred. Is it a nice, traditional theatre or some kind of raw space?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:42pm Webhamster Henry:

The Innova 4-CD "Enclosure" set is pretty good for a good chunk of Partch background, including Warren Burt's reading/playing of Bitter music and "Harry's Wake", recorded at... Harry's wake.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:43pm fred:

I've only been there once, so I don't really know. More of an arts center than a theater, I think. The original theater room was destroyed when the place was turned into an amusement park for a short while
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:45pm david w:

Ah, the places we've been! (Dr. Seuss paraphrase seems appropriate for today).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:48pm fred:

A Charlemagne Palestine concert was the first time I went to Instants Chavirés, which is now my favorite venue.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:54pm steveo:

thanks david & ruth & any mysterious forces. did not know about baba o'riley -- nice
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:54pm david w:

steveo, you dreamer!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:55pm northguineahills:

Am I the only one getting Teenaged Wasteland?
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yeah, this is confusing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:55pm steveo:

i'm not the only one
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Especially since I"m about to start my show and I once ended my show with loops of Teenage Wasteland.
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:56pm still b/p:

..Yeah, with a weird abbreviating edit in it, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 4:56pm fred:

Thanks David!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Speaking of that, here comes soon: "Layers of Indirection (The party is over when the host serves you a pumpkin.)"

A Ken's Last Ever... sound collage: wfmu.org...
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:57pm david w:

Sorry, I did make an edit. Apologies. But Townshend did honor Terry Riley for real!
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:58pm northguineahills:

I was on the phone, and missed it.....
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 4:59pm david w:

Thanks, everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/7/19 5:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks for this personalized show!
  Wed. 8/7/19 5:02pm andrew Neumann:

Great show David, heard so many thing's new to my ears, inclu that British band, The "Who"? I'll have to look 'em up....
Avatar Wed. 8/7/19 6:24pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks David!
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