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Options August 2, 2009: Glenn Gould String Quartet, Gunther Schuller at 45 RPM + several species of pianos, strings & guitars - forwards and backwards

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Edward Ruchalski  Akimova   Options Water Train  Humbug    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Michael Denhoff  In(tro)vention mit Bach (...Steve Reich ist auch dabei...) for two player pianos   Options Player Piano 8: Original Compositions in the Tradition of Nancarrow  Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm    0:00:05 (Pop‑up)
Toshi Ichiyanagi  Music for Piano No. 2   Options Asia Piano Avantgarde: Japan, Vol. 1  Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm  performed by Steffen Schleiermacher  0:05:06 (Pop‑up)
Tom Brosseau  Youth Decay   Options Posthumous Success  Fat Cat    0:10:24 (Pop‑up)
Henry Flynt  Violin Strobe (1978)   Options Hillbilly Tape Music  Recorded  "New American Ethnic Music, Vol. III"  0:12:26 (Pop‑up)
          0:17:36 (Pop‑up)
Hassara  The Zoo   Options Backyard I - III  Three Lobed  Originally released by Hassara 2005-2006 on "micro-released" CDRs. Glad to have all three in one place!  0:17:42 (Pop‑up)
Alexander Turnquist  Statues in the Dark - Shadows Collide   Options As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color  VHF    0:29:56 (Pop‑up)
Brian Ferneyhough  Kurze Schatten II   Options Arditti Quartet: Music of Brian Ferneyhough  WDR/Montaigne    0:45:55 (Pop‑up)
Foetus  Te Deum   Options Limb: Minimal Compositions, Instrumentals and Experiments (1980 - 1983)  Ectopic Ents  The piece Te Deum is inspired by Bunuel's classic Exterminating Angel, which was my favorite film at the time. It was recorded for a cassette compilation called Bethel, which was compiled and released by John Balance of Coil. The whole rhythm track is made with prepared piano and toy piano. Te Deum was a hymn played in the film, (although this is not a cover version of that hymn), but I also like the wordplay on "te deum -> tedium". The piano was prepared with alligator clips attached to the strings and thumbtacks in the hammers, objects placed between some strings with others damped with gaffer tape. The organs detune from each other by changing the varispeed while recording. On this track, like "Sick Minutes", a lot of the parts cycle in different time signatures so they never intersect at same point. There are a lot of concrète sound effects spun in. Before sampling technology was introduced I used to spin in sounds from prepared cassettes, and use tape loops, or "play " sounds onto tape using pause buttons on cassette machines. Some of my tracks like "What Have You Been Doing" and "I'll Meet You In Poland Baby" were constructed almost totally with effects, loops and sounds and very few live instruments. When sampling became available, I embraced it as it was a new way to do what I had been doing - organize sound. I tracked down the screenplay of Exterminating Angel which was the source of the dialog quotes - "vulgarity, violence and dirt", "in a few hours he'll be completely bald". The "baa" sounds represent the sheep which the inhabitants see while entrapped in the room. This track and its companion, "Piano Piece", were noisy because they were mixed to cassette. At the time I figured it was for a cassette release, so why bother mix to tape? But Fred Kevorkian has done an amazing mastering and restoration job on this album.  0:48:05 (Pop‑up)
          0:55:18 (Pop‑up)
Glenn Gould  String Quartet Op. 1 (1956)   Options Gould / Macmillan String Quartets  ATMA Classique  Performed by Quatour Alcan. Yes: Glenn Gould the pianist. Composed when he was 23 years old.  1:01:42 (Pop‑up)
Gunther Schuller  Music for Violin, Piano and Percussion   Options Works by Thomas Oboe Lee / Gunther Schuller  GM Recordings  Version at 45 rpm. "We like it that way."  1:34:12 (Pop‑up)
Starving Weirdos  Ocen Seal Concentration   Options Into An Energy  Bo' Weavil    1:41:23 (Pop‑up)
Ben Reynolds  The Virgin Knows   Options How Day Earnt Its Night  Tompkins Square    1:51:33 (Pop‑up)
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White Magic  Tpyge Wen   Options New Egypt  Latitudes    2:11:14 (Pop‑up)
Bionulor  D.TMS.05   Options Bionulor      2:02:20 (Pop‑up)
Lussier/Tetreault/Yoshihide  Glou Glou   Options Elektrik Toboggan  Victo    2:19:51 (Pop‑up)
William Basinski  Melancholia I   Options Melancholia  Musex International    2:16:05 (Pop‑up)
Lullatone  Stars on the Ceiling of a Planetarium   Options Songs That Spin in Circles  Audio Dregs    2:19:11 (Pop‑up)
Mia Doi Todd  Electrafficbirds Two   Options Morning Music  City Zen    2:21:06 (Pop‑up)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw  Raggle Taggle   Options Deliverance  Leaf    2:25:46 (Pop‑up)
Beirut  Cliquot   Options The Flying Club Cup  Ba Da Bing    2:25:48 (Pop‑up)
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Gianluca Becuzzi & Fabio Orsi  I'm Happy Here (Under the Rain)   Options Muddy Speaking Ghosts Through My Machines  A Silent Place    2:52:31 (Pop‑up)
Amy X. Neuberg  Difficult   Options The Secret Language of Subways  MinMax    2:56:42 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  9:04pm e:

ok, that segue from monica's show to the opening piece by ruchalski...was godhead!
  9:13pm Steven Swartz:

Likewise Ichiyanagi into Brosseau... looking forward to an ENTIRE EVENING of inspired segues. Not to pressure you or anything.
  9:13pm fmu idiot:

Yeah that worked for me. It's nice to know I'm not the the only crossover listoner.
  9:16pm e:

the brosseau into flynt's violin= unreal. it's reminding me of a piece i heard on one of the secret museum of mankind collections. keep it up, bethany!
  9:17pm geoff in georgia:

Holy Hell. My weekly medicine is here and it's better than ever.....
  9:18pm fmu idiot:

Wow! Henry Flynt rocks!
  9:25pm christopherbdnk:

this is so fantastic, thank you
  9:27pm fmu idiot:

This is a great night. Keep it up.
  9:29pm bethany:

Thanks, all! I'm having quite a nice time myself over here!!
  9:29pm Brucey:

Pronunciation of Nancarrow

Back in 1996 or so I was working as a computer programmer for a company which made digital X-ray hardware/software for dentists. A tech support call was escalated to me, and I noticed the location of the dentist, Texarkana, Arkansas. Chatting up the dentist, I said to him, "Hmmmm, Texarkana, Arkansas, I'm a big fan of one of your town's favorite sons!" "Oh, no," he replied, "not Ross Perot!" "No, no, Conlon Nancarrow!" He said "Who?" I repeated, "Nancarrow", pronouncing it nan-car-row. He thought for a second, and said "Oh, Nancarrow," pronouncing it nan-crow. "That's how we say it around here." He then went on to tell about how he met Conlon at Conlon's brother's (the ultra-right winger) funeral. I quote as I remember, "That was one of the most interesting men I've ever met in my life."
  9:29pm dougcee:

what can you follow Hassara with!? we'll see...
  9:31pm bartelby:

Just finished updating my listings on the retail book website. I think I'll go over to the couch now and listen on the radio proper. Incidentally, I first started listening to SHP as a crossover listener from Fabio's show.
  9:33pm bethany:

Mr. Nancarrow is a such a storied character, and this definitely adds to the list, thanks Brucey!
  9:35pm joey:

hello! i like this.
  9:50pm stokton:

playerpianos-toypianos-guitars-music boxes-violins. No idea how you get things so seamlessly together, but brava - the airwaves are lucky to have you.
  10:11pm dan in falls church VA:

Here I am in Falls Church, Virginia, only about two miles from the Dog Fish Head restaurant in which, local scuttlebutt has it, one Bethany Ryker was once sited, kicking back with a new "coffee table book" from the UK called THE GARDENS OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT while enjoying the Foetus & Gould, etc.
  10:13pm coalhard:

i learned on the history channel tonite that Richard Wagner & Anton Bruckner were Hitler's fav music--mous was his fav tach
  10:14pm dan in falls church VA:

urp, my previous posting is perhaps ambiguous. bethany was not sited in the Dog Fish Head kicking back with the FLW book. rather, i'm kicking back with the book, right now. phew.
  10:17pm bethany:

Well, Dan. I was about to amend your comment! The only thing we had on the table that day was the best damn beer-battered fish and chips I've ever had. That and the 90 minute IPA. Love that place. Wish they opened up a branch in Brooklyn!
  10:19pm Steven Swartz:

Wow, I've only read about the Gould String Quartet, never heard it. It's pretty damn good.
  10:25pm fmu idiot:

Very nice. Actually very very nice. Now pick smething that will keep me awake untill midnight.
  10:27pm coalhard:

Hitler liked Beethoven also--of which new music was discovered recently composed by Beethoven when he was about 8 or 9 years old --even though he started composing even earlier
  10:30pm coalhard:

hope i got my facts right --i'm more likely to listen to larry flint's---hillbilly tape music --i liked that one
  10:33pm dan in falls church VA:

yes, this gould piece is making my day.

bethany, i think i would trade living in Brooklyn for proximity to the Dog Fish Head in a white hot nanosecond.

not that that's really relevant to ANYTHING.
  10:39pm coalhard:

hey fmu--don't you dare ask dan if he has any grey poupon---if you know what that means?--the guy in that old commercial driving the rolls died recently--rim
  10:50pm douglas collins:

A request? Missy Mazzoli's Song for Arthur Russell would go nicely about here.
  10:50pm jeff_m:

this Starving track is really beautiful
  10:51pm dan in falls church VA:

ah'm afeard coalhard's raght -- i'd be pulled up maghty short by any fancy mustard requests.
  10:53pm coalhard:

bravo--starving weirdos--right up my alley!!!!!!!!
  10:53pm Dutch:

Lovely for this slightly imperfect evening waiting on the full moon.
  10:53pm bethany:

Dan, now that I've had a minute to absorb the Dogfish Head moment (funny & charming), I'm wondering how exactly that came up in conversation?
  10:57pm coalhard:

i caught what he said--it was a long story off a short pier
  10:59pm dan in falls church VA:

bethany, it's because i have spies everywhere! i try to keep my favorite talent under surveillance as much as possible. but seriously, you mentioned the dog fish head (and the guitar store across the street) in a postcard you sent me!
  11:06pm Bunyan:

Why does this background piece make me want to yvan eht noij ?
  11:08pm coalhard:

i just joined the dan spy network--was told to go investigate myself--kidding--love dan!!!
  11:12pm dan in falls church VA:

coalhard, i shoulda told you to go investigate yourself a long time ago!

bunyan, that music made me wanna ymra eht nioj!!
  11:13pm coalhard:

i'm 55 years old my favorite music is indie pop--but i am drawn to this music like merths to a lite
  11:17pm dan in falls church VA:

see, coalhard has already dug up some data on himself!
  11:23pm coalhard:

fantastic music bethany!!!!!!!!!we love it
  11:28pm brucey:

a little late for requests, but some musical saw in the future?
  11:30pm dan in falls church VA:

>fantastic music bethany!!!!!!!!!we love it

yes we do, what a great show.
  11:33pm coalhard:

brucey--in the future i see bethany knitting socks listening to bruce webber
  11:37pm coalhard:

i got my wires crossed bruce webber won't be born untill tomorrow night
  11:41pm Bunyan:

Easy mistake to make, what with all this backwards-playing music and other messing about with time...
  11:47pm coalhard:

i don't think bethany appreciates us making jokes during her show--i understand--admire her selection of music--will change my tone in future
  11:51pm fmu idiot:

Thank you for tonights show. I know it takes alot of time and dedication to put it together and I really appreciate it.
  11:51pm bethany:

Can't completely keep up with you guys, but (!) must say I'll never be a gal who knits....I'm more like the one who unravels entire baskets of yarn, mistaking those fibers for my shoelaces...
  11:54pm fmu idiot:

now that's my girl. Love ya.
  11:56pm coalhard:

bethany you need dj helper--just add water--little bit of butter--saw it on rachael ray--last joke!
  12:06pm stephen:

Yay! Starving Weirdos!
  5:10pm Jon:

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