Options Brian Turner: Playlist from March 29, 2016 Options

Order and disorder in a freeform haze of terribly-played guitars, shorted-out electronics, found audio detritus, strange sounds from strange lands all around. Psych-punk-junk, collage, even pop. Lots of in-studio live performances to boot.

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Options March 29, 2016: w/ special guests IANCU DUMITRESCU and ANA-MARIA AVRAM

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Join Brian as he celebrates the first-ever New York visit of renowned experimental Romanian composers Iancu Dumitrescu and his wife Ana-Maria Avram, with a two hour special from 4-6pm. He'll be showcasing their amazing recordings through the years, and host an exclusive interview with them at WFMU's studios while in town to present their music at Columbia University's Miller Theater March 1-5. Pairing learned concepts of Phenomenology with Acousmatic-leaning composition, Dumitrescu led the charge in outlining a new objectivity over purely academic approach to the creation of music. He and Ana-Maria both share the philosophies of being Spectralist composers, utilizing sonographic and mathematic data visuals as decision-making elements in sound with acoustic, electronic, and tape sources; it's something touched on by the likes of Varese and Xenakis in the past, made prominent by the French, but never done as uniquely-stylized as with them. They've influenced many avant composers in recent decades, and even legions of Noise kids with their detailed attention to finely-crafted chaos. Tune in for heavy sounds and discussion on the essence of music with two major innovators.

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Artist Track Album Label New Approx. start time
Alf Danielson  Glover   Options Various: Killing Capitalism With Kindness  Turbulence    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Munehiro Narita  White Rabbit   Options Psyche De Loid  Guerssen  *   0:02:04 (Pop‑up)
Butthole Surfers  "Nigerian Elvis is Feqer Feqer New"   Options Alemeyahu Eshete "cover" on MTV      0:05:26 (Pop‑up)
Evel Knievel          0:09:47 (Pop‑up)
Nurse With Wound  (I Don't Want To Have) Easy Listening Nightmares   Options Alice the Goon  United Dairies    0:10:35 (Pop‑up)
From Scratch  Passage   Options Five Rhythm Works  Em  *   0:18:53 (Pop‑up)
PATH WTC cacophany          0:21:23 (Pop‑up)
Sugai Ken  Garden In the Night   Options Goto No Yoniwa  Em  *   0:21:49 (Pop‑up)
Peter Brotzmann & Han Bennink  NR 4   Options Schwartzwaldfahrt  FMP    0:32:28 (Pop‑up)
El-G & Charlene Darling  Bancco   Options Au Grand Dam du Jour  No Label    0:40:25 (Pop‑up)
Karen Constance & Dan Melchior  Today I Wrote Nothing   Options In the Egg  Chocolate Monk  *   0:41:00 (Pop‑up)
Mammal  Hydrocodone   Options Lake and Sand  Ormolycka  *   0:44:03 (Pop‑up)
Den Mediterande Uttern  Doktorsgatan   Options Doktorsgatan  Mediterande Records and Tapes  *   0:49:53 (Pop‑up)
Iancu Dumitrescu  Hazard and Tectonics   Options Pierres Sacrées / Hazard And Tectonics  Ideologic Organ / Editions Mego    0:59:46 (Pop‑up)
Iancu Dumitrescu  Galaxy (excerpt)   Options Edition Modern 1005  Edition Modern    1:09:02 (Pop‑up)
Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram  Interview in the WFMU studios (Part 1)   Options       1:14:49 (Pop‑up)
Iancu Dumitrescu  Ultrasonic Sublime   Options Live in Berlin / Edition Modern 1034  Edition Modern    1:40:56 (Pop‑up)
Ana-Maria Avram / Hyperion Ensemble  Nouvelle Axe   Options Musique Action  ReR    1:57:55 (Pop‑up)
Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram  Interview in the WFMU studios (Part 2)   Options       2:03:47 (Pop‑up)
Iancu Dumitrescu  Objet Sonore Mysterieux (II)   Options Edition Modern 1017  Edition Modern    2:27:27 (Pop‑up)
Ana-Maria Avram  Ascent (excerpt)   Options Edition Modern 1014  Edition Modern    2:39:41 (Pop‑up)
Bromp Treb  Shrinkage Tractor   Options Shrinkage Tractor  Yeay! Tapes  *   2:46:28 (Pop‑up)
Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band  Baisi Sukhwan   Options II  Innovative Leisure  *   2:53:41 (Pop‑up)

Iancu Dumitrescu North/South Pole from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo.

Clip from a forthcoming documentary "North/South Pole"

Listener comments!

Avatar 3:03pm Wild Neil:

Brian et al-good afternoon! Peace be unto you all...
Avatar 3:05pm Cecile:

is this the Narita from High Rise?
Avatar 3:05pm Wild Neil:

Cecile! Whatsup!?
Avatar 3:05pm Brian Turner:

It is.
Avatar 3:05pm Cecile:

hey, Neil!
Avatar 3:06pm geezerette:

Howdy Brian and invisible friends!
Avatar 3:06pm Cecile:

how new is this? It's pretty blazing!
Avatar 3:11pm Cecile:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:12pm Stepchild:

Thrilled about your guests upcoming today, Brian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:14pm Planet Tyler:

Funny, I'm working on Bob Truax's archival collection right this moment looking at a picture of...the Skycycle! Truax is the guy who made the rocket that didn't get Evel across the Snake River gorge!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:14pm Gaylord Fields:

Thanks for the Garry Shandling tribute, Brian!
Avatar 3:15pm Cecile:

"bones heal, chicks dig scars and the united states has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world."
  3:15pm slawooy:

this is the song i got hooked up on you guys....monica show long time ago..
  3:16pm Brendan:

Anyone with a hollow diamond encrusted cane filled with bourbon is aok.
Avatar 3:16pm βrian:

"Do you wear a helmet? Do you always wear a helmet? Here, hold your head out. That hurt? ..."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm Cliff:

Good ol' NWW
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25pm Ike:

Some other commenter somewhere: "Those darn escalator warnings bring all the charm of Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta right into downtown New York."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm steve:

massive show at ol Monty last night BT. one for the ages.
Avatar 3:30pm slugluv1313:

YES!!! that Butthole Surfers song has always been my main "connection" to Gary Shandling!
  3:32pm Polyus:

Some friends of mine saw Magma last weekend and are still all wide-eyed.
Avatar 3:33pm Chris from DC:

Magma were here a few years ago. It was quite an experience.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm common:

these sounds are twistin my melon.
Avatar 3:36pm MattD:

I love Schwarzwaldfahrt - it's seen me through some tough times.
Avatar 3:37pm βrian:

Them's some bright clacks.
Avatar 3:48pm Chris M.:

awesome show
Avatar 3:51pm Cecile:

here comes the painkiller.
Avatar 3:55pm Rev. Turnip Druid:

you lovely people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Cliff:

What lovely and terrible noise
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm steve:

haha cdn.discogs.com...
  4:01pm Polyus:

BT -that's what it feels like to live here in the upper Midwest all the time. We get left off a lot of peoples' itineraries.
Avatar 4:06pm Brian Turner:

Yep, I grew up in a similar zone which makes appreciation of the odd straying great live music all the more acute...
Avatar 4:12pm geezerette:

Have to say,it's really beautiful.
Avatar 4:16pm geezerette:

Previously unaware of them,glad to be introduced.
Avatar 4:32pm geezerette:

They are so sweet and passionate.
  4:39pm John Whitson:

Rainbow generators
Avatar 4:44pm Cecile:

that's why I like abstract art better now than I did before. I don't want people directing me how to like something much anymore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Cliff:

That's quite a melange of instrumentation, this oughta be good :)
Avatar 4:48pm Cheri Pi:

lurking, digging
Avatar 4:49pm Cecile:

  4:56pm PERSONATOR:

Love love love love ..... Love ....... Love
Avatar 5:05pm Cecile:

I love these guys.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Grateful, for example, for the 'Soundtrack' / Cinematic music WFMU often brings. Those Artists have a totally open palette.
Avatar 5:08pm geezerette:

Cecile,same here regarding abstraction. Freedom is largely the point I think. Do you, like Pollock for example?
Avatar 5:09pm Cecile:

I like abstract painters who have if not a foot, at least a toe in nature. Pollock is not a favorite, but I respect his method.
Avatar 5:09pm geezerette:

Everyone's comments are so good!
Avatar 5:15pm geezerette:

BrianT. is right,these guys are inspirational.
  5:18pm Dean:

Grisey, Murail
Avatar 5:19pm Cecile:

Look up Jim Harris, his stuff is great. And he's alive and on Pinterest!
Avatar 5:20pm geezerette:

Thanks,I will!
  5:20pm Dean:

Maybe Bernard Fort?
  5:26pm Fred:

as hse said, "Hell Yeah 'FMU!"
  5:27pm Fred:

and also, right on Brian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:28pm Cliff:

LOL, "Faust?! The old guys?"
Avatar 5:28pm geezerette:

  5:29pm YS:

Great show with Dumitrescu and Avram. Thanks!
Avatar 5:30pm geezerette:

Thank you Brian Turner,Great interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:30pm joeray:

The biggest problem with collage radio (I'm a DJ at one) is its management by the students.
Avatar 5:31pm Cecile:

ITA, you really have to move out of yourself to not just play the college hits.
  5:31pm YS:

You typo "collage radio" actually seems quite apporpriate!
  5:32pm ZX:

  5:33pm Dean:

That's Hodgkinson on bass clarinet.
Avatar 5:34pm northguineahills:

I found the biggest problem w/ college radio is the licenses being sold to corporate interests, like my alma mater, University of Florida did to Clear Channel in 1994. So, we had to make a pirate radio station.
  5:35pm YS:

is that you ZZZXXX???
Avatar 5:36pm Brian Turner:

Thanks, they were super guests, was really intrepid and kind for them to trek out to Jersey City and thanks to Aleba Gartner and Charkitte Levitt for making it happen.
Avatar 5:37pm geezerette:

J.W.:Rainbow generators
RevRab:open palette
joeray:collage radio
Avatar 5:38pm MattD:

Fascinating interview, will have to listen again later. On the abstraction thread, I wasn't aware of Jim Harris, but he looks interesting. One of my favourite painters, though he doesn't call himself abstract as far as I recall, is Howard Hodgkin. I think his work's amazing - www.howard-hodgkin.com
Avatar 5:43pm geezerette:

MattD: Howard Hodgkin is great. I love David Hockney too and older generations like Ad Rinehart,Joan Mitchell,Philip Guston...long,long list.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:43pm joeray:

There is total programming freedom on some college radio but the student managerial ineptitude drives away serious DJ's and fosters DJ's whom are more into entertaining their audience. For instance WFMU's non-request stance and not having listeners call shows (except for the Marathon!)is instrumental in allowing DJs to not worry about pleasing their audience.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Superb interview, BT. As with all the good WFMU stuff, it lives on in the archives.
Avatar 5:46pm geezerette:

BTW, thanks for Hodgkin link,am totally digging the images.
Avatar 5:50pm Brian Turner:

Thanks Ken.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:56pm Stepchild:

WREK in Atlanta has historically been able to escape some of the typical college radio problems by the grace of its license mandate: to provide an alternative to other radio. Since Atlanta is pretty large radio market, it's already served by most ordinary radio niches, including "college radio." Because of that, WREK's always provided a much greater and broader programming than many/most other college stations. At the cost, however, of being loathed by a majority of Ga Tech students...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm Gaylord Fields:

De-lurking again to say this show was inspiring! Thanks, Brian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm Cliff:

Yep, thanks so much Brian
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm joeray:

@Stepchild: I do not think many URI (WRIU) students even listen to their station!
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