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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options August 31, 2017: In Search of New Languages: Women in Electronic Music (Switching On & Classical Astronomy)

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Wendy Carlos  Summer   Options Sonic Seasonings  1972  "Trans-Electronic Music Productions, Inc. Presents"  0:00:53 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Title Music From A Clockwork Orange   Options Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange  1972  from Purcell's "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary"  0:11:04 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Theme From A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana)   Options Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange  1972    0:12:18 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Pop Purcell   Options Rediscovering Lost Scores - Volume One (Quintessential Archeomusicology – Film Music By Wendy Carlos)  1972/1980    0:14:03 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  March From A Clockwork Orange (9th Symphony, Fourth Movement, Abridged)   Options Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange  1972    0:14:59 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Wendy Carlos 

La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie, Abridged)   Options

Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange 



0:29:04 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major (Second Movement)   Options Switched-On Bach  1968    0:31:44 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major (Third Movement)   Options Switched-On Bach  1968    0:35:46 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Variations For Flute & Electronic Sound   Options Electronic Music  1973  from a compilation LP. Recorded much earlier, I think  0:38:30 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Geodesic Dance (Electronic Etude)   Options By Request  1975    0:42:48 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Orange Minuet   Options Clockwork Orange – Wendy Carlos' Complete Original Score  1972/2000    0:45:58 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 In G Major: I Allegro   Options The Well-Tempered Synthesizer  1969    0:49:32 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  Flight of the Bumblebee   Options Short Circuits  1971  Rimsky-Korsakov  0:56:46 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  The Snow is Dancing   Options Short Circuits  1971  Debussy  0:57:57 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  Asturias   Options Short Circuits  1971  Albeniz  0:59:59 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Wendy Carlos 

Poem for Bali   Options

Beauty in the Beast 



1:05:26 (Pop‑up)
Clara Rockmore  Habanera   Options The Art of the Theremin  1977  Ravel – prod. Bob & Shirleigh Moog  1:19:02 (Pop‑up)
Clara Rockmore  Valse Sentimentale   Options The Art of the Theremin  1977  Tchaikovsky  1:20:37 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Escudero  Gymnopedie III - 1888   Options Satie Sonneries  1987    1:22:46 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Escudero  Gnossienne I - 1890   Options Satie Sonneries  1987    1:25:46 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Escudero  Lui Manger Sa Tartine - 1913   Options Satie Sonneries  1987    1:30:11 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Escudero  Gnossienne II - 1890   Options Satie Sonneries  1987    1:32:38 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Escudero  Gymnopedie I - 1888   Options Satie Sonneries  1987    1:36:31 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Escudero  Gymnopedie II - 1888   Options Satie Sonneries  1987    1:40:40 (Pop‑up)
Clara Rockmore  Summertime   Options Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album  1975/2006  Gershwin  1:44:22 (Pop‑up)
Clara Rockmore  La Vie En Rose   Options Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album  1975/2006  Louiguy  1:47:50 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Laurie Spiegel 

A Cosmos   Options

Obsolete Systems 



1:49:20 (Pop‑up)
Else Marie Pade  Syv Cirkler   Options Electronic Works: 1958-1995  1958    2:01:15 (Pop‑up)
Else Marie Pade  Lyd & Lys   Options Electronic Works: 1958-1995  1960    2:07:23 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  Lover's Wine   Options Flowers of Evil  1969  "An Electronic Setting of the Poem of Charles Baudelaire"  2:11:59 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  Mists and Rains   Options Flowers of Evil  1969    2:14:50 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  Spleen   Options Flowers of Evil  1969    2:16:52 (Pop‑up)
Ruth White  Litanies of Satan   Options Flowers of Evil  1969    2:19:44 (Pop‑up)
Laurie Spiegel  Kepler's Harmony of the Worlds   Options The Expanding Universe      2:26:29 (Pop‑up)
Joanna Brouk  Fire Breath   Options Hearing Music  2016  previously unreleased, rec. 198?  2:31:39 (Pop‑up)
Joanna Brouk  The Nymph Rising, Calling the Sailor   Options Sounds of the Sea  1981    2:39:00 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  A Woman's Song   Options Beauty in the Beast  1986    2:43:22 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Constance Demby 





2:47:23 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Maj.   Options Switched-On Bach II  1973    2:55:32 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar 6:54pm Flash Strap:

Everyone ready for those futuro-baroque sounds? the grinding ellipses of the astral bodies? the scent of the flowers of evil? let's switch on and go, Explorers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm listener james from westwood:

Sneakin' in early and ready for all of the above; hey y'all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm doctorjazz:

Looking forward to the next episode, been great stuff so far!
Hi Flash!
(darn, just beat me, James)
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

Hey hey Listener James and welcome!
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

Hey Doc!
Avatar 7:01pm Flash Strap:

well, botched that intro completely

ah well, just moments in time
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

This really is a daringly ambient release for someone who had just gotten famous for playing Bach
Avatar 7:10pm Little Danny:

Evenin' Flash, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm listener james from westwood:

Moments in time. Or timesteps, even.
  7:11pm JtotheK:

Hi Flash, hello fellow Explorers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm listener james from westwood:

It's a testament to Carlos and Purcell both that their versions of this have independent and powerful emotional effects. I heard it performed with period or near-period instruments at its slow march pace and it was devastating.
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

Hi LD! JtotheK!

That must have been excellent, Listener James! I'd love to hear that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm listener james from westwood:

For your later absorption: www.youtube.com...
If they play this during the eventual proceedings for Elizabeth II, I will be an utter fucking mess.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm listener james from westwood:

Saw "A Clockwork Orange" in freshman year of college, but didn't fully understand how in addition to a lesson in filmmaking and novel adaptation, I was also getting a lesson in pioneering electronic music and film scoring. Ah, the callow nature of youth....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm listener james from westwood:

A+ summation of the pertinent gender/trans issues, BTW.
Avatar 7:27pm hyde:

waving hello from moving land! bye
Avatar 7:31pm quinn:

never not in the mood for this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm listener james from westwood:

Even for 1968, year of "2001," this record must have lifted the tops right off people's heads, psychedelics or not.
Avatar 7:33pm Flash Strap:

gracias, LJW

Hello Hyde! Welcome welcome indeed, Quinn!
Avatar 7:34pm Flash Strap:

cover for that Clockwork Orange LP is amazing: www.recordsale.de...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm listener james from westwood:

Honestly would work great for the novel itself. I think in college I had the cover that just had the title in, I want to say orange words on black. Big seller in the college bookstore.
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

agreed, james
Avatar 7:42pm Flash Strap:

I like this weirdo piece, I think it's one of her early experiments
Avatar 7:52pm Flash Strap:

This is the one that Glenn Gould described as being so very fine as to be the finest
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm listener james from westwood:

Short of reaching Bach via Ouija board, I don't think there's higher possible praise.
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 7:59pm Flash Strap:

this is not really on either Wendy or Tomita's level, in a way, but I do love it so!
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

I take it back, this is top-notch, super cool, really great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm melinda:

hi pals!
Avatar 8:03pm Flash Strap:

Helloooo Melinda! Happy to see you!
  8:06pm slawooy:

Thanks for the trip tonight
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Webhamster Henry:

Beauty in the Beast is a groundbreaking classic!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm doctorjazz:

Great stuff, take you to the car again, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Webhamster Henry:

Dorit Chrysler and Lidia Kavina are also no slouches at the Theremin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm redkayak:

Good set tonight :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:19pm listener james from westwood:

Mmmmmm ... theremin....
Avatar 8:21pm Flash Strap:

Slawooy! Webhamster! Redkayak! Welcome friends and thanks for your words

agreed on Beauty in the Beast, it's tremendous! and on the other fine theremin players who are indeed no slouches
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

anybody heard this before? it's sort of obscure but one of my dearest favorites
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Webhamster Henry:

When playing the Theremin, you hear every slouch!
Avatar 8:25pm quinn:

probably the spookiest version of satie that i've heard
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

and he's already kinda spooky! or at least, uncanny
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Webhamster Henry:

(I've played Gymnopedie III on a bowed glockenspiel with the rest of my band)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm melinda:

I like the spooky Satie.
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

@WH: that is extremely cool
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

I really love this stuff, and it's sort of lesser-known, so I'm going to stay on it for a few minutes here. might hear 3 or 4 more selections
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm Webhamster Henry:

Sorry I came in a little late for the show, I'm going to have to catch all that Wendy Carlos stuff on the archive! I'm sure you'll be getting around to my friends Laurie Spiegel and the late Pauline Oliveros.
Avatar 8:32pm Flash Strap:

I do have a Laurie Spiegel tune cued up for a bit later, but I actually did a long set on her during last week's show. Covered Oliveros as well, but might play some more of her next week
Avatar 8:33pm quinn:

oh yeah this is my favorite gnossienne, love this
Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

so good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm coelacanth∅:

hi Evan and Explorers
Avatar 8:37pm quinn:

haha whoa
Avatar 8:37pm Flash Strap:

Hi Coelacanth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Nice formants there!
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

i feel like i missed something, what are we reacting to
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm coelacanth∅:

(i'm reacting to my romaine + watercress salad & mushroom pizza w/raw garlic on it.)
Avatar 8:44pm Flash Strap:

that sounds like good food
Avatar 8:44pm quinn:

i was reacting to the deep choral gymnopedie I
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

well I guess I asked a stupid question, because that makes perfect sense

(i always worry about stream drops and it occasionally makes me paranoid)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm redkayak:

Once again - this is a wonderful set tonight!
Avatar 8:48pm still b/p:

I've never seen a production of P&B, but if I did, I'd surely like to see a Theremin suddenly show up in an otherwise standard staging.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm coelacanth∅:

(...i do like gymnopedies 1; and 2 and 3...some of the others are too noodley for me)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm melinda:

Great set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm redkayak:

This woman is amazing....
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Melinda, Thanks Redkayak!

Hi B/P!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm melinda:

Cool shit.
Avatar 9:06pm quinn:

this goes perfectly with the night-bug chorus outside the windows
Avatar 9:07pm Flash Strap:

I have the same atmospheric musique concrete thing going, Quinn!
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

those Else Marie Pade tracks are from a great comp by the way, on Important Records
Avatar 9:15pm northguineahills:

Ugghh, missed Else Marie Pade...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15pm redkayak:

Night bugs? The smell of a summer skunk just wafted across the neighborhood :/
Avatar 9:16pm northguineahills:

Although I faved one of them from Martha's show in 2015....
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

Ruth White's notes : “To me, Baudelaire’s poems are of such unique power that they always seem to rise above the level of the personal and sometimes existential nature of their content. In this composition, I have attempted to parallel the transcendental qualities of the poetry through electronic means.

For the words, I used my own voice as the generator of the original sound to be altered or “dehumanized.” this seemed practical since my experiments with the medium were too time consuming to have been easily accomplished with a collaborator.

To modulate my voice, I used a variety of techniques. changes of timbre were achieved with filters. Tape speed changes were used to control pitch. Into the shape of some words, I injected sound waves and white noise, thus changing the quality of their sound but not the flow of their delivery. By adding reyerberation, I varied atmospheres and decreased or increased space illusions. To accent special words or phrases, i used controlled tape delays. Choruses were created by combining slight delays with multiple track recordings.

The musical settings around the voice were made with music concrète materials, a moog synthesizer, other electronic generators and conventional instruments, which were usually altered electronically.

In the translations, there was no attempt to rhyme the verse as in the original french poems. I tried only to keep the language as direct and simple as possible, for I always found that the dominating power of Baudelaire’s ideas ‘were in themselves of electrifying force.”
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

NGH! hello friend!
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

what if it wasn't a skunk at all, redkayak? what if it was that Other Smell?
Avatar 9:21pm quinn:

redkayak, a skunk smell woke me up last night, too!
Avatar 9:21pm Little Danny:

Ruth White is so spooky.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Webhamster Henry:

Oh man, this is the apex of 1969 tape-tech!
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

it reminds me of that Louise Huebner record with Louis and Bebe Barron, but so much more demented
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm coelacanth∅:

ngh there were significant tributes to Else Marie last year when she left the building. i don't remember what shows exactly but you know the places to look.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm redkayak:

I can vouch that it was the *real* skunk. Seems to be a population explosion around here!
Avatar 9:26pm Flash Strap:

jesus, this is good Difficult Music
Avatar 9:26pm northguineahills:

I somehow have missed Ruth White in my lifetime.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm redkayak:

That said, there is often the other skunk smell around town as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm redkayak:

I have heard that owls are not bothered by skunk smell - and sometimes an owl passing through may also smell like a skunk is about :)
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

the crazy thing about this track is, it may be the first human music to be heard by aliens (due to it being the opening track on the voyager golden mixtape)
Avatar 9:33pm Little Danny:

I fully support that being the first on the Voyager golden record
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34pm Webhamster Henry:

"Send More Laurie Spiegel" <-- update to old Saturday Night Live Joke.
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

@LD: such a cool move, better than "here comes the sun"
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

@WH: I laughed, out loud
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36pm Webhamster Henry:

This here is classic harmonizer feedback noise!
Avatar 9:40pm northguineahills:

@redkayak: except for carrion-eating raptors (ie: vultures), most birds almost have no sense of smell. And they different olfactory chemical receptors then mammals do, so, most birds aren't bothered by skunks.
Avatar 9:41pm still b/p:

Skunks! Skunks aplenty in a dream the other night. A friend was walking one on a leash. There was also an image of that skunk having a swim at the friend's pool, wearing a diving mask. Then there were multiple skunks, some ill-tempered and biting at shins and latching teeth onto my ass. Had to be cautious, of course, in fending and detaching, so they wouldn't be further riled by rough treatment and give a shpritz.
I wondered in the morning if skunk smell had wafted in the window and into my sleep to stir all of that.
Avatar 9:42pm Flash Strap:

hell of a dream, b/p!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43pm melinda:

@ b/p that does kind of sound like an odor-inspired dream.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm redkayak:

@NGH A ha - that explains that :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45pm melinda:

Added this show to favorites. Will have to revisit.
Avatar 9:47pm Flash Strap:

very glad to hear, melinda
Avatar 9:48pm northguineahills:

melinda is full of good ideas, I must follow suit. Thanks Evan!
Avatar 9:50pm Little Danny:

Thanks Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm coelacanth∅:

i wish i knew what, and could see today's playlist image.
when i couldn't view it on my one computer i figured i'd see it when i switched to the other - but no.
...can other people see it?
Avatar 9:52pm Little Danny:

Indeed, we're all dry next state over: wfmu.org... Friendly, too
Avatar 9:52pm quinn:

i just love your show, don't ever stop doing it!
Avatar 9:52pm northguineahills:

@coel: visible to me....
  9:53pm MrFab:

What up, explorers?!
Heh, i used some of that Ruth White album for a Halloween sound collage.

The liner notes of my vinyl copy of "Sonic Seasonings" actually uses the word "ambience." I was rather surprised to read that, as it pre-dates Eno's first use of the word/concept by 6 years or so.
Avatar 9:54pm northguineahills:

I have a Delia Derbyshire poster that came w/ an EAR 10".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm coelacanth∅:

hmm. always before when i only got a "page broken in 1/2" icon in the corner i could hit "view image" and it would show there; then when i returned to the playlist it would be there.
...last week's image showed up fine.
Avatar 9:55pm Little Danny:

MrF! Ruth White is on one of my Halloween-themed playlists
  9:56pm MrFab:

Can't see today's image either.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56pm Doug Schulkind:

All hail the constance of Explorers Room magnificence!
Avatar 9:57pm still b/p:

Missed the Clockwork-related pieces early in the show, sadly, but have bounced to a pretty extensive Kubrick interview regarding the film.

Maybe I should do dream experiments, assigning someone to bring a hot cheeseburger close or wave dune roses under my nose while I snooze. See what the brain conjures. I see, btw, there are particular skunk dream interpretations.
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

I'll look into that, NGH... you should be able to see it!

Hi Mr. Fab!

Thanks ever so much, Quinn, truly

Hello Doug! yes, hail me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Doug Schulkind:

Golf-ball size hail!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks for the usual Excellence Evan.
Avatar 9:59pm Flash Strap:

can you see it now?
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

ah, good night all, much love
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm coelacanth∅:

you just fixed it!
Avatar 10:01pm Flash Strap:

oh good, just in time to be not in time! all's well that ends well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm coelacanth∅:

...and it's Glorious!
  10:01pm MrFab:

i do see it now, yay
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