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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 September 6, 2017: Harmonic Umami

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Harry Partch's Chromelodeon

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Harry Partch  Diamond Marimba   Options The World of Harry Partch  Columbia Masterworks  1969  Partch speaks and demonstrates 
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa (The Crying of the Mouse)   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio theme 
Music behind DJ:
Alan Lamb 
29:33   Options Primal Image  Dorobo  1995  Sounds collected from abandoned telegraph wires strung across Australia. 
Michael Harrison  Mystic Lyre   Options From Ancient Worlds  New Albion  1992  For Harmonic Piano 
Lou Harrison  Cornish Lancara   Options Gamelan Music  Musicmasters  1992  Instruments built by Harrison with his partner William Colvig. 
Harry Partch  Castor & Pollux   Options The World of Harry Partch  Columbia Masterworks  1969  A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini from Plectra and Percussion Dances performed by the Gate 5 Ensemble. 
Ben Johnston  String Quartet #4: Amazing Grace   Options String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 9  New World Records  2006  Performed by the Kepler Quartet, composed 1973. 
Arnold Dreyblatt  March of the Nodes in Formation   Options The Sound of One String  Table of the Elements  1998  Recorded 1981 for prepared double basses, miniature princess pianoforte, portative pipe organ, hurdy gurdy. 
Arnold Dreyblatt  Animal Magnetism   Options Animal Magnetism  Tzadik  1995  The European contingent of Dreyblatt's longtime band, The Orchestra of Excited Strings. 
Glenn Branca  Symphony No. 6: Second Movement   Options Symphony No. 6: Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven  Restless/Blast First  1995  10 guitars, drums, keyboard 
James Tenney  Spectral Cannon for Conlon Nancarrow   Options Cold Blue  Cold Blue  2002  Composed in 1974. Nancarrow, as a favor, punched the player piano roll that drives the piece. 
Terry Riley  Across the Lake of the Ancient Word   Options Shri Camel  CBS Masterworks  1980  Processed Yamaha Yc-45-d Electronic Organ. 
Ellen Fullman  Work for 4   Options Body Music  XI Records  1993  Fullman's signature long-string instrument (60 feet or more), using longitudinal vibration, produced by Experimental Intermedia Foundation. 
Harry Partch  Chromelodeon I   Options The World of Harry Partch  Columbia Masterworks     

Listener comments!

Avatar 3:00pm George from Bristol UK:

Heh, I've tuned in early here in Bristol UK to hear Harry Partch et al. Heh, it's my 37th wedding anniversary; the marriage lasted six and a half years but heh the 6th of September is the 6th of September every year whatever happens.Heh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Partch's "A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations" is quite educational!
Avatar 3:02pm geezerette:

Howdy,David and gang!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm Webhamster Henry:

For those who want to hear more: www.afmm.org (Yeah, used to be the webmaster there)
Avatar 3:05pm George from Bristol UK:

. . . and my friend Michael Evans of Earwax in Greenpoint says "Hi". I hang out over there when I am not in Bristol UK.
Avatar 3:07pm geezerette:

Webhamster Henry, thanks for link!
Avatar 3:08pm George from Bristol UK:

Harry Partch's favorite drink was Bristol Cream Sherry.
Avatar 3:09pm weinstein:

I love the stuff I learn doing this show. Welcome all and thanks. Michael Evans yes!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:16pm Webhamster Henry:

I've got gamelan practice later this afternoon - we do Harrison's Threnody for Carlos Chavez. He mixes in western instruments, as you can hear.
Avatar 3:18pm George from Bristol UK:

Webmaster Henry : Is that one of the NYC gamelans ?
Avatar 3:18pm weinstein:

Yeah, where is this gamelan?
Avatar 3:18pm northguineahills:

Lou Harrison! Gotta leave in a bit get my license plate.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm Webhamster Henry:

I live in Kingston, NY, this is the Catskill Mountain Gamelan, not to be confused with the Hudson Valley gamelan at Bard College. We're degung and occasionally slendro, they're more Balinese.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm Webhamster Henry:

We just played a little show outdoors at the Rail Trail Cafe, have another show upcoming at Opus 40, Sept 16. I won't be there though, my OTHER band is playing at the Rail Trail Cafe at the same time. #enoughwiththebandsalready
Avatar 3:26pm weinstein:

Yeah Henry but it is nice to know some things about who we hang with here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm Webhamster Henry:

Another member of the Catskill Mtn Gamelan is former WFMU DJ Stefan.
Avatar 3:28pm geezerette:

Reminds me of Nino Rota sometimes.
Avatar 3:29pm coelacanth∅:

greetings David and all
'been listening but will be checking out periodically for non-rainy moments to get some work done.
...liked especially the Lou Harrison
Avatar 3:30pm weinstein:

Thanks geez and coel, nice surprises to come!
Avatar 3:35pm George from Bristol UK:

Castor and Pollux : This is my favorite film of this piece. Features John Schneider on Harmonic Canon.
Avatar 3:36pm weinstein:

Harry did like to stage his pieces, not exactly theater but drama as an act of making a concert.
Avatar 3:37pm coelacanth∅:

Henry, i know Stefan (haven't seen him in a few years) and my friend Julian was in that group until recently. (or is he back? i can't keep it straight)
Avatar 3:38pm weinstein:

@geez: I got it now. The chime accents! Very Rota or vice versa?
Avatar 3:40pm George from Bristol UK:

Harry Partch's instruments : New sets are being built in Europe. Ensemble musikFabrik in Cologne have an astounding set. An even better set is being built in Lausanne, Switzerland, currently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm Webhamster Henry:

Julian is not in the group right now - it's a big group with a few ringers!
Avatar 3:42pm weinstein:

@George, that is great to hear.
Avatar 3:42pm geezerette:

Yes,David! I don't have the vocabulary.
This is beautiful too. I've got Appalachian Spring playing in my head, parallel to this string quartet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm Webhamster Henry:

Skip LaPlante, who built a Kithara (or two?) says the original instruments suffer from poor carpentry skills. I'm sure if people know what they're doing, the new instruments will be better ones. Partch himself was constantly adapting and tinkering with them.
Avatar 3:46pm Dominick:

so good!
Avatar 3:47pm weinstein:

And they were built out of things like light bulbs, tree branches, found objects, and wood of dubious origin. And some are approaching 80 years old now.
Avatar 3:49pm George from Bristol UK:

Did none of you catch Harry Partch's music drama masterwork Delusion of the Fury at the Lincoln Centre a year or so ago ? That was the Ensemble musikFabrik set of instruments.
Avatar 3:50pm geezerette:

And they are sculpture as well as instruments. Extraordinary.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Webhamster Henry:

If a bottle broke on the Xymo-Xyl, he'd just go out and buy himself a drink in a bottle the right size. www.harrypartch.com...
Avatar 3:53pm coelacanth∅:

just lost the audio. (it might be at my end)
Avatar 3:54pm weinstein:

Anybody else lose signal?
Avatar 3:55pm George from Bristol UK:

All fine in Bristol UK
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm Webhamster Henry:

Page 306 of Genesis of a Music lists all the brands of alcohol needed to repair the Xymo-Xyl properly.
Avatar 3:55pm Dominick:

MP3 stream stiill here in HYC
Avatar 3:56pm coelacanth∅:

it's back. it must've been my laptop.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm Webhamster Henry:

Branca at one point was auctioning off some of his 128-harmonic tuned harpsichords. I wanted one, but didn't really have a place for it.
Avatar 4:01pm George from Bristol UK:

@Webmaster Henry : Astonishing - all of Genesis of a Music is on a pdf. I just read page 306 !
Avatar 4:03pm weinstein:

If you are even remotely curious to know more about the history and technique behind these musics, that book is a great read, even the parts in the weeds.
Avatar 4:06pm weinstein:

@Henry: just thinking, are you making a case that Harry is getting a bad rap for being a crappy carpenter disproven since he goes into such detail?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08pm melinda:

Hello radioers.
Avatar 4:09pm weinstein:

Hello Melinda, welcome to our little journey into the physics of sound hidden in noise and beauty and forgotten for centuries!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:10pm Webhamster Henry:

My copy of GoaM is all taped together, but he's get the specs and theory about all his instruments, and it's fun to read his rants and passions. If you get the Harry Partch Scrapbook, you can see even more into his struggles with producing the music, shows and recordings.

Hey - I'm a better theorist than carpenter, that's why I write my instruments as iOs apps. upcoming app: polyharp.com
Avatar 4:12pm George from Bristol UK:

My lecturer, Colin Rose, at art school in Newcastle UK in 1968 showed us slides of truly beautiful sculptures by the American sculptor Harry Partch. At the end of the lecture he said "I've been tricking you. They are all musical instruments and this is what they sound like'. That's what started me off, aged 18.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm steveo:

Avatar 4:28pm northguineahills:

I've read about that Tenney, but have never heard it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:29pm steveo:

(plus this font makes everything sound better ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:34pm Webhamster Henry:

The Long String Instrument is tuned with C-clamps!
Avatar 4:39pm George from Bristol UK:

Ellen Fullman came to Bristol UK a couple of years ago. Set up in a contemporary art gallery. We all went. It was wonderful.
Avatar 4:40pm weinstein:

You got some good stuff going on in Bristol.
Avatar 4:40pm George from Bristol UK:

Ensemble musikFabrik were at the same festival in Bristol UK playing Harry Partch's Petals Fell on Petaluma.
Avatar 4:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Never want this to end
Avatar 4:45pm weinstein:

Dude, it doesn't! Ha ha ha ha HA HA HA HAAAAAAAA!!!!
Avatar 4:45pm George from Bristol UK:

@weinstein : You got some good stuff going on in Brooklyn .. and on WFMU (greetings from me to Gary Sullivan BTW) .. that's why I spend time there and with y'all.
Avatar 4:46pm weinstein:

Thanks, George. And everybody for another thoughtful couple hours. I like the naughty ones too, but now and then...
Avatar 4:47pm geezerette:

Avatar 4:47pm George from Bristol UK:

When in NYC, I do a couple of 6 hour shifts at La Monte Young's Dream House and plan to join Balinese and Javanese gamelans .. and slouch around with Michael Evans endlessly.
Avatar 4:49pm weinstein:

Let's meet at the Dream House!
Avatar 4:50pm George from Bristol UK:

@thedreamhouse : Like everyone ?
Avatar 4:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh! I'm up next. Come be lost together in today's 5-7pm ET super-dreamy and mysterious sound collage, here on the Drummer stream. wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm Stanley:

Well, I've been transfixed by this afternoon/evening's show.
Thanks for putting it together, David.
Avatar 4:52pm George from Bristol UK:

Dream House : Glenn Branca got married there. Not on my shift sadly.
Avatar 4:52pm weinstein:

Stanley, my pleasure. Been wanting to do this one for a while.
Avatar 4:52pm geezerette:

Thanks for another wonderful show,David!
Avatar 4:52pm weinstein:

Branca and LaMonte together on a fraught day. Oy.
Avatar 4:53pm weinstein:

Geezerette, Ruth and I always glad having you out there.
Avatar 4:54pm northguineahills:

Tomorrow is a work optional day, my boss is spending tomorrow to help evacuate his family.
Avatar 4:54pm geezerette:

Regards to both. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Webhamster Henry:

There's obviously lots more that can be played here! It almost deserves its own show. A good selection - thanks Ruth & David!
Avatar 4:59pm weinstein:

Yeah, had to leave out some amazing stuff.
Avatar 4:59pm George from Bristol UK:

Especially Harry Partch talking about the Marimba Eroica.
Avatar 5:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Bye David! wfmu.org...
Avatar 5:13pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks David!
Excellent program
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