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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 8, 2018: Puzzling Together

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The RCA Mark II at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center circa 1959

Puzzling Together, musicians who push their technology to the edge
in search of the elusive, with Yuka C. Honda’s special Pink Freud radio mix
and the Ferris Wheel project of Toshio Bing Kajiwara & Taketo Shimada, plus
button-pushing explorations from The Rammellzee, C. Spencer Yeh, and Squarepusher.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Lord Buckley  Flowers   Options Crown Prince Richard’s Collection: The Tales of Lord Buckley  Bgmrecordings  1951/2007  The material originally appeared as the albums Euphoria, Vol. 1 and 2 in 1951. Known as His Royal Hipness, profoundly influential in comedy, social satire, and mystical wisdom. 
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa (The Crying of the Mouse)   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme https://lovesupportunite.org 
Music behind DJ:
David W 
Loopetran   Options Ridgewood Noise Library  Beautiful Drummer   2018  David W cheap moody background. 
Toshio Bing Kajiwara & Taketo Shimada  Ferris Wheel (live concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Archive  Roulette Intermedium roulette.org  5 May 99  The duo's collaborative Ferris Wheel project, designed as a sonic flashback museum of digital samples, an archaeology of ideas, and a post-war musical journey. 
The Rammellzee  Do We Have to Show a Resume?   Options Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee  Gomma  2004  From the first and only studio album by American graffiti artist rapper Rammellzee, track produced by Ferris Wheel (see the track notes above). 
Squarepusher  Kill Robok   Options Do You Know Squarepusher  Warp Records  2002  Ever evolving in style and identity, Squarepusher is the most recognized pseudonym for Tom Jenkinson, the electronic music explorer, activist, and collaborator. 
C Spencer Yeh  The RCA Mark II   Options The RCA Mark II  Primary Information  2017  The composer investigates the (barely still working) first programmable synthesizer at the original 1959(?) site at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. 
Yuka C. Honda  Pink Freud   Options Clocktower Archive  Clocktower Gallery  2005  The keyboardist/producer (Cibo Matto) mixes, mashes, and sublimely manipulates whatever was in mind and/or on hand for a prototype radio project, brings in Sean Lennon for some tracks, and mixes on the fly in an East Village apartment. 

Listener comments!

Avatar 3:02pm geezerette:

picking up what he's putting DOWN!
Avatar 3:02pm Sem:

Oh, my, how great is this.
Hello, David, Ridgewoodoids, all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm steveo:

greetings! that Mark II is probably less powerful than my mobile phone!
Avatar 3:03pm geezerette:

Hiya,David and Ruth!
Howdy, people of Ridgewood!
Avatar 3:08pm david w:

Hello geez, Sem and steveo. That old giant synth is partly made of military surplus bits. Great story.
Avatar 3:14pm david w:

We'll hear the Mark II later, but first this faithful homage to the musique concrete era.
Avatar 3:15pm fred:

Good afternoon David, Ruth and all
Avatar 3:18pm david w:

Good evening to you, Fred. Long journey into noise, this one.
Avatar 3:21pm northguineahills:

TOSHIO KAJIWARA, my mentor, friend, whom I owe everything to (him and dj Olive).
Avatar 3:24pm david w:

ngh! I've had bad luck trying to communicate with him. Some little bits on FB, but I have no good contact. If you have, hit me up in private.
Avatar 3:26pm coelacanth∅:

greetings David and Ridgies

...of course my craptop crashed right as dude was explaining what we just heard.
Avatar 3:27pm geezerette:

OMG these sounds are gorgeous! Rich and spatially deep. :D
Avatar 3:27pm northguineahills:

@david: I've only talked to him once since I moved. He's back and forth from Japan and NYC, but seems to be mostly in Japan these days.
Avatar 3:28pm coelacanth∅:

... i have this chefboy r.d. bit on cassette, off the radio, from long before 1999. i always thought it was negativland.
Avatar 3:29pm geezerette:

Were the guys involved in Gutai movement?
Avatar 3:30pm david w:

Cool coel. I'll have to look into that. And don't sweat the narrator, there's a lot of good-natured misdirection going on here.
Avatar 3:31pm northguineahills:

I talk to Olive more often, I'll ask him and o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi).
Avatar 3:36pm david w:

Kajiwara might just be old enough to have glanced off Gutai, but I think no. ngh know more? Shimada is, I think, a much younger and femaie person.
Avatar 3:36pm fred:

I remember sharing with PBG a link to samples of text-to-speech synthesis from 1968 to 2001. In French, though, as are the explanations: groupeaa.limsi.fr...
Avatar 3:36pm coelacanth∅:

- of course it's possible Toshio and Taketo incorporated an already modified piece into their piece. i've done that many times. i have a cassette from i don't know maybe late 80s? called "fmu+me". before i'd ever heard of negativland it was being played a lot on fmu, and announcing what was played was an occasional luxury. so silly me thought the djs were actually mixing that live!
- then i added onto that.
Avatar 3:38pm david w:

Oh Fred I love that early text-to-speech stuff. We used to write impossible poetry for it and got wondrous results.
Avatar 3:41pm geezerette:

So glad to be introduced to this music.
Avatar 3:42pm david w:

@coelacanth∅: good point. This recording was of a "newly" commissioned work (I didn't see the show) but I could find some witnesses, even tech people, who helped make it happen. Then again, I love not being able to reverse engineer it.
Avatar 3:43pm david w:

My pleasure, geezerette. You see how I couldn't bring myself to edit this one.
Avatar 3:45pm geezerette:

Avatar 3:45pm northguineahills:

Shit, Toshio is pushing 50. I don't know Taketo Shimata. Although influenced by Gutai, I don't believe he was part of it at any point. I have a loverly 3" cdr Toshio did w/ Shelley Hirsh in 2003 in Moscow that's out of this world.
Avatar 3:47pm geezerette:

ngh, wow,what a treasure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07pm steveo:

loving this; thank goodness for RR and GTDR
Avatar 4:08pm fred:

I'm clapping too
Avatar 4:09pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:09pm doctorjazz:

That was cool!
Hi all!
Avatar 4:13pm david w:

Thanks all and hi doc!
Avatar 4:21pm fred:

I once Squarepusher doing a solo bass set. It was a disaster (think guy in music store trying effect pedals). Evan Parker joined him on stage, but that was autopilot Parker, so that didn't improve the thing much
Avatar 4:23pm david w:

Sad story. Not entirely surprising.
Avatar 4:23pm northguineahills:

I have that Squarepusher album, it grew on me. I saw him when he made his transition from IDM D&B to bass fusion. I liked it enough.
Avatar 4:25pm fred:

Sadly I've never seen C Spencer Yeh. The few times I had a chance (last time was Burning Star Core) I was at a dance show instead
Avatar 4:27pm david w:

Yeh works hard on the live show. Always trying something new and usually succeeding. Worth the effort.
Avatar 4:31pm fred:

I like this Yuka Honda track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm doctorjazz:

Me too, Pink Freud, heh heh heh.
Avatar 4:33pm geezerette:

This music is exactly like painting. It's like what goes on in a painter's mind while working.
Avatar 4:36pm fred:

@David: I'm sure he's worth effort, but dance show tickets are hard to get here. I already have 40 tickets for next season (until late June), and probably around half of these shows are already sold out. 10 of these are for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker shows (who I've already seen more than 50 times), and these shows have been sold out for more than a month
Avatar 4:38pm northguineahills:

C Spencer Yeh used to be in Brroklyn/Queens every few months it seemed, so, I've seen him probably a half dozen times. Always a blast.
Avatar 4:41pm david w:

Fred, your choices and your history speak for themselves. I wouldn't mess with that.
  4:43pm from Quebec:

Magnificent show today. Thanks so much.
Avatar 4:45pm david w:

Delighted to please Quebec! Thanks!
Avatar 4:48pm Sem:

Sonically sated from aural pleasures from start to finish. Thank you for this show, speaking of delighted.
Avatar 4:49pm geezerette:

Great show! Thanks, David and Ruth!
Avatar 4:50pm david w:

Thanks, Sem, geez. And everybody. You are endlessly kind and generous...
Avatar 4:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Sorry I'm not going to be on for 5 hours too
Avatar 4:55pm fred:

Thanks David
Avatar 4:55pm david w:

I'll take 5 hours of Kenzo easily. But you will get 5 hours of me on Aug. 22. Polish your headphones!
Avatar 4:56pm david w:

See you, Fred... and all take care!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm steveo:

so long & thanks!
Avatar 4:58pm david w:

Thanks, steveo always a pleasure.
Avatar 4:59pm northguineahills:

Thanks david!
Avatar 4:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Next here: "Everyone is Leaving (I love you, I forgive you, forgive me, thank you, goodbye)"
Avatar 5:00pm david w:

Thank you for the help, ngh!
Avatar 5:40pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks David!
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