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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 May 15, 2019: Contraptions

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Valerie Skakun & Pat Spadine's See Saw

Gadgets, gear, (and some gimmicks) in service of ritual and immersive interplay
(and some entertainment), with a variety of audio documents from
Ranjit Bhatnagar, Horst Rickels & Dick Raaijmakers, Valerie Skakun & Pat Spadine,
Michael Schumacher, Val Jeanty, and quick visits from
Trimpin, Ekho::Women in Sonic Art, and a YouTube hoax.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Conlon Nancarrow  Blues (arr. Trimpin)   Options Lost Works, Last Works  Other Minds  2000  Seattle composer/instrument builder Trimpin converted Nancarrow’s piano rolls into MIDI files, making automated reconstruction widely available. 
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme https://lovesupportunite.org 
Music behind DJ:
David W 
Some Assembly Required   Options Ridgewood Radio Noise Library  Beautiful Drummer  2019  Instructions included 
Animusic  Pipe Dream   Options Animusic HD DVD  Animusic.com  2006  Animusic is an American company specializing in 3D visualization of MIDI-based music. This piece (see video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLjCtuEea00) was attached to a highly detailed hoax claiming that the instruments were real and made from farm equipment. 
Wintergatan  Marble Machine   Options Marble Machine  Bandcamp/Vimeo  2016  Powered by 2000 marbles, this (real) machine was built by Martin Molin and filmed by Hannes Knutsson (see https://vimeo.com/157743578). Wintergatan (Milky Way) is a Swedish folktronica band. 
Ranjit Bhatnagar  Singing Room for a Shy Person   Options Clocktower Gallery  Clocktower.org  2013  Installation visitors are invited to sing in a sound proof booth while the musical instruments outside abstractly interpret their efforts (Arduino, solenoids, custom software). 
Johanna Bramli  Atom   Options Ekho:: Toward a Repetitive Sounding of Difference  Ekho::Women in Sonic Art  2014  Stereo mix of 8-channel surround piece utilizing two fundamental sources; the human voice and the sine wave – one organic, one processed. 
Walter Maioli, Horst Rickels & Dick Raaijmakers  Fort Klank   Options Fort Klank  Artists' Collection  1993  Sound samples from a massive architectural/acoustic installation at Fort Asperen in The Netherlands featuring mechanical devices that drag stones, bang canons, scratch walls, and a two-story waterfall dump. 
Michael Schumacher  Mixology: Dance & Installation   Options Roulette Series  Roulette Archives  25 Feb 2017  The sound artist's 12-channel design for Liz Gerring Dancers with Leila Bordreuil, cello and Ursula Scherrer, video. Stereo mix excerpt from a 4-hour durational piece. 
Valerie Skakun & Pat Spadine  See Saw   Options Fire Over Heaven Series  Outpost Artists Resoures  16 April 2019  A ten+ foot teeter totter driving bellows that activate a battery of flutes (and balloons). Take a peek at https://vimeo.com/333859713. 
Caterina Barbieri  Undular   Options Ekho:: Toward a Repetitive Sounding of Difference  Ekho::Women in Sonic Art  2014  Stereo mix of 8-channel piece made of primary waveforms, microtonality and the polyrhythm of harmonics, on the boundary between drone, minimalism, and techno. 
Val Jeanty  AfroElectronica Dancing The Divine   Options Roulette Series  Roulette Archives  22 May 2017  The Haitian composer and virtuoso DJ/percussionist in a performance with dancer Ra Nubi combining the medium of electronic voudou with the fire spirit element. Excerpt. 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm listener james from westwood:

Glorious sunny Wednesday, David and Ruth!
Avatar 3:00pm david w:

Hi, James from me and Ruth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm steveo:

Hello Ruth & David!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Trimpin is a busy guy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm steveo:

@WH, that Sunsine link you posted over on Mary's board is great, thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:03pm Stanley:

Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm Webhamster Henry:

Fun Fact: Woodstock Chimes's Garry Kvistad has the set of recut Nancarrow rolls that he can play on his AMPICO. (No tacks in the hammers, though)
Avatar 3:05pm Sem:

I'm having what Stanley's having.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm Webhamster Henry:

Hey maybe Ranjit will pop in. He's fixing up one of his pieces at Caramoor.
Avatar 3:07pm Sem:

Hello, David, Rurg, the OAR ensemble, and all. Experimental is my middle name (long story, Dad had a wicked sense of humour.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm Webhamster Henry:

One of the very first animated - in - synch music videos was done by Bob Sabiston at the Media Lab "Beat Dedication" (1988)
Avatar 3:09pm david w:

steveo! Stanley (oy), WebHen, and Sem and yes, Rajit will make an appearnce!
Avatar 3:10pm Sem:

Rugr? Cripes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:12pm doctorjazz:

Hi. These are fun!
Avatar 3:13pm david w:

Sem, Ruth says you are brethren in typos. and hello djazz!
  3:15pm chresti:

Hello! Leaving work. Sounds good!
Avatar 3:17pm geezerette:

Howdy David and Ruth!, and fellow Ridgewoodians!
Avatar 3:18pm david w:

Yay, geez! Yay, chresti!
Avatar 3:18pm Sem:

Greets, g.
Avatar 3:20pm geezerette:

Sem! Hiya!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm listener james from westwood:

Arduiiiiiiiiino. I proofread how-to books on making various projects with those. They always make me wish I could program worth a fig.
Avatar 3:24pm david w:

James, I'm with you on that... I can't program and I love the concept behind arduino gadgetry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm Webhamster Henry:

Percussionist Jesse Stewart uses my movement-to-music app AUMI to drive servos beating drums in one of his pieces.
Avatar 3:39pm david w:

Cool, Henry. So many interesting examples in this realm these days. I'm hardly scratching the surface.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm Webhamster Henry:

I'd like to do it myself; arduinos, FPGAs and Raspberry Pis mean a lot of work is cheap and off the shelf!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:44pm Webhamster Henry:

Something like the Pendulum Harp that was built for Bjork's Biophilia tour would fit in with this show pretty well. www.youtube.com...
Avatar 3:48pm david w:

I could not find good documentation of Trimpin's large installations (I started this show with his Nancarrow project). Suggestions? He has hardly released any recordings. Am I wrong?
Avatar 3:58pm geezerette:

Decades ago Carl Stone's girlfriend made a beautiful device of bamboo in which pebbles in a water-filled vessel were frozen in such a way that they fell randomly as the ice melted. As I recall, the stones fell into a pool of water and the sound was amplified in some way. The result was music that had the effect of setting you next to an imaginary mountain stream, meditative and lovely. I'm sure the specifics are hazy and partly incorrect but not the effect. Can't remember her name.
Avatar 4:02pm david w:

Thanks, geez. Sounds lovely. Let's fine the name!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:03pm Webhamster Henry:

@david - there are some Trimpin pieces here, but I don't know if they are just excepts (probably are) arts.mit.edu...
Avatar 4:05pm david w:

Thanks, Henry. Ruth suspects that his gallery keeps a tight lid on his distribution.
Avatar 4:06pm northguineahills:

Been busy, Valerie Skakun and Pat Spadine are new to me!

Good to hear Michael Schumacher!
Avatar 4:07pm david w:

Heya, ngh. Spadine often appears under the name Ashcan Orchestra (known for pieces with bells, lightbulbs, and hacked oscillators).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:10pm Webhamster Henry:

This piece fits in well with with my dormant project Acoustic Modular Synthesis.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:11pm Webhamster Henry:

The idea behind that is to standardize connectors and pressures and speeds so that acoustic "modules" can be connected together just like electronic ones.
Avatar 4:12pm david w:

Well, wake that puppy up, Henry!
Avatar 4:13pm geezerette:

David @4:02: uh...Mineko Grimmer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:15pm Webhamster Henry:

Help me out, folks! github.com...
Avatar 4:23pm david w:

Thanks, geez. I have nothing. But what a cool name!
Avatar 4:27pm geezerette:

Image of similar device included.
Avatar 4:36pm geezerette:

Cutting out early but still listening.
Thanks, David,Ruth and all!
Avatar 4:37pm david w:

Always a pleasure, g.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm steveo:

sorry i missed a chunk in the middle, got this show flagged for archive-ville. digging the jeanty. oh and the videos I got to go back and watch the videos...
Avatar 4:51pm david w:

The videos are a trip, no matter the "music".
Avatar 4:53pm Sem:

A joyful two hours of "I wonder what's going to happen next?" I am blessed to have ears to hear it.. Thank you all.
Avatar 4:53pm david w:

Thanks, Sem. And all. This one is hard to map. All over the place!
Avatar 4:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

"What's going to happen next?" Here comes delightful sonic drifty journey, the sound collage entitled "the World Opens Up when you Take Structure Away". Next on this Drummer stream, on Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza:
  4:55pm chresti:

Thanks David, excellent!
Avatar 4:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Smooooooth teleprompter teamwork
Avatar 4:57pm david w:

Ken! Yeah I like that.
Avatar 4:58pm david w:

See you everybody. Been a delight as always.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm listener james from westwood:

Avatar 4:59pm david w:

Yes, james, thank yooo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Webhamster Henry:

That was a lively show! thanks!
Avatar 4:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Avatar 5:00pm david w:

Ha! Kind of madness.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Webhamster Henry:

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