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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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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Sun Ra and his Mythic Science Arkestra  Angels And Demons At Play   Options The Paris Tapes: Live At Le Théâtre Du Châtelet 1971  Kindred Spirits   2010   
J.A. Caesar  狂女節 (Kyōjo-Bushi)   Options Jasumon    1972  from the Shuji Terayama (of Tenjō Sajiki) film, Jasumon 
John Coltrane  Living Space   Options Infinity  Impulse!  1972   

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Terry Riley  Desert of Ice   Options Shri Camel  CBS Masterworks  1980  performed live on a Yamaha YC-45-D electronic organ 
Harmonia  Schaumburg   Options Live 1974  Grönland Records  2007   
Cluster  Plas   Options Cluster II  Brain / Metronome  1972   
Pierre Henry / Gilbert Artman / Urban Sax  Gate Of Paradise   Options Paradise Lost  Philips  1982   
Conrad Schnitzler  Electric Garden   Options Con  Egg  1978   
Speed, Glue & Shinki  Song for an Angel   Options Speed, Glue & Shinki  Atlantic  1972   
Mick Jagger  Invocation Of My Demon Brother   Options Anger Rising  Saturn Records  2006  rec. 1968 for the Kenneth Anger film, Invocation Of My Demon Brother 
Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra  Angels And Demons At Play   Options Angels and Demons at Play  El Saturn Records  1967   

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Bitchin Bajas  Angels And Demons At Play   Options Bajas Fresh  Drag City  2017  "Written-By – Le Sony'r Ra" 
Bitchin Bajas  Yonaguni   Options Bajas Fresh  Drag City  2017   
Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourrière  Lights Sequence   Options Five Steps  Versatile Records  2015  entirely on Buchla synthesizer 
Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourrière  Water Mirrors   Options Espace Timbrés  Versatile Records  2018  "mostly" on Buchla synthesizer 
Typhonian Highlife  Oracle Of Egret, Siracusa Sicily   Options The World Of Shells  Sun Ark  2017   
Magic Lantern  On The Dime   Options Platoon  Not Not Fun  2010   
Magic Lantern  Friendship   Options Platoon  Not Not Fun  2010   

Music behind DJ:

Denny Tag  




Wosenylhe Meberku  ንጉስ ፡ ዋይ ፡ ንጉስ   ወሰንየለህ መብረቁ (Original Recording of Axum)  Axum Electronics  19??   

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:49pm Flash Strap:

Hello explorers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm chresti:

Hi Flash and folks!
Avatar 7:01pm hyde:

Avatar 7:02pm Franco Twinkie:

Flash! You outdid yourself with this particular piece of art. Sometimes it's as simple as two opposing elements.
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Chresti! Hi Hyde! Hi Franco!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The Presence of the Living Myth
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Thanks brother, just a little collage I've got set aside for (possibly) bigger things... was just staring into space in the studio this morning and realized it worked for the show today so I scanned it in
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Hi Rev!
Avatar 7:06pm Franco Twinkie:

Yes it does. Have you ever been to Florence?
Avatar 7:08pm Flash Strap:

I wish, I've only been to Venice. I've always wanted to see Florence
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm doctorjazz:

Sun Ra! Hey, Explorers!
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

I've always loved this composition, I can't remember when I got ahold of this live version from the Paris tapes but it was very exciting to me. the original is under three minutes, this one clocks in at 15
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doc!
Avatar 7:16pm Flash Strap:

this track is insane
Avatar 7:17pm Franco Twinkie:

Well, If you ever go, there is this odd museum called The Specula that is devoted to eviscerated bodies recreated in wax. For scientific research of course. But, as a side deal they also have these dioramas of hell, also done in wax, with heaps and piles of tormented souls about the size of Gumby.
Avatar 7:18pm Flash Strap:

Holy shit Franco I am dying to see that place
Avatar 7:20pm Flash Strap:

similar, but doubtless not quite that cool, I was at the Mütter museum earlier this summer. no hell diorama though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm chresti:

This is real Funny Farm music!
Avatar 7:20pm Franco Twinkie:

That and Florentine pizza! A terrific afternoon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

My soul is not only about the size of Gumby - but I reckon a similar consistency...which - if it is going to be tortured - is damn fortunate...
Avatar 7:23pm Flash Strap:

I think the title translated means "madness"
maybe something more like "madwoman", not sure
Avatar 7:23pm hyde:

i'm reading this old naturalists book on Florida wildlife, and right now he's explaining the perils of hot-bugs and muck itch. Fun! Couple chapters ago he was talking about some fish he called a pusselgut, and i still have no clue what that is.
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

you're goin straight to heaven whether you like it or not Rev
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

wow that sounds amazing Hyde, I've never heard any of those terms before, thrillingly archaic
Avatar 7:26pm Flash Strap:

in a follow-up to a long-ago show theme, I'm finally reading Zama, highly recommended
Avatar 7:27pm hyde:

@Flash the guy is great (Archie Carr). he's a great scientist but then he busts out these old timey country names that are hilarious
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

i love that stuff, i'll have to check it out
Avatar 7:27pm hyde:

@Flash ooh, i gotta read that. and that's still the only Lucretia Martel i haven't seen.
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

great great great movie. only one of hers i've seen though, which i need to remedy asap
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar 7:30pm hyde:

i *love* La Cienaga and The Headless Woman
Avatar 7:31pm hyde:

Holy Girl is good too, but the other two are better imo
Avatar 7:33pm Flash Strap:

@Rev: I know, controversial production. I love it man, I love what she does with strings generally but its great to hear them juxtaposed against a work she didn't specifically compose
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm chresti:

That makes me think of ' A Modern Herbal', hyde,
Avatar 7:34pm Flash Strap:

@hyde; which one should I watch first? I will abide by your recommendation so i don't have to choose
Avatar 7:37pm hyde:

@Flash i'd watch La Cienaga first. it's a little rough since it's her first movie, but still great. Headless Woman is a lot more polished and confident, so probably best to watch chronologically
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Well - losing Trane in Jazz was like losing Hendrix in Rawk.
We can only wonder What If
- & what would their interaction w/ what came later have been...
Jazz Lecturer Gordon Vernick said he imagines Coltrane going on to play shakuhachi on a mountaintop or something... I reckon Alice had as much idea as anyone.
  7:44pm Quinn:

Ooh I tuned in at the right time
Avatar 7:44pm Flash Strap:

@Hyde: I'm on it
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

Hi Quinn! indeed
Avatar 7:45pm hyde:

@chresti hmmm, i need to check that out
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

never bad to drop in and find Terry Riley already at work
  7:47pm Quinn:

And this tone is so liquidy and pleasant
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

i know, it's like every note is a drop of mercury
  7:49pm passiflora:

listening and enjoying on the train
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

earlier today I was listening to that Terry Riley In C with the big band that shows up on some editions of Reed Streams, extremely interesting. he's just so great
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

hi passiflora! perfect for the train
Avatar 7:54pm hyde:

@Flash yeah, that's fantastic
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

love the guitar sound on Live 74, it's really one of my favorite live albums
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Passaic River Blues:

Not too long ago a commenter tracked down the episode where a disgruntled listener lobbed the infamous "this shit sounds like marbles in a blender" insult at Bryce. I always assumed it was in response to Bryce playing some cool extreme noise, like totally-out-there, atonal, overwhelmingly dissonant craziness. But, as it turns out, that guy was reacting to a long set of **Terry Riley**! Beautiful and mostly melodic Terry Riley pieces!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm melinda:

hi folks!
Avatar 8:06pm hyde:

@PRB haha
Avatar 8:06pm hyde:

hi melinda!
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

Hi PBR! I'm trying but I can't even respond to that man's foolishness
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar 8:08pm hyde:

also, i hope Bryce responded by saying "i've heard marbles in a blender, sir. this is not marbles in a blender"
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

probably not even an original line is the sad part
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

I never listen to these early Cluster / Kluster albums enough, they're not as easy to jump into as Zuckerzeit and everything after but they're so good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Passaic River Blues:

@hyde: hahaha I don't recall, but knowing Bryce it was likely something witty. "Nah, man. This is the marbles in a blender DUB HOUSE REMIX!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm melinda:

@hyde haha
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

this whole Urban Sax album is so mesmerizing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm melinda:

I get that Terry Riley is not everyone's cup of tea but the comparison is just lame.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm melinda:

The marbles in blender t-shirt that it spawned is totally cool.
Avatar 8:19pm Flash Strap:

really incredibly underrated LP, this Schnitzler
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm Passaic River Blues:

@Melinda: absolutely! I try not to begrudge anyone their preferences or personal taste, but it just seems so incongruous to what was being played. And yeah, that insult was actually a gift which spawned a fantastic t-shirt.

Urban Sax = incredible
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm melinda:

Anyone else outside the JC area bummed that they can't attend the Plants & Synths show at Monty Hall? I am.
Avatar 8:20pm Flash Strap:

"Con" also rereleased w/ bonus tracks under the title "Ballet Statique" – highly recommended
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm chresti:

I rate it highly
Avatar 8:21pm Flash Strap:

@melinda: i am now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm melinda:

What group or groups is Con associated with?
Avatar 8:23pm Flash Strap:

Conrad Schnitzler started off in Tangerine Dream, before leaving to do his own thing. Joined Kluster as well; after he left, they became Cluster.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm melinda:

Olivia's show this week had a similar theme, really great.
Avatar 8:25pm Flash Strap:

looks like it was a good one
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

this track is really one of my very favorite synth compositions for a kind of moving, spatial quality... really feels like it's filling the space, and suddenly you're occupying & moving through a new zone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm chresti:

I have a Curiosum cd
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

@chresti: good record, that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm chresti:

I've taken many naps while this is playing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm chresti:

talk about atmosphere
Avatar 8:32pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm chresti:

Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

of course
Avatar 8:37pm Little Danny:

Evenin' Flash and fellow explozzz
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

I've never considered this to be a particularly *good* job from Mick, but it has always fascinated me as a kind of document with a discomfiting occult power (as with most Anger soundtrack pieces, Bobby Beausoleil's in particular)
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

Hi LD!
Avatar 8:39pm northguineahills:

I love this version of my demon brother...
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:41pm Little Danny:

I've talked about it before, but the inclusion of the Paris Sisters in Anger's Kustom Kar Kommandos had a huge impact on my appreciation of '60s pop
Avatar 8:42pm Flash Strap:

mine too! I watched an omnibus of his largely by chance while in high school and it had a huge impact in almost every way, my eyes peeled and reformed
Avatar 8:52pm geezerette:

Hello,Evan and gang.
Our ISP is holding us prisoner, off & on, off & on...grrr!!!!
I'll listen to this in the future but I'd rather listen now.
Curse you, ATT. :(
Love the artwork. :D
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

Hi Geezerette! damn them, damn AT&T
Avatar 8:53pm Little Danny:

The 'Bajas just played my neck o' the woods - El Paso - with Stereolab. Was that the lineup you saw, Flash?
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

@G: and thank you, friend. always great to have you in the room, regardless the circumstances
Avatar 8:54pm geezerette:

Haha! Thank you, Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm melinda:

From the name Bitchin Bajas I would not have guessed this would be the sound. I like it.
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

@LD: no, they just played a very small room with some local acts. maybe 35 people in a university coffeehouse. not a bad show! and I bought the record, which we're hearing
Avatar 8:56pm Little Danny:

@Melinda: their name is a little embarrassing
Avatar 8:57pm Flash Strap:

@LD: I decided to go largely because I think I remember you liking them, and I thought I should give them a better shake than I had previously. Agree the name is not to my taste
Avatar 8:58pm TDK60:

Hello. I'd seen this band name before, thinking it a surf band.
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

@LD: did you see them with Stereolab?
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 9:02pm Little Danny:

Nope, I was outta town unfortch. I heard good things about that show, however
Avatar 9:03pm hyde:

good stuff
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

yeah, really pretty strong I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Evan; Explorers
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

Hello Coelacanth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm melinda:

@LD I didn't want to be too harsh since I like their sound but I agree
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm melinda:

The motor in my vacuum cleaner has gone on the fritz, and I've got a lot of vacuuming to do. Oh dear. Looks like there is a service center nearby though.
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

i want to imagine a vacuum repair shop sort of like a cobbler's shop, sort of anachronistic and full of special tools. i hope it doesn't just have like car dealership vibes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Doug Schulkind:

Good evening my dear Flash! Good evening handsome listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm coelacanth∅:

i'm actually slightly surprised anyone fixes vacuum cleaners any more on this apparently disposable planet.
this is good news!
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

Typhonian Highlife = Spencer Clark = Monopoly Child Star Searchers
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

Good evening dear handsome Doug! how fares thee?
  9:21pm Quinn:

Omg you played Urban Sax
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

@Coelacanth: I agree
Avatar 9:21pm hyde:

love this
Avatar 9:22pm Franco Twinkie:

I was at the library, so I can't comment on the music. But I will comment on the comments. Bitchin Bajas sounds like an Ensenada style fish taco restaurant that would have surfboards stuck on the wall. Kind of stupid, but maybe really good. I wonder if that was that what they were thinking when they chose that name?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22pm Doug Schulkind:

Fare me well!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm melinda:

According to the internet there is still a Miele store and service center where I went to buy replacement vacuum bags many years ago. It was a little space, I don't remember if there were tools on the walls. Not like an appliance showroom at least.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm melinda:

@Franco exactly!
Avatar 9:26pm Flash Strap:

I think they may have wanted to throw people off taking them too seriously, even though their music has a real sheen of "seriousness" – in a way it's really cool that a heady synth trio could be thought of in the same way, as having the same function even, as a trashy surf group, just by picking that name – but even so ...
Avatar 9:28pm TDK60:

I want to start a dark noise band called something like Dry Creek String Band.
Avatar 9:29pm Franco Twinkie:

Well, it's a good strategy to have people dismiss you, then totally upend their assumptions.
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

@Franco: true, & respect to that I have to say
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

the #1 Magic Lantern outing for sure, (imo)
  9:32pm Quinn:

Now these are some bitchin’ bajas
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm coelacanth∅:

TDK that should do the trick!
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

@Q: haha yes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm coelacanth∅:

Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

i've said it before but I really love the cover art for this, and the way it sets the stage for the psych to come: img.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35pm coelacanth∅:

oh yeah great cover!
Avatar 9:40pm Franco Twinkie:

Magic Lantern reminds me of when I was in junior high school and I saw this local band called The Magic Mirror. The guys looked like sit-com hippies, and in between songs the singer would hold up a mirror and say "Magic mirror time is 9:34..." or something like that. Now that was stupid!
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

that's hilarious Franco
  9:42pm Quinn:

Oh I love this noodling. Also saxophone makes everything better.
  9:42pm passi:

I missed shinki chen!
Avatar 9:43pm Flash Strap:

no sax on this alas
  9:43pm passiflora:

in a venue restroom
  9:43pm Quinn:

I thought I heard saxophone in it!
Avatar 9:43pm Flash Strap:

hello again passi in the john
Avatar 9:44pm Flash Strap:

phantom sax - not bad, I say it'll have to do for now!
  9:44pm passif:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm coelacanth∅:

sounds a bit mellotronny though. not complaining.
Avatar 9:47pm Flash Strap:

this lineup would sound great with a mellotron in tow
  9:47pm Quinn:

Come on, I know you hear that in there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm coelacanth∅:

i feel like they are trying to (and coming close to) sound like a mellotron's in there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm coelacanth∅:

(and the one magic lantern album that's not on bandcamp)
Avatar 9:49pm northguineahills:

Dug that Magic Lantern!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm coelacanth∅:

Quinn do you dream about saxophones?
baritone? soprano? the illusive bass saxophone?
...plastic ones in the hands of experts?
Avatar 9:53pm Little Danny:

Terrific show, Evan!
Avatar 9:54pm Flash Strap:

@C: definitely they are
Avatar 9:54pm Flash Strap:

Thanks LD! see you next door in your beautiful room
  9:54pm Quinn:

Coelacanth... every night. It is my curse but it also fills me with a sort of deep, deep peace that I cannot describe.
Avatar 9:55pm Flash Strap:

@Q: I *thought* I may have heard it enough to check the liner notes for sax personnel, but I must conclude it is a phantom horn
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm chresti:

Really great explorertoring tonight, thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:55pm Flash Strap:

Glad to hear it NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm coelacanth∅:

haha ...Quinn it could be so much worse!
Avatar 9:55pm Little Danny:

There's a wicker chair with your name on it at the Cool Blue Flame: wfmu.org... Come on in and relax!
Avatar 9:56pm Flash Strap:

that is a good way of life, Quinn
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

this track title may translate to "You Limit the Lightning"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm coelacanth∅:

yeah maybe i can dream about mellotrons tonight
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

oooh, i dream about mellotrons sometimes for sure
  9:58pm Quinn:

This sound, talk about plinking and twinkling
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm coelacanth∅:

weirdly (though probably not, to someone who knows how to interpret these things) i very rarely dream about anything music-related.
Avatar 9:59pm Franco Twinkie:

I will dream about men in capes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan!
Avatar 9:59pm Flash Strap:

that's it my friends! good night and many thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm coelacanth∅:

Freud wants to have a word with you Franco
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