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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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Rare and unreleased tracks and live performances by “Blue” Gene Tyranny,
the minimalist pianist whose fascination with gospel and electronics underscored
dreams and mythologies.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  A Dream Without Images   Options Country Boy Country Dog  Lovely Music  1994  A piece from "The Transforms”, first built in 1972 and revised over two decades.   
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  A Letter From Home (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  RouletteTV (unreleased)  4 Nov 2007  Time-Transposing Pianist was Blue's title for this session for a broadcast. This excerpt is from one of his signature pieces, introduced by the composer.  0:09:42 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  x,y,z harmonic studies (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  Roulette Archive  27 March 1992  Piano with processed vibes and xylophone.  0:33:56 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny & Leroy Jenkins  The Tallahassee Incident (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  Roulette Archive  3 May 2001  Introduced and composed by Jenkins, violin and vocals, with Blue on piano, a true story of the racist South in the 50s, testified through Mary Griffin’s lyrics for their operetta, Coincidents..  0:47:40 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  Take Your Time (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  Roulette Archive  1 Dec 2004  As the composer/pianist's solo appearances became increasingly rare, Blue stepped out to perform pieces from the Lovely Music album “Take Your Time”.  0:58:02 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  X Marks The Spot (Daydream)   Options Country Boy Country Dog  Lovely Music  1994  A piece from "The Transforms" (1972-1992).  1:13:41 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny & Mary Griffin  Recollections: Songs from Aphasia (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  Roulette Archive  13 April 2016  Excerpts from a multi-media oratorio, written by Tyranny and librettist Griffin, about people who lost their ability to speak as a result of strokes, traumatic brain injuries, or other kinds of brain damage, and who are reclaiming their memories and their language. With string ensemble — Conrad Harris, James Ilgenfritz, Pauline Kim, Alexander Waterman, and Lev Zhurbin — and four singers — Eric Barsness, Magda Gartner, Diana Solomon Glover, and Peter Stewart. The Music Director is composer Chris Berg.  1:26:57 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  If Only (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  RouletteTV (unreleased)  4 Nov 2007  For piano and vocal quartet.  1:31:53 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny & Phil Harmonic  Timing   Options Just for the Record  Lovely Music  2008  Tyranny, Polymoog, with composer Phil Harmonic speaking. Recorded at The Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, 1978.  1:35:23 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  Confession (concert recording)   Options Interpretations Concert Series  Roulette Archive  15 April 2010  Composer Tyranny and Conrad Harris perform a work for piano and violin.  1:44:29 (Pop‑up)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny  The CBCD Intro   Options Country Boy Country Dog  Lovely Music  1994  Composed 1984, from "The Electro-Acoustic Pieces" (1980-1989).  1:52:01 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar 4:50pm david w:

“Blue” Gene Tyranny (1945-2020, raised Robert Sheff in Texas, taught at Mills, moved to NYC in 1983) composed over fifty works for electronic, instrumental and vocal ensembles, over thirty film and video soundtracks, and fifty scores for dance and theatre productions. Emerging as a member of the early multimedia avant-garde ONCE group of the 60s, “Blue” went on to provide music and improvisations for the Robert Ashley’s opera-for-television “Perfect Lives”, and influence a music/media generation. “Blue” received Obie and Bessie Awards, was nominated for a Grammy, and worked with Laurie Anderson, Carla Bley, John Cage, Leroy Jenkins, Iggy Pop, and many others. He published articles and reviews including the in 20th Century Avant-Garde section of the All-Music Guide. And that’s the easy-to-explain part!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm listener james from westwood:

Afternoon, David, Ruth, all!
Avatar 5:01pm david w:

Afternoon to you too, james! And all!
  5:02pm Jon in New Bedford:

Hello! Thanks so much for taking some time to honor Blue.
Avatar 5:02pm david w:

My pleasure and honor, Jon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:04pm WR:

Hi David Ruth James and others.
Avatar 5:05pm david w:

WR! Hi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:06pm WR:

Interview with Gene by Ned Sublette a year or so ago.
  5:06pm TomH:

The very first CD I worked on with Blue. I think we used the studio at Harvestworks.
Avatar 5:07pm ranjit:

happy snow day, David!
Avatar 5:10pm northguineahills:

This storm is massive, spanning MA to FL (pouring rain here).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:10pm doctorjazz:

Hello Ridgewoodians!
Avatar 5:11pm david w:

Special hello and thanks to TomH.
Avatar 5:11pm northguineahills:

Thanks, david, for your service to the musical archival world!
Avatar 5:12pm david w:

ranjt! djazz! ngh! Good to have pals around today, thanks.
Avatar 5:14pm northguineahills:

and thanks, TomW!
  5:16pm Jon in New Bedford:

I only happened upon Out of the Blue a few months back and it led me to look into the rest of BGT's work (as well as Robert Ashley et al by extension). Helped me more than a little to get through this very tough year.
  5:16pm ruth:

Just lovely.
Avatar 5:21pm david w:

hiya, ruth! If you like to hear delicious chord progressions branch out, as Blue says in his intro, this coupla hours will please.
Avatar 5:22pm david w:

@Jon, I'm sure Blue would have been pleased to hear that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:30pm doctorjazz:

This is wonderful!
Avatar 5:32pm Schell:

Hi all. No surprise of subject matter this week.
Avatar 5:35pm northguineahills:

I'm thinking of selling a Bob Ashley vinyl box set. please convince me otherwise (also a Laurie Anderson box set, but since I had a glass of wine w/ her randomly, I doubt I can part w/ that/)
Avatar 5:36pm david w:

Hi, Schell. Lots of great remembrances out there. I found some rare stuff.
Avatar 5:38pm Sem:

Hello, David, ruth, and Ridgewoodians everywhere. Been listening from the start and only just now discovered what it is I am listening to.
Again being educated in music I missed first time around. Thank you for that, Ridgewood Radio.
Avatar 5:40pm david w:

Sem, you are too kind. There's always more for us all to discover!
  5:41pm catverde:

Hola David.
  5:41pm catverde:

Hola Ruth.
  5:42pm catverde:

The dust is hitting the pavement.
  5:42pm ruth:

Gee thanks Sem . Hola Cat.v
Avatar 5:42pm david w:

Cat! Hola!
  5:42pm catverde:

!! Nice to 'ear you.
  5:44pm TomH:

This must be Jeff Berman, vibes and Bill Ruyle, xylophone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:44pm WR:

NGH, will message you about that Ashley set.
Avatar 5:51pm northguineahills:

After I eat, I'll post the link for my friend doing the sale. I'll put it in my profile
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:51pm chresti:

Hi David and ruth and Ridgewoodians!
Avatar 5:52pm david w:

Welcome, chresti from snowy New York!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm chresti:

Very dry here today, in San Gabriel.
Avatar 5:58pm northguineahills:

I've heard this before. Nothing good happens in Tally (I might be biased). However, the best brunch place I've had there was across the street from FL A&M. I once got pulled over in college w/ friends while doing psychedelics on our way to camp (ironically near blountsville), but, since, I'm a dorky white kid, they let me go....
Avatar 5:59pm northguineahills:

Avatar 5:59pm david w:

Six degrees of Leroy Jenkins.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm coelacanth∅:

greetings david, ruth and ridgies
Avatar 6:06pm david w:

greeting, coelacanth∅ and welcome!
  6:06pm JS:

Sherman here, sounds so good, great show, thanks David
Avatar 6:08pm david w:

Sherman! Delighted!
  6:09pm Tom and Ellen:

This is so lovely, smooth and fine to hear on a snowy evening.
Thanks to J Dearing and Carlotta Schoolman for telling us of this presentation
Avatar 6:12pm david w:

Wow, Tom ad Ellen, thanks. Carlotta gives the best hugs, please send one back.
  6:17pm Carlota:

Just looked at comments to send message and there were Tom and Ellen! —-David, thanks to you and Jim Staley for making the archive alive.
  6:18pm Che Chen:

hi everyone. jumping in late...anyone know how these sounds are being generated?
Avatar 6:19pm david w:

Carlota! Hugs! (too many Ts?)
Avatar 6:21pm northguineahills:

well, I met Leroy Jenkins once, so, would that make it one degree of separation? (I'm always that guy that would pick the ear off of musicians after a show [I only mention the ones that were receptive and friendly])
Avatar 6:21pm david w:

Hello Che. It was 1972 and Blue was at Mills Electronic Music Center so... Buchla?
  6:21pm TomH:

Che Chen: My recollection in the Country Boy Country Dog CD is that Blue had produced the source tracks years before and we imposed various studio techniques to enhance the resonances and create layering. (1993 - seems like NOT yesterday!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm coelacanth∅:

this sounds like ondes martenot to me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm coelacanth∅:

...(that sounded like)
  6:24pm Che Chen:

ah, thank you DW and TomH. i can hear synth and tape in there...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Ike:

I thought I didn't like "Blue" Gene Tyranny but that last one was excellent.
Avatar 6:29pm david w:

Hey, Ike. As TomH pointed out, he approached electronics with considerable imagination.
  6:30pm Jeff g. via app:

Thanks so much, David.
Avatar 6:30pm northguineahills:

ah, the kitchen, the best performance I saw there, was Luc Ferrari w/ Dj Olive. I got to hang out w/ him (as Olive was my turntablist sensei). I actually have a never released recording of that performance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm coelacanth∅:

this is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm coelacanth∅:

(and it's in a style and "genre": that i usually can't stand!)
Avatar 6:32pm david w:

Jeff g., comrade in Drummer world! Thanks to you!
Avatar 6:33pm northguineahills:

Ferrari passed 2 years later, I, still cherish chilling w/ him. He was generous and not as haughty as many post-war composers of his generation.
Avatar 6:33pm david w:

coel, I understand and I see you understand.
Avatar 6:35pm david w:

ngh! Archives need you! The Kitchen stuff is locked up at Getty Museum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm doctorjazz:

Great car listening...(driving now it's not great. Not driving was I post)
  6:36pm Jeff g. via app:

David, have you heard any recordings of his playing with the Stooges?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm coelacanth∅:

haha, Thanks david...
but, generally speaking at least, if there's one thing i understand it's that i don't understand!
Avatar 6:37pm david w:

Jeff, I looked into this but the credits are soo confused I gave up.
  6:38pm Che Chen:

i like what is happening right now!
Avatar 6:38pm northguineahills:

@david: if you have some device that can record a cdr, I'll ship it to you (it only plays in my car cd player, and I have many cd players)
Avatar 6:39pm david w:

Yes, this is very "Che Chen".
Avatar 6:39pm david w:

ngh, let's talk.
Avatar 6:41pm northguineahills:

@david: hit me (my friend has it in storage, so, it might take me to take a trip to fish it out). (Toshio Kajiwara was the producer).
Avatar 6:42pm northguineahills:

errr, engineer...
Avatar 6:42pm northguineahills:

Now this sounds like Bob Ashley (if I didn't know better)
  6:43pm Che Chen:

haha. something in the water at mills for sure.
  6:43pm Dean:


Avatar 6:44pm david w:

Dean! Thanks!
Avatar 6:46pm david w:

After Blue, this:
7-10pm EST: Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan: Space: Cosmic emanations from Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar, Russia ... and beyond
10-midnite: If You Lose Your Horse with Sam Segal
Avatar 6:47pm northguineahills:

I was waiting for some Stooges as well,,,,
  6:50pm Dean:

The Morgan Sound record to which I link above has videos on the Discogs page.
Avatar 6:51pm david w:

Thanks, all. Lots of good ideas and someday we can all gather and have another round!
Avatar 6:51pm northguineahills:

Happy thanks, David and ruth!
  6:54pm Dean:

Tyranny appears, too, on Thomas Buckner's records.
  6:54pm Mary:

Kyle Gann said in the Village Voice some years ago: "God plays the piano through this man."

Thanks David for the best way to celebrate Blue -- through his music.
  6:54pm hank:

Just gettin to the party. Howdy DW
Avatar 6:55pm david w:

howdy, hank!
Avatar 6:55pm Schell:

Thanks for the memories all. Must sign out now, cheers! Re sounding like Ashley, there's a snippet from Agamemnon the Opera where Tyranny improvises a vocal passage that does seem to be modeled after Ashley's exaggerated drawl.
Avatar 6:55pm david w:

Ohhhh, Mary....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Rich in Washington:

That was lovely, david w!
  6:56pm TomH:

Thank you so much David W. Wonderful sounds, wonderful memories.
  6:57pm Che Chen:

thanks for the deep dive, David!
  6:57pm ruth:

Been in and out shoveling snow during the broadcast today trying not to let it get too far ahead of me. Afraid I'm doomed though. Hope I'll be able to open my front door in the morning! Each time I came back in this has been a gorgeous respite. As always thanks SOSOSO much DW!
  6:57pm ?:

beautiful show david
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm chresti:

Thank you David! Lovely!
  6:58pm Dean:

(chresti made a pun!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm coelacanth∅:

g'bye evrybuddy

Thanks David!
take care
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm WR:

Thank you David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Gary:

I know what I'll be listening to tomorrow morning!
Avatar 6:59pm david w:

Too many to thank, here and in the making of this show. Hooray Blue!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Ike:

Cool. Thanks!
  6:59pm Dean:

(And so did Rich in WA!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm listener james from westwood:

Muchas gracias, Ridgewoodians!
Avatar 6:59pm ranjit:

thanks david!
  6:59pm hank:

Ciao. Thanks
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