A Box Full of Ghosts?

A selection of songs, sounds, and atmospheres originally curated by the hauntological geniuses at Ghost Box Records. A slightly different version was broadcast as yesterday’s edition of ‘Turtles Have Short Legs’ on Freeform Portland. In order of appearance:

John Foxx and The Belbury Circle – Almost There
Belbury Poly – Farmer’s Angle
Jon Brooks and Sean O’Hagan – Mulcair
Listening Center – Quotidian Forgotten
Broadcast – Inside Out
Pye Corner Audio with The Advisory Circle – Cloud Control
Hintermass – Are You Watching
Cavern of Anti-Matter – Pulsing River Velvet Phase
The Pattern Forms – Flutewege
Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club – Moonling (Long Version)
Pye Corner Audio – Machines are Obsolete
Steve Moore – The Moon Occults Saturn at Dawn
Jonny Trunk – Cardboard Boxford
ToiToiToi – Golden Green
Mount Vernon Arts Lab – The Submariner’s Song
Eric Zann – Threshold
The Advisory Circle – Mind How You Go Now
Roj – Attaining the Third State
The Focus Group – Leaving Through
Mordant Music – Inn Ohm the Lake
The Listening Center with Pye Corner Audio – Town of Tomorrow Today
Belbury Poly and Spacedog – Quiet Industry
The Advisory Circle with Hong Kong in the 60’s – Seasons Change

It’s a Hard “G,” More Like “Guy” Than “Jealous”

Here’s what I’d played on yesterday’s installment of the Turtles Have Short Legs program on Freeform Portland:

Klaus Schønning – Fragments of Wood
Cluster – Breitengrad 20
Moebius and Plank – Don’t Point the Bone
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Plastic Bamboo
Faust – Why Don’t You Eat Carrots?
Six Organs of Admittance – Taken By Ascent
Grumbling Fur – Suneaters
Unit Wail – Ombos
Elodie – Guidee Par La Rosee
Fille Qui Mousse – Trixie Stapleton 291 Part One
Vangelis – Himalaya
Jon & Vangelis – Horizon
Vangelis – Flamants Roses
Vangelis – 3 + 3
Vangelis – Sunny Earth

The second hour was a Vangelis (see post title for pronunciation guide…) “marathon,” which becomes an immediate tee-up for a “Chariots of Fire” joke for those whose minds navigate on tangents parallel to mine. A truckload of Mr. Papathanassiou’s recordings from 1973-1985 got recently reissued as a box set, and this bit of self-indulgence features a sampling from the baker’s dozen CD’s contained in the aforementioned box. The Jon Anderson collaboration was way better than I’d expected – sort of like what the ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack might have sounded like with vocals from “That Yes Guy.”

Here’s a truncated version of the show’s contents:

Broadcasting Live from the Baker Building and Transmitting from the Radio Room

For today’s off-the-books, unintentionally extended edition of Turtles Have Short Legs on Freeform Portland, I chucked out the show description and played two hours of “songs with bridges,” (mostly) guitar(-based) pop. That said, there was no 6PM DJ, so the extra hour went more along the lines of the prog/folk/kosmische/krautrock that the show was supposed to feature. Continue reading “Broadcasting Live from the Baker Building and Transmitting from the Radio Room”

Yet Another Green Globe?

Almost two hours of Krautrock, Kosmische synth excursions, prog-rock, new age tinklings, and a stretch of Brit-folk. In order of appearance:

The Residents “Infant Tango” (Meet the Residents)
Renaldo & The Loaf “Asper Dorsalis” (Gurdy Hurding)
Coil “I Don’t Get It” (The Ape of Naples)
Daevid Allen “Euterpe Gratitude Piece” (Good Morning)
Brian Lavelle “Canaan Lane” (Canaan Lane)
Kitaro “Milky Way” (Tenku)
Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner “Shivas Dance” (The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986)
Peter Michael Hamel “Fire of Holy Eyes” (Hamel)
Causa Sui “Eternal Flow” (Euporie Tide)
Rolf Trostel “Two Faces” (Two Faces)
Space Art “Folkstone Hovercraft” (Play Back)
K. Leimer “The Cockpit (Extended)” (Land of Look Behind)
Holger Czukay “Der Osten Ist Rot” (Der Osten Ist Rot)
Shirley and Dolly Collins “Beggar’s Opera Medley” (For as Many as Will)
King Crimson “The King Crimson Barber Shop + Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Part III” (Three of a Perfect Pair)

I’ve Got a Broken Face… Uh-huh

It started with the rhetorical question, “Hmm, can I play about 40 minutes of Hawkwind on the radio today?” And it went from there. In order of appearance:

Hawkwind “You Shouldn’t Do That”
Hawkwind “Time We Left This World Today”
Hawkwind “D-Rider”
Hawkwind “Magnu”
Colin Andrew Sheffield and James Eck Rippie “Essential Anatomies 4”
Ulver “Riverhead”
Grouper “Headache”
Tears Run Rings “Destroyer”
Andrew Chalk “Spiritual Lanterns”
Slowdive “Star Roving”
Dungen “Kalifen”
J.D. Emmanuel “March of the Colossus”
Zanov “Zephyr”
Gong “A Sprinkling Of Clouds”
Cavern Of Anti-Matter “Acid Death Picnic”
Beak “Backwell”

Grim, Dark, and Cold and So On

Revisiting some of my favorite experimental/ambient/noise-ish releases of the past twelve months. In order of appearance:

Robert Rich “Corvid Collections” (What We Left Behind)
David Newlyn “Chemical” (Linen)
Olivia Block “Dissolution B” (Dissolution)
Wanda Group “The Storm Car Vat” (Ornate Circular)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani “Closed Circuit” (FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy)
Stephen O’Malley “Side A” (Dread Live)
Masami Akita and Eiko Ishibashi “Junglegym” (Kouen Kyoudai)
Lustmord “Subspace” (Dark Matter)
Thomas Koner “Tiento de la Luz 3” (Tiento de la Luz)
Mika Vainio “I could be an old man in front of a service station” (Mannerlaatta)
Nurse With Wound “Astrophytum 7” (Astrophytum)
Svarte Greiner “The Marble” (Moss Garden)
Vril Jäger “Maw Of Kalki” (Vril Jäger)
Teleplasmiste “Radioclast” (Frequency Is The New Ecstasy)

Waves Overhead

Soundscapes dreamy and dark, rougher bits with the smoother stretches, looking up to the waves rolling over your head, and underneath the frozen earth crawls by. In order of appearance:

Marielle V Jakobsons “Undone”
Aidan Baker / N / Dirk Serries “Ritual III”
Urfaust “Meditatum I”
Johann Johannsson “Non-Zero-Sum Game”
Buddha on the Moon “Clockwork Hearts”
Moss Covered Technology “Homeward Shine”
Lustmord “Black Static (Excerpt)”
Continuum “The Continuum Recyclings IV (Excerpt)”
Delia Derbyshire and Elsa Stansfield “Circle of Light, Pt. 2 (Excerpt)”
Bethan Kellough “Canopy”
Aethenor “Anais”
Roy Montgomery “Another David Lynch thanks, no ice”
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani “Closed Circuit (Edit)”
Sabled Sun “Project Locus Arcadia”
Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourriere “Moonish Landscapes”
Kemper Norton “Agnes and Louisa”
Conrad Schnitzler “Oct-80”
Coil “Pre-Original Chaostrophy”
Loscil “Deceiver”
Dreamboat “Aftershock Face To Face”