A Different Nature
A Different Nature Mission Statement: A Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art
A Different Nature is a curatorial program of genre-defying avant garde music and spoken word that champions historic and modern sound art and spotlights, new, emergent experimental music and audio art generally not heard anywhere else.
The program's format provides the space for deep listening to pieces not confined to pop song lengths and shows are generally focused on an artist, school of music or discipline, record label or art movement.
A Different Nature is a collaborative effort of the ADN Collective, who each curate a show every week on an informal rotating basis, or a group show, depending on the subject at hand.
A Different Nature was founded in the late Seventies by Richard Francis, who fearlessly championed new music and the unheard Avant Garde. His programs went into exhaustive detail on individual artists, labels and musical disciplines. He also spearheaded many important events on the air, such as the 2001 and 2008 Dada and Surrealism festivals that dominated the airwaves for days on end and involved many in the local avant garde community as well as many KBOO programmers.
Richard passed away in 2009 but it's our hope to carry on with his mission of introducing listeners to unheard new music as a collective of his collaborators and listeners.
Long live Papa Dada!
Airs every Monday from 8 to 10 PM
This time on A Different Nature, we delve into the program's past, and play gems from founder Richard Francis' own record collection. It's KBOO's spring membership drive, so A Different Nature listeners will have the opportunity to pledge their support for the station during the program. We have special thank-you gifts to offer new or renewing members: copies of the CD "Hendrix Uncovered: New Music Inspired by Jimi Hendrix", donated by March Music Moderne & Bob Priest.
- Length: 119:47 minutes (164.51 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)
For forty years, the San Francisco Avant-Garde band The Residents have basked in relative obscurity, much of it self-imposed. Their earliest modus operandi had them creating works under their 'theory of obscurity', first coined by N. Senada, who may or may not be an actual person. One aspect of the theory is that a work is created with the intent of never releasing a work until every participant has forgotten about it - or something like that.
Another aspect of the Residents is that they've kept their real identity a secret for many decades, with a few people speaking on their behalf in a business capacity who may or may not be Residents themselves.. Hmmm..
We did, however, manage to get Homer Flynn, The Resident's creative director and visual Major Domo on the phone, while he was, uh, helping the band on the Eastern leg of their Wonder of Weird 40th Anniversary tour.
Homer was more than generous with his time and lots of questions get answered, including a long-time rumour around KBOO's history.
But I'll let you listen to that yourself.
- Title: Interview with Homer Flynn of The Residents
- Length: 37:10 minutes (187.57 MB)
- Format: RIFF Mono 44kHz 705Kbps (CBR)
Kathy, Dr Zomb & Rolf interviewed Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots for A DIFFERENT NATURE. We conducted the interview at the Doug Fir a couple hours before they performed and aired it on ADN that night. Also thanks to Crystal for digital audio editing before the interview aired.
- Title: Edward Ka-spel interview
- Length: 23:31 minutes (21.53 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
A call-in show, where we went out to the listeners for ideas for future shows.. Stuff played was either phone related or stuff we'd played in the last year or..
Anyway here's the playlist:
Laurie Anderson - NY Social Life - V/A LP - Arch
Scanner - The Spirit of Speech/Digital Andor/Delivery - Rawkus
Francis Dohmont - Frankenstein Symphony - Ashpodel
FM Einheit/Andreas Ammer - Action - Deutsche Kreiger - Invisible
Christian Marclay - Excerpt - Record Without A Cover -
Susan Stone - Couch (Problems, Problems) The Lab: 20 year Anniversary - The Lab
Phil Harmonic - Greatest Hits, Side B
Barry Adamson - It's Business As Usual - Oedipus, Schmoedipus -
Michel Philippot - Abience II
Francios Bayle - L'Oiseau Chanteur
Phil Harmonic - - Greatest Hits - Lovely Little Records
Luc Ferrari - Head and Tail of the Dragon
Sho-San-Ke for Electronic
Moato Moroi - Sound of Traditional Japanese Instruments - Radio NHK
Pierre Schaeffer - Objets Lies
And we got some calls, and here were a few of the many ideas for future shows..
Sonic Youth SYR series
stuff using circuit bending
Disciples of Pandit Pran Prath (Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Michael Stirling)
Final installment in a six-part series on the music of Butch Morris; host: Andy Hosch of Timbuktunes
1. "Istanbul" (9:25) from David Murray Big Band conducted by Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris (DIW, Japan, 1991); David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Hugh Ragin, Graham Haynes, Rasul Siddik, James Zollar (trumpets), Craig Harris, Frank Lacy, Al Patterson (trombones), Vincent Chaney (French horn), Bob Stewart (tuba), Kahlil Henry (flute, piccolo), John Purcell (alto sax), James Spaulding (alto sax, flute), Patience Higgins (tenor & soprano sax), Don Byron (baritone sax, clarinet), Sonelius Smith (piano), Fred Hopkins (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums), Lawrence D. "Butch" Morrris (conductor).
2. "The Bartok Comprovisation" (7:11) from Butch Morris, Dust to Dust (New World, 1991); Vickey Bodner (English horn) Jean-Paul Bourelly (guitar), Brian Carrott (vibraphone), Andrew Cyrille (drums), J.A. Deane (trombone & electronics), Marty Ehrlich (clarinet); Janet Grice (bassoon), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards & electronics), Jason Hwang (violin), Myra Melford (piano), Zeena Parkins (harp), John Purcell (oboe), Lawrence D. "Butch" Morrris (conductor).
3. "Improvisation No. 2" (14:20) (unreleased, 1990); Butch Morris Trio: Butch Morris (cornet), Bill Horvitz (electric guitar), J.A. Deane (trombone & electronics).
4. "Preservation" (8:08) from Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris live at Jazz Festival Saalfelden, Austria (Nublu Records, 2010); Lawrence D. "Butch" Morrris (conductor), Ilhan Ersahin (tenor saxophone), Jonathon Haffner (alto saxophone), Graham Haynes (cornet), Fabio Morgera (trumpet), Liek Knuffke (trumpet), Thor Masden (guitar-left channel), Zeke Zima (guitar-right channel), Michael Kiaer (electric bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums), Mauro Refosco (percussion).
5. "Improvisation No. 1" (13:27) (unreleased, 1990); Butch Morris Trio: Butch Morris (cornet), Bill Horvitz (electric guitar), J.A. Deane (trombone & electronics).
6. "Food Chain Dialogue" (7:41) from Butch Morris, Dust to Dust (New World, 1991); see personnel above.
7. "Conduction no. 143/2, part 4" (13:41) (recorded at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 5 Nov/ 2004); Laboratorio Novamusica: Cecilia Vendrasco (flutes), Ilich Fenzi (trumpet), Umberto de Nigris
(trombone), Piergabriele Mancuso (viola), Carlo Carratelli (harpsichord), Giovanni Mancuso
(piano), Andrea Carlon (double bass), Peter Gallo (drums/percussion), Lawrence D. "Butch" Morrris, conductor.
8. "Ozone - Burning Red" (excerpt) from Butch Morris, Lê Quan Ninh & J.A. Deane, Burning Cloud (FMP, 1996); Butch Morris (cornet), Lê Quan Ninh (percussion) & J.A. Deane (trombone, flute & electronics).
to learn more about Butch Morris and conduction: http://www.conduction.us/
|Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra||Straight Up and Out (excerpt)||Out to Lunch||Doubt Music|
|Sachiko M||2808200||An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music Vol 6||Sub Rosa|
|Sachiko M/Leonid Soybelman||Live 1997 (bonus track)||With Russia From Love||No Man's Land|
|Sachiko M/Otomo Yoshihide||Filament 1-5||Filament 1||Extreme|
|Sachiko M/Gunter Muller/Otomo Yoshihide||Filament 2-3||Filament 2||Four 4 Ears|
|Sachiko M||Don't Touch||Sine Wave Solo||Amoebic|
|Otomo Yoshihide/Sachiko M/Ishikawa Ko||Modulation 1||Cathode||Tzadik|
|Ensemble Cathode||Cathode 3 (variations of Modulation 1)||Ensemble Cathode||Improvised Music From Japan|
|Sachiko M||Ne Pas(Sachiko Solo)||Four Focuses||Amoebic|
|Ami Yoshida||Aura Hysteria||Spiritual Voice||Airport|
|Ami Yoshida||Tracks 1-6||Tiger Thrush||Improvised Music from Japan|
|Cosmos(Sachiko M/Ami Yoshida)||1||Tears||Erstwhile|
|Sachiko M||Don't Do||Sine Wave Solo||Amoebic|
Focus on Sachiko M and Ami Yoshida.. Some comments on the show follow:
"I turned on the radio and just hear this high pitched hum.. are you having transmitter problems?"
"I just walked into the room and hear a high-pitched whine. Is there something wrong with the antenna. You mean this is supposed to be music? It's not music, it's just a high pitch whine. Are you the idiot that programmed this? Do you think people are going to be entertained by this shit? You're taking up valuable air time with this. YOU'RE A FUCKING IDIOT!" The man got more and more angry as he talked to me, until he blew up at the end, and then hung up. . ..
Part five of our six-part series on Butch Morris and Conduction. We start off this week with an interview recorded for Vermont Public Radio [VPR] in November of 2007 so that listeners can learn more about Morris and the theories behind his concept of Conduction in the composer's own voice. The interviewer is George Thomas, and also sitting in is Don Glasgo, leader of Dartmouth University's student jazz ensemble "Barbary Coast". The interview is a bit over 30 minutes in duration. Anyone who missed the interview or would like to hear it again can find it archived at VPR's website: http://www.vpr.net/episode/42045/
Underlying my opening remarks and the VPR interview is an extended excerpt from Morris' Conduction #15
CONDUCTION® No. 15, WHERE MUSIC GOES II (extended excerpt behind interview)
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
New York, NY, 15 & 16 November 1989
Ensemble: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Marion Brandis (flute), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Curtis
Clark (piano), J.A. Deane (trombone/electronics), Janet Grice (bassoon), Brandon Ross (guitar), Bill
Horvitz (electric guitar), Jason Hwang (violin), Thurman Barker, Taylor McLean (percussion), Jemeel
Moondoc (flute), Zeena Parkins (harp), Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris (conductor).
CONDUCTION® No. 50
P3 Art and Environment, Tokyo, Japan, 5 March 1995 <<total time: 76:12>>
Ensemble: Shonosuke Okura (o-tuzumi), Michihiro Sato (tugaru-syamisen), Ayuo Takahashi
(zheng), Yumiko Tanaka (gidayuu), Hikaru Sawai (koto), Dae Hwan Kim (percussion), western
instruments: Yoshihide Otomo (turntable), Haruna Miyake (piano), Asuka Kaneko (violin), Tomomi
Adachi (voice), Keizo Mizoiri, Motoharu Yoshizawa (basses), Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris (conductor).
CONDUCTION® No. 28, CHERRY BLOSSOM (brief excerpt)
P3 Art and Environment, Tokyo, Japan, 28 March 1993
Ensemble: Yukihiro Isso (no-kan), Shonosuke Ookura (tutzumi), Makiko Sakurai (syomyo), Michihiro
Sato (tugaru-syamisen), Kizan Daiyoshi (shakuhachi), western instruments: Haruna Miyake (piano),
Syuichi Chino (computer), Asuka Kaneko, Koihi Makigami (voices), Otomo Yoshihide (turntable),
Kazutoki Umezu (bass clarinet), Sachiko Nagata (percussion), Motoharu Yoshizawa (bass), Kazuo
Oono, Koichi Tamano (Butoh dance), Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris (conductor).
Complete Conduction chronology, more about Butch Morris & videos too, at: http://www.conduction.us/
You can reach me via email: email@example.com
|Teruhisa Fukada||Chino||Esprits des Animaux||Alm Records|
|Toru Takemitsu||Strophe||In An Autumn Garden||JVC/Victor (Japan)|
|Toshiro Mayazumi||Campanology III||Nirvana Symphony||Denon|
|Akemi Naito||Electronic Landscape for tape||Strings & Time||CRI|
|Yasuba Jun & An-Chang Project||Amagoi Bushi||Rough Guide to the Music of Japan||World Music Network|
|Toru Takemitsu||Harakiri (excerpt)||Film Music of Toru Takemitsu||Nonesuch|
|Makoto Shinohara||Yumeji||Min-On Contemporary Music Festival '92||Camerata|
|Toru Takemitsu||Woman in the Dunes (excerpt)||Film Music of Toru Takemitsu||Nonesuch|
|Ryuichi Sakamoto||Anger remix||Moto.tronic||Sony|
|Ikue Mori||Monkey Music Moon||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon||Tzadik|
|Satolo Fujii||Silence||South Wind||Libra|
|Ikue Mori||Angler Fish||Hex Kitchen||Tzadik|
|Masaru Sato||ThronAkira Kurasawa's Movie Soundtrackse of Blood||Akira Kurasawa's Movie Soundtracks||Doxy (4 LPs, vinyl)|
|Stomu Yamashtu||Mandala||Stomu Yamashtu Red Buddha Theatre||Island (vinyl)|
|The Boredoms||1||Ichi: The Killer OST|
|The Boredoms||Babe "Baabe||Ichi: The Killer OST|
|The Boredoms||Alphabetical #1||Ichi: The Killer OST|
|The Boredoms||Whitey White||Ichi: The Killer OST|
|Chu Ishikawa||Metatron||Tetsuo: The Iron Man OST||A-Disc|
|Chu Ishikawa||The Sixth Tooth||Tetsuo: The Iron Man OST||"|
|Otomo Yoshihide||10 -||Night Before the Death of the Sampling Virus||Extreme|
|Esemble Nippona||Ogi No Mato||Japan: Traditional and Vocal Music||Explorer|
|Taj Mahal Travellers||Ultra Music||Oz Days Live||Oz|
|Stomu Yamash'ta's Red Buddha Theater||What a Way To Live in Modern Times||The man from the east||Island|
|Geinoh Yamashirogomi||Primordial Germination||Ecophony Rinne||Invatation|
|JA Caeser||a6||(Recital) Kokkyo Junreika||Victor|
|Toshiya Tsunoda||Vibrational Movements of Metal Plates||Ahora||Sonic Tiger|
|Masaru Sato||The Hidden Fortress (excerpts)||Akira Kurasawa's Movie Soundtracks||Doxy (4 LPs, vinyl)|
|Yann Tomita||Luna for electronics & live concrete sounds||An Adventure of Inevitable Chance||Audio Science Laboratory|
|Toru Takemitsu||Kwaidan (1964)||The Film Music of Toru Takemitsu||JVC/Victor (Japan)|
|Masuro Sato||The Lower Depths||Kurosawa: Film Music||unknown|
|Shonen Knife||Tomato Head||Rock Animals||Virgin|
|Shonen Knife||Riding On The Rocket||Let's Knife||Virgin|
|Shonen Knife||Twist Barbie||Shonen Knife||Gastanka|
|Tatsuya Nakatani||Abiogenesis 11||Abiogenesis||H & H Production|
|Ryuichi Sakamato||Grief (Andrea Parker Remix)||Prayer/Salvation||Ninja Tune|
|Koenjihyakkei||Brahggo||Viva Koenji!!||Skin Graft|
|Bondage Fruit||Kinzoku No Taiji Live||Recit||Maboroshi No Sekai|
|JA Ceaser||tr 3||Ship of Fools||unknown|
|Koji Marutani||Scenes 4||Chiky(U)U [various artists]||Chiky(U)U|
|Somei Satoh||Mandara for voice and electronics||Mandara Trilogy||New Albion|
|UFO or Die||excerpt from side A||Unlimited Freak||Time Bomb|
|Kyoto Imperial Court Music Orchestra||Irite||Gagaku: Imperial Court Music of Japan||Lyrichord|
|Yellow Magic Orchestra||'Prelude' from Technodelic (excerpt)||DJ Spencer D mix CD||self-released|
|Mayumi Miyata||Sublimation||Nebula||CBS, Japan|
|Toru Takemitsu||excerpt mixed over last selection||Akira Kurosawa's Ran||Fantasy, vinyl|
Five-hour New Music Japan special brought to you by the 'A Different Nature' collective.
The Music of Otomo Yoshihide
Hosted by Rich L.
Otomo Yoshihide - HK - Sound Factory (1997)
Otomo Yoshihide/Christian Marclay - Sliced and Diced - Moving Parts (2001)
Otomo Yoshihide/Christian Marclay - Derailment - Moving Parts
Otomo Yoshihide - Tracks 1 - 15 - Night Before the Death of the Sampling Virus (1993)
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye - Last Words - Now's The Time Workshop vol. 2 (1991)
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye - Terminal 1 - Now's The Time Workshop vol. 2
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye - Terminal 2 - Now's The Time Workshop vol. 2
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye - Terminal 3 - Now's The Time Workshop vol. 2
Otomo Yoshihide and the New Jazz Orchestra - Out to Lunch - Out to Lunch (2005)
Otomo Yoshihide and the New Jazz Orchestra - Straight Up and Down - Out to Lunch
Otomo Yoshihide and the New Jazz Quintet - Serene - Flutter (2001)
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide - Motif B - Lithuania and Estonia Live (1994)
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide - Chain Reaction - Lithuania and Estonia Live
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide - Improvisation #1 - Lithuania and Estonia Live
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide - Improvisation #2 - Lithuania and Estonia Live
Otomo Yoshihide - 1-2 - We Insist? (2003)
Yoshihide/Laswell/Yashihiro - Seaweed - Soup (2003)
Otomo Yoshihide/Martin Le'trault - Lyon No. 1/Kafe Myszik, 28.04.03 - Grrr (2004)
Otomo Yoshihide/Bob Ostertag - The Power of Success - Twins! (1996)
Otomo Yoshihide - Anode 3 - Anode (2001)
|Alan Hovhaness||Kohar, for flute, oboe, tympani, strings||Symphony of Metal Instruments||Koch 3-7289-2H1|
|Alan Hovhaness||Concerto #7||Music from Louisville||Louisville First Edition FECD-0006|
|Alan Hovhaness||"Island of Mysterious Bells," for four harps||Isolated Instruments||MHS-1844 (vinyl)|
|Alan Hovhaness||Khaldis, movement 1 for piano||Khaldis||Crystal CD-814|
|Alan Hovhaness||Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints||Music of Hovhaness||Columbia M-34537 (vinyl)|
|Alan Hovhaness||Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam||Music of Hovhaness||Columbia M-34527 (vinyl)|
|Alan Hovhaness||Symphony (#17)||Symphony of Metal Instruments||Koch 3-7289-2H1|
|Alan Hovhaness||"And God Created Great Whales"||"And God Created Great Whales"||Delos DE-3157|
|Alan Hovhaness||3 Bagatelles for String Quartet||Spirit Murmur||Delos DE-3162|
|Alan Hovhaness||Khaldis, movement 3 for piano||Khaldis||Crystal CD-814|
|Alan Hovhaness||"Enchanted Ground," for Harp||Concerto for Harp||Telarc CD-80530|
|Alan Hovhaness||Symphony #39, for Guitar & Orchestra||Symphony #46, #39||Koch 3-7208-2H1|
Music of Alan Hovhaness. Celebrating the centennial of Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness. More information, biograpy, complete listing of all compositions, and discography, plus updates on 2011 centennial celebrations around the country at: www.hovhaness.com
Fourth of six programs devoted to the music of Butch Morris.
CONDUCTION® No. 58, HOLY SEA, MARBLE DUST / CONDUCTION® No. 59, HOLY SEA, THE DEVIL'S MUSIC recorded near Florence, Italy. February, 1996 [total time 73:10]
Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris conducting the Orchestra della Toscana: Andrea Tacchi, Giorgio Ballini, Paolo Gaiani, Maria Elena Runza (violins), Riccardo Masi, Alessandro Franconi, Dimitri Mattu (violas), Giovanni Bacchelli, Filippo Burchietti (cello), Raffaello Majoni, Gianpietro Zampella (basses), Michele Marasco (flute), Umberto Codeca (bassoon), Gianfranco Dini (horn), Donato De Sena, Claudio Quintavalla (trumpets), Renzo Brocculi (trombone), Riccardo Tarlini (tuba), Morgan M. Torelli (timpani), Jonathan Faralli (percussion), Cinzia Conte (harp). With J.A. Deane (trombone/electronics), Otomo Yoshihide (turntables/sampling/electronics), RiccardoFassi (piano).
CONDUCTION® No. 23, QUINZAINE DE MONTREAL
The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 11 April 1992 (time 43:25)
Ensemble: Tristan Honsinger, Martin Schutz, Eric Longsworth (cello), Michelle Kinney, Ken Butler (hybrid broom-cello), Helmut Lipsky (violin), J.A. Deane (trombone/electronics/sampling), Guillaume
Dostaler (piano), Mike Milligan (bass), Pierre Dubé (vibraphone). Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris conducting.
Tune in to A Different Nature next week, for a special program commemorating the 100th
anniversary of the birth of the prolific American composer Alan Hovhaness,
whose music explored his Armenian heritage, as well as Japanese and Korean
musical forms, modal composition, love of nature, etc.
|Catherine Jauniaux||Une Escadrille de Sorcières||Fluvial||Ad Hoc|
|The Hat Shoes||Battre Des Paupieres||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|The Hat Shoes||Skinny Moon||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|Ikue Mori||Angler Fish||Hex Kitchen||Tzadik|
|Catherine Jauniaux||Copul's Humus||Fluvial||Ad Hoc|
|Catherine Jauniaux||Doresc Treï Baby||Fluvial||Ad Hoc|
|The Hat Shoes||Love Conversation||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|Vibraslaps||Ce grand neant||Vibraslaps||RecRec|
|Tom Cora||Ce grand neant||It's a Brand New Day: Tom Cora Live at the Knitting Factory||Knitting Factory Works|
|Aksak Maboul||A Modern Lesson||Un Peu de l'Ame des Bandits||Crammed Discs|
|Vibraslaps||I Fall in Love Too Easily||Vibraslaps||RecRec|
|The Hat Shoes||The Woman Of Chernovitzy||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|Vibroslaps||Important Things are Whispered||Vibraslaps||RecRec|
|The Hat Shoes||Differently Desperate||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|Ikue Mori||Kiss of Fire||Hex Kitchen||Tzadik|
|Butch Morris||Conduction 36||Conduction 31, Conduction 35 & Conduction 36||New World|
|Aksak Maboul||Milano Per Caso||Un Peu de l'Ame des Bandits||Crammed Discs|
|Catherine Jauniaux||Origine des Femmes||Fluvial||Ad Hoc|
|Ikue Mori||Woke Up Aghast||Hex Kitchen||Tzadik|
|Catherine Jauniaux||Kebadaya||Fluvial||Ad Hoc|
|Ikue Mori||Shiver||Hex Kitchen||Tzadik|
|The Hat Shoes||Dolores||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|The Hat Shoes||Tchakoh||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
|The Hat Shoes||Birdless||Differently Desperate||Ad Hoc|
CATHERINE JAUNIAUX is a unique French born vocalist and composer who's contributed to numerous R.I.O. (Rock In Opposition) projects and has stood at the forefront of vocal improvisation of the downtown NYC scene for many years. Her vocals exhibit a vast platter of sounds, encompassing invented languages to schizophrenic meanderings and everything in-between. Some of the projects she has participated in include: The Hat Shoes, Aksak Maboul, Des Airs, The Work, Third Person, Vibraslaps, Butch Morris, Tom Cora and collaborative work with the likes of Otomo Yoshihide, Erik M, Ikue Mori, and Fred Frith. She also was the wife of late cello player Tom Cora.
FRED FRITH - 2 WORKS (mainly) -- hosted by daniel flessas
Focusing on Frith's early guitar masterpiece, 1974's "Guitar Solos" and 1995's "Pacifica", (though we opened tonight's show with the atmospheric "Kick The Can" from the 1980 album, "Speechless").
GUITAR SOLOS (from about 8:05 pm til around 9:15 pm)
1. Hello Music
2. Glass c/w Steel
4. Out of Their Heads (on locoweed)
5. Not Forgotten
6. Hollow Music
7. Heat c/w Moment
8. PART 5 from "Rivers and Tides" (music for the amazing film about Andy Goldsworthy) this is NOT on Guitar Solos, btw..
9. No Birds (The longest track on the album, "No Birds", Frith played on two prepared guitars simultaneously, creating the timbre and range of an orchestra. He laid the two guitars flat on a table, neck to neck with the bodies of the guitars at opposite ends and the necks parallel to each other. He then tuned the strings on both guitars to one note, and because they were stereo guitars with nut pickups, he had six separate sound sources coming from each guitar. Using volume pedals on some of the sound sources, Frith filtered sounds in and out of the mix without doing anything on the guitars.
10. Only Reflect
11. Water / Struggle / The North
12. Alienated Industrial Seagulls
Guitar Solos was voted one of the best albums of 1974 by NME critics. Allmusic called it a landmark album because of its innovative and experimental approach to guitar playing. It also attracted the attention of Brian Eno, resulting in Frith's playing guitar on two of Eno's albums, and spawned two follow-up albums, Guitar Solos 2 (1976) and Guitar Solos 3 (1979). Guitar Solos was remastered and released on CD on Frith's own record label, Fred Records in 2002.
Frith recorded the album at David Vorhaus's Kaleidophon Studios in London on 11–13 and 15 July 1974, where he played a modified 1936 Gibson K-11. He added an extra pickup over the strings at the nut, enabling him to amplify sound from both sides of the fretted note. He then split the fretboard in two with a capo, effectively giving him two guitars, each amplified separately that he could play independently with each hand. To split the sounds further he attached alligator clips at various positions on the strings. The net result was a guitar with multiple sound sources that could be channelled to a mixer and distributed across the stereo soundscape.
The album was recorded in four days without any overdubbing. All the pieces were improvised, some completely, some to a roughly preconceived idea, and sound as they were played, except for "No Birds", which was recorded in two parts, and "Not Forgotten", from which two notes were removed. The only sounds not produced 'naturally' by guitar are those of a fuzzbox used on "Out of Their Heads (On Locoweed)", "Heat c/w Moment" and "No Birds", an echo delay used on "No Birds", and ambient noise from Frith's breath and feet on "Heat c/w Moment".
PACIFICA (from about 9:15 pm til almost 10:00 pm)
Pacifica was composed by Frith in 1994 as "a meditation for 21 musicians with texts by Pablo Neruda", and was performed, under the direction of Frith, by the Eva Kant ensemble in 1995 in Modena, Italy. Texts taken from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's works Soneto IX and Cien sonetos de amor, were recorded by Sergio Meza in September 1997 in Santiago, Chile and were added to the music in 1998. The album was released on Tzadik Records' Composer Series in 1998.
Frith does not perform on this album.
Pacifica was composed by Frith at Big Sur, California in a cabin overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is "a slow meditation on life and death" and reflects a series of events that occurred in Frith's life at the time, namely the death of two close friends and the birth of his daughter.
Pacifica was composed for an ensemble that included prepared guitars, wind instruments, percussion, a vocalist and a performer on records, CDs and tapes. The 19 member Eva Kant ensemble (named after a 1960s comic strip heroine, Eva Kant) performed the piece, with fragments of recited text from the Death Song of the Cupeño tribe of California and the tribal names of all the original inhabitants of California.