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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

Episode Archive

A Different Nature on 04/22/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 7:00pm - Tue, 04/23/2013 - 7:00am
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In 1998, Richard Francis, the original host of A Different Nature, organized a 24-hour radio marathon on KBOO, during which we played nothing but sounds from the natural world.  It was the first time that several of the current members of DNC worked together.

A Different Nature on 04/15/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art

A Different Nature on 04/08/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Mitchell Brown joins Dr. Zomb

Dr. Zomb welcomes Mitchell Brown from Melon Expander Records to the show.  Mitchell will be bringing some of his own material as well as selections from his label to play for us. 

A Different Nature on 04/01/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Rare tracks from Don Joyce and Negativland

Tonight on A Different Nature, we'll be featuring rare tracks from Don Joyce and Negativland.

Don Joyce joined Negativland after the Contra Costa California experimental collective joined him on his KPFA radio program Over the Edge (probably one of the longest running free-form, audio collage shows still in existence).
 A long time visual artist, Joyce was inspired by Negativland's approach to collage in the audio medium and some began utilizing cut-and-paste tape collages to his program and subsequent Negativland recordings. He brought a dizzying array of cut-up sounds and recontextualized agitprop to Negativland's sound, where before they were more in line with Industrial Music, Musique Concrete, etc..

A Different Nature on 03/25/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Richard's Records.
from: Hendrix Uncovered:Rux? : Gumbo 4'33" by Bob Priest

Richard's Records.  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.

A Different Nature on 03/18/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Live Broadcast of Stravinsky's "A Soldiers Tale"

We are proud to broadcast a live performance of Igor Stravinsky's A Soldiers Tale in collaboration with March Music Moderne

A Soldier's Tale
March 18, 2013
7:30 p.m., St. Anne's Chapel

Free and open to the public

Igor Stravinsky's iconic masterpiece is featured in this evening's program. Composed in 1918, Stravinsky based The Soldier's Tale on a Russian folk story, a parable about a soldier who swaps his violin in a deal with the devil for a book that predicts the future.

A Different Nature on 03/11/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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LIVE performances by THOLLEM and Diane Chaplin


TONIGHT-- more March Madness Moderne, with LIVE PERFORMANCE by THOLLEM MCDONAS "TSIGOTI in the Valley of the Dreambuilder"

Yes, Thollem returns playing ELECTRIC, giving us a LIVE preview of his show this Wed at BACKSPACE. Also, at around 9:30 pm, DIANE CHAPLIN, cellist extraordinaire and co-director of Northwest New Music, will perform Esa-Pekka Salonen's intense and difficult cello piece "YTA III", WITHOUT A NET!

A Different Nature on 03/04/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/04/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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March Music Moderne 2013 preview with Bob Priest

March Music Moderne founder & organizer, composer Bob Priest joins host Andy Hosch for an overview of this month's events. March Music Moderne features 32 concerts and events in and around Portland, happening at 18 venues over the course of 17 days. It all gets started this Thursday, March 7th with "Ears Wide Open". Tune in for all the details ---ands lots of great sounds too!

A Different Nature on 02/25/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 02/25/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Cuban Electroacoustic Music


1- TRES DE DOS (for magnetic tape), 1984

     Juan Piñera / Edesio Alejandro

    First Prize "Ex Aequo" XII International Contest  of Electroacoustic Music at Bourgos.

2- HORSES, 1984

    Juan Marcos Blanco

3- HALLEY (for Magnetic Tape), 1984

    Julio Roloff

4- RITUAL (for Magnetic Tape), 1984

    Juan Marcos Blanco

5- TAÑIDOS, 1983

6- ESPACIOS II, 1984

    Juan Blanco


A Different Nature on 02/18/13

A Different Nature
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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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pResident's Day Special

 This Monday on A Different Nature, we'll have a pResident's Day Special, with the music of San Francisco legends The Residents, currently celebrating 40 years of anonymous fame.

We'll also have an interview with a gentleman who's been with the group from the start. Homer Flynn has been the artistic and creative director, spokesperson and eyeball wrangler from the band's infancy. We'll have all kinds of questions for Mr. Flynn, as well as getting to the bottom of a four-decade long KBOO rumor.

Plus, Residents songs both familiar and rare.

The Residents are appearing later in the week, on Friday the 22nd, at The Hawthorne Theater.

Hope you can tune in!


Interview With Negativland's Mark Hosler

A Different Nature
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Mon, 08/25/2014
Dr. Zomb of Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura and Rich of Radio Lost and Found interview Negativland founding member Mark Hosler.
Mark called in all the way from North Carolina to discuss Negativland history, their upcoming show in Portland on the 29th, their upcoming new album It's All In Your Head and other mysteries.

richard's records

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/25/2013

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.

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Interview with Homer Flynn of The Residents

A Different Nature
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Mon, 02/18/2013

 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.



A Different Nature
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Mon, 09/17/2012

ADN 9/17/2012 CAGE CENTENARY PROGRAM 3 / host: dj what the!@#%*! 

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A Different Nature 4/30/2012 featuring Derek Ecklund

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/30/2012

Interview with Edward Ka-spel of the Legendary Pink Dots

A Different Nature
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Mon, 11/22/2010

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.


A Different Nature playlist for 09/27/2010

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A Different Nature
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Xpr Xr & the Orphic OrchestraThrillerVuluptuous MusicSound Factory
Jia Haiqing & Fu YuFish Cooking 1China: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
Wang ChangcunSong Without WordsChina: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
IsmuIn the Room with SnowChina: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
Hu MageEdit 2China: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
Fu YuFish Cooking 3China: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
Shanghai Sound UnitAuctioneersChina: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
Beijing Sound UnitMinibus PimpsChina: The Sonic Avant GardePost-Concrete
Bai TianWetAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Alice Hui-Sheng ChangThere she is, standing & walking on her ownAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Li JianhongSodAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
D!O!D!O!DA Dark KnifeAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Torturing NurseYes Or NoAn Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music Vol 6Sub Rosa
Yan JunIt's More Than EnoughAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Hong Qilej gmcAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
WFDDSinAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Juno aka Timmy LokPossibilitiesAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Lin Giang####An Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Stingrays061020An Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Wang ChangcunThrough the Tide of FacesAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Wang FanZeroAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa
Djun YaoPsycho RealmAn Anthology of Chinese Experimental MusicSub Rosa

electronic and experimental music from China..

A Different Nature playlist for 09/20/2010

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Andrew HoschThe Grass Menagrieunreleased
Andrew HoschAncestors Descend from the Starsunreleased
Andrew HoschShifting Winds, Shimmering Sandunreleased 12/31/67
Andrew HoschPlanet of the Antsunreleased 12/31/67
Andrew HoschDeep Spaceunreleased
Andrew HoschA Drowning Dreamunreleased 12/31/67
Andrew HoschA River Runs Through Spaceunreleased

Featured tonight is music of Andrew Hosch, a member of the "A Different Nature" collective, whose production during the 1980s and early 1990s was heavily influenced by listening to the strange sounds that Richard Francis played each week on this KBOO program

A Different Nature playlist for 09/13/2010

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A Different Nature
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Sainkho Namtchyluk/ Ned RothenbergTovarischi ll- TallinAmulet (1996)Leo
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Nick SudnickPlay 9Not Quite Songs (2010)Leo
Sainkho NamtchylakIntroductionNomad (2007)Leo
Sainkho NamtchylakNight BirdsLost Rivers (1991)
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Roy CarrollCeremonyTuva-Irish Live Music Project (2007)Leo
Sainkho NamtchylakDream of DeathLost Rivers (1991)FMP
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Nick SudnickTitle 12Not Quite Songs (2010)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakLetter 3Letters (1993)Leo
Sainkho NamtchylakTitle 2Not Quite Songs (2010)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakDeep Blue (Solo)Nomad (2007)Leo Records
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Ned RothenbergWhat ShakesAmulet (1996)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakLeaving HomeNomad (2007)Leo Records
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Ned Rothenberg2nd DanceAmulet (1996)Leo Records
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Nick SudnickTitle 10Not Quite Songs (2010)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakInitiation Trio Pt. 1Nomad (2007)Leo Records
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Ned RothenbergLake Song (Saami Traditional)Amulet (1996)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakLost RiversLost Rivers (1991)FMP
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Ned Rothenberg1st DanceAmulet (1996)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakTundra Und TaigaLost Rivers (1991)Leo Records
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Nick SudnickTitle 6Not Quite Songs (2010)Leo Records
Sainkho NamtchylakHoumaLost Rivers (1991)FMP
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Evan ParkerHurzuMars Song (1996)

A Different Nature playlist for 08/16/2010

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A Different Nature
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Evelyn Glennie & Fred FrithA Route of WolvesThe Sugar FactoryTzadik
Evelyn Glennie & Fred FrithIn the World to Change the WorldThe Sugar FactoryTzadik
Dr. Zomb & FriendsMarin Headlands, part 1 [12/8/86]Echo Chamberunreleased
Peter CusakFountain SculptureBaikal Ice (Spring, 2003)ReR
LustmordPyre (Necro Cristi)Paradise DisownedSoleilmoon
Fritz Hauserparts I-IIISounding StonesTherme Vals
Kuwayama & Kijima00/10/17duntitled20 City
Yashuhiro Minamizawatrack 3 (sitar in the rain)11th (final)Studio Nirvana
Stockhausen; Arditti QuartetHelikopter-quartettHelikopter-quartetAuvidis Montaigne
Leland W. SprinkleGod Be With You Till We Meet AgainThe Great Stalacpipe OrganLuray Cavern

Tonight's program is titled "Place Is the Space" and focuses on musical performances in unusual spaces.

Concept: Kathy Fors; hosts: Andy Hosch, Rolf & Dr. Zomb.

A Different Nature playlist for 08/02/2010

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A Different Nature Presents: Strange Sounds From Sheffield: A Look at Cabaret Voltaire
August 4, 2010

A look at the Dada-infused group from Sheffield UK, Cabaret Voltaire.
Cabaret Voltaire formed in 1973, around Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson. Initially utilizing minimal electronics and tape to make their highly original sounds, they eventually incorporated Funk, dance and Dub in the mix and released numerous singles, EPs and albums.
Watson left the group in the early 80′s to pursue a career in television and has since gained acclaim as an environmental sound recordist.
Cabaret Voltaire’s output slowed to a crawl in the Nineties and there has yet to be a proper CV recording in this century.
Richard H. Kirk continues to put out releases under his own name, as Sandoz, Biochemical Dread and more.
He has lately said in interviews that the last three or four Cabaret Voltaire albums were the work of himself alone.

Artist-Title-Album (Label, year recorded)
Cabaret Voltaire – Voice of America – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – Do the Mussolini Headkick – Living Legends (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Baader/Meinhof – Original Sounds of Sheffield (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – The Dada Man – 1974-1976 (Industrial Records ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – No Escape – Original Sounds of Sheffield (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag – Living Legends (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Do the Snake – 1974-1976 (Industrial Records ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Seconds Too Late – Living Legends (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – This is Entertainment – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – If Shadows Could March – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – Stay Out Of It – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – Red Mask – Red Mecca (Rough Trade, ’81)
Cabaret Voltaire – Split Second Feeling – Red Mecca (Rough Trade, ’81)
Cabaret Voltaire – Sluggin’ Fer Jesus – Eight Crepescule Tracks (Interior Music, ’87)
Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar – 2 X 45 (Rough Trade, ’81)
Cabaret Voltaire – Hallucination Sequence – Johnny Yesno OST (Doublevision, ’83)
Cabaret Voltaire – Do Right – Microphonies (Virgin, ’84)
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria – Sensoria 12″ (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’84)
Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You – Arm of the Lord (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’85)
Cabaret Voltaire – Hell’s Home – Arm of the Lord (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’85)
Cabaret Voltaire – James Brown – James Brown 12″ (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’85)
Cabaret Voltaire – Shakedown – Drain Train (Doublevision, ’86)
Cabaret Voltaire – Taxi Mutant – International Language (Instinct, ’92)
Cabaret Voltaire – Soul Vine (70 Billion People) – Plasticity (Instinct, ’93)


A Different Nature playlist for 07/26/2010

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A Different Nature
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Julián CarrilloConcierto para Piano en Tercios de TonoJC-004Sonido
Julián CarrilloPreludio a ColónVVN/11/LDVoz Viva de Mé
Julián CarrilloBalbuceos para Piano Metamorfoseador "Carrillo" en Diesiseisávos de TonoVVN/11/LDVoz Viva de Mé
Julián CarrilloConcierto en Cuartos y Octavos de Tono para ViolonceloJC-004Sonido
Julián CarrilloPrimera Sonata en Mi MenorVVN/11/LDVoz Viva de Mé
Julián CarrilloDos Piezas para Cuarteto de Cuerdas: 1- Meditacion; 2- En SecretoColección Hispano Mexicana deMúsica Contemporánea No. 4Centro Independiente de Investigación Musical y

A Different Nature playlist for 07/19/2010

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A Different Nature
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Alexander Von SchlippenbachGlobe UnityGlobe UnitySaba/Basf
Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Han BenninkDog MeatThe Topography of the LungsIncus
Frank LoweIn Trane's NameBlack
Sun RaRose Hue Mansions of the SunRose Hue Mansions of the Sun (Voice of the Eternal Tomorrow)
Dave BurrellEchoEchoBYG/Actuel

Audio for this show, in part can be found at:

A Different Nature playlist for 06/28/2010

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tonight's episode: "PHONOGRAPHY" and Found Sound Art -- Phonography, literally, is "writing in sound", but rather than just playing the original field recordings that "phonographers" collect, tonight we feature the creations of artists who took these sources (objects, wind, water, inventions) and recombined the sounds to include rhythm, melody and organized patterns (music). Inspired madness? you decide.

Produced by Danielle Parks - hosted by Danielle and daniel (of the A Different Nature Collective)

 Andy Hosch - Les Bicyclettes - from a recording constructed entirely of sounds from bicycle wheels, spinning or struck (how very Portland!) - excerpt -

Xerophonics - Matrix 12510-12 - from Xerophonics - 4:15

David Slusser
- Creaks - from Delight at the End of The Tunnel - 0:59
 here's a closer look at this work, Slusser's first album on Tzadik:
and here is an article about Slusser's amazing life (where your eyebrow will likely raise at least once per paragraph):

Stomp - Waterphonics - from Orbitones, Spoon Harps and Bellowphones - 2:20

Raymond Scott - Backward Beeps - from Manhattan Research Inc - 1:05
       performed on Scott's "Circle Machine" - Around 1959, Scott designed and built the Circle Machine, a more compact electronic sequencer. Dr. Thomas Rhea, music synthesis professor at the Berklee College of Music, visited Scott many times in the early '70s and remembers the Circle Machine as "an analog waveform generator that was this crazy, whirling-dervish thing. It had a ring of incandescent lamps, each with its own rheostat, and a photo-electric cell on a spindle that twirled in a circle above the lights." Each bulb's intensity was individually adjustable, as was the rotation speed of the photocell. As the lights brightened, the pitch ascended. Arm rotation speed governed the rhythm. The lights could be stag-gered in brightness, and depending on the pattern, the tone sequence generated would change. The Circle Machine was capable of a wide range of unearthly sounds, as heard in numerous commercial jingles Scott recorded during the late 1950s and early 1960s (many of them are included on Manhattan Research Inc.). 
: ''Paranoiac, visionary, misanthrope, and machine fetishist, the late composer Raymond Scott was also an electronic music pioneer and inventor geek who had Madison Avenue paying him to soundtrack its vision of postwar American futurism. The music on MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is both archaic and tres moderne. It reveals the fears and fantasies of a nation in boom-time denial. And Scott mischievously spikes almost every one with a dystopian mickey: could give a kid nightmares for years.'' (written by Senior Editor, Will Hermes) Check out more about Raymond Scott's Manhattan Research here:

The User  - }.}@}.@.}@}. - from Symphony #2 for Dot Matrix Printers - 5:59
This is where Dot matrix printers are turned into musical ‘instruments’, while a computer network system, typical of a contemporary office, is employed as the ‘orchestra’ used to play them. The orchestra is ‘conducted’ by a network server which reads from a composed ‘score’. Each of the printers plays from a different ‘part’ comprised of rhythms and pitches made up of letters of the alphabet, punctuation marks and other characters. [The User] uses ASCII textfiles to compose, orchestrate, and synchronize sonorous and densely textured, rhythmically-driven music.

 Hans Reichel - For Those Who love Propellers - from Lower Lurum - 2:56
Hans Reichel's Lower Lurum is perhaps the record that introduced the world to his invention, the daxophone, a box playing a long, thin altered board that produces so many tones and sounds they are virtually limitless. Add to this Reichel's homemade guitars, which are truly exotic pieces of art as well as functional instruments, and you have an orchestra from another dimension. Which is what Lower Lurum is pretty much all about. Being subtitled as a "guitar and daxophone" operetta, in Reichel's mind there is probably a concept here. But that concept for the listener -- especially since there are no notes explaining what the "plot" of this operetta is supposed to be -- is tonal. Given how technical Reichel is about everything in the booklet, it is -- for those who've never heard Reichel's music -- shocking to hear its emotional warmth, depth, and humor. There is very little manipulation of sound with overdubs occurring in very few places, and even they are used sparingly. This is music that comes straight through the microphone without effects. In large part this is because it doesn't need any. Reichel's operetta and his music in general are more musical than music because they integrate the entire human being -- physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual -- into the way in which a composition or improvisation is executed and ultimately sounds. On Lower Lurum, Reichel has created a light body (or, from the Buddhist perspective, a rainbow body) of sound. Its clarity and spirit are one in the same, expressed as resonances from the heart through the hands and moving beyond them both into a sonic architecture that expresses emotions and thoughts that occur just beyond the field of language, and that achievement is far greater that the faculty of language this reviewer possesses. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide


Maryanne Amacher - Synaptic Island - from Sound Characters - 8:36

Maryanne was born in 1938 in Kane, Pennsylvania, to an American nurse and a Swiss freight train worker. Amacher left Kane to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.F.A in 1964. Subsequently, she did graduate work in acoustics and computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  While there she studied composition with George Rochberg and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

While in residence at the University of Buffalo, in 1967, she created City Links: Buffalo, a 28-hour piece using 5 microphones in different parts of the city, broadcast live by radio station WBFO. There were several other pieces in the "City Links" series, though many details are not yet known. A common feature was the use of telephone lines to connect the sound environments of different sites into the same space, a very early example of what is now called "telematic performance" and preceded much more famous examples of this by Max Neuhaus and others.

Her major pieces have almost exclusively been site specific, often using many loudspeakers to create what she called "structure borne sound", which is a differentiation with "airborne sound", the paradox intentional. By using many diffuse sound sources (either not in the space or speakers facing at the walls or floors) she would create the psychoacoustic illusions of sound shapes/"precense". Amacher's early work is best represented in the three series of multimedia installations produced in the United States, Europe, and Japan: the sonic telepresence series, "CITY LINKS" 1-22 (1967- ); the architecturally staged "MUSIC FOR SOUND JOINED ROOMS" (1980- ) and the "MINI-SOUND SERIES" (1985- ) a new multimedia form which she created, that is unique in its use of architecture and serialized narrative.

She worked extensively with the physiological (not psychoacoustic) phenomenon called otoacoustic emission, in which the ears themselves act as sound generating devices. Amacher composed several "ear dances" designed to stimulate clear "third" tones coming from the listener's ears. The subtitle of her first Tzadik Records album Sound Characters (Making the Third Ear) references these "ear tones".

"When played at the right sound level, which is quite high and exciting, the tones in this music will cause your ears to act as neurophonic instruments that emit sounds that will seem to be issuing directly from your head ... (my audiences) discover they are producing a tonal dimension of the music which interacts melodically, rhythmically, and spatially with the tones in the room. Tones 'dance' in the immediate space of their body, around them like a sonic wrap, cascade inside ears, and out to space in front of their eyes ... Do not be alarmed! Your ears are not behaving strange or being damaged! ... these virtual tones are a natural and very real physical aspect of auditory perception, similar to the fusing of two images resulting in a third three dimensional image in binocular perception ... I want to release this music which is produced by the listener ..." John Zorn did just that. Here is more about this unusual woman who lived in poverty in a house some called uninhabitable, and died just 8 months ago.

David Slusser - Turbines -  from Delight at the End of The Tunnel (Tzadik) -  2:34

Qubais Reed Ghazala - Silence The Tongues of Prophecy - from Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones - 4:51
Reed Ghazala is now known internationally as "The Father of Circuit-Bending", a self-discovered and amazingly simple electronic process of creating experimental musical instruments from pre-existing audio circuitry. Following Reed's writings, and without any prior knowledge of electronics, people everywhere are following this new art form, this new standard of audio exploration, and are designing their own fantastic instruments.
Reed's sculptural experimental instruments have been built for Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson's Pat Mastalotto, Faust, Chris Cutler, Towa Tei, Yann Tomita, Blur and many other interesting musicians. Reed's work has been covered and requested throughout the arts "underground" and the major media as well, including ABC Television, The Discovery Channel, MTV, Disney, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L. A. Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Music, Wired Magazine, Option, Billboard, Time Out, Stereophile, The Smithsonian, The ReR Quarterly, Sound on Sound, Computers & Music, Japan's Sound and Recording, and many others. Reed's twenty-article series "Circuit-Bending and Living Instruments" is now being published and translated around the world. Along with many private acquisitions, Reed's work has found its way into the NYC Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Whitney permanent collections as well as numerous other public galleries worldwide.
there's much more. check out this amazing website:


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Por Por - car horns from Ghana


Ellen Fullman - Duration - from Staggered Stasis - 23:13
Over the last two decades, Ellen Fullman has been perfecting her Long String Instrument. This unique instrument of her own design is some 80 feet in length and played by literally walking through it. The resulting sounds are beautiful gliding tones with a rich harmonic content. Check out these pictures of it at her website:

Braaxtaal (w/Jaap Blonk) - Deutsche Lyrik -from Braaxtaal- 9:22
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Annea Lockwood - Breathing Machine - from 1973's Glass World -  2:35
 "I had started exploring glass sounds as a way of sensitising my ears to very fine sonic detail. But the glass gave me a greater gift: it completely changed my way of composing and of thinking about music itself."- Annea Lockwood, 2007
more about Glass World :

David Slusser - Stamps - from Delight at the End of a Tunnel -  2:25

Tom Waits - Babbachichuija - from Orbitones, Spoon Harps and Bellowphones - 2:18

Annea Lockwood - Dialogue: Bottles & Jars -from Glass World - 1:45


Ship Horn Symphony - You Tube - - 4:19

David Slusser - 60 Hertz - from Delight at the End of a Tunnel - 3:11


A Different Nature playlist for 06/15/2010

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
John Wolf Brennan HextetRain Stick EchoThrough the Ear of a RaindropLeo Records
Fritz Hauser & Michael Askill(Behind announcing)SpaceCelestial Harmonies
Concentration CityFor Richard Francis (excerpts)No titleNo Label
Jeffrey KriegerUitt (Particolore)Ac-Dc-VcO.O. Discs
Luc FerrariEt tournent les sons dans la garrigueEt tournent les sonsMetamkine
Jacques Lejeuneau cours d'un secondeloge de la betise ouIna-GRM
Yves DaoustSuite Baroque: L'ExtaseAnecdotesEmpreintes DIGITALes
Takagi MasakatsuUter Pt. 1Journal for PeopleCarpark
The Science GroupLoveA Mere CoincidenceCuneiform
The Science GroupOpen or Closed?A Mere CoincidenceCuneiform
The Science GroupNapoleonA Mere CoincidenceCuneiform
The Science Mere CoincidenceCuneiform
The Science Group... Schroedinger's BoxA Mere CoincidenceCuneiform
The Science GroupEvent HorizonA Mere CoincidenceCuneiform
Sato MichihiroSM/NC (Nicolas Collins) / CM (Christian Marcleay)Rodanhat NOW series
Sato MichihiroSM/TC (Tom Cora)Rodanhat NOW series
The Romani Instrumentalists of JumayaBelled Sheep of DorkasBells of Winter Festivals of Greek MacedoniaSmithsonian Folkways Recordings
FriggInterludeBrechtKnitting Factory
Peter WhiteheadDance of Death Imusic for Underbelly Dance Theatre's "GISELLE"Out of Round
Peter WhiteheadDance of Death IImusic for Underbelly Dance Theatre's "GISELLE"Out of Round
Peter WhiteheadDance of Death IIImusic for Underbelly Dance Theatre's "GISELLE"Out of Round
Peter WhiteheadMorningmusic for Underbelly Dance Theatre's "GISELLE"Out of Round
Sarah PeeblesWhite Powder/The SpidersInsect GrooveCycling '74

 SURPRISE NIGHT - Daniel & Danielle draw at random from a box of CD's formerly owned by Richard Francis

A Different Nature playlist for 06/07/2010

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 

The Different Nature Collective presents Ersatz Ergot, the invention of language in music.

Two hours of invented language: Esperanto - once optimistically hailed as the unifying universal language; Kobaïan - the invented language from French progressive rock band Magma; Molemot - the resultant language of miscegenation of the two races of The Resident's Mole mythos; the wordless stylings of Jaap Blonk, Christian Bök, Mike Patton - as well as classic works by Kurt Schwitters and more.

On hand were Rolf, Dr. Zomb and Rich.
Espero vi povas aliĝi al ni!

Playlist: (Artist/Track/Album)

Jeb and Cousin Easy - Emag Flog Eht - 7"
Slim Gaillard - Arabian Boogie - Best of comp.
Blaine L. Reininger - Glossolalia - Glossolalia
Richard Hayman - Incantations
Sigur Rós - Svefn-g-englar - Ágætis byrjun
The Kipper Kids - Bim Bam Boom - Forbidden Zone OST
Mike Patton - Porno Holocaust - Adult Themes for Voice
Magma - Hortz Fur Dëhn Stekëhn West - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh   
Magma - Ïma Sürï Dondaï - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
Magma - Kobaïa Is De Hündïn - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh   
The Ruins - Bliezaning Motts - Symphonica
Can - Oh Yeah - Tago Mago
Anna Homler - B'Sha Ko'la Kee'ya - House of Hands
Slim Gaillard - Soony Roony (Song of Yxabat) - Best of Comp.
Diamanda Galas - | - Schrei X
Christian Bok - Ubuhubub - Ubuweb
Christian Bok - Valuvëula - Ubuweb
Christian Bok - Ursonate - Ubuweb
 Marie Osmond - Karawane - Lipstick Traces LP
Elizabeth Claire Prophet - Invocation for the judgement against and destruction of rock music - Sounds of American Doomsday Cults, vol.14
Pink Floyd - Several Small Furry Animals... - Ummagumma
The Residents - The Big Bubble - The Big Bubble
Alberta Casey - Flugadi (Volare) - San Diego Volkas
Alberta Casey - Ponto Trans Akvo Storma (Bridge Over Troubled Water) - San Diego Volkas
JoMo - Al la Barikadoj - JoMo kaj Liberecanoj
JoMo Friponas - Esperanto! - JoMo kaj Liberecanoj
Johnson Mac Low - 38th and 39th - Open Secrets
Anna Homler - Eje Wob-co - House of Hands
Walt Kelley - Go Go Pogo - Songs of the Pogo
Cathy Berberian - Stripsody - Magnificathy



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