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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 08/23/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 08/23/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Soundscapes: sounds of place and machine; host: Ani Raven

A Different Nature on 08/02/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 08/02/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Strange Sounds From Sheffield: A Look at Cabaret Voltaire

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.

A Different Nature on 06/28/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 06/28/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Music not from instruments...

TONIGHT ON "A DIFFERENT NATURE" from 8 to 10 pm: PHONOGRAPHY and Music from things other than instruments.

Gino Robair says, "Phonography, as a sound art, is by it's nature improvisatory. It gives us more than one chance to hear the sounds of a moment, and, often, more than one way to hear them." But rather than just playing field recordings, tonight Danielle explores the possibilities people have found in creating music from objects and other sources than traditional instruments. Car horns, credit card machines, photocopiers, shiphorns, telephone wires, bottles... Sometimes there are moments of beauty, sometimes insane cacophony. Inspired madness? You decide.

Hosted by Danielle Parks



A Different Nature on 06/07/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Ersatz Argot

ERSATZ ARGOT -  Saluton,  Kiel vi fartas?  Ĉinokte

A Different Nature on 06/07/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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"Language is a virus from outer space" ~William S. Burroughs
Saluton,  Kiel vi fartas?  Ĉinokte sur MALSAMA NATURO (A DIFFERENT NATURE)  ni far montr kie ĉiuj materialoj estas en artefarita kaj falsaj lingvoj kiel Esperanto, Zeuhl, kaj tiaaĵo(j). Aŭskult Lundon vespere de ok ptm al dek.

A Different Nature on 06/07/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Ersatz Ergot: The Invention of Language in Music

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.

Espero vi povas aliĝi al ni!

A Different Nature on 05/24/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 05/24/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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New Music for Gamelan
On Monday May 24, A Different Nature will focus on  new music for Gamelan.  You will hear works by North American composers for both Javanese and Balinese style gamelan ensembles (and some non-Indonesian instruments). Featured composers  include David Demnitz, Ron George, Michael O'Neill, Wayne Vitale, and Evan Ziporyn.  Ensembles: Gamelan Son of Lion (New York), Gamelan Pacifica (Seattle), Gamelan Sekar Jaya (San Franciso) and Gamelan Madu Sari (Vancouver, BC).  
This week's host: Andy Hosch

A Different Nature on 05/17/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 05/17/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:10pm
Short Description: 
Brian Eno: The Art Rock Years

On tonight's A Different Nature we are pleased to present the first of two Brian Eno specials.

A Different Nature on 05/17/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 05/17/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Brian Eno: The Art Rock Years

On tonight's A Different Nature we are pleased to present the first of two Brian Eno specials.

A Different Nature on 05/10/10

A Different Nature
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Mon, 05/10/2010 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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NAKED VOICE - Tonight we listen to the voice as a solo instrument.. with almost no accompanimnent or electronics, and mostly stearing clear of spoken word and closer to sound-poetry, avant acappella and other forms of music/non-music that uses only the voice. From the soothing to the jarring, from the humorous to the sinister and scary.. we might listen to such artists as Joan La Barbara, Jaap Blonk, Diamanda Galas, Henri Chopin, Junko, Demetrio Stratos, Tamia, Prima Materia, and Lexie Mountain Boys.  


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
program date: 
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.

  • Length: 119:47 minutes (164.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

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!@#%*! 

  • Length: 119:30 minutes (109.41 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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 10/19/2009

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SpunkFlagreDen overste toppen pa en blamalt flaggtangRune Grammofon
Maja Ratkje/Jaap BlonkQueasy Chin DipPost Human IdentitiesKontrans
Maja RatkjeJoyVoiceRune Grammofon
Maja Ratkje/Oslo SinfonettaWaves IIBRiver Mouth EchoesTzadik
SpunkEatenKantarellRune Grammofon
SpunkHornkonsertender eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en stovsugerRune Grammofon
Maja Ratkje/Lasse MarhaugThe Sad Clown Called the LawMusic for FakingC3R
Maja Ratkje/Lotta MelinIt Was All in HerIllegal ParkingKning Disk
SpunkDeam Man Watchingen aldeles forferdelig sykdomRune Grammofon
Maja RatkjeVacuumVoiceRune Grammofon
Fe-MailArtbeakVoluptuous VulturesPsychForm
Maja RatkjePart 2The StalkerImportant
Fe-MailA Merry Day in the WoodsSyklubb fra HaelveteTV5
Fe-MailNavrattan KormaBlixter ToadAsphodel
Fe-MailModoginSyklubb fra HaelveteTV5
SpunkBipolarityKantarellRune Grammofon
Maja RatkjeWintergardenRiver Mouth EchoesTzadik


A Different Nature playlist for 09/28/2009

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A Different Nature
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MudboyStudy for A Sleep Album - 2nd Movement
Apex TwinRhubarb
BattlesIp2 - 2
Ethan RoseCeiling Song 3
StarfuckerMiss You
White RainbowMystic Prism
GrouperQuiet Eyes
Boards of CanadaJulie and Candy
Fila Brazilla RemixGolden Brown
Dirty ThreeRain On
ChevronCylvia Poggioli
Do Make Say ThinkA Tender History in the Rust
Explosions in the SkyWhat Do You Go Home To?
Smoke & MirrorsOcean
M83In Church
Paint and CopterDon't Ask Any Questions
Clint MansellXibalba
Sigor Ros
John ZornAhavah
A Silver Mount Zion

Marc fills in as guest DJ for A Different Nature

A Different Nature playlist for 08/17/2009

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A Different Nature
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Edgard Varese--The Complete Works--2CD set---CD1--Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra--CD2--Asko Ensemble--London--Decca Records
8:03--Density--CD2--Jacques Zoon--flute--
8:14--Offrandes--CD2--Sarah Leonard--soprano--
8:56--Ecuatorial--CD2--Kevin Deas--bass--
9:07--Nocturnal--CD1--Sarah Leonard--soprano--Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir--
9:41--Poem Electronic--CD1--
9:57--Un Grand Sommeil Noir--CD2--Mireille Delunsch--soprano--Francois Kerdoncuff--piano--

CLASSICS, ANTIQUES AND CURIOS:  EDGARD VARESE  (France, 1883-1965) was a major musical innovator, the inventor of the term "organized sound," and a composer whose use of new instruments and electronic resources outraged some but led others to call him the "Father of Electronic Music" and "The Stratospheric Colossus of Sound."


A Different Nature playlist for 08/10/2009

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VariousAnthology of Dutch Electronic Tape Music--4-CD set--Basta
8:01--Simeon ten Holt--I Am Sylvia--Vol. II, CD 2--
8:17--Peter Schat--The Aleph--Vol. I, CD 2--
8:25--Jaap Speck--Impulses--Vol. I, CD 1--
8:33--Tony van Campen--Sintering--Vol. II, CD 2--
8:42--Victor Wentink--Discours--Vol. II, CD 2--
8:56--Luctor Ponse--Etude I--Vol. I, CD 2--
9:02--Frans van Dorn--Minuet--Vol. II, CD 1--
9:11--Thomas Arras--A.B.C.--Vol. II, CD 1--
9:19--Jos Kunst--Exterieur--Vol. II, CD 1--
9:29--Ton du Leeuw--Antiphonie--Vol. I, CD 1--
9:52--Gilius van Bergeijk--D.E.S.--Vol. II, CD 1--

SURPRISE NIGHT--Selections taken from the 4-CD collection ANTHOLOGY OF DUTCH ELECTRONIC TAPE MUSIC, Volumes I and II, 1955-1977.


A Different Nature playlist for 08/03/2009

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A Different Nature
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Francois Bayle--L'Experience Acoustique--INA/GRM
8:01--L'Aventure du Cri--
8:18--Le Langage des Fleurs--
8:53--La Preuve Par Le Sens--
9:24--L'Epreuve Par Le Son--
9:51--La Philosophie du Non--

MUSIQUE CONCRETE: FRANCOIS BAYLE (Madagascar, 1932) is one of the world's most highly regarded composers of musique concrte and acousmatic music. He served as head of Groupe de Recherches Musicales/Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA/GRM) and has been the winner of SACEM Grand Prize, 1978; National Record Grand Prize, 1981; Ars Electronica Prize, Linz, 1989; City of Paris Grand Prize for Music, 1966; Homage by the CIME of Sao Paolo, 1977, and the Charles Cros Presidential Grand Prize, 1999. Expect to also be impressed.


This program taken up entirely by L'Experience Acoustique which was realized in 1970 but not released to the public until 1994.  The opening 1:35 which presents "themes-sons" was edited out as were the silences between the movements in order to get the piece to fit in the 2-hour limit of the show.


A Different Nature playlist for 07/27/2009

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A Different Nature
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8:02--Chas Smith--October '68--The Complete 10-Inch Series From Cold Blue--Cold Blue--
8:09--Sante Fe--
8:12--Genus, Sho-Bud--Nikko Wolverine--
8:40--Joaquin Murphy--
8:47--Ghosts In The Windows--
9:09--Endless Mardi Gras--Descent--
9:55--Near The Divide--Nikko Wolverine--

CHAS SMITH: (1948, Hardwick, MA) After hearing Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon, Smith left New England to attend CalArts where he studied under Subotnick, Mel Powell, James Tenney, Earl Brown and Harold Budd. He began performing and composing as a pedal steel guitarist but in 1993 he turned his day job of professional welder and machinist into a Harry Partch-like instrument maker for his own amazing compositions.  This show focused on both his earliest recordings and on two of his most recent releases with special focus on pedal steel guitar.



A Different Nature playlist for 07/20/2009

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A Different Nature
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8:02--David Byrne/Brian Eno--Two Against Three--My Life In The Bush of Ghosts--Nonesuch--
8:04--Come With Us--
8:06--Vocal Outakes--
8:11--Help Me Somebody--
8:15--Moonlight In Glory--
8:19--The Jezebel Spirit--
8:24--Mea Culpa--
8:29--America Is Waiting--
8:36--Quran--only on the original vinyl release--Sire--
8:40--New Feet--back to the CD--Nonesuch--
8:42--Number 8 Mix--
8:45--Very, Very Hungry--
8:48--A Secret Life--
8:50--The Carrier--
8:54--Mountain of Needles--
8:57--Solo Guitar with Tin Foil--
9:00--Pitch to Voltage--
9:03--The Talking Heads--Listening WindRemain In Light--Sire--
9:08--Houses In Motion--
9:12--The Talking Heads--Zimbra--Fear Of Music--Sire--
9:15--The Talking Heads--Born Under Punches--Remain In Light--
9:21--Seen and Not Seen--
9:24--Once in a Lifetime--
9:28--Crosseyed and Painless--
9:33--The Great Curve--
9:39--The Overload--
9:52--Cities--Fear Of Music--
9:56--Life During Wartime--

CLASSICS, ANTIQUES AND CURIOS: ENO MEETS DAVID BYRNE. Beginning in 1978 with The Talking Head's More Songs About Buildings and Food and lasting through until 1981's brilliant My Life in the Bush of Ghost put together with "found sounds" by Eno and TTH's Byrne, the two had a fertile collaboration which produced some rich and amazing music.



A Different Nature playlist for 07/13/2009

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A Different Nature
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8:02--Marc Manning & Yann Novak--Pairing #1, parts 1 & 2--Pairings--Dragon's Eye Recordings--
8:14--Clinker--On The Other Side ... (for L. Cohen)--On The Other Side ... (for L. Cohen)--
8:56--Yann Novak--Parts 1, 2 & 3--In Residence--
9:49--Marc Manning & Yann Novak--Pairing #3, part 2--Pairings--


For people who don't want to know what's coming.  Tonight's show features several artists who appear on the L.A. indie label DRAGON'S EYE RECORDINGS:  Clinker, Marc Manning and Yann Novak.

A Different Nature playlist for 07/06/2009

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A Different Nature
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8:02--Henri Pousseur--Crosses of Crossed Colors--Henri Pousseur, musique mixte 1966-1970--Sub
8:29--Ex Dei in Machinam Memoria--Henri Pousseur, electronic experimental and microtonal 1953-1999--Sub Rosa--
8:49--Paraboles--mix--Henri Pousseur--Acousmatrix 4--BVHAAST--
9:30--Trois Visages de Liege--
9:55--Figures Enlaces--Henri Pousseur, electronic experimental and microtonal 1953-1999--

MUSIQUE CONCRETE: HENRI POUSSEUR (1929-2009) was a Belgian composer, generally regarded as a member of the 1950s Darnstadt School, who did not work in "pure" electroacoustic music but mixed often apparently irreconcilable forms and styles. He taught in Cologne, Basel, and at SUNY Buffalo as well as in Belgium. Until he retired he taught at the University of Liege and he founded the Centre de recherches et de formation musicales de Wallonie.

A Different Nature playlist for 06/22/2009

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A Different Nature
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Cab Calloway & His OrchestraCab Calloway & His Orchestra Volume 2 (1935-1940) 4CD set--JSP Records
8:04--A Ghost of a Chance--
8:07--Sincere Love--
8:10--Frisco Flo--
8:13--I'm Always in the Mood--
8:16--Just an Error in the News--
8:19--Deep In A Dream--
8:25--Blue Interlude--
8:27--Baby Won't You Please Come Home--
8:30--Foolin' With You--
8:33--For the Last Time I Cried Over You--
8:36--The Ghost of Smokey Joe--
8:42--Doin' the Reactionary--
8:44--Hard Times--
8:47--One Big Union for Two--
8:50--Afraid of Love--
8:53--Pickin' the Cabbage--
8:56--At the Clambake Carnival--
8:58--Shout, Shout, Shout--
9:01--That Man is Here Again--
9:04--Crescendo in Dreams--
9:06--Trylon Swing--
9:09--I Like Jazz--
9:12--Tarzan of Harlem--
9:14--I Ain't Got Nobody--
9:17--A Good Sauce from the Gravy Bowl--
9:23--Do You Wanna Jump Children?--
9:25--I Ain't Gittin' Nowhere--
9:28--Floozie Walk--
9:30--A Minor Breakdown--
9:36--Savage Rhythm--
9:38--Manhattan Jam--
9:41--Come On With the Come On--
9:57--Bye Bye Blues--

THE PALM COURT: CAB CALLOWAY from 1935-1940. Tonight we celebrate Summer Solstice by picking up where the Spring Equinox PALM COURT left off to cover the early years immediately after Cab Calloway (1907-1994) has achieved international fame and returned to the U.S. from his European tour to work with a new Orchestra.




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