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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 12/03/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Lionel Marchetti

Tonight we listen to musique concrete from Lionel Marchetti, including selections from his disturbing masterpeice, "Knud un Nom de  Serpent (Le Cercle des Entrailles)," which illustrates Marchetti's idea of popular music as Shamanic ritual, a gateway to ecstatic altered states.  

A Different Nature on 11/26/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Con Decibel, Nazca forma la crema de la crema de la música progresiva de méxico.
El estupendo quinteto de rock en oposición, no solo es reconocido en su país, sí en todo el universo de la buena música.

A Different Nature on 11/19/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art

A Different Nature on 11/12/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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3 leaders of the avant-garde in American 20th Century classical music

ELIOT CARTER (Dec 11, 1908- Nov 5, 2012) -

HENRY COWELL (March 11, 1897 – December 10, 1965)-

LOU HARRISON (May 14, 1917 – February 2, 2003)-

3 monster figures in the early Avant garde-

Composers who broke all tradition in form and style and thereby changed the world of composition forever.

A Different Nature on 11/05/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Javanese and American music for gamelan

Tonight on A Different Nature: Javanese and American music for Gamelan.  Mostly contemporary compositions, including pieces from Pauline Oliveros and Lou Harrison.  

A Different Nature on 10/29/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 8:00pm - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 12:00am
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Tune in this Monday evening (Oct. 29) from 8:00 pm until 12 midnight for an extended installment of "A Different Nature", as the collective brings you their annual Dia de los Muertos show. ADN founding host Richard Francis was heavily into celebrating Dia de los Muertos during the last years of his life, so now, every year around this time we pay homage to Richard and others who have passed, with a musical tribute. As usual, expect the unexpected. Dr. Zomb and friends will bring experimental and electronic music related to the theme [and some perhaps unrelated...] plus ritual music of funeral lamentations, ancestor worship, and the afterlife from many different cultures.

A Different Nature on 10/22/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art

A Different Nature on 10/15/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Dance Music on A Different Nature?

Tonight on A Different Nature we mostly focus on DANCE music.. No, this will not be a beat-thudding techno-disco show, but instead we'll delve into experimental and avant garde music composed specifically for contemporary ballet and modern dance, as well as other musical works to accompany theater performance. Hosted by Rolf Semprebon

A Different Nature on 10/08/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Pionees of Tape Manipulation

On this episode of A Different Nature, who'll explore artists and pieces that best exemplify the manipulation of found sound via magnetic tape.

Tape Manipulation distinguishes itself from similar genres involving magnetic tape such as Tape Music, Musique Concrete or Electro-Acoustic Music in that it utilizes found sound and recontextualizes it, either artistically or to make a counter, ironic statement, rather than something recorded by the artist specifically for manipulation.

It's an art-form that is literally as old as the medium itself, as we'll attempt to demonstrate in this episode.

A Different Nature on 10/01/12

A Different Nature
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Mon, 10/01/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art


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.

  • 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)
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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 10/19/2009

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A Different Nature
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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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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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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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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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