tone science 205

1. Aufflattern die Fledermäuse – Graham Lambkin/Michael Pisaro – Schwarze Riesenfalter – 2015

2. Cor – John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, John Tilbury – Exta – 2013
3. crawling voices in relief – roaslind hall/alice hui-sheng chang – embossed tales of throats – 2014

4. Spontaneous Appealinair Contemporate Apollinaire – Bob Cobbing – Revue OU 34-35 36-37 – 2002
5. Tape Deconstruction II – Nate Wooley – Battle Pieces – 2015
6. Shozyg 1&2 – Hugh Davies – Revue OU 34-35 36-37 – 2002
7. Duet 9 – Evan Parker & Joe McPhee – Chicago Tenor Duets – 2003

8. Calling All Cyborgs (After Sun Ra) – George Lewis – Sequel (for Lester Bowie ) – 2006
9. The Beaded Braids – Tony Malaby’s Tubacello – Scorpion Eater – 2014

10. Until – James Falzone’s Renga Ensemble – The Room Is – 2015
11. Drone – Tod Dockstader – Apocalypse – 1966

originally broadcast April 26, 2015

May 2: Polyorchard + Jon Mueller

Polyorchard will be opening for the great Jon Mueller on May 2 at Neptunes Parlour. Very excited to be opening for one of my favorite musicians (Death Blues, Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, etc.). The show will start promptly at 7:30pm.


From Jon:

Within a 40 minute solo performance of percussion and voice, using a hand-made Arabic bass drum and looped wordless vocals, Mueller conjures world music and sound while remaining very particularly other worldly. Drawing from minimalism and a variety of musical and non-musical disciplines, including meditation, trance, and physical stamina, Mueller’s solo performances have been described by audiences as resilient, intense, and meditative.

The aim of Mueller’s solo performance is to engage an audience in listening practice by creating a variety of input both recognizable and not, understood and not, which causes a unique experience in each individual.

Jon Mueller has been a drummer and percussionist for over twenty-five years, performing throughout North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Japan at places such as New Museum (New York), The Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, (Montréal, QC), Issue Project Room (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Alverno Presents (Milwaukee), Hopscotch Fest (Raleigh), SXSW (Austin) and Cafe OTO (London, UK). His recordings have been released by record labels such as Table of the Elements, Type Recordings, Hometapes, Important Records, SIGE Records, Taiga Records, and others. A founding member of the bands Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Pele, he has also worked with musicians Rhys Chatham, Jarboe, James Plotkin, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Marcus Schmickler, Asmus Tietchens, and Z’EV, dancers Molly Shanahan and Heidi Latsky and filmmaker Scott Kawczynski, among others. In recent years, Mueller has directed the multi-disciplinary project Death Blues, encouraging presence and celebration of each moment. More info at

“An audacious ringleader for new music.” – Pitchfork

“A complex experience you touch, live in, and meditate on.” – NPR

“Cerebral, emotional, and spiritual in nature.” – A Closer Listen




tone science 204

1. Litany for the Whale – John Cage/Theater of the Voices – Litany for the Whale – 1998

2. Around Again – Barre Phillips – Camouflage – 1990
3. Suitcase in Savannah – Mario Pavone, Matt Mitchell, Tyshawn Sorey – Blue DIalect – 2015
4. Holy Mountain – Charles Gayle Quartet – Vol 1: Translations – 1993

5. Battle Pieces IV – Nate Wooley – Battle Pieces – 2015
6. civil – Phil Minton & Roger Turner – Drainage – 2003

7. Two Living Rooms – Deux Maisons – For Sale – 2015
8. Les trois dames – Joelle Leandre – les Douze Sons – 1984

originally broadcast April 19, 2015

Color Theory in Black and White

Polyorchard - Color Theory in Black and White - booklet - page 1


In the two and a half years of Polyorchard’s existence the band has blazed a trail across the territories of modern music performing their own compositions (spontaneous or otherwise), collaborating with Merzbow, paying tribute to Sun Ra on his 100th arrival day, and performing Terry Riley’s In C on the 50th anniversary of its premier. Polyorchard is a flexible fighting unit morphing to fit the battle of the day in formations ranging from small scale trios to the sprawling madness of a double dectet. Polyorchard has shared bills with artists as diverse as Duane Pitre, thingNY, Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley duo, Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart, Jon Mueller, and Half Japanese. Plans for 2015 include collaborating with Olivia Block, exploring the late work of John Coltrane, and further work with balloons.

Over one beautiful weekend in late September 2013 Polyorchard laid down it’s first studio recordings. Color Theory in Black and White represents two aspects of the trio personality. The first trio on the album is a string trio of Chris Eubank on cello, Dan Ruccia on viola, and David Menestres on bass. The back half of the album is occupied by the trio of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Laurent Estoppey on saxophones, and David Menestres on bass.

Color Theory in Black and White was recorded in glorious binaural sound by Dan Lilley and mastered by Andrew Weathers. Listen at maximum volume in front of your best speakers or get lost deep in the sound of your favorite headphones.

Chris Eubank (cello)
David Menestres (bass)
Dan Ruccia (viola)

Jeb Bishop (trombone)
Laurent Estoppey (sax)
David Menestres (bass)

All music by Polyorchard ©2015

Binaural recording by Dan Lilley at Sounzreel Productions, Raleigh, NC September 27-28, 2014

Mastering by Andrew Weathers, Oakland, CA October 2014

Design by Lincoln Hancock

Liner notes by Emily Leon

Downloads & limited edition 2xCDr boxsets available at

tone science 203

1. Together Alone – Joseph Jarman, Anthony Braxton – Together Alone – 1971
2. Hepatica Nobilis – Spunk – Adventura Botanica – 2014
3. Nettles – Jaap Blonk & Machinefabriek – Deep Fried – 2012

4. Nerves – Hans Anliker, Hans Burgener, Michael Lytle, Martin Schütz – Arnold Bombs and Fireflys – 1993
5. At Fortune’s Aims/Let Me Kiss Your Hand – Pascal Niggenkemper – Look With Thine Ears – 2015
6. 36 Mesostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp – John Cage/Theater of the Voices – Litany for the Whale – 1998

7. Apocalypse 1-4 – Tod Dockstader – Apocalypse – 1966
8. Remembering – Tashi Dorji – Blue Twelve – 2015

9. As If It Were The Seasons / Song To Make The Sun Come Up – Joseph Jarman – As If It Were The Seasons – 1968
10. Crirythme pour un Double Anniversaire – Francois Dufrene – Oeuvre Désintégrale – 2010

originally broadcast on April 12, 2015

April 13: Polyorchard opens for Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart

On April 13th Polyorchard will be opening for the composer Michael Pisaro and percussionist Greg Stuart and the Nightlight as part of the Experimental Music Study Group.

From the EMSG:

Monday, April 13, Nightlight, 8pm – EMSG performance + Polyorchard + Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart
Tuesday, April 14, The Carrack, 8pm – Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart: numbers and the siren
Join the Experimental Music Study Group for a captivating two-night residency featuring California-based composer Michael Pisaro and South Carolina-based percussionist Greg Stuart. A member of the Wandelweiser collective, Michael Pisaro crafts intricate soundscapes that hover at the boundaries between sound and silence, drawing attention to the act of listening. Greg Stuart’s inventive percussion music explores alternative techniques including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds, and sympathetic vibration. For nearly a decade, Pisaro and Stuart have collaborated on heralded projects and released recordings on the Gravity Wave label, forging a close bond between composer and performer.
On April 13 at Nightlight, Pisaro and Stuart perform closed categories in cartesian worlds, ethereal music for crotales and sine tones; performers from the Experimental Music Study Group will perform Pisaro’s fields have ears (4); and local improv collective Polyorchard will perform a set. And at the Carrack on April 14, Pisaro and Stuart unleash the spellbinding numbers and the siren, a ninety-minute duo for percussion and electronics in which distant sounds seep into the main performance space from a separate location. Both nights will offer a typically EMSG mixture of the unfamiliar and the enchanting: we hope to see you there!
$7 cover

(Set order: EMSG, Polyorchard, Pisaro/Stuart, Crowmeat Bob/Patrick Gallagher)
*Note: there will be an EMSG discussion meeting at 6:30pm prior to the performance; if you are interested in participating, please email

tone science 202

1. Firestorm – Diedre Murray, Fred Hopkins – Firestorm – 1992

2. Trifolium Montanum – Spunk – Adventura Botanica – 2014
3. The Storytellers: Uncommon Ground/Signs of Life/The Black Rose/Big Spirit People – Michael Formanek – Low Profile – 1993

4. Quatermass: Song and Lament/Tango/Parade/Flight/Second Song – Tod Dockstader – Quatermass – 1964

5. Part II – John Edwards, Mark Sanders, John Tilbury – A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder – 2014

originally broadcast April 5, 2015