tone science 211

tone science 211

1. Chronochromie – Olivier Messiaen/BBC Symphony Orchestra-Antal Dorati – Messiaen: The Anniversary Edition – 2008

2. Vulcans Play – Harry Bertoia – Sonambient: Recordings of Harry Bertoia – 2015
3. Dishonest Dessert – Alan Courtis & Aaron Moore – Bring Us Some Honest Food – 2014

4. Part III – Franz Hautzinger/Julo Fujak/Zsolt Sores – Live in Brussels – 2013
5. Craftsmen, Pt. 1 – Double-Basse – This Is Not Art – 2015

6. Windswept Winterset – Bill Dixon – November 1981 – 1982

originally broadcast on June 28, 2015

tone science 210

tone science 210

1. Soledad – Susan Alcorn – Soledad – 2015

2. Canticles of the Sky – John Luther Adams/Northwestern University Cello Ensemble, Hans Jensen – The Wind in High Places – 2015
3. Bells for New Orleans – Roscoe Mitchell/William Winant – Not Yet – 2013

4. Cut Outs For Quintet – Roscoe Mitchell And The Sound Ensemble – 3 X 4 Eye – 1993
5. Invasion – Revolutionary Ensemble – The Psyche – 1975

6. 1st, 2nd, 3rd movements – Joe McPhee & John Snyder – To Be Continued – 2015

7. Suite For Ahl – Susan Alcorn – Soledad – 2015

originally broadcast June 21, 2015

June 17 in Santa Fe, NM with High Mayhem

For those of you that don’t know, I am about to move from Raleigh, NC (where I’ve been based for the last 5.5 years) to Santa Fe, NM.

My first gig in Santa Fe will occur on June 17th at High Mayhem along with solo sets from CJ Boyd and The Uninvited Guest. The magic starts at 8pm (MDT). Tickets can be bough here. And for those not in Santa Fe, you can live stream the event here.

Really excited to be moving out to the desert/mountains of Northeastern New Mexico and honored to be taking part in a High Mayhem event.

From The Uninvited Guest:

We are very excited to feature 3 very different and amazing solo bass acts.

We have a limited number of presale tickets available for the in studio performance.

By your tix for $10 in advance – Use the ticket link above. An email will be send to you giving you the address to attend the in-studio performance.

Bassist, composer, vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to try and stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Though solo performance takes up the bulk of his time and effort, he also plays in the bands Desert Center, Kurva Choir, Rhonya, and Move. His non-stop travels between North America and Europe have been propelled by vans, cars, trains, buses, planes, and boats, but most of all a commitment to ceaseless discovery and re-invention. His oceanic sounds provide a home for the homeless and journeys to the homebound. more at and

David Menestres – new transplant from North Carolina, making his Santa Fe debut – more at

“The Uninvited Guest”- Carlos Santistevan High Mayhem co-founder, director, and audio engineer making a rare solo performance. A diverse and eclectic musician from groups such as iNK oN pAPER, The Late Severa Wires, The Uninvited Guests, Out of Context, A. Barnhouse and more!



Facebook event page

tone science 209

1. Antibarbarus – Walter Marchetti – Antibarbarus – 1998
2. Dream Of TV – Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speach – 2015

3. Pléïades I-IV – Iannis Xenakis/Kuniko Kato – IX – 2015

4. 911-544 – Revolutionary Ensemble – And Now…. – 2004
5. Koya Hijiri (Holy Man of Mount Koya) – Ikue Mori – IN Light of Shadows – 2015
6. Dream of the Canyon Wren – John Luther Adams/JACK Quartet – The Wind in High Places – 2015

7. Zerbrochene Münder – Graham Lambkin / Michael Pisaro – Schwarze Riesenfalter – 2015

originally broadcast May 24, 2015

tone science 208

1. For Philip Guston IV – Morton Feldman/Carla Rees, John Tilbury, Simon Allen – For Philip Guston – 2013

2. L’Ile Re-Sonante – Eliane Radigue – L’Ile Re-Sonante – 2005

originally broadcast May 17, 2015

tone science 207

1. Lost in Redding/Embraceable Me – Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – You’ve Been Watching Me – 2015

2. We Are The Walrus – Robert Dick & Thomas Buckner – Flutes & Voices – 2010
3. Reflections on April 28th 1 – Peter Kowald/Damon Smith – Mirrors Broken – But No Dust – 2013
4. Synovial Joints parts I-IV – Steve Coleman & the Council of Balance – Synovial Joints – 2015

5. Second Construction – Herman Muntzing – DeConstruct: 10 Solo Pieces – 2006
6. Sunday Afternoon Jazz Society Blues – Bobby Bradford/John Carter Quintet – Comin’ On – 1989

7. Bring Us Some Honest Food – Alan Courtis & Aaron Moore – Bring Us Some Honest Food – 2014
8. Octavia’s Dream – George Lewis – Sequel (for Lester Bowie) – 2006

9. Space Voyage – Harry Bertoia – Sonambient: Recordings of Harry Bertoia – 2015

originally broadcast May 10, 2015

tone science 206

1. Sequel, a Composition for Cybernetic Improvisors (For Lester Bowie) – George Lewis – Sequel (For Lester Bowie) – 2006

2. Rats and Mice – The Shadow Ring – Live in U.S.A. – 1996
3. E5 – Alan Tomlinson, Steve Beresford, Roger Turner – Trap Street – 2003
4. Broadcasted Alive – Robert Dick & Thomas Buckner – Flutes & Voices – 2010

5. Would You Wear My Eyes?/Nonaah – Roscoe Mitchell.S.E.M. Ensemble – Not Yet – 2013
6. Soft Suicide At The Baths – Henry Threadgill Sextet – When Was That? – 1982

7. Song For Christopher – Joseph Jarman – As If It Were The Seasons – 1968

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.


Buy advance tickets here.

IndyWeek Preview:

Jon Mueller is one of music’s most versatile drummers. Pounding on the kick and cracking at the snare, he has served as the engine behind the rock-scrambling bands Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir (essentially a collaboration between that last act and Bon Iver). As an improviser, he’s created long-form, stamina-demanding pieces that turn simple beats into pulsing, tantric drones. And as a bandleader, he built Death Blues, a cathartic and communal collective that treated symphonic forms, gospel choirs and string arrangements as methods for going loud and triumphant. For this solo tour, he will create an immersive, meditative soundworld using a hand drum and wordless vocals that he loops and mutates in real-time. Don’t be surprised if the set rattles your perception; Mueller’s ecstatic explorations have a tendency to do that. With Polyorchard. 7:30 p.m., $10, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-833-1091, —Grayson Haver Currin


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