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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Guitar El Chark – Omar Khorshid – Guitar El Chark – 2010
2. Kossia – Barboza – DJ /rupture presents CIAfrica: Clan Des Indigenes Accables of United States of Africa – 2010
3. Nine Out of Ten – Caetano Veloso – Transa – 1972
4. It’s No Game (Part 1) – David Bowie – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) – 1980
5. Saturn Research – Sun Ra – Media Dreams – 1978
6. Soup – Chicago Odense Ensemble – Chicago Odense Ensemble – 2011
7. Fragrant Nimbus – The Skull Defekts – Peer Amid – 2011
8. Murakami – Gutbucket – Flock – 2011
9. Congolaise Benin Ye – Le Super Borgou De Parakou – African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s – 2008
10. Compound – The Joe Harriott Quintet – Abstract – 1962
11. Kontakte, Struktur XVI E – Karlheinz Stockhausen – Elektronische Musik – 1952-1960 – 2001
12. Fix It So the Bruises Don’t Show – Mike Patton – Adult Themes for Voice – 1996
13. Power Walking – Led Bib – Bring Your Own – 2011
14. Dark Silhouette – Billy Bang Quintet – Above & Beyond – 2007

15. Egokrio-nar – Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans, Steve Beresford – Check for Monsters – 2008
16. Petroglyphs – Zomes – Zomes – 2008
17. Manugan Melpp – Derek Bailey & The Ruins – Saisoro – 1995
18. Voices of the West – Stanislav Kretchi – Electroshock Presents: Electroacoustic Music Volume IV: Archive Tapes Synthesizer ANS 1964 – 1971 – 1971
19. Elisa – Laurent Lomande – The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55 – 2009
20. Whitestown – Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Convention – I Belong To This Band: Eighty-Five Years Of Sacred Harp Recordings – 2006
21. Do the Eyes of the Dead Retain Pictures – Browning Mummery – Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music: Volume II 1974 – 1983 – 2010
22. An Imaginary Tale Of Lost Vernacular – Yui Onodera & Celer – Generic City – 2010

 

originally aired May 29, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Let’s Talk About Time – The Coherent Encoherence – Will A Computer Give You Kids – 2004
2. I’m Going Home On The Morning Train – Arizona Dranes – Arizona Dranes (1926-1929) – 2005
3. Simple – Nam June Paik – Works 1958.79 – 2001
4. Baltimore – The Tamlins – Darker Than Blue, Soul from Jamdown 1973-1980 – 2001
5. Free Jazzmataz – Das Racist – Sit Down, Man – 2010
6.Águas de Março – Elis Regina & Tom Jobim – Elis & Tom – 1974
7. Blood Duster – Naked City – Naked City – 1989
8. Bullet Proof…. I Wish I Was – Eliza Lumley – She Talks in Maths – 2008
9. German Haircut – Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma – 2010
10. Uranium – Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity – 1975
11. Grinnin’ In Your Face – James Blood Ulmer – Bad Blood in the City – 2007
12. Time Isn’t What You Think – Transit – Quadrologues – 2009
13. Swastika Girls – Fripp & Eno – May 28,1975 – Paris – Olympia – 2011
14. Unholy Drums for Psychedelic Africa – The Skull Defekts – The Temple – 2009
15. Mr. Eadweard J. Muybridge Observes The Representation (By Aid Of His Amazing New Zoopraxiscope) Of Horses In Motion. Palo Alto, California, 1879. – Trotting – Eric Qin – Construction And Demolition – Rough Assemblage – 1995
16. Road Runner / Coyote – Fulminate Trio – Fulminate Trio – 2008
17. Interlude – Daniel Levin Quartet – Don’t Go It Alone – 2002
18. (So Young) – The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact – End Weekend – 2010
19. Dying Will Be Easy – Fight the Big Bull – Dying Will Be Easy – 2008
20. Epilogue – Phlip Glass – Kepler – 2010
21. Reeling the Liars In – Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky – 2010
22. Size – DNA – DNA on DNA – 2004
23. New Dirt (for The Stooges) – Powerhouse Sound – Oslo/Chicago:Breaks – 2007
24. It Never Moved – Henry Threadgill and Zooid – This Brings Us To vol. II – 2010
25. Opposite – Taku Sugimoto – Opposite – 2008
26. Gray Cottage Study #7 “tax penalty payment approaching” – John Hokkenbeck – Rainbow Jimmies – 2008
27. Part I – Fred Frith – Rivers & Tides – 2002

originally aired May 22, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. String Quartet Describing the Motion of Large Real Bodies (1972) – Robert Ashley – String Quartet Describing the Motion of Large Real Bodies – 1999
2. VII – Little Women – Throat – 2010
3. A Falling Leaf – Assif Tsahar, Cooper-Moore, Hamid Drake – Lost Brother – 2005
4. Wrenches: My Heart – Microkingdom – Wrenches: My Heart/Double Abacus – 2008
5. Trees in a Row – Hi Red Center – Assemble – 2009
6. Katsaros – Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor – Rebetika – 2010

7. Sunstroke – Throbbing Gristle – Assume Power Focus – 1982
8. Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 – Edgar Meyer with Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall – Uncommon Ritual – 1997
9. First Reading- Paul’s Letter To The Ephesians – Mike Reed’s People, Places, & Things – About Us – 2009
10. Arm Dormant – Marina Rosenfeld – Melatonin: Meditations On Sound In Sleep – 2004
11. Dance No. 1 – Marty Erhlich’s Dark Woods Ensemble – Just Before the Dawn – 1995
12. Psycotic Orange – Merzbow – Merzbox 21 Pornoise Exrta – 1995
13. Simple Geographies – LO MOdA – Replica Watches – 2009
14. The Taut and Tame – Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die – 1996
15. Let’s Go Find A Quiet Place To Cool Down – The Gang Font feat. Inerloper – The Gang Font feat. Interloper – 2007

16. Four Voice Cannon #3 – Larry Polansky – Music From Mills – 1985
17. Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – Das Racist – Shut Up, dude – 2010
18. Ring for Endless Travel – David Torn – Prezens – 2008
19. Hover – Gerald Cleaver – Adjust – 2000
20. Stratum Spongiosum – Lawrence Casserley/Adam Linson – Integument – 2009
21. Found Wanting – Aram Shelton, Jason Ajemian, and Timothy M. Daisy – Dragons 1976
22. Orbling – Scatter – Surpising Sing Stupendous Love – 2004

 

originally aired May 15, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. cigarettes, motels, red eyes….. – Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia – The angular acceleration of light in the unsound mind of my uncle dead in Michigan – 2009
2. Hot Pink Orleans – DJ /rupture & Andy Moor – Patches – 2008
3. Amnesia Brown – Kirk Knuffke –  Amensia Brown – 2010
4. Tacos at Oscar’s – Endangered Blood – Endangered Blood – 2011
5. The Martian Chronicles – Dimension X – Dimension X – 2008
6. Exploding Head Movie – Nurse with Wound/Stereolab – Crumb Duck – 1993
7. Bach is Dead – The Residents – Duck Stab/Buster and Glen – 1978
8. The Forbidden Beat part three – Weasel Walter, Sheik Anorak, Mario Rechtern – The Forbidden Beat – 2010
9. Must Fight Current – Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil – 2011
10. Arkestry – Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma – 2010
11. Track 10 – Marina Rosenfeld – The Sheer Frost Orchestra – Drop, Hop, Drone, Scratch, Slide & A for Anything – 2002
12. Stout-Hearted Men – Shooby Taylor – Songs In The Key Of Z: The Curious Universe Of Outsider Music – 2000

13. Moonpool – Bastard Noise – Rogue Astronaut – 2009
14. Routine Investigations – Morton Feldman – Routine Investigations – 2000
15. Space Probe – Sun Ra – Space Probe – 1978
16. The So Call Laws of Nature, Part III – Sp Percussion – So Percussion – 2004
17. The Hurried Adze – Chris Corsano – Another Dull Dawn – 2009
18. The Familiar Cadence of Banging – The Gang Font feat. Interloper – The Gang Font feat. Interloper – 2007
19. FoFela/Misterioso – Sync – Port of Entry – 1997
20. Big Crunch – Ingrid Laubrock – Anti-House – 2010
21. Sunrise on the Sprawl – Richard Teitelbaum – Fred Frith – Otomo Yoshihide – Tom Cora – George Lewis – Cyberband – 1994
22. Red Hood Came Home – Buke and Gass – +/- – 2008

 

originally aired May 8, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Adventure – Equation – Scatter – Surprising Sing Stupendous Love – 2004
2. Evangelista I – Carla Bozulich – Evangelista – 2006
3. Ostrich War – Lotte Anker/Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori – 2008
4. Set Sail for the Sun – The Respect Sextet – Sirius Respect – 2009
5. Navigations for Strings – Alvin Lucier – Navigations for Strings: Small Wave – 2003

6. Only Twenty Two – Jandek – Bristol Wednesday – 2010
7. untitled #258 – Francisco Lopez – A Tasty Swarm Of Small Signals – 2010
8. Loaded – Aram Sehlton, Jason Ajemian, and Timothy M. Daisy – Dragons 1976 – 2006
9. Allorolla – Michael Snow _ Alan Licht – Aki Onda – Five A’s, Two C’s, One D, One E, Two H’s, Three I’s, One K, Three L’s, One M, Three N’s, Two O’s, One S, One T, One W – 2008
10. Teresa Teng – Pnf – Turntable Solos – 1999

11. Three Reasons Not To Blow Up the World – Rob Mazurek – Calma Gente – 2010
12. Epitaph on the World – David Karsten Daniels and Fight the Big Bull – I Mean to Live Here Still – 2010

 

originally aired May 1, 2011

feedback studies

Back in early 2009 I was living in an apartment in a deserted house originally built in 1892 that overlooked the east side of downtown Greensboro. Giant, cold cavernous rooms that lent themselves well to these strange meditations for acoustic bass guitar and amplifier. Below is feedback study #02. Crank your stereo as loud as you can handle and press play. The rest of the feedback studies are posted on my bandcamp page.

 

 

ORM

There is a recording I did with Frank Gratkowski, Dave Fox, and Ian Davis called ORM released on Umbrella Recordings. Recorded in October 2004 in Winston-Salem, NC.

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Reviews:

Cadence Magazine March 2007 p. 46-47

Pianist Dave Fox, bassist David Menestres, and percussionist Ian Davis are all based in central North Carolina.  The three perform as part of Fox’s quartet (8/04, p.128) and Davis is part of the collective groups Unstable Ensemble and Micro East Collective (along with Cadence scribe Jason Bivins.)  This session was recorded during German reed player Frank Gratkowski’s 12-day residency in North Carolina during the fall or 2004.  Gratkwoski had spent time in North Carolina before, conducting workshops and performing with the Micro East Collective.  Here, the eight collective improvisations have an intimate chamber feel.  This is music full of spontaneous counterpoint as the various voices play off of each other.   Fox, Menestres, and Davis improvise together on a regular basis and it shows in the way that they synch in to the dynamics and densities of the music.  Gratkowski fits in perfectly, placing his carefully wrought reed lines against Fox’s introspective linear musings, Menestres’ elastic bass playing, and Davis’ pointillistic percussion.  The group can tread cautiously, like on the opening piece, or dive into more tumultuous freedom as they do on the third piece.  There, Gratkowski’s alto dive bombs against the pianist’s brittle shards while Davis shows that he can push things with a free swing with the same acuity he shows in his free playing.  The quartet can also display a sensitive melodicisim like on the penultimate piece that evokes the musings of Paul Bley.  Throughout, there is the sounds of four musicians stretching each other as they work their way through.  It is meetings like this one that prove the vitality of regional improvising scenes.  -Michael Rosenstein

 

From AllAboutJazz.com:

ORM finds Fox on the path of freedom, similarly to last year’s collaborative Foxbourne Chronicles or his gorgeously introspective solo disc, Dedication Suite. Always deeply drawn to harmony, even in its most abstract manifestations, he couldn’t ask for a better partner in saxophonist Frank Gratkowski. Listen to the opening gestures of “Bedo , where Fox echoes Gratkowski’s trichord assertion in kind, bassist David Menestres commencing and concluding the phrase with authoritative slaps. On the title track, Gratkowski’s long alto tones seem to grow out of Fox’ chordal punctuations, while drummer Ian Davis and Menestres provide a soft bed of brushwork and arco insinuations on which the others explore.

Gratkowski is as much a rhythmatist as a melodist and he spends the disc veering between Fox’ rhapsodically linear musings and Davis’ rhythmic intricacies — no mean feat and highly successful. “Euvl finds him initially in Davis’ camp, sharp and rhythmically precise exhalations nevertheless accenting Fox’ chords and lines. In fact, Fox and Davis might be seen as the axis on which the disc turns, Menestres and Gratkowski lending support, texture and color where necessary, the dialectic ensuring a fascinating and gratifying listen throughout.

Gatewalk

 

Gatewalk is a cd released by the Dave Fox Group, featuring Michael Collings on guitar, Ian Davis, on drums, Dave Fox on piano/keyboards, and me.

 

Reviews:

Cadence, August 2004
By Frank Rubolino

Guitar and Keyboards form an interlocked bond on [Dave Fox Group, Gatewalk], where the Dave Fox Group skips unencumbered through a program of original material. Fox lays down a freelanced foundation on keyboards, and Collings spins off rounds of improvised commentary while bassist Menestres and percussionist Davis develop an impressive unstructured backdrop. Although keyboard/guitar bands typically lean in the Fusion direction, that is certainly not the case here. This group plays wide open, aggressive, and highly innovative Jazz rarely heard with this instrumentation. Fox’s approach on keyboards places the music squarely in the creative improvised sector and is anything but a compromise to popularity. He produces a plethora of diverse keyboard sounds; his attack is fully liberated, and his solos are well-designed, spontaneous outpourings.

Fox does introduce some discipline into the equation, typically as initial road markers for the band’s undefined journeys. “Gatewalk,” for example, begins with a specified theme but immediately curves off the road onto unpaved, open terrain. Conversely, “Bran Flakes” takes a fully unstructured developmental route to unpredictable destinations without ever looking at a road map. Menestres and Davis go off on tangents with regularity, spicing the action with irregular drumbeats and divergent bass patterns. They keep the sessioni n an unbalanced mode, permitting Collings and Fox to become explorers of their new found territory. Collings is particularly innovative on guitar; he sings out with ringing improvisations to mesh precisely with Fox’s probing articulation. This cooks on all burners; the artists individually take risks yet their collective voices come together as a unified yet abstract equation. This is the quartet’s first release, but these guys are poised for a leap into the big-time.

JazzReview.com, August 2004

By Glenn Astarita

Here is an East Coast based quartet that navigates a wide spectrum of sound and ideas, without becoming indulgent or bombastic. There are some ethereal dreamscapes, yet the band also incorporates an avant, slant on jazz-fusion tinted with cool hooks and other pleasantries.

Drummer Ian Davis turns up the heat when necessary. However, Davis’ lightly swarming attack, coupled with bassist David Menestres’ limber lines provide a fluent bottom end. Guitarist Michael Collings frequently complements keyboardist Dave Fox’s thoughtful musings awash with breezy swing grooves, elements of noise music and intermittent injections of progressive rock vamps. Think of taking a spin on a roller coaster, running at half-speed! Essentially, the group’s well thought out game plan translates into a focused engagement, consisting of climactically oriented deviations from previously rendered themes. As they navigate a multihued array of sound amid quiet vistas, haunting lyricism and sporadic jaunts into the red zone! (Recommended…)

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. 3rd Movement from Amalgamations for Solo Bass – Edgar Meyer – Uncommon Ritual – 1997
2. My Motherfuckin’ Roda! – Ches Smith – Congs for Brums – 2006
3. MS-2 Metal Cloud Solo – Rafael Toral – Lontano – Homage to Giacinto Scelsi – 2009
4. New Morning Sun – S. Whitt Denson – I Belong To This Band: Eighty-Five Years of Sacred Harp Recordings – 1960
5. The Dusk Singers – Tucker Martine – Broken Hearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia – 2004
6. The Dadda’s Intoxication – Nurse With Wound/Stereolab – Crumb Duck – 1993
7. Ohio (demonstration version) – Dan Deacon – Twacky Cats – 2004
8. View Nine – Kowald/Masaoka/Robair – Illuminations (Several Views) – 2003
9. Geiger Counter – Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity – 1975
10. Thin Legs – Konono No. 1 – Assume Crash Position – 2010
11. My Electric Dreams – Colin McLean, Andy Moor – Everything but the Beginning – 2009
12. Mr. TC – Elliot Sharp/ Frances-Marie Uitti – Hallelujah, Anyway: Remembering Tom Cora – 1999
13. Dear Heather – Leonard Cohen – Dear Heather – 2004
14. Ellensbirds – if, bwana – 33 Birds Went – 1995
15. Salmon Brook – David Karsten Daniels and Fight the Big Bull – I Mean to Live Here Still – 2010
16. Gowanus Canal – transit – transit – 2005
17. Come Sunday – Randy Weston – Ancient Future – 2002
18. 3 Elephants and a Cow – Toychestra and Fred Frith – What Leave Behind – 2004
19. Bring Your Knives – Buke and Gass – +/- – 2008
20. Pulse March – Asphalt Orchestra – Asphalt Orchestra – 2010
21. Exu’ – (unknown) – Amazonia – Cult Music of Northern Brazil
22. Aluminum – So Percussion / Matmos – Treasure State – 2010
23. w/ Jim Baker – Mike Reed – In the Context Of – 2005
24. Sound Spectra / Spec Sket – Sun Ra and his Solar Akestra – Other PLaces of There – 1964
25. Suffer Bomb Damage – The Dead C – Harsh 70’s Reality – 1992
26. Au Pair, 10 – Robert Ashley – Atalanta (Acts of God) Volume II – 2010
27. Carla Bozulich’s Fake Party: Audience Cassette Tape Improv (excerpt) – Carla Bozulich, Geoff Brandin, Nels Cline & David Scott Stone – soundCd no. I – 2002
28. Look Over Here From the Other Side – Seijaku – You Should Prepare To Survive Through Even Anything Happens – 2010
29. Steam – Alfred Schnittke – Electroacoustic Music Volume IV: Archive Tapes Synthesizer ANS 1964 – 1971 – 1971

 

originally aired April 24, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Durations of Permanence – Bill Dixon – Tapestries for Small Orchestra – 2009
2. 6 Oscillators – Jim O’Rourke – 6 Oscillators ’87/Guitar ’88 – 2006
3. 13072001 – Sachiko M – Improvised Music From Japan – 2001
4. Symphony No. 1, I. Senza Tempo – Alfred Schnittke/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – The Ten Symphonies- 1992

5. Moon Bird – Myra Melford Be Bread – The Whole Tree Gone – 2010
6. Holocaust – Big Star – 3rd – 1975
7. Cro Mag – The Old Ceremony – Tender Age – 2010
8. Crepuscular Refractions – Mystery Eye – Original Silence – The Second Original Silence – 2008
9. Lehi Teyliu – Group Doueh – Beatte Harab – 2010

10. Change Ringing – Olivia Block – Change Ringing – 2005

originally aired April 17, 2011