1. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Brickbats
[ Doc At The Radar Station / Virgin]
2. Darth Vegas - Cha Cha Cha
[ Darth Vegas / Valve]
3. Shapley Mix - Three Eyes and Eagles
4. Shapley - Directory Assistance
5. Allen Ginsberg - Howl (A Hymn Of Defeat, A Hell Of Despair)
6. Phil Niblock - Held Tones
[ Young Persons Guide to Phil Niblock / The Orchard]
7. Steve Reich - Violin Phase
[ Music for a Large Ensemble / EMC]
8. The Residents - Smelly Tongues
[ Meet the Residents / Ralph]
9. Shapley's Computer - Something I found at the back of my hard drive
10. Webern - Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9: IV Sehr langsam
[ Webern - Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio / IODA]
11. Edgard Varese – Ionisation
[ Varese: Arcana, Integrales, Ionisation / Decca]
12. Shapley - Untitled
13. Fennesz - Made in Hong Kong
[ Endless Summer / Kudos Limited]
14. Shapley - Mechanical Butterfly
15. Simon and Garfunkel – 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night
[ Tales From New York / Columbia]
This fortnights show Bubble and Squeak has been prepared by special guest programmer Greg Shapley. Greg runs an experimental new media art gallery in Dulwich Hill NSW. Check out Don't Look Gallery www.myspace.com/dontlookgallery
The shows title refers to the method of selection and organisation rather than the overall sound. I have chosen some of the more interesting stuff I had lying around, added a bit of pepper and a handful of cheese (thank you Simon and Garfunkel) and then fried till golden brown. The first few tracks are just to shake out the cobwebs. The chaotic rantings of Captain Beefheart and Darth Vegas’ schizoid genre jumping accomplish this. I’ve thrown in my working mix of 3 Eyes and Eagles (a band that I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from in the future) as well as an experimental work from an installation that I have yet to conceive of.
Now dim the lights coz we’re getting serious. Phil Niblock’s ‘Held Tones’ a long, uber-minimalist work introduces, and provides backing for, my gentle reinterpretation of the classic Beat poem ‘Howl’ by Allen Ginsberg. Mirroring this deep epic, is Steve Reich’s Violin Phase. This to me is the essential phase minimalist piece (along with Reich’s Come Out To Show Them’ and some of La Monte Young’s compositions). A lot of his later works are just too ‘neo-classical’ for my liking (the ‘genius artist’ should remain hidden me thinks).
After The Residents is a snippet that I found on my hard drive while putting this mix together. I think it may have been created by opening the text for James Joyce’s Ulysses into a sound program. The piece ‘Untitled’ is also derived from this snippet. Webern should be included in every mix everywhere seeing he’s inspired everyone from Stockhausen to Bjork. Varese wrote Ionisation in 1931 and was pretty much crucified for it and amazingly enough it still sounds pretty out-there today. It is normally listed as a work for 13 percussionists, but I'm adding another performer - the record player. ‘Made in Hong Kong’ by the guitarist, Fennesz, has become a glitchy minimalist classic (in the true spirit of glitch I have remixed this track so it’s a little less ’90s).
‘Mechanical Butterfly’ is a work I originally wrote for 6 flautists. The name refers to its subtle evolution from consonance to dissonance. Finally Simon and Garfunkel serenade us with their version of xmas schmultz. There is, however, a chilling twist. Hope you enjoy!!
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Presented by Yun Mei & Sofie Loizou