Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 8/1 & Tuesday 8/5

One of the things I like best about Judith Weir’s music is that there’s only music in it: no dogma, no extraneous rhetorical gestures, no showy displays of compositional chops . . . you know what I mean: she’s pared it down to the essential, purely musical statement and that’s aplenty. I’m reminded of Sibelius’ claim to be providing pure spring water; Weir is in the same business. The sixty-year-old composer, raised in England but of Scottish origin, was recently made Master of the Queen’s Music—the musical equivalent of Poet Laureate—the first woman to hold that position, so this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Niagara Falls time— celebrates her with three pieces: a piano concerto, a string quartet, and her wonderful orchestral composition The Welcome Arrival of Rain. The rest of the show falls in line with modern melodic mostly non-abrasive music like Orion and the Pleiades by Takemitsu, Zemlinsky’s Sinfonietta, and the papa-daddy of the idiom, Jeux by Claude Debusssy—cooling summer music, it seems to me; in any case the kind of thing I’ve wanted to listen to this week. Come by for a sip if you like.WeirLarge

Martian Gardens – 07/30/2014

Martian Gardens radio for July 27 & July 30, 2014

MARTIAN GARDENS

WMUA .ORG
Sundays live broadcast/webcast
9:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m. EDT
WMUA 91.1 FM
Amherst, Massachusetts
July 27, 2014

TAINTRADIO.ORG
webcast: Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. EDT; Saturdays 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Host: Max Shea

online playlists: Martian Gardens blog
email: maxtshea@gmail.com

SET ONE
Earle Brown: Three Pieces(No. 2)
Yvar Mikhashoff – Panorama of American Music [various artists]
From Antheil to Zappa 1911-1991
Mode Records/2013
piano: Yvar Mikhashoff; recorded at Slee Hall, Buffalo, New York, 1991-1992; composition year: 1951; time: 1:45

Judith Shatin: Grito del Corazón
Time to Burn
Innova Recordings/2014
(for clarinets and electronics) clarinets: F. Gerard Errante, D. Gause; composition year: 2001; time: 5:18

SINGLE PLAY
John Cage: Variations III
for one or any number of people performing any actions
Variations I-III
Mode Records/2003
electronics: John D.S. Adams, D’Arcy Philip Gray, Andrew R. Miller (MOTION Ensemble); recorded at Memorial Hall, University of New Brunswick, Fredricton, New Brusnwick, Canada, June 19, 2001; composition years: 1962-1963; time: 20:00

SET TWO
Carey Nutman: Moon Spin 2001
The Sea and the Snake
MPS Music and Video/2013
electronics: Carey Nutman; time: 9:04

Morton Subotnick: And the Butterflies Begin to Sing IV
Images Will Descend to the Ground
a. The waves are bitter (0:39)
b. Truth will remain simple, and gigantic wheels, will ride the bitter waves (1:13)
c. And images will descend to the ground (1:52)
And the Butterflies Begin to Sing
New World Records/1997
electronics: Morton Subotnick; The Amernet String Quartet (violins: Kyoko Kashiwagi, Marcia Littley de Arias; viola: Malcolm Johnson; cello: Javier Arias-Flores); recorded at Corbett Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, composition year: 1988; time: 3:36

Paul Dolden: excerpts from Who Has the Biggest Sound?
a. The Village Wind Orchestra – The Answer is Blowing in the Winds (3:37)
b. Who Has the Biggest Noise (2:00)
c. To Play or Not to Play? (1:00)
d. The Village Wind Orchestra – more Blowing in the Wind (2:55)
Who Has the Biggest Sound?
Starkland/2014
instruments, electroacoustics, processing: Paul Dolden; recorded at the composer’s studio, Val-Morin, Québec, 2005-2008; total excerpts time: 10:32

SET THREE
Louis Dufort: Hi_Res
Trans_Canada — ZKM/Karlsruhe [various artists]
empreintes DIGITALes/2009
electroacoustic music realized at the studios of the zkm, Germany, premiered at trans_canada, zkm, Mediantheater, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2005; composition year: 2005; time 13:37

Louis Dufort: Matério_*
Montreal Sound Matter [various artists]
Pogus Productions/2006
electroacoustic music realized at the composer’s studio, Montreal, premiered at Spatio Lumino — Festival Montréal / Nouvelles musiques 2007, Société des arts technologiques (SAT), Montreal, February 24, 2007; composition year: 2006

SINGLE PLAY
Françoise Barrière: Aujourd’hui
Par Temps Calme Et Ensoleillé
Le Chant De Monde/1992
electroacoustic music realized at Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges, 1975, time: 18:53

SINGLE PLAY
Alvin Curran: Canti Illuminati II
Solo Works — The ’70s
New World Records/2010
instruments, tapes, processing: Alvin Curran; recorded in Rome, 1974; composition year: 1977; time: 19:00

SINGLE PLAY
Jorge Antunes: Sinfonia Das Diretas (Direct Elections Symphony) (1st 1/2)
Sinfonia Das Diratas
Sistrum Edições Musicais Ltd./1995
for choir, ensemble, electronic effects and car horns; composed for Diretas Já, 1984; excerpt time: 20:00

SET FOUR
Beatriz Ferreyra: Río de los pájaros azules
Cultures Électroniques 14 (various artists)
Le Chant Du Monde/2000
electroacoustic music: Beatriz Ferreyra; realized at the composer’s studio, commissioned by the Bregman Studio, Dartmouth College, 1998; time: 12:07

Peter Cusack: selections from Where is the Green Parrot?
a. Squabble (1:28)
b. Safari (5:46)
c. Good Sport (3:44)
d. Nightjar (1:00)
Where is the Green Parrot?
ReR Megacorp/1999
field recordings: Peter Cusack; seabirds on b: Chris Watson; total excerpts time: 10:30

Tone Science – 07/27/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Side A Charlie Haden & Carla Bley The Ballad of the Fallen
 
  Monsoon William Hooker, Roger Miller, Lee Ranaldo Out Trios vol. 1 - Monsoon
 
  Introductions Gregg Kelly & Jason Lescallette Conversations
  The Seeker Sunae Pitre & Cory Allen The Seeker & The Healer
 
  Body Sound Holly Herndon Body Sound
  Path Matthew Shipp Trio Root of Things
  The New River Theo Bleckmann & Kneebody Twelve Songs by Charles Ives

Surely A Contender

This week Howling has a senior moment, comes across a lot of B’s and laments over an icons diet. If none of this makes any sense it really doesn’t matter because this is Taint and thrown in the nonsense is an hour of the finest blues and roots on the net

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Doc MacLean – “Doesn’t sing American Pie”

The Backlash Blues Nina Simone Blue For You VIDEO
Do You Know What I Think? Allison Burnside Express Allison Burnside Express VIDEO
You Don’t Know Kirk Fletcher Shades of Blue VIDEO
Changing Love Clarence Jolly Double Trouble The Cobra Records Story 1 VIDEO
Short Dress Woman Muddy Waters Muddy Waters Folk Singer VIDEO
East St. Louis Blues Sid Selvidge The Cold Of The Morning VIDEO
Down Moses The Ebony 3 Vocal Trio Les Plus Beaux Gospels VIDEO
Blue Day Ira Walker Mixposure VIDEO
15_Minute_Blues Richard Townend Seven Sins VIDEO
Charley James’ Blues Doc MacLean Narrow House VIDEO
Who’s Crying Now B.B. & The Blues Shacks Businessmen VIDEO
Don’t Want to See You Go Stacy Puckett Masters of the Cigar Box Guitar VIDEO
Rock And Roll Doctor Little Feat Feats Don’t Fail Me Now VIDEO
Drinkin’ Woman St. Louis Jimmy I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
The Freeze Fenton & The Castle Rockers I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
Just a Memory John Mayall A Special Life VIDEO

 

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri July 25 & Tues July 29

The famous jazz version of Victor Young’s Delilah, love theme from CB DeMille’s wonderfully schlocky Samson and Delilah—Hedy Lamarr was a wiz with torpedo guidance systems but took forever to figure out the haircut gimmick—was by the Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet, but John Coltrane performed it in Copenhagen on November 20 1961 with his quartet plus Eric Dolphy, and Trane was in astonishing form on soprano that night, much in the style of The Promise, but longer and maybe more electrifying. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Radio City time—also anniversaries a towering Naima from Antibes in July, 1965. Otherwise the show hasn’t finished saying farewell to Charlie Haden, and there are tracks featuring Ornette Coleman, Shirley Horn, and Pat Metheny, plus two more ballads from the recently released album of duets with Keith Jarrett. The show opens with a change of pace: a brilliant CPE Bach piano sonata that seems situated midway between his dad’s music and that of Haydn, and closes with some new Willie Nelson and then a Charlie Haden vocal for which I should probably be arrested. If you have tears, prepare, you know, and please don’t call the cops.SamsonDelarge

Tone Science – 07/20/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Side B Daniel Higgs/Michael Zerang Daniel Higgs/Michael Zerang Duo
  Survivial Christina Carter Character Study EP
 
  Dark Like My Heart Stephen Gauci, Kirke Knuffke, Ken Filiano Chasing Tales
  Each Other's Arms Half Japanese Overjoyed
  When You Are A Martian Church Rudimentary Peni Death Church
  Oh Shenandoah Charlie Haden Family Band Rambling Boy
 
  Spirituals: The Language of Love Leo Smith Divine Love
  Sex Spy Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden Soapsuds, Soapsuds
  Turnaround Charlie Haden & Hampton Hawes The Golden Number
 
  Waltz For Ruth Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron Night and the City
  We Shall Overcome Charlie Haden and The Liberation Music Orchestra The Montreal Tapes
 
  The Night We Called It A Day Charlie Haden & Chirs Anderson None But The Lonely Heart
  Single Girl, Married Girl Charlie Haden Family Band Ramlbing Boy

Right Up My Street

This week Howling’s on his porch at Taint stressing the importance of staying in contact with old friends, discovering human beat boxes and reminiscing about Blind Yogi Bear! More madness mixed with an hour of the best blues ‘n roots  you’ll find on the net.

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 Fenton Robinson – “gut wrenching”

Bar Fly Blues Jay McShann Drink Up – Light Up! VIDEO
Might Be A Fool Hook Herrera No Matter What I Do VIDEO
Blues for Boo Boo Kirk Fletcher Shades of Blue VIDEO
The Red Rooster King Biscuit Boys Home Cooking VIDEO
Big-Legged Woman Heritage Blues Orchestra And Still I Rise VIDEO
Leavin’ Town Blues Ishman Bracey Jackson Stomp, The Charlie McCoy Story VIDEO
Cream F Feeling Heymoonshaker Shakerism VIDEO
You Don’t Have To Go Brian Kramer Tribute To Muddy VIDEO
I Love The Life I Live Jeff Golub Train Keeps A Rolling VIDEO
This Kind Of Trouble Wooden Horse This Kind Of Trouble VIDEO
Sunrise Blues Eric Bibb Booker’s Guitar VIDEO
How Long Can This Go On Little Junior Parker I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
As The Years Go Passing By Fenton Robinson I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
Jesus Talk To Mama Rodney Crowell Tarpaper Sky VIDEO
Rodeo Ian Siegal & The Mississippi MudBloods Candy Store Kid VIDEO
Spoonful Martin Simpson Bootleg USA VIDEO

Songs on Toast – 07/18/2014

THAT TRAIN IS GONE

Westbound Train 3:08 Dennis Brown Reggae Hit The Town
Gone Dead Train 2:56 Randy Newman Performance
Travelin’ 2:33 Mr. Airplane Man C’mon DJ
If Love Was a Train 4:31 Amy LaVere Died of Love
That Train Don’t Stop Here 3:53 Los Lobos Wolf Tracks: The Best Of Los Lobos
Catch A Train 3:26 Free Walk in My Shadow
Southbound Train 2:42 Birmingham Jubilee Singers Birmingham Jubilee Singers Vol. 1 (1926-1927)
Hobo, You Can’t Ride This Train 3:04 Louis Armstrong Complete RCA-Victor Recordings
Roll With It 2:27 Steve Miller Band Love Is The Song We Sing
Fast Freight 3:39 Fifth Avenue Band The Fifth Avenue Band
The Woo Woo Train 2:57 Valentines Doo Wop Box #2
Stop That Train 3:14 Keith & Tex Riding The Musical Chariot
Blue Railroad Train 3:01 Geoff & Maria Muldaur Sweet Potatoes
Whisky Train 4:32 Procol Harum Home
That Train Is Gone 2:52 Chuck Willis Stroll On
The Train I’m On 3:09 Tony Joe White The Best Of Tony Joe White
Train Leaves Here This Morning 3:51 Gene Clark Flying High
Trains 5:19 Terence Boylan Terence Boylan
My Opening Farewell 4:57 Jackson Browne & David Lindley RCA Studios, New York City NY, September 27, 1973
Last Train To Memphis 3:01 Bobby Charles Last Train To Memphis
Where The Railroads Run On Time5:42 OK Savant OK SAVANT
Midnight Train 4:19 Joe Louis Walker Witness To The Blues
Train Round The Bend 3:23 Velvet Underground Loaded
Mystery Train 2:29 Elvis Presley Sun Records Collection
Sympathy For A Train 6:28 Willis Alan Ramsey w/Jamie Oldaker Mad Dogs And Oakies
Desperados Waiting for the Train 4:31 Guy Clark The Essential Guy Clark
Endless Tunnel 13:15 The Serpent Power The Serpent Power
Gospel Train 2:39 Wright Brothers The Gospel Tradition : The Roots And The Branches
The Train 2:38 Lord Buckley A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 7/18 & Tues 7/22

Mingus used to call him not Charlie or Haden but “Bass”—a heavy compliment, coming from him—though I can remember a time when people would look at you funny when you started raving about Charlie Haden as a great bassist. That pretty much ended with his first album of duets in 1976, but until then even some musicians were so infatuated with fast, supposedly hornlike bassplaying that they couldn’t get with what Haden was doing. The startling thing about those duets was not only that most of us had never heard such an intimate degree of listening before, but that Haden’s attention and his struggle for truthfulness of expression also pointed us back to life and suggested a way one might be able to live it. I first met him at around that time and his personal impact on me was as great as that of his music, which is why I’m such a lousy deejay on this week’s Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Roundtrip Broadway Blues time. I just keep choking up and muttering “Charlie”, but most of the two-hour show is music, with an appropriate amount of Ornette Coleman, some duets with that petulant pianist, whatsisname, a few trips on the Escalator Over the Hill, and Charlie singing Shenandoah—he was born in Shenandoah Iowa and for all his jazz authenticity he never stopped being country—among other projects and highlights. He was one of the greats, and with him deep really did mean deep. Do drop in. It’s a long way down, and up.CharlieColorLarge

Martian Gardens – 07/16/2014

TAINTRADIO.ORG
webcast: Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. EDT
Webcast date: July 16, 2014
Host: Max Shea

online playlists: Martian Gardens blog
email: maxtshea@gmail.com

SINGLE PLAY
George Perle: Modal Suite
a. Moderato (0:32)
b. Slowly (1:32)
c. Very Quickly (0:38)
Eight Pieces (1938-1997)
Bridge Records/2014
piano: Michael Brown; recorded at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, New York, May 2013; composition year: 1940; time: 2:45

SET ONE
Guy Barash: Blind Huber
a. Blind Huber [i] (1:42)
b. Swarm (1:00)
c. Blind Huber [ii] (1:38)
d. Workers [attendants] (1:20)
e. Geometry (1:39)
f. Burmens [i] 1:58
Facts About Water
Innova Recordings/2014
soprano: Jamie Jordan, tenor: Eric Dudley; piano: Kathleen Supové; guitar: Nadav Lev; violin: Rachel Golub; clarinet: Vasko Dukovski; marimba: Amy Garapic; trombone: Daniel Linden; conductor: David Bloom; text: Nick Flynn; recorded at Dubway Studios, New York City; composition year: 2011; total time: 7:07

John Cage:
a. The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (2:32)
b. Nowth Upon Nacht (0:49)
Sylvia Smith — The Year Begins to be Ripe
11 West Records/2008
composer: John Cage; voice: Christie Finn; closed piano: Sylvia Smith; recorded at the University of Baltimore County, Maryland; composition years: a. 1942, b. 1984; text: James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake,” total time: 3:21

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon: Páramo
Exchange — Latin America (various artists)
CRI/2000
The Furious Band (flute, piccolo: Andrée Martin; clarinet, bass clarinet: Oscar Espina-Ruiz; violin: Gabrielle Painter, cello: David Russell; piano: Gabriel Shuford; percussion: Tomm Roland; conductor: Paul Paul Vaillancourt; recorded at the Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY, Stony Brook, December 11, 1999; composition year: 1999; time: 7:01

SET TWO
Percy Grainger:
a. In a Nutshell III
b. Pastorale
Yvar Mikhashoff — Panorama of American Piano Music
Mode Records/2013
(composer: Percy Grainger); piano: Yvar Mikhashoff; recorded at Slee Hall, Buffalo, New York, 1991-1992; composition year: 1916; time:11:47

Percy Grainger:
a. Free Music No. 1 [for Four Theremins] (1:33)
b. Free Music No. 2 [for Six Theremins] (1:19)
c. Beatless Music [for Six Theremins] (0:33)
Lydia Kavina — Spellbound! Works for Theremin
Mode Records/2008
composer: Percy Grainger; theremins: Lydia Kavina; recorded at Patrych Sound, Bronx, New York, July 10, 2000; composition years: a. 1936, b. 1937, c. 1937; total time: 3:18

Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop —
a. Daphne Oram: Amphitryon 38 (1:50)
b. Daphne Oram and Desmond Briscoe: Sound for a Radio Drama (1:05)
c. Desmond Briscoe: Quartermass and the Pit (sound effects) (0:36)
BBC Radiophonic Workshop — A Retrospective (various artists)
BBC Music/2000
compositions, electronics: Daphne Oram, Desmond Briscoe; composition year: 1958 (a,b,c); total time: 3:31

Cluster & Eno: Schöne Hände
Cluster & Eno
Gyroscope Records/1996 (orig. Sky Records LP/1977)
composition, synthesizers: Brian Eno, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius; recorded at Conny Plank’s Studio, Munich, Germany, 1977; time: 3:03

SET THREE
Fountainhead: Wind on Water
Cloud Cover
Aucourant Records/1998
composition, electronics: Robert Scott Thompson; recorded at RST’s studio, Roswell, Georgia; time: 6:19

Steve Roach: Trancemigration
Land Mass
Timeroom Editions/2008
synthesizers, electronics: Steve Roach; recorded live on Star’s End, WXPN, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008; time: 7:52

Music from University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios —
a. Lejaren Hiller: Vocalise from Seven Electronic Studies for Two-Channel Tape (5:32)
b. IBM 7094: Early sound synthesis sample (1:41)
In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Illinois
Experimental Music Studios (1958 — 2008) [various artists]
University of Illinois School of Music EMS/2008
a. composer: Lejaren A. Hiller, b. composer: anonymous; MUSICOMP computer program written by Lejaren Hiller and Robert Blake; composition year: 1963 (a,b); total time: 7:13

SET FOUR
John Bischoff: Audio Combine
Audio Combine
New World Records/2012
electronics, computers: John Bischoff; recorded at Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, Oakland, California; composition year: 2009; time: 12:53

Juan Blanco: Music para Danza
Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time)
Innova Recordings/2013
sine-wave generator, tape dubbing: Juan Blanco; recorded in Cuba; composition year: 1961; time: 5:28

Hugh Le Caine:
a. Dripsody [An Etude for Variable Speed Recorder] (1:28)
b. Invocations (2:20)
c. Nocturne (3:07)
Compositions and Demonstrations 1946 — 1974
Electronic Music Foundation/1999
electronics, tapes: Hugh Le Caine; recorded at National Research Council’s Electronic Music Laboratory (ELMUS) , Ottawa, Canada; composition years: a. 1955, b. 1957; c. 1962; total time:6:55

SET FIVE
David Rosenboom: Given the Senses the Real Pregeometry
Zones of Influence, Part III
Zones of Influence
Pogus Productions/2014
electronics: David Rosenboom; percussion: William Winant; recorded at the Dizzy Gillespie Digital Recording Complex, California Institute of the Arts, and the composer’s studio, Valencia, California, composition years: 1984, 1985; revised for this recording 2013; time: 8:36

Gil Delindro: Live in Silent Barn
MusicWorks #119 (various artists)
MusicWorks Magazine/2014
field recordings, amplified sounds, feedback: Gil Delindro; recorded at The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, New York, March 24, 2014; time: 12:58

SET SIX
David D. McIntire: The Pornography of Unfettered Optimism
Electronic Music Midwes [various artists]
Irritable Hedgehog Music/2014
voices: Michelle Allen McIntire; electroacoustics: David McIntire; realized at the composer’s studio, Kansas City, Missouri, 2010; premiered at Electronic Music Midwest, 2011; time: 6:55

Ann Magnuson: Art Professor
Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories
Asphodel/2007
music: Chopin, Prelude in E Minor; text: Ann Magnuson; piano, voice: Ann Magnuson; time: 2:29

Robert Ashley: Gretchen (from Au Pair)
Atalanta (Acts of God) Volume II
Lovely Music, Ltd./2010
voices: Robert Ashley; Jacqueline Humbert; text: J. Humbert; electronics: Tom Hamilton; recorded at Teatro Olimpico in Rome, 1985; time: 4:54

Melody Sumner Carnahan: My Pleasure
The Time is Now
Frog Peak Music/1996
voice, arrangement: Barbara Golden; additional voices: Ben Azarm, Sheila Davies, Carla Fabrizio; cello: Carla Fabrizio; keyboards: Barbara Golden; text: Melody Sumner Carnahan, 1983; time: 8:21

If, Bwana/Al Margolis: Tattooed Love Muffins
Rex Xhu Ping
Pogus Productions/2005
voice, text: Dan Andreana; voice: Laura Biagi; bowed cymbals:: Detta Andreana; tapes, clarinets, processing: Al Margolis; time: 11:52

J.K. Randall: Intimacy (a polemic) (1-3)*
Open Space 10 (Randall/Boretz)
Open Space/1999
voice: Jim Randall; recorded in New York City for a meeting of the Society for Music Theory; time: 10:00
*excerpt on TAINT Radio version 3:40

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