Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Episode 25: Beyond Unwanted Sound with Marie Thompson

On this month's episode I discuss the recent book Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism with its author, Marie Thompson. We discuss different conceptions of 'noise', as anti-music or the cacophony of industrial society, competing theories of noise and Marie's powerful argument that noise is neither inherently bothersome nor transgressive. We end by discussing some of the musicians and sound artists that Marie argues transcend the dominant morality by which noise is related to.

Marie Thompson is a Lecturer in Lincoln School of Film and Media. Her research centres on the affective, material and gendered dimensions of sound, noise and music. She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). She has also published a number of chapters and articles on the intersections of noise and femininity.

Bredbeddle – Keep the Salt
Pauline Oliveros and Reynols – Cathedral Juice 
Teddy and the Frat Girls– I owe it to the girls
Vile evil veil – left luck #1
Angel Ho – removals
Henry Cowell – Aeolian Harp and Sinister Resonance
Klein - Cry Theme
Helen Papaioannou – In the Loop (performed by  Helen Papaioannou and Hannabiell Sanders)  
Mmeellttiinngg – flower
John T. Gast - Sedna
Lamers - Inthro (Breathing exercise)
Torturing Nurse - ncsda
Pole – Modul 
Sachiko M – don’t ask
Diamanda Galas – Looks could Kill
Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt - 2 

R. Murray Schafer, The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, Destiny Books, 1994.
Claude Shannon, "The Mathematical Theory of Communication", The Mathematical Theory of Communication, University of Illinois Press, 1949.
Michel Serres, The Parasite (translated by Lawrence R. Schehr), University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
Steven Shaviro, "Accelerationist Aesthetics: Necessary Inefficiency in Times of Real Subsumption", E-Flux, No.13, June 2013.
Tiqqun, "The Cybernetic Hypothesis"

Episode 24: Blood of an American - Soul Music and the Vietnam War

This month's episode marks the forthcoming Melodies International reissue of the beautiful anti-war folk-soul ballad 'Blood of an American' by Bobby Wright (now Abu Talib). Little known and rarely heard, the record stages a reflection upon the unique intersection of popular music and radical politics in late 1960s and early 1970s soul music.  This becomes an opportunity to think critically about the ways in which counter-cultural soundtracks have been sanitised and re-packaged in recent decades.

-Peter Guralnick, Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, Canongate Books, 2002.
-Craig Hansen Werner, A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America, University of Michigan Press, 2006.
-Doug Bradley & Craig Werner, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, 2015.
-Brian Ward, Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations, University of California Press, 1998.
-Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Greenwood Press, 1980.
-Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Black Music, Akashic Books, 2010.

Bobby Wright, 'Blood of an American'
Marion Brown, 'Porto Novo'
Archie Shepp, 'Poem for Malcolm'
Cecil Taylor, 'Enter Evening (Soft line structure)'
Eddie Kendricks, 'My People... Hold On'
Syl Johnson, 'Is It Because I'm Black'
The Last Poets, 'Ho Chi Minh'
The Sweet Inspirations, 'Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again'
Archie Bell & the Drells, 'A Soldier's Plea'
Johnny & Jon, 'Christmas in Vietnam'
Penny Goodwin, 'Too Soon You're Old'
Lou Bond, 'To The Establishment'

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Amplification//Annihilation (recorded live at Cafe Oto August 20th, 2017)

Amplification//Annihilation is a live audio-visual radio broadcast featuring the work of Leah Barclay (AUS), Robin Buckley (UK), Kate Carr (UK), Minerva Cuevas (MEX), Graciela Muñoz Farida (CHL), Anja Kanngieser and Polly Stanton (UK/AUS), Andrea Polli (MEX), Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (CAN), Ziibiwan (CAN).  It was recorded live at Cafe Oto by co-curators Anja Kanngieser, Rory Gibb and Paul Rekret. 

Artists and activists are using sound to comment on, and intervene in, the climate debate. However, while the aesthetics of ecological crisis are pervasive, replete with a dwindling dawn chorus and celebrations of a nonhuman nature, the broader contexts and stakes of these images or sounds are rarely considered. Against the drip drip drip of glacial melt, this evening showcased sound works that seek to confront environmental change.

Programme Notes: 

"There are those who want to talk about climate change, yet don’t want to talk about how those who are affected the most can’t prioritise it in the first place, because prioritising it would mean being forced to pull the layers back and also talk about the poverty, the racism, the injustice, the privilege, the hush money, the hit lists that climate change is operating from, the rounds it makes on earth starting with the most vulnerable. Everyone is affected by climate change, yet some are affected first, but no one cares until it’s affecting them."
Terisa Siagatonu — 'Layers

These are lines from the spoken word poetry of Samoan-American artist Terisa Siagatonu. Her words and voice articulate the violences of climate change, and they do not hold back. With this event I wanted to amplify the voices and sounds that counterpose the aesthetic narratives of environmental change, that peel back the layers underneath the dripping glaciers/bird calls/exotic geographies; works that ask questions, that might even demand answers. It’s not easy to do radical politics in the sound world; it’s not always easy to put sound to work as a political force. The works included here are not strictly just sound, nor do they all approach politics in the same ways. But they are part of a commitment to facing climate change and asking for those listening to be present, to be more than present – to intervene. (A.K)

Popular music’s conceit to authenticity is both crude and altogether well known. Essentially, souls bared, performers heroically elude corruption by the processes that deliver them to their audience. This belies a bigger story, wherein whatever is deemed ‘natural’ becomes privileged as a site where an older, innocent pre-modern culture is preserved. This is as evident where music is imbued with a primal energy as where the ‘countryside’ is assigned purifying or regenerating qualities. Indeed, these two attributes, the pastoral and the primal, intersect throughout the history of pop: folk and blues revivals, psychedelia, country, new age, to name but the most overstated. 

Sonic representation of ecological crisis is not reducible to changing ideas of the natural, though crisis is nonetheless discernible in growing suspicion of ideals of authenticity. At the same time, the contemporary prominence of field recording as musical accessory or as a genre in itself, implies further permutations. Equally, existential experience of ecological and economic collapse is discernible in British Industrial or Detroit techno’s confrontation with deindustrialisation and thus globalisation, New Orleans MCs; tales of negotiating FEMA flood relief, metal’s black forests, or all those musical expressions of loss and forfeiture usefully called ‘hauntological’. At the very least, these betray a changing experience of what is natural and the
assorted ways that experience is lived. (P.R.)


Climate and conservation scientists share an underlying drive, in that their work seeks not only to document and understand, but also to create the knowledge and conditions for effective intervention. Here, sound and listening can be tools to monitor ecological change, yet the complexity of both wildlife communities and soundscapes so often eludes quantitative interpretation, and we're returned to the purely affective dimension: comparing eerily silent forests to the glorious fuck-you exuberance of the resurgent dawn chorus at Chernobyl, now long devoid of humans. Similarly, field recordings open intimate windows into unfamiliar lives and temporalities — the ultrasonic chirps of whales and bats, the sigh of glacial ice — yet so often aesthetically reify the notion of a vast gap between ourselves and an unknowable nature. The unequally distributed violences of global climate change and ecological devastation instead require us to rethink what constitutes the natural and the external, to understand our collective interdependence, and to hear the past and present structural processes that link the silenced voices of empty forests and oceans with those of vanishing islands, oppressed communities, 'redeveloped' urban spaces and empty towerblocks. Meaningful sonic interventions are those that stay with and confront these dynamics head on: that resist the extinction of communities, knowledges and ways of life with anger, solidarity and noise. (R.G)

Featured Works

Disobedient Films and Jamie Perera — Trump Paris pullout Speech (2017)
Joanna Brouk — Playing in the Water (1981)
Steve Halpern — Dawn (1987)
Jonathan Prior — Tenby Skylarks (2017)
Alice Damon — Waterfall Winds (1990/2013)
Edgar Froese — Marouba Bay (1975)
Stratis — By Water (1984/2017)
Iasos — Libra Sunrise (1975)
Emily Dolittle — Social Sounds Whales From Whales at Night for Oboe D’Amore and Tape (2017)
Rob Thorne — Kauhanga (2014)
Ursula K. Le Guin - Kinship (2014)
Venus Ex Machina — Paraquat (2017)
*AR — Now This Terrestrial Sea (2015)
Jana Winderen — Aquaculture (2010)
Heike Vester — Seine Feeding Killer Whales (2009)
Andrea Polli — I Don’t Have The Data (2009)
Andrea Polli — Heat and the Heartbeat of the City(2007)
Toshiya Tsunoda — Low Frequency Observed At Maguchi Bay (2007)
Michael Corey and Jim Briggs — The Oklahoma Shakes (2015)
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson — Caribou Ghosts and Untold Stories (2016)
Elysia Crampton — American Drift (featuring Money Allah) (2015)
Peter Cusack — Dawn Chorus Chernobyl Town (2012)
Ultra Red — A Pico Aliso (Hemos Bastante)
Graciela Munoz Farida — El Sonido Recobrado (film, 2014)
Kate Carr — Brisbane River (2011)
Leah Barclay — Intrinsic Connections (2017)
Anja Kanngieser and Polly Stanton — And then the sea came back (radio, 2016)
Teresia Teaiwa — Bad Coconuts (feat. H. Doug
Matsuoka and Richard Hamasaki) (2010)
Terisa Siagatonu — Layers (2015)
Ziibiwan — Loon Song (2016)
Minerva Cuervas — A Draught of the Blue (film, 2013)
E+E — Fire Gut (2013)
Fis — CMB Inna (2015)
Chris Watson — Vatnajokull (2003)
Jar Moff — Financial Glam (2014)
Rob Thorne — Revelation Reprise (2017)
Drexciya — Digital Tsunami (2002)
Babyfather — PROLIFIC DEAMONS (2016)
Ariel Karma — Rainy Day (2014)
Egyptrixx — Lake of Contemplation, Pool of
Fundamental Bond (2017)
Natalie Hyacinth — Waves (2017)
Bone Thugs N’ Harmony (feat. Mariah Carey) — Breakdown (1997)
Dave Noyze — Acorn (2008)
Patrick Cowley — Jungle Dream (2015)
Jungle Wonz — Bird in a Gilded Cage (1993)
Anthony Child —Waiting and Watching (2015)
Ake — Answer a Call of Nature (2017)
Black Merlin — Wave (2016)

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Episode 23: Calmly Smoke

Ketan Shankardass examines representations of stress and drug use in American hip-hop.

There are more of Ketan's on his Soundcloud

Organized Konfusion – Stress (Remix)
Ronnie Laws – Tidal Wave
Fat Joe – Success (DJ Premier Remix Instrumental)
Toddy Tee – The Batteram
Ice Cube – Bird in the Hand
One Gud Cide – Bad Dreams
Kendrick Lamar – Cartoons and Cereal f. Gunplay
Maze – Lady of Magic
DJ Quik – The Maze
Mobb Deep – Drink Away The Pain (Situations)
Goodie Mob – Thought Process
Alchemist – Calmly Smoke (f. Styles P)
Ab-Soul – The Book of Soul
Bobby McFerrin – Moondance
Megalon – When I Go Out
Meek Mill f. Young Thug – We Ball
Fetty Wap – Wake Up
Soft Machine – Drop
Schoolboy Q – Black Thoughts

Monday, 14 August 2017

Episode 22: A Personal Hip Hop Odyssey with Warren Ali

On this month's show Warren Ali offers an autobiographical story of growing up under apartheid and later, post-apartheid South Africa and then moving to London, all through the lens of rap music and what it meant to him.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Episode 21: Sun Ra's Synths

A conversation with the writer and critic Francis Gooding about Sun Ra's groundbreaking use of synthesizers, the topic of his forthcoming book.

Sun Ra & , Of Other Tomorrows Never Known
Sun Ra, The Perfect Man
John Coltrane, Interstellar Space
Sun Ra, Aurora Borealis
Sun Ra, The Wind Speaks
Sun Ra, Sun Thoughts
Sun Ra, Outside the Time Zone
Sun Ra, Solar Ship Voyage
Thelonious Monk, I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Herbie Hancock, Chameleon
Fred Wesley & the JBs, Blow Your Head
Miles Davis, Thinkin One Thing Doing Another

Francis Gooding is a writer. You can read him in the Wire, the London Review of Books, and in liner notes for releases by labels including Jazzman, Strut, Matsuli and others. He is currently working on a book about Sun Ra's use of electronics, and on a history of South African jazz musicians in exile. 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Episode 20: An Organic Adornment

Geographer of sound Anja Kanngieser joins Paul Rekret for a discussion of the growing use of field recording in pop and dance music in recent years.

Peter Mannferfelt, Mambuti Pygmy flutes
Kink Gong, Kavet Lalai 1
Robert Belmont (aka ‘The Human Bird’)
Some birds
Black Merlin, Wave
Anthony Child, Waiting and Watching
18+, Crow
Some crows
Balam Acab, Fragile Hope
Edgar Froese, Maroubra Bay
Ariel Karma, Rainy Day
Joel Graham, Geomancy
Ernest Hood, August Haze
Patrick Cowley, The Jungle Dream
Simon Fisher Turner, Into Bush
Ariel Karma, Merry Forest
Aine O’Dwyer, An Unkindness of Ravens
Joanna Brouk, Playing in the Water
Steve Halpern, Dawn

Monday, 24 April 2017

Episode 19: Noise and Capitalism

A discussion and music revolving around the book Noise and Capitalism with its co-editor Anthony Iles.  Anthony discusses the book's emergence out of a London noise scene, the potentials that the music opened and also its limitations, and the very notion of noise as a genre itself.

Anthony Iles is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University and a contributing editor with Mute / Metamute and Cesura//Acceso magazines. He is the author, with Josephine Berry Slater, of the book, No Room to Move: Art and the Regenerate City (Mute Books, 2011), editor of the recent publication, Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis (Archive Books, 2015), and contributor to Brave New Work: A Reader on Harun Farocki's Film A New Product. Recent essays have been published in Radical Philosophy, Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art and Logos.

DJ Scud, "Next One Dead (Outronoise by Nomex)"
Throbbing Gristle, "Very Friendly"
Sarcomasine Bloc, "Internecine Slakes"
DJ Scud, "Each One Teach One"
The Bug, "WWW (feat. Mexican)"
Luc Ferrrari, "Musique Socialiste ou Programme Commun Pour Clavecin Amplifie et Bande Mechanique"
Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Barry Guy, Eddie Prévost, "Supercession"
To Live and Shave in LA, "Ideas Make Men Hard"
Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, "Fur Scheide Schnecke und Rassiermesser"
Movement Soul: Live Recordings of Songs and Sayings from the Freedom Movement in the Deep South"

Monday, 27 March 2017

Episode 18: Alpha, Isis, Eden by Laura Oldfield Ford and Jack Latham

This month, Alpha, Isis, Eden, a sound work produced by Laura Oldfield Ford and Jack Latham as part of an installation with the same title at Showroom gallery, London, February - March, 2017.

From the Showroom's notes:
"...a new sound work, made in collaboration with sound engineer and producer Jack Latham, using field recordings taken by Oldfield Ford during experimental, critically-engaged walks or 'derives' in the area. Mapping the psychic contours of the urban environment through her subjective experience, Oldfield Ford also draws on her personal history of working in the area in the public care and social welfare sectors, as well as on time she spent in subcultural scenes as a squatter and political activist."

Laura Oldfield Ford, Savage Messiah, London: Verso, 2011.
Mark Fisher, "Introduction", Savage Messiah, London: Verso, 2011.
Laura Oldfield Ford, "Jam City, Dream of a Garden - A Deriv - London - May 1st 2015"
Laura Oldfield Ford, "Spectral Developments - Haunted Schemes", Art Review, April 2015.
Jack Latham w/ Dan Barrow, "Invisible Jukebox: Jam City", The Wire, September 2015.

Jam City, "The Garden Thrives"
Rich Gang, "Givenchy" (instrumental)
Laura Oldfield Ford & Jack Latham, "Alpha, Isis, Eden"

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Episode 17: Black Atlantis

This month a recording of a live performance of Black Atlantis, The End of Eating Everything, an audio-visual essay produced by Ayesha Hameed in collaboration with Tom Hirst.

Recorded live at the Empire Remains shop in London in November 2016, Black Atlantis looks at possible afterlives of the Black Atlantic: in illegal migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space – taking as its point of departure the group Drexciya’s sonic fictional world, it brings together ideas around afrofuturism and ecological crises and the related concept of the anthropocene. 

Black Atlantis combines two conversations - afrofuturism and the anthropocene. It takes as point of departure Drexciya, the late 20th century electronic music duo from Detroit, and their creation of a sonic, fictional world. Through liner notes and track titles, Drexciya take the Black Atlantic below the water with their imaginary of an Atlantis comprised of former slaves who have adapted to living underwater. This wetness brings to the table a sense of the haptic, the sensory, the bodily, and the epidermal. What below-the-water, and Atlantis brings back is the bottom of the sea, the volume of the water, the materiality of the space of the ocean, and other protagonists that inhabit the sea. 

This third instalment ‘The End of Eating Everything’// Black Atlantis III follows Bodies and Storms// Black Atlantis I; and Agitations and Adaptations// Black Atlantis II. It takes its title from a work by Wangechi Mutu which shows a monstrous form of consumption underwater. ‘The End of Eating Everything’ considers what Drexciyans might consume underwater, what things are consuming each other around them and what boundaries might be eroded between the what’s and the who’s of what is being eaten. 

With contributions from: Rachel Baker, Sam Dolbear, Lizzie Homersham, Marie Louise Krogh, Bijan Moosavi, Christian Nyampeta, Theodor Ringborg, Nikhil Vettukattil, Marina Vishmidt.


Part 1 Stars and Clocks
Drexciya The Quest (Submerge, 1997).

Sean M. Kelley. The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare: A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina University North Carolina Press: 2016. Pp.53, 55

Wikipedia Entry “Marine Chronometer” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_chronometer

Emily Lindsay Brown “The longitude problem: how we figured out where we are” July 18, 2013 http://theconversation.com/the-longitude-problem-how-we-figured-out-where-we-are-16151

Mark Richardson “Grava 4 review” http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/2456-grava-4/

“Astronomical Guidepost” Drexciya Grava 4 (Clone ,2002)

“Raw Video: US Ship Under Pirate Attack” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y36D17uALA

“Skeleton Clock with Chronometer Escapement – Herschel” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQvopnjDI6E

“13965 - Bliss chronometer” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWOuWShc-t4

Draining of the Tanks Drexciya Neptune’s Lair CD (Tresor, 1999)

Astronomical Guideposts: Drexciya Grava 4 (Clone Records, 2002)

Part 2 Cities under the sea
Mark Richardson “Grava 4 review” http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/2456-grava-4/2

Andrew Duke “Drexciya” in Cognition Audioworks http://cognitionaudioworks.com/drexciya.html

Drexciya Neptune’s Lair (Tresor, 1999)

Blue Planet “Episode 2: The Deep” David Attenbrough. BBC Natural History Unit/ Discovery Channel 2001.

“Solar Wind” Shifted Phases The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope (Tresor, 2002)

“Bubble Metropolis” Drexciya Drexciya 2 - Bubble Metropolis (Underground Resistance, 1993)

“Intro: Temple Of Dos De Aqua” Drexciya Neptune's Lair (Tresor,1999)

Crone, et al (2006). "The Sound Generated by Mid-Ocean Ridge Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents". PLoS One 1 (1): e133. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0000133.

Part 3 Monsters
H.P. Lovecraft. 'The Call of Cthulhu' in The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. New York: Ballantine Books, 1982, p.76.

Anaïs Duplan “A Body that is Ultra-Body: In Conversation with Fred Moten and Elysia Crampton” http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/a-body-that-is-ultra-body-in-conversation-with-fred-moten-and-elysia-crampton/

Charles Kingsley Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby. London: Macmillian & co.,1886.

Omar Berrada “Defend the Dead: Omar Berrada on M. NourbeSe Philip's Zong!” Chumurenga/ Pan African Space Station (Radio Broadcast) 2015 https://www.mixcloud.com/chimurenga/defend-the-dead-omar-berrada-zong/

Space is the Place d. John Coney 1974.

“Species of the Pod” Drexciya Neptune's Lair (Tresor,1999)

“Amazing monstrous whirlpool / Чудовищный водоворот / Dvietes atvars / Torbellino / Tourbillon” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqROBTVgL6A

“killer whale sounds - bruit orque - schwertwal geräusch - odgłos orki” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qeUBGMN-hg

“The Bloop: A Mysterious Sound from the Deep Ocean | NOAA SOSUS” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBN56wL35IQ

“Underwater Whale Sounds - Full 60 Minute Ambient Soundscape” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=savCAd6RyPI

“Walt Disney: Water Babies Silly Symphonies” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imOL1gImZb8

“Wangechi Mutu + Santigold - The End of Eating Everything - Nasher Museum at Duke” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMZSCfqOxVs

Part 4 Coasts
Drexciya Grava IV (Clone Records 2002).

Stephen Helmreich, Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009, p.64.

“Mediterranean smuggler arrested for 'throwing dead body to sharks'“

“Seventeen migrants die of asphyxiation in Mediterranean smuggling boat”

“Italy is killing refugees with kindness” Nicholas Farrell The Spectator, 6 September 2014 http://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/09/italys-decriminalising-of-illegal-immigration-has-acted-as-a-green-light-to-boat-people/

'New era of climate change reality' as emissions hit symbolic threshold” Press Association The Guardian Monday 24 October

“Winter Wind 1 Hour / Relaxing Snowstorm Sound, Winds Blowing Snow Across Forest Meadow” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZYSMkLSolc

“Wind Sounds - Full 60 Minute Soundscape” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=113BMnYOaeM

Lamin Fofana “Another World” 2015

Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene (Polydor 1976)

“Cascading Celestial Giants” Drexciya Grava 4 (Clone Records, 2002)

“L'Atlantide - Georg Wilhelm Pabst (espejismo)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sgmvlSfqeM 

Drexciya d. Simon Rittmeier 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Episode 16: Noise

Sound artist and producer Patchfinder confronts Jacques Attali's influential book Noise: the Political Economy of Music.

nurse with wound - I cannot feel you as the dogs are laughing and I am blind - homotopy to marie - united dairies - 1982
phool - good dick will imprison you - not on label - 2016
pierre henry - sacrifice - machine danse - philips - 1973
pierrot lunaire - plaisir d'amour  - gudrun - it - 1977
haruomi hosono - mabui dance #2 - medicine compilation - epic - 1993
esplendor geométrico - el acero del partido IV - el acero del partido - tic tac - 1982
coil - here to here (double headed secret) - transparent - nekrophile - 1984
normal brain - you are busy, I am easy - lady maid - vanity - 1981
aphex twin - come on you slags - …i care because you do -  warp 1995
fantômas - investigation of a citizen above suspicion - the director's cut - ipecac - 2001
fantômas - the omen (ave satani) - the director's cut - ipecac - 2001
heldon - perspective III (baader-meinhof blues) - heldon IV agneta nilsson - urus - 1976
art of noise - instruments of darkness (all of us are one people) prodigy remix - china - 1991
rufige kru - ghosts of my life - ghosts ep - reinforced - 1993
christoph de babalon - what you call a life - if you're into it, i'm out of it - digital hardcore - 1997
slava tsukerman, brenda i. hutchinson, clive smith - aliens theme I - liquid sky original soundtrack - varèse sarabande  - 1983
orphan drift - xes avatar hybridised mix - syzygy - not on label - 1999
evolution control committee - cacaphony (outro) - notes of nihilistic bliss - fistful of love - 1988

Jacques Attali - Noise: the Political Economy of Music, University of Minnesota Press, 1988
Susan McClary - The Politics of Silence and Sound, University of Minnesota Press, 1985
Theodor Adorno - The Philosophy of New Music, Seabury Press, 1973
Theodor Adorno - Dissonanzen, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1963
Guy Debord - The Society of The Spectacle, Buchet-Chastel, 1967
Sven Lütticken - Who Makes The Nazis, http://www.e-flux.com/journal/76/69408/who-makes-the-nazis/, 2016
Mark Fisher - k-punk blog, http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/011172.html, 2009
McKenzie Wark - The Vectorialist Class, http://supercommunity.e-flux.com/authors/mckenzie-wark/, 2015
Jacques Attali - TEDx, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpQ0N8uvjEQ, 2014
Bonnie Camplin, David Luke, Michele Occelli - A trialogue looking at altered states of consciousness and exceptional human experience, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnC5JjmL1zU, 2016
McKenzie Wark - review of William Gibson's The Peripheral, http://www.publicseminar.org/2014/11/william-gibsons-the-peripheral/, 2014

For more Patchfinder PATCHFINDER.EU    bandcamp    soundcloud

For a copy of the transcript of the episode, email p[dot]rekret[at]gmail

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Episode 15: Take This Hammer: Ethnographic Field Recordings of Worksong

A survey of ethnographic field recordings of pre-industrial work songs from around the world forms the basis for an inquiry into different experiences of time other than the abstraction and discipline inaugurated by industrial capitalism. The episode ends with a site-specific lecture-performance by Noah Angell titled 'Labour & Rhythm', recorded by Adam Laschinger at Banner Repeater, located in Hackney Downs Railway Station in November 2011.

-Ted Gioia, Work Songs, Duke University Press, 2006.
-Emma Robertson, Marek Korczynski & Michael Pickering, Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain, Cambridge University Press, 2013.
-Norm Cohen, "Worksongs: A Demontration Collection by Examples" in Archie Green (ed) Songs About Work: Essays in Occupational Culture, University of Indiana Press, 1993.
-Richard Henderson, "The Primer: Field Recordings", The Wire, February 1998.
-Frank Gunderson, "Musical Labour Performed in Northwest Tanzania, Folkways Magazine, Summer/Fall 2014.

For more recordings of See Noah Angell's work see his website.  Noah will give a lecture-performance Saturday December 10 at Center for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry.

Track list
Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Andy Mosely, "Take This Hammer", Prison Worksongs, Arhoolie Records, 2012.
[No artist listed], "Chants Des Pecheurs De Perles Muharraq", Bahrein et Shardja: Pecheurs de Perles et Musiciens du Golf Persique, Ocora, 1984.
Baka People of Southeast Cameroon, "Water Drums 1", Heart of the Forest: The Music of the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon, Hannibal Records, 1993.  
Baka People of Southeast Cameroon, "Venolouma", Heart of the Forest: The Music of the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon, Hannibal Records, 1993.  
Ari People of Ethiopia, "Woni Lekha (Chant de Fauchage)", Ethiopie: Polyphonies Ari, Ocora, 2002.
Ari People of Ethiopia, "Woni Lekha (Chant de Fauchage)", Ethiopie: Polyphonies Ari, Ocora, 2002.
[No artist listed], "Octopus Fishing (Lofanga Island)", South Pacific: Island Music, Nonesuch Records, 1987. 
[No artist listed], "Shell Money Making (Alite, Langa Langa Lagoon, Malaita)", South Pacific: Island Music, Nonesuch Records, 1987.
Chandra Chhetri, Krishnakumari Chhetri, Asha Rai, Deoki Rai, "Sowing Song By Women", Folksongs & Sacred Music from Nepal, Alliance, 1999.
Kpelle People of Liberia, "Rice Planting Song", Music of the Kpelle of Liberia, Folkways Records, 1972. 
Kpelle People of Liberia, "Bush Clearing Song", Music of the Kpelle of Liberia, Folkways Records, 1972. 
Alan Lomax w/ Peggy Seeger & Ewan McColl, "Three Waulking Songs & A Song for Finishing Cloth", Scottish Drinking and Pipe Songs, Legacy Records, 1991.
[No artist listed], "Nadouri", Georgie: Chants de Travail, Ocora, 1985.
Evangelina Carballo, "Cante de Espadella", World Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Spain, Columbia Masterworks, 1955.
Juze Jezavitiene, Ona Jauneikiene, Petronele Krukoniene, "Harvest Song", Voix des Paix Baltes, Inedit, 1995.
John "Black Sampson" Gibson, "Steel-Laying Holler", Field Recordings Volume 2: North & South Carloina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-1943), Document Records, 1997.
John "Black Sampson" Gibson, "Track-Lining Song", Field Recordings Volume 2: North & South Carloina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-1943), Document Records, 1997.
Martin McManus, "The Falling of the Pine", Lumbering Songs From the Ontario Shanties, Ethnic Folkways Library, 1961.
Francisco Capo, "Cant de Trillar", World Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Spain, Columbia Masterworks, 1955.
Leplinas Lamar & Group, "Tomazo Na Prale", Alan Lomax in Haiti: Songs of Labour & Leisure, Harte Recordings, 2009.
"Canto dei Batti-pali (Pile Driver's Song)", The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Volume XV - Northern and Central Italy.
"Workers' Song (Lamento dei Cavatori di Marmo)", The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Volume XV - Northern and Central Italy.
Luo People of Kenya, "Naftali Ouko", The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: British East Africa
Borana People of Ethiopia, "Borana Singing Wells", Olivia Wyatt: Staring Into the Sun, Sublime Frequencies, 2011.
Bavuma People of Uganda, "Boat Song, Island of Buvuma, Lake Victoria, Uganda", Music! The Berlin Phonogramm Archiv (1900-2000), Museum Collection Berlin, 2014.
Noah Angell, "Labour & Rhythm". 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Episode 14: Process and Industry

On this episode  a discussion with the writer Alexei Monroe on the history, context and political desire of industrial music. From Throbbing Gristle to Laibach we discuss the divergent paths of British and Yugoslavian groups and more recent iterations of their aesthetic. Finally, we discuss the sound and visual art group Autopsia, the subject of Alexei's latest book and an exhibition at London's Horse Hospital from November 19th to 26th.

                                                                                                                             Image: Autopsia

Alexei Monroe, (ed), Test Dept: Total State Machine, PC Press, 2015.
Alexei Monroe, Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK, MIT Press, 2005.
Alexei Monroe, Autopsia: Thanatopolis, Divus, 2016.

Kraftwerk, Ohm Sweet Ohm
Seesselberg, Synthetik 1
Cabaret Voltaire, Spies in the Wires
Throbbing Gristle, Discipline (Live)
Front 242, Couteau
Throbbing Gristle, Hot on the Heels of Love
Test Dept., Comrade Enver Hoxha
Test Dept., Gdansk
Mario Maržidovšek, Serial Dialog
Mario Maržidovšek, Dictator
Aporea, Dzvjazdo, Javljajustaja Solnce
Laibach, F.I.A.T.
Laibach, Across the Universe
Laibach, Siemens
Laibach, Illumination
Prager Kodex, Lux Aeterna
Autopsia, Weltuntergang Theme 1 1990
Autopsia, Death and Entertainment 1988
Autopsia, The Time of Pain and of Waiting
Autopsia, Lacrimae Mundi
Autopsia, Hymn II
BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Wind-Mine Machine
Autopsia, Night Landscape III
Autopsia, Palladium - Der Reichtum Des Vielen Und Das Eine
Autopsia, 1-06 T.O. 2.0
Autopsia, Night Landscape
eSz. Berlin. Nationalhymne 2009 (Autopsia Remix)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Episode 13: Incipient Intentions

"Music points to true language in the sense that content is apparent in it, but it does so at the cost of unambiguous meaning, which has migrated to the languages of intentionality. And as though Music, that most eloquent of all languages, needed consoling for the curse of ambiguity - its mythic aspect, intentions are poured into it." Theodor Adorno, 'Music and Language - A Fragment'

Final episode for a couple months. Given little foresight, Beholder Halfway has often amounted to sociological interrogation of issues around popular musics, but there are severe limits to the sociological imagination's capacity to inform music. With this in mind, on this finale episode, I wanted to elicit statements, at times profound and others banal, by musicians about music, as a way of marking the limits of the sociological imagination.

Image: still from Morgan Fisher, Projection Instructions (1976)

TJ Hustler, The Individual You
Black Warrior, Move
Gigi Masin, Miren Miren Maitea
Interview with John Coltrane
Amiri Baraka/the Advanced Workers, You Was Dancin' You Need to be Marchin'
Edgar Froese, Police Disco
Linda Perhacs,  BBC Interview
Phil Niblock, Hurdy Hurry
Big L, Put It On (acapella)
Fatima Al Qadiri, Curfew
Nurse With Wound, Alien [Act Side Second Band]
Interview with Nina Simone
Test Dept., Slow Hunger
Interview with the Supremes
Henri Roger, Au Dela Du Langage
Interview with GG Allin
Patchfinder, Das Herz
Interview with Dead Kennedys
Interview with Crass
Guy Debord, Critique de la Separation (audio excerpt)
Interview with Karlhein Stockhausen
Harald Grosskopf, 1847 Earth
Interview with MF Grimm
Michael Wadleigh (Dir.), Woodstock (1970) (audio excerpt)
Interview with Gucci Mane
Interview with Garth Brooks
Inga Copeland, Advice for Young Girls (w/ Actress)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Episode 12: Black Study Group: Notes on Music & Money

                                                                         Image: Jamal Cyrus, Wont Even Mention Gold (2014)

This episode, 'Notes on Music and Money', is produced by the Black Study Group. The Black Study Group is Dhanveer Singh Brar, Simon Barber, Victor Manuel Cruz, Ciaran Finlayson, Sam Fisher, Lucie Mercier, Fumi Okiji, Ashwan Sharma and with a special mention to Atticus for his guest appearance.

Dennis Brown, 'Money in My Pocket'
James Brown, 'Money Won't Change You (But Time Will Take You Out)'
The O'Jays, 'For the Love of Money'
Matana Roberts, 'How Much Would You Cost?'
B L A C K I E, 'I Write On Money'
Bessie Smith, 'Gimme a Pigfoot And a Bottle of Beer'
Bessie Smith, 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out'
Wu Tang Clan, 'C.R.E.A.M.'
The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Mase and Puff Daddy, 'Mo Money, Mo Problems'
Frank Ocean, 'Not Just Money'
Frank Ocean, 'Super Rich Kids'
Shalamar, 'Take That To The Bank;

Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism: The History of the Black Radical Tradition
Fred Moten, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition
Amiri Baraka, 'The Changing Same: (R&B and New Black Music)'
Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music
Paula Chakravartty and Denise Ferreira da Silva, 'Accumulation, Dispossession, and Debt: The Radical Logic of Global Capitalism - An Introduction'
Karl Marx, Grundrisse
Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Ninetheenth Century America
Christina Sharpe, Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects
Stefano Harvey & Fred Moten, Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study
Alfred Sohn-Rethel, 'Economics and Knowledge'