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5 Most Hilarious Obscure Music Genres

Thu, 2008-11-13 04:48
Hey, you know that post-Marxist-afro-cuban-experimental-Wiicore band you always reference when you’re trying to impress people with your obscure taste in music? Cut it out, everybody knows it doesn’t really exist. Maybe next time, try referencing one of these hilariously obscure (and real) genres instead. 5. Spacesynth What Is It? If you’re already familiar with Spacesynth, then you don’t need me to tell you that it originated in the mid-1980’s. If you haven’t heard Spacesynth before, j

Playlist 27.10.08

Wed, 2008-11-05 10:51
Playlist 27 Octobre 2008 --- Emission en téléchargement sur cette page. --- Fonds sonore : Steve Roden "Slow moving boat" (inbetweennoise) --- Musique Improvisée "opération Rhino - création collective - fête de politique hebdo - Lyon 1976" (Expression Spontanée) --- Bollocks Brothers "Harley Davidson of a bitch" (MBC) Alton Ellis "My time is the right time" (WestSide) Ruins sur V/A "Great Jewish Music:Serge Gainsbourg" (Tzadik) --- RUDIMENTARY PENI "S/T" (Outer Himalayan)

’70s Nature MP3 (Via Steve Roden)

Sat, 2008-11-01 07:30
The sound artist Steve Roden regularly posts MP3s on his website, but his is no ordinary “MP3 blog.” The materials consists almost entirely of thrift-store finds (literal, or of the eBay variety), like old Portuguese love songs and ancient bagpipes. As a spelunker of the minimal and the analog, the threadbare and the dusty, Roden regularly comes upon pre-digital audio that brings context to our understanding of sound, technology, memory, and art — he also posts image

Fluville Gazette Vol. 1 No. 1

Sat, 2008-10-25 05:42
I've been getting a little static lately from the readers of this blog about the lack of posting frequency here. This is a blog. It's not my job, but it feels like it. A few months ago I had to explain this to my son. He's kind of impressed at how many people actually read this (and I am too) but confused at how much time his Dad spends doing it. Today, on the phone, he asked me how to download the songs here.So, rather than compose another one of my long winded and angular diatribes combining c

Georgian State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble - Chakrulo

Mon, 2008-10-20 02:44
October 20, 2008 First item of business: a huge thanks to painter, sound artist, and friend of the site Steve Roden for his write-up on Excavated Shellac in The Wire this week (found here). A generous gesture, and I appreciate it. And now, some music to greet your week with, and to play loudly. Georgian polyphonic singing is an art that apparently pre-dates Christianity, though it’s used in Orthodox religious practice as well, having been brought to the church most likely through the influence

tangents / 3 months of 4′33, mic’ing Marfa, three Martinez scores …

Sun, 2008-10-19 20:43
An overly long list of links collected in recent months: At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from November 8, 2008, through February 8, 2009, guest performers will do John Cage’s 4′33″ each day (except for Wednesdays) at noon “on piano.” The performance series is associated with the exhibit The Art of Participation (, which runs concurently. The exhibit will feature work by Cage, Lygia Clark, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Jochen Gerz, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lynn Hershman Leeson, a

Sounds Across Town

Tue, 2008-10-14 03:04
It would be hard to identify a small town with a bigger history than Marfa, Texas. This little desert town is an artistic oasis and has been a polestar for installation and land art (the Chinati and Judd Foundations reside here), the film community (many a major movie has been filmed here, including most recently No Country For Old Men), and enthusiasts of natural phenomena, for whom the Marfa Lights and Big Bend Natural Park create a mecca. Ballroom Marfa is a diamond in this dust bowl. Whil

I Like to Look

Sat, 2008-10-11 21:15
My first year in college (1974-5), we were treated to an exhibition of the original score pages selected by John Cage and Alison Knowles for their highly influential 1969 book Notations (currently available as a free PDF download at UbuWeb). For young composers at the time, these bits and pieces of anything-but-standard notation were eye- and ear-opening, sent us scouring the library stacks for more, and led us all to go a little crazy trying to mimic or out-write what we saw there. Then as s

House Tour: Richard & Robert's Orange, Purple & Green Oasis Washington DC

Thu, 2008-10-09 20:55
Enter Gallery Robert and Richard love secondary colors and have used green, orange, and purple to brighten up their home.

L.A. Paint

Mon, 2008-10-06 07:24
October 5, 2008 Philip Linares, chief curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California, contends that Los Angeles is the new capital of American art. The work of eleven L.A. artists, representing four distinct expressive modes of painting—abstraction, narrative, surrealist/fantasy, and “Lowbrow”—are on display. Regardless of your taste in a particular style of painting, or whether you feel the premise of the show is successful, this is a compelling juxtaposition of work. And better yet, it


Sun, 2008-09-28 19:57
21:100:100 28-Sep-08 11.10.08 - 08.11.08 Front and Main Gallery 21:100:100 One Hundred Sound Works by One Hundred Artists from the 21st Century Presented in partnership with The Melbourne International Arts Festival and MONA Curated by Alexie Glass, Emily Cormack, Marco Fusinato, Oren Ambarchi Collaborators: Fabio Ongarato, Jared Davis, Kristy Edmunds “When we separate music from life we get art.” John Cage Presented as part of the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival , 21:100:10

Images of the Week: Roden’s Reader

Sun, 2008-09-28 15:26
Shots by Steve Roden of his installation at the Happy New Ears festival, recently held in Kortrik, Belgium. It is titled “When Books Are Like Butterflies,” and the festival ran from September 13 through today, September 28: Roden describes the work further on his website, it was loosely inspired by georges rodenbach’s book bruges-la-morte, not so much the story, as the atmosphere of the text. i began by notating every sound in the book as well as every color

Restless Brilliance

Wed, 2008-09-24 14:00
RESTLESS BRILLIANCE: SHUTTLE 358 & COLOR VARIATIONS The Hammer Museum - Santa Monica, CA Event: 9/24/08 *** Tonight, VOLUME and the Hammer Museum present Restless Brilliance, an evening exploring new trajectories in music and video. Showcasing new work in the emergent field of experimental electronic and audiovisual performance , Restless Brilliance presented artists that are blurring the lines between music, cinema, performance, and art.  The event is free and the show begins at 7

Restless Brilliance @ The Hammer Museum

Wed, 2008-09-10 17:31
LOS ANGELES – VOLUME, a new arts organization based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, presents the third installment of the Restless Brilliance series at the Hammer Museum. The series features unique performances and video screenings by pioneers in the emergent field of experimental electronic music and live cinema. Each of these artists traverses the territory between art and music through multidisciplinary art forms including sound manipulation, soundtrack generation, digital media, aural

Quote of the Week: Sebald’s Radio

Sat, 2008-08-30 15:15
This is attributed to the late German writer W.G. Sebald during the last year of his life, 2001: as i lay down i turned on the radio set standing on the wine crate beside the bed. the names of cities and radio stations with which i used to link the most exotic ideas of my childhood appeared on its round illuminated dial - monte ceneri, rome, ljubljana, stockholm, beromunster, hilversum, prague, and others besides. i turned the volume down very low and listened to a language i did not understan


Tue, 2008-08-12 00:17
The third installment in my series of posts of recordings on the uber-eccentric Cha-Bashira label, the Fujirekodsu compilation was issued in conjunction with both Germany's A-Musik and their fellow travelers at Japan's Los Apson? imprint, and it's the latter association thats perhaps most telling here, as anyone that investigated the dadaist ditherings arrayed across their compilation "Mi Caballito Chulo...! Como Lo Quie Ro....." (posted by me back in August of last year) will find much of the