Well... another disastrous show. I guess I spilled water on the keyboard or something. First a whole lot of files I had downloaded were erased --right before my eyes! Then the computer locked up just before the end. The times and track titles were lost and I had to reconstruct the playlist below by hand. Another Frankenstein podcast... some assembly required.
Don't take any of this as an indication that it won't be fun to listen to. It is! Trust me... I trust you.
For Mercer everything is easy, he thought, because Mercer accepts everything. Nothing is alien to him. But what I've done, he thought; that's become alien to me. In fact everything has become unnatural; I've become an unnatural self.
- Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Show starts with a mashup of Public Domain's "Test Broadcast, Programme 2" and Another Neglected Hobby's "Voltage". I had played Voltage earlier in the week and was impressed enough for another go.
Several tracks were played/mixed from The Chestnut Tree compilation. I've been listening to this in the car now for over a week. It will be a while yet before I'm through --it is almost six hours of music. Very nice, Ayn Morgan of The Chestnut Tree has been working hard on it for quite a while.
Tracks from C. Reider's vuhz music label are featured, Jeff Sampson's "Swarm" and The Euphoric Hum: Flow. I really like this release by Deer: "Deer are three women with laptops and tape decks." So I play a lot of it.
Tonight's show was mostly a mix of music released last week by Edu Comelles in his guise as Mensa and a various field recordings by... me. I really like the music of Edu Comelles and his label audiotalia.net. I think you will too.
Also new music from Mystified. He took a track I played at the end of Sadayatana show #37 "Night Owl Theater, a 78 of the French "Garde Républicaine" Band playing "The Star Spangled Banner." and droned it out somehow. It totally rocks.
While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace.
- Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography (1928)
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John Tocher surveys the free music landscape for new and old releases encompassing the realms of avant garde, experimental, electronic, musique concréte, industrial, dada-ist music. A transplant from the Los Angeles area, he now makes his home in southeast Texas near the border with Louisiana --deep in swamp country, where the ambiance is enhanced by cicadas and the occasional hurricane.