Little Water Radio Monthly Show
The Omnipotent Oscilloclast is a monthly show on http://littlewaterradio.com. The oscilloclast, invented about 100 years ago, was supposed to make one feel better, and achieve therapeutical effects by the periodic application of electromotive force to certain parts of the human body – delivered through radio waves directly to one’s ear. Every show runs for an entire month mondays from 8-10pm.
See the latest show here: http://www.littlewaterradio.org/the-omipotent-oscilloclast-1 – repeated every Monday night this month 8pm to 10pm on littlewaterradio.org.
Past shows (archived on MixCloud):
David Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years. As a composer and jazz clarinetist, Rothenberg has sixteen CDs out under his own name, featuring live performances with birds, cicadas, whales, and sometimes humans, too. Many of his recordings are featured in this show, and the artists explains the stories behind them.
Michael Vorfeld is a sound and visual artist based in Berlin, Germany. His installations generally focus on the spatialization of light, using minimalist architecture and sound design to attain pure, crystalline shapes. His music is centered on his use of bowed cymbals and homemade string instruments to create shimmering, microtonal music rich in overtones.
Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier usually perform Uprooted Americana. With Soldier on violin and Kane on drums and guitar, they dismantle the Blues, the Great American Songbook and R&B dance hits. In this show they talk about their duo, but also about a few of their solo projects.
Sarah Bernstein is a New York-based composer and violinist whose work incorporates improvisation, vocals, electronics and original text. She is known for her fiery multidisciplinary performances, and has garnered international acclaim for her distinctive recordings.
Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, and music software programmer. He founded the rock band Doctor Nerve in 1983, the metal band Häßliche Luftmasken in 2011, the metal band Vomit Fist in 2013, and is a member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet.
Michael J. Schumacher is a composer, performer, and installation artist based in Brooklyn. In this show he talks about recent and past works with dancers, video artists, and about some of his sound installation pieces.
Gisburg is an Austrian composer, singer and sound designer currently living in New York. She has toured with Dieter Schnebel’s Berlin vocal group Die Maulwerker, recorded 3 CDs on John Zorn’s label Tzadik, and worked on the sound design and music for numerous films, recently for Debra Kampmeier’s feature film Hounddog.
Nicola L. Hein is a guitarist, composer, philosopher and sound artist. As a composer he finds different ways of integrating philosophical ideas into music and to play music as a form of philosophy. In order to actualize itself the compositional work is always aimed at the improvising musician as a dialectic partner of the composition. From the interplay of these partners an aesthetic emerges that is based on the spontaneity of the performance and the setting of aesthetic action spaces alike.
David Watson is a musician originally from New Zealand. Watson has lived and worked in New York City since 1987. Originally known as a guitarist, since 1991 Watson’s work has also featured new music for the Highland Bagpipes. In this interview we are listening to music that spans over 3 decades of performing and recording, eventually focusing on his recent release “Fingering an Idea”, that resulted from a Phill Niblock invitation to make a double CD for bagpipe and guitar on the XI label.
Carol Parkinson is the Executive Director of Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center whose mission is to support artists in the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. She is the producer of the New York Electronic Art Festival, a series of workshops, concert performances and exhibitions that spotlights these works. She is a founding member of TELLUS, the Audio Cassette Magazine, a cassette –based magazine of experimental music and sound art published between 1982 – 1996. In this interview we’re discussing Tellus, launched in 1983 as a subscription only bimonthly publication. The Tellus cassette series took full advantage of the popular cassette medium to promote cutting edge music, documenting the New York scene and advanced US composers of the time.
Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer & electroacoustic musician engaging with interactive electronics as compositional/performative process. A participant of sound art/experimental music communities worldwide, she is known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach on her electronically-processed accordion & virtual instruments. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by critic Steve Smith, her laptop electronics, amplified objects & Fender-amped accordion create fields of lush harmonics, concretized disruption & sculpted electronic feedback. In this interview, Parkins discusses her multi-diffusion sound installations, and how she composes electroacoustic & electronic music pieces, and live scores for dance, video & intermedia performance.
Joshua Fried talks about his career, and presents his new album. On SEIZE THE MEANS, each track is made of 100% live radio grabbed during a live RADIO WONDERLAND show. To represent RADIO WONDERLAND Fried reviewed over 250 hours of concert audio, picking out shows with the best grooves. As with all things RADIO WONDERLAND, SEIZE THE MEANS is both a musical work and an experiment. As an experiment, the album asks, “can this music really stand up on its own, without the sight of Joshua bouncing around the stage with the boombox, spinning a steering wheel and whacking shoes?”
It seems reasonable to assert that David First has had a rather eclectic musical career. He has played guitar with renowned jazz innovator/pianist Cecil Taylor (culminating in a legendary Carnegie Hall concert) and the rock band Television’s Richard Lloyd. He has created electronic music at Princeton University and led a Mummer’s String Band in bicentennial parades. He has played in raucous, drunken bar bands and in concert halls with classical ensembles. As a composer he has created everything from finely crafted pop songs to long, severely minimalist soundscapes. And his influence on modern music may be incalculable: a 45 single release, The Zipper, by his punk-era rock band, The Notekillers, was cited by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore as one of the songs he played for the rest of the band when they were starting out. Moore recently called it a “mind-blowing instrumental single” in the British rock magazine Mojo.
On Little Water Radio’s Omnipotent Oscilloclast: an interview with saxophonist, guitarist and composer Briggan Krauss. He connects the extreme edges of saxophone technique with the unexplored tonal possibilities of the instrument, making his work as much about shape as it is about a signature sound. In June 2014, Krauss led a weeklong residency at John Zorn’s The Stone, highlighting over twenty years as a key player in New York’s downtown and creative music scene and the intense musical relationships he has built with colleagues including Ikue Mori, Jim Black, Wayne Horvitz, Nels Cline and Elliot Sharp.
On Little Water Radio’s Omnipotent Oscilloclast: Music from Analog Days! This is a book about the early days of the synthesizer, written by Frank Trocco and Trevor Pinch, and it focuses on the Moog synthesizer. There is a lot of music mentioned that’s worth listening to. Worth listening to because it is good music, I like it; sometimes only because an interesting story comes with it, and sometimes just because it’s of historic significance.