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 first Monday of the month at 8pm, gems from 1000 years of music history.

Latest Show

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):


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.