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Radio Eclectus #75: Ludwig van Zappa (Dec. 17, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #75: Ludwig van Zappa (Dec. 17, 2020)

Playing tracks by

Mouchoir Étanche, Small Cruel Party, Boris & Merzbow, JS-Horseman, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen and more.

Chart positions

This show was 5th in the global noise chart, 5th in the global industrial chart, 7th in the global classical chart, 17th in the global experimental chart and 47th in the global chillout chart.

Beethoven at 250, Zappa at 80. And a playlist that begins loud and rough with the likes of Boris & Merzbow, then gets softer and mellower at it goes along, ending with the soothing drones of Sarah Davachi.

Along the way we preview 5 remarkable new albums, featuring first recordings of Sorabji and Carter, and the Radio Eclectus debuts of 3 intriguing European composers: Philippe Leroux, Christian Mason & Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen (who contributes an orchestral work whose winds blow from many directions). We bid farewell to the late “Blue” Gene Tyranny, honor a landmark of sound art by Luc Ferrari on its 50th anniversary, and check out the latest tracks from Small Cruel Party, Mouchoir Étanche & Unexplained Sounds Group. Throw in cameos by Z'EV, Louis Andriessen & Wozzeck (on its 95th anniversary), and a rare COVID-era concert preview with Kagel, Wang Lu & Suzanne Farrin via Seattle Modern Orchestra, and you get three hours of radical new music, all certified carol-free for the holidays!


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Annotated playlist for show #75⠀
Intro and SET 1: Get the noise out of the way⠀
1. [2:56] Mouchoir Étanche: Une fille pétrifiée. From Une Fille Pétrifiée (Cellule 75, 2020) with Marc Richter AKA Mouchoir Étanche⠀
2. [6:56] Small Cruel Party: What are you Really thinking about just now? Incorporate. From Stratégies Obliques Ø (Ferns Recordings, 2020) with William Key Ransone AKA Small Cruel Party⠀
3. [15:39] Boris & Merzbow: Coma. From 2R0I2P0 (Relapse Records, 2020) with Masami Akita AKA Merzbow, Boris: Atsuo (drums), Takeshi (guitar, bass), Wata (guitar, keyboards)⠀
4. [18:54] JS-Horseman: Monoludes No. 1. From 6th Annual Report (Unexplained Sounds Group, 2020) with Jeremy Santiago-Horseman⠀

Voice Break with Z'EV/Ellen Zweig: Heart Beat Ear Drum (see for trailer). SET 2: Any way the wind blows [24:57]⠀
1. [30:37] Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen: Der Wind bläset wo er will. From Der Wind bläset wo er will (Dacapo, 2021) with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Otto Tausk (conductor), Mikkel Nymand (sound engineer). NOTE: Composed 2011⠀
2. [54:03] Frank Zappa: Overture. From Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Zappa Records, 2020) with Ensemble Modern, Frank Zappa (conductor). NOTE: Recorded live Frankfurt, Germany, September 19, 1992⠀

Voice Break with Louis Andriessen: The nine symphonies of Beethoven for orchestra and ice cream bell, Mauricio Kagel: Ludwig Van, Seattle Modern Orchestra and Wang Lu. SET 3: Daphne, Apollo and birthdays [1:03:19]⠀
1. [1:10:50] Suzanne Farin: Uscirmi di Braccia. From Corpo di Terra (New Focus, 2012) with Antoine Tamestit (viola), Markus Hadulla (piano)⠀
2. [1:20:40] Frank Zappa: Mo's Vacation. From Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Zappa Records, 2020) with Arthur Barrow (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drum set), Bayerischer Rundfunk (recording engineering). NOTE: Recorded live in Munich, Germany, August 31, 1978⠀
3. [1:24:42] "Blue" Gene Tyranny: Choral Ode 3. From Agamemnon the Opera (Bandcamp, 2019) with "Blue" Gene Tyranny (voice, electronics). NOTE: Agamemnon the Opera was completed in 1992 and was conceived by David Avidor and Nicole V. Gagné. See Radio Eclectus show #23⠀

Voice break with "Blue" Gene Tyranny: The Drifter (Joseph Kubera, piano). SET 4: Between the stars [1:25:51]⠀
1. [1:30:26] Philippe Leroux: AMA - 2. From Noûs: Claude & Odile Delangle perform Philippe Leroux (BIS, 2021) with Odile Delangle (piano), Marion Schwebel (sound engineer). NOTE: Composed 2009⠀
2. [1:39:04] Christian Mason: Zwischen den Sternen (excerpt). From Zwischen den Sternen (Winter & Winter, 2021) with Ensemble Recherche⠀
3. [1:47:14] Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Transcendental Study No. 90. From 100 Transcendental Studies, Vol. 6 (BIS, 2021) with Fredrik Ullén (piano), Thore Brinkmann (sound engineer)⠀
4. [1:50:37] Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Transcendental Study No. 87. Studio gammatico. From 100 Transcendental Studies, Vol. 6 (credits as above)⠀

Voice break 4. SET 5: Sorabji's shotgun wedding with Bach's Chromatic Fantasy [1:53:37]⠀
1. [1:58:28] Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Transcendental Study No. 99. Quasi fantasia. From 100 Transcendental Studies, Vol. 6 (credits as above)⠀
2. [2:14:35] Elliott Carter: Sonatina for Oboe and Harpsichord - 1. From La Musique (Genuin, 2021) with Heinz Holliger (oboe), Peter Solomon (harpsichord), Eric Lavanchy (recording engineer). NOTE: Composed 1947, unfinished, unpublished, first recording⠀

Voice break 5 with Alban Berg: Wozzeck. SET 6: Chill music for the open-eared [2:21:25]⠀
1. [2:28:58] Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien No. 1: Le Lever du Jour au Bord de la Mer (excerpt). From Presque Rien No. 1/Société II (Deutsche Grammophon, 1970, reissued 1995 by INA-GRM on Presque Rien). NOTE: Realized 1970⠀
2. [2:40:08] Catherine Lamb: wave/forming (astrum) (excerpt). From wave/forming (astrum) (all that dust, 2020) with Bryan Eubanks, Xavier Lopez (synthesizers), Newton Armstrong (engineer)⠀
3. [2:46:45] Sarah Davachi: Live in San Francisco, Live in Berlin, Live in Chicago (excerpts). From Figures in Open Air (Late Music, 2020) with Sarah Davachi (organ, synthesizers), Liz Deitemyer, Matthew Oliphant (French horns). NOTE: Recorded live 2018–2019

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Photo credits: Suzanne Farrin by Luke Redmond, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen by Lars Skaaning, Sarah Davachi by Alex Waber, Luc Ferrari via the artist, “Blue” Gene Tyranny via Discogs, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji by Joan Muspratt, Philippe Leroux by P. Raimbault, Elliott Carter by Philippe Gontier, Christian Mason by Manu Theobald, Mouchoir Étanche by Renate Nikolaus, Merzbow by Erin Altomare, Catherine Lamb via the artist, Frank Zappa by Jay L. Handler, Mauricio Kagel by Sjakkelien Vollebregt/Anefo.