This evening, Berangere Maximin and Chuck Bettis performed a live in-studio electronics set. Maximin, on tour in the U.S.A. from France, and Bettis are both accomplished electronics musicians and vocalists.
Berangere and Chuck have a show coming up at Fotofono; for information about that February 27 show, feel free to contact Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Berangere also has another show coming up, in Washington D.C. February 20.
For more information about Berangere, please check out myspace.com/maximinberangere. For more on Chuck, check out www.chuckbettis.com.
This evening I aired an interview with John Olson and Nate Young, during which they discussed their new project, Stare Case. Stare Case is a noise project incorporating aspects of blues music, featuring Nate on bass, vocals, and synthesizers and John on reed instruments, sax, and electronics.
Best known as founders of the legendary noise group Wolf Eyes, Olson and Young were in town from Michigan on their January 2011 "Actin' Bad" tour. They headlined a show at Red Light District and performed at a P.S. 1 show before continuing on to Baltimore for another show.
This Sunday we heard a set recorded two days previously here at WKCR with Christian Pincock. Playing a valve trombone equipped with sensors that allow uninterrupted playing with computer programming and processing, Christian performed his solo piece "Modifications of the Mind."
Christian has been touring the country, introducing audiences to the new "Modifications of the Mind" piece that incorporates principles and ideas of Ashtanga Yoga. As of this evening, Christian still has some tour dates coming up -- for information on those dates, check out Christian's website.
Several live recordings of Keith Fullerton Whitman's "Generator" performances for the Doepfer hybrid analogue/digital synthesizer. Whitman's synthesizer 'plays itself' by self-modulation combined with the inherent degradation of analogue signals.
This evening, C. Lavender was in studio to play a live set. We started off the program listening to a 12 minute set, and then went on to listen to some more pieces by C. Lavender as we spoke to her about upcoming projects, shows, and collaborations. For more information about Lavender and her music and art, please check out www.clavender.net.
This Sunday we had Iron Dog come in to perform a live set and talk about upcoming projects and shows. Iron Dog is Sarah Bernstein (violin/processing/text), Stuart Popejoy (bass guitar/effects), and Andrew Drury (drums, percussion). We heard a live set with them, listened to two tracks off their album "Field Recordings 1" and spoke about the dynamics of the band. To catch them live, check out their set Friday, October 8 at the Stone (www.thestonenyc.com). For more information about Iron Dog, check out their website (www.irondogmusic.com).
September 26, we aired for the first time in full a live set performed by Z'EV at WKCR this summer. It was a solo percussion piece, in which he utilized three very different percussive instruments. We then listened to the entirety of his WKCR performance, that took place over thirty years ago.
This evening, we heard a set recorded a few weeks ago at WKCR by John Butcher. Butcher, renowned British saxophonist, came in and played three sax improvisations, and then spoke about his evolutions as a musician, projects and upcoming shows, and about his role as composer and leader. We also listened to a track from his John Butcher Group release, "somethingtobesaid", out on Weight of Wax.
This week, Tom Carter was in studio and played two pieces for solo electric guitar. Tom Carter, best known for his work with Charalambides, has been performing solo works since 2002. He has collaborated with Thurston Moore, Bardo Pond, Ian Nagoski, and Double Leopards, among others. His set this evening consisted of one long piece and one short piece for solo electric guitar.
This evening, we listened to two field recordings recorded by Aki Onda, a self-taught musician, composer, producer, and multi-media artist currently based out of Brooklyn.
We first heard the entirety of his first-ever cassette recording, "First Thought Best Thought," a field recording that began as a sort of audio-diary for Onda in Morocco 1988. We then heard a bit about the piece and his tape music. We then went on to hear one of two field recordings of the sea in Normandy, this one entitled "Ocean Celestum."