Show from 3/12/09March 14, 2009
Here’s last night’s show, with guest performance by Bruce W. Hodges.
Mr. Hodges has been making unique sounds with his electrified Jew’s harp under the moniker The EJH for years and he came down to the KBOO air room for a live set of his mind-bending music.
Download (2 hours, 169 megs @ 192kbps)
From the liner notes of Bruce’s CD:
“It has been found in a few genres. Blues, country-western, folk and others. Well, over the decades with nothing else better to do I would twang walk everywhere I went. My first decade I always had one in my pocket a Snoopy or an American folk Harp. Today it’s a cole black and I stopped carrying them around about 20 years ago. I always wondered what it would sound like if it was played through guitar effects. I never knew for at least another decade. Then I would occasionally bump into a mic and some kind of effect usually a reverb or a simple delay, phase or flange. This scenario was usually some person I’ve met who was in a band and would show me his guitar and stuff…”
Bruce deftly played multiple harps while switching through various effects to make an audio sculpture that swirled around the stereo spectrum.
He also chatted with us briefly about his unusual technique, his harps and effects.
You can visit Bruce and his music at his MySpace page here.
For the rest of the show, I played some Steve Beresford 10″ eps that someone left in my mailbox and some Nurse With Wound, DJ Spooky, an unpronounceable Polish Post-Punk band and more bits from the late, great Peter Ivors‘ wonderful TV show New Wave Theatre, a liberal dose of Manchester institution The Fall and also explored some of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s mysterious history.
Here’s the somewhat incomplete playlist:
Walter Murch – What’s Wrong? – THX-1138 OST
Esquivel – Whatchamacallit?
DJ Spooky Marcel Duchamp – Sound Unbound
DJ Spooky Rene Magritte – Sound Unbound
DJ Spooky Anthony Braxton – Sound Unbound
Fred Frith – Regardless of Rain – Step Across the Border
Steve Beresford Star Trek TV? Mais, Oui!
Steve Beresford Que Sera, Sera – 11 Songs for Doris Day
Tapani Varis – Gammal Bröllopspolska – Jew’s Harp – Kansanmusiikki-instituutti
Steve Beresford – M.A.S.H. – TV? Mais, Oui!
Księżyc – Mijana – Księżyc
DJ Spooky – Master Musicians of Joujouka – Sound Unbound
Bruce W. Hodges – Live in the studio
Nurse With Wound – Cooloorta Moon – Sugar Fish Drink – United Dairies
Angry Samoans – Not of this Earth – Best of New Wave Theater
Killer Pussy – Pocket Pool – Best of New Wave Theater
Copernicus – From Bacteria – Victim Of The Sky – Nevermore, Inc.
The Fall – H.O.W. – Seminal Live – Beggar’s Banquet -
The Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man – Palace of Swords Reversed
The Fall – Dead Beat Descendant – Seminal Live – Beggar’s Banquet
The Fall – Oh Brother! – Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
The Fall – Leave the Capitol – Slates EP – Rough Trade -
Sudden Infant – Somnifobia – Psychotic Einzelkind – Blossoming Noise
Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists – Guitar Craft Theme I Guitar Craft Live 1985
BBC Radiophonics Workshop – The Alchemists of Sound – BBC – YouTube clip
BBC Radiophonics Workshop – The 4th Dimension – The 4th Dimension
DJ Spooky Edgar Varese – Sound Unbound - -
The Suburban Lawns My Janitor – The Best of New Wave Theater
Jim Larrance – Old Radio – Best of No Soap Radio
Nurse With Wound and Stereolab – Exploding Head Movie – Crumb Duck