Show from 4/23/09: J.G. Ballard TributeApril 24, 2009
Last night I payed tribute to the recently departed J.G. Ballard, with sounds, interview clips and songs either directly influenced by his writing or sounds coming from the Ballardian world, currently in progress.
We also revisited the Autobahn Suite that featured the Ballardian Crash theme that I mixed live on the air at KBOO last September.
Ballard’s essays and even his fictional novels read like a report on the pathology of modern society.
The common themes of alienation and dehumanization running through his work has not only influenced a generation of writers and musicians, but have also been internalized by mainstream society and can be seen in television programs viewed by people who will never know his name or read any of his books. It’s apparent in the many successful television shows featuring forensic police work in explicit detail and programs almost entirely devoted to vehicular mishaps.
It’s like he never left us.
Download (1 hr. 59 mins., 164 megs @ 192kbps)
Sound quality’s a bit dodgy, due to a technical glitch. Sorry.
Playlist (in rough order):
Walter Murch – What’s Wrong? – THX-1138 OST
J.G. Ballard – Future Now Interview
Boyd Rice – Invocation – Music, Martinis and Misanthropy
Throbbing Gristle – Exotica – 20 Jazz Funk Greats
J.G. Ballard – Fresh Air Interview
Throbbing Gristle – Beachy Head – 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Alp – Disk Drive, Kettle, Washing Machine – At Home With Alp
Joy Division – Atrocity Exhibition – Closer
The Normal – Warm Leatherette – TVOD 7″
David Bowie – Always Crashing in the Same Car – Low
John Foxx – Underpass – Metamatic
Hawkwind – High-Rise – PXR5
The Units – High Pressure Days – Digital Stimulation
Bill Nelson’s Red Noise – Substitute Flesh – Sound-On-Sound
Tubeway Army – Down In the Park – Replicas
Radiohead – Airbag – OK Computer
Sonic Youth – In the Kingdom #19 – EVOL
Kraftwerk – Autobahn (live) – Amsterdam 1976
Kraftwerk – Autobahn – Autobahn
Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet – Autobahn
Gary Lucas – Autobahn (live)
Sid Davis Productions – Drivers Ed : Driving Tips
DMV Driver’s Education – Drivers Ed : Behind the Wheel
Chevrolet Corp. – Drivers of Tomorrow (narr. by Jimy Stewart)
Sid Davis Productions – Drivers Ed : Speeding (music by Louis Barron!)
J.G. Ballard – Crash! 1971 film (Dir. Harley Cokliss)
Isolrubin BK – The Dynamics Involved In An Injury (…) – Crash Injury Trauma
Doodah, Inc. – Part 95, Breaking a Channel – How to CB
Isolrubin BK – Extensive Fissured Skull Fractures (…) – Crash Injury Trauma
Doodah, Inc. – The Ten Code, CB Terms, part one – How to CB
Isolrubin BK – Cranio-Facial Absorption (…) – Crash Injury Trauma
Sleep Chamber – Warm Leatherette – Warm Leatherette/Fetish 7″
Casual Contemporaries – How2CB – Best of Casual Contemporaries
Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady – D.O.A.: 3rd and Final Report
Wendy Mae Chambers – The Star Spangled Banner
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