I need one of these for my next radio show!

The Vinyl Arcade is a large-scale interactive installation combining sound art, sculpture, video art, new media and competitive sports into every kid (and kidult’s) dream-hybrid; a kinetic, immersive, participatory play-set that combines vinyl fetishism, video arcade mystique and the machismo of motor sports into a video game played within a real world setting!

Classic first person game play is emulated as remote control cars with styli attached, race across a track constructed from a mass of disused vinyl records, transmitting sound (produced as the styli skim along the vinyl surface) and vision (from wireless spy cameras mounted to the front of each car) to reengineered old school video racing consoles.

Here in front of immersive 50″ flat screens, players navigate the course from the vehicles point of view, not only controlling the cars’ movements, but also the parameters of the resulting sounds they create via a series of unique audio effects mounted onto each cars dashboard giving each car its own distinct aural flavour.

The Vinyl Arcade will be installed for the first time outside of Australia at the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria.



The Galaxy – Something on a Planetary scale

Gustav Holst (1874–1934)

Gustav Holst (Image via Wikipedia)

We began tonight’s show with something by request, Gustav Holst’s The Planets.  Written between 1914 and 1917, it was the work of a man who for the most part divided his time between teaching and working as an orchestral trombonist.  Its premiere in 1918, a private performance, was a gift to Holst by his friend Adrian Boult.  Holst wrote the piece as a means of depicting each of the then-known planets astrological backgrounds, and had originally scored the piece for 4 hand piano, excepting the last movement, Neptune, which he considered to be “mysterious and distant” for such a percussive instrument such as the piano (this movement he scored for pipe organ).  When he orchestrated it, Arnold Schoenberg was a major influence.

It has been a while since we’ve heard some Patsy Cline.  It can be hard to choose between Patsy Cline songs, given the number of absolute classics that she recorded.  Of course, it is hard to do a Patsy Cline set without Sweet Dreams, but there are some other lovely songs that can be touched on too, including So Wrong and She’s Got You.

Style City 3/27/11

Pierlo – Technicolor Diffidence
Peirlo – Timmy Jerk
Peirlo – Cliverpool
Pierlo – Dodgy Looks
Pierlo – Daje de Zion
Kido – …
Kido – Midnightman
Kido – Washedout
The Amazing Scientists – Times Of Night
The Amazing Scientists – Dollars into Quarters
The Amazing Scientists – Fistfull of Popcorn
A.M.U. – Diamond
A.M.U. – Donald E. Knuth’s Wet Dream
Proxylife – Sept.21, 2001 B
Proxylife – C4 Hq Co2 H
Proxylife – F_betaa
Proxylfe – Untitled 2a

InsomniROCK: But who is that third who walks among you? Play list 3/26/11

InsomniROCK came back from Spring Break with three brains putting on the tunes! Craig and Josh came by to play some songs that brought a nice balance to the show. BUT NEXT WEEK LOOK OUT! It’s time to rock it out again. My guest is going to be Megan who will be talking about the model United Nations on campus and raging to Disturbed. Thanks to T.S. Eliot for the title line. We be rockin’ to your words in class.

Here’s the list for Saturday’s show.

1. Rancid – Journey to the East Bay
2. The Lawrence Arms – Are You There, Margaret? It’s Me, God.
3. Burger Kings – Sensation
4. Enter Shikari – Anything can Happen in the Next Half Hour (Craig)
5. Orange 9mm – When You Lie
6. Rise Against – Like the Angel
7. Agent Orange – Bloodstains
8. Leah Stargazing – New Trend (Josh)
9. The Peabody’s – It only Hurts when I Think
10. The Black Keys – Set You Free
11. The Exploding Heats – I’m a Pretender
12. Face to Face – Big Choice
13. Brand New – Not the Sun (Craig)
14. Queens of the Stone Age – The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
15. Jawbreaker – Fireman
16. Pinhead Gunpowder – Buffalo
17. Without a Breath – I’ve Already Won (Josh)
18. Fugazi – Margin Walker
19. The Damned – New Rose
20. The Pixies – Debaser

A Third Walkin'

21. Say Anything – Less Cute (Craig)
22. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
23. The Thermals – A Pillar of Salt
24. fIREHOSE – Brave Captain
25. The Hangout – The Side Effects of Hope (Josh)
26. The Hangout – Fortune Cookies (Josh)
27. Naked Raygun – Only in America
28. The Bouncing Souls – Born Free
29. Apocalypse Hoboken – Congested
30. The Alkaline Trio – Hell Yes
31. Scary Kids Scaring Kids – Snake Devil (Craig)
32. From First to Last – Elvis Said Ambition is a Dream with a V8 Engine (Craig)
33. Forever the Sickest Kids – Robots and Aliens (Craig)
34. Hotbed – Bubbles (Josh)
35. The Fold – Neverender (Josh)
36. Chinese Telephones – Stay Around

Scratchy Vinyl March 26 2011

Scratchy Vinyl is back!  I went on a bit of a road trip, made it all the way to L.A. and got to spend some good time in the desert of Arizona.  Much thanks to all those I love and got to see, and all those that helped cover my show while I was away (a special thanks to Jean Armstrong of Grandma’s Jazz for the incidental unplanned fill in last week! The winding hills of the Ozarks proved to be too intense for late night driving.).

A bit of a rocky start to the show today, but technology succumbs!  I would like to point out the irony in having difficulty with playing a technology developed to be listened to on a  hand crank operated sound box…  If you were listening, thanks for sticking with me, and thank you for all the calls!  I appreciate your appreciation! 3 hours! Wish I had remembered the breakfast for my coffee!

Due to my fumbling with technology, I wasn’t able to keep up on a written playlist today, but I am going to share with you the 78 rpm shellac adventures of the morning.  These were of course mixed into the show, and if you listen closely, you can tell when it happens: there is a bit more of a delay and a bit of gray noise when they start playing.  It is all part of the joy and patience of a platter poised to play percussively.

From Twilight Til Dawn, Freddie Martin and his Orch, vocal by Bob Haymes and the Martin Men, Victor
Black Coffee, Sarah Vaughn Orch. by Joe Lipman, Columbia
The Story of My Life, Dinah Shore and Male Quartet and Orch. under direction of Harry Zimmerman, Columbia
I Love Me,  Eddie Cantor, Columbia
To Spring (Edvard Grieg, Op.43, No.6) , Maud Powell (violin solo), Victor
(I’m Heading for the Blue Horizon) Where the Mountains Meet the Sky, Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights, Columbia
Fine and Dandy,  Benny Goodman and his Quintet, Capitol
I’ve got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts, Tony Pastor and his Orch., Columbia
Don’t Cut Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face, Lavinia Turner, OKeh
South,  Pete Daily’s Chicagoans, Capitol
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (Ma Baby),  Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Decca
Women (They’ll Get You), Duke Ellington and his Orch., Columbia
The Gentleman is a Dope, Charlie Spivak and his Orch, RCAVictor
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Arthur Godfrey with the Mariners, Columbia

Check back in folks and thank you for listening!   78’s from the vault to be heard next week, and more all on WDBX!  Enjoy the rain (and hope for a bumper crop of morels!)

The song surprisingly about picking veggies! in time for spring!  Homer and Jethro, When Banana Skins are Falling…

“It’s Too Damn Early,” 3/26/11

I’m pretty excited about this week’s show– I’ve got so many good things to share with you all. The Keijo material has got me off to a great start, which always helps.

I dug out an older Big City Orchestra album, “Love Film Greats,” and have been having a blast playing these cuts. Apparently, I reviewed this album back when it came out, so go read it! Lately, I’m having pretty good luck while digging through my older albums. I’m going to have to make a run through my collection later and see if I’ve got anything else awaiting a re-appearance.

Keijo — Anywhere Here (from “For A While,” on Last Visible Dog)
Keijo — Once More Last Time
Keijo — Remember Now
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — I Know The Language That (from “I’ll Meet You Halfway Out In The Middle Of It All,” on Edgetone)
Hollydrift — Marisa Relay (from “Waiting for the Tiller,” on Parasomnic)
Hollydrift — Lakeshore Skycue
Ester Poland — Koomaheräys (from “Hippi, kanuuna ja kiinan torni,” on Digitalis Ltd.)
Ester Poland — Matkahyppääjä
Ester Poland — Välitila
Eighth Blackbird — Friction Systems (from “Strange Imaginary Animals,” on Cedille)
Kospel Zeithorn — Apassi (from “Luikertelija,” on Wooden Sherpa)
Kospel Zeithorn — Kilpikonna II
Kospel Zeithorn — Draken yhtälö
Kospel Zeithorn — Ukaasi
Kospel Zeithorn — Astalo
Kospel Zeithorn — Hän harjoittaa savolaista mystiikkaa
Big City Orchestra — Theme from “A Summer Place” (from “Love Film Greats,” on Ubuibi and Roil Noise)
Big City Orchestra — Theme from “Love Story”
Big City Orchestra — You Were Meant For Me
Daniel Lentz — NightBreaker (from “Point Conception,” on Cold Blue Music)
Hollydrift — Where Love Begins (from “This Way To Escape,” on Public Eyesore)

Your Community Spirit 2011 March 25

News includes tension between renewables versus renewables-plus-nuclear; nuclear reactors in earthquake zones in U.S.; 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2050; Japanese video explains nuke disaster with poop; two 15-year old girl scouts convince Kellogg’s to go green-ish; Kellogg’s gives unhealthy food on low-income kids; college students have sex; Rush Limbaugh makes fun of Japan. Happenings include International Coffee Hour; Spring Greens at Rice and Spice; Farmer’s Market; Vigil for Peace; Earth Hour; Treesong’s We Can Be Heroes course on pop culture as modern mythology.