A Different Nature

A Different Nature Mission Statement: A Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art
A Different Nature is a curatorial program of genre-defying avant garde music and spoken word that champions historic and modern sound art and spotlights, new, emergent experimental music and audio art generally not heard anywhere else.
The program's format provides the space for deep listening to pieces not confined to pop song lengths and shows are generally focused on an artist, school of music or discipline, record label or art movement.

A Different Nature is a collaborative effort of the ADN Collective, who each curate a show every week on an informal rotating basis, or a group show, depending on the subject at hand.

A Different Nature was founded in the late Seventies by Richard Francis, who fearlessly championed new music and the unheard Avant Garde. His programs went into exhaustive detail on individual artists, labels and musical disciplines. He also spearheaded many important events on the air, such as the 2001 and 2008 Dada and Surrealism festivals that dominated the airwaves for days on end and involved many in the local avant garde community as well as many KBOO programmers.

Richard passed away in 2009 but it's our hope to carry on with his mission of introducing listeners to unheard new music as a collective of his collaborators and listeners.

Long live Papa Dada!

Airs every Monday from 8 to 10 PM

Episode Archive

A Different Nature on 12/12/11

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Mon, 12/12/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Krol Voldarepet Knact Didáctico

On A Different Nature we will be playing Krol Voldarepet Knact Didáctico, group formed by Marco Antonio "Tzara" Godinez (Synthesizer Roland SH-1), Arturo Meza (String Synthesizer ARP OMNI and acoustic guitar), Juan Wolfang Cruz (Violoncello and electric bass) and Victor Soto (electric guitar).
Their music is described as a proyect of didactic music, collective improvisation of sounds and atmospheres.
The sound they made is a mixture of strange textures that at times it sounds spacy and psychedelic, being at times desperate and mysterious.
We will hear two reharsal recordings from 1977-78, and a live recrding at the Frederic Chopin Concert Hall, June 25th, 1977.


A Different Nature on 12/05/11

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Mon, 12/05/2011 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
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Exploring 40 years of Meredith Monk's vocal genius.

Meredith Monk's compositions and vocals have been an influential force for more than 40 years.  Monk's multidisciplinary approach to her work brings rare depth to her art.

Musical America has named Monk 2012's Composer of the Year. They say that:

A Different Nature on 11/21/11

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Mon, 11/21/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Surprise Night hosted by Dr. Zomb

This week's show hosted by Dr. Zomb.   "Surprise Night"  Odds and ends of the experimental and avant-garde as they occur to me...   maybe we'll hear some ursula bogner (amazing discovery or delicious audio hoax ?),  maybe some terge isungset and his music played at sub freezing temps on instruments made of ice (in honor of upcoming chilly weather) and, in honor of thanksgiving, maybe the vegetable orchestra, who derive all their sounds from actual vegetables !   Call any vegetable !!!


We'll just see what happens...

A Different Nature on 10/24/11

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Mon, 10/24/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Un Drame Musical Instantane & the Grrr label.

Tonight we'll listen to releases on the Grrr label.. -- not the American label which releases Christian music, but rather the French label which has released some incredible music in the last 35 plus years. Mainly the label of  Un Drame Musical Instantane, who combined free jazz, rock, and modern classical  and mixed electronics with acoustic instruments in highly creative ways, Grrr also went on to release other excellent recordings by similar artists like Helene Sage, Bernard Vitet, Pied de Poul and more..   .  

A Different Nature on 10/17/11

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Mon, 10/17/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Moebius, Roedelius, Cluster, Harmonia and more

Tonight on A Different Nature, in light of the upcoming performance of HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, we will explore his music, along with that of his oft-times collaborator, DIETER MOEBIUS. After being a part of the avant-garde group KLUSTER with CONRAD SCHNITZLER in 1969, they formed CLUSTER, in 1971, and went on to create a proto-type of the ambient electronic music still heard today. Not only will we hear KLUSTER and CLUSTER, but also HARMONIA, which included Michael Rother of NEU!, and some of their collaborations with like-minded artist BRIAN ENO. Here's a chance to listen to the pre-history of contemporary ambient electronica!

A Different Nature on 10/03/11

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Mon, 10/03/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Electrogals Music Festival

This week's host, Dr. Zomb, will be joined in the studio by Heather Perkins and Christi Denton from the upcoming "Electrogals - Girls Gone Wired" music and art festival, taking place at Disjecta, October 10th  - 15th .  We'll talk about the event and listen to some work by those involved.

Disjecta is located at 8731 N. Interstate, in Portland. Electrogals will present five days of music, sound installations, videos, and live concerts.   Artists include Stephanie Rearick, Natasha Kmeto, Sylvia Hackathorn, Bonnie Miksch, Cheetah Finesse, Tender Forever, Briana Marela, Momilani Ramstrum, and Pamela Z.  For a complete schedule, go to:  www.electrogals.org/oct11.php

A Different Nature on 09/26/11

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Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Dutch Ambient and Soundscape artist Arno Peeters

This week on A Different Nature, we feature Dutch Ambient and Soundscape artist Arno Peeters.

A Different Nature on 09/19/11

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Mon, 09/19/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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ding dong ding dong



Click on that link, turn up your speakers and walk away from the computer, do the dishes, look out the window, read your book...eventually, the effect can be like time travel. haunting...

A Different Nature on 09/12/11

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Mon, 09/12/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Join Rolf & Andy as A Different Nauture celebrates Stockhausen's birthday & 911

German modernist composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)

A Different Nature on 09/05/11

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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John Cage birthday celebration

A Different Nature celebrates the birthday of composer John Cage, born September 5, 1912. Think of this program as a prelude to next year's madness. Throughout 2012 KBOO plans to present Cage features in honor of his centenary.       tonight's host: Andy Hosch


Interview With Negativland's Mark Hosler

A Different Nature
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Mon, 08/25/2014
Dr. Zomb of Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura and Rich of Radio Lost and Found interview Negativland founding member Mark Hosler.
Mark called in all the way from North Carolina to discuss Negativland history, their upcoming show in Portland on the 29th, their upcoming new album It's All In Your Head and other mysteries.

richard's records

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/25/2013

This time on A Different Nature, we delve into the program's past, and play gems from founder Richard Francis' own record collection.  It's KBOO's spring membership drive, so A Different Nature listeners will have the opportunity to pledge their support for the station during the program. We have special thank-you gifts to offer new or renewing members: copies of the CD "Hendrix Uncovered: New Music Inspired by Jimi Hendrix", donated by March Music Moderne & Bob Priest.

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Interview with Homer Flynn of The Residents

A Different Nature
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Mon, 02/18/2013

 For forty years, the San Francisco Avant-Garde band The Residents have basked in relative obscurity, much of it self-imposed. Their earliest modus operandi had them creating works under their 'theory of obscurity', first coined by N. Senada, who may or may not be an actual person. One aspect of the theory is that a work is created with the intent of never releasing a work until every participant has forgotten about it - or something like that.

Another aspect of the Residents is that they've kept their real identity a secret for many decades, with a few people speaking on their behalf in a business capacity who may or may not be Residents themselves.. Hmmm..

We did, however, manage to get Homer Flynn, The Resident's creative director and visual Major Domo on the phone, while he was, uh, helping the band on the Eastern leg of their Wonder of Weird 40th Anniversary tour.

Homer was more than generous with his time and lots of questions get answered, including a long-time rumour around KBOO's history.

But I'll let you listen to that yourself.



A Different Nature
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Mon, 09/17/2012

ADN 9/17/2012 CAGE CENTENARY PROGRAM 3 / host: dj what the!@#%*! 

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A Different Nature 4/30/2012 featuring Derek Ecklund

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Mon, 04/30/2012

Interview with Edward Ka-spel of the Legendary Pink Dots

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Mon, 11/22/2010

Kathy, Dr Zomb & Rolf interviewed Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots for A DIFFERENT NATURE. We conducted the interview at the Doug Fir a couple hours before they performed and aired it on ADN that night. Also thanks to Crystal for digital audio editing before the interview aired.


A Different Nature playlist for 02/28/2011

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Catherine JauniauxUne Escadrille de SorcièresFluvialAd Hoc
The Hat ShoesBattre Des PaupieresDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
The Hat ShoesSkinny MoonDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
Ikue MoriAngler FishHex KitchenTzadik
Catherine JauniauxCopul's HumusFluvialAd Hoc
Catherine JauniauxDoresc Treï BabyFluvialAd Hoc
The Hat ShoesLove ConversationDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
VibraslapsCe grand neantVibraslapsRecRec
Tom CoraCe grand neantIt's a Brand New Day: Tom Cora Live at the Knitting FactoryKnitting Factory Works
Aksak MaboulA Modern LessonUn Peu de l'Ame des BanditsCrammed Discs
VibraslapsI Fall in Love Too EasilyVibraslapsRecRec
The Hat ShoesThe Woman Of ChernovitzyDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
VibroslapsImportant Things are WhisperedVibraslapsRecRec
The Hat ShoesDifferently DesperateDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
Ikue MoriKiss of FireHex KitchenTzadik
Butch MorrisConduction 36Conduction 31, Conduction 35 & Conduction 36New World
Aksak MaboulMilano Per CasoUn Peu de l'Ame des BanditsCrammed Discs
Catherine JauniauxOrigine des FemmesFluvialAd Hoc
Ikue MoriWoke Up AghastHex KitchenTzadik
Catherine JauniauxKebadayaFluvialAd Hoc
Ikue MoriShiverHex KitchenTzadik
The Hat ShoesDoloresDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
The Hat ShoesTchakohDifferently DesperateAd Hoc
VibraslapsWitches BrewVibraslapsRecRec
The Hat ShoesBirdlessDifferently DesperateAd Hoc

 CATHERINE JAUNIAUX is a unique French born vocalist and composer who's contributed to numerous R.I.O. (Rock In Opposition) projects and has stood at the forefront of vocal improvisation of the downtown NYC scene for many years. Her vocals exhibit a vast platter of sounds, encompassing invented languages to schizophrenic meanderings and everything in-between. Some of the projects she has participated in include: The Hat Shoes, Aksak Maboul, Des Airs, The Work, Third Person, Vibraslaps, Butch Morris, Tom Cora and collaborative work with the likes of Otomo Yoshihide, Erik M, Ikue Mori, and Fred Frith. She also was the wife of late cello player Tom Cora.





A Different Nature playlist for 02/21/2011

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FRED FRITH - 2 WORKS (mainly)  --  hosted by daniel flessas

Focusing on Frith's early guitar masterpiece, 1974's "Guitar Solos" and 1995's "Pacifica", (though we opened tonight's show with the atmospheric "Kick The Can" from the 1980 album, "Speechless").

GUITAR SOLOS  (from about 8:05 pm til around 9:15 pm)

1. Hello Music 

2. Glass c/w Steel

3. Ghosts

4. Out of Their Heads (on locoweed)

5. Not  Forgotten

6. Hollow Music

7. Heat c/w Moment

8. PART 5 from "Rivers and Tides" (music for the amazing film about Andy Goldsworthy) this is NOT on Guitar Solos, btw..

9. No Birds   (The longest track on the album, "No Birds", Frith played on two prepared guitars simultaneously, creating the timbre and range of an orchestra. He laid the two guitars flat on a table, neck to neck with the bodies of the guitars at opposite ends and the necks parallel to each other. He then tuned the strings on both guitars to one note, and because they were stereo guitars with nut pickups, he had six separate sound sources coming from each guitar. Using volume pedals on some of the sound sources, Frith filtered sounds in and out of the mix without doing anything on the guitars.

10. Only Reflect

11. Water / Struggle / The North

12. Alienated Industrial Seagulls

Guitar Solos was voted one of the best albums of 1974 by NME critics. Allmusic called it a landmark album because of its innovative and experimental approach to guitar playing. It also attracted the attention of Brian Eno, resulting in Frith's playing guitar on two of Eno's albums, and spawned two follow-up albums, Guitar Solos 2 (1976) and Guitar Solos 3 (1979). Guitar Solos was remastered and released on CD on Frith's own record label, Fred Records in 2002.

Frith recorded the album at David Vorhaus's Kaleidophon Studios in London on 11–13 and 15 July 1974, where he played a modified 1936 Gibson K-11. He added an extra pickup over the strings at the nut, enabling him to amplify sound from both sides of the fretted note. He then split the fretboard in two with a capo, effectively giving him two guitars, each amplified separately that he could play independently with each hand. To split the sounds further he attached alligator clips at various positions on the strings. The net result was a guitar with multiple sound sources that could be channelled to a mixer and distributed across the stereo soundscape.[3]

The album was recorded in four days without any overdubbing. All the pieces were improvised, some completely, some to a roughly preconceived idea, and sound as they were played, except for "No Birds", which was recorded in two parts, and "Not Forgotten", from which two notes were removed. The only sounds not produced 'naturally' by guitar are those of a fuzzbox used on "Out of Their Heads (On Locoweed)", "Heat c/w Moment" and "No Birds", an echo delay used on "No Birds", and ambient noise from Frith's breath and feet on "Heat c/w Moment".[5]

PACIFICA  (from about 9:15 pm til almost 10:00 pm)

Pacifica was composed by Frith in 1994 as "a meditation for 21 musicians with texts by Pablo Neruda", and was performed, under the direction of Frith, by the Eva Kant ensemble in 1995 in Modena, Italy. Texts taken from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's works Soneto IX and Cien sonetos de amor, were recorded by Sergio Meza in September 1997 in Santiago, Chile and were added to the music in 1998. The album was released on Tzadik Records' Composer Series in 1998.

Frith does not perform on this album.

Pacifica was composed by Frith at Big Sur, California in a cabin overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is "a slow meditation on life and death" and reflects a series of events that occurred in Frith's life at the time, namely the death of two close friends and the birth of his daughter.

Pacifica was composed for an ensemble that included prepared guitars, wind instruments, percussion, a vocalist and a performer on records, CDs and tapes. The 19 member Eva Kant ensemble (named after a 1960s comic strip heroine, Eva Kant) performed the piece, with fragments of recited text from the Death Song of the Cupeño tribe of California and the tribal names of all the original inhabitants of California.

A Different Nature playlist for 02/14/2011

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Musique Concrete for Lovers    hosted by Dr. Zomb

Barely scratched the surface with this show...    would've liked to fit in some Dockstader, Varese, Stockhausen to name a few...    next time...


pierre schaeffer   etude aux chemin de fer   1948

walter ruttman   wochende   1930

pierre schaeffer/pierre henry   symphonie pour une homme seul   1950

john cage   williams mix   1952

luc ferrari   head and tail of the dragon

iannis xenakis   concret ph   1958

andre boucourechliev   texte 2   1959

francois bernard mache   prelude   1959

frank zappa/mothers   chrome plated megaphone of destiny   1967

daphne oram/high school student   adwick high school no. 2   1968

luc ferrari   part 2 music promenade   1969

henry jacobs   inbetween A

bernard parmiegiani   aquatisme   sign of life   1982

negativland   excerpt big 10-8 place pt. 1   1983

ethan rose   on wheels rotating   oaks cd   2009?



A Different Nature playlist for 02/07/2011

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Butch Morris: Conduction #70 "Tit for Tat"  (time=48:10) label: FOR 4 EARS records

Recorded live 9/26/96 in Zurich, Zwitzerland

personnel: B. Buster - turntables; Pete Ehrnrooth - clarinets, saxophones; Andy Guhl - cracked everyday-electronics; Hans Koch - clarinets, saxophones; Edgar Laubscher - electric viola; Norbert Moslang - clarinets, saxophones;Daniel Mouthon - voice; Gunther Muller - drums, electronics;  Jim O'Rourke - acoustic guitar; Dorothea Schurch - voice; Martin Schutz - electric 5-string bass; Marie Schwab - acoustic violin; Nicolas Sordet - electronics; Fredy Studer - drums; Stephan Wittwer - electric guitar; Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris - conductor


Butch Morris: Conductions #57, 58 "Holy Sea, part 1"  (time=68:44)  label: Splasc(H) records

57E1, 57, 57E2 recorded live 2/8/96 in Firenze, Italy; 58E1, 58E2, 58E3 recorded live 2/9/96 in Carrara, Italy

personnel:  Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris - conductor; J.A. Deane - live sampling, drum machine, trombone & electronics; Otomo Yoshihide - Riccardo Fassi - turntables, sampling, electronics; ORT [Orchesta della Toscana] Andrea Tacchi, Giogio Ballini, Paolo Gaiani, Maria Elena Runza (violin); Riccardo Massi, Alessandro Franconi, Dimitri Mattu (viola); Giovanni Bacchelli, Filipo Burchietti (cello); Raffaello Majoni, Gianpietro Zampella (contrabass); Michele Marasco (flute); Umberto Codeca (bassoon); Gianfranco Dini (horn); Donato De Sena , Claudio Quintavalla (trumpet); Renzo Brocculi (trombone); Riccardo Tarlini (tuba); Morgan M. Torelli (timpani); Jonathan Faralli (percussion); Cinzia Conte (harp)



A Different Nature playlist for 01/24/2011

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Natural Snow BuildingsBroken SwordSlayer of the King of Hell
Natural Snow BuildingsCase RessurectedMenagerie 2Blackest Rainbow
Natural Snow BuildingsNuclear WinterGhost FolksHinah
IsengrindHis Winter BedThe Snowbringer CultStudents of Decay
Natural Snow BuildingsThe Snowbringer CultThe Snowbringer CultStudents of Decay
TwinSisterMoonBones MemoriesThe Snowbringer CultStudents of Decay
Natural Snow BuildingsThe Chrystal BirdThe Shadow KingdomBlackest Rainbow
Natural Snow BuildingsMoscow SignalThe Centaur AgentVopiano
Natural Snow BuildingsDawn CelebrationThe SundownerStudents of Decay
TwinSisterMoonThen Fell the AshesThen Fell the AshesBlackest Rainbow
IsengrindWhen the Morning DawnsModlitewnikBlackest Rainbow
IsengrindPath of IceGolestans/r
IsengrindUnd Immer Noch gibt es FreudeModlitwnikBlackest Rainbow
TwinSisterMoonUnseen SeenThe Hollow MountainBlackest Rainbow
Natural Snow BuildingsJohn CarpenterThe Dance of the Moon and the SunStudents of Decay

Tonight we listened to the exquisite drones and icy folk of the French duo Natural Snow Buildings, as well as to their solo projects, TwinSisterMoon and Isengrind.

A Different Nature playlist for 01/10/2011

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Hilda DiandaA-7Musica ElectroacusticaMCBA
Hilda DiandaDos Estudios en OposicionMusica ElectroacusticaMCBA
Anar BandAquamanAnar BandAlvorada
Anar BandPlasticmanAnar BandAlvorada
Anar BandBatmanAnar BandAlvorada
Anar BandSupermanAnar BandAlvorada
Amadeu MarinSet Peces Lepidiformes, (1980)Encontre de Compositors IInstitut d'Estudis Balearics
Nelly MorettoComposicion 9bMusica ElecroacusticaMCBA
Llorenc BarberObice - Sonata para Agua y FlautaEncontre de Compositors IInstitut d'Estudis Balearics
Luis Maria SerraInvocationMusica ElectroacusticaMCBA
Anar BandFantasmaAnar BandAlvorada
Anar BandSandokanAnar BandAlvorada
Anar BandMandrakeAnar BandAlvorada
Anar BandTarzanAnar BandAlvorada
Alfredo del MonacoElectronic Study No. 2Electronic MisicCRI
Alfredo del MonacoMetagramaElectronic MisicCRI

Dynamic 1970 lp, originally co-released by the “Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires”, the “Secretaria de Cultura” and the “ls 1 Radio Municipal de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires” in a tiny internally-distributed edition, consisting of four extended pieces by Argentinian composers Hilda Dianda, Nelly Moretto, and Luis María Serra from the tail-end of the 1950s through the end of the 1960s.

Hilda Dianda’s opening piece “a-7” - ...a lone cello plucks out an atonal array of notes with the eruption of tape-sound. On her “Dos Estudios en Oposición” the tape-sounds are left to themselves.

On the “flip”, Nelly Moretto introduces her “Composición 9b”, a creepy blend of spoken word/sound-poetry with filtered noise and extensive tape processing, occasionally piling up into a giant jumble of disembodied voices; a spectral choir.

Finally, Luis María Serra’s “Invocation” works a few dissonant plucked guitar notes & string-scrapes into a powerfull morass of shifting pings and grinding metal; a notable guitar/electronic forebear.

Anar Band (Portugal) was a project by Jorge Lima Barreto (1949), who had been performing interventions in experimental and jazz music, video art and performance-art since the late sixties; graduated in Art History and doctorate in Musicology and Social Communication Theory, he wrote several books and produced radio shows.

Anar Band was a laboratorial group for improvisations, in the aesthetics of the free-jazz and electroacoustics.

Produced and recorded in 1976, Anar Band was, on an electroacoustic profile, the first Portuguese record of improvised music, clearly committed as such.Formed by Jorge Lima Barreto (who would be from 1981 onwards one of the halves of Telectu, the other being Vítor Rua) and Rui Reininho (later the lead singer with avant-garde pop group GNR), this is a true trip into the inner realms of the mind, fuelled by jazz rock leanings and electronics – the ARP Odyssey synthesizer also reminds us that from here to prog rock is sometimes a small step.

This is a truly original work of art.

Amadeu Marin : Set Peces Lepidiformes, (1980)    


Llorenc Barber: Suite for flute and water, Spain.

Alfredo del Monaco (Venezuela) Electronic Study, 1970.


AUDIO for this broadcast can be found at: http://laruletaradio.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/01-a-different-nature.m4a

A Different Nature playlist for 01/03/2011

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 Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris & Conduction, part 2 of 6

 Sketches of NYC (7:29) / from Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris  (Nublu, 2006)

Conduction #25, The Akbank Conduction (45:00), Conduction #26, Akbank II (7:04) / from the 10-CD box set Testament: A Conduction Collection (New World, 1995)


"Conduction #135, Sheng Skyscraper (53:34) / from "Conduction / Induction" (Rai Trade, 2007)


for a complete listing of personnel, go to the Butch Morris website: www.conduction.us

and download Conduction Chronology.


to learn more about the documentary Black February: http://blackfeb.com/


host: Andy Hosch /// This evening we bring you the second in a six part series on the music of composer and conductor Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, recognized internationally as the principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of Conduction, and a leading innovator in the confluence of jazz, new music, improvisation and contemporary classical music. Butch’s work redefines the role of composer, conductor, arranger and performer and bridges the gap between the composer, interpreter and improviser. Over the last 25 years Morris has led over 180 Conductions in cities around the world. In this second installment, we will hear conductions which feature traditional instruments from Turkey and China, along with Western instruments and electronics

This series will continue on the 1st Monday of each month (with the possible exception of April, when it may be preempted by special Membership Drive programming). Also, I am arranging to do an interview with Butch Morris which we hope to air later in the series. So tune in and get ready to check out some truly amazing sounds. Visit Butch Morris's website at http://www.conduction.us/ and also go to http://blackfeb.com to learn about the recently released documentary film, "Black February" which follows a month long series of Conduction performances in New York during February, 2005 celebrating the 20th anniversary since of  of Morris' first Conduction.

The following is an excerpt taken from the book Arcana II (John Zorn, et al.) as reprinted in the liner notes to the double CD "conduction/induction" (Rai Trade, 2007).  I think it is very informative to hear, in Butch Morris' own words, his description of the principles of Conduction and of his overall artistic philosophy:

“For more than 20 years through Conduction, I have had the privilege to engage and enjoy, from the inside, this intermediate space between notation and improvisation, acquiring new skills and perspectives while doing so.

The context, of course, has been polarized by history and practice: musicians and musical communities bound by notation and musicians and musical communities bound by improvisation. Yet between them is the space where a potential for new life, an expansive range of expression that has gone untouched, prevails; and where ideals and ideas incubate for the continuum of the ‘musical’ canon.

Conduction®: a vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real-time musical arrangement (of any notation) or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information for interpretation and provides instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form.

Conduction concerns transmission, communication and expression; a common ground where all culture and style cohabit, not only by way of their distinctiveness, but also in how each contributes, in the ensemble, to a unique encounter. More intimately, it concerns a capacity of musicianship for new skills with new principles.

The vocabulary of Conduction is symbolic information (directives: signs and gestures) that carry definition and meaning to propel musicians toward substantive understanding and achievement.  It provides the precision and the focus needed to navigate music’s vast terrain.

The principles of Conduction foster, enhance and evoke the analytical reasoning of each musician’s history, knowledge, intelligence, experience, instinct, intuition, expression, will and fantasy as fundamental requirement.

In Conduction, the art of composition and the immediacy of performance become interdependent -- while the language of music cultivates and integrates all vernaculars and traditions open to, and in, the ensemble.

Results are ever present: enhanced musicianship; discovery of structure and substance in the arc of the performance; the evolution of a social logic based on new reciprocities between human and music, and between composer and conductor, conductor as composer, instrumentalist and conductor, instrumentalist and composer -- and audience, attaining new levels of momentary logic and new clarities about the character of the work itself.

Now, this bridge that Conduction builds between notation and improvisation fuels interest. For with it, I can identify, embrace and exploit the weaknesses and strengths of both together and depict, in the process, core limitations in either. Conduction also requires its realization in physical, rather than theoretical, form to facilitate (new) kinds of augmentation. The logic of circumstance(s) dictates the maximizing of encounter, and the musical and social structures that grow from such encounter.

Conduction is vivacious in that it draws on the full expanse of musical design while asking of its musicians that they refine their capacities beyond style and cultural aesthetic or social difference.

There are as many rewards as questions here but none, it seems, as significant as that which opens pathways, both individually and collectively; pathways shuttered previously by custom or fear. And I refer to the exclusionary focus of most musical traditions and to the fear of compromising identity.

Conduction, however, is not in contestation with given forms as much as it seeks to supplement them with a greater appreciation of possibility --  a capacity for dialogue uniquely spurred by the moments and movements that appear and vanish.

At the same time, by stripping away predispositions to value this or that in music, we also construct a mirror to the kinds of relationships that subsist in society, and the wherewithal of music to challenge and transform them; a community in microcosm that functions via this dynamic.

Conduction is neither method nor process, but practicum that reveals only in practice and through all its metaphorical concepts.

A sonic arena utilizing every tool in its arsenal to construct, deconstruct and reconstruct with and from the basic properties of pitch, duration, intensity and timbre. Primed by an ‘Extra Dimension,’ which motivates us to engage and respond within, as beyond, all territory, Conduction invokes a continuum that thrives in a real-time transmission of relationships and meaning; the spontaneity and precision that we need to ignite and combust order and organization within sonic thought.

From the conductor’s perspective, Conduction is the art of “environing,” the organization of surrounding things, conditions or influences. It is a technique to capture and discover sonic information, structure and sub-structure, meaning, implication and expression (as we construct together) -- all primary values in our pursuit of coherence and poignancy, and the immediacy of place.

From the perspective of the instrumentalist, the musician learns that Conduction is ensemble skill, and that  Conduction’s criteria drive attentiveness, discrimination, understanding, perception and execution. Each sign in the Conduction Vocabulary has definition, yet within that definition each musician is obliged to qualitatively define its ‘content’. The descriptive (vocabulary) thus generates prospect; and by virtue of the definition attached to each sign, each interpretation evolves by progressive self-development through historical and momentary orientation.

To contribute to Conduction, the musician reveals explicit content within the evolving work. As such, musical flexibility and potential expand as we explore a new condition of liberty to foster individual and collective freedoms in real time.

A state of risk, certainly; a distillation of immediacy, no doubt; the incarnation of a step in the evolution of music that each musician embodies – this is a goal.

Conduction is an art that flowers in contradiction (for some), ambiguity (for others) and encounter (for all involved). By constructing, deconstructing and contrasting composition at will, we forge an intermediate space, both intensive and extensive, for the evolution of ensemble music, and for a new virtuoso thus versed.

In this way, Conduction opens a range of possibility previously unknown, just barely known or in what we know all too well. After all, Conduction is a way to explore music as we make it -- a probe to mine music and the ensemble at its most basic levels.

All in all, what we have here is the evolution of a model of empirical form; a way to contribute to the musical continuum as possibility and a (new) musical responsibility where the collective determines the experience of symbolic sonic stimuli; where all forms of notation, improvisation, style and thought combine to establish a unique constellation of momentary logic (improvisation); where consciences can mature in a perfectly working precision that can never reach what is traditionally known as perfection.”

                                                                                                 --LAWRENCE D. “BUTCH” MORRIS







A Different Nature playlist for 12/27/2010

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
Dick Raaijmakerspiano forte '59-60Institute of Sonology 1959-1969
C MarclayMaria Callas
Jimi Hendrix
John CageWilliams Mix1952
Hu Magefirewood, rice, oil, salt, soyChina Sonic Avant Garde 2002
Scott JohnsonJohn Somebody
Mike PattonPajama Party Horror
A Leper with the Face of a Baby Girl
Adult Themes for Voice
John Zorn feat. C. Marclay 1985Godard ca vous chante?
Tom BroynelreflexenInstitute of Sonology
Francois Bernard-Mache
Portsmouth Simfonia OrchestraAlso Sprach ZarathustraPlays the Popular Classics
Ata Ekhtebar & the Iranian Orchestra for New MusicPearly Gates
Little Tales 4point5
Richard LermanTravelon Gamelon Promenade version 1979Folkways LP
MoondogHardshoeMore Moondog
Josef MalovecOrthogenesis


hosted along with Daniel Flessas (also of the Outside World) as two birds joining in tune...




(Crystal's view)

A Different Nature playlist for 12/20/2010

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
Ammers/EinheitCanto IRadio InfernoReihe EGOwww.discogs.com
Ammers/EinheitCanto IIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto IIIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto IVRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto VRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto VIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto VIIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto VIIIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto IXRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XIIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XIIIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XIVRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XVRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XVIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitCanto XVIIRadio InfernoReihe EGO
Ammers/EinheitKaiser Wilhelm Overdrive Vorspiel: Das FünfteDeutsche KreigerInvisiblewww.discogs.com
Ammers/EinheitI. Akt: SprechmaschineDeutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitII. Akt: 01.08.1914, KönigsschloßDeutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitIII. Akt: SchlachtfeldDeutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitIV. Akt: 09.11.1918Deutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitUlrike Meinhof Paradise Vorspiel: Die FünfteDeutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitI. Akt: 02.07.1967, FernsehenDeutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitII. Akt: 14.05.1970Deutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitIII. Akt: 08.05.1976Deutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitIV. Akt: 18.10.1977, RequiemDeutsche KreigerInvisible
Ammers/EinheitHindenburg At LakehurstCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1www.discogs.com
Ammers/EinheitVoice RecorderCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitValue Jet 592 At MiamiCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitTo The SkyCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitValue Jet 592 At EvergladesCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitCase Of EmergencyCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitEIAI 1862 At AmsterdamCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitUp ThereCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitJAL 123 At Mount OsutakaCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitAutopilotCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitPanAm 103 At LockerbieCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitLast WordsCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1
Ammers/EinheitBaggage ClaimCrashing AeroplanesFM 4.5.1

On Dec. 20th, A Different Nature presents three radio plays by Andreas Ammer and F.M. Einheit (from Einstürzende Neubauten, Gry and his own solo work).

From 1993, comes Ammer and Einheit's Radio Inferno, a realization of Dante's Inferno - a dizzying audio collage utilizing found music to set the scene of Virgil's descent through hell. Voices by Blixa Bargeld (also of Einstürzende Neubauten), Phil Minton and the late John Peel as 'The Radio'. Also with guitarwork by Caspar Brötzmann.

In 1996, Ammer and Einheit collaborated on an ambitious and controversial piece entitled Deutsche Krieger, a bizarre and disturbing tryptich portraying three influential Germans, in their respective popular mediums: Part One: Kaiser Wilhelm Overdrive (grammophone), Part Two: Adolf Hitler Enterprise (radio) and Part Three: Ulrike Meinhof Paradise (television), with all three tied together by leitmotif of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

And finally, in 2001, mere months before the tragic events of 9/11, Ammer and Einheit took to the skies to look at Crashing Aeroplanes, an unsettling audio collage/radio play made up of aircraft black box recordings, air disaster reporting. Probably not something you'd want to put on the iPod of a white-knuckle air traveller. This piece as commissioned by the European Broadcasting Union. In the wake of September 11th, the CD release was delayed by nearly a year, but, despite that, it was awarded the "Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden", Germany's highest award for radioplays.

Hosted by Rich L.

A Different Nature playlist for 12/13/2010

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
Joelle Leandre/Akosh S.Kor, Pt. 6KorLeo 2009
Joelle LeandreNo Comment #6No CommentRed Toucan 1998
Joelle Leandre/Kazue SawaiTrack 1 (Untitled)Organic MineralIn Situ 2001
Joelle Leandre/William ParkerDuet 4ContrabassesLeo 1998
John Cage/Joelle LeandreA FlowerThe Wonderful Widow of Eighteen SpringsMontaigne 1996
Joelle Leandre/Eric WatsonBricole Love CallPalimpsesteHat Hut 1992
Joelle Leandre/William ParkerJ.L. SoloContrabassesLeo 1998
Joelle LeandreReflexionsContrebasse Et VoixAdda 1988
Joelle LeandreNo Comment #9No CommentRed Toucan 1998
Carlos Zingaro/Joelle Leandre/Sebi TramontanaEm espera - Waiting OrdersThe Chicken Check in ComplexLeo 2002
Joelle Leandre/Rudiger CarlRon RonadeBlue Goo ParkFMP 1993
Steve Lacy/Joelle LeandreOne More Time 2One More TimeLeo 2006
Lauren Newton/Joelle LeandreVenetian Red18 ColorsLeo 1996
Joelle LeandreNo Comment #2No CommentRed Toucan 1998
Joelle LeandreMeeting TwoAt the LeMans Jazz FestivalLeo 2006
Joelle LeandreSuch As It IsLive @ Banlieues BleuesRed Toucan 1997
Joelle Leandre/Rudiger CarlOui-Non (B)Blue Goo ParkFMP 1993
Joelle Leandre/Danielle RogersJeux de MainsTricotageAmbiances Magnetiques 2000
Lauren Newton/Joelle LeandreMars Yellow18 ColorsLeo 1996
Joelle LeandreJust Now TwoAt the LeMans Jazz FestivalLeo 2006
Joelle Leandre/Carlos Zingaro/Rudiger CarlTrioL' Histoire De Mme. TascoHat Hut 1995





A Different Nature playlist for 08/22/2011

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 






A 3 HOUR special on A Different Nature (To read more about Pandit Pran Nath and the American avant-garde underground, here is an excellent article -- http://www.bidoun.org/magazine/20-bazaar/lord-of-the-drone-pandit-pran-nath-and-the-american-underground-by-alexander-keefe/.) 

The first 2 hours were dedicated to 4 compositions --4 Portland area composers offering their piece in tribute to or inspired by Pandit Pran Nath

1.  Air Objects by John Berendzen   24:30

2.  Planetary Sine Wave Organ by Derek Ecklund  30:30

3.  Referent  by Scott Goodwin  24:00

4.  Raindrop Garden by Matt Carlson  10:00     

The last hour of the broadcast was indeed very special, even historic, as Michael Stirling sang/performed a raga live in the KBOO studios with accompaniment from Derek Ecklund and Kelly Jennings, each playing a tambura, and Aran Adams on tablas.

Here's what Michael had to say about this raga:  "i dedicate my offering to Shamsudin Faridi Desai, a music family friend from Dehli who passed on 8/16 - one of the last living masters of the Binkar in the tradition of Mian Bande Ali Khan - the great Binkar of the Kirana tradition.  He and sarangi virtuoso and Khalifa of the Kirana Gharana, Ustad Hafizullah Khan were inspiriations and their classical music will never be duplicated - as Terry Riley said of Faridi, a Ghandarva!

To listen, enjoy, and paint the inside of your mind with peace and the walls of your home with a deep resonant ommmmmmmmmmmm, click on this : http://www.soundmaps.net/pandit_pran_nath.html

have a nice trip.




A Different Nature playlist for 08/22/2011

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 






A 3 HOUR special on A Different Nature (To read more about Pandit Pran Nath and the American avant-garde underground, here is an excellent article -- http://www.bidoun.org/magazine/20-bazaar/lord-of-the-drone-pandit-pran-nath-and-the-american-underground-by-alexander-keefe/.) 

The first 2 hours were dedicated to 4 compositions --4 Portland area composers offering their piece in tribute to or inspired by Pandit Pran Nath

1.  Air Objects by John Berendzen   24:30

2.  Planetary Sine Wave Organ by Derek Ecklund  30:30

3.  Referent  by Scott Goodwin  24:00

4.  Raindrop Garden by Matt Carlson  10:00     

The last hour of the broadcast was indeed very special, even historic, as Michael Stirling sang/performed a raga live in the KBOO studios with accompaniment from Derek Ecklund and Kelly Jennings, each playing a tambura, and Aran Adams on tablas.

Here's what Michael had to say about this raga:  "i dedicate my offering to Shamsudin Faridi Desai, a music family friend from Dehli who passed on 8/16 - one of the last living masters of the Binkar in the tradition of Mian Bande Ali Khan - the great Binkar of the Kirana tradition.  He and sarangi virtuoso and Khalifa of the Kirana Gharana, Ustad Hafizullah Khan were inspiriations and their classical music will never be duplicated - as Terry Riley said of Faridi, a Ghandarva!

To listen, enjoy, and paint the inside of your mind with peace and the walls of your home with a deep resonant ommmmmmmmmmmm, click on this : http://www.soundmaps.net/pandit_pran_nath.html

have a nice trip.

A new song for your show


Archived shows?

I loved the show today and read about the history of the show and about Richard.  Are there any archived Richard Francis shows?  I feel bereft i am so late to this party!



Thank you!

Tuned in on my way home from work. I don't usually get to listen but tonight I did and I'm sooooooo glad I found this show! I love gamelan. Love love it. Thank you!!!!



Experimental music show

Hello, I am a portland experimental music artist and would like to know how to get my music on Kboo. Thanks

-Electriqu Quid

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music submissions

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