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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
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Mon, 04/28/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Dr. Zomb hosts...
Dr. Zomb hosts this week with assorted recent vinyl acquisitions...

A Different Nature on 04/21/14

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art

A Different Nature on 04/14/14

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art

A Different Nature on 04/07/14

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art

Four-hour expanded programming: recordings from Portland's new music festival, March Music Moderne

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:00pm - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:00am
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music from March Music Moderne IV

To start things off we will be joined in studio by pianist/composer Jennifer Wright, co-founder along with Art Resnik, of Piano Bizarro. Jennifer will lead us through a series of recordings from their recent concert.  The evening will also feature pianist Maria Choban (MC Hammered Klavier) who will join us to introduce selections from her concert honoring the 75th birthyear of composer/PSU Professor Emeritus Tomas Svoboda.  From Lewis & Clark College, we will hear selections from the Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan in concert with Resonance Ensemble,  and Dunja Jennings (Friends of Rain Ensemble) performs Canadian composer and MMM composer-in-residence James Harley's work for solo bass clarinet.

An Early Celebration of Sun Ra's 100th Birthday

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/24/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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A Sun Ra Monday

Tonight we will, once again, explore the music of the great Sun Ra (1914-1993), composer, keyboardist, bandleader, and philosopher, who was born 100 years ago on May 22. Since his music career spanned seven decades, and his prolific career as a bandleader lasted nearly 50 years, we will be focusing on Sun Ra's music from the 70s. If you are in need of an attitude adjustment, curl up, put on your headphones, and enter the world of Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Virginia Furr will host.

Roger Doyle

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Roger Doyle

Today is BENITO JUAREZ's Birthday observed, but was he really born this day? I don't know. (he was born March 21. web editor)
       However, it's also St Patrick's Day, which means tonight on A Different Nature we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with..  No! Not that blarmy annoying fiddle crap that epitomizes what one thinks of as "Irish" music scene, but instead.. in the humble opinion of tonight's host, Ireland's most signifcant musical savant, avant-electro-acoustic composer ROGER DOYLE.

Portuguese Composers Musica Viva Competition: Electronic Music Vol. I & II

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Portuguese Composers Musica Viva Competition: Electronic Music Vol. I & II

This Edition aims to fulfil two goals: to contribute to the best knowledge of the Portuguese electronic music creation; and to publish the awarded pieces of the Electroacoustic Music Competition that has been annually organized by Miso Music Portugal, since 2000, within the context of the Musica Viva Festival.
Volume I, it is important to refer that the composers included are among the most active, within this musical field, in the past few years, all of them with an established curriculum. These composers present their own approaches to electronic music composition.
Volume II contains the awarded pieces from the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Competition, which aims for composers younger than 35 years of age.

Listening to the Here of the Now

A Different Nature
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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Preview of March Music Moderne IV

This week, A Different Nature brings you a 2-hour preview of the fourth annual March Music Moderne "Listening to the Here of the Now", 32 events happening March 7th-16th. This week's host Andy Hosch will be joined by MMM founder Bob Priest
to check out everything that will be happening this year. More info at


A Different Nature
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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Dr. Zomb hosts...


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.

  • Length: 119:47 minutes (164.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

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!@#%*! 

  • Length: 119:30 minutes (109.41 MB)
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A Different Nature 4/30/2012 featuring Derek Ecklund

A Different Nature
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Mon, 04/30/2012

Interview with Edward Ka-spel of the Legendary Pink Dots

A Different Nature
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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 03/14/2011

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Alan HovhanessKohar, for flute, oboe, tympani, stringsSymphony of Metal InstrumentsKoch 3-7289-2H1
Alan HovhanessConcerto #7Music from LouisvilleLouisville First Edition FECD-0006
Alan Hovhaness"Island of Mysterious Bells," for four harpsIsolated InstrumentsMHS-1844 (vinyl)
Alan HovhanessKhaldis, movement 1 for pianoKhaldisCrystal CD-814
Alan HovhanessFantasy on Japanese WoodprintsMusic of HovhanessColumbia M-34537 (vinyl)
Alan HovhanessRubaiyat of Omar KhayyamMusic of HovhanessColumbia M-34527 (vinyl)
Alan HovhanessSymphony (#17)Symphony of Metal InstrumentsKoch 3-7289-2H1
Alan Hovhaness"And God Created Great Whales""And God Created Great Whales"Delos DE-3157
Alan Hovhaness3 Bagatelles for String QuartetSpirit MurmurDelos DE-3162
Alan HovhanessKhaldis, movement 3 for pianoKhaldisCrystal CD-814
Alan Hovhaness"Enchanted Ground," for HarpConcerto for HarpTelarc CD-80530
Alan HovhanessSymphony #39, for Guitar & OrchestraSymphony #46, #39Koch 3-7208-2H1

Music of Alan Hovhaness.  Celebrating the centennial of Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness. More information, biograpy, complete listing of all compositions, and discography, plus updates on 2011 centennial celebrations around the country at:

A Different Nature playlist for 03/07/2011

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Fourth of six programs devoted to the music of Butch Morris.  

CONDUCTION® No. 58, HOLY SEA, MARBLE DUST / CONDUCTION® No. 59, HOLY SEA, THE DEVIL'S MUSIC recorded near Florence, Italy. February, 1996  [total time 73:10]

Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris conducting the Orchestra della Toscana: Andrea Tacchi, Giorgio Ballini, Paolo Gaiani, Maria Elena Runza (violins), Riccardo Masi, Alessandro Franconi, Dimitri Mattu (violas), Giovanni Bacchelli, Filippo Burchietti (cello), Raffaello Majoni, Gianpietro Zampella (basses), Michele Marasco (flute), Umberto Codeca (bassoon), Gianfranco Dini (horn), Donato De Sena, Claudio Quintavalla (trumpets), Renzo Brocculi (trombone), Riccardo Tarlini (tuba), Morgan M. Torelli (timpani), Jonathan Faralli (percussion), Cinzia Conte (harp). With J.A. Deane (trombone/electronics), Otomo Yoshihide (turntables/sampling/electronics), RiccardoFassi (piano).


The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 11 April 1992 (time 43:25)
Ensemble: Tristan Honsinger, Martin Schutz, Eric Longsworth (cello), Michelle Kinney, Ken Butler (hybrid broom-cello), Helmut Lipsky (violin), J.A. Deane (trombone/electronics/sampling), Guillaume
Dostaler (piano), Mike Milligan (bass), Pierre Dubé (vibraphone).  Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris conducting.


Tune in to A Different Nature next week, for a special program commemorating the 100th
anniversary of the birth of the prolific American composer Alan Hovhaness,
whose music explored his Armenian heritage, as well as Japanese and Korean
musical forms, modal composition, love of nature, etc.

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:

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:

and download Conduction Chronology.


to learn more about the documentary Black February:


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 and also go to 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


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