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
A Different Nature presentsThe West Coast School is Still Open.
Part One: An OverviewDaniel opens a series of shows focusing on the tradition of West Coast composers, innovators and downright mavericks.Including the originators of what came to be known as the "West Coast School" -- Beginning with HENRY COWELL, considered to be "the father of West Coast experimentalism" and who taught many others (including John Cage) to throw aside convention in composition in music, as well as LOU HARRISON, HARRY PARTCH, JOHN CAGE, PAULINE OLIVEROS, TERRY RILEY, this series will also look at the continuing tradition in succeeding generations of avant-garde and experimentalists from the American West Coast; (Amy Denio, Thollem McDonas, Henry Kaiser, Mike Lastra, and many more will be explored)
ALSO: A SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE by THOLLEM!
Tonight's show concludes with a 36 minute pianistic exploration/performance by the redoubtable THOLLEM MCDONAS, LIVE on the KBOO piano!
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.
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)
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.
- Title: Interview with Homer Flynn of The Residents
- Length: 37:10 minutes (187.57 MB)
- Format: RIFF Mono 44kHz 705Kbps (CBR)
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.
- Title: Edward Ka-spel interview
- Length: 23:31 minutes (21.53 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
|John Cale & Terry Riley||Church of Anthrax||Church of Anthrax||Columbia LP |
|John Cale & Terry Riley||The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles||Church of Anthrax||Columbia LP |
|Karlheinz Stockhausen||Ceylon||Ceylon/Bird of Passage||Chrysalis LP |
|Roger Meyers||after "The Pond" (Charles Ives)||Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson||Opus One LP |
|Randall McClellan||Distant Voices||McClellan/Chadabe||Opus One LP |
|Joel Chadabe||Carnival||Rhythms||Lovely Music LP |
|Roger Meyers||Silver Screen||Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson||Opus One LP |
|Karlheinz Stockhausen||Bird of Passage||Ceylon/Bird of Passage||Chrysalis LP |
|Ruth Anderson||I Come Out of Your Sleep||Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson||Opus One LP |
Richard's Records. This time on A Different Nature, we delve into the program's past, and play gems from founder Richard Francis' own record collection.
|Jonathan Harvey||Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco (excerpt)||VA - Musicworks 87||Musicworks|
|Stefan Goldmann||Part II: Le Sacrifice: Dance Sacrale||Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps - Stefan Goldmann Edit||Macro Recordings|
|MMM discussion part 1|
|Esa-Pekka Salonen||YTA III||Salonen: YTA||Finlandia|
|Witold Lutoslawski||String Quartet-Main Movement (excerpt)||LaSalle Quartet: String Quartets||Deutsche Grammophon|
|MMM discussion part 2|
|Shostakovich (Emerson String Quartet)||Quartet #8 In C Minor, Op. 110 - 2. Allegro Molto||Shostakovich: The Complete String Quartets||Deutsche Grammophon|
|Shostakovich (Emerson String Quartet)||Quartet #8 In C Minor, Op. 110 - 3. Allegretto||Shostakovich: The Complete String Quartets||Deutsche Grammophon|
|Osvaldo Golijov||Tenebrae - Part 2 (Kronos Quartet)||Golijov: Oceana, Tenebrae, 3 Songs||Deutsche Grammophon|
|Tessa Brinckman & Mitsuki Dazai||Jack Gabel: Through A Gentle Rain||Glass Sky||North Pacific Music|
|MMM discussion part 3|
|Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan||Lou Harrison: Threnody for Carlos Chavez||30th Anniversary Concert, 2010||unreleased|
|Wynton Marsalis||Tango, Waltz, Ragtime||The Fiddler's Tale Suite||Sony Classical|
|MMM discussion part 4|
|CPOP [Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project]||Justin Ralls: When Strange Birds Passing Meet||-----------||unreleased|
|MMM discussion part 5|
|Luciano Berio||O King||Berio: Sinfonia||Erato|
|Jonathan Harvey||Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco (excerpt)||VA - Musicworks 87||Musicworks|
March Music Moderne founder & organizer, composer Bob Priest joined Andy and Daniel for an overview of this month's events. March Music Moderne features 32 concerts and events, happening at 18 venues over the course of 17 days. It all gets started this Thursday, March 7th with "Ears Wide Open". Info at: marchmusicmoderne.org
|Juan Piñera / Edesio Alejandro||Tres de Dos||Música Electroacustica||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||Trotes||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||Canción Equina||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||Sueños||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||Amanecer||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||La Doma||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||Nostalgia||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||La Fuga||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||La Manada||Caballos||Areito|
|Juan Blanco||Circus Tocatta||Música Electroacustica||Areito|
|Julio Roloff||Halley||Música Electroacustica||Areito|
|Juan Marcos Blanco||Ritual||Música Electroacustica||Areito|
|Juan Blanco||Tañidos||Música Electroacustica||Areito|
|Juan Blanco||Espacios II||Música Electroacustica||Areito|
Honoring LAWRENCE D. "BUTCH" MORRIS
February 10, 1947 - January 29, 2013
Tonight on A Different Nature, we salute Butch Morris, the originator of Conduction : a type of structured free improvisation wherein the conductor directs and conducts an improvising ensemble with a series of hand and baton gestures. Morris' conductions have received generally positive reviews, and are considered very unique, not quite fitting into any one musical genre. As critic Thom Jurek has written, "There are no records like Butch Morris' conduction sides, nor could there be, though he wishes there were." and Ed Hazell writes, "At his best, Morris can shake players out of their old habits, or place a microscope on one aspect of a musician's artistry and build an orchestral fantasia around it."
Butch Morris died of lung cancer on January 29, 2013. Yesterday (Feb 10) was his birthday. He would have turned 66. Tonight's host was daniel, with help from Wayne Horvitz and Andy Hosch. Here is his obit from The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/feb/04/butch-morris
-Here Comes The Man -- NuBlu Orchestra, conducted by Butch Morris (Nublu Records, 2007) Note: The Nublu Orchestra encompasses the ideal of the club that bore Brazilian Girls, Norah Jones, Kudu, Wax Poetic, and so many others. It encapsulates the venue's ability to nurture bands of professional players joining to make music that is all at once edgy, catchy, and danceable. Butch Morris guides the orchestra of Nublu residents - Kenny Wollesen (Tom Waits), Eddie Henderson (Herbie Hancock), Didi Gutman (Brazilian Girls), and Sylvia Gordon (Kudu) - through a series of musical flavors that touch on jazz, pop, noise and dance floor jams.
-(excerpt from) The Rites -- Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber - (2004, featuring Pete Cosey- guitar, Melvin Gibbs- bass, Vijay Iyer- piano, Okkyung Lee- cello)
-IF ONLY -- Butch Morris, cornet/Wayne Horvitz, piano/Bobby Previte, percussion, from 9 below 0 (Sound Aspects, 1986)
-(excerpt from) PSALM -- Morris, cornet/Horvitz, piano/Wm. Parker, bass, from Some Order, Long Understood (Black Saint, 1982)
-AFTER ALL THESE YEARS -- Morris/Horvitz/Previte (from 9 below 0)
-Sketches of NYC -- NuBlu Orchestra
-Conduction #180 (Italy, 2008)
-Conduction #192 (Italy, 2010) --we played most of this amazing piece, 3 out of 4 parts of a work entitled "The Holy Ghost and The Infinite Spirit of Albert Ayler" Conduction® No. 192 “Possible Universe” by Butch Morris. He had an all-star cast on hand-- essentially a double orchestra, placed on the stage in stereo, with one of each instrument to each side. The only musician without a double was Alan Silva on synthesizer. The guitarists Jean Paul Bourelly and On ka’a Davis were on either side of Silva with Chad Taylor and Hamid Drake on percussion to the outsides of the guitarists. Silvia Bolognesi played bass on Hamid’s side, and Harrison Bankhead was near Chad. The horns on the Taylor/Bankhead side were Meg Montgomery (trumpet), Greg Ward (alto sax), David Murray (tenor sax & bass clarinet) and Tony Cattano (trombone). On the Drake/Bolognesi side, they were matched by Riccardo Pittau, Pasquale Innarella, Evan Parker and Joe Bowie.
Then we played an interview with an Italian television journalista, with an interpreter, until finally Morris just demonstates with his rehearsal singers -- an all vocal ensemble (!).
We closed with a performance of Conduction #5 from WNYC's Americathon 1987 Festival, featuring Jason Kao Hwang- violin, Bill Horvitz - guitar electronics, Wayne Horvitz - piano electronics, Carol Emmanuel- harp, Zeena Parkins- harp, Wilber Morris- bass, Tom Cora- cello, and a Philly group called Relache.
|Richard Pinhas & Merzbow||Rhizome 4||Rhizomes||Cuneiform|
|Richard Pinhas & Merzbow||Shibuya AKS||Keio Line Plus||Dirter|
|Richard Pinhas & Merzbow||Paris Three||Paris 2008||Cuneiform|
|Richard Pinhas & Merzbow||Merzbow/Helldon Kills Animals Killers||Keio Line Plus||Dirter|
|Nurse With Wound/Graham Bowers||Part 1||Rupture||Dirter|
|Nurse With Wound/Blind Cave Salamander||side 2||Cabbalism||Dirter|
|Nurse With Wound/Graham Bowers||Part 4||Rupture||Dirter|
|Sunn O))) meets Nurse With Wound||Dysinstaxis||The Iron Soul of Nothing||Ideologic Organ|
The first half of the show we listened to some collaborations between Merzbow and Richard Pinhas, and then later on we heard from several recent collaborations that Nurse With Wound has done with different artists.
|Agog||Magnetic Phenomena of All Kinds||Magnetic Phenomena of All Kind|
|Magnetic Phenomena of All Kind||Magnetic Phenomena of All Kind|
He was a founding member of the surreal soundscape group Points of Friction (1981-present), recorded and released solo sound work as Agog, and took part in many many collaborations over the past 30 years.
He leaves behind a great legacy of friendships and large amounts of recorded sound art and truly unique visual art, speaking of the 6000+ photos he took recently of various naturally eroded materials while hiking, strange arrangements of objects and other various abstractions, as he always had the exquisite skill of channelling the fascinating and odd through any number of mediums. Whether it was with mud, paint and found objects, scissors, magazines, trash and glue, hallucinogenic photo manipulations on a computer, or an amplified birdcage tickled with a gigantic comb, Damian was endlessly enthralled by creating. He was a collector of junk materials and built his own instruments and sculptures.
The music of Agog was homemade musique concrete - amazing tape collages. It was really outstanding work that stood above a lot of what was coming out of the cassette culture at that time. Damian's work was superbly recorded and edited, and lovingly packaged. His own cassettes reached fewer and fewer people over the years as his packaging grew more and more elaborate.
Damian's music and art remains little heard and known for the most part.
(Edited texts by Eric Lanzillotta, Mitchell Brown, and Tim Alexander).
A Different Nature thanks Points of Friction members Mitchell Brown, and Tim Alexander for this humble but sincere homage to Damian Bisciglia's creativity.
|Victoria Jordanova||Requiem for Bosnia, part 1: Requiem||Requiem Requiem for Bosnia||CRI eXchange|
|Victoria Jordanova||Requiem for Bosnia, part 2: Recall||Requiem for Bosnia||CRI eXchange|
|Victoria Jordanova||Requiem for Bosnia, part 3, Broken Piano II||Requiem for Bosnia||CRI eXchange|
|Penderecki/Van de Vate||Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima/Chernobyl||mixed by A.Hosch||unreleased|
|Tod Dockstader||Apocalypse, Part One||Apocalypse||Starkland|
|Tod Dockstader||Apocalypse, Part Two||Apocalypse||Starkland|
|Tod Dockstader||Apocalypse, Part Three||Apocalypse||Starkland|
|Tod Dockstader||Apocalypse, Part Four||Apocalypse||Starkland|
|Olivier Messiaen||Quatour pour le fin du temps||8 versions mixed by A.Hosch||unreleased|
END OF TIME. Music of war, destruction and the apocalypse. Beneath the into was a collage which included a faux gospel tune from Hevy Gunz Industries, Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra, and Jurassic Soundscapes from Jean-Luc Herelle.
|Sophie Aguel/Lionel Marchetti/Jerome Noetinger||Epilogue||Rouge Gris Bruit||Potlatch|
|Lionel Marchetti||Knud un Nom de Serpent(Le Cercle des Entrailles)||Knud un Nom de Serpent (le Cercle des Entrailles)||Intransitive|
|Lionel Marchetti||Sirrus||Sirrus||Ground Fault|
|Lionel Marchetti||Je Sens.. Je Demeure... Je Repose.. Du tron oui je Sommeille...Je Me Teins||Mue||Metamkine|
|Marchetti/Noetinger/Werchowski||improvisation enregistree le 13 Novembre 1998 a Lille||s/t||Corpus Hermeticum|
Tonight we listened to Lionel Marchetti, including his masterwork "Knud un Nom de Serpent (Le Cercle des Entrailles)." Marchetti is a self-taught electro-acoustic/musique concrete composer who also performs live electronics with Jerome Noetinger and others.
|Nazca||De Oir Me Duele la Boca||Nazca||Naja|
|Nazca||Sueno Tras La Ventana||Nazca||Naja|
|Nazca||El Viaje de los Muertos||Nazca||Naja|
|Nazca||La Rebelion de los Colgados||Nazca||Naja|
|Nazca||Paguro del Dia Gris||Nazca||Naja|
|Nazca||Estacion de Sombra||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||Traoedia||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||Espacios en Torno||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||La Morgue||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||Mangle||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||Deshueso||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||En la Cuerda Floja||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Nazca||Ipecacuana||Estacion de Sombra||Naja|
|Culto Sin Nombre||Preludio y Danza||Fracturas Internas||SoloArt|
|Culto Sin Nombre||Sintomas Adversos||Fracturas Internas||SoloArt|
|Culto Sin Nombre||Introduccion y Contrastes II||Fracturas Internas||SoloArt|
|Culto Sin Nombre||Fracturas Internas||Fracturas Internas||SoloArt|
|Culto Sin Nombre||El Estanque||Fracturas Internas||SoloArt|
|Culto Sin Nombre||En Busca de la Imagen||Fracturas Internas||SoloArt|
|Oxomaxoma||En El Nombre Sea De Dios||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||Deja de Chingar Pendeja||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||La Flor Blanca||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||Naufragios y Demoliciones Parte 1||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||El Unicornio 13||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||La Conjuracion de los Cuatro Arcangeles||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||El Concilio Chaman en la Tierra||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
|Oxomaxoma||Sin Titulo||En El Nombre Sea De Dios|
String Quartet No. 1 (1951)
String Quartet No. 2 (1959) (which earned him his first of two pulitzers. The 2nd one was in 1971 for String Quartet No 3). -- both performed here by the Arditti String Quartet
The Banshee (1925) / The Tides of Manaunaun (1917) / Anger Dance (1914) / The Hero Sun (1922) -- all performed by COWELL himself.
Aeolian Harp (1923) -- performed by Beata Pincetic
Dynamic Motion (1916) - performed by Henry Cowell
Suite for Violin & American Gamelan -- performed by David Abel, violin, American Gamelan (instruments made by Harrison and his life partner William Colvig) conducted by John Bergamo
closing w/one more from Henry Cowell -- Tiger (1930) inspired by William Blake's poem