Friday, April 30, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Thirty

Hello Again,

We've come to the end of our month-long sideways glance at, and stylistic homage to, my earliest (1975-1978) forays into impolitic sound reprocessing. I suppose you could see this one coming from 1945, but...

Necessary Adjustments #30:

TLASILA - The Wigmaker in 18th-Century Williamsburg (adjusted) (2002)


Thanks again for downloading/hoarding, or discarding/disrobing, or both, or neither.

Bis Dann,


Jesus Fucking Apeshit Christ This Is Bad...

A Flickr set from the Greenpeace USA flyover of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, April 20, 2010...


And a slideshow:


Spill trajectory (from NOAA):

(Click for a larger version of the image.)



Thursday, April 29, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Nine


Nearing the end of our solemn commemoration. Has it been worth the cramping?

I've done my best to maintain a semblance of verisimilitude throughout - the WVVS production studio in 1975-1978 was little more than a closet housing a half-decent microphone, two huge, heavy, belt-drive turntables, a reasonably well-tended Revox A77, a production (cart) recorder, and a board that, if pegged recklessly, could bathe one's work in rich, feedback-laden reverb. Each of the previous adjustments in this month's series was created with those glorious limitations in mind...

Necessary Adjustments #29:

Drunks with Guns - Drunks with Guns (adjusted) (1987)


Dubravko Detoni - Graphies I-III / Phonomorphia 1-3 (adjusted) (1971)


Harry Pussy - Live in Austin, TX (adjusted) (1997, 2007 CDR)


Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion (adjusted) (2008)


The Portsmouth Sinfonia - Plays the Popular Classics (adjusted) (1973)


Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio - Live, Royal Festival Hall, London (adjusted) (19 April 10)


Meet you here tomorrow for the finale?


Karl Schmidt Verlag: War Clouds Rumbling!

Thirteen new Karl Schmidt Verlag releases are scheduled for launch over the weekend. One of the baker's dozen (a book of essays from yours truly, graced with a forward penned by Aaron Dilloway) will be strictly pre-order, as Herr Dillo still has some scribbling to do. As for the other Fabergé ovum, make room, as our hens vibe to a strictly irrational meter...


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nerd Alert!

Physicists capture first images of atomic spin...

"The researchers used a custom-built microscope with an iron-coated tip to manipulate cobalt atoms on a plate of manganese. Through scanning tunneling microscopy, the team repositioned individual cobalt atoms on a surface that changed the direction of the electrons' spin. Images captured by the scientists showed that the atoms appeared as a single protrusion if the spin direction was upward, and as double protrusions with equal heights when the spin direction was downward."

Slobber over each syllable here.



Lick a Vermeer...

RIP Robert Natkin...

"... a 'worked-over look that suggests that the painting has been traversed over and over by a very small truck that has just had its tires retreaded ...'"

(Natkin's Martin Luther King, from 1998.)

Read the Times obit here.



Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Eight

Hello Again,

Take the Rolex from the counter and wind yourselves back to tomorrow...

Necessary Adjustments #28:

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Hymnen (adjusted) (1966)


Lindsay would agree if she were able,


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Let's Play a Game, Shall We?"

Exceptional post from the Ephphatha Poetry blog, via Andrew Sullivan:

"Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black"

A wee bit blunt, but wholly on point.


Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Seven

Mammoth Earthen Quilts,

Sylph's thigh evaluated! So...

Necessary Adjustments #27:

VA - Bali: Musique Pour Le Gong Gédé (adjusted) (comp., 1987)


Paraded sly septet,


Monday, April 26, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Six

Dear Delinquents,

Add roomier downer!

Necessary Adjustments #26:

Heiner Goebbels - Ou Bien le Débarquement Désastreux (adjusted) (1995)


Advancing haiku lie,


Sunday, April 25, 2010

"The rest is propaganda..."

RIP Alan Sillitoe.

(John Hedgecoe's 1959 portrait...)

Read the Guardian's obit here.


Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Five

Dears, Dearests,

If it aggravates hotline mono, then it's a feather monitor you desperately require...

Necessary Adjustments #25:

Ginger Baker - Do What You Like (adjusted) (comp., 1998)


VA - Raw Deal! (adjusted) (comp., 1977)


Nor reassembles Germs,


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Four

Dear Neutral Observers,

Jet sabbaticals net peasantries...

Necessary Adjustments #24:

Emeralds - Emeralds (adjusted) (2010)


Matthew Herbert - One One (adjusted) (2010)


Pisces - A Lovely Sight (adjusted) (comp., 2008)


Thatcher, numb, wetter,


Friday, April 23, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Three

Trilateral Promo Sows,

You fathomed irises. (Seamiest helps.)

Necessary Adjustments #23:

The Velvet Underground - Singles 1966-1969 (adjusted) (comp., 2008)



Charismata Heres (hungover),


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-Two

Beloved Troop,

Lil' Satan belches out another cupcake for our edification. Shall we slowly twist the tines?

Necessary Adjustments #22:

VA - Four Wings of Blasphemy and Abomination (adjusted) (comp., 2010)



Rotoscoped for a maybe,


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty-One

Matched Torsos,

Front eyeteeth worn? Time for glib agave...

Necessary Adjustment(s) #21:

Global Village Trucking Company - Global Village Trucking Company (adjusted) (1975)


The Method Actors - This Is Still It (adjusted) (comp., 2010)


The Beach Boys - Smile (adjusted) (1966, new 2010 composite)




Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TS Podcast: WLUW's Delirious Sunrise Program

Hi Again,

As you may recall, Arvo and the good folk at Chicago's WLUW-FM asked me to curate a podcast for their ongoing Delirious Sunrise spectacular. It aired in the wee hours of the morning (and just ended, if you were listening in the States), and was designed neither to pummel or disorient, but to mollify and entertain. As I wrote to Arvo, my choices weren't meant to be definitive (although the artists occupying the first and final slots are obviously significant for me), but rather "pixels within the larger panorama of my interests." (Same as any DJ's programming, I know, but I'm a stickler for caveats.)

I hope listeners enjoyed the program, and I trust you'll enjoy it too.

Grab the file (and a playlist) here.

Download the press kit (the frontispiece of which is reproduced above) here.




PS: Terrific essay from Bernard-Henri Lévi on the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull here.

PSS: On an unrelated note: pretty fuckin' hilarious video from The Onion here.

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twenty

Trusted Aesthetes,

Soothe your inner Hitlers with today's installment of our radical re-fix pogrom...

Necessary Adjustments #20:

Friedrich Gulda - Nachricht vom Lande (adjusted) (1977)


Yours Particularly,


Monday, April 19, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Nineteen

Dear (State Name, Last Name First),

Just returned from Staatsoper Hannover, where the CP and I saw violinist Sophia Jaffé crush Arnold Schönberg's Fünf Orchesterstücke op. 16. An outstanding concert performance...

Ready for the next fix?

Necessary Adjustments #19:

Mark Fry - Dreaming with Alice (adjusted) (1972)


Webern and Berg, queuing at Costco,


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Eighteen

Dear Readers,

Quotidian incidentals liquefied? Honor 'em!

Necessary Adjustments #18:

Roland Young - Isophonic Boogie Woogie (adjusted) (1980)


Igneous tomes seemed contagious,


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Seventeen

Nerve-Baring Ones,

Homily underlies bland goodbyes...

Necessary Adjustments #17

Serge Gainsbourg - Les Annees Psychedeliques 1966-1971 (adjusted) (comp., 2008)


Attachable laborious rube accommodated sinuous old hiss,


Friday, April 16, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Sixteen

Glee Stranglers,

Reanimated Germs skull? Porridge, spun, unpins...

Necessary Adjustments #16

Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield (adjusted) (1973)


Until venereal rotguts hull,


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Fifteen


A class canceled earlier. Time enough then to continue with the next installment!

Necessary Adjustments #15:

Lol Coxhill - Toverbal Sweet (adjusted) (1972)


Out the door, probably not back in a few,


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Fourteen


Thrilled to be peering through your slats once again. Right to it, yes?

Necessary Adjustments #14:

Masahiko Togashi - CPU (adjusted) (1976)


Widney High needed Synare sensors,


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Thirteen

Beloved Non-Perishables,

Time for your daily nutrient dosages. (Seventeen servings thus remain...)

Necessary Adjustments #13:

Anthony Braxton - For Four Orchestras (adjusted) (1978)


Denationalized Rug Sty,


Monday, April 12, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Twelve

Everyone, everywhere,

Barely cognizant today. Seven hours of classes earlier, the plodding ticks of which were informed by intense fatigue. What better moment then?

Necessary Adjustments #12:

Swans - Children of God (adjusted) (1987)


Ampere Rut,


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Eleven

Augh... I knew I'd be somewhat shaky after the birthday bash, so I prepped the new installment ahead of time. Ladies, gents...

Necessary Adjustments #11:

William Duckworth - The Time Curve Preludes (adjusted) (1990)


Rehydrate yourselves,


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Ten

Hello Droogs,

It's your correspondent's birthday! Before festivities crush other considerations, a poignant reminder...

Necessary Adjustments #10:

To Live and Shave in L.A. - 30-minuten männercreme (adjusted) (1994)


Everyone's invited,


Friday, April 09, 2010

You Don't Need Those Hands Any Longer...


RIP Malcolm...

(Photo by Stuart Nicol/Getty Images.)

Obits: NYT, Guardian. Photo gallery here.

Lydon's tribute, fair and kind:

"For me Malc was always entertaining and I hope you remember that," he said. "Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him and so should you."



Necessary Adjustments: Day Nine

Hello Drunkards,

Follow me past the massed writhing misapprehensions to the next installment. Then be very still...

Necessary Adjustments #9:

Annea Lockwood - Early Works 1967-1982 (comp., 2007) (adjusted)


Do your best to do your worst,


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Eight

Good Morning,

On to the next intervention.

Necessary Adjustments #8:

The Tuba Trio - Essence: The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz Vol. 1-3 (adjusted) (1977)


Maintain your constraints,


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Seven

Hello Again,

Time for the next installment...

Necessary Adjustments #7:

Salvatore Martirano - L's GA / Ballad / Octet (adjusted) (1968)


Sleep alone beside yourself and wake half-dreaming,


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Six

Ye Narwhals, Bikini Whales,

Welcome to the sixth installment. (Stack, then blow...)

Necessary Adjustments #6:

Morton Feldman - Orchestral Works & Chamber Music (adjusted) (2000)


Testing 1,


Monday, April 05, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Five

Dearest Pre-Socratics,

Here's the latest installment. (More detailed questions, please.)

Necessary Adjustments #5:

Gedo - Gedo (adjusted) (1974)


For the pure crystalline fuck of it,

Kali Bahlu - Takes the Forest Children on a Journey of Cosmic Remembrance (adjusted) (1967)


Yours Predominantly,


Sunday, April 04, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Four


Here's the fourth installment:

Necessary Adjustments #4:

Eliane Radigue - Geelriandre / Arthesis (adjusted) (comp., 2003)


Deeper still,


Saturday, April 03, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Three

Hi All,

Here's the third installment...

Necessary Adjustments #3:

Pierre Boulez - Anthèmes II, for violin and electronics (adjusted) (2000)




Friday, April 02, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Day Two


Here's the second installment. Take and eat, my Christs...

Necessary Adjustments #2:

Toshi Ichiyanagi - Drip Music (adjusted) (comp., 2008)


Ciao for now,


Thursday, April 01, 2010

Necessary Adjustments: Thirty Days, Thirty-Odd Reassessments...

Hello All,

A new, month-long series begins today. As our Internet service has been interrupted of late by heavy street construction throughout our neighborhood, I'll add explanatory info later. (See below.) For now, dive in, and make your own connections...

Necessary Adjustments #1:

Asakawa Maki - Black (adjusted) (1991)


DNA - DNA on DNA (adjusted) (comp., 2004)


Kuniharu Akiyama - Tape Works I (adjusted) (comp., 2007)


Iannis Xenakis - Medea/Nuits/Knephas/Serment/A Colone (aka Choral Music) (adjusted) (comp., 1998)


What's the reason for this outpouring of egocentric largesse? Simple. It's my birthday month, and the 35th anniversary of my first forays into multitrack recording. (How time curdles...) The very first tapes were made at Valdosta State University's long-closed Electronic Music Lab in 1975 (some featuring an eighteen-year-old Don Fleming on already blazing guitar), and I began making dubbed-out production carts (sample-loading precursors from the pre-digital broadcast era) to promote special programs at WVVS-FM in Valdosta, GA by 1977. (Listening to Super Ape the year before really changed everything.) By the next year, beginning in April, I started making dub versions of albums I considered underdone or otherwise insufficient in attack or tone. I didn't have much to work with at the station (we weren't allowed to smuggle in recordings of our own), but I used the available resources at my disposal (cart machines, reel-to-reel decks, turntables, fixed microphones, and very simple mixing boards) to re-posit recordings by a reasonably odd assortment of artists: Television, Japan, Giorgio Moroder, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Ramones, even Public Image Ltd., whose recordings I loved but wished to further deform. And it's in this spirit of semi-reverent terrorism that I offer thirty days of similarly-themed detournment. Download as many as you care to store and join me later in the VSC student union for a silent 16-mm screening of Psycho...

That's it for the initial installment.



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