Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charles Keating: Come Join the Fun

(2:39) World-renowned Los Angeles news announcer George Putnam, on what has become a big, big business.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Low Profile Production Music

First off,
weird radio production music of the 1960's, courtesy of WFMU:


which sounds like the music of Henry Mancini, arranged by a blender...

And musical salvage--
the opening titles for They Shoot Horses Don't They, with as much non-music cut out as I could.  Still a few artifacts in there.  The melody is "Easy Come, Easy Go," arranged by Johnny Green.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Firesign Theatre: Microorganism State Park

(10:19) Speaking of Mr Bretman and his cronies, here's a kind of cut and paste reader's play from their avant-garde religious radio program, Dear Friends.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Andre Hodeir: Jazz et Jazz

(2:59) 1960.


Here's how he did it, for those who want to try this at home:

Hodeir realized the work in three stages. 

During the first, he separately recorded a big band playing several composed passages and a rhythm section (bass and drums) playing along with a chord progression from the ensemble work. 

In the second stage, Hodeir transformed the recording of the big band passages using tape-editing techniques such as speed changes, tape reversal, filtering, and transposition (playing the tape upside down). He next added a rhythm section track, unchanged, to the electronically modified big band track. 

For the third stage, a piano player improvised “as indicated by the composer” along with the “composite tape background,” creating the final realization. 

The musique concrète treatment of the band included horns and drums in reverse, piano slowed-down and sped-up, chirping microphone taps, and a variety of comical percussive effects. The result was a carefully orchestrated crowd pleasure that could be performed live with a solo pianist exchanging passages with his or her mutated electronic doppelganger on tape.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Bran Flakes: Bubbles

Our first track from today's eponymous offering is Turn the Channel, It's Another Commercial.

The entire album is available at the Internet Archive.

And for dessert, a 54-50 video.