Friday, August 28, 2015

CutUpSound: Edison

(3:18)  A mashup from John dos Passos' USA and various contemporary noise composers.  Assembled from a live audio collage broadcast.


This is like Kaltenborn-- I left the unusual sounds as they were, making them in fact the primary feature of the piece.  On the other hand, the linear narrative supplied by the original was chopped all to heck.  Like Kaltenborn, it's best heard on headphones.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Godfrey Comes to the Bay!

One deal I have on the burner is something with Arthur Godfrey-- it seems there's an entire broadcast day from 1939 at the venerable Internet Archive, including the morning show hosted by a somewhat inebriated-sounding him.  If I could just get that to work with Paula doing her last show on the BBC...this might end up being the art for that one.

Anyway, this thing here.  Arthur Godfrey was a radio guy-- announcer, host, emcee-- starting in the 1920s.  By the 50's, when TV came along, he was its biggest celebrity, with 3 TV programs on the air at the same time in 1953.

So when the network needed to plug him, like personal appearances, or if his show was starting in a new city, you'd see ads like this-- cheesy, grainy black & white giant-head ads (the Giant Head ad format was popular then, this head actually came off an ad for radio tubes.  You'd be flipping through the Saturday Evening Post and run into something that could be cut out and turned into a Halloween mask)-- Proclaiming GODFREY COMES TO THE BAY!  or THE TRI-CITIES! or whatever.

Which is a long way of saying, hey look, I imitated cutup advertising art from the 50s!

Why giant heads?  Who knows?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cassetteboy: David Cameron takes extreme measures to keep out migrants

 (2:01)  Last month's news, remixed by Cassetteboy and posted to YouTube a couple days ago.  

Link to YouTube

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CutUpSound: The Speed Hawk

(1:05) Or, "Being Awakened Suddenly By the Late Movie."


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Unintentional Cutup

Ok, Huffington Post-- I know your little deals off to the side there are random-- they do appear in various sequences.  I don't know if it's just my computer, unless the Radio God has a hand in it somewhere.  But it's definitely like some kind of weird comic strip.  Maybe one of those one-panel jobs, with geese and explorers, or strange little kids with bean-shaped heads.  If this keeps up, I'm going to have to give it a name.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Unintentional Cutup

From the "Suggested For You" column on today's Huffington Post.  (For me personally?  Wow. Thanks!)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

CutUpSound: HV Kaltenborn

(3:27) when the aliens landed, some humans welcomed their new masters, including prominent news analyst HV Kaltenborn, and that went something like this!

Not sure what's going with the original here-- the ringing effects sound like the result of drastic noise reduction.  I cut it up, of course, but the original effects are left like they are.  There's more on this tape that may appear in another guise, later.