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Friday, 30 November 2012

Episode 5: Contemporary Futurism / Postmodern Hopelessness

Retro Futurism's final program Episode 5: Contemporary Futurism / Postmodern Hopelessness was broadcast 30 November 2012 and is available to stream here and download here and here. This was what was played:

Kraftwerk - Computerwelt
Parliament - Placebo Syndrome
Disco Inferno - A Crash At Every Speed
Pole - Modul
Ryoji Ikeda - Data.Multiplex
Alva Noto - Neue Stadt (Skizze B)
Sturm - Untitled
Mark Fell - Multistability 7a
Hecker - Piste03
John Chantler - Untitled 05
John Chantler - Untitled 03
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Disingenuousness
Burial - Archangel
The Advisory Circle - Modern Through Movement
Broadcast and the Focus Group - You Must Wake
Philip Jeck - Chime Again
The Caretaker - Everything is on the Point of Decline
Tropical Contact High - ... And With Whom?
James Ferraro - Palm Trees, WiFi and Dream Sushi
Toro Y Moi - Fax Shadow
Clams Casino - The World Needs Change
Oneohtrix Point Never - Nobody Here
Oneohtrix Point Never - Demerol
Ford and Lopatin - Voices
Oneohtrix Point Never - Angel
Games - Heartlands
DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
Dro Carey - Motorvibe
Traxman - Brainwash
Cooly G - Sunshine
MMM - Nouse Somme MMM
Evol - Wormhole Shubz 1
Lee Gamble - Pandemonium Institute
Julee Cruise - The World Spins

Thanks for listening. More on Retro Futurism here soon, we've only scratched the surface...

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Episode 4: Urban Machines

Episode 4: Urban Machines can be streamed here and downloaded (2 parts) here and here. Playlist below:

Protect and Survive - Future Prison (EFNY)
John Carpenter - Escape From New York - Main Title
Kraftwerk - Schaufensterpuppen
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Cosmic Surfing
Shuggie Otis - XL-30
Afrika Bambaataa - Bambaataa's Theme
Man Parrish - Boogie Down (Bronx)
Oren Ambarchi - Girl With Silver Eyes
Giorgio Moroder - Baby Blue
Space - Magic Fly
Sylvia Love - Extraterrestrial Lover
Adonis - No Way Back
NY Housing Authority - Apartment 2a
Denis Garcia - Door to Dimension 4 (Inverto Remix)
Charanjit Singh - Raga Megh Malhar
Phuture - Acid Tracks
Tin Man - Museum of Acid
Cybotron - Cosmic Cars
Derrick May - Spaced Out
Model 500 - Starlight
Drexciya - Devil Ray Cove
Dopplereffekt - Satellites
Anthony Rother - Nacht Der Gotter
The Normal - T.V.O.D.
Oren Ambarchi - Remedios the Beauty
South Rakkas Crew - Red Alert
Ly Ngua O - Vo Chang Lam Bieng
Tshe Tsha Boys - Anidyi Nyama
Connie Francis - Robot Love

Episode 5: Contemporary Futurism / Postmodern Hopelessness, the final episode of Retro Futurism, will air midnight Friday 30 November. It will look at the decline of futurism, the rise of machines and the pessimism that has crept into contemporary experimental music making. Stay tuned...

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Urban Machines

Tonight's program - Episode 3: Urban Machines will look at the advent of consumer electronics and the futuristic music made by urban youth on these newfangled gadgets. This made for a period of considerable experiment and invention, loads of great music, and images. Here's to the latter:

Roland 303

Oscar Peterson on the 303


Yellow Magic Orchestra

Giorgio Moroder


Sylvia Love


Frankie Knuckles

Jesse Saunders

Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May & Juan Atkins



Their future?

Friday, 16 November 2012

Episode 3: Improvisation and Indeterminacy

Episode 3: Improvisation and Indeterminacy aired midnight Friday 15 November - available to stream here and download here and here. The great Sun Ra pictured above. This is the music:

Herbie Hancock - Rain Dance
John Cage - Williams Mix
Sun Ra - The Door of the Cosmos
Anthony Pateras - 76755
Duke Ellington - Spacemen
Alice Coltrane - Galaxy Around Oldumare
Alan Lamb - Infinity Machine
Robert Rockwell III - Androids
Oren Ambarchi - As Far As The Eye Can See
Sa Ra Creative Partners - Space Fruit
Christian Wolff - Exercise 15
Sun Ra - Love in Outer Space
Anthony Pateras - Mutant Theatre 1
Miles Davis - Little Church
Supersilent - 6.1
Wadado Leo Smith - Radiant Light Gushing from the Sun
Cornelius Cardew - Material
Ekkehard Ehlers - Cornelius Cardew (ii)
Jon Hassel / Brian Eno - Rising Thermal
Protect and Survive - Casualties
Sun Ra - Disco 3000
The Sun God - Analog Codes
Terry Riley - Music for the Gift 1
Michael Hurley - O My Stars

Thanks for listening. Next week Friday 23 November is Episode 4: Urban Machines, looking at the small electronic boxes, gadgets and computers used by inner city dwellers to create rhythms, bleeps and pulsars to transcend urban reality.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Episode 2: Lab Coats

Episode 2: Lab Coats aired 9 November. Stream here and download here and here. This is what we heard:

Eliane Radigue - L'Isle Resonante
Johanna M Beyer - Music of the Spheres
Paul Hindemith - 7 Triostucke fur 3 Trautoniums
Olivier Messiaen - Oraison
Halim El-Dabh - Expression of Zaar
Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry - Gene Piece, RAI Bird
Andre Boucourechliev - Texte 2
Jan Jelinek - Wood Pigeon
Herbert Eimert - Glockenspiel
Karel Goeyvaerts - Komposition No. 7
Franco Evangalesti - Incontre Di Fasce Sonore
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Studie II
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Cosmic Pulses
Iannis Xenakis - Orient Occident (excerpt)
Otto Leunig - Fantasy in Space
Otto Leunig and Vladimir Ussachevsky - Incantation
Alice Shields - Study for Voice and Tape
Delia Derbyshire - Dr Who - Original Theme
Delia Derbyshire - The Delian Mode
Daphne Oram - Contrasts Essonic
Lawrence English - Coprinus Comatus
Daphne Oram - Tumblewash
Suzanne Ciani - Pop and Pour
Suzanne Ciani - Live Buchla Concert, Paris, 1975
Suzanne Ciani - Princess with Orange Feet
Gentile or Jew? - Untitled #8
Holly Herndon - Movement
Laurie Anderson - New York Social Life
Al Bowly - Hang Out the Stars in Indiana

Completely ran out of time so missed out on playing a lot, including Laurie Spiegel, Bernard Parmegiani, Pauline Oliveros, Cat Hope, and many many others.

Episode 3: Improvisation and Indeterminacy
airs midnight Friday 16 November.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Episode 1: Pioneers

Episode 1: Pioneers
aired Friday 2 November and is available to stream here and to download here and here. This is what was played:

Arnold Schoenberg - String Quartet 2, 4th movement
Anton Webern - Variations for Piano, Op 27
Erik Satie - Musique d'Ambleument: Carrelage Phonique
Marcel Duchamp - Musical Sculpture
Parham Pickett Apollo Syncopaters - Mojo Strut
Charles Ives - They Are There!
Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question
Henry Cowell - The Tides of Manaunan
Luigi Russolo - Risveglia di una Citta
Pierre Schaeffer - Etude Aux Chemins de Fer
Les Baxter - Moon Moods
Tchaikovsky - Valse Sentimentale
Percy Grainger - Free Music (for Four Theremins)
Les Baxter - Lunar Rhapsody
Joe Meek - I Hear A New World
Sun Ra - Love in Outer Space
Billy Riley - Flying Saucers Rock N Roll
Sun Ra - Message to Earthmen
Sun Ra - Blues on Planet Mars
Gyorgy Ligeti - Atmospheres
Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason - You Mean More to Me Than Any Scientific Truth
Jeff Mills - Landscape (Utopian Dreams)
Michael Bundt - La Chasse Aux Microbes
Drexciya - Dripping Into A Time Of No Future
Walter Huston - Lost in the Stars

Pioneers started with the grandpappy of twentieth century exploratory composition Arnold Schoenberg, the final movement of his Second String Quartet, considered his first deep dip into atonality. It also features a soprano, singing the words of mystic writer Stefan George, his poem Entruckung (Transport) evoking Schoenberg's reluctant voyage into the unknown and of the new freedoms - and vertigo - opened up to modern composers:

I feel the air of another planet
And faces blow over me through the dark
Faces that even now kindly turn themselves toward me.

And trees and byways that I once loved now pale
So that I hardly recognize them and you bright one
Beloved shadow - summoner of my agonies -

Are now extinguished completely in the deep glowing
so that after the rapturous tumult
with a devout countenance calming

I surrender myself in sound, circling, hovering,
Groundless gratitude and unspoken praise
Surrendering myself helplessly to the great breath.

A clamorous pain overwhelms me
In the roar of consecration where fervent cries
Beg in the dust of supplicants in tumult:

Then I see how pale clouds slip
Into clear sun-filled spaces
Clouds that embrace only the furthest mountain passes.
The earth trembles white and soft as whey.

I rise up over monstrous ravines,
I feel as if I were swimming over the last cloud
In a shimmering crystal sea.
I am only a spark of the holy fire
I am only a roar of the holy voice.

Episode 1 also introduced some of the thoughts behind Retro Futurism:

- Nostalgic, counterfactual image of what the future might have been, but is not, fueled by a dissatisfaction or discomfort with the present, to which retro-futurism provides a nostalgic contrast.

- Particularly a dissatisfaction with modern futurism, and the almost total lack of imagining of an exciting and alternative future world. In some respects, an extrapolation of the present to the future produces disappointing, or even ghastly results, exemplified in contemporary dystopian visions of the future.

- Dissatisfaction with the modern world itself. A world of high-speed air transport, computers, and space stations is (by any past standard) 'futuristic'; yet the search for alternative and perhaps more promising futures suggests a feeling that the desired or expected future has failed to materialize.

- Like some of the theories behind practitioners of Hauntology and Hypnagogic pop, Retro Futurism is fuelled by an idea that much of these early modernist, 'futurist' experiments had yet to be fully exhausted, that there is still more work to be done

Episode 2: Lab Coats
will look at electronic innovations kickstarted by composers working in academic centres and institutions in the early-mid twentieth century.

Broadcast midnight Friday 9 November on Melbourne's RRR 012.7FM www.rrr.org.au.

Stay tuned...