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Jul 082012

Here’s podcast 85: Catharsirator, featuring DaveX, Tom Denney, Jacob Riley via phone call-in, myself, and probably some other people I can’t remember. We recorded Catharsirator way back in 1999 at my college radio station WIDB on the campus of Southern Illinois University. It was somewhere around the 15th episode of the original incarnation of Theatre Intangible, ~Ore~ Prefab Audio Extrapolations. I remember this as one of my favorite episodes, but listening back now, I’m not exactly sure why. Memory plays tricks.

Keep listening near the end for Dave’s ticked off rant to the audience where he announced he was, “sick of playing with ameobas and light and shit.” He went on to say this episode was our creative peak, but given the context, I think he may have meant creative plateau.

All the same, there are a few nice moments. I did the live mixing back in 1999 and the mastering and (admittedly heavy) editing last week. Enjoy this little nugget from 1999.

Update: DaveX gives his thoughts on the episode and his infamous rant:

Yeah, I did get a chance to listen. We had some interesting sounds going at times, despite (or perhaps because of) what I detect as my earnest, constant efforts to throw everyone off-kilter. Overall, Catharsirator is better than I remembered. I’ll chalk it up to your editing, I’m guessing there’s about 20 minutes you left on the cutting room floor? (Tony’s note: More like 30 minutes, including some bad rapping by Jacob and me.)

I did want to explain my statements at the end, though– oddly enough, I remember (mostly) what I was thinking. Basically, I was frustrated with the limitations of the show, at least in terms of our audience. I didn’t expect too many people to ever be tuning in, but it was important to me that our ongoing experiments into listening and sound-making were more than just entertainment, or exercises in providing passive experiences for listeners to consume. You might recall that I was always trying to figure out ways to involve people on the “other end” of the show, whether it was encouraging them to come in and join us, or move around, listen in different ways, etc. But of course, this really never materialized. By the Catharsirator episode, I was more than a little into the feeling that we were kicking a dead horse. When I mentioned “amoebas and lights” I was referring to science experiments I probably read about in a textbook somewhere– describing phototropic response in amoebas. So yeah, I basically called the audience out as single-celled lifeforms, which wasn’t very kind of me. In retrospect (as it is with so many things) I wish I’d known how to phrase things more diplomatically. There might have been room to grow without all that condemnation in the air! My belated apologies to anyone who DID tune in that evening are definitely in order, haha. Still, it would be misleading if I said that confrontation and reaction wasn’t a fairly large element of those early ~Ore~ broadcasts, not to mention the experimental nature of the show. Experiments don’t necessarily go where you point them! It’s interesting to hear all that frustration, though– that’s definitely one kind of push that got me interested in new ways of making music and creating sounds, as well as new ideas about sharing them.


Jul 052010

This one goes way back. Actually, it’s the second episode EVER, recorded and broadcast October 22nd, 1998 on ~ORE~ Prefab Audio Extrapolations, WIDB Radio, Carbondale, Illinois. My ~ORE~ co-host DaveX had yet to join me. In studio with me (if memory serves) were Tom Denney, Mike Meyer, and Wil Bernal. You can hear them calling in as various characters. (Usually they would just go to the station front room and call in on the other station line.)

Mixmaster Satan is a dark portal through pre-9/11 American television. In these pre-digital days, I recorded television sound bites and field recordings directly from the speaker into a cassette recorder and playing back on the station cassette deck live. When I wanted to repeat a section, I had to rewind, watch the counter, and playback, hoping I timed it right. When you listen to these early shows, you’ll be able to tell we were VERY inspired by Negativland. Although I still like these early episodes, it was the over-reliance on sound bites and tv samples that made me want to make the next incarnation (Theatre Intangible) sample-free, created entirely by the performers in-studio. But this episode takes me back.

Apr 042010

On tonight’s episode, we bring you the very first episode of ~ORE~ Prefab Audio Extrapolations, broadcast October 15th, 1998 at SIU’s student station WIDB in Carbondale, Illinois. Self-titled simply as “Prefab Audio Extrapolations,” the episode features years and years of field recordings and audio experiments by myself, my brother, and my cousin, crystallized into 48 minutes and combined with television recordings, dorm-banter, unscreened-calls, and warped-up beat records. Featuring myself, Wess Youngblood, and Jacob Riley in the original tapes, and myself, Tom Denney and (possibly) Wil Bernel live in the studio. DaveX would first appear on the second episode of ~ORE~ P.A.E., coming soon to this podcast. Enjoy.

Feb 232010

Lest you think it’s all trophies and roses here at Theatre Intangible, we bring you an episode from our original incarnation, ~ORE~ Prefab Audio Extrapolations.  Tonight’s episode is called Menial.  Our idea was to interview various workers and pontificate about what it means to work menial jobs.  Somehow, the point got muddled by “investigative” journalism on how my roommate Jason and I were gay.

I know.

We recorded this episode way back in 1999 on the campus of Southern Illinois University at the student station WIDB.  It is not one of ~ORE~’s proudest moments.  But what can I say?  I’m a masochist.  And a sadist.  Which is why I’m offering it up for you fine people.