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Jul 092012

It’s the Great Podcast Releasathon 2012!(tm) this week at Theatre Intangible, a glorious celebration with a new podcast each day! Actually, I made that up. I’m just way behind on my release schedule, I had several old episodes ready to go, and I thought a fancy name would make it appear as if it were intentional.

We kicked off the festivities yesterday with Catharsirator from the WIDB era.

Today’s release is podcast 86: A Wild Snore, featuring Gordon Roque on melodica and vocals; Melody Holt on vocals and musical saw; Cody Bottoms on vocals; myself on musical saw; Anderson Cook on guitar and chaos pad; Randy Hunt on double bass; and Lawrence Crow on keyboards, Theremin, and Supercollider / Puredata programming. I did the live mixing, editing, and mastering. A Wild Snore was the 18th episode of the WRVU era of Theatre Intangible, recorded August 17th, 2008. It’s still one of my favorites.

Stay tuned for another podcast tomorrow!

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.


Oct 212011

Every October, Halloweird! descends upon Theatre Intangible, and we devote the month’s podcasts to all things Halloween. You may have noticed it’s been October for 21 days now. For that, I must apologize. It’s been an incredibly busy, stressful, and productive 21 days full of concerts, recordings, and commitments. But we’re going to make it up to you by cramming as many special Halloween podcasts into the last 9 days as we can. Starting with this spooky Adventure Bomb improv performed October 8th at Noa Noa. This one features Lola Koeune, Cody Bottoms, and Adventure Bomb, my scoop and loop moniker. Enjoy!

Aug 202011

On this WRVU-era episode from 2008, Cody Bottoms, Melody Holt, and Tony Youngblood broadcast the live signals of other radio stations and crop them down to a few bands on 12-band equalizers, juxtaposing movie dialogue and circuit-bent toys. Fly the dark skies.

This episode was previously named “Radio EQ.”