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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options February 12, 2015: Voyage: Up Synthetic River

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Artist Track Album
Les Baxter  Intro theme: Taboo   Options Caribbean Moonlight 
Popol Vuh  Aguirre   Options Aguirre - The Wrath of God (OST) 
Adrian Wagner  Rain Forest   Options The Last Inca 
Ariel Kalma  Gongmo   Options Osmose 
Patrick Cowley  Primordial Landscape   Options School Daze 
Brian Eno  Sombre Reptiles   Options Another Green World 
Dieter Schütz  Amazona   Options Voyage 
Music behind DJ:
Dieter Schütz 
Peaceful Solutions  Bamboogie   Options Peaceful Solutions 
David Pritchard  Under The Palms   Options Nocturnal Earthworm Stew 
Clara Mondshine  Amazonenharfe   Options Luna Africana 
Tony Carey  A Voice Across The Nile   Options T.C.P. 
Peru  Africa   Options Continents 
V.C. People  Bomarzo   Options Mystery of Bomarzo 
Music behind DJ:
Bush-Drum   Options Neu! 4 
Jean Michel Jarre  Woolloomooloo   Options Zoolook 
Jean Michel Jarre  Ethnicolor II   Options Zoolook 
Velvet Universe  Voyager   Options Voyager 
Roedelius  Mr. Livingstone   Options Durch Die Wüste 
Ejwuusl Wessahqqan  La Mer   Options Ejwuusl Wessahqqan 
Music behind DJ:
Sinister Dexter 
Heart of Darkness   Options This Kills That 
Carmine Coppola  Voyage   Options Apocalypse Now OST 
Rhythm Devils  Compound   Options Apocalypse Now Sessions 
Rhythm Devils  Steps   Options Apocalypse Now Sessions 
Rhythm Devils  Napalm for Breakfast   Options Apocalypse Now Sessions 
Carmine Coppola  Orange Light   Options Apocalypse Now OST 
Jon & Vangelis  Horizon   Options Private Collection 

Listener comments!

Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Flash and everyone!
Avatar 7:00pm Flash Strap:

evenin' bob!
  7:03pm doca:

I was thinking about just lurking here today, but POPOL VUH! AGUIRRE! Hello, all!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Hello doca!
Avatar 7:04pm ndbob:

hello doca!
  7:07pm Archmo:

Just found this wonderful podcast (and your comprehensive blog) a few weeks back. I never thought that 'exotica' was a unifying genre of its own, but it looks like you have an anthropology dissertation on your hands. Great stuff
Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

Tonight's program is inspired by the sonics of Aguirre and Apocalypse Now
Avatar 7:07pm glenn:

  7:07pm doca:

Hey, ndbob and Flash Strap! My computer antivirus just detected two unwanted files or programs while Popol Vuh was playing. I guess they came on board on my computer while I was on the rain forest.
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Archmo! I do take my exotica pretty seriously. The dissertation is written, by the way. Sort of. Thanks for tuning in, comrade.
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

Kalma did this one with Richard Tinti, who had just recorded a wealth of field sounds in the Borneo jungle
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Carmichael:

Heya Flash. Playlist is short but sweet.
  7:11pm doca:

@Flash Strap: You could play those "insect electronica" album by Sublime Frequencies. Gorgeous stuff.
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

Something tells me Borneo may have the best jungle, as far as they go. Orang-Utans and all that
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Carmichael
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Carmichael:

That weird Tangerine Dream-sounding synth when the patrol boat is going up river. Man, that's the best ...
Avatar 7:14pm Flash Strap:

Doca: I really should, I love that stuff.
Carmichael: We'll be hearing that later!
Avatar 7:14pm Flash Strap:

it's seriously one of my favorite pieces of music
Avatar 7:16pm Flash Strap:

That insect electronica stuff always sounded weird beyond all imagination to me, but when I was in Bali a little while back I actually heard some cicadas that were so similar to those recordings. So metallic and alien, completely overwhelmingly loud too. Out of body jungle moment
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

belated hello to glenn!
Avatar 7:32pm glenn:

it's colder than a welldigger's tit.
  7:33pm doca:

Every December there's a lot of cicadas over here in Porto Alegre and they make noise practically all day. It's strange to be walking through a busy street and the most loud noise is not from cars. Afterwards one gets used to it and their natural drone music and then the sounds fade as if they never been there.
Avatar 7:38pm Flash Strap:

That's how it was growing up in North Carolina as well; it's funny how another region's cicadas still sound incredibly exotic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Jeff Golick:

Checking in upriver...all sounding lovely.
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm listener james from westwood:

Hello, entomologists and exoticologists!
  7:39pm doca:

Yeah, maybe they have accents
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

Hey there, LJFW!
  7:42pm doca:

@listener james: Where is Westwood?
Avatar 7:44pm glenn:

i heard a great little documentary about cicadas on c.b.c. overnight a couple nights ago, originally from the australian broadcasting co.
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

from what year? that sounds fascinating
Avatar 7:46pm ndbob:

I loved the cicada appearances in 1970, 1987 and 2004 when I was in Maryland
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

Yeah I fondly remember a year in 6th grade when they were everywhere, causing wonderful chaos. And me, a 6th grade boy, just reaping the bounty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm listener james from westwood:

@doca: Westwood is in Bergen County, NJ, about 15 miles as the crow flies from NYC. It's two towns north of Paramus, which is one of the mall-heavy towns in NJ that gives us the reputation of being a state with nothing but malls. But it and Westwood are mostly suburbs.
Avatar 7:54pm glenn:

i think it was recent. i'll search for it. not right now, i'm stirring risotto.
Avatar 7:55pm Flash Strap:

I mean, the risotto comes first
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Flash! catch the rest on the archive
  7:57pm doca:

@listener james: oh I got it. I didn't know in what state it was. But New Jersey's supposed bad reputation doesn't affect me so much as I idealize it for being home to WFMU and former home to Maxwell's
Avatar 7:58pm glenn:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm listener james from westwood:

We've got so many bad reputations—toxic waste, the Mob, malls, highways, vacuous plastic-surgery recipients—that I think they average out to a net zero. And yes, we do indeed still have the mothership of WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Jeff Golick:

Not exotica, but the show does bring to mind Billy Bang's Vietnam-related albums. Gotta put those on after.
  8:03pm doca:

@listener james: Yeah I now remembered Newark through Philip Roth Nathan Zuckerman later novels. It adds up to the bad fame.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Uncle Michael:

Greetings, explorers.
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Welcome, Uncle!
Jeff: I've heard of, but never heard, those Bang records! I have to look into that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm listener james from westwood:

How do, UM! Never get out of the boat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Uncle Michael:

Charlie don't surf.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm listener james from westwood:

And pertinent to doca's NJ query, Kilgore's line, "What the hell do you know about surfing, Major? You're from goddamned New Jersey!"
Avatar 8:23pm Flash Strap:

Ha! Kilgore is such a fuckin' wonder to behold
Avatar 8:25pm Flash Strap:

Y'know, let me just go on record as being staunchly opposed to Redux being considered anything but an oddity. STAUNCHLY
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Doug Schulkind:

Greetings, Señor Strap. I'm just home from work. You can play the good stuff now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm listener james from westwood:

You just knew he wasn't gonna get so much as a scratch.
Avatar 8:26pm Flash Strap:

ah thank goodness doug! I couldn't hold out much longer, appeasing the hoi polloi with this tripe. nick o' time, my friend
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm listener james from westwood:

Its added scenes are eminently blip-by-able. If that's a word. Vast majority of director's cuts have demonstrated to me why they award an Oscar for Best Film Editing. It's a legit art.
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

so true, james. Though I am head-over-heels for the "final cut" of Blade Runner
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm listener james from westwood:

Give me the days when movies were finished in a sleep-in-the-edit-room, celluloid strewn about, stomach-acid-and-amphetamine-driven drive of instinct and exigency.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Doug Schulkind:

Open the floodgates, Dr. Strappinski!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm listener james from westwood:

OK, that is a legit exception, that Blade Runner cut. If for no other reason than killing that damn voice-over. Worked great in Apoc.Now, but less so in BR.
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

There's a few non director's cuts I like a lot too, like the by-committee Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, or Touch of Evil (though I guess they had Welles' notes)
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

I do have a soft spot for the voiceover in BR, but I agree it had to go
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm listener james from westwood:

The original Star Wars was largely born as a result of Marcia Lucas's narrative skills in editing the film.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Uncle Michael:

I'm with you about Redux, Flash.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm listener james from westwood:

For Apoc., it provided another connection to "Heart of Darkness" by giving us a narrator through whose eyes we would look. In Blade Runner, it took away from the visuals and the soundtrack, which spoke volumes sans words.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm listener james from westwood:

Apocalypse Now: Reflux.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm Doug Schulkind:

Ejwuusls ripped my flesh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm Uncle Michael:

I'm just this moment making a gif from Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm listener james from westwood:

You're looking at the playlist. Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Uncle Michael:

Ridley Scott's "The Final Cut" is must-see.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm listener james from westwood:

UM, if this is upcoming playlist art, it's another reason to be happy for a Friday.
Avatar 8:37pm Flash Strap:

Man, do we have fellow Garrett and Kid lovers? I'm so often alone in my love of that film, which I would put next to or even above Wild Bunch
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Uncle Michael:

I haven't seen it often or recently enough to declare my love. I will watch a good director's cut of it if there's one you recommend.
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

I can't remember which it is, but there's a somewhat "restored" cut that is amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Uncle Michael:

I'll start at wikipedia then go look for a torrent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Doug Schulkind:

Get yer red hot Rhythm Devils right here: flashstrap.blogspot.com...
Avatar 8:43pm Flash Strap:

I think it's the version which is most readily and widely available, at least for the last 10 or so years
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm listener james from westwood:

Loving the second dose of soundtrack music, BTW, along with that of Morricone Island Tuesday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Uncle Michael:

Nothing like percussion recorded by Hart & Kreutzmann on George Lucas' soundstage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm listener james from westwood:

My second viewing of Apoc. Now was the first viewing for many of my friends, on videotape, during a college summer. One friend was considerably younger, still mid-high school. Aside from me, nobody was expecting the water buffalo sacrifice, least of all her.
Avatar 8:45pm Flash Strap:

man, you ain't kiddin'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm listener james from westwood:

IIRC didn't Coppola and Lucas actually want to film this movie in Vietnam during the actual war, in ~1969 or so?
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

It is probably my favorite film, when it all comes down to pickin' sides
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Uncle Michael:

As a Deadhead, I heard them make this sort of noise (I say that with love) live, many times. The Beam could rattle an arena.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm listener james from westwood:

"We'll come in low out of the rising sun ..."
Avatar 8:49pm Flash Strap:

Not a Deadhead really, but I gotta admire THE BEAM
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Uncle Michael:

It made an impressive sound. It wasn't good at subtlety so Hart tended to build up to it then climax with it.
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

In amongst the rings of confusion
Silencing the thought powers one by one
It seems all so incredible
Our own ability to confuse - to sacrifice
To enlighten like a Shakespearian play
We foolish and happily hold on to sanity

While all around the pushing
And prodding of our feelings
The twisting and turning of our hearts
Displaying an almost indefinable strength
Of purpose - a reason, a reason, a reason
Where no reasons seems to exist

Yet, as in a vision, a voice transcending
All our imagination, jewel of life
Guiding light heralding a joyous new dawn
Clear and gifted time
Divine Nature - Super Nature
The supreme gift of knowledge and space
In this cacophony of life
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

Jon and Vangelis wear it right on the sleeve, those sweet angels
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Uncle Michael:

Ok, so we've featured YES. Aphrodite's Child and now Jon & Vangelis on the stream recently, between the two of us.
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

YES man!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Flash...central time zone, represent!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Doug Schulkind:

The h♥rr♥r...the h♥rr♥r
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

a brother in central waters, I forgot! where are you again?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

Well hey man, if you ever screw up and end up in St Louis, look me up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm Uncle Michael:

It happens. Family there. I will.
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

Oh nice! Very nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Uncle Michael:

night all...see many of you tomorrow...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey Flash Strap, you can go for another 11 hours and 57 minutes, as far as I'm concerned...
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

Thanks, Doug! 'Night Michael! Night night everyone.
Avatar 9:05pm northguineahills:

Got here for the last track, wooo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm Uncle Michael:

Just bought a copy of the 2-version set of Pat and Billy.
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

Oh man, enjoy! It's so fuckin' good!
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