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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 April 9, 2015: Other Worlds, Other Rooms: New Age Tootscapes
Dissolve your body and float with me to other realms of exotic consciousness.

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Artist Track Album
Joel Andrews  The Violet Flame pt.1   Options The Violet Flame 
Spirit Sounds  Windows Of Light, Windows Of Sound (Side A)   Options Windows Of Light, Windows Of Sound 
Ariel Kalma  Musique Pour le Reve et l'Amour   Options Music for Dream and Love 
Music behind DJ:
Ariel Kalma 
Musique Pour le Reve et l'Amour   Options Music for Dream and Love 
Iasos  Siren Shallows   Options Inter-Dimensional Music through Iasos 
Iasos  Lagoon Night   Options Inter-Dimensional Music through Iasos 
Iasos  Osiris Bull-Man & Elephant Walk   Options Inter-Dimensional Music through Iasos 
Ariel Kalma  Voyage Reternelle   Options Les Temps des Moissons 
Raphael  Serpent   Options Music to Disappear In 
Daniel Emmanuel  Arabian Fantasy   Options I am the Center: Private Issue New Age in America, 1950-1990 
Music behind DJ:
Trans-Millenia Consort 
Rain on Ancient Quays   Options Aquatic Realms 
Karl L. Schaffner  Mountains in the Sea A   Options Mountains in the Sea 
Craig Kupka  Clouds 1   Options Clouds: Music for Relaxation 
Music behind DJ:
Craig Kupka 
Clouds 1   Options Clouds: Music for Relaxation 
Nick Rowe  The Fire & The Moon (Side B)   Options The Fire & The Moon 
Peaceful Solutions  Lori   Options Peaceful Solutions 
Music behind DJ:
Primitive Silence   Options Music to Disappear In 
Ariel Kalma  Musique Pour le Reve et l'Amour   Options Music for Dream and Love 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Flash and all!!
Avatar 6:56pm Flash Strap:

doin' swell, james. just swell. gettin ready to goose loop. And you?
Avatar 6:59pm ndbob:

evening Flash, Jams, et al
Avatar 7:01pm Flash Strap:

heya bob
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Got this tape, and many others, some of which I'll play tonight, at this most excellent blog: soundsofthedawn.blogspot.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Ike:

Greetings, humans!
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm Isaac "Warthog" Hell:

"...weird shops that sell crystals that don't really do anything...." -- ROTFL!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Uncle Michael:

is that gif from Fantastic Planet?
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

Yes, it is. That scene sticks with me, man.
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

Such a cool movie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Uncle Michael:

I haven't seen it. But I have it downloaded and in my Plex server...just need to find time to watch it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm ikє:

Fantastic Planet freaks me the fuck out. That's a very, very bad trip (for me) entirely without any chemicals whatsoever. Your mileage may vary.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Uncle Michael:

Man, I gotta make some time for it.
Avatar 7:26pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, I love it. I get pleasure from it for sure.
  7:29pm patashnik:

Hey folks... looks like I have another film to get around to.
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

oh yeah, it's a singular pleasure. Surreal, erotic, horrifying
  7:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Surreal, erotic, horrifying? I'm in!
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

Hey Doug!
  7:33pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey, Dr. Strap!
Avatar 7:34pm Flash Strap:

Speaking of surreal, erotic, horrifying: I just saw The Red Shoes, and I can pretty much guarantee it's one of the best movies ever made, or ever will be made. (Also, it's the best ballet movie, but that's basically beside the point)
  7:39pm patashnik:

When you described it as that, I thought of The Wall.
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

oh boy, it is better than the wall, I promise. though very likely quite a bit less of a high school memory machine
  7:41pm patashnik:

That's good enough for me. I'll check it out for sure.
Avatar 7:42pm Flash Strap:

Seriously, I used to love The Wall so dearly, but I recently watched it for the first time in years with nothing but positive expectations, even though I knew I'd grown considerably out of it. I thought it would be mainly good nostalgia. It was very difficult. Not that it doesn't have some awesome crap in it, though.
  7:44pm patashnik:

I only saw it for the first time a year or two ago. I thought it was worthwhile if nothing spectacular.
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

I may have been poisoned by teenaged emotion-memories
  7:47pm patashnik:

Aren't we all?
Have you seen Baraka/Samsara?
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

I L O V E Baraka
Avatar 7:55pm Flash Strap:

but I have not seen Samsara, and I suppose I really need to. Love Fricke's work generally, at least what I've seen
  7:56pm patashnik:

They're just fantastic. I still need to see Koyaanisqatsi and the like.
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

Those are great too. At least, Pow and Koy are great. Naqoyqatsi is pretty missable.
Avatar 7:58pm ndbob:

there is a new Philip Glass memoir
Avatar 7:59pm ndbob:

excellent show Flash - need to go catch the rest on the archive
Avatar 7:59pm Flash Strap:

Baraka is extra-amazing for featuring what must surely be the ultimate filmed example of the Balinese Kecak Monkey Dance. It's completely sweat-soakingly INSANE
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

hate to see you go bob. love to watch ya leave though
Avatar 8:02pm glenn:

guitar in velvet.
Avatar 8:03pm Flash Strap:

You can nab this monster here: soundsofthedawn.blogspot.com...
Avatar 8:03pm Flash Strap:

I'll have to click that one later Glenn!
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Some really hot day this summer I'll do a whole show of new age underwater music, and we can all cool ourselves in the blue sonic waters
Avatar 8:09pm glenn:

it's george barnes. that is all.
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Minnesota Jeff:

Wish I could listen live but I was listening to archives all day today and LOVE THIS SHOW. Gunna listen to tonights show tomorrow, TOP SHELF.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm Ike:

@FS@8:08, that sounds great!
Avatar 8:19pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Jeff! I wish you could listen live too!

And thanks Ike, I'm glad you think so
  8:23pm doca:

Hey, Mr. Flash Strap, excellent show, it combines with Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, which I'm reading now!
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Awesome doca! glad to see you!
  8:27pm doca:

BTW, your last show about plants was also amazing. I listened from the archives. My plants all enjoyed it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm listener james from westwood:

Yikes! Let's hope the worst of the weather avoids you all round those parts!
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

Oh, that's great news doca. Thanks for the kind word.
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

thanks james, here's hopin. we've been ok so far
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

actually, looks like the worst has passed us
Avatar 8:33pm hyde:

cool, i didn't miss all of the new age
Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

hey there dr. jekyll
Avatar 8:35pm hyde:

@doca i love the Left Hand of Darkness. did you know they're doing a bbc radio drama of it? www.bbc.co.uk...
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

this is another from sounds of the dawn: soundsofthedawn.blogspot.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm listener james from westwood:

That's a relief.

In terms of obscure science fiction, the one film I caught during one of its few times being aired on TV was "The Lathe of Heaven." Ages ago, like early 80s or something.
Avatar 8:37pm Flash Strap:

ok, i'd never heard of Left hand of Darkness before now. I just looked it up, it sounds incredible.
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

i wanna see that one. How was it, james?
Avatar 8:38pm hyde:

@Flash it is, it's great. in other news, I'm sure grabbing this Nick Rowe right now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm listener james from westwood:

Strange, as far as I can recall. I was an early adolescent and not as ready for it as I might have been like 5 years later than when I saw it. Clamor for it to be re-aired during the ensuing years was huge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm listener james from westwood:

holy shit, 1979. I was SO not old enough to appreciate it (9!). make that 10 years not 5!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Doug Schulkind:

Holy moly, that's a gorgeous gif! I was listening on the iPhone until now. This show is an ocular as well as aural delight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm listener james from westwood:

Avatar 8:42pm Flash Strap:

Thanks, Doug! I learned how to format the playlist page from only the very best and wisest.
  8:48pm doca:

@hyde: I've seen it on the book's wikipedia page, sounds cool. I'm usually not that into fantasy sci-fi stuff, but I'm digging the book a lot.
  8:49pm doca:

Lots of references today, gonna have to revuse the comment board tomorrow to get to know them all
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

Sounds like good weird literature Doca. I'm glad you brought it up tonight, I look forward to reading it. I usually don't read all that much sci-fi, but I love it when it's good
Avatar 8:54pm ndbob:

checking in for a sec - the left hand of darkness is great
  8:55pm doca:

Sci-fi is usually my safeguard genre. Whenever I don't know what to read I pick a sci-fi book.
Avatar 8:56pm Flash Strap:

ah, for me, it's Raymond Chandler
Avatar 8:57pm Flash Strap:

on that note, i got around to reading inherent vice and it was great. i know the go-to line is that it's lesser pynchon, which is basically accurate, but I fuckin loved it
  8:59pm doca:

Lesser Pynchon is still Pynchon, and I dare any Pynchon fan say they don't like The Crying of Lot 49 eheh
Chandler and Hammett were also my safeguard choices, but it's been years I don't read any of them.
Avatar 9:00pm hyde:

thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

Lot 49 is probably the best book I've ever read, and I've read it four or five times. Chandler is an actual, honest-to-god genius in my opinion, but I've always dragged my feet on getting into Hammett. Chandler's Long Goodbye is easily in my top five favorite books.
Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

and flicks for that matter.
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

thank YOU, hyde!
Avatar 9:03pm hyde:

@Flash CHandler is great, but the Hammett's are really good too. I've read all of 'em except Red Harvest.
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

I want to read that one specifically, because of Yojimbo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Flash, and be safe tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

That's all folks! thanks for tuning in! Next week: Donovan? Gato Barbieri? Roger Roger&Nino Nardini? Who knows?
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