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Options June 25, 2015: Electronic Dreams and Gardens

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Artist Track Album Label Year
.  Intro        
Cloaks   25 VIII 13 9:07–9:30pm PDX   Options Visible  Sun Ark  2014 
Richard Grayson & Tom Oberheim  Ostinato   Options Live Electronic Music    1974 
Music behind DJ:
Cloudburst   Options Grand Canyon    1982 
Harmonia  Arabesque   Options Harmonia Live 1974     
Harmonia  Holta-Polta   Options Harmonia Live 1974     
Eroc  Kleine Eva   Options Eroc    1974 
Eroc  Der Zauberer's Traum   Options Eroc    1974 
Music behind DJ:
J.D. Emmanuel 
Part V: At-One-Ment   Options Wizards     
Terry Riley  Journey From the Death of a Friend   Options Happy Ending    1972 
Midori Takada  Mr. Henri Rousseau's Dream   Options Through the Looking Glass    1983 
Music behind DJ:
Conrad Schnitzler 
Electric Garden   Options Ballet Statique    1978 
S. Araw "Trio" XI  Rebuttal   Options "Gazebo Effect"    2015 
S. Araw "Trio" XI  Fireplaces   Options "Gazebo Effect"    2015 
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter 
Deep Night   Options Caribbean Moonlight     

Listener comments!

Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan et al
Avatar 7:00pm hyde:

what is that still from? a Jordan Belson film?
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

evenin' bob and hyde and the invisibles
Avatar 7:03pm Jesse K:

Take it away Flash!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Kaminsky! great show today
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

the still is from John Whitney's awesome short film, "The Matrix III" with music by Terry Riley
Avatar 7:06pm hyde:

ah, Whitney. I knew it was one of those guys....

also, I love that Rousseau painting. there was a fantastic Rousseau exhibit at MOMA that I saw years ago (probably like 20+ years ago) and that painting was amazing.
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

boy I'd love to see a good Rousseau exhibit
Avatar 7:10pm hyde:

god, i just looked it up. it was THIRTY years ago. it was a great show, had all the major paintings and dozens of others i had never seen.
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

He was such a bizarre figure in the painting world. The Surrealists loved him
Avatar 7:20pm Flash Strap:

i love the idea of live electronics/marimba and would want to see such a show
Avatar 7:27pm hyde:

marimbas are cool. i used to listen to that Steve Reich "six marimbas" thing a lot.
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

man, yes. I should have gotten that cued up for this show.

Marimbas are awesome
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

I used this as bed music about a month or so ago. realized as it was happening that it was WAY too good to be talked over. this is my penance
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

seriously one of my favorite electronic works
Avatar 7:37pm northguineahills:

I'm unfamiliar w/ this piece, nice!
Avatar 7:43pm hyde:

this is shaping up to be the shortest playlist ever
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

Hi NGH! glad to hear it!
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

@hyde: Oh, man I know it! the last few were like 2 whole screens long, and this one might make up like 3 or 4 inches. Still, I have a "bunch" of good stuff left to play
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

i mean, shit, that Orientlism playlist was so long i was exhausted from typing by the end
Avatar 7:50pm hyde:

it's quality, not quantity ;)
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

very true. i really adore long-form music – sometimes it just has to be done. take the plunge and play some monster-length stuff
Avatar 7:58pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - catch the rest on the archive as always!
Avatar 7:59pm Flash Strap:

See ya bob, miss ya when ya go (as always)
Avatar 7:59pm Flash Strap:

Honestly, these recordings may be my favorite of the works of Harmonia. wish there were more live tapes of this aspect of the krautrock scene
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

We got any deeply-held Harmonia opinions out there? I'll be honest and say that some of my least favorite stuff is the Eno collaborations. Wish it weren't so
Avatar 8:06pm Flash Strap:

Speaking of preferences, I can't really get into Grobschnitt but can hardly keep this Eroc off the turntable
Avatar 8:08pm hyde:

i don't have a lot of Harmonia, myself. i think i only have Deluxe.
Avatar 8:11pm bennett4senate:

I like the track Watussi. Often though with Harmonia I get sidetracked to Gottsching records, particularly Dream and Desire
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

there isn't much to have unfortunately... Deluxe, Musik von Harmonia (pretty essential i think), and then Live 74 and the Eno stuff
Avatar 8:13pm northguineahills:

Okay, it's weird I haven't heard of Eroc either.
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

Hello to you B4S! yeah, Watussi is tremendous. Harmonia always leads me astray to Cluster, particularly Zuckerzeit, and Moebius and Plank.
Avatar 8:14pm Flash Strap:

Eroc is the solo project of Grobschnitt drummer/bandleader. way more electronic ambient than the Grob stuff, which is more skronky and Zappa via Faust
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

Dream and Desire is good, but now I need to give it a real listen now that you've mentioned it
Avatar 8:16pm Flash Strap:

"Der Zauberer's Traum"="The Sorceror's Dream"
Avatar 8:18pm bennett4senate:

It's shreddy.
Avatar 8:19pm northguineahills:

No relation to the Tangerine Dream sndtrk.
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

Gottsching does tend towards shreddin'
Avatar 8:33pm northguineahills:

Wow, I don't have this Terry Riley.
Avatar 8:33pm Flash Strap:

hold on, I'll find it for you
Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:35pm Flash Strap:

lots of good stuff there, too. same guy, Maio, who does that huge library site
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

the library site: maiolibrary.blogspot.com
Avatar 8:39pm hyde:

wow, sweet. i know that library site (i'm kind of overwhelmed by it, honestly) but i didn't know he had another. thanks!
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

he even has ANOTHER: garagesaleterritory.blogspot.com...
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

that one's not as essential to pick through though, IMO. The library site is daunting as hell but its worth the time to get the best stuff at least, while the links are still live
Avatar 8:43pm Flash Strap:

but of course, it's the picking that's the hardest part
Avatar 8:44pm hyde:

that's the problem. i don't know the stuff well enough to know what to grab! i occasionally get a tip (sometimes from what you play) but usually i just throw up my hands when i look at it.
Avatar 8:44pm Flash Strap:

it's such hard work sometimes
Avatar 8:46pm northguineahills:

tak tak, Flash!
Avatar 8:47pm Flash Strap:

as far as names go, you can't go TOO wrong with JP Decerf, Janko Nilovic, Pierric, Bruno Nicolai, of course Roger Roger/Nino Nardini/Cecil Leuter/etc.
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

Music Scene is usually a pretty interesting label, and he has all these really unusual Musax label LPs that I'd recommend. The Chappells are worth looking up on discogs and just seeing if the song titles or general vibe intrigue you (that's what I do for everything, and with the way library music is conceived, it works to a certain degree). Same with Edipan, MP2000. I'm sure I've left out a ton.
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

oh man also Syd Dale, Peter Reno, and Camille Sauvage. And Sonoton is pretty strong. And Tele Music. hahaha it's too much
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

welly welly welcome NGH
Avatar 8:52pm hyde:

i'm glad you left out a ton. just this will surely be of great help hacking thru the thicket.
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

i'm miles away from being an expert, but hit me up if i can ever help you navigate
Avatar 8:55pm hyde:

will do. but generally your show + blog alone gives me plenty of pointers!
Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

I'm glad to hear it. I aim to help spread the Truth and the Light of good & weird music in all ways
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

Man this is a brand new, clean record. I don't know what business that scratch has being on here, unless it's part of the recording
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Ike:

Hello. Latecomer again. I like this! Playlist look fantaxellent, will have to hit the archive later.
Avatar 9:15pm Flash Strap:

Hello Ike! happy to have you and sorry to say we're just about through
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

Man this track is a grower I guess. I'm diggin it more than I was previously. The whole record is so fuckin weird, it's extremely difficult to digest, and yet so basically pleasant and intriguing that it doesn't put you off straight away.
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

I'm just happy to see the Sun Araw enterprise follow an uncompromised, shifting vision. I keep thinking about dedicating a whole show to that trajectory but haven't got it together yet
Avatar 9:28pm hyde:

cool show Flash, thanks!
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

thank you for listening, hyde. nice chattin with ya
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