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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 September 3, 2015: Le Sacre du Sauvage: Ritual and Exoticism in Fin de Siècle Classical

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Dvorak  Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 "From the New World": IV. Allegro con fuoco   Options Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"  RCA Victor  1893/1947  Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 
Music behind DJ:
Electro Keyboard Orchestra  
Fire Dance   Options Electro Keyboard Orchestra    1975   
Debussy  Nocturnes: III – Sirènes   Options The Debussy Album  Columbia  1899/19??  Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orch. (with The Temple University Women's Choir) 
Music behind DJ:
Darius Milhaud  La Création du Monde   Options La Création du Monde/L'Histoire du Soldat  Everest  1922-3/1958  John Carewe conducting The London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group 
Music behind DJ:
John Antill  Corroboree   Options Antill: Corroboree  Everest  1944/58?  Sir Eugene Goossens & the London Symphony Orch. (Parts 1-3, 7) 
Music behind DJ:
  Grand Canyon       
Les Baxter  Borodin: Nocturne   Options Moog Rock    1969   
Les Baxter  Borodin: Polovitzian Dances   Options Moog Rock    1969   
Edmond de Luca  Polovetsian Dances (Borodin)   Options Safari  Somerset / Stereo-Fidelity  1958  with the Trans World Symphony Orchestra (orig. 1890) 
Edmond de Luca  Ritual Fire Dance (de Falla)   Options Safari      with the Trans World Symphony Orchestra (Orig. 1915) 
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter 
  Moog Rock       
Colin McPhee  Tabuh-Tabuhan   Options Tabuh-Tabuhan/The Minotaur  Mercury  1936/1956  Howard Hanson & The Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra 
Music behind DJ:
Syntonic Research Series 

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:58pm ndbob:

evening Evan et al
Avatar 7:01pm Flash Strap:

evenin' bob
Avatar 7:02pm hyde:

hiya ndb, flash
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Carmichael:

Hola, Flash.
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Howdy Hyde and Carmichael. How are we this evening, gentlemen?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Gary:

Here until 8:00 ... play the hits first! :)
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

This is really an evening of hits if I ever saw one

great to see you Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Gary:

Dang, that top middle cover is powerfully othering, even by exotica standards
Avatar 7:09pm hyde:

i'm good, kicking off a 5 day weekend
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

I know! the best part, the most intense aspect, is that it's neither a painting or a photo, but some sort of weird, not quite proportionally sound, sculptural depiction of an aborigine. likely from an ethnological museum. Definitely encourages you to view the depicted as something other than human, right down to its texture. Not to mention the big lips and wide eyes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm melinda:

Good evening!
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

Hello Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, folks.
Avatar 7:24pm ndbob:

I figured you would play this Evan:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm listener james from westwood:

In late but happy to be here for the next movement of this streaming symphonic spectacular!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm melinda:

I just noticed the devil violin on the left.
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hi Ken and Happy to Have You, James
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

That violin is hysterical. Such a goonish note in a pretty lovely design. Reminds me of the Red Shoes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm melinda:

I was thinking of Satan is Real! by the Louvin bros. I'll have to look up the Red Shoes.
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

Haha yes that too! Talk about an LP cover
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

So jazzy, and yet, no swing at all.
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

Something I really wanted to play, but don't have in any form, is Ravel's Chants de Madecasses. Has anyone heard it? it's such a crazy concept
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent show Evan! catch the rest on the archive as always!
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

thanks bob have a great one buddy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Gary:

I don't *think* I've heard the Ravel ...
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

I've only read about it: Indian poems, set to lyrics, but for ballet (I think?), and set in Madagascar, but in a homogenized exotic manner. Sounds so weird, too good to be true
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Gary:

*stunning* accuracy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Beside the point, but: Didgeridoo is played nothing like a flute. I play flute all the time (poorly) - but have yet to comprehend or produce a noise from a didge.
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

I believe it says played like a trumpet, rather than flute, but I don't really know if that's any more accurate
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

also, Hello, RRN63!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm Gary:

This is rather classier than that cover would have us believe :)
Avatar 8:21pm hyde:

this one's cool. i have not listened to much antheil. mostly all i know about him is that frequency hopping patent with hedy lamarr.
Avatar 8:23pm hyde:

oh, heh. *john antill*! him i know nothing at all about. ;)
Avatar 8:23pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, it's a lovely piece of music. I sort of wish it were more awful, more grotesque and lurid. Still, it's stunning accuracy re: depicting an actual ceremony in the manner of ethnography is debatable. Uh, to say the least
  8:23pm michael:

hello everybody! i hear you from athens, greece! nice tunes, indeed!
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Oh man, Hyde I was sitting here about to look up Antill and Hedy Lamarr's connection
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Gary:

I've never heard of John Antill either
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Hello Michael!
Avatar 8:25pm Flash Strap:

I'm not sure I can name any other Australian classical composers besides him, and I only know him because I picked up this LP in some thrift store based on the cover alone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Gary:

Ha, he was thinking of George "Ballet Mechanique" Antheil, the guy who used to perform with a gun on his piano.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Gary:

Okay, I gotta run to a friend's house now -- thanks for the thrills, as always, The Flash!
Avatar 8:26pm hyde:

sorry Flash, I was reading and misheard you. Didn't meant to start false rumors about Australian composers and Hollywood starlets. The George Antheil/Hedy Lamarr thing is true though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Gary:

Awesome thrift store find, btw!
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

Oh, right, the Futurist Terrible
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

Hate to see you go Gary! Have fun out there in friendland
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

I gotta learn more about Antheil, Hyde. I'm aware of him but that's about it
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

this part is so accurate, btw
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...meant to be sensationalistic &/or descriptive - it's great fun imagining the period movie this could be a soundtrack for...it's surprisingly well-informed & symphonic stuff for 'exotica'...
  8:36pm michael:

Procession Of Totems And Closing Fire Ceremony
  8:36pm yellowbird:

This part sounds like cicadas in the background
Avatar 8:36pm coelacanth:

Hey You're back!
(i know you were probably back last week but i wasn't paying attention,stupidly)

Hi! and Hi All Explorers!
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

Hi Coelacanth and Yellow B
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, whatever criticisms of this one might have – esp. considering Australia's treatment of its native people – it is really cool to hear this unique instrumentation
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

(i.e. - duh, I'm just getting the theme...)
Avatar 8:38pm coelacanth:

this is Great!
- is it no coincidence it reminds me of Stravinsky?
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

And oh yeah, I am totally back!
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

I think Antill is cribbing Stravinsky pretty hard here too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Stravinsky himself & other 'respectables' were referencing their regional Folk culture - so we have someone cribbing NeoClassical referencing another region's Folk to create caricature of yet another Folk culture ??
Avatar 8:49pm northguineahills:

Ahhhhh!!! crap! *falls to the floor* I think I made it, albeit a little late, ouch.
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

It's a tangled web of exotica, RR63, one that extends in every direction through both time and culture and overlaps in every way eventually, often immediately
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

HELLO NGH: there's still some fun left to be had!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Charlie:

well, here for the last ten minutes, anyway...
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

Oh, I'll be going a tad long as usual Charlie. You haven't missed it all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Charlie:

oh good.
Avatar 8:57pm coelacanth:

i first heard this on a tv ad for some multi-lp set when i was tiny. the guy pronounced it "polovetsian", but your way sounds more russian to me.
Avatar 8:58pm hyde:

I like this whole Edmond De Luca record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Charlie:

Yes, (I was writing this as you posted, coelacanth): I can't hear this Polovitzian dance without thinking of that commercial from the seventies of musical masterpieces, with the actor John Williams. "You know this melody as Stranger in Paradise, but did you know that it was originally from the Polovitzian Dances by Borodin?..."
Avatar 9:00pm coelacanth:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...so then we have 'Classical' becoming Popular - or 'Folk', if you will - becoming Commercial or even Kitsch...
Avatar 9:01pm Flash Strap:

I have no earthly idea how to pronounce it correctly, and indeed every version i have in front of me spells it differently. There are two unique spellings on the de Luca alone
Avatar 9:03pm coelacanth:

i'm partial to the "polovtsian" spelling...then you don't have to worry about the i or the e!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Charlie:

We'll have to find a real polovetsian and ask.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...reminds that LPs were 'Classical' @ 1st - for the long attention span...
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

I agree, C, that the "vts" blend is the coolest. But Charlie has pointed out the only way forward: we must ask a Polovtsian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm Charlie:

Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

Oh man this is rousing stuff
Avatar 9:10pm coelacanth:

i'll get on that next week.

...i first typed that as a joke! -but i do know a few russians in my town, and know well someone who's studied russian and many other languages extensively... maybe one of these people knows?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Charlie:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Charlie:

(yes, this is rousing stuff)
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

That would actually be really cool. We could also probably google it, which I failed to do in all my preparations
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Charlie:

big finish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Charlie:

I got new headphones recently that were so tight, I had to stretch 'em out, stretched overnight on a yoga block.
Avatar 9:21pm coelacanth:

my googling turns up many sites that claim they'll tell how to pronounce this,but do not actually disclose much of anything.
...but anyway,it may vary between region and all 3 ways may be "correct"...though the way Borodin pronounced it is the way i'd like to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Charlie:

He probably "borod" the pronunciation anyway.
  9:27pm michael:

Great show (as always).
Thanks a billion Flash, greetings from Greece!!!
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

heh heh
Avatar 9:28pm Flash Strap:

thank you michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30pm Uncle Michael:

I'm sorry I'm always so late due to domestic harmony time.
Avatar 9:31pm coelacanth:

i like the album cover for this. -not only is the woman exquisite, but she's wearing lots of tiny tiny bananas on her head.
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

Man I miss so many shows due to domestic harmony time. it's the correct way to manage time
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm Charlie:

@Uncle Michael --I find that domestic harmony time can really cut into radio listening time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35pm Uncle Michael:

At my age I'm more interested in the tiny bananas than the exquisite woman.

And ain't it the truth, Charlie and Evan.
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

It is one HELL of an album cover. At my age, I think I'm most interested in these juicy fonts
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm Uncle Michael:

As a recovering font collector, I can dig it.
Avatar 9:38pm Flash Strap:

we need an actual show called Domestic Harmony Time so we can synch it all up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39pm Uncle Michael:

It would be a great show to conceptualize.
Avatar 9:39pm coelacanth:

that is a sexy font.
Avatar 9:40pm hyde:

Domestic Harmony Time can just play selections from Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41pm Uncle Michael:

Just look at the counters on that baby.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm Charlie:

That was pretty cool. I hear the influences clearly.
Avatar 9:43pm coelacanth:

but look at Antil's font! now,THAT'S the kind of font I want to come home to!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm Charlie:

Domestic Harmony Time would be a great name/concept for a show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm Uncle Michael:

the bananas are real!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm Charlie:

Avatar 9:45pm coelacanth:

Avatar 9:45pm hyde:

thanks for the show. see you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Uncle Michael:

thanks for the exotica symphonica, Flash
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Uncle Michael:

Peter will be back the end of the month.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Charlie:

Hey, Evan, thanks for the large-scale exotic serious stuff!
Avatar 9:47pm coelacanth:

Thank you Flash!
till then,Explorers
Avatar 9:47pm Flash Strap:

I have to say that I doubted those were real 'nanas!
Avatar 9:47pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all for listening. See you next week
Avatar 9:48pm coelacanth:

i was joking when i called them bananas! i thought they were curled-up flower petals.
Avatar 9:49pm Flash Strap:

me too, C
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10pm Doug Schulkind:

Damn damn damn damn! Missed the whole damn thing. It's like arriving two hours late for a date with a pretty [insert gender of choice here]. Looks like I've got a date with an archive.
Avatar 10:17pm Flash Strap:

I'm dressing the archive for your make-up date now! Should be ready in the mornin'
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