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An avant nerd remixing smooth disco in a dancehall stylee.

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Options February 1, 2012: Really small amounts of time

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I'll be out of the studio for the next two weeks! On a much needed vacay. After that...the marathon!!!

Track Comments Approx. start time
Jazz Loon mix   Found this tape in the wall and remixed along with a lot of early wax cylinder recordings. Opening the set with a new and improved Chartsweep, programmed by listener Fred! It's got a crossfade now between clips, and makes smarter choices about where to cut from songs.

0:00:00 ()
250ms clips of every top 100 song from which year????   You tell me...  0:25:51 ()
400ms clips from every #1 song from 1956-1997   See how many you can identify! According to a study at Cornell 2 years ago, you should be able to ID 25% of them...BUNK SCIENCE.  0:27:48 ()
Collage with little pieces of silence   Samples from this cool Joan La Barbara piece you can download on WFMU's blog, from Charles Bernstein's 1-100, and from Chuck Bettis' new disc that you can download here.  0:29:42 ()
C Spencer Yeh   Vocal pieces from a new disc called 1975 on Intransitive.  0:50:10 ()
RP Boo     0:58:16 ()
Vertonen   Selected tracks from the CDs Stations and Return of the Interrobang.  1:02:10 ()
Lejaren Hiller   Wonderful computer musician, who programmed the first piece of music ever written by a computer. We'll hear Expo '85, and "An Avalanche for pitchman, prima donna, player piano, percussionist and pre-recorded playback".  1:17:40 ()
Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier   The Most Wanted Song and The Most Unwanted Song. Both were composed after asking a mass audience what their most/least favorite musical instruments, voices, forms and styles were. Gotta admit, I fit into the stats here.

In related news, there's an app that recently came out that "determines the X factor" of a song's possible popularity. Read about it here. Apparently when they ran top hits and not-so-top hits against the app, the computer did correspond with what songs actually hit it big. 

1:48:37 ()
Sewn Leather   Side A from his new LP Sikknastafari Slash Crasstafari on Hundebiss. Really psyched to see this one in the new bin. He's in NYC at the moment, has a show coming up at 285 Kent in Dog Leather, his duo with DJ Dog Dick.  2:18:37 ()
Color In Absence Sound   ...is the name of this comp with a buncha noise weirdos on it. From '99, out on Hell's Half Halo. We hear Diadal, Monostat 3, ?????, Vote Robot and Glands Of External Secretion.  2:35:57 ()
Abner Jay too slow   Cool new 12" with 2 deep cuts with my fav blues performer, the last true American minstrel. Called Hambone. Out on Social Music Club.  2:47:53 ()

Listener comments!

  Wed. 2/1/12 3:21am Marmalade Kitty:

G'morning nat! elephants and cats!
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:22am fred:

Good morning Nat and MK
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 3:23am Nat:

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Eatin some skittles.
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:30am abby:

hi nat.
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:31am Marmalade Kitty:

  Wed. 2/1/12 3:32am gangster 4 life:

sting - il be missing you or smthmg
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:32am chooch:

Mid-late 80s... going to guess 1986
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:33am Marmalade Kitty:

every breath da police
faith gorgeous georgie
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:33am abby:

you can sort of tell they're in chronological order, aren't they?
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:34am gangster 4 life:

  Wed. 2/1/12 3:35am eshen:

Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 3:37am Nat:

Haha! I actually forget the exact year! But yeah, it's like '85 I think...you're close enough!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 3:37am Nat:

You win my undying love and respect as a prize.
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:42am gangster 4 life:

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police is from 1983. Sure for 99%
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 3:45am Nat:

Haha yep! That's one of the few recognizable ones. Few others, but it's tough!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 3:48am Nat:

Oh yeah! It was 1986! The year I was born.
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:53am neil:

where does darkness come from?
  Wed. 2/1/12 3:53am fred:

a WFMU variant: ID a DJ from random clips from a single show
I suck at top 100, there I might have a shot
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:00am Nat:

I just typed a bunch of different answers to your question, Neil. Haha....uh...I dunno!! "Why is there something rather than nothing?" - Heidegger, in 'What Is Metaphysics?' Great essay, and fairly short.
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:06am Marmalade Kitty:

  Wed. 2/1/12 4:06am neil:

the source ov light is an energy. darkness is the lack ov said energy. as too the difference between sound and silence. a lack ov cause. etrenal is darkness/silence. cause energy is temporal.
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:07am Marmalade Kitty:

diggin' for a fire
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:09am neil:

meta smurf power
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:10am jeff in hawaii:

Havalina this set is goooooos!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:12am Nat:

Meowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....I want more Ritz crackers please.
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:20am Marmalade Kitty:

going anywhere nice with your time out, Nat?
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:25am Kenzo ('s last ever):

Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:27am Nat:

I am!! I'm going to Puerto Rico!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:27am Nat:

Hi Kenzo!
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:28am Marmalade Kitty:

Ooooh! nice one!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:28am Kenzo ('s last ever):

Good music for constructing marathon-related software by
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:31am Nat:

In the future, everything will be chartswept.
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:45am avant reguard:

thx nat roe for introducing me to lejaren hiller. wasnt aware of him. just when i thought i knew it all;). great show. thx.
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:51am zrte:

Having heard them before the unwanted song is much more enjoyable than its wanted counterpart if you ask me. (loving the show!)
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:52am avant reguard:

great. cant wait to hear this. brilliant concept. i just did an internet fbi on lejaren hiller and found and "got" some amazing stuff. thx nat again.
  Wed. 2/1/12 4:56am jeff in hawaii:

Holy eh, moly
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 4:58am Nat:

  Wed. 2/1/12 5:00am zrte:

I don't know what you're complaining about, it's amazing
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:04am avant reguard:

the unwanted song kicks ass. its official. i love difficult.
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:05am zrte:

who can resist the charm of cowboy opera rap?
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 5:11am Nat:

It says under The Most Unwanted Song, "fewer than 200 individuals of the world's total population will enjoy this."
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:12am zrte:

I'm special!
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:13am Marmalade Kitty:

Nat,have fun! bring us back some wfmu pics of puerto rico :)
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 5:16am Nat:

Thanks! I will have fun! Will take some photos for sure.
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:16am abby:

yeah there is no contest between the two songs.
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:16am moose:

good morning everybody, my first time listening to this show... dj, it looks like i've been listening to this station since about when you was born!
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:18am avant reguard:

im in that 200 people then.
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:19am moose:

are all 200 here right now?
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:22am jesze tibor:

I love you Roe!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 5:23am Nat:

Awwwww, thank you!!!
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:24am jesze tibor:

now you're talking...
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:31am neil:

great show nat! have an peacefull vacation.
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:34am avant reguard:

this sewn leather is brilliant. thx so much for the new sounds. i dj here in berlin at some difficult sound events. part of an art collec called salonbruit.org so ill be dropping this stuff for sure. alot of the mitgleiders are big fans of wfmu. i regularly listen to b turner, bryce, jason sigal, sue p, clay pigeon. Your now joining my exclusive gold member dj club ;)
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:35am Caryn:

Hello all! Aww, missed "most wanted" & "most unwanted"! And the #1s!
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 5:38am Nat:

Ah cool, I have tentative plans to go out to Berlin to live for a few months! Sounds awesome out there. Sewn Leather does travel a bunch, watch out for when he's in Europe.

Caryn, the archives will be up for streaming in a few hours!
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:44am moose:

i like the show, thanks! and the well annotated playlist too
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:45am Marmalade Kitty:

Berlin is -10° right now ffffff!
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:49am neil:

keep an eye out for earthquakes, and always wear sunscreen.
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 5:49am Nat:

Yikes, that's cold. Thanx, Moose.
  Wed. 2/1/12 5:54am fred:

Enjoy your vacation Nat!
And let me know how that affects our schedule... is the marathon only three weeks from now?
Avatar Wed. 2/1/12 5:55am Nat:

Thanx, Fred. I think we'll be just fine. I downloaded QT, just gotta watch a tutorial or two.
  Wed. 2/1/12 6:14am avant reguard:

if you want to find out more info about berlin pm me at my email address above. id be happy to give you the full lowdown. best ar
  Thu. 2/2/12 2:42pm Mr Personage:

I've heard the Most Wanted Song in various forms my whole life.
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