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Options November 16, 2020: "Elsewhere", from pirate radio station free103point9, in Brooklyn, NY, September 2000

Noise, layers, building terror and hypnotic immersion from within a claustrophobia-inducing cement bunker at Momenta Art, during the Williamsburg Elsewhere Festival, to gallery audience and live broadcast on pirate radio station free103point9, in Brooklyn, NY, September 2000.

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From 2001, Frank's review of today's episode:

"I haven't yet had time to really let your cd sink in, maybe I shouldn't try.
I enjoy the complexity. Reminisent of Firesign Theatre. I will say that I've heard a lot af Columbia-Princeton stuff that's vastly inferior to this. Also a lot of modern dance oriented stuff that sucks; there's nothing easier than to make a machine repeat itself . I like the way you make rhythmic patterns out of the inadequate applause so much creative music gets, then seque into the censorship and unemployment issues. Creating signifigant electronic music means being a theoretician, a philosopher, and it's a political act. Your music functions at those levels. I like Short Attention Span for it's density. I think on the whole the disc has an elegiac quality. The 'rock band' near the end bothers me; it seems like a giant step backwards. I like words out of context like fragments of street conversation that seems inane,
seems like you're alive to your surroundings, which an artist should be, to wake the rest of us up. Good work . Keep it up."

Artist Track Album Year Comments
Ken  Introduction   Options   2020   
Ken's Last Ever Extravaganza  Elsewhere   Options Show #238, from Sept. 24, 2000  2000  Noise, layers, building terror and hypnotic immersion from within a claustrophobia-inducing cement bunker at Momenta Art, during the Williamsburg Elsewhere Festival, to gallery audience and live broadcast on pirate radio station free103point9, in Brooklyn, NY.

Full list of audio samples (not in sequence) follows:
 
 
Vangelis  Tears in Rain   Options Blade Runner s.t.     
Noam Chomsky  Torture - v242.13   Options      
Victor Lundberg  Draft Card Burners   Options An Open Letter to My Teenage Son     
The Quiet American  Email   Options      
Jello Biafra  Talk on Censorship   Options      
Judy Garland  Stars and Stripes Forever   Options      
Sound Effects  Various sound effects   Options      
Negativland  Only a Sample   Options Fair Use     
Digitonal  My Life as a Loop   Options      
Digitonal  Microschism   Options      
Radiohead-Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Extended Karma Extravaganza, instrumental exit arrangement (created from "Karma Police")   Options Extended Karma Extravaganza  1998  Piano intro segment transitioned to "instrumental loop 13,16,17", then faded 
New York State Department of Labor  Unemployment claim   Options Unemployment "Tel-Service line"  2000   
Williams Electronics  Robotron 2084   Options   1982  Played live 
Pilgrim  Phone message 12/10/1999   Options   1999   
David Thiel  Q*Bert samples   Options Company: D. Gottlieb and Co.  1982   
Wendy Carlos  Theme from A Clockwork Orange   Options A Clockwork Orange soundtrack     
Wendy Carlos  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Allegro   Options Switched on Bach     
Carrie Dashow  Williamsburg interview clips   Options   2000   
Jason Wilson  Williamsburg interview clips   Options   2000   
Star Trek sample  Error...error...examine.   Options      
Stern Electronics  Berzerk   Options   1980  Played live 
Star Trek sample  Door opening   Options      
Star Trek sample  Red alert   Options      
Ajax  Ajax commercial   Options      
Sam Kinison  Yelling   Options      
AOL  You've got mail   Options      
AOL  File's done   Options      
AOL  Goodbye   Options      
Apple Macintosh  Sample   Options      
Press the Button  Everything's getting really crazy...   Options      
Modem  Sample   Options      
Magnetic Fields-Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  The Book of Dumb (created from "The Book of Love")   Options The Book of Dumb Extravaganza     
Michael Kamen  Central Services-The Office   Options Brazil s.t.  1985  You do the work, we do the pleasure 
Negativland  Drink It Up   Options Dispepsi     
John Oswald  Dab-Michael Jackson   Options Plunderphonic     
Vangelis  Memories of Green   Options Blade Runner s.t.     
Bass Test  Frequency Response   Options      
Bass Test  Various, 10Hz - 100Hz   Options      
Jello Biafra  Other   Options      
Clone  Various   Options      
dreamSTATE  Various   Options      
The User  Dot Matrix, various   Options      
Radiohead  How Can You Be Sure?   Options     Brief, if at all 
David Bowie/Queen/Vanilla Ice-Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Bowie/Queen/Vanilla ice looping, from Loopiest Ever show   Options Loopiest Ever Extravaganza  1998  Playlist 
Negativland  Favorite Things   Options True/False tour    Excerpts 
Radiohead  Paranoid Android   Options OK Computer    Brief, if at all 
Hal Hartley  A Lost Song   Options Henry Fool soundtrack     
Radiohead-Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Extended Karma Extravaganza, Unfinished (from "Karma Police")   Options Extended Karma Extravaganza  1998  Brief 
Hal Hartley  The Mother's Death   Options Henry Fool soundtrack     
Magnetic Fields  100,000 Fireflies   Options     Very brief 
Hal Hartley  Henry Fool   Options Henry Fool soundtrack     
Aphex Twin  Next Heap With   Options      
Aphex Twin  Stone In Focus   Options      
Moby  Grace   Options I Like to Score    Mood under Robotron 
Moby  God Moving Over the Water   Options      
Philip Glass  Truman Sleeps   Options The Truman Show soundtrack     
Philip Glass  Raising the Sail   Options The Truman Show soundtrack     
The Art of Noise  Metaforce   Options      
Monty Python  1, 2, 5   Options Monty Python and the Holy Grail     
Williamsburg residents  Interviews   Options      
Alicia Silverstone  I just wanted you to like me   Options The Crush     
Brain Science  Public Radio   Options     Brief 
Moby  Hymn   Options     Jumping 
Moby  When It's Cold I'd Like to Die   Options     Just the very beginning, w/o words 
 
Radiohead-Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Extended Karma Extravaganza, Unfinished (from "Karma Police")   Options Extended Karma Extravaganza  1998  The favorite "13,16,17" loop, in stereo, unlike the version at the end of Elsewhere 
Ken's Last Ever Extravaganza  Elsewhere   Options   2000  The ending, with 2000 Williamsburg Brooklyn gallery ambience 
Go Home Productions  Beatleg Bootles Part 1   Options   2003  1. How Does It Feel To Be Rich, Man? (0.00)
2. Sloop For No One (3.15)
3. Razor Smile (5.10)
4. Daytrip To Never Never Land (9.10)
5. Karma In The Life (12.03)
 
Wobbly  Yo Yo Yo Yoyo Yo, Hey...   Options Wild Why  2002   
Jason Freeman / Ken's Last Ever  N.A.G. experiment, Beatles & Radiohead   Options   2003  Generated using Jason Freeman's "Network Auralization for Gnutella" and the Gnutella P2P network on July 10, 2003. 
Ken  Outro   Options   2020   
Wayne Butane  Purloined Chimp Hair   Options Purloined Chimp Hair    Just for a few seconds 


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm Webhamster Henry:

Free103.9 is now Wave Farm, a/k/a WGXC Accra,NY
Avatar 3:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Henry Yes indeed!
Avatar 3:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I made a CD-length edit of this show, can't find it right now, used to be a lot of fun giving it out, other than that it sounds almost entirely unlike the shows that came before and after it.
Avatar 3:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Seems like somebody is making an unemployment claim live during the show. I sure hope it worked out for them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm Webhamster Henry:

I did my own little recording of annoying messages from the NYS Tax people just a few weeks ago.
Avatar 3:09pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Air it in 20 years
Avatar 3:12pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The lack of remastering in this one is almost charming.
Avatar 3:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ah, I must be hooking up a second device that's doing the looping. The early parts of shows often involved figuring out some audio trick during the show. No wonder I edited this out for the CD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm Webhamster Henry:

A fanfare from Brazil.
Avatar 3:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Back when it was only 15 years old
Avatar 3:19pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm trying to comprehend how I'd already done 238 shows by this point
Avatar 3:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh, I can playlist it! Here goes...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Webhamster Henry:

Wendy Carlos is timeless. She just had a birthday too.
Avatar 3:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

"Taped on Maxell MX-S 100, Dolby C"
Avatar 3:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I wonder if Carrie Dashow has any Wave Farm connection
Avatar 3:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I don't remember what I was using for the sampling/delay. It was software I think, something under Win95. AudioMulch perhaps? No, maybe it was WaveLab. I think I used it in a show once or twice ever. Didn't want to get artificially electronic sounding. Too much machine. But I always liked this segment.
Avatar 3:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Here I start staring at the recording cassette tape, so I can quickly flip it exactly as the last coated tape reaches the record head. Pretty sure I still have the tape deck (Denon). The rubber belt has to be so warped from not being used.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:51pm Webhamster Henry:

I used to be pretty good at aircheck K7 flipping.
Avatar 3:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I didn't seem to miss anything!
Avatar 3:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I would listen to a supercut of tape flip moments
Avatar 3:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Commercial 8-track song fade out/ins would qualify I suppose
Avatar 3:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Here I'm playing MAME live. Obviously Robotron.
Avatar 3:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Not an easy game to play without a pair of joysticks
Avatar 4:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This euphonia is I think CoolEdit with tiny portions looped
Avatar 4:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ooh using a microcassette player. Unmistakable seek sound. Presumably Carrie's.
Avatar 4:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm remembering how Williamsburg at that time felt like a college campus.
Avatar 4:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

All those moments will be lost in time
Avatar 4:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh yeah, the whole thing recorded in mono.
Avatar 4:29pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I ought to live swap-in the stereo version of this
Avatar 4:31pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

1998 non-live cut up experiment, which took days or weeks to make a 15-minute thing, teaching me to stick to doing it all live. Then 15 minutes takes 15 minutes.
Avatar 4:33pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Transitioned to the stereo version
Avatar 4:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

2000 Willamsburg Brooklyn Brooklyn gallery ambience
Avatar 4:37pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

And now for something completely differentish
Avatar 4:42pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I was nervous playing this Go Home Productions track, thinking it must be one of those WFMU overplays. But it was only played once by Frank O'Toole in 2003, and Ken F a month later
Avatar 4:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Someone (a different Frank) reviewed the Elsewhere episode back in 2001:

"I haven't yet had time to really let your cd sink in, maybe I shouldn't try.
I enjoy the complexity. Reminisent of Firesign Theatre. I will say that I've heard a lot af Columbia-Princeton stuff that's vastly inferior to this. Also a lot of modern dance oriented stuff that sucks; there's nothing easier than to make a machine repeat itself . I like the way you make rhythmic patterns out of the inadequate applause so much creative music gets, then seque into the censorship and unemployment issues. Creating signifigant electronic music means being a theoretician, a philosopher, and it's a political act. Your music functions at those levels. I like Short Attention Span for it's density. I think on the whole the disc has an elegiac quality. The 'rock band' near the end bothers me; it seems like a giant step backwards. I like words out of context like fragments of street conversation that seems inane,
seems like you're alive to your surroundings, which an artist should be, to wake the rest of us up. Good work . Keep it up."
Avatar 4:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I used to live-mix Karma Police with Sexy Sadie in 1998...
Avatar 4:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Here comes Wobbly... (Jon Leidecker)
Avatar 4:54pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

3 different takes on Radiohead/Beatles remixing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Webhamster Henry:

The stuff in this now antique mix reminds me of how out of date my own collection of audio is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Kenzo!
Avatar 5:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks Henry! Audio archive is online!
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