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Options December 14, 2020: Classicalish noise and many endings (Show #748)


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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  New live noise: Classical cut ups, kiddo, TMBG, Portsmouth Sinfonia, How Do You Learn   Options Show #748, from Dec. 14, 2020  2020  Including: Clair de Lune, Mozart's Magic Flute overture, Beethoven's 5th loops, KLERE This Must Be the Beginning, Lullatone, Portsmouth Sinfonia, Random Rab, Scolastic, Strauss's Blue Danube, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, They Might Be Giant's Why Does the Sun Shine and Mrs. Train, previous WTJU DJ  0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Swirled Freely   Options Show #348 from Jan. 4, 2005  2005  With Ken's 2020 transition/identification
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0:34:24 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Coincident Symphony   Options Show #312, from May 4, 2004  2004  Classical cut-ups and synchronicity.

Sources:
Bright Eyes: An Attempt to Tip the Scales
Aimee Mann: You Do
Robert Greenwald: Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (2003)
Wayne Dyer: Coincident: Things that fit together perfectly
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 19 in E flat, K. 132: Allegro & Andante
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 5 in B flat, K. 22: Andante & Allero Molto
 
1:20:39 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Swirled Freely   Options Show #348 from Jan. 4, 2005  2005  The ending.
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1:41:42 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Joe Frank  Radio Disclaimer   Options A Conversation (with David Cross)  2013    1:46:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Live KLERE endings collage   Options Various shows  2020  I love goodbyes. From:

Thank You For Making Noise
Inside of the Ending
Welling Up
You Don't Have Time
Everyone is Leaving
You Can't Separate Them Later
Everything Has Always Been There
Fleeting (A Wake)
 
1:47:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Goodbye for now in 2020   Options   2020    1:59:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

  3:02pm Ken's Last Ever:

Here we are and here we will be. Hi!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 3:04pm fred:

Good afternoon Kenzo and listeners. And hello to my future self who might read this someday
Avatar 3:12pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi, fred, someday!
Avatar 3:12pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Well, this is something new
Avatar 3:14pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I guess the inside joke is that WTJU just played a whole week of classical music.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 3:25pm fred:

I never saw a dance collage, but there was some layering in a piece where the dancers introduced the miming moves in classical dance while saying the meaning out loud, then performed them again and again, slowly shifting what they were saying to be unrelated to the movement they were doing. It worked amazingly well, at least for me. NoƩ Soulier was the choreographer
Avatar 3:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Nice. I once (I really wish I'd done it more) did a live video mixing collage projected over live improvising dancers, while I was also making live audio college. The video source material was of the dancers dancing. It was a feat, and it was beautiful, and nobody watching grokked that I was doing anything live, let alone all of it, and unplanned. Too smooth, sometimes.
Avatar 3:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

My great regret is that I asked someone else to do the recording of the event (point a camera at the whole thing), because I figured I already had quite enough hands full, and the silly person zoomed in on the dancers the whole time and cropped out the entire projected video, WTF.
Avatar 3:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The sad moral of Ken's Last Ever is: DIY
Avatar 3:31pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(Feb. 2, 2005, no useful document exists.)
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 3:35pm fred:

To be honest, I tend to ignore the video projections (Merce Cunningham sometimes added stick figures that were too much like him asserting his control over dancers as puppets). Was it like Sol LeWtt's film for Lucinda Childs' Dance? (meaning different angles of the same thing the dancers were doing) Or was there a lag?
Avatar 3:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I was using recordings I'd made of these dancers earlier. So, it was a lot like my audio work, but with video.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 3:37pm fred:

LeWitt did too. Did you use the recordings at roughly the same point in the live performance, or did you mix things up?
Avatar 3:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It was just a live improv, so there was no conscious attempt to sync them up with what was going on (which itself was improvised, so probably didn't really match the video content anyway). My subconscious was likely seeking interesting juxtapositions.
Avatar 3:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The stereo in this show is freaking me out (read this comment in exactly one hour)
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 3:43pm fred:

I remember now something that was more like collage: Ambra Senatore did a piece where short phrases were rearranged to completely change the impression. From a summer picnic between friends to a murder and many nonsensical or mundane things. All by shuffling the order of those basic phrases
Avatar 3:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I have the GTDR version playing from one device, the WTJU version playing behind me, and the live version playing in front of me, and I keep THINKING I know what I'm doing and then being surprised
Avatar 4:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Doing this show (in this semi-overlap-station era) is the closest to living one of the time-travel nightmare stories I love. My time-brain gets really wonderfully confused. Heart rate up.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:14pm fred:

Is there another live playlist somewhere? Where are the other listeners? It's getting weird
Avatar 4:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I've got a list up in front of me that reminds me what time it is and I've got enough practice to understand 1/4 in my body what's going on now. This is The Playlist.
Avatar 4:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Sometimes I accidentally forget it Wasn't the playlist. But I know that it Is the playlist.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:26pm fred:

I heard that one before. Was it on last year's premium?
Avatar 4:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yes, DVD 3. Would this be the appropriate place to explain/semi-apologize for which episode I chose for this year's CD? Assuming you picked it? Did you? I'm happy with the work I did on it but I did accidentally chose an episode that had already appeared (in unedited form) on DVD 3, which had been a mistake and then it was too late to go back.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:33pm fred:

I did get it, though I didn't exactly pick it. I haven't listened to the edit yet. I prefer to listen while walking at night, and I've been stuck home most of the year, with curfew in force when allowed out. So I have a huge backlog to go through
Avatar 4:34pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Lockdown casualty, no listening time!
Avatar 4:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I removed what was likely the most annoying part of the original, but also of course about 200 excruciatingly tiny little edits to finally shave the thing down to exactly 80 minutes and then 2 more seconds when I realized that was needed, which took another time and emotional toll.
Avatar 4:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The happy moral of Ken's Last Ever is: Improvise, don't edit
Avatar 4:37pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

But I meant to pick a different episode that was new since DVD 3!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:38pm fred:

I know it's weird, but true for me. Lockdown got me behind on listening and reading. Too much work, and I miss the in-between time of commuting, which is neither home nor work, hence free somehow. I used to walk on my way back to get more of it
Avatar 4:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yeah, I lost subway/biking time when I moved out of the city, and now lose almost all "no work now please, self" time with less forced leave-house time
Avatar 4:40pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Forced leave-the-house would've been the better direction
Avatar 4:45pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Here's the part where the stereo confused me, made me kept turning to the left to see what was there.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:48pm fred:

Also, I don't have a phone, so commuting was when I could listen to a WFMU premium. Live radio is to tempting
My left ear doesn't work much, so I'm basically immune to stereo confusion
Avatar 4:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

No phone is good phone
Avatar 4:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Glad you were here today, fred, and also the silent others, who I see in other ways, and nod graciously in your invisible directions.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:52pm fred:

Was this some kind of experiment where each one had their personal playlist?
Avatar 4:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

What do you mean?
Avatar 4:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yes, I'll say yes.
Avatar 4:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Everyone was in their own time zone.
Avatar 4:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Audio archive of today's show will be posted about 10 minutes after we close (about 5:10pm Eastern Time). And I'll bring something for next week, next week! Monday 3-5pm ET. Hearts and bones, all...
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:57pm fred:

I wouldn't put it beyond your skills to handle several playlist chats at once. You've done it before
And it's fitting for these isolated times
Avatar 4:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Reminds me of the 80's chat years
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 4:59pm fred:

Thanks Kenzo, it was weird though
Avatar 5:19pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Audio archive is up!
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