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Options August 28, 2012: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Charlie Tweddle, Morphogenesis, and MIMI Festival '91 (PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.)

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CHARLIE TWEDDLE  "Old Stuff from Hippie Days" (late '60s /early '70s) - Side A   Options http://www.charlietweddle.com/music.html 
CHARLIE TWEDDLE  "Old Stuff from Hippie Days" (late '60s /early '70s) - Side B   Options http://www.charlietweddle.com/music.html 
MORPHOGENESIS  4 improvisations (late '80s/ early '90s)   Options http://www.stalk.net/paradigm/morphogenesis.htm 
Highlights from Festival MIMI '91, Saint Martin de Crau, July 1991
Highlights from Festival MIMI '91, Saint Martin de Crau, July 1991
THE OUT-THEME  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options  

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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:47am tonyc:

Hola! Some of the bands that'll be heard during the MIMI Fest '91 portion of today's show: Kampec Dolores, E, Pierre Bastien & Bruno Meillier, and Les Salles Combles. Before that, though, 90 minutes of unreleased Charlie Tweddle, and 30 minutes of Morphogenesis. See you at noon!
  11:54am listener james from westwood:

good day, tony, and howdy to all!
  11:56am kat330:

Getting an early seat, but I'll be away in the kitchen while I listen the first several minutes.

Hiya, Tony and LJfW (and those still to arrive)!
Avatar 11:57am tonyc:

Hey there, Listener James and Kat!
  12:07pm Doug S.:

Tony, now how the heck am I supposed to work on my show (airing in six hours) while you play this amazing Tweddle!

Hi there TC,
sounds like gonna be a great hiss show!
Avatar 12:09pm tonyc:

Hey, CC! Yep, it's Charlie Tweddle's "Fantastic Greatest Hiss."
Avatar 12:10pm tonyc:

Hiya, Doug!

is it the sound of crickets on his back porch and the fire cracking, or is it just plain tape hiss that I hear?
Avatar 12:13pm tonyc:

All of the above! Cricket hiss.
  12:14pm northguineahills:

I missed the hippie days.... as I wasn't born yet, and yet, I miss them.
  12:16pm Doug S.:

Exactly like me and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Avatar 12:17pm tonyc:

The Brooklyn Hippie Draft Dodgers? I remember them.
  12:18pm kat330:

Hi, Doug! Well, I *was* born, and I am still as much a dippy hippy as I was then. Mind you, I was never fully on board with all of it, but sure was on the bulk of the message.

Yes, I agree Northguineahills, dream about living on The Haight, Ashbury, SF, in 1966 surrounded by the Grateful Dead, Airplane, Janis, Charlatans. Taking dope lagally and dropping acid with Ken Kesey at the trips festival in the park!
  12:20pm kat330:

Say Doug, Philo and I sure enjoyed the RFC discussion last night!

some vietnam in there!
  12:29pm listener james from westwood:

gotta hit that archive of the mp3 roundtable. was away from the internet (shocking!) last night. i did hear it mentioned over the weekend on the air, so it was def. being heralded.
Avatar 12:30pm tonyc:

The pigeons put in an appearance!

he must have been really high when he recorded this!
  12:31pm kat330:

Speaking of those daze, WKPK spun a cut of Dylan's newest from "Tempest" early this morning: "Duquesne Whistle." Doug, that's blowin' right in your neck of the woods, yes?
  12:32pm kat330:

[s.b. wFpk, public radio in Louisville]

as stoned as Syd Barrett - 1st solo album!
any other suggestions?
Avatar 12:35pm tonyc:

Lawrence Welk's private stoner/acid album "Dark Side of the Prune."

Skip Spence -Oar!

An Evening With Wild Man Fischer!
  12:38pm kat330:

Nicely ornate guitar Charlie is sportin' on his site.
  12:38pm Doug S.:

So glad you and Mr. Gristle were tuned in. I was a tad perplexed by the conversation. Everyone else on the broadcast was way younger than me and way more depressed about the state of music (and, it seemed to my ears) way more roped into the corporate infrastructure of how the music is being disseminated and defined. Me, I'm just a happy dinosaur with more THRILLING music than I know what to do with. Go figure.
  12:40pm kat330:

Ah, I heard a Bob White in there! used to hear them all the time out at my grandparents' farm, but haven't in decades now.
Avatar 12:41pm tonyc:

@ kat330: If you poke around Tweddle's Web site, you'll discover that he makes his living making hats out of roadkill.

Another happy dinosaur here, I happened to grow up with a record shop run by a few old hippies in the 80s, who influenced my musical tastes.
Got to be lucky in life otherwise you end up believing everything the Man says, and paying for it.
  12:44pm kat330:

@Doug: Well, that cross-generational convo continued in our living room here for a bit. Not especially about the panelists' POVs though. Philo's comment that was backed up by Bas in NL, re: how the record store browsing and employee recs made it all so much easier, and now it's like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, I'm more of the opinion that what you want and need will *find you* -- no coincidences or serendipity -- and actually agreed with PiLA mentioning "know-it-all" tastemakers.
  12:46pm kat330:

Oh lovely, Tony. I should get a coonskin cap since, after all, I'm Davy Crockett's seventh cousin, heh!
  12:49pm Doug S.:

@Cosmic Charlie & kat330
I DO find that there is something major lost when the hunt for good music gets reduced to simply clicking around. Instead of reading a ton about music and talking a ton about it with friends and really soaking it all in, the music is just served up easy as pie with the emotional attachment to the music dampened somewhat. I am so overwhelmed by the quantity of amazing music available, I find myself searching (and downloading) more and listening less. I have to fight that impulse.
Avatar 12:49pm tonyc:

@ kat330: I used to be related to Jesse James (through my first step-mother) -- now I'm just a Caspar Milquetoast again.
  12:51pm kat330:

I guess that was a relation once removed -- then removed again.
  12:56pm northguineahills:

I listened to the panel last night while on a conference call w/ a recruiter. I think I'm the only one of my friends w/o a Spotify account (my gf has one). Then again, back in the day, I refused to get an iPod, and I still don't have any mp3s on my iPhone or subscribe to any music service, unless you include my WFMU app.
  12:57pm kat330:

Re: "Tastemakers": Blasphemy, but I'm going to risk it anyway: Too many listeners and readers are unduly influenced by those they hold up almost as purveyors-of-taste gods. *Nobody* is or can be 100% objective about art. As long as a reviewer, DJ, blogger, etc., can recognize the non-objective reason something bothers or delights -- and states that outright -- then I could trust them. But most are not that self-aware, and a lot of bad music gets lauded while a lot of good goes unnoticed.
Avatar 12:57pm tonyc:

Have to say I'm really not that into downloading music, except as a way to quickly check something out to see if I might like it. I so much more enjoy picking things up in actual record stores -- which, fortunately for me, Portland has a million of.
  12:58pm northguineahills:

I'm rather influenced by what music/art I like.
  12:59pm kat330:

Yes, Tony, and thanks to Philo, you now have places to go in Helsinki! :)
Avatar 1:00pm tonyc:

Indeed! Thanks again, you two!
  1:01pm kat330:

@ngh: Yes, it is the *art* that is supposed to influence you. Not the tastemakers influencing what you will even hear or see.
  1:03pm northguineahills:

Went to MOMA last weekend, they had an excellent tone poetry exhibit (although the headphones for the Henri Chopin weren't working), and the typographical art exhibit was fun too.
Avatar 1:04pm tonyc:

Would have loved to go to that!
  1:05pm kat330:

Ei kesta, Tony! (it was nothing, IOW, you're welcome :)
  1:08pm northguineahills:

Burned my gringo nachos (I don't have a microwave, so I baked them).
  1:09pm Doug S.:

This is so fantastic, Tony.
Avatar 1:10pm tonyc:

@ northguineahills: I fondly remember a MOMA exhibit years ago which featured recordings of Kurt Schwitters coming out of speakers mounted to the wall. I think that might have been my introduction to sound poetry.
Avatar 1:11pm tonyc:

@ Doug: Glad you like! And sorry to ruin your own show for you.
Avatar 1:11pm tonyc:

By keeping you from working on it, I mean....
  1:14pm kat330:

Our only art museum locally is closing down for *three years* in mid-September (The Speed)! With all the bridge closures, talks of tolls (if a new bridge ever even gets started), highway construction gridlocks -- Philo's never had a chance to enjoy living locally. I'd be willing, but he doesn't want to move back to Finland.
  1:14pm northguineahills:

They has Schwitters coming out of a speaker w/ the original text visible on a box that changed pages w/ the spoken "text", so you could follow along.
Avatar 1:15pm tonyc:

There's a *slight* resemblance between Charlie Tweddle's voice and Captain Beefheart's voice, methinks -- maybe the register more than anything else?
  1:16pm northguineahills:

  1:18pm kat330:

It's been a decade since our last NYC and MOMA visit. We're overdue. Our UWS friends are always welcoming us again. Maybe that'll happen in the coming year, and we can tour the FMU facility. :)
  1:20pm kat330:

A different voice a bit in this bit.
  1:24pm Jeremy:

Hi Tony, all...just tuned in and loving the Tweddle! I kinda see the Beefheart thing but maybe it's more in the attitude than anything else?
Avatar 1:24pm tonyc:

A man of many voices ... and hats.
Avatar 1:27pm tonyc:

Hi Jeremy! Could be -- certainly it's not the music. What I actually find most similar are their speaking voices -- something about the register and intonation (Tweddle's accent notwithsatnding).
  1:27pm Jeremy:

Folkways N. American Frogs?
  1:28pm Jeremy:

Or Tweddle's neighbors?
Avatar 1:29pm tonyc:

Could be Folkways -- though I like to picture him actually surrounded by frogs -- and pigeons -- at all times.
  1:30pm kat330:

And crickets and bobwhites.
  1:31pm Jeremy:

Maybe it's in the rhythm of the delivery. I just picked up a bootleg book of Beefheart interviews and press, and I find myself hearing that voice as I read.
  1:32pm conrad:

Well, both Charlie & The Cap'n were coming from the blues...
Avatar 1:33pm tonyc:

  1:33pm conrad:

There are bootleg BOOKS?!
  1:33pm kat330:

...and UFOs....
  1:34pm Jeremy:

From the blues into the beyond...
  1:35pm kat330:

None more complex than a spider's web.
  1:37pm Jeremy:

@conrad: I know, I was surprised to see it, at the record stores in NYC area. I've seen lots of unofficial music books, but this had no publishing info whatsoever.
Avatar 1:39pm tonyc:

I love Tweddle's collage/cut-up approach -- somehow he keeps the flow going despite all these abrupt transitions.

to go back to your comment about how you enjoy record browsing in shops as opposed to downloading, from the UK perspective many of the great independant record shops in the big cities have had to shut down due to the recession/high rents/loss of revenue to Amazon and other internet sellers.
For myself the only way to go deep is researching music is to read Vernon Joyson's books, Acid Archives etc and then to go online to find more info. The days of trekking round numerous record shops each catering for a different taste are over in the UK.
So enjoy it while you can in the US. Buy as much as possible in the record shop and know you are literally keeping it going.
Avatar 1:42pm tonyc:

Even for the U.S., Portland is quite unusual -- it's a small city, but has around 30 second-hand vinyl shops.
  1:43pm northguineahills:

I still only buy vinyl in brick-and-mortar stores. No ebay for me.
  1:43pm Ricardo Montalban:

This is a great show, Tony! Been listening from way over there (points to way over there) but unable to type anything till now.
Avatar 1:45pm tonyc:

Hola, senor! (And thanks!)
  1:47pm Ricardo Montalban:

Morphogenesis is wonderful stuff. Seems like I recall someone using their music as a (perhaps unauthorized) alternative soundtrack to a silent film. Does that ring a bell?
  1:49pm Ike:

Ah, great sounds!
Avatar 1:49pm tonyc:

Don't know about that film, no.

Roger Sutherland -- the Morphogenesis member who gave me this tape (and who is now sadly deceased) -- wrote one of the very, very best books on experimental music: "'New Perspectives in Music." Can't recommend it highly enough. He was also a member of the Scratch Orchestra.
Avatar 1:50pm tonyc:

Hi, Ike!
  1:56pm northguineahills:

I think I read over a dozen years ago that Morphogenesis did a live soundtrack for a silent art film.
  2:09pm MrFab:

I am currently listening to this Morphogenesis stuff simultaneously with my Pandora radio "Percy Faith /EZ listening" channel. Two great tastes that go great together!
Avatar 2:10pm tonyc:

Avatar 2:13pm tonyc:

Coming up next after this: live recordings from the 1991 MIMI Festival, with music by Kampec Dolores, E, Pierre Bastien & Bruno Meillier, and Les Salles Combles.
  2:21pm Ricardo Montalban:

hey, Senor Fab? ¿cómo está
  2:24pm MrFab:

Hola, Ricardo (and Tony) (and everyone else)!
Avatar 2:25pm tonyc:

This set comes complete with audience-member conversation for your added enjoyment.
Avatar 2:26pm tonyc:

Greetings to you, Mr. Fab!
Avatar 2:29pm tonyc:

Listener-survey time: This tape is on the edge of what I would consider air-worthy sound quality. Think it makes the grade, sonically speaking?
  2:31pm kat330:

Seems no more hissy than something else I'm sure I've heard here in the past? You think?
  2:32pm kat330:

IOW, I'm not going to have a hissy fit over it.
  2:32pm Jeremy:

i think it's okay, but i have always been willing to overlook bad recordings to hear interesting music.
  2:34pm Ricardo Montalban:

having grown up nearly 30 miles from civilization and having been weaned on poor radio reception, bad TV signal and tapes-of-tapes-of tapes, musicwise has turned my brain into descrambler/noise reduction machine.
  2:35pm Ricardo Montalban:

Misplaced comma made that whole sentence somewhat confusing. Sorry
Avatar 2:37pm tonyc:

It's not that it's more hissy, but that it's more compressed and "distant" sounding -- it's an audience-member recording, after all. Anyway, glad it strikes you all as OK.
Avatar 2:38pm tonyc:

@ Ricardo M: I think I see your comma on the floor -- it rolled under the table.
  2:39pm northguineahills:

I think Jeremy put it well.
  2:49pm Doug S.:

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Avatar 2:52pm tonyc:

Oops: Bruno Meiillier is on flute, not sax.
  2:52pm listener james from westwood:

to my non-audiophile ears this is absolutely fine. i can forgive the limits of a medium, or the use a record/tape/etc. has endured over the course of decades, on a pretty broad spectrum.
  2:54pm Dervish:

What a minute, Tony. On flute not sax? The whole show is a do-over!
Avatar 2:55pm tonyc:

@ Dervish: You're right -- damn. Everyone come back in 10 minutes and I'll start all over again
  2:56pm listener james from westwood:

very glad to have caught the hiss parade from first crackle to last pop this week!
Avatar 2:57pm tonyc:

Glad you showed up, James and everyone else!

well poeple overlook hiss on Robert Johnson/Charly Patton recordings from the 20s/30's - why should there be a problem with later music?
Another stormer of a show - thanks TC
  2:59pm northguineahills:

Thanks again, Tony!
  2:59pm kat330:

Thank you, tony! Doug, I hope we'll be blown away tonight -- hope we can make it first!
  3:00pm Ricardo Montalban:

Thanks for making radio, Tony!
Avatar 3:01pm tonyc:

Thanks all! See you next week, I hope!
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