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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 August 11, 2016: Extended Meditations

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Bennito Sextet Plus One  Psychedelic Meditation   Options Bennito Sextet Plus One    1968     
Nick Arkle  Cloud-Henge (Side A)   Options Cloud-Henge    1983    0:06:54 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
D. Andrew Rath 
Extended Meditations (Side B)   Options Extended Meditations    1988    0:18:27 (Pop‑up)
Xochimoki  New Music Ancient Sources (Side A)   Options New Music Ancient Sources    1984  1. Naui Ollin; 2. Ollin Mecatl; 3. Yakchilan; 4. Bonampak  0:27:16 (Pop‑up)
Laraaji & Sun Araw  Leipzig   Options Professional Sunflow    2016    0:54:40 (Pop‑up)
Roedelius  Langer Atem   Options Lustwandel    1981    1:11:28 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Joel Vandroogenbroeck 
Group Meditation   Options Meditations, Vol. 1  Coloursound  1980    1:18:29 (Pop‑up)
M.C. Schmidt  Mountain Side   Options Batu Malablab: Suite for Prepared Piano, Flute, and Electronics    2015    1:26:36 (Pop‑up)
Emil Richards & The Microtonal Blues Band  Journey to Bliss Parts I-VI   Options Journey to Bliss    1968    1:45:42 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
D. Andrew Rath 
Extended Meditations (Side A)   Options Extended Meditations        2:04:29 (Pop‑up)
A New Age Sound Environment  Concentration (Side A)   Options A New Age Sound Environment: Concentration    1992    2:12:19 (Pop‑up)
A New Age Sound Environment  Relaxation (Side B)   Options A New Age Sound Environment: Relaxation    1992    2:20:07 (Pop‑up)
Electronic Butterflies  Skylab   Options Skylab    1977    2:22:50 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Sounds of Nature 
Sounds of the Dolphin (Side B)   Options Gentle Persuasion – The Sounds of Nature: Sounds of the Dolphin    1991    2:36:31 (Pop‑up)
High Eagle  Serenity (Side A)   Options Serenity    1989    2:44:14 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:50pm Flash Strap:

Come relax with me explorers as we travel the sonic spaceways to deeper states within our minds and swim the waters of oblivion
  6:51pm Ed:

Good evening Flash!
Avatar 6:57pm Walking Daydream:

Good evening, everyone.
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

Good evening friends
Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Evan and all!!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

James, WD, Bob, Ed! So glad to see you tonight!
Avatar 7:03pm geezerette:

YAY Evan and intrepids!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 7:05pm hyde:

hi all. here for now. experiencing some WEIRD computer problems with occasional random shutdowns. here's hoping i'll make it to the end! might be time for a new laptop ;(
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hyde, old chum! Hope it holds out and rights itself in such a way you can ignore it for years to come
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Will be playing a few things–not all–from Sounds of the Dawn (once again) tonight, which is so so great... here's a link to this Cloud-Henge cassette, and through which you can find many many tape majesties: soundsofthedawn.com...
Avatar 7:11pm geezerette:

Avatar 7:14pm Flash Strap:

I love the idea of a cloud-henge, and it blows my mind that this is its sonic expression
Avatar 7:17pm geezerette:

Sound architecture is real.
Avatar 7:18pm geezerette:

I think of Carl Stone's work like that.
Avatar 7:21pm geezerette:

Cheers to soothing immersive music!
Avatar 7:23pm hyde:

i've been neglecting Sounds of the Dawn lately. Probably need Cloudhenge, tho.
Avatar 7:25pm hyde:

oh, i did grab Xochimochi though awhile back
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

It's a REALLY good one
Avatar 7:28pm geezerette:

This is great!
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

I really like it, but I'm excited to play it now as it will be the first really close listening I've gotten to do of it
Avatar 7:31pm Flash Strap:

Xochimoki: soundsofthedawn.com...
Avatar 7:33pm geezerette:

(thnx for posting link. :D)
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

my pleasure!
Avatar 7:40pm hyde:

i feel like this tape is sort of almost a bit too earnest, but at the same time it's the dedicated earnestness that makes it sound pretty good
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

i mean, think about this in relation to Can's ethnological forgery series. Then in relation to, say, Elisabeth Waldo's more exotica-leaning precolumbian-esque compositions. It's a cool piece situated in a rich little corner of music
Avatar 7:41pm Flash Strap:

i actually posted that before I saw yours, hyde, though it may seem in response it's not really.
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

I can handle any amount or earnest as long as it's not sentimental–with new age music, that earnesty is often what lends it its "cult" vibe, like the music contains actual magic. for true believers anyway. Of course, a sentimentality or saccharine sound can just RUIN everything, making it sound like a spa that isn't even run by guru-followers or cult members.

there is also an appealing camp quality to a certain kind of corny new age, but again, a kind of earnest dedication is key
Avatar 7:49pm hyde:

i agree, for the most part. i like this tape a lot. i think though what i feel about this one is that while i like the dedication and i appreciate the seriousness of it, at times it feels a little.......academic? it's really good, don't get me wrong. i just feel like maybe it needs a little levity. it might be better if it was a little cornier, is all i'm saying.
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

I hear ya. I am sort of fascinated precisely by that academic tweezers-and-gloves vibe, actually, but I get where you're at.

I like to picture this being recorded in the dusty storage room of a gone-to-seed ethnographic museum
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan! catch the rest on the archive
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Bob! adios
Avatar 7:59pm hyde:

i like that idea. i guess maybe i just wish it had been recorded in a gone to seed ethnographic museum after the staff had been laid off and threw a chicha and yage party! but you can't have everything.
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

for that, we'll always have Can, and the Sun City Girls, at least
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

but yeah, i'd second that emotion Hyde. I'd third it
Avatar 8:02pm hyde:

haha, too true
Avatar 8:06pm Flash Strap:

love this orchestral/string section sound that weaves in and out, however they're managing it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Doug Schulkind:

Strash Flap!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Ike:

Very excellent sounds!
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

Shugg Dullkind!
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

Eki! Emoclew!
Avatar 8:14pm geezerette:

There's a "vibe" you get driving through parts of the southwest, near or in Indigenous regions. ( If you're willing to resist music you've brought, or satellite, etc.).. This music,(Xochimoki) has that in spots. Like driving where older landscape is still visible and only picking up stations with low power transmitters that speak Navajo or Hopi and play only traditional music.

(I'm having an inarticulate day.)
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

I dig the notion, Geezerette, and have definitely had that experience. Sort of a Teachings of Don Juan/residue of the past thing
Avatar 8:20pm geezerette:

Never read it but yeah, that feeling. :D
Avatar 8:30pm Little Danny:

Prepping my show and got it locked in to the point of complete diversion. This Schmidt is excellent and completely new to me.
Avatar 8:33pm Flash Strap:

me too, basically. so crazy good though.

to be honest, I've listened to basically none of Matmos' output, though I've always been aware of their activities

I'm lucky you're on after me, you never distract me from anything I need to do, I can just hang out while you weave your web
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm Doug Schulkind:

@Little Danny
When you're done with yours, would you mind working on mine?
Avatar 8:35pm Little Danny:

Ah, thanks Flash!
Avatar 8:38pm Little Danny:

@Doug www.youtube.com... You're welcome!
Avatar 8:38pm hyde:

heh. one of my fave drummer stream tropes is dj's showing up to talk about doing their homework while someone else's cool show is on. i figure uncle michael will be along any minute now.
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

DJ problems. The struggle is real and valid
Avatar 8:43pm hyde:

as a mere listener, i'd never deny that!
Avatar 8:44pm Flash Strap:

you my friend are more than any mere listener. Who knows the struggle better than Hyde?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...thot it might be John Cage talking...or somebody...
Avatar 8:49pm hyde:

i did guest dj on wmbr in cambridge a couple a times. i do know it's a pain in the ass to put shows together.

to paraphrase Chauncey Grdener, i like to listen.
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

Hey Rabbit!

it's a pain sometimes but mostly a great pleasure
Avatar 8:52pm hyde:

Emil Richards. now there's a guy who is underrated.
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

I first heard his "Stones" album on Doug's show, which is also terrific
Avatar 9:02pm Little Danny:

Also Richards's Yazz Per Favore is a high point of West Coast Latin jazz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Doug Schulkind:

Avatar 9:02pm hyde:

i love the Stones record. but man, he also played on tons of Lalo Schifrin stuff (esp. Mission Impossible and Mannix). Also with Shelly Manne on Daktari, which i have to admit was the soundtrack to my childhood. i was totally obsessed with Daktari.
Avatar 9:04pm coelacanth:

greetings Evan and Explorers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Doug Schulkind:

You and me both, hyde. I adore the Daktari soundtrack.
Avatar 9:10pm still b/p:

Mostly missed out on the Daktari show because it was Thursday night, and I had go to dancing school on Thursday nights! That night of TV deprivation also meant I didn't see how Batman and Robin escaped on Thursday from the Wednesday cliffhanger! Like Dickensian hardship, man...not being totally up on the Thursday programs with the other kids.
Avatar 9:13pm hyde:

@Doug yes! it's an an amazing soundtrack. also with Emil Richards, how many people can say they played with Charles Mingus, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and Frank Zappa? i think maybe that list has one name on it.
Avatar 9:13pm quinn:

I love this show
Avatar 9:13pm Flash Strap:

LOOOOOOVE the Daktari soundtrack but have never seen the show
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

Hi Coelacanth, b/p, quinn! And thanks, Quinn!
Avatar 9:15pm Flash Strap:

@hyde: seriously...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16pm JtotheK:

hi everyone. been tuned via the app, wanted to pop in to say i've been enjoying the program! (little danny, i'll be tuning into yours via the archive...really great show last week!)
Avatar 9:17pm quinn:

This sounds like it could be a soundtrack to some very soft intrigue
Avatar 9:19pm hyde:

@Flash well, i loved the show because i was an inveterate animals kid in the 70's and i was crazy for anything like that. i imagine now that it's white-people-in-africa-collecting-wildlife theme might not seem as innocent as it did when i was seven, but well. to paraphrase trollope, the past is a different country and they did things differently there.
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

Hi j–K!

@quinn: "very soft intrigue." precisely put.
Avatar 9:20pm still b/p:

Now I looked it up and Daktari was Tuesdays. I been eating the wrong madeleine.

In other viewing matters, sky seems more hazy than starry 'round here, so Perseid shower might be somewhat obscured.
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

exactly Hyde. I still love that stuff too, and investigating it critically usually just makes me love it more, even if not as uncomplicatedly
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

I hope I see those Perseids tonight!
Avatar 9:23pm Flash Strap:

That last thing: soundsofthedawn.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

It's 77°F outside - but 93°F in my trap - in NewHampshuh, @ 9:30 P.M.
So - nice sorta ambient longform chill working real good for me...
Avatar 9:28pm hyde:

oh, man. i missed this one back in May. Grabbing it now! i love that cover art, which runs the gamut from chess playing to soapy hot tub. that's the stuff.
Avatar 9:30pm Little Danny:

Hi J-K, thanks in advance!
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

Concentration and Relaxation are really good, Seduction is hilarious. Steamy sax solos. Romance is the only one that didn't leave an impression.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm JtotheK:

@Little Danny - I especially enjoyed that Ronnie & Robin "Sidra's Theme" 45 you spun!
Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

I did too, Danny. It was killer
Avatar 9:37pm Little Danny:

Thank you friends!
Avatar 9:38pm still b/p:

Forget chess, brother, the newer New Ager is digging the cacao. Saw a notice for a Mystery of Cacao event while getting a smoothie today -- "a very strong aid in facilitating conscious group communication, meditation, heart healing, emotional clarity, dancing, and creative thinking. Around a fire, in nature, at home, or in a yoga studio profound and joyous experiences are guaranteed to be had when you learn the mystery of Cacao."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40pm Doug Schulkind:

Hellraising hairscape?
Avatar 9:41pm Little Danny:

Hellraising hairscape describes my teenage look.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm Doug Schulkind:

And another new show — our second from Texas — will be joining the stream in a few weeks or so... That show will hit the airwaves every Tuesday evening, 10pm-midnight, right after Kaminsky Kamoutsky!
Avatar 9:45pm Flash Strap:

Holy Moly Doug what a wonderful world
Avatar 9:46pm Flash Strap:

I'll say goodnight to you guys now as I am going to permanently zone out to this serenity
Avatar 9:48pm Little Danny:

@Doug Oh yes, I do believe I know that show.
Avatar 9:49pm Little Danny:

Such a great vibe this evening, Flash.
Avatar 9:50pm coelacanth:

Thank you Evan.
Avatar 9:51pm Little Danny:

Sustain (hopefully) your personal mojo coming up at 10pm: wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:53pm hyde:

@Doug i love that you are continuing to add shows. the stream is amazing! but i can't keep up. i was wondering if maybe you could pay me to retire and just listen to all the shows? that'd be great.
Avatar 9:58pm hyde:

loved that High Eagle. thanks Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm Doug Schulkind:

I will pay you out of my {cough} salary.
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