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Ridgewood Radio features concert recordings by adventurous bands and experimental musicians and restored archival tapes from private and institutional collections captured at venues large and small across the five boroughs of New York. It is produced by David Weinstein and Outpost Artists Resources operating out of the Ridgewood section of Queens, NY, where you'll find more yellow bricks than on the road to Oz and the cemetery of your choice is never more than a few blocks from home.

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Options December 21, 2016: Time Sculptors

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Time Sculptors with special nod to Phill Niblock
Phill Niblock  Live Set   Options Work Series curated by David Watson  Sound behind DJ: Pre-recorded multi-tracks by Niblock with live musicians David Watson, David First, and Tom Chiu. 
Chris LiButti & Ivan Khilko  Live Set   Options Work Series curated by David Watson  Feedback system for guitar and bass with metal rods on strings recorded 10/26/16 at The Sump. 
Gen Ken Montgomery & Chris Penalosa  Live Set   Options Work Series/Zaimph Record Release hosted by David Watson and Marcia Bassett  Circuits, gadgets, transducers, stones, pet toys recorded live at The Sump 11/30/16. 
Hisayasu Takashio with Kelvin Daly & Project Kandata  Live Set   Options 23 Windows 2016 Fall Salon  Live sculpture ritual with sounds via contact microphones; Kelvin Daly, handmade string instrument; Project Kandata, synthesizers recorded by Dok Gregory at 23 Windows 11/5/16. 
Yuka C. Honda, Susie Ibarra, Ikue Mori  Live Set   Options Roulette Festival of Mixology  Synths, samples, drums, percussion, laptop and lots of electronics (and a laser light show!) recorded at Roulette 2/20/16. 

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:03pm doctorjazz:

Hi, David and Ruth (and Ridgewooders out there)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:09pm weinstein:

Doctor, greetings to you and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm weinstein:

I mistyped my playlist. This first track is LiButti and Khilko!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:28pm fred:

Good afternoon David and listeners, including the one doctor I'm not fed up with seeing
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:41pm doctorjazz:

Hey Fred! How are you feeling? Always nice to see you posting here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:43pm weinstein:

Sympathetic with Fred and looking for 2017 to be a doctor-free year along with some other freedoms.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm fred:

@doctorjazz: Most pains are now mere aches, so there's welcome progress. How was Sister Act?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:52pm doctorjazz:

As a totally unprejudiced, unbiased dad of one of the ensemble performers, I thought it was GREAT! Went twice this past weekend, sure we'll catch more before the run ends.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54pm fred:

I have a strong feeling that these sets were better experienced live than on crappy PC speakers. No surprise in a show referencing Phill Niblock
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm weinstein:

Headphones might help some. Good stereo stuff. But this is a conversation worth having. How effective can experimental sound be on radio in the age of MP3s and mobile phone speakers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:09pm fred:

My short answer is that the live experience is hard to translate for such immersive music. But after a month cut off from music, I'd say something still beats nothing
My left ear is almost useless except through bones, so headphones are not a great option for me.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 3:13pm doctorjazz:

most small speakers won't cut this stuff, but it's better than not hearing it at all. Live is best, but getting hard to get out a lot as I get older. (House concert in Philly 2 weeks ago, Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Ochs) was great! I have a recording of it, not the same as having been there (and it's the same performance!).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:13pm weinstein:

Understood. Radio can do something fabulous. The live show is not going to be replaced. We can have both.
  3:15pm Dean:

"Something still beats nothing" is a salutary perspective, for sure. The conversation need not be exclusive to experimental sound, though. Same goes for a recital of Debussy on piano, Bach on harpsichord, or works performed by large ensembles or orchestras. The criterion of effectiveness is fidelity. That's a loaded term: fidelity to what? Measured according to which factors? This is why I recognize that quite often my experience is that it's not a matter of the enjoyment of music per se. It's a matter of the enjoyment of playing records or listening to recordings of music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm fred:

Maybe radio can't convert someone who has never heard this kind of music. But it's worth trying, and weirdos like me can try to fill in the blanks. I'm sure I missed a lot, but I'm now very much interested in seeing Hisayasu Takashio, Kelvin Daly and Project Kandata
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 3:20pm doctorjazz:

@Dean, you're venturing into dangerous audiophile territory, fidelity to what indeed. I agree listening to recorded music and to a concert are different experiences, and can be enjoyed on their own terms, though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm weinstein:

Which brings us to another quaking subject. I learned nearly everything (at least early on) from DJs who introduced me to new music. And almost nothing from "genius" algorithms or targeted playlists.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25pm fred:

Music can get personal quickly for me. I usually walk a lot -- and really fast -- often coming back from shows at night. Even with earbuds and my hearing limitations, music is essential, but some things work better than others for me in these situations. I grab these moments and enjoy. It's not fidelity at all, but I'm not going to apologize
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 3:33pm doctorjazz:

listen a lot to my phone walking the dog, or a portable music player and can enjoy it a lot. And, love listening to big speakers when I have time to settle and just listen. It's all good...(started listening to music using a Sony 3 inch long transistor radio in the late 60's, and got hooked).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm fred:

Automated playlists are a joke. The research lab where I work has people trying their hand at that, and the best worldwide are far away from getting interesting results. For WFMU listeners, at least
As I often say about the station, I listen to like what I hear, not to hear what I like
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 3:39pm doctorjazz:

If I only get fed stuff I know or similar to what I already know, I get bored pretty quickly. FMU does work to get my ears open to stuff I haven't heard yet, which I love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm fred:

I started walking to music in the late 70's, with a smallish tape recorder (like 3 times the size of cassette, a walkman was a luxury item then) in a custom, holster-like bag my mother had made for me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm weinstein:

90% of the country is living in both a political and sonic echo chamber. Fred's "to like what I hear" philosophy is a tiny key to saving the universe.
  3:44pm Dean:

@doctorjazz, I know well the risk. Put it this way: I subscribed for about a year during the '80s (maybe early '90s) to Absolute Sound and Stereophile. During that year I'm convinced I read everything that could possibly be written about the fidelity of audio equipment. (Same goes for wine via Wine Spectator. One year sated me for life.) Yet the disputes continue, over and over and over again.

WFMU is definitely a source of revelation, as was Fanfare magazine when I read it regularly to select classical and new material for the library where I worked. The enthusiasm of the knowledgeable reviewers (like that of WFMU DJs and friends who pay attention to music) is catching.
  3:45pm malinki kahuna mele:

fantastic music..it all sounds great to me, I am listening through real speakers...
  3:49pm Dean:

Another example of radio as a vehicle for shared enthusiasm: I used to stay with a friend in Fairfield, CT, right around the Memorial Day weekend. On the holiday a local station traditionally played a Frank Zappa tribute show. I've never been a big Zappa fan, but I loved the annual heaping portion of his music.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 3:51pm doctorjazz:

Really enjoying the Roulette that's on now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm fred:

Then there's sheer randomness. I found out about Godspeed You Black Emperor while looking for Juliana Hatfield records (not that far alphabetically) and liking the cover. I took a chance on that record, went to a show, and that's how I first heard about Instants Chavir├ęs. The rest is personal history.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm weinstein:

Thanks to all. I really like the spirit and thoughtfulness and generosity here. I'll vote for paying attention, real speakers, Zappa, and randomness every time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm fred:

Another act of Bob: I found WFMU leafing through a French TV guide in a dentist's waiting room. I don't even have a TV. No idea how the link got there
  3:57pm malinki kahuna mele:

you sir have impeccable taste. I have really enjoyed every set in this show. listening for around 2months now and perusing your archived shows as well. and Praise "Bob"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:57pm fred:

The laser show is hard to convey in a radio show, but I hope I'll hear Ikue Mori again soon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm weinstein:

Blushing and chuckling.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 4:03pm doctorjazz:

Great stuff, catch you next week..
  4:03pm Dean:

Not exactly random, but I remember my introduction to Yes c.1973. I spied a Close to the Edge 8-track in the back seat of a neighbor's VW. I would have been 14-ish; he had probably graduated from high school. He let me borrow the tape, which I played on my parents' crappy turntable/radio/8-track unit. I had to own the album, so I purchased a copy (at K Mart, perhaps?) and shared it with friends my age. That was our introduction to progressive rock. Hasn't flagged much since.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07pm weinstein:

And now your good taste is codified as Yes goes into the Rock and Roll Thing of Fame. But maybe let's save that hot discussion for the future... best to you all what is ahead!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 4:08pm Doug Schulkind:

Greetings from Confluence, PA. About 100 feet from the swift waters of the Youghiogheny (aka "the Yock") River.
Avatar 4:08pm Scraps:

thank god, i almost missed honda ibarra & mori
  4:08pm Dean:

ISWYDT. "But maybe..."
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