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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Episode 7: Best of 2012

Retro Futurism Episode 7: Best of 2012 aired 6pm, Sunday 30 December. Playlist below and download here and here.

William Basinski: Disintegration Loop 1.2
John Cage: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) (excerpt)
Sun Ra: On Jupiter
Laurie Spiegel (pictured): Clockworks
Oneohtrix Point Never: Time Decanted
Kevin Gorman: Frequency Phase Parts 1 & 2
Bernard Parmegiani: Passage d'Insectes
Bernard Parmegiani: Transition
Bee Mask: Pink Drinq
James Ferraro: Jumpshot Earth
Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury: Scope the Block
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth: This is Not a Dream
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth: Prince of Darkness End Titles
Disco Inferno: The Atheist's Burden
Felix Kubin: I'm Still Calling You My Brain
DJ Spinn: 4 A $5 Bag
DJ Sprinkles and Mark Fell: Say It Slowly (N.U.M. Mix)
Mark Fell: SOA-7
Starship Commander Woo Woo: Master Ship (excerpt)
Octo Octa: I Can Feel You (Dub Version)
US: Born in the North
Mannheim Rocket: Eora Part 1
Lee Gamble: ExpRand Trace
Actress: Ascending
Lorenzo Senni: Digital Tsunami
Yvonne Archer: 'Aint Nobody

Thanks for listening. Next Sunday 6 January will be Episode 8: Recent Australian Music, featuring music mostly by Australian artists.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Episode 6: Dubs, Versions, Copies and Covers

Retro Futurism Episode 6: Dubs, Versions, Copies and Covers aired at the new summer time of 6pm, Sunday 23 December. Playlist below, and the program should still be listenable via the stream at the Under The Sun page (who I'm covering for) and downloadable here and here.

Sex Pistols: Holiday in the Sun
Alton Ellis: It's a Shame
King Tubby: Fat Thing Version
Pulshar: Golden Brown
Fennesz: Don't Talk (Put Your Head on my Shoulder)
Claude Debussy: Gymnopedie #1 (Satie)
Akira Rabelais: Gnossienne #3 (Satie)
Wendy Carlos: Two Part Invention in D Minor (Bach)
Ekkehard Ehlers: Spaten
Blood Sisters: Ring My Bell
Jennifer Lara: I'm In Love
Carl Craig: Angola
Lee Perry: Chim Chim Cherie
Pauline Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly
Christian Marclay: Maria Callas
Michael Mayer: Frost
Dean Blunt feat. Inga Copeland (pictured): The Narcissist
Sonic Youth: Piece Enfantine (Slominsky)
Sun Ra: UFO (Mike Huckaby's Reel to Reel Edit)
Charlie Parker: Loverman
Derek Bailey: What's New
The Dirtbombs: Jaguar
The Field: Action
Felix Kubin: Hello
Oneohtrix Point Never: Adagio in G Minor (Albinoni)
V/VM: The Lady in Red (Is Dancing with Meat)
Oneohtrix Point Never: Nobody Here
John Fahey: What Child Is This

Next Sunday 30 December will feature Episode 7: Best of 2012. Unoriginal, but plenty of reissued futurist and new retro gold worth hearing again.

Monday, 17 December 2012

More Retro Futurism

Retro Futurism will return to Triple R 102.7FM 6.00pm this Sunday 23 December. I'll be filling in for Jonathan Alley's Under The Sun for three weeks while he's on summer vacation.

Episode 6: Dubs, Versions, Copies and Covers will celebrate my role as 'cover' by playing 'covers'. Stream it here.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Episode 5: Contemporary Futurism / Postmodern Hopelessness

Retro Futurism's final program Episode 5: Contemporary Futurism / Postmodern Hopelessness was broadcast 30 November 2012 and is available to stream here and download here and here. This was what was played:

Kraftwerk - Computerwelt
Parliament - Placebo Syndrome
Disco Inferno - A Crash At Every Speed
Pole - Modul
Ryoji Ikeda - Data.Multiplex
Alva Noto - Neue Stadt (Skizze B)
Sturm - Untitled
Mark Fell - Multistability 7a
Hecker - Piste03
John Chantler - Untitled 05
John Chantler - Untitled 03
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Disingenuousness
Burial - Archangel
The Advisory Circle - Modern Through Movement
Broadcast and the Focus Group - You Must Wake
Philip Jeck - Chime Again
The Caretaker - Everything is on the Point of Decline
Tropical Contact High - ... And With Whom?
James Ferraro - Palm Trees, WiFi and Dream Sushi
Toro Y Moi - Fax Shadow
Clams Casino - The World Needs Change
Oneohtrix Point Never - Nobody Here
Oneohtrix Point Never - Demerol
Ford and Lopatin - Voices
Oneohtrix Point Never - Angel
Games - Heartlands
DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
Dro Carey - Motorvibe
Traxman - Brainwash
Cooly G - Sunshine
MMM - Nouse Somme MMM
Evol - Wormhole Shubz 1
Lee Gamble - Pandemonium Institute
Julee Cruise - The World Spins

Thanks for listening. More on Retro Futurism here soon, we've only scratched the surface...

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Episode 4: Urban Machines

Episode 4: Urban Machines can be streamed here and downloaded (2 parts) here and here. Playlist below:

Protect and Survive - Future Prison (EFNY)
John Carpenter - Escape From New York - Main Title
Kraftwerk - Schaufensterpuppen
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Cosmic Surfing
Shuggie Otis - XL-30
Afrika Bambaataa - Bambaataa's Theme
Man Parrish - Boogie Down (Bronx)
Oren Ambarchi - Girl With Silver Eyes
Giorgio Moroder - Baby Blue
Space - Magic Fly
Sylvia Love - Extraterrestrial Lover
Adonis - No Way Back
NY Housing Authority - Apartment 2a
Denis Garcia - Door to Dimension 4 (Inverto Remix)
Charanjit Singh - Raga Megh Malhar
Phuture - Acid Tracks
Tin Man - Museum of Acid
Cybotron - Cosmic Cars
Derrick May - Spaced Out
Model 500 - Starlight
Drexciya - Devil Ray Cove
Dopplereffekt - Satellites
Anthony Rother - Nacht Der Gotter
The Normal - T.V.O.D.
Oren Ambarchi - Remedios the Beauty
South Rakkas Crew - Red Alert
Ly Ngua O - Vo Chang Lam Bieng
Tshe Tsha Boys - Anidyi Nyama
Connie Francis - Robot Love

Episode 5: Contemporary Futurism / Postmodern Hopelessness, the final episode of Retro Futurism, will air midnight Friday 30 November. It will look at the decline of futurism, the rise of machines and the pessimism that has crept into contemporary experimental music making. Stay tuned...

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Urban Machines

Tonight's program - Episode 3: Urban Machines will look at the advent of consumer electronics and the futuristic music made by urban youth on these newfangled gadgets. This made for a period of considerable experiment and invention, loads of great music, and images. Here's to the latter:

Roland 303

Oscar Peterson on the 303


Yellow Magic Orchestra

Giorgio Moroder


Sylvia Love


Frankie Knuckles

Jesse Saunders

Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May & Juan Atkins



Their future?

Friday, 16 November 2012

Episode 3: Improvisation and Indeterminacy

Episode 3: Improvisation and Indeterminacy aired midnight Friday 15 November - available to stream here and download here and here. The great Sun Ra pictured above. This is the music:

Herbie Hancock - Rain Dance
John Cage - Williams Mix
Sun Ra - The Door of the Cosmos
Anthony Pateras - 76755
Duke Ellington - Spacemen
Alice Coltrane - Galaxy Around Oldumare
Alan Lamb - Infinity Machine
Robert Rockwell III - Androids
Oren Ambarchi - As Far As The Eye Can See
Sa Ra Creative Partners - Space Fruit
Christian Wolff - Exercise 15
Sun Ra - Love in Outer Space
Anthony Pateras - Mutant Theatre 1
Miles Davis - Little Church
Supersilent - 6.1
Wadado Leo Smith - Radiant Light Gushing from the Sun
Cornelius Cardew - Material
Ekkehard Ehlers - Cornelius Cardew (ii)
Jon Hassel / Brian Eno - Rising Thermal
Protect and Survive - Casualties
Sun Ra - Disco 3000
The Sun God - Analog Codes
Terry Riley - Music for the Gift 1
Michael Hurley - O My Stars

Thanks for listening. Next week Friday 23 November is Episode 4: Urban Machines, looking at the small electronic boxes, gadgets and computers used by inner city dwellers to create rhythms, bleeps and pulsars to transcend urban reality.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Episode 2: Lab Coats

Episode 2: Lab Coats aired 9 November. Stream here and download here and here. This is what we heard:

Eliane Radigue - L'Isle Resonante
Johanna M Beyer - Music of the Spheres
Paul Hindemith - 7 Triostucke fur 3 Trautoniums
Olivier Messiaen - Oraison
Halim El-Dabh - Expression of Zaar
Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry - Gene Piece, RAI Bird
Andre Boucourechliev - Texte 2
Jan Jelinek - Wood Pigeon
Herbert Eimert - Glockenspiel
Karel Goeyvaerts - Komposition No. 7
Franco Evangalesti - Incontre Di Fasce Sonore
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Studie II
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Cosmic Pulses
Iannis Xenakis - Orient Occident (excerpt)
Otto Leunig - Fantasy in Space
Otto Leunig and Vladimir Ussachevsky - Incantation
Alice Shields - Study for Voice and Tape
Delia Derbyshire - Dr Who - Original Theme
Delia Derbyshire - The Delian Mode
Daphne Oram - Contrasts Essonic
Lawrence English - Coprinus Comatus
Daphne Oram - Tumblewash
Suzanne Ciani - Pop and Pour
Suzanne Ciani - Live Buchla Concert, Paris, 1975
Suzanne Ciani - Princess with Orange Feet
Gentile or Jew? - Untitled #8
Holly Herndon - Movement
Laurie Anderson - New York Social Life
Al Bowly - Hang Out the Stars in Indiana

Completely ran out of time so missed out on playing a lot, including Laurie Spiegel, Bernard Parmegiani, Pauline Oliveros, Cat Hope, and many many others.

Episode 3: Improvisation and Indeterminacy
airs midnight Friday 16 November.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Episode 1: Pioneers

Episode 1: Pioneers
aired Friday 2 November and is available to stream here and to download here and here. This is what was played:

Arnold Schoenberg - String Quartet 2, 4th movement
Anton Webern - Variations for Piano, Op 27
Erik Satie - Musique d'Ambleument: Carrelage Phonique
Marcel Duchamp - Musical Sculpture
Parham Pickett Apollo Syncopaters - Mojo Strut
Charles Ives - They Are There!
Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question
Henry Cowell - The Tides of Manaunan
Luigi Russolo - Risveglia di una Citta
Pierre Schaeffer - Etude Aux Chemins de Fer
Les Baxter - Moon Moods
Tchaikovsky - Valse Sentimentale
Percy Grainger - Free Music (for Four Theremins)
Les Baxter - Lunar Rhapsody
Joe Meek - I Hear A New World
Sun Ra - Love in Outer Space
Billy Riley - Flying Saucers Rock N Roll
Sun Ra - Message to Earthmen
Sun Ra - Blues on Planet Mars
Gyorgy Ligeti - Atmospheres
Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason - You Mean More to Me Than Any Scientific Truth
Jeff Mills - Landscape (Utopian Dreams)
Michael Bundt - La Chasse Aux Microbes
Drexciya - Dripping Into A Time Of No Future
Walter Huston - Lost in the Stars

Pioneers started with the grandpappy of twentieth century exploratory composition Arnold Schoenberg, the final movement of his Second String Quartet, considered his first deep dip into atonality. It also features a soprano, singing the words of mystic writer Stefan George, his poem Entruckung (Transport) evoking Schoenberg's reluctant voyage into the unknown and of the new freedoms - and vertigo - opened up to modern composers:

I feel the air of another planet
And faces blow over me through the dark
Faces that even now kindly turn themselves toward me.

And trees and byways that I once loved now pale
So that I hardly recognize them and you bright one
Beloved shadow - summoner of my agonies -

Are now extinguished completely in the deep glowing
so that after the rapturous tumult
with a devout countenance calming

I surrender myself in sound, circling, hovering,
Groundless gratitude and unspoken praise
Surrendering myself helplessly to the great breath.

A clamorous pain overwhelms me
In the roar of consecration where fervent cries
Beg in the dust of supplicants in tumult:

Then I see how pale clouds slip
Into clear sun-filled spaces
Clouds that embrace only the furthest mountain passes.
The earth trembles white and soft as whey.

I rise up over monstrous ravines,
I feel as if I were swimming over the last cloud
In a shimmering crystal sea.
I am only a spark of the holy fire
I am only a roar of the holy voice.

Episode 1 also introduced some of the thoughts behind Retro Futurism:

- Nostalgic, counterfactual image of what the future might have been, but is not, fueled by a dissatisfaction or discomfort with the present, to which retro-futurism provides a nostalgic contrast.

- Particularly a dissatisfaction with modern futurism, and the almost total lack of imagining of an exciting and alternative future world. In some respects, an extrapolation of the present to the future produces disappointing, or even ghastly results, exemplified in contemporary dystopian visions of the future.

- Dissatisfaction with the modern world itself. A world of high-speed air transport, computers, and space stations is (by any past standard) 'futuristic'; yet the search for alternative and perhaps more promising futures suggests a feeling that the desired or expected future has failed to materialize.

- Like some of the theories behind practitioners of Hauntology and Hypnagogic pop, Retro Futurism is fuelled by an idea that much of these early modernist, 'futurist' experiments had yet to be fully exhausted, that there is still more work to be done

Episode 2: Lab Coats
will look at electronic innovations kickstarted by composers working in academic centres and institutions in the early-mid twentieth century.

Broadcast midnight Friday 9 November on Melbourne's RRR 012.7FM www.rrr.org.au.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Retro Futurism Commences Friday 2 November 2012

The first episode of Retro Futurism will air on the Tabula Rasa slot Friday 2 November midnight to 2am on Melbourne's Triple R 102.7FM and broadcast on the net www.rrr.org.au.

Episode One - Pioneers will explore the roots of futurist music in early twentieth century composition. Following the collapse of tonality after the excesses of Wagnerian romanticism composers looked for new ways to express the experience of contemporary reality. Modernist artistic movements from Futurism to Dadaism fostered further developments, as did trailblazers from the New World, unhindered by tradition, along with the development of electronics.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Retro Futurism airs Fridays midnight - 2am on Melbourne's Triple R 102.7FM www.rrr.org.au during November 2012.

Retro Futurism looks backward to look forward, celebrating musical modernists working on the edges of composition, improvisation, quantisation, from Schoenberg to Sun Ra, from Darmstadt to Detroit, from violin to VST, from yesterday to tomorrow...

From the harmonic revolutions of Vienna, the Impressionist mists of Paris, through the serial, aleatoric, stochastic, concrete, electro-acoustic, improvisation and electronic experiments made throughout the twentieth and twenty first centuries, as well as songs about spaceships, robots and the cosmos.

Retro Futurism is future music, regardless of heritage.