Wednesday, April 13, 2016

...tonight the irritability knows no bounds!

Thanks to SiHV, whose initial comment—the first on our playlist last night—inspired me to write a haiku for Tony Conrad:

Like nerves are these strings
Loose t-shirt, hat and spectacles
Truly he is wasted

I'm fortunate in that I got to see Tony Conrad perform live a few times over the years, in different contexts, presenting different pieces each time. I had one degree of separation from the composer/filmmaker on several fronts, in the form of WFMU's own DJ Fabio, others as well. Funny now to think that I wrote to the author of this book about Faust, because he didn't have his Conrad facts straight, resulting in a terse email exchange, followed by my offer to fact-check / edit for free any future music tomes by the author.

[We mourn for ourselves, for our loss; never mourn for the dead, especially if they were afforded a full & realized they have moved on (or off) from this sphere of existence, to maybe something, maybe nothing—either way, they know things now that some of us spend long hours wishing we could know.]

As listener blee put it, "Communion always satisfies," and indeed, that monster song that concludes the Helmsplitter / Communion split was a standout of last night's horrorcast™; also inspiring listener commentary were Wet Ones | Swollen Organs | THE NEW TAPE BY WITCHBEAM | Live Urban Sax ca. 1984, CD on Ektro ... as per usual, I exalt it all, selections by Toxicology | Total Abuse | Blank Spell | Verglas | Agrath | Swallowed | Spectral Voice | Matt Berry | White Zombie coming most readily to mind.

To stream this week's My Castle of Quiet audio archive, and to read the playlist & listener comments, click on our captured frame from The Tribe, above.

Tune in next week for Noise Bliss-Out #4 [!!!]

these archives will give you some idea of what to expect:

link to Noise Bliss-Out #3 [April 2015]
N B-O #2 [December 2009, with guest Paul Haney]
N B-O #1 [October 2009]

Final note: Played the trailer audio for The Redeemer last night, reminded me that I must watch it again, 'tis time once more to be redeeemed:

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