Friday, January 17, 2014

Martian Gardens for January 19 and 22, 2014

Sundays live broadcast/webcast
9:00 p.m. -- 12:00 a.m. EST
WMUA 91.1 FM
Amherst, Massachusetts
January 19, 2014

webcast: Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m. EST
Webcast date: January 22, 2014
Host: Max Shea

online playlists: Martian Gardens blog

FYI: The WMUA version of Martian Gardens for the UMass Spring 2014 semester (Sunday, January 26 -- Sunday, May 11) will be shortened to two hours and run 10:00 to Midnight.  This is the unfortunate result of an unusually tight programming schedule at WMUA.  I regret the abridgement and hope to have the three hour program restored for the summer session and thereafter.

Thanks to Bob Rogers of TAINT Radio for accommodating my request for an evening slot for Martian Gardens.  Starting this week, MG will move from Monday mornings 9:00 -- Noon to Wednesday evenings 6:00 -- 9:00 on

Finally, we are prepared to podcast Martian Gardens programs on the WMUA website ( so listeners can hear MG at their convenience.  The WMUA technical director and I will be ready to debut the podcasts, I hope, by the end of January, 2014.  I will let you know what I know when I know it.  Stay tuned!



Daniel Goode: Annbling
New  World Records/2014
The Flexible Orchestra, Tara Simoncic, conductor; recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, May 22, 2013; composition years: 2006, revised 2007; time: 22:53

Lou Harrison: Suite No. 1
a. Avalokiteshvara (2:20)
b. Music for Bill & Me (3:48)
c. Sonata in Am (3:07)
d. Tandy's Tango (3:19)
e. Sonata in Ishartum (1:31)
Por Gitaro
Mode Records/2008
guitars, National Steel Guitar: John Schneider; percussion: J.T. Troy, Gene Sterling (Just Strings group); recorded at Harrison House, Joshua Tree, California, July 5, 2004; composition years: 1972, 1992;  total time: 13:05

Lou Harrison: Song of Quetzalcoatl
Drums Along the Pacific
New Albion Records/2003
William Winant Percussion Group (5 glasses, 5 woodblocks, 5 dragon's mouths, sistrums: William Winant; 5 cowbells, 5 suspended and muted brake drums, wooden rattle: Todd Manley; snare drum, guiro, windglass, triangle, gong, tam-tam: David Rosenthal; 5 tom-toms, contrabass drum: Daniel Kennedy); recorded at Bay Records, Berkeley, California, August 1993; composition year: 1941; time: 6:32

Harry Partch: Ring Around the Moon -- A Dance for Here and Now
a. Phase One: Well, bless my soul! (Well, bless my soul!) (2:48)
b. Phase Two: One, two, three, four -- X,Y, Zee (2:12)
c. Phase Three: Shake hands now, boys, 
and at the sound of the bell come out fighting! (2:55)
d. Phase Four: Mumbo jumbo, hocus pocus, hoit toity...(Look out! He's Got a gun!) (1:26)
[Movement II from Plectra and Percussion Dances -- 
Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater]
The Harry Partch Collection Volume 1
New World Records/2004 (orig. CRI/1997)
Gate Five Ensemble (Sausalito), conductor: Horace Schwartz; recorded in Sausalito, California, 1953 (Instrumentation for Ring Around the Moon: Intoned speaking voice, Adapted Guitar II, Kithara, Harmonic Canon, Chromelodeon I, Chromelodeon Sub-bass, Cloud-Chamber Bowls, Marimba Eroica, Diamond Marimba, Bass Marimba), composition year: 1952; time: 9:21

Harry Partch: June 15 -- Harrington Ranch, San Joaquin Delta
Bitter Music
Bridge Records/2012
narration: John Schneider; recorded at Second Story Studios, Venice, California, summer 2010; Bitter Music, Harry Partch's hobo diary, written in 1935; excerpt time: 9:46

Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest
Ensemble Music 3
Mode Records/2013
(for piano & ensemble) International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), conductor: Steven Schick; piano: Cory Smythe (ICE); recorded at Conrad Prebys Hall, University of California San Diego, January 2010;  composition year: 1979; time: 12:11

Yvar Mikhashoff: Suicide in an Airplane (L. Ornstein)
Panorama of American Piano Music
from Antheil to Zappa 1911 to 1991
Mode Records/2013
composer: Leo Ornstein; piano: Yvar Mikhashoff;  recorded at Slee Hall, SUNY Buffalo, 1991-1992; composition year: 1916; time: 4:42

Mary Ellen Childs: from Wreck
a. First Wave (part 1) (2:04)
b. First Wave (part 2) (3:26)
Innova Recordings/2013
clarinets: Pat O'Keefe; violin: Laura Harada; cellos: Michelle Kinney, Jacqueline Ultan; percussion: Peter O'Gorman; recorded at Wild Sound Studio, Minneapolis, 2011; composition year: 2011; total time: 5:30

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay: Le tombeau des fondeurs
La marée
empreintes DIGITALes/2013
(for piano Baschet-Malbos, processing, interactive system, and tape) piano Baschet-Malbos: Sarah Nicholls, electroacoustic music realized at the composer's studio and the studios of the University of Huddersfield, UK, 2008; piano Beschet-Malbos recorded at Studio 4'33", Paris, November 24 and 25, 2012; time: 17:02

Dead Voices On Air: Castered Carts
Piss Frond
Invisible Records/1999
electronic music: Mark Spybey, Darryl Neduorf; vocals: Tracy "Sugarpill" Pillsworth; recorded at Miller Block studio, Vancouver, BC, 1998; time: 3:53

Åke Parmerud: Substring Bridge
Cultures électroniques 18 -- Bourges 2005 [various artists]
Mnemosyne Musique Media/2005
(for interactive guitar and computer) guitar: Mats Bergström; realized at the Swedish Institute for National Concerts (IRK), Stockholm, 2002; time: 8:53

Juan Blanco: Espacios V
Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time)
Innova Recordings/2013
electronic music: Juan Blanco; saxophones: Neil Leonard; recorded at the Laboratorio Nacional de Música Electroacústica, Havana, 1993; composition year: 1993; time: 11:41

Ken Thomson: Perpetual
a. Underlying (6:21)
b. Bad Idea (4:18)*
c. Don Pullen says it's OK (4:42)*
Cantaloupe Music/2013
The JACK Quartet; bass clarinet: Ken Thomson; recorded at Flux Studios, New York City, August 2012; composition year: 2010; time: 6:21
* TAINT Radio version only

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