Welcome to podcast #36! That makes three years of Errant Space Podcasting, and to celebrate we have a super-special guest, the incomparable Brian Dewan!
I’d seen Brian perform several times, and each performance was quite different from the rest, but they were consistently interesting and unusual. They always featured strange, hand built instruments; folk-art synthesizers, 8-track pulpits and the occasional accordion. I approached Brian about appearing on my podcast at a show in Kingston, NY where he was part of a band playing a tribute show to celebrate Alex Chilton’s birthday. He was the wildcard in an otherwise standard rock line up.
Brian brought the Melody Gin and the Swarmatron to our recording session, and we spent a pleasant afternoon exploring strange sonic terrain. The sun set as we recorded our last piece, and as darkness set in, it felt as if we were in a submarine descending into a deep ocean of sound…
This month’s podcast features experimental musician Bonnie Kane.
I first saw Bonnie perform at My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and later had the pleasure of playing at her Thursday Experiment. Bonnie is a fearless improvisor and sonic explorer. She runs her saxophone and flute through a myriad of electronics into a guitar amp producing some fantastic, far-out sounds. This podcast is pretty far from ambient, it gets quite noisy and out, but its a fun ride! And remember, anything can be ambient if you turn it down low enough.
Below is a video of Bonnie and me at My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. That performance makes up the last part of the podcast. (Video courtesy of Bonnie Kane.)
I’ve wanted to do a podcast with a singer for a long time, but finding a vocalist comfortable with improvised soundscapes is not so easy. Ella turned out to be a great improvisor, who uses her voice in beautiful and unexpected ways, and I find the results of our collaboration sublimely serene. Be careful with this one, it can knock you right out.
This month’s podcast takes a look back at some of the past year’s live performances. I played with some great musicians in a variety of settings in 2017, and could probably fill several podcasts with those recordings. But here are four that represent the range of sonic experiences I had this year.
It starts with a solo performance at Beste Studios in October (thanks to Samantha Beste for the drawing at the top of this post!)
Then at 26:06 it’s a quartet performance with Al Margolis playing wind instruments, including alto clarinet, recorder and trumpet, Andy Rinehart on accordion, and Steve Roe on the Straddlevarious! This was recorded at a contact improvisation workshop in November.
This month’s podcast features experimental musician Al Margolis (if, bwana). Al attempts to use instruments as sound making devices, stripped as far as possible from their traditional sounds and modes of playing. The results are texturally rich, and sonically surprising.
I first met Al performing at My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, where he was assaulting a violin in a most appealing (appalling?) manner. He brought his violin, an alto clarinet and his laptop to our session. We did some improvising with both of us playing instruments, some improvisations with me playing guitar, and Al on laptop manipulating his “compromised impositions”, and also improvisations with Al playing his instruments as I processed them live through my effects. Needless to say this podcast is pretty different, but if you’re interested in exploring sound I think you’re gonna like it.
This month’s podcast features the modular synths of Okkoto. I met Okkoto at a synth meet put on by the Hudson Valley Machine Appreciation Society, where he performed a beautifully minimal set. I was very pleased that he was interested in recording a podcast, and our collaboration produced some deep, textured electronic soundscapes.
Here it is, the thirtieth Errant Space Podcast, The big Three-Oh! This one is a collaboration with Sonic Hudson, playing his suitcase of electronics and lap steel. Its nice and weird, sometimes leaning a bit more into the realm of noise than usual, and traversing some adventurous sonic terrain.
Our collaboration produced some super-spacy, soundscapes – they have a sci-fi flavor that I really like, and hopefully you will too (mmm… sci-fi….).
If you want to hear more from Campfire’s Edge, I highly recommend that you check out his EP, The Last Lighthouse. Its a beautifully textured collection of electronic compositions sure to please any fan of this podcast.
This month’s podcast features composer/keyboardist Art Labriola, who eschews his keyboards and performs on his modular synths. The resulting soundscapes are a sonic journey to some strange and fantastic places. Prepare your ears for adventure!