Category Archives: Mixes

Friends & Fiends w/ E Ruscha V

for this month’s episode of friends & fiends on NTS, e ruscha v supplied us w/ ‪a mix “made with the intention of personal or communal lucid dreaming. play just before the extended intersection of wake and sleep.”‬

perfect for your midday daze / doze ~

May 5, 2020

Friends & Fiends w/ Anthony Moore

Tune out ~ Drop in. Our latest episode of Friends & Fiends w/ Anthony Moore is live in the archive.

ferrous oxide memories fe2O3 – ladbroke grove – gavin bryars – john tilbury – michael parsons – tape recorders – the great learning – hebrides – david larcher – exprmntl 5 Knokke-le-Zoute – salvatore sciarrino – raili viljakainen – uitti 2 bows – peter kowald and sainkho namchylak – monkey’s birthday – dervishes – turkey – saz – dertli divani – peter blegvad and the blue blues – bert jansch – sligo, ireland – yeats country – soundscapes – morning rain – early radio – india monsoon – kensington square – ny rvng frkwys – alexis – cologne -analogue electronics – circuit bending – the greyless woodpecker – those drones – the crazy elsa… (amoore arles 2020)

April 6, 2020

Always Coming Home: A Sonic Journey From Kesh

For this month’s FTSxNTS, Freedom To Spend’s monthly show on NTS, Andrea Zarza Canova reimagines Ursula K. Le Guin’s world of the Kesh by mixing Ursula and Todd Barton’s music, ethnographic recordings of Yurok, Tolowa, and Papago performers, and oral excerpts from Always Coming Home.

In Always Coming Home (1985), Ursula K. Le Guin develops a fictional ethnography of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, the Kesh, survivors of an ecological catastrophe in Northern California. Early editions were published with an accompanying cassette containing ‘field recordings’ and indigenous song, which Freedom To Spend reissued in March 2018.

Listen back to Andrea’s mix and read the full editorial over at NTS.

Andrea Zarza Canova is a sound archivist, curator at the British Library Sound Archive, and co-founder of Mana Records.

January 22, 2020

RIYL-ty Bytes: Ka Baird

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Ka Baird, to you ~ 

I present you with Activation Exercises, a playlist to rejuvenate and energize. A provocation to action, a provocation to move your body. Some more juicy, some more groovy, some more jilted, some more raw. Featuring the sounds of Uganda’s MC Yallah w Debmaster to Vienna’s Jung An Tagen to Japan’s YPY to Helsinki’s Pekka Airaksinen to Shanghai’s 33EMYBW to Lisbon’s Puto Tito to American experimentalists Max Eilbacher, 75 Dollar Bill and Paul Demarinis (to name a few)! 

Feel it, don’t think it! Enjoy! And maybe see you on the dance floor!

xoKa

RIYL-ty Bytes is updated by a different artist each month. If you like something, save it to your library.

November 7, 2019

RIYL-ty Bytes: Dylan Moon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Dylan Moon, to you ~

As Damon Krukowski points out, one of Spotify’s many shortcomings is the lack of context—comprehensive metadata—present in its catalog and discovery models. Hopefully, this playlist and these notes are a way of personally contextualizing some songs. The songs, mostly guitar music, influenced my Album / are influencing me. Another thread here is singular, intricate harmony in the field of ‘pop’ music.

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Small Talk – The music of Scritti Politti is so intensely polished, concentrated and catchy that it’s almost sinister (especially when considering Green Gartside’s punk past). The synth lines dip in n out like dolphins :’o

Go West (Girly Sound Version) – Liz Phair’s songs can be deceptively simple sounding—there’s a very weird chord in here!

My Friend – Emily Yacina’s songs have such a special dreaminess about them…sparse chord voicings and tonal ambiguity

Film’s Camera – Matt Werth showed me Lilys. There are all these layers of superimposed harmony… staggering.

That’s Pretty Clean Instrumental – There’s something *magical* about the patter of analog drum machine recorded to worn out tape.

Near – (Sandy) Alex G blasts apart the crystalized pop structures to find an amorphous constellation of tones.

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – I don’t know that much about The Dead catalog, but this Bob Dylan cover is an old favorite. The structure of “Song For Jerry” was inspired by Dylan’s use of the lyrical refrain.

Best,
Dylan

RIYL-ty Bytes is updated by a different artist each month. If you like something, save it to your library.

October 1, 2019

RIYL-ty Bytes: Craig Leon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Craig Leon, to you ~

Some tracks I played on various radio shows so far this year: Celsius Drop on dublab, Charlie Bones’s Do!!You!!! Breakfast Show on NTS, Henry Rollins on KCRW, and others. Some are my own, but they’re mainly pieces from friends, colleagues, and musicians who I admire and have been listening to lately.

There are a few rediscoveries like the piano music of George Antheil which I’ve been listening to a lot along with various prepared piano pieces. I was inspired to revisit a few of these (including one I did in 1982) when I heard the work of Kelly Moran, who is continuing on in this area. I heard her when I played Moogfest earlier this year. She drew my attention back to the work of Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Lou Harrison. There’s also a lesser-known piece from William Basinski which is piano-based…

I feel like it’s getting to be the time to write something new that features piano.

I am not particularly a fan of Spotify or streaming services and do not advocate that the format should be the sole purveyors of sonic entertainment. However, I’ve done this playlist to see if Spotify can unconsciously help fulfill the need that exists for the promotion of new and “difficult” music.

I’m going to leave this list up for a while and then contact my friends and colleagues who are on it to see if they experienced any response at all from listeners who may have first heard their work on this list. I hope that some have been able to contact new listeners.

Best,
Craig

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August 5, 2019

SIDES004: Shea Bermingham

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A blend of recent favorites, recorded live and loose on a warm evening drinking grapefruit w/ mint and seltzer. Aside from some jungle and hip-hop passages, this is mostly a light meditative mood mix with a jazzy twist running throughout.

Shea is a selector, listener and label laborer based between NYC and the South Pacific.

Stay shining ☀

March 25, 2016