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Pyscho-audiographic Dérives #115: Wreck the Aberration of the Last Broadcast
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Bruit Venu d'Ailleurs > D'Iberbville 
[Oval] > Yoshihiro Hanno 
Time Apart > Beef Terminal [2.a]
Gigue > D'Iberbville 
Pine > Clickety and Clack 
Start Time / Fat Space Acid > Ashfelt 
Dream Theory > Jon Hassell 
Breathe > Ashfelt 
Portable > Tone Rec 
We Feel Like Rain > Rapoon 
Nothing to Hide > Ashfelt 
And Enter the City > Victor Chorobik 
Something You Can Hide In > The Magic Carpathians Project 
Different Mountains > Victor Chorobik 
Blunt Trauma > Gregory Whitehead 
Sophisticated Gentleman > Ahmad Jamal 
Koekoek > Paul Termos & Misha Mengelberg 
Musi > The Pascals 
Club Enchantment > Shelley Hirsch 
Tu Mi Delirio > Nat King Cole 
Rapalashad > Metamatics 
Ruse Noose > Harry Fleetwood 
Klik > Ashfelt 
Trip to Polaris > Peter Namlook 
Public Transportation > Claudia Bonarelli 
2 > Wolfgang Voigt 
Garden of Dreams > Peter Namlook 
Oblique Black > Andy Langmanis Diey 
Night Train Version > Manasseh meets the Equalizer 
Cirolni > Andy Langmanis Diey 
+ Sex Education Lessons
Bonafide > Manasseh meets the Equalizer 
Are People Getting Stupider or What > Vanilla Bean 
People from Jupiter > Ashfelt 
I Think I'm In Love > Tomas Jirku 
+ Sin from Sweden 
T.S.F. > A. Dotigny & Diane Labrosse 
 "Bip-Hop Generation v. 5" on Bip-hop <www.bip-hop,com>. Soft shoe
on the mother board. Recommended. A glitch is more souful than a
disingenuous high note.
 "9 Modules.+" on Progressive Form
>. Abstract beats to be avoided by
[2.a] "The Grey Knowledge" on Noise Factory
<www.noisefactoryrecords.com>. Another dignified man's Durutti
 "Forma.1.02" on Progressive Form
>. Joy ride through unspoken
ambiences. A convincing compilation of PF artists.
 "Fat Space Acid" on Iris Light <www.irislight.co.uk> Great dub as
soundtrack for failed nation building. Fat beats as renewable energy
source. Highly Recommended.
 "Dream Theory in Malaya" on Editions EG vinyl. The sounds of
dreaming under a mosquito net.
 "Coucy-Pack" on Sub Rosa, 1999. Noises rescued and renovated to
great effect by this French contingent.
 "The Kirghitz Light" on Staalplaat. Robin Storey goes to lands of
meditation without leaving his studio.
 "Desert of Clouds" on Iris Light <www.irislight.co.uk>. Reminds
me of late 70s fusion jazz that has found a path to an inner goal.
Erring on the right side of sentimentality and new age.
 "Water Dreams" on Fly Music <www.karpatymagiczne.vivo.pl> in a
way I am reminded of Le Mystere des voix but Polonaise. Somewhere
between Gothic and World and contemplative.
 The master of slef-referential post-modern texts and spoken
word. He fairly "invented" this genre of radio-targeted spoken
experiments over 20 years ago.
 "Jamal at the Penthouse" on Chess vinyl. pianist AJ accompanied
by strings for a full-bodied atmospheric nocturnal jazz outing.
Debonair with some ghosts in a closet.
 "Termos Sessions Volume 1" on X-Or
>. Effective and jaunty extrapolation of
 "Abiento" on Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier
<www.dsa-wave.com>. Quirky renditions of cutesy artists like Jonathan
Richman and the Penguin Café Orchestra that falls somewhere in the
region of Cibo Matto and Pizzicato 5.
 "Far In Far Out" on Tzadik. Yodeling, tongues, and inspired
verse from East New York's best yodeling avant gardist. Brilliant.
I'm sure she could handle a spoken word interpretation of Finnegan's
 "Cole Espanol" on Capitol vinyl. Very cool disc of Cole singing
in Spanish "the language of the heart" as recorded in Cuba with
conductor Armando Romeu, Jr.
 "From Death to" on Duke98. Obscure visuals cannot dodge the
fact that this is a very effective syncretic strategy that involves
just about all the current sounds available. Somehow I am reminded of
a Made to Measure disc which is no faint praise indeed.
 From an old Wreck This Mess spoken word sampler from the master
teacher of language magic from the point of view of a strict
grammarian whose tossed back more than a few stiff drinks without
spilling a drop on his pure silk Union Jack design tie.
 "The Definitive Ambient Collection: Volume 2" on Rising High
vinyl, 1994. Ambient, the old-fashioned way.
 "No Type Sampler" on No Type. Brilliant progressive noise and
subtler sound compositions from the middle of Quebec, hot bed of
North America's electrical experimentation.
 "Gas/Pop" on Mille Plateaux. Simply one of the most beautiful,
lilting, atmospheric loop-oriented discs I have heard in the past few
 "The Seven Sages of Mesopotamia" "Seven Sages of Mesopotamia:
Tales from Black Magheddo for Wreck This Mess" on Htz Records
<www.htz-records.com> is a project managed by my long-time dubaholic
companero in Paris [birthplace of the original WTM], Laurent, and the
sonic genius of BBC sound engineer, Andy Diey
>. It seems to take dub as a starting
point as interpreted by fellow long-time Manchester cohort, the late
Bryn Jones [Muslimguaze] and take some of the prickly or industrial
edges off of it to offer a sound scape that both soothes and
inspires. There are images of inspiring [yet dangerous] landscapes,
foreign territory, alien-ness, filmworks for the blind.
I asked Laurent of WTM-Paris some questions in 2002:
WTM: how did the 7 sages project/collaboration come about? what was
your part in the production?
Laurent: I love the piece BF did for the compilation "Docking
Sequence" on BSI. Ezra gave me Andy Diey' number and asked if he'd
submit something to my "Dub This Net". He sent me a CD-R of material
to choose from. But everything on it was excellent!!! So I asked if
he wanted to do an entire album of this demo. And I wanted to keep
the WTM "logo" for the record and asked if it was OK to integrate
WTMinto the title. This will be like future projects: Lagowski
"Digital Force Planning: strategies for wreck this mess"(Cosmic
Connection + Dogon + Dublivion) ISIS Wrecks This Mess
The idea is to do a series of studio albums for WTM like the Peel
Sessions idea. I did a lot of the cover artwork, looked for visuals,
texts, organized the production with Ian and mastering at chez
Norscq. In short, it was like being a director of a film that guides
the artists, cameraman, etc and paid everyone based on earnings from
"Dub This Net".
WTM: is it an homage or reworking of muslimgauze themes?
Paris: No. Andy [BF] was very close to Bryn Jones / Muslimgauze. He
also lived in Manchester and they knew each other well. Otherwise, he
has been working on a tribute to Bryn (1/2 remix, 1/2 hommage) of
MuslimGauze under the name of Black Faction along with Rapoon, called
"Cult Of SunMoon" à paraître sur SoleilMoon.
WTM: what is your own relation to middle eastern music?
Paris: I have to say I hardly listen to any Middle Eastern music. I
prefer music mixes such as musique orientale + electronica =
MuslimGauze or musique orientale + dub = The Rootsman, for example.
The same can be said for Indian and African.
 "Step Like Pepper" on Select Cuts <www.selctcuts.de>. Taking dub
out of the lounge and into shark-infested waters. This rivals the
best of Twilight, Mossman, BSI, WordSound, Pitchblack, DubMission,
WTM compilations, Mad Professor It also has a conceptual tightness
that is sometimes lacking from other ganja-fueled dub projects. No
hippy-dippy noodling here.
 I have bits of Frank Balasteri's post-Lenny Bruce comic
logorrhea on many old tapes of WFMU shows I used to record before I
came on the radio in the mid-80s. The Vanilla Bean was that rarity: a
dangerous genius who winged it and just threw the dice wherever they
landed with often amazing effects: hearty but a somewhat nervous
laughter. This strategy, however, meant that in 13 years on the radio
he spent a total of over 1 year suspended for infractions of WFMU's
 An incredible single I found during Koninginendag, April 30 when
"all" of the Netherlands turns into a street fair and stoop sale. The
guy was an old radio pirate from the 70s who was selling off his
singles. This one was a spoken word single from Sweden and details
the sexy exploits of a guy [Side A] and a gal [Side B] in merry
London as they look for sexual pleasure and find it on a squeaky bed
with some heavy breathing partners. Supposedly the trysts were
recorded on tape recorders hidden under the bed. Definite 60s feel.
The cover does not hide anything: a real penis enters a real vagina.
 "Télépathie" on No Type <www.notype.com> . Incredibly effective
and beautiful compositions surrounding sounds snatched from the
radio-active ether and given human artistic form. It sounds like you
are in a smog of errant broadcasts from all over the world.
o As globalisation begins to move off the realms of real estate,
privatising parks, using national park as the plunder grounds for
multinational logging and mining concerns, we move into areas such as
genetically modified food [in part copyrighting and branding seed and
making locals dependent on multinationals for their seed purchases]
and further, trying to carve up the airwaves so that no messy
contrarians can any longer find voice on unpoliced airwaves. This is
more and more the reality as less and less people/corporations own
more and more of the validation-thru-purchase media outlets and
airwaves. This is an impending reality in the Netherlands as well as
the old policy [similar to the one involving coffeeshops and the red
light district] allowed and tolerated 'illegal' [we prefer free]
radio stations to broadcast as long as they did not interfere with
money-legitimised concerns. We are petitioning the government to
create a 3rd category of radio station, FREE radio - neither public
nor commercial. Free in the sense of individual autonomy, which is a
necessary condition for the stimulation of REAL art, unencumbered
ideas, new sounds, etc. SEE below if you would like to help by
addressing this issue with a formal letter. I will be collecting all
of the letters and presenting them in a bound and electronic form to
the proper people most involved and influential in the issue. It is
far from a lost cause - Radio Patapoe is still broadcasting - as free
radio [Radio 100, Patapoe, Vrije Keyser and a half dozen other
free-format stations plus the 100s of Dutch radio pirates [homebodies
with their own in-home broadcast capabilities] has its sympathetic
ears in the Tweede Kamer [the congress / house of commons] among both
the far left [green-left and socialists AND the more conservative
Christian Democrats who have sympathy for the small informal
BTW: Thanx to the over 30 articulate respondents thus far from
musicians, listeners, readers, indie labels and the like! Thanx.
Let's get some more!
oo FREE RADIO UNDER COMMERCIAL CLOUDS, HEAVY PRIVATIZATION
I am writing under the name Wreck This Mess to call on all Free Radio
makers at stations like WFMU, KPSN, Radio Libertaire, micro radio,
internet radio and all musicians, producers, yodelers!!, samplers,
CIRCUS PERFORMERS, post-modern sonic thieves, indie label owners,
venues, and poets and writers, and avid supporters of indie
culture/music who have ever found airplay or pleasure here at WTM or
Radio 100 or Radio Patapoe or extended interviews or write ups on my
WTM playlist to write a letter addressing the constricting of the air
waves by the selling off of the frequencies to the highest bidders.
Or all those who have received homemade tapes of old shows... how
about the time I bought you drinks... time is tight but minds are
not. so invest a few micro-managed minutes to write a letter.
Thus far 25 [not the 80 earlier reported!] WTM allies have written
very articulate letters. This is a very nice bundle but remains a
VERY small percentage of the total number of people, organizations,
bands, axe-wielders, grammy award winners on my mailing list.
support the Dutch Free Radio Stations in their protest against Dutch
National Radio Frequency Policy which currently threatens the very
existence of Free Radio in the Netherlands.
If you appreciate stations like Radio 100, Radio Patapoe, Radio Vrije
Keyser and a half dozen other free radio stations around the
Netherlands and/or cannot live without my programming, my dedication
to new/unusual music, free radio [17 years now], the hypothetical
exposure my playlists give under-regarded music/musicians then I
implore you to write a letter and send it to
with a cc: ninplant@...
I recommend you give a very short introduction of who you are
[musician, band, DJ, fan, listener, important person in the world
of culture in/outside the Netherlands] to help paint an accurate
picture of the international extent of free radio and its dedication
ot adventurous radio for its own sake and the sake of those creating
interesting sounds / texts.
I also recommend to add where you are writing from, that you are
coming via Wreck This Mess [optional of course] and then WHY. Keep it
short but don't skimp on emotion or indignation. Read on for more
The Dutch government's recently implemented Zerobase Radio Frequency
Policy is designed to control and regulate free use of the ether by
commercial radio stations. On May 23 this year most available space
on the Dutch airwaves was auctioned off to the highest bidder. It
should come as no surprise to anyone that as a result of this auction
it has become clear that for the next eight years only the biggest,
most commercially and
mainstream oriented stations will be able to exploit the remaining
The government's claim to preserve diversity in the new airwave
distribution has proven to be a fraud. The ZeroBase Policy
acknowledges only two kinds of radio: public and commercial. Any
radio formats that don't fit within either of these categories have
in effect become criminal organisations. Zerobase's nasty little
brother "Project Etherflits", an initiative of the Department of
Economic Affairs, has since March of this year been pro-actively
identifying and tracking "illegal" broadcasters throughout the North
and East of the country, confiscating studio equipment and imposing
large fines. Many stations have already been forced off the air.
Although Free Radio culture in the Netherlands has a long history
[the 3 stations have all been around for nearly 20 years with
relatively-speaking few problems until now] and remains innovative,
popular and highly valued as an important cultural and political
resource, Free Radio is neither public or commercial. Thus, under
the Zerobase legislation these stations will never be granted a legal
broadcasting permit. Nowhere in Europe have legislators been so blind
to active, independent radio-making culture. This needs to be
changed. During its twenty-five years of existence Dutch Free Radio
has been a beacon of Dutch and international fringe cultures,
alternative political action and social change.
WE URGENTLY DEMAND THAT THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES
NON-COMMERCIAL, NON-PUBLIC FREE RADIO AS A SEPARATE LEGAL RADIO
CATEGORY WITHIN THE NATIONAL FREQUENCY POLICY. THAT IS TO SAY THAT
LOW-COST, FREE-ACCESS DOMAINS IN THE ETHER MUST BE CREATED.
Retain your own human dignity now. Write to radiofestatie@...
The letters will be posted <http://www.vrijeradio.nl
> and other
places but we also plan a print version to send as a booklet to
concerned parties in the media and government.
your tireless and humble sonic slave,
bart / wreck this mess [amsterdam]
o Should US Pay for Civilian Casualties? by David Corn
> [courtesy of nina]
[This may be old news but I always hone in on the 'smaller' war
stories] CNN showed his face. A twelve-year-old boy lying on a
hospital bed. A white bandage on his head. Wide eyes. A grimace. One
of the civilian casualties of the United States' successful (so far)
war in Iraq. But this close-up told only part of the story.
Arabnews.com posted a Reuters photograph of this boy, whose name is
Ali Ismail Abbas. It was not a close-up. A viewer could see that both
his arms are gone, two bandaged stumps protruding from his shoulders.
And most of his burnt torso was covered with white ointment. He is
liberated from Saddam Hussein's brutal regime-as are millions of
others. But he will never feel with his fingers again, never hold a
ball, a pen, a book with his own hands. He is one price of victory.
Does the United States owe him anything? Should it directly help him
and the other civilians maimed during the war, as well as Iraqis who
lost civilian family members, homes or businesses? The Bush
administration says it is committed to Iraq's reconstruction But
that is different from ensuring that Ali Abbas will receive the
medical care and artificial limbs he will need. The triumphant United
States--which repeatedly claimed it was doing all it could to
minimize noncombatant casualties--ought to provide compensation to
Iraqi civilians seriously harmed as a result of its effective
Thousands of Iraqis have been wounded In recent days, the
International Committee of the Red Cross has reported that Baghdad
hospitals--which are fighting water, power shortages, and
looters--have been overwhelmed with war wounded. As the war
approached and then began, George W. Bush and other US officials
described it increasingly as a war of liberation, one waged for the
good of the Iraqi people. Washington stated repeatedly that the enemy
was not the Iraqi people, but the regime. Of course, the main
official motivation for the war was what the Bush administration
considered US security interests: stopping a dictator who, the mantra
went, possessed weapons of mass destruction and would be willing to
share them with terrorists who would use them against the United
States. Liberation, a noble goal, was a secondary concern--perhaps a
sincere one for some war-makers, but not the driving force. By
Bush's account, then, the Bush administration has killed and wounded
thousands of Iraqi civilians-unintentionally-as part of an endeavor
to enhance America's security. So the United States should pony up,
pay for its mistakes. It remains to be seen if the Bush
administration will make good on its obligation to Iraq as a whole.
The Afghan experience is not a reassuring precedent. After his first
war, Bush hailed "America's enduring commitment to Afghanistan's
future." Then he refused to address interim President Hamid Karzai's
pleas for a larger peacekeeping force that could provide security
beyond Kabul. He also shortchanged Afghanistan on aid for assistance
and reconstruction. And the Bush administration resisted calls for
compensating Afghanistan civilians who had been struck by errant
bombs. The Pentagon even consistently refused to acknowledge bombing
errors. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld did concede-in the
abstract-that civilian casualties were occurring, and he expressed
his (abstract) regrets. The United States did not offer compensation
to civilian victims of US attacks. Will the administration and
Pentagon behave differently in Iraq? Certainly, compensation
payments to victims and survivors will not erase these indelible
images. But they might demonstrate to some Iraqis--if not some Arabs
in other nations--that the United States does indeed care about
individual Iraqis. It would be a small (in terms of dollars) but
highly symbolic gesture that could show the administration is serious
about its overall commitment to rebuilding and developing Iraq. If it
o This playlist is hopelessly out of sequence but in today's news
comes a report that the looting of Baghdad airport blamed on local
Iraquis. But now, after much moral outrage from the American side,
and much media spinning, it has become clear that the looting was NOT
done by locals but by good ole American boys! Everything from
cigarettes to jewelry were discovered in the possession of the ole
boys. And the plundering and destruction of property wasn't just some
hoodlum local kids or angry Iraquis but again by American
professional soldiers who are hired and paid to follow orders. But
maybe the orders were to do precisely that: plunder and pillage and
make it look like the work of local citizens. Only problem: the
grafitti they left behind was of the pure American vernacular variety
Send all sound material for airplay and review to:
Wreck This MeSS
Radio 100 / Radio Patapoe
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1075 SB Amsterdam
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o "plus another few hundred when it hits the BSI list!" Ezra
o Old playlists archived at <http://www.wfmu.org/~bart/
o Recent selected Playlists [early stages] at
o Special playlists can be found at 3am Magazine
> under the title "Radiophotogram: Visual
Radio". Also posted is a depth-of-focus interview with Judy Nylon. To
appear soon: excerpts from my scandal-delicious paris novel, PARIS
SEX TETE, a review of the spoken word works of Roberto Valenza...
SDI > SELF DESTRUCTION INSURED >
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