Wreck = Snake Oil + Death + Web
- wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: 382 [979*]: Wrecking Assorted
PTP in the ether: 88.3FM
Where purity & puerility are synonymous
streaming via internet:
"We're ALL involved in the art of selling The lover sells his love
to his sweetheart"
o from Daniel Stephen Crafts Snake Oil Symphony
30 Juli 2007 // 17.00-19.00
s/t w/t > Chantal Dumas 
Low Mass > Jozef van Wissem 
Untitled # 188 > Francisco Lopez 
The Essence of Melodrama > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Aurea Aetas > Maurizio Bianchi 
OnU SoundsWarped > Singers & Players vs Assassin 
The Art of Hearing / Brief Interlude: The Woods > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Aix Vibration > Curly Top 
Living in Fragments > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Golden Demons That None Can Stay > Jozef van Wissem vs Tetuzi Akiyama 
The Cry of the Hawk > Jozef van Wissem vs Tetuzi Akiyama 
The Conversation > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
You Can't go Home Again > Jozef van Wissem 
Tic Toc > DJ Ani 
Brief Interlude: The Telephone Call > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Beyond the Veil > Jozef van Wissem 
The Human Condition > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Snake Oil Symphony I > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
The Road of Excess Leads to the Palace of Wisdom > Jozef van Wissem
vs Tetuzi Akiyama 
10 Ton Laboratory > Woob 
Snake Oil Symphony II/III > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
All Day Within the Dreamy House The Doors Upon Their Hinges Creaked >
Jozef van Wissem 
Passages of his Presence > Jozef van Wissem 
Postcolonial > Scott Marshall 
Snake Oil Symphony IV > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Southern Cross > Jozef van Wissem vs Tetuzi Akiyama 
The Bed > Lou Reed 
Snake Oil Symphony V > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
A Visit Not Measured with a Return in Kind > Jozef van Wissem 
Without the Rose > Jozef van Wissem 
Calm Within the Electric Storm > Kyron 
Snake Oil Symphony VI > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Grand Central Confessional > Jozef van Wissem 
Snake Oil Symphony VII > Daniel Stephen Crafts 
Dark is the Sun > Jozef van Wissem vs Tetuzi Akiyama 
Sad Song > Lou Reed 
The Promised Seed > Maurizio Bianchi 
Montreal-Shanghai Bridge > Chantal Dumas 
 "Montreal Sound Matter" Pogus <www.pogus.com>.
 "Stations of the Cross" on Incunabulum. The past never seemed so
contemporary as a future worn inside out.
 "Soap Opera Suite / Snake Oil Symphony" on Lutra, 1982
<http://www.dscrafts.net/snake1.htm>. [see below]**
 "Das Platinzeitalter" on Incunabulum.
 "More Bass Than Space" on Dubmission.
 "Hymn for a Fallen Angel" on Incunabulum.
 "Hardflip" on Beatsmart vinyl.
 "Black / White" on Paniculture.
 "Berlin" on RCA vinyl, 1974. Was this Reed's attempt to do his
own version of Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson?
 "Dark Goddess" on Black Note Music.
 "MusicWorks 91" on MusicWorks <www.musicworks.ca>.
* Thanx, first of all, for all of the comments and condolences from
listener/readers regarding my show last week [September 10] to honor
the passing of dear friend poet-performer Lydia Tomkiw.
* There was no summer. They say global warming is a misnomer, that a
more dramatic effect might better be called global intensification,
meaning that weather we already have will just become more intensely
and dramatically so. suffer from lots of rain then you will get more
[we did and the UK certainly did], suffer from dry hot summers, well,
expect even drier and hotter. We had a summer where there was not
one two-day period where you would say i trust the blue skies and
warm weather and i am going to the beach. there was never that
carefree feeling of not owrrying about taking 3 kinds of clothes just
* This big total is the TOTAL number of ca. Shows I have done since
the beginning of time or 20 years ago at WFMU [NY], Radio Libertaire
[Paris], and Radio 100 & Radio Patapoe [Amsterdam].
** "Soap Opera Suite / Snake Oil Symphony" I don't remember any more
the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of this LP. I do know
that I have inserted it with an incredible regularity into my radio
mixes since 1986. But its departure from my possession is very clear.
I have seldom regretted giving away something more than this LP,
which I donated to the WFMU library as a fitting going away gift. All
the more regrettable when I came to hear from DJ Dave that someone
had absconded with it over the years since my departure. This never
made sense to me - stealing from the WFMU [or any station] music
library. You can always make your own copy. Anyway This record has
been one of the most essential aspects of my mixes over time until
this very day. It is a clever combination of sample splicing that
begins to resemble composition - remember this is 25 years ago!! -
and a socio-political commentary of a post-situationist influence
about society and the role of the spectacle, where all reality is a
replication of something we have already purchased or heard [and
experienced?] on TV. Listening to old radio show tapes made me lament
its departure. I emailed DJ Dave and he put me in touch with
musicological DJ Tony at WFMU who pretty promptly made a CDR of it
and sent it to me and this show is the joyous outburst of sonic
serenity at having it again.
This recording remains available in LP form only and can be ordered
directly by sending check or money order for $12 (postpaid) to:
D. S. Crafts / 7285 Spruce Mt. Lp. / Rio Rancho, N.M. 87144 / USA
The Two Tape Compositions revisit the crazed hyper-reality
illusionary world of the soap opera and how the cliches they mirror
in our society become actually magnified by their propagation. It was
the first sustained "Found sound" or tape composition I knew of other
than some musique concrete stuff and Cage and of course another fave
early Robert Ashley.
This is an essay I found at the DSC website
<http://www.dscrafts.net/snake1.htm>: Found sound" or tape
composition is an increasingly popular technique among avant-garde
composers as well as "New Wave" musicians. As a rule, however, such
sound elements recorded off the radio or in the street are used
primarily for their tonal or rhythmic values. Their original
significance tends to be suppressed in the process, especially after
the sound elements have been run through the elaborate array of
technical processes available in the modern recording studio. In the
two works presented here, Daniel Steven Crafts has proceeded in an
almost diametrically opposed direction. While making often ingenious
use of the musical qualities in the sounds and speech he takes as his
raw material, he concentrates primarily on their meaning, so that
each fragment of spoken or musical "discourse" is made to comment on
the others, and vice versa. In doing this, moreover, he relies on
only the simplest of recording techniques.
Both pieces on this album rely heavily on "found" sound. The Snake
Oil Symphony includes everything from a salesman's instructional
record, by way of old science fiction movie soundtracks, to fragments
of rock music; where the Soap Opera Suite, as its name implies,
consists mostly of snippets of speech from Daytime TV.¬Ý But instead
of flattening these elements into a typical minimalist mush, Crafts
has painstakingly organized and overlaid them in a way that exploits
their semantic as well as their rhythmic value, their meaning as well
as their sound.
Crafts casts a cold ear, as it were, on the banalities of the mass
media, takes them apart and reorganizes them so as to
''defamiliarize" them and thereby reveal their essential content. In
this he picks up the trail of the avant-garde of the nineteen teens
and twenties - the Dadas, the Futurists, and other radical
Modernists. Like them, Crafts is "experimental" in technique but does
not limit himself to doggedly running one or two technical
innovations through every possible permutation without regard for
content. Again, Daniel Steven Crafts, like the early Modernists,
actively engages with contemporary mass culture. But he does not
simply contemplate this mass culture; instead, he sets out to subvert
it. Devo once billed their music as "the sound of things falling
apart." Crafts is not content to listen to "things" ("a mighty
symphony of prosperity") fall apart. He wants to help them along,
(with a view to making room for something better).
SNAKE OIL SYMPHONY: The first three "movements" of the Symphony
establish the basic themes, along with an underlying rhythmic
structure that crops up again and again throughout, as the tempo and
pitch of phrases are used to create a sort of melody. Part One
presents the surface reality of society as an endless movement of
buying and selling, through the use of clips from a sales instruction
talk, ads and so on. Woven through this is an ironic verbal-musical
motif: "Now you can have this amazing new symphony, right in your own
home," (which parodies cheap TV commercials), with piano notes
underscoring the spoken pitches. The word "symphony" refers not only
to a single work of art, but in the greater sense to "a mighty
symphony of prosperity" (i.e. present social and cultural
institutions). With the same phrase the composer is also letting the
listener know that he knows his own work, too, is a commodity on the
Part Two is built around a multiple pun on the words "alien" and
"alienation." "Alienation" originally meant "sale." Marx used the
terms to describe the way people give up control over their own lives
in working for wages to create a society that "stands over and
against them as an alien and hostile power." Crafts shows capitalism
up for what it really isÄë-a BÄëgrade horror flick. In Part Three,
irony is piled on irony in a kind of "allegro of cynicism." Voices of
hysterical angst and ominous, barelyÄëcontrolled fury, both provide
a counterpoint to the "sales" motif and show how such "negative"
emotions are now successfully merchandised along with everything
else. The "symphony of prosperity" has begun to falter.
Parts Four and Five further develop and elaborate these themes. Part
Four with its monster obbligato, concludes with a codetta which might
be called a duet for baritone and psychobabbler. Part Five steps up
the level of anxiety with a dreamlike, echoey mosaic of "emergency"
sounds and paranoid whispers. But even the crisis is turned, in the
absence of genuine radical opposition, into fuel for the system,
driving it forward. Part Six picks up the music and rhythmic motifs
from the early segments and elaborates them through a mixture of
pre-recorded, direct electronic and "live" sound (chiefly solo
piano). The piano part is constructed entirely from fragments of the
main theme ("Now you can have..."). This is perhaps the most
traditionally musical section. Part Seven, the finale, reintroduces
the main verbal themes and summarizes them, accelerating out of a 6/8
rhythm into a powerful ostinato in which a rapid repetition of the
upbeat "Now you can have" is slammed into counterpoint with the
staccato roar of "You cannot." [That's Jim Morrison I believe - my
addition] Without false optimism, Crafts delineates the cracks
running through the edifice of modern society, just in case a
listener or two might happen along with some dynamite.
SOAP OPERA SUITE: The opening movement of the Suite, "The Essence of
Melodrama," is just that. Beginning with an hysterical, threatening
voice, it takes the listener on a high-speed tour through all the
major themes of daytime TV serials marital and sexual strife,
alcoholism and drugs, career problems, crime, neurosis, unwanted
pregnancy, deception, disease and death.
Part Two, "The Art of Listening," starts off sounding like a
conversation but quickly dissolves into a hilarious, jump and jolt
firecracker string of non sequiturs out of which gradually emerge
three interwoven themes sex, selling and religion. The religion of
sex, the sex of selling, the selling of religion... "Living in
Fragments," the third section, is the most emphatically rhythmic
section of the Suite-patterns of quick flashes from ads and programs
segueing into a brisk "allegro for cliche and orchestra." The section
ends with a series of cheerful double entendres revealing the current
of prurient excitement that flows just beneath the surface of even
the "straightest" soaps. Listeners who have been baffled up to now
can relax with Part Four, "The Conversation." Here the composer has
synthesized the entire history of a typical soap opera relationship
out of snippets of phrases from dozens of shows, assembling them into
one continuous man/woman dialogue which takes us through the phases
of flirtation, exploration, consummation, misunderstanding, argument,
flight, incipient breakup, breakup, nostalgia, attempted
reconciliation and (literally) "starting over."
If anyone believes at this point that Crafts has gone sentimental on
us, the following "Brief Interlude" with its bizarre and alarming
telephone conversation, should correct them. In the fifth and
concluding segment, entitled, "The Human Condition," Crafts once
again recapitulates themes from the rest of the Suite while revealing
his hidden critical agenda. "Work" (or rather, the idea of work,
since except for the activities of doctors and nurses, work is almost
never shown in soap operas) is juxtaposed to the fantasy life of the
serials. The composer organizes his material to show that vicarious
identification and role playing are not limited to the soap opera
life, as "everything that was once lived has moved away into its
representation." I guarantee that after listening to this record,
you'll never be able to watch TV again in quite the same way. You may
also have trouble listening to yourself using the habitual phrases to
talk about your feelings, especially "love." So much the better. As
one of the rebels of May '68 put it: "The blue of the sky will remain
grey as long as¬Ýit is not reinvented."
And this from Lukas at the WFMU bog site
"In 1982, self-taught composer Daniel Steven Crafts released an album
with two tape compositions, Soap Opera Suite and Snake Oil Symphony,
on the Berkeley-based Lutra label. It is a pioneering work of found
sound, and it perfectly captures the essence of TV in purely aural
form. Or so I am told. I found a thoroughly used (and abused) copy on
the shelves of WCBN one day, and it became one of my favorite secret
weapons for weird audio collage shows and general freeform madness.
However, my time at WCBN eventually ended when I moved away from
Michigan, and I had no physical or digital copy of this LP anymore.
After a few months I really missed it, and a Google search revealed
the amazing fact that Daniel himself is still selling this album."
* From Scotvoid via Black Sifichi
1.Only in America......can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in America......are there handicap parking places in front of
a skating rink.
3. Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way
to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy
people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in America......do people order double cheeseburgers, large
fries, and a diet coke.
5. Only in America......do banks leave both doors open and then chain
the pens to the counters.
6. Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars
in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. Only in America......do we use answering machines to screen calls
and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we
didn't want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and
buns in packages of eight.
9. Only in America......do we use the word 'politics' to describe the
process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning
10. Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM's with Braille lettering.
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exalted gibberish in the name of cultural fermentation. Also sound
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Also includes links to more recent writings regarding the passing of
Lydia Tomkiw, liner notes for the latest CD by SF-Swiss
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fiction at Parisiana, and my askew memories of Allen Ginsberg at
This website building experience has helped put many houses in order
and has given me a new perspective on having perspectives. The idea
for a website began over 6 years ago when the madcapped Pole, Pawel,
suggested then insisted he build me a website Free for me as a
friend. Well, this never happened because the dangers details of
living got in his/the way and he, last I heard from him, was about to
be deported, kicked out of the US for a crime he did not commit.
I thank Roma Napoli [check out HER website] and Marie for setting me
upright and letting me wobble my way through actually learning some
of my own HTML. It is not quite completed but I now realize that it
will never be finished like a book. Electronic media allows [the
sometime anxiety-inducing] feature of flow, of open-ended, endless
amendment and hyper-meandering, thus finality, completion are, alas,
somewhat outmoded concepts/feelings.
OTHER PATAPOE SHOWS:
o Jonges v/d Vlakte [Boys from the Plains]: "De cottonpickin' Jongens
van de cottonpickin' Vlakte" play a piquant, illuminating, and
playfully irritating mix of faulty music, of near-misses, of obscure
failures, of world music that is not from this world 19.00-20.30
[Dutch time, subtract 1 hr for UK, subtract 6 hrs for US East Coast]
Mondays @ PTP
o Dr. Doo Wop is one of the most eccentric and stimulating radio
shows anywhere. Sartre, DeSade, Doo Wop and music from the gonads.
Now on Radio Patapoe on Sunday 17.00-18.00 Amsterdam time
o Solus: Minimal electro techno acid french hiphop / Thursdays 22.00
o Super Nova is a big potpourri of sounds influences and information
both local and elsewhere. Can you picture a sound? On Sundays
o Wildcat Radio: Anarchist organization presents radio as it should
be - in your ear. Saturdays 18.00-20.00.
o De Oktoskoop: Kinderen /kid /children /rugrats and other
visionaries. Sat. 11.30-13.30
o POLYPHAKE PLAPPERLAPAPP: "polyphone audioerosion featuring
occasional beatweirdniks in an plaperlappap assemblage hosted by
F.Fiasko 22:30-?? Wednesdays
o Radio Worm: Rotterdam-based radio collective presents inventive
programming to baffle all preconceptions. Midnight Sundays and in
o HET PROGRAMMA: industrial lounge for collapsing people. Tuesdays 21:00
* Wreck This Mess-Paris @ Radio Libertaire, Paris 89.4 hosted by
Laurent Diouf 1/2 PanouPanou on Tuesdays 12:30-14:30 check
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