Sunday, August 20, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 34


Hey folks!

There's a pretty specific theme going on here this week: the Invasion/Destruction of the Earth by Flying Saucers from Another World!

Fun, right?




The show "The Tripods" was a BBC sfi-fi program from 1984 based on a great series of novels by John Christopher. It was kind of a re-imagining of War of the Worlds, but what would happen if the Martians didn't all die from the flu but instead conquered and subjugated the planet. It was a fantastic show, but sadly was cancelled before it could finish the story.


Television

Venus, by Television, isn't about the planet, rather it seems to be about the statue. You know, the one with no arms?

David Dixon and Simon Jones as Ford and Arthur. Simon Jones was also the radio Arthur.

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite things. I encountered its various versions in not quite same order they were created: the radio play first (on BBC 4 in 1978 but I heard it in L.A. on NPR affiliate KCRW a few years later), then the TV show (which was on the BBC in 1981 but I'm not sure when I would have seen it) and then the books (they came second, starting in 1979). There was also a movie, in 2005. They're all fantastic, and I'll be excerpting the radio play in future episodes.

John Darnielle and friend

 The Mountain Goats are mostly just John Darnielle. I'd already chosen this song before I realized that it's actually about a guy getting picked up by a flying saucer. These themes just work themselves out sometimes.



There is a weird buzzing sound under the clip of somebody (Rev. Ivan Stang probably) talking about the "angelic host" coming on July 5th, when "we all have hangovers". I reversed it, and maybe added some other effect, but that is a sound from the European Space Agency's Huygens Probe. Here is a description of the clip:
Audio data collected by the Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument (HASI), which includes an acoustic sensor, during Huygens' descent, 14 January 2005.

Radar echos from Titan's surface
This recording was produced by converting into audible sounds some of the radar echoes received by Huygens during the last few kilometres of its descent onto Titan. As the probe approaches the ground, both the pitch and intensity increase. Scientists will use intensity of the echoes to speculate about the nature of the surface.

Neat, huh?



Moon Walk is from a French Library Music composer named Michel Gonet. Music libraries sell music to be used in movies and TV productions. It's also called "production music". Some of the tunes on the Futura album may have been heard in French TV shows, or German commercials, or British movies, all over the place!



Cabaret Voltaire is an early English "industrial" group. I slightly tweaked the track with some echo & delay. I think I also stretched it out a bit, too.



Dallas Frazier went on to write the hit country tune "Elvira" in 1966, but in 1954 when he was 14 he recorded "Space Command", written by local Bakersfield radio host Cousin Herb Henson. I slowed it down and shifted the pitch a bit, I'll post a clip of the original.



In 2005 John Kannberg recorded a soundtrack to the 1960 Walter M. Miller, Jr. novel, "A Canticle For Leibowitz". The book is about the reconstruction of society after a nuclear holocaust, and the journey toward sainthood of a martyred Jewish electrical engineer who worked for the U.S. Army brfore the "Flame Deluge", and worked to keep human knowledge alive afterward.



There are lots of clips this week from Hour of Slack #1209, an X-Day Hymns episode from 2009. X-Day, in the SubGenius religion, is the day the Men From Planet X (or X-ists) wil come on their spaceships to destroy the Pinks and Rupture up the (dues-paying) SubGenii to the Pleasure Saucers of the Sex Goddesses (or Gods). This day, on which the "world" will "end", was prophecied by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs to be July 5, 1998. The fact the the world has not ended yet is taken to be a sign that it isn't actually 1998 yet (due to some Conspiracy trickery, no doubt) so the SubGenius faithful gather every July (at a clothing-optional campground in Ohio) to await the Saucer Men. I've never been.



Next week will be a very similar show, you might even say Part II. You might not, though.

Until then, please leave a comment and let me know how you like it, ok?

Enjoy!

- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill


'The Tripods' Main Theme - Ken Freeman (1984)

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1209 - All-Star New X-Day Hymns and B.O. 6/15/2009 - Call me Bob - JayTourney



Venus - Television (1978)

Journey of the Sorcerer - Eagles (1975)



The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Primary Phase - Fit the First - Douglas Adams - BBC Radio 4 (1978)



The Day The Aliens Came - The Mountain Goats (2005)



The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1209 - All-Star New X-Day Hymns and B.O. 6/15/2009 - Stang, Media Barrage 2: July 5

huygens alien winds descent radar (2005)


The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1209 - All-Star New X-Day Hymns and B.O. 6/15/2009 - Hal Robins, DK Jones - ARISE! soundtrack - X-Day1




 Alien Activity From The 45th Parallel - Cellutron & The Invisible (1978)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Primary Phase - Fit the First - Douglas Adams - BBC Radio 4 (1978)



Moon Walk - Michel Gonet (1980)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Primary Phase - Fit the First - Douglas Adams - BBC Radio 4 (1978)

Space Patrol - Cabaret Voltaire (2003)



Space Command - Dallas Frazier (1954)



There Were Spaceships Again in That Century - John Kannenberg (2005)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Primary Phase - Fit the First - Douglas Adams - BBC Radio 4 (1978)



The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1209 - All-Star New X-Day Hymns and B.O. 6/15/2009


The original Hitch-Hiker's cast, L-R Douglas Adams, producer Geoffrey Perkins, David Tate (Eddie), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod), Simon Jones (Arthur), Alan Ford (Roosta)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Primary Phase - Fit the First - Douglas Adams - BBC Radio 4 (1978)

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1209 - All-Star New X-Day Hymns and B.O. 6/15/2009 - LeMur: Pause To Destroy


I kinda wanted to highlight how cool Bernie Leadon looked.

 Journey of the Sorcerer - Eagles (1975)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 33



Hey there folks!

Some mellow, electronic stuff this week. A few fun synchronicities, too.


Symphony Of Science is composer John D. Boswell creating music using Carl Sagan's Cosmos and other bits of science education as vocals. It's great!


Carl's metaphor of people leaving Earth as "venturing into an ocean" is an unexpectedly apt match with a script from the podcast Flash Forward that was written by a neural net artificial intelligence. (More info at that link.)  Oceans, and Mars, but also... "behandings"? It's weird, even before I edited it and added echo & reverb, etc. The Flash Forward episode also included excerpts from an AI-written podcast and a sci-fi short, which you can find below.

Numbers. (it turns out there are other bands with similar names)
Numbers, Mogwai, and Tortoise are all kind of in the genre of "post-rock", which is... i dunno, pretty mellow? Not a lot of drums, but lots of drones.

It's the picture on his Wikipedia page, I didn't do anything to it.
Aphex Twin, aka Richerd D. James, is mostly a dance/techno guy, but his debut album "Selected Ambient Works 85–92" put him in a mellow category. The track here is from the follow-up "Selected Ambient Works Volume II", which was pretty much completely beatless.


Speaking of ambient, here's another Judee Sill track recorded by holding a mic up to the speaker of a TV broadcasting her 1972 BBC concert. I hope you didn't really need to understand the lyrics...


Here's the full video of the A.I.-written Idea Channel episode. Pretty crazy.

I had to include a pic of Wendy Mae's Car Horn Organ even it's not heard.
I'll bet you can figure out what Wendy Mae Chambers track Brooklyn Bridge is about just by listening to it.

Sadly there was never a Ruby cartoon. It would've been great.

Finally, that's it for the first Ruby serial. Let me know if you want more Ruby or something else! Jack Flanders? Hitch-Hiker's Gude? I'm also thinking of some audiobook excerpts.

Ruby, Too? It's... different.
That's it for this week. Please leave comments in all the usual places, or just respond to this email!

Enjoy!

- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill


A Glorious Dawn (Remaster by Cherimoya Eihn) - Symphony of Science (2009)

Flash Forward - The Witch Who Came From Mars 9/5/2016

Feelings - Numbers (2004)

Flash Forward - The Witch Who Came From Mars 9/5/2016

Tin Cans & Twine - Tortoise (1994)

Flash Forward - The Witch Who Came From Mars 9/5/2016


Radar Maker - Mogwai (1997)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 62: Big Battle With The Slimeys - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 63: Conclusion of the Slimeys - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Weathered Stone - Aphex Twin (1994)

Flash Forward - The Witch Who Came From Mars 9/5/2016 (Mike Rugnetta, PBS Idea Channel)


Flash Forward - The Witch Who Came From Mars 9/5/2016 (Sunspring - Thomas Middleditch, Elisabeth Grey, and Humphrey Ker)

The Jackie and Laurie Show-  All Abigails Have Been Ruined 9/5/2016

Lady-O - Judee Sill (1972)

The Jackie and Laurie Show-  All Abigails Have Been Ruined 9/5/2016


The Brooklyn Bridge - Wendy Mae Chambers (Recorded By – Kathleen Hulser, Ted Sledzinski, Wendy Chambers) (1982)


The Electricity In Your House Wants to Sing - i am robot and proud (2006)


TNT - Tortoise (1998)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 64: "This must be the end." - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 65: Teru Ad Libs The Credits - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 32


Hey there folks!



Some languages other than English this week, some of them "real" and some not.



I first heard Jaan Pehechan Ho in the opening of the movie Ghost World.  It's originally from a film called Gumnaam. I recommend Ghost World but you can skip Gumnaam unless you really like Indian movies. It's kind of a really boring version of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None".






Sigur Rós and Caramba are both Scandinavian bands that recorded songs in made-up languages. Sigur Rós has songs in Hopelandish as well as their native Icelandic, while Sweeden's Caramba's songs are in nonsense languages. Some of them are recognizably "fake Russian" or "fake German", but I can't tell what language "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot" is supposed to sound like.



By the way, I cut out approximately the middle third of the Sigur Ros track to leave just the mellower bits. Here's a visual representation of that:


Tom Zear

There are a couple more SoundWalk tracks here, from 2004 & 2005. You can hear them layered on top of each other underneath Jimmy Pardo & David Feldman playing "Sevens", which is an iPhone game based on "The $24,000 Pyramid".


DeFord Bailey was the first black performer on the Grand Old Opry.
I briefly stop leaning on "Bob", and start poking at "Doug". Sometimes you gotta change it up, you know? Especially when there's a "Doug" synchronicity across two podcasts.

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

I'm not sure where I got the Incredibad track, but it was before I ever heard of The Lonely Island, and years before those guys were on SNL.



I first heard The Okeh Laughing Record used as a background bed under Jean Shepherd on his WOR AM radio show from the early 60s. There is a great podcast called The Brass Figlagee that collects hundreds of hours of Jean Shepherd radio shows that I highly recommend.


Los Ángeles Negros (The Black Angels) are a pop group from Chile. You may have heard this tune sampled by the Beastie Boys.


There's always room for more of this.

As our ship sinks slowly into the west, that's about it for this week. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know by replying to this email, or commenting below (depending on where you're reading this). Get at me on Twitter, or even Facebook!

I know there are some new listeners, so feel free to go back and listen to older shows if you haven't already.

Until next week, enjoy!

- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill




Wait, P.S.! The serialized adventures of Ruby are coming to an end next week. Do you want more serials? More Ruby? No serials? Let me know at all the usual places. (A tip: Given how few people usually leave comments, whichever option gets more than one vote/comment will be the clear winner. So if you have an opinion, please express it!) - R.D.D.P


The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1586 - "I'm Coming for You, Plainface!" 9/5/2016 - Lemur: HOS Intro #871 - Don't Be Chicken




Jaan Pehechan Ho - Mohammed Rafi (1965)




 Sæglópur - Sigur Rós (2005)

Hubba Hubba Zoot-Zoot - Caramba (1981)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 59: Teru Fondly Reminisces - ZBS Foundation (1982)

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1586 - "I'm Coming for You, Plainface!" 9/5/2016 - Ministry of Slack (?) - BROUGHT TO YOU BY - bobs steakhouse - edit

Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast Episode 1903 - David Feldman 8/25/2016

ijiijiij - Jeremy Drake (2004)

AREA 51 (2 worlds) - Zear (2005)




 Pan American Blues - DeFord Bailey (1927)

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1586 - "I'm Coming for You, Plainface!" 9/5/2016 - Rev. Ivan Stang Monday Night 19X-Day Rant w/ Rev. Angry Larry and Lord Rock God on guitar.


The only picture of the Viennese Seven Singing Sisters I could find is very small. (They wern't really sisters.)

So let me instead show you a nice big photo of the Seven Sutherland Sisters, the "Real-Life Rapunzels"

William Tell Overture - Viennese Seven Singing Sisters (1928)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 60: The Android Sisters, "Fool Around With A Frankie" - ZBS Foundation (1982)

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1586 - "I'm Coming for You, Plainface!" 9/5/2016 - Thorazine Urine Podcrust - 100th X-Day Podcrust

Stop Podcasting Yourself Episode 442 - D.J. Demers 9/5/2016

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1586 - "I'm Coming for You, Plainface!" 9/5/2016 - Thorazine Urine Podcrust - 100th X-Day Podcrust

Ka-Blamo! - Incredibad (The Lonely Island) (2001)




Achoo Cha Cha 打噴嚏 - Grace Chang (1960)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 61: The Nest - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Boing Boom Tschak - Kraftwerk (1986)

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1586 - "I'm Coming for You, Plainface!" 9/5/2016 - Live WCSB 9-4-2016-Creepy Clowns

The Okeh Laughing Record - Karl Valentin & Liesl Karlstadt (1922)

El Rey Y Yo - Los Angeles Negros (1970)




Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai (Hawaiian War Chant) - Spike Jones (1945)