Category Archives: Beyond the Upstate Soundscape

[B-U-S: Call for Radio Work for Radius Broadcasts]

This edition of [Beyond the Upstate Soundscape] focuses on Chicago-based group Radius, which has put out a call to fellow radio and transmission artists for work to be broadcast by Radius on their “experimental radio broadcast platform.” See details below.

From Rhizone website:

Call for Radio Work

Radius is accepting submissions for our 2013 broadcast schedule. Radius accepts submissions for upcoming episodes on an ongoing basis.

Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

All audio works are broadcasted locally on 88.9-FM with a secondary stream online.

To be considered for review, please submit the following material:

Artist/group name
Title of work
Work statement
Artist/group biography
Audio (WAV preferred)
Image (300 dpi preferred)

For a mailing address to send CDs, cassettes, vinyl or any other physical formats, email us.





More on Radius’s Sketchpad Series that broadcasts on Free103Point9 from Radius website

Sketchpad is an ongoing monthly radio program produced for free103point9. free103point9 is a nonprofit arts organization based in New York State that defines and cultivates the genre of Transmission Art by promoting artists who make work with, for, and about the electromagnetic spectrum.

The Sketchpad program features a re-broadcast of previous Radius episodes. Each episode is followed by a playlist of works selected by that episode’s artist. The series seeks to highlight the peripheral work that influences the research and production of the episode.


Sketchpad broadcasts every fourth Saturday of the month from 2pm – 3pm EST on free103point9’s FM radio station WGXC 90.7-FM.

WGXC: 90.7-FM Hands-on-Radio is a community radio station and media project for Greene and Columbia counties in upstate New York, USA.

Visit the WGXC 90.7-FM program schedule here.


Sketchpad is archived at free103point9’s Transmission Arts Archive. The Transmission Arts Archive is an evolving online resource, a book, as well as a physical Study Center located in upstate New York.

12/22/2012 – Desh & Ekis (forthcoming)

11/24/2012 – Radio Cegeste (MP3 & PDF)

10/27/2012 – Rob Ray (MP3 & PDF)

09/22/2012 – Damon Loren Baker (MP3 & PDF)

08/25/2012 – Emilie Mouchous & A.J. Cornell (MP3 & PDF)

07/28/2012 – Imaginary Forces (MP3 & PDF)

06/23/2012 – Gregory Chatonsky (MP3 & PDF)

05/26/2012 – Sara Pinheiro (MP3 & PDF)

04/28/2012 – Mutant Beatniks (MP3 & PDF)

03/24/2012 – HMBKR (MP3 & PDF)

02/25/2012 – Jeff Gburek (MP3 & PDF)

01/28/2012 – Harold Schellinx (MP3 & PDF)

12/24/2011 – Noé Cuéllar (MP3 & PDF)

11/26/2011 – Osvaldo Cibils (MP3 & PDF)

10/22/2011 – Sturqen (MP3 & PDF)

09/24/2011 – Anton Mobin & Denis McCarty (MP3 & PDF)

08/27/2011 – C.R. Kasprzyk (MP3 & PDF)

07/23/2011 – Art of Failure (MP3 & PDF)

06/25/2011 – Andy Ortmann (MP3 & PDF)

05/28/2011 – Margaret Noble (MP3 & PDF)

04/23/2011 – Michael Woody (MP3 & PDF)

[B-U-S: New Weird Australia]

Continuing on with the [Beyond the Upstate Soundscape] series, here is a group that–like the Upstate Soundscape–is taking a regional approach to exploring contemporary experimental music and sound.

New Weird Australia, run by Stuart Buchanan,  spotlights all things weird from Down Under. NWA has been going strong since 2009 and has really established a solid working model for the regional or geographical organization and presentation of experimental music and sound. NWA presents Australia’s best out-there sounds via their own label, podcast (formally radio show), events, and free compilations.

Severed Heads, live on NWA radio show 4.28.11

Check out the details and video below with founder Buchanan to see what NWA has accomplished so far and what’s in store for the future.

From NWA website:

New Weird Australia is an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects.  Neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia puts the spotlight on a new breed of innovative Australian artists and challenges our understanding of what music should be.

Our current projects include a free compilation seriesdigital record label (named Wood & Wire),  podcast showvideo blog (Output Device) and an irregular program of live events.

New Weird Australia is managed by Stuart Buchanan. Below, Stuart talks to Real Time Arts in July 2012 about New Weird Australia, past, present and future.


[Beyond the Upstate Soundscape: Optic Echo Presents]

With the [Beyond the Upstate Soundscape] posts, we will be spotlighting artists, labels, venues, blogs, festivals and other entities that are hard at work in experimental audio beyond the borders of the Upstate region and worth your attention. (Check out our our first [BUS] post on the Voice of Valley Noise Rally for more info on these posts). For this post, we’re highlighting a radio show/record label out of Portland, OR.

Every Monday night since 2007, Portalnd-based Optic Echo Records has hosted ‘Optic Echo Presents’ on the Portland Radio Authority. This consistently awesome radio show features live mixing of ambient, experimental, and modern classical (and on vinyl no less) by host Mike Jedlicka (also head of the label). The track selection is stellar and unpredictable  featuring new releases by experimental artists along with a healthy dose of weird records that can come from anywhere. See the tracklisting from the most recent show below.

Optic Echo Presents 10/15/12:

Gertrude Behanna- God Isn’t Dead! b1
Drape- An Idea and it’s Map b1
Future 3- Blue Skied an’ Clear a1
Juana Molina (Four Tet rmx)- Salvese Quien Pueda a2
The Black Dog- Music for Real Airports c1
Grouper- Cover the Windows and Walls a3
DJ Shadow- Total Breakdown b5
Loscil- Sketches from New Brighton d1
Thomas Koner – Novaya Zemlya a1
Field Rotation- And Tomorrow I Will Sleep a2
Black to Comm- Alphebet 1968 a1
Mountains- Choral c1
Jana Winderen – Debris a1
Pandang Food Tigers- Born Music b1

Recent programs can be streamed/downloaded via SoundCloud and Mixcloud and all past programs can be downloaded as a podcast.


[Beyond the Upstate Soundscape: Voice of the Valley Noise Rally 2012]

The orginal mission of the Upstate Soundscape was twofold; on one hand, the show/blog was meant to serve as a “sounding board for the diverse and thriving experimental community” in the Upstate region. That aspect of the twofold mission has been very successful.

The show/blog was also supposed to “keep its listeners up to date on what the rest of the world is up to in the experimental sound arts.” While the radio show has always mixed in a lot of music and sound from around the world, the blog has not made any attempt to cover things that originated from outside the region. That will now change with the new regular series called ‘Beyond the Upstate Soundscape.’

Our B.U.S. posts will feature interesting artists, labels, organizations, blogs, festivals, radio shows, and other experimental entities at work outside the region so as to better inform everyone on what is going on outside the region that may be of interest.

First up for the B.U.S. series is a the 4th annual Voice of the Valley Noise Rally. Set to take place this weekend in at Indian Meadows campgrounds in Pentress, WV, this festival of the weird will feature over 30 artists over the course of 3 nights. For those of you who have zero interest in the clusterfucks that are Bonaroo and all other ridiculously over-priced, over-crowded, shitty music scam-stivals, Voice of the Valley may just be what you’ve been waiting for.

The website for last year’s fest advertised the Spartan nature of the event in this way: “There are no vendors on site, no prepared food on site, no special activities, no dunking booths, no carnival games, just a stage with fucked up music.” Sounds like my kinda event. Check out these photos, too.

Here is the fest’s info:

$55 tickets June 21st – August 16th get a handmade ticket

FRIDAY – AUG 17th, 2012

DJ -2am
12:30am-1:00am Container
11:45pm-12:15am Nautical Almanac
11:00pm-11:30pm Gary War
10:15pm-10:45pm Tiger Hatchery
9:30pm-10:00pm Whiff
8:45pm-9:15pm Moth Cock
8:00pm-8:30pm Meager Sunlight
7:15pm-7:45pm Watchword
6:30pm-7:00pm Luigi Bbob Drake w/ J Guy Laughlin
5:45pm-6:15pm Ilza VS Fire DeathDJ Spooky TreeSATURDAY- AUG 18th, 2012

1:00am-1:30am Laundry Room Squelchers
12:15am-12:45am Telecult Powers feat. Bhob Rainey
11:30pm-12:00am DJ Dog Dick
10:45pm-11:15pm Clang Quartet
10:00pm-10:30pm J. Graf
9:15pm-9:45pm Unicorn Hard-On
8:30pm-9:00pm Bee Mask
7:45pm-8:15pm Grasshopper
7:00pm-7:30pm Skingraft
6:15pm-6:45pm Forma
5:30pm-6:00pm Sharlyn Evertsz
5:00pm-5:30pm WM. Berger
4:15pm-4:45pm Radio People


3:30pm-4:00pm Zac Davis
2:45pm-3:15pm Humanbeast
2:00pm-2:30pm Wether
1:15pm-1:45pm Reviver
12:30pm-1:00pm C. Lavender

SUNDAY- AUG 19th, 2012

DJ – 2am
12:15am-12:45am Jason Lescalleet
11:30pm-12:00am Noise Nomads
10:45pm-11:15pm Indignant Senility
10:00pm-10:30pm Newton
9:15pm-9:45pm Bromp Treb
8:30pm-9:00pm Thursday Club
7:45pm-8:15pm Drainolith
7:00pm-7:30pm Profligate
6:15pm-6:45pm Ryan Jewell
5:30pm-6:00pm Tusco Terror

DJ Big Trish

4:15pm-4:45pm Trogpite
3:30pm-4:00pm Chemtrails
2:45pm-3:15pm Bludded Head
2:00pm-2:30pm Terminator 2

non-stage performances by

Lexi Mountain Boys

Also a sound installation by Sea Bat

Saturday pavilion trading post organized by 905 Tapes

DJ Eggz & Bacon 8am saturday and sunday

Algebra coffee & egg w/ toast in the morning at pavilion, saturday and sunday 9am-11am

Children 13 and younger are free


tickets held at gate under name and email

Tickets include camping at the 100 acre site for 3 days and 3 nights.
The best noise festival in the WORLD!

There are portable restrooms and running water, but no shower facilities will be available. There is however, a creek on the site for washing up.

No food is provided, BYO EVERYTHING, including toilet paper, camping equipment, soap, cooking implements, etc


NO Music at pavilion after 6pm 
NO Music at stage after 2am

Presented to you, by TUSCO/ EMBASSY East & West
sound system provided by Vertical Sound, and Ralph Hausmann
board operators this year are Chris Madak, & Ben Osborne

$60 at the gate
Children 13 and younger are free