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[Archive 7.9.15 ft. Wooden Cities and Cages]

The Upstate Soundscape, 7.8.15

1) Roland Kayn, “Cybernetics III” (excerpt)
2) Cages, “Devil”
3) Cages, “Dying”
4) Olivia Block, “Opening Night” (excerpt)
5) Ethan Hayden, “…ce dangereux supplement…”
6) Esin Gunduz, “One Who Plants Winds Harvests Storm”
7) Jacob Gotlib, “Ornamental Alphabets”
8) Michael McNeill, “Skies”
9) Zane Merritt, “Hot Cola”
10) Haptic, “Danjon Scale” (except)
11) Cages, “D.I.E.”
12 Cages, “First Seed”
13) Jon Mueller, “Remembered”
14) Jacob Gotlib, “Year Without Summer”
15) Ethan Hayden, “Actually, a little hunchback who was an expert chess player sat inside and guided the puppets hand by means of strings.”
16) Bernard Parmegiani, “Incidents/ Resonances” (excerpts)
17) Cages, “Devil”
18) Cages, “Into Germination”
19) Fudgy, “One Man No Show”

[Archive 2.5.14 ft. Guest Hosts Wooden Cities]

The Upstate Soundscape, 2.5.14

1) Zane Merritt, “Impaled in a Glass Case”
2) Charles Ives, “General William Booth Enters into Heaven” Arranged by Ethan Hayden
3) Jeffery Stadelman, “Koral 23 and 25”
4) Lejaren Hiller, “ILLIAC Suite- Mvt. 3 Experiment 3”
5) Lejaren Hiller and John Cage, “HPSCHD”
6) Nathan Heidelberger, “Occasionally, music”
7) Nathan Heidelberger “Descriptions of the Moon”
8) Pierre Boulez, “Le Marteau sans Maitre”
9) Michael Pisaro, “Blues Fall”
10) Lukas Foss, “Paradigm, Mvt. II Recital”
11) Nathan Heidelberger, “A Refrain One keeps Playing Year after Year, Concerning the Nature of Things as They Are”
12) Bela Bartok, “Ardeliana”

[Archive 05.08.13 ft. guest hosts Wooden Cities]

The Upstate Soundscape, 05.08.13

1) Robert Phillips, “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden”
2) Ethan Hayden, “Star-light is a little light”
3) Esin Gündüz, “ı filosofi della collina”
4) Esin Gündüz, “Improvisation on Michael McNeill’s ‘Wild Geese'”
5) Traditional Turkish Music, “Üyünüm Layla”
6) Elliott Carter, “Shard”
7) Zane Merritt & Ben Willis, “Improvisation”
8) Nathan Heidelberger, “In flux/inflects/influx/in flects”
9) Salvatore Sciarrino, “Dove andarono la sera i muratori” from Quaderno di Strada
10) Nathan Heidelberger, “The Distance of the Moon”
11) Louis Andriessen, “Workers Union”
12) Will Redman, “The Book (excerpt)” Performed live by Wooden Cities

[Preview: Guest Hosts Wooden Cities]

Tonight on The Upstate Soundscape, Buffalo’s new music collective Wooden Cities returns to the program to serve as uest hosts. Several members of the group will be on hand to talk about the music they’ve been  working on together and individually, while previewing their upcoming show at The Vault this Friday.

Show starts at 8pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org

[Review: TJ Borden, ‘Poor Form and Extenuating Circumstances’]

Full disclosure: I am a sucker for solo-instrumentalist avant-garde pieces. I’ve found that immersing myself in these type of performances allows me to slip out of objective reality to the point where I could go and, say, listen to Torture Garden on repeat for a full day (true story). While I appreciate any music that pushes boundaries, solo performances where artists manage to channel deep emotion through an instrument that they have personally mastered just seem to make a deeper connection with me as a listener. Cellist TJ Borden’s album Poor Form and Extenuating Circumstances is one of those types of performances.

With this album, Borden, who is a Rochester native, exhibits a unique style, both in composition and performance. Even if you’re unschooled in the cello you can tell very quickly that Borden is inventing new and unconventional ways to play this instrument. In other words, you’ve never heard a cello played like this and that’s because you’ve probably never heard a player like this that is clearly classically trained but also just as comfortable in the anything-goes realm of noise.  Thus, you’ll see Borden play both with New Music outfits like Wooden Cities and also in noisier collaborations like the Freeman-Cain-Borden trio.

The 14 tracks here, which are titled simply by their number, display a darker tone due in part to Borden’s enigmatic and often furious performance which often devolves into sonic chaos. The album offers many exceptional moments that are incredibly intricate and will astound the astute listener, such as “2” and “13.” Musically and technically speaking, Borden’s execution is top-notch and fascinating to listen to. Such a wide range of style and emotion are on display, making the album wholly unpredictable. At times the playing seems to recall a solo Eyvind Kang, both in sound and construction of the songs.

The sound of Borden’s cello is also of note; it isn’t the crisp, clean electric cello sound that most ears are familiar with. Borden’s cello is very raw and full of body, which adds to the setting of the album’s mood. The sonic presence that this album exudes is so much larger than one would expect from a solo performance that, by the end, one can’t help but wish to see Borden perform in a live intimate setting.


Review by: Roth’s Child

[Archive: Infringement Special, Part 2 ft. Wooden Cities]

1) Improv Ork, “Graphic Music,” Live at Hallwall’s for Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011
2) Wooden Cities, Live in-studio performance of Will Redman’s Book, part 1
3) Interivew
4) Wooden Cities, Live in-studio performance of Will Redman’s Book, part 2
5) Interview
6) Wooden Cities, Live in-studio performance of Will Redman’s Book, part 3
7) Wooden Cities, Cobra, Live at Hallwall’s January 2012

[Preview: Infringement Special, Part 2 ft. Wooden Cities]

A page from Will Redman’s graphic composition ‘The Book’

The Infringement Festival insanity continues tonight on The Upstate Soundscape when Wooden Cities stops by to give us a live in-studio performance.  The ensemble that brought us the memorable performance of John Zorn’s Corbra earlier this year at Hallwalls will perform from the graphic composition Book by University at Buffalo alumni Will Redman.

Book is a is a “collection of 98 graphic compositions.  Each is rendered in black ink on a sheet of white 8.5×11 inch paper.  The compositions represent extensions and extrapolations of conventional music notation.  Book is available for interpretation (however radical) by any performer(s) in any place at any time in any part for any duration.” See the video below for a taste of what Book is all about.

Tonight’s Wooden cities line up will include Ethan Hayden, voice/performer, Evan Courtin, violin, Brendan Fitzgerald, guitar, and Michael McNeill, keyboard.

Show starts at 9pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.


[Preview 3.21.12: Back in Action]

The Upstate Soundscape returns tonight after 2 weeks off the air due to the host traveling abroad in search of insanely weird and out-there vinyl. After scouring (almost) every record shop in Western Europe, Needles will have quite the show in store for you tonight. So tune in tonight at 10pm to 91.3FM WBNY to hear some killer experimental records from far away places.

And speaking of killer vinyl, don’t forget that this Friday is Freeform Friday at Merge with the Vinyl Retentives. We might have a fellow Vinyl Retentive in studio with Needles discussing the event, along with playing some tracks.

We’ll also preview two shows happeing this week, one tomorrow night at the Jungle Gym featuring Pregnant Spore and other noise acts, and one this Sunday at Unity Church featuring Wooden Cities.

Show starts at 10pm. Stream at WBNY.org

[Preview: Crispin Glover, Cobra, Com Truise/Ay Fast, ASAC @ UAG

Tons of good stuff happening this week so on tonight’s show we’ll preview each of them.

Crispin Glover

-Tonight actor/director Crispin Hellion Glover will return to the Market Arcade for a performance and film screening. To set the stage for the two-night appearance, we’ll hear a track off of  Mr. Glover’s 2006 album The Big Problem ? The Solution. The Solution = Let it Be. That’s right, the guy makes weird music, too.

-Friday night, Wooden Cities will be staging a performance of John Zorn’s improvisational-game piece Corba at Hallwall’s. Those unfamiliar with the Corbra concept can tune in to hear a past Cobra performance.

-Also, Friday night Soundlab will feature Oneida, NY, native and Ghostly International recording artists Com Truise, along with Buffalo producer Ay Fast.  We’ll hear tracks from both these electronic beat makers.

-And on Sunday, many members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective will perform at the Upstate Artist’s Guild in Albany. We’ll hear songs from a number of artists that will be at Sunday night’s show, which is being put together as a benefit for the UAG. The UAG needs help to stay in its current gallery space and the ASAC, which has worked closely with the Guild since 2007, is hoping to raise as much money as possible to help the Guild out.

Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.