• 50…and all that jazz

    This week involved sharing music associated with two very different 50th anniversaries—the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s first studio album and psychedelic classic, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the great poet, Carl Sandberg. I can only imagine what it must have been like to drop the needle down, in August 1967, and listen to the opening tracks of “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” This early Floyd release was heavily influenced by frontman-for-one-album, Syd Barrett. His trippy, psychedelic musical influence is all over this album. Sadly, it would be the only Floyd album to feature Barrett start-to-finish. Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, was recently interviewed about the making and release of this album, as well as the influence of Syd Barrett. You can listen to his short BBC conversation here. The other 50th anniversary shared on today’s show relates to poet Carl Sandberg. Drummer Matt Wilson’s forthcoming release, Honey and Salt features Sandberg’s poetry read by the likes of Bill Frisell, Jack Black, and other unexpected personalities, is combined with music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandberg. A truly creative mix of word and sound fill this excellent release. It can be pre-ordered here. As for the rest of the show, the musical balance shifted to more new and forthcoming jazz releases mixed with some excellent recently recorded works.

    Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Freedom” (click here). This week's artwork, “reverie” is by yours truly, and you can view the whole work here. Thanks for viewing and listening!

  • Freedom

    This summer, WDCV has been featuring interviews with several of the "Community DJs" (non-student and/or non-staff at Dickinson folks, like myself, that have radio shows at the station). This past week the station published my profile. During my conversation about Alloy, I was reminded of just how important and essential freedom is to the process that is my little corner of the WDCV community, Alloy. It is a tremendous luxury to be able to indulge my passion for music, to play what resonates and challenges me every week, and then share my discoveries each week, with you. The freedom—the depth and breadth I am given to explore music—has expanded my awareness, understanding, and appreciation of music. No question, the exercise of creating a list of music each week has afforded (and some weeks, forced!) me to re-examine my own taste and sensibilities about music, sound, and even noise. It is a journey I delight in. No surprise, perhaps, this week's music offering is a continuation, a sub-product, if you will, of the freedom that has percolated across the many weeks and shows that is the greater Alloy arc of shows/playlists. Thanks for listening and riding the airwaves with me each week.

    Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Old(er) is New Again” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "brass bells."

  • Old(er) is New Again

    This week's show, in large part, grew organically through the process of cleaning and organizing my music library. Wading through stacks of past releases allowed me to reconsider, re-listen, and cull deeper tracks from releases that got minimal airplay over the last several months—what's old(er) became new, again. In addition, and staying with the "what's old(er) is new again" theme, Avey Tare (aka Animal Collective's David Portner) newly released album, Eucalyptus, is a textural collage of field recordings, fragmented melodies, and much more and reminiscent of great experimental/psychedelic works from the past. For this, and more, take a look at this week's playlist to see the wide variety of music featured this week.

    Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Technicolor” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "flora-delic bass."

    Thanks for listening!

  • Technicolor

    As I assembled this week's music offering, I experienced the joy of listening to music via headphones. The simple pleasure of soaking in the wondrous technicolor world of sound—just a guy and his music library...and his headphones! This is not an audiophile rant suggesting only great listening happens on expensive headphones or high-end speakers, no! Whether through inexpensive earbuds or decent over-the-ear "cans" (as they are sometimes called) headphones give us a front row seat to the exquisite details that artists and sound engineers labor over when creating and recording their ideas. If you look at this week's playlist you will not find any of the stereophile or audiophile classics (like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, as one example of many). No. I did not seek out sonically complex tracks this week, but I noticed as I listened to each track that so much was going on texturally, dynamically—in this ear for a moment, in that ear for a longer moment, and enjoyed and appreciated the experience as it unfolded. I felt like I was hearing things anew, immersing my ears with sounds that I would otherwise miss, discovering textures that deepened my appreciation of the music and the music-makers. I invite you to give it a try. Take a few moments (or more!) and listen, deeply listen to your favorite tracks, or this week's playlist, but either way listen for the subtle things that might have passed you by. I hope you find it as rewarding as I did.

    Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Time” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "technicolor."

    Thanks for listening!

Alloy Podcast: Episode 004 | Elizabeth A. Baker | Show Notes

Elizabeth A. Baker Photos of Elizabeth A. Baker: Left and bottom right by Jim Lennon Media; Top right by Vikki Mann Photography.

I am delighted to have as my guest musician, composer, writer, and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. I learned about Elizabeth and her work only a few months ago through a short 5 question interview published on the excellent site “i care if you listen”. The interview on "i care if you listen" focused primarily on one of Elizabeth’s many projects, and one we discuss during our conversation—and that is the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, which Elizabeth is both co-founder and Festival Director. The second annual Toy Piano Festival ended back in early January, and to be honest, the idea of a creative music festival focused on showcasing music produced on a toy piano totally captured my imagination and sent me off to explore Elizabeth’s music, and ultimately, corresponding with her about her music and doing an interview. No surprise, I could have talked for hours with Elizabeth: how she approaches her music and the details of her creative process are no end interesting and fascinating to me, but given her busy schedule and her involvement in a number of creative projects, we had about an hour to cover a lot of ground. I do not want to give too much away here at the outset, but I will say that our conversation touches on a number topics including the role and importance movement, dance, silence, and community are to the work Elizabeth creates and performs. She is truly inspirational.

All music featured in episode 4 is by Elizabeth A. Baker:

The following compositions appear in this episode:

Links

50…and all that jazz (playlist #127)

“reverie” by gbmediadesign

This week involved sharing music associated with two very different 50th anniversaries—the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s first studio album and psychedelic classic, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the great poet, Carl Sandberg. I can only imagine what it must have been like to drop the needle down, in August 1967, and listen to the opening tracks of “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” This early Floyd release was heavily influenced by frontman-for-one-album, Syd Barrett. His trippy, psychedelic musical influence is all over this album. Sadly, it would be the only Floyd album to feature Barrett start-to-finish. Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, was recently interviewed about the making and release of this album, as well as the influence of Syd Barrett. You can listen to his short BBC conversation here. The other 50th anniversary shared on today’s show relates to poet Carl Sandberg. Drummer Matt Wilson’s forthcoming release, Honey and Salt features Sandberg’s poetry read by the likes of Bill Frisell, Jack Black, and other unexpected personalities, is combined with music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandberg. A truly creative mix of word and sound fill this excellent release. It can be pre-ordered here. As for the rest of the show, the musical balance shifted to more new and forthcoming jazz releases mixed with some excellent recently recorded works.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Freedom” (click here). This week's artwork, “reverie” is by yours truly, and you can view the whole work here. Thanks for viewing and listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
The Iron Man Harold Mabern To Love And Be Loved Apple Music
Blues Connotation (I) Gabriel Puentes, Chris Lightcap & Leo Genovese Simple Apple Music
I Mean You John Beasley Monk'estra, Vol. 2 Apple Music
Ugly Beauty / Pannonica John Beasley Monk'estra, Vol. 2 Apple iTunes
Superphonic Space Orphan Shut Up About The Sun Apple Music
Full Tilt Darren Barrett dB-ish Not available, yet.
Heightened Alex Goodman Second Act Not available, yet.
Nu Blues Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin' Through Apple Music
Blues In Full Moon New York Electric Piano Blues In Full Moon Apple Music
On The Motorboat Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple iTunes
Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple iTunes
Paper 2 Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple iTunes
Astronomy Domine Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn Apple Music
Lucifer Sam Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn Apple Music
I Want To Go Home Baker-Barganier Duo ...and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Apple Music

Freedom (Playlist #126)

"brass bells" by gbmediadesign

This summer, WDCV has been featuring interviews with several of the "Community DJs" (non-student and/or non-staff at Dickinson folks, like myself, that have radio shows at the station). This past week the station published my profile. During my conversation about Alloy, I was reminded of just how important and essential freedom is to the process that is my little corner of the WDCV community, Alloy. It is a tremendous luxury to be able to indulge my passion for music, to play what resonates and challenges me every week, and then share my discoveries each week, with you. The freedom—the depth and breadth I am given to explore music—has expanded my awareness, understanding, and appreciation of music. No question, the exercise of creating a list of music each week has afforded (and some weeks, forced!) me to re-examine my own taste and sensibilities about music, sound, and even noise. It is a journey I delight in. No surprise, perhaps, this week's music offering is a continuation, a sub-product, if you will, of the freedom that has percolated across the many weeks and shows that is the greater Alloy arc of shows/playlists. Thanks for listening and riding the airwaves with me each week.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Old(er) is New Again” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "brass bells."

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Sculptress Standing Wave New Wave Apple Music
Graze Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
What Would I Want? Sky Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
I Think I Can Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
More And Less CHEER-ACCIDENT Putting Off Death Bandcamp
Octopus Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs Apple Music
Coral Lords Avey Tare Eucalyptus Apple Music
Deep in The Forest Michel Banabila Tapu Sampler 2016 - side A Apple Music
Dreams Baker-Barganier Duo ...and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Bandcamp
Passage secret Miriodor Signal 9 Bandcamp
Song For Andrew No. 1 Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes

Old(er) is New Again (Playlist #125)

"flora-delic bass" by gbmediadesign

This week's show, in large part, grew organically through the process of cleaning and organizing my music library. Wading through stacks of past releases allowed me to reconsider, re-listen, and cull deeper tracks from releases that got minimal airplay over the last several months—what's old(er) became new, again. In addition, and staying with the "what's old(er) is new again" theme, Avey Tare (aka Animal Collective's David Portner) newly released album, Eucalyptus, is a textural collage of field recordings, fragmented melodies, and much more and reminiscent of great experimental/psychedelic works from the past. For this, and more, take a look at this week's playlist to see the wide variety of music featured this week.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Technicolor” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "flora-delic bass."

Thanks for listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Shiva Prayer Passin' Through Charles Lloyd New Quartet Apple Music
Better Watch What You Wish For (In These Historic Times) Part 1 Chapter One: The Clocks Have Gone Mad Brian Marsella's iMAGiNARiUM Apple Music
Better Watch What You Wish For (In These Historic Times) Part 2 Chapter One: The Clocks Have Gone Mad Brian Marsella's iMAGiNARiUM Apple Music
Ancient Theory Find the Common, Shine a Light Ryan Keberle & Catharsis Apple Music
Nobody's Fault But Mine Alma Matters Alma Matters Apple Music
The Mystic Chord Spirit Forward (Featuring John Ellis, Kevin Hays & Clarence Penn) Michael Blanco Apple Music
Call And Response Nicholas Payton/Afro Caribbeann Mix Tape Nicholas Payton Apple Music
In The Flowers Merriweather Post Pavilion Animal Collective Apple Music
Season High Eucalyptus Avey Tare Apple Music
Den store skjønnheten (feat. Nils Økland) Ulv Ulv Moskus Apple Music
Empty Tin Of Opaque Stain Dworzec Towarowy, an audio expedition by Werner Urban Werner Urban Apple Music
Modus Operandi (2010) – Nancy Tam Toy Piano Composers Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Bandcamp
I Have Dreamed Lovers Nels Cline Apple Music
Goldfinger Small Town Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Apple iTunes
So Near, So Far Project Freedom Joey DeFrancesco Apple Music
Forgotten Man Mu Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland [Featuring: Michael Manring & Celso Alberti] Bandcamp

Technicolor (Playlist #124)

"technicolor" by gbmediadesign

As I assembled this week's music offering, I experienced the joy of listening to music via headphones. The simple pleasure of soaking in the wondrous technicolor world of sound—just a guy and his music library...and his headphones! This is not an audiophile rant suggesting only great listening happens on expensive headphones or high-end speakers, no! Whether through inexpensive earbuds or decent over-the-ear "cans" (as they are sometimes called) headphones give us a front row seat to the exquisite details that artists and sound engineers labor over when creating and recording their ideas. If you look at this week's playlist you will not find any of the stereophile or audiophile classics (like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, as one example of many). No. I did not seek out sonically complex tracks this week, but I noticed as I listened to each track that so much was going on texturally, dynamically—in this ear for a moment, in that ear for a longer moment, and enjoyed and appreciated the experience as it unfolded. I felt like I was hearing things anew, immersing my ears with sounds that I would otherwise miss, discovering textures that deepened my appreciation of the music and the music-makers. I invite you to give it a try. Take a few moments (or more!) and listen, deeply listen to your favorite tracks, or this week's playlist, but either way listen for the subtle things that might have passed you by. I hope you find it as rewarding as I did.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Time” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "technicolor."

Thanks for listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Eddieish Joris Teepe & Don Braden Conversations Apple Music
Part 5, Ruminations Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin' Through Apple iTunes
The Numbers Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool Apple Music
No Surprises Radiohead OK Computer Apple Music
No Surprises Amanda Palmer Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele Apple Music
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart Jeff Tweedy Together At Last Apple Music
Small Town Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
Zawinul / Lava Brian Eno Another Green World Apple Music
Strange Gazes and Birdsong (2013) – Fiona Ryan Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Toy Piano Composers Bandcamp
On the Other Side Elizabeth A. Baker {this is not a piano album} Apple Music
C Seventh Stew Patrick Butler Sonic Stew Apple Music
Remazing Ace The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Bandcamp
Everything You Wanted The Mark Arroyo Trio Two Sides To A Promise - Promo Apple Music
Nakba The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra Dreaming Big Apple Music

Time (playlist #123)

"" by gbmediadesign

In the two weeks since the last live broadcast, a bucketload of excellent new music found its way to my ears. In listening, organizing, and thinking about the music associated with this week's show, I was struck by the temporal aspect of music, and how the musical moments—the movements—of a work or compostion change across time. Listen to this week's playlist and notice how many of the tracks change from moment to moment—some filling moments of time with arpeggiated melody lines and percussive/driving rhythms, while others are comfortable exploring open space within time by not filling every moment with sound. Like a novel with numerous plot twists, this week's music explored the unexpected and displayed a rich variety of sounds and textures across time.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Déjà Vu” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "temporal fabric."

Thanks for listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Dream Weaver Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin' Through Apple iTunes
The Opener (feauring Kurt Rosenwinkel) Darren Barrett dB-ish Sorry, not available, yet.
Birds Of Prey Ed Neumeister Wake Up Call Sorry, not available, yet.
Trumpet Sketch (milky pete) Ambrose Akinmusire A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard Apple Music
Poet / Pearl Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
Casa Forte Ensemble Novo Who Saw You Then, Who Sees You Now Apple Music
Ritmo Cubano Havana Maestros Made In Cuba Apple Music
Four Cypresses Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins Apple Music
Third of May / Ōdaigahara Fleet Foxes Crack-Up Apple Music
Via Chicago Jeff Tweedy Together At Last Apple Music
Via Chicago Wilco What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014 Apple Music

Déjà Vu (playlist #122)

"nyc loop" by gbmediadesign

In the immortal words of the late, great Yogi Berra, "It's like déjà vu all over again." How? Well, after needing to cut short last week's show due to unexpected technical issues, I opted to give the same playlist another chance. So, for those who listened to last week's brief episode (which was all of three tracks!), it was "like déjà vu all over again." Happily, though not totally glitch-free, this week's musical journey was a success! Highlights of this week's very diverse music mix included fabulous new work by Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan, a shag-a-delic, 1974 funky big band tune by Buddy Rich, and gorgeous Frippertronics by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno (youtube | purchase). All this and more comprised today's live show.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Mining for Sounds” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly stays with the déjà vu theme in that it was recycled from a past episode, but fit this week's theme nicely (even touches on the Frippertronics idea). Thanks for listening!

Compostion Artist Album Listen
FISHER PRICE LAUGH & LEARN FUN WITH FRIENDS MUSICAL TABLE (2014) – Elisha Denburg Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Toy Piano Composers Bandcamp
Triboluminescence Andy Summers Triboluminescence Apple Music
It Should Have Happened a Long Time Ago Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
In Walked Po Gary Peacock & Bill Frisell Just So Happens Apple Music
Wind On Water Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star youtube
Evening Star Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star Sorry, not available.
Big Mac Buddy Rich The Roar of '74 Apple Music
Jabore Pt. 3 Karl Hector & The Malcouns Sahara Swing Apple Music
D Minor Stew (Extended Version) Patrick Butler Sonic Stew Apple Music
Up on Cripple Creek Hudson Hudson (feat. Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield) Apple Music
Farewell, Brother Steve Davis Think Ahead Apple Music
Heightened Alex Goodman Second Act Sorry, not available.
Moment's Notice Hermon Mehari Bleu Apple iTunes

Mining for Sounds (playlist #121)

"psychedelic tapestry" by gbmediadesign

Inspiration can from so many possible unexpected sources and experiences. In pulling together the music for this week's show, novel influences informed part of the show's playlist. Aside from the new tracks played, and there were several standout tracks (checkout the playlist here), as well as recent favorites, I wove in a couple tracks by The Beach Boys and The Jam. Why? I was inspired by two documentaries viewed this past week: The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds and The Jam: About the Young Idea. I highly recommend watching both whether you are familiar with, or not familiar with, the subjects of these two films. The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds years have been well documented, but it was a time that is amazingly rich with stories, influences, and interesting musical perspectives that make-up the heart and soul of this recent documentary. Common themes and threads that have surfaced in other documentaries about this time period appear here, but there are still gems that surface—in-studio sound recordings and some fresh band member insights—make it a compelling watch. The documentary, The Jam: About the Young Idea focuses on a band that in the late '70s and early 80's had more of a cult following in the US, but a much larger core of loyal fans and followers in the UK, specifically, and Europe, generally. Featuring the original band members, as well as compelling stories shared by fans and followers whose lives were forever changed by The Jam and their music, this documentary about The Jam provides a much needed foundation, a beginning, of much needed insight and perspective on this band and its contribution to music from this period. Well worth watching. Checkout this week's playlist to sample the results of my mining for sounds this week.

Also, please checkout the fourth Alloy podcast episode featuring my conversation with musician and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. You can find all you need to know about that episode here. Lend an open ear and give it a listen. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Elizabeth and hope you do as well.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Garden Fresh” (click here). This week's artwork, “psychedelic tapestry” is by yours truly and you can view my other visual offerings on instagram. Thanks for looking and listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen
El Guajiro Nicholas Payton Nicholas Payton/Afro Caribbeann Mix Tape Apple Music
Awakening Hermon Mehari Bleu Apple Music
The Starry Night Billy Childs Rebirth Apple Music
Shared Stories Alex Wintz Lifecycle Apple Music
Ecaroh Louis Hayes Serenade for Horace Apple iTunes
Power Of Peace New York Electric Piano Keys To The City Volumes 1 & 2 Apple Music
The New Fragrance The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Bandcamp
Giguère: Le Sel de la Terre Thin Edge New Music Collective and Ensemble Paramirabo Raging Against The Machine Sorry, not available, yet.
Side A Michel Banabila Sound Years Bandcamp
Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Apple Music
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys Apple Music
Start! The Jam Sound Affects Apple Music
English Rose The Jam All Mod Cons Apple Music
Give Up The Ghost Radiohead The King Of Limbs Apple Music

Garden Fresh (playlist #120)

"garden fresh" by gbmediadesign

We are well into the spring season and the fresh smells and colors are still evident. For this week's show, new "fresh" releases were coupled with the afterglow of deeper tracks from recent releases. So much excellent music finding its way to my ears—it only seemed fitting to linger a little longer on some of the fine new and nearly new releases. Check this week's playlist to sample all of the musical freshness.

Also, please checkout the fourth Alloy podcast episode featuring my conversation with musician and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. You can find all you need to know about that episode here. Lend an open ear and give it a listen. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Elizabeth and hope you do as well.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Six-String” (click here). This week's artwork, “garden fresh” is by yours truly and you can view my other visual offerings on instagram. Thanks for looking and listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen
Animal Dance Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra The Music Of John Lewis Apple Music
Florida Salsa Terence Blanchard The Comedian Apple Music
Bucket Full of Soul B.J. Jansen Common Ground Apple iTunes
Theme From An Unfinished Film The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra Dreaming Big Apple iTunes
Footprints Joris Teepe & Don Braden Conversations Apple Music
354° The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Apple iTunes
Agnes fliegt The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Apple iTunes
The Sensual Con Bubblemath Edit Peptide Bandcamp
Wishful Breathing CHEER-ACCIDENT Putting Off Death Bandcamp
Top: Pots ‘n Pans Falling Standing Wave New Wave Apple Music
Close to the Moon Michel Banabila Sound Years Bandcamp
Odometer Rollback Werner Urban Dworzec Towarowy, an audio expedition by Werner Urban Bandcamp
Deep Water Negative Zed Immersion - Jordan Nobles Apple Music
Passage secret Miriodor Signal 9 Bandcamp
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