• Close to the Void

    This week's show developed like a trip without a map…maybe without a compass as well! No clear destination and no end goal or theme to "guide the process," as they say. Instead, I went into the musical void to see just what would happen if the growing of the weekly playlist was left simply to the organic process of adding choice tracks as I listened to them, or as I discovered and/or was directed to them by other research and general listening. One historical nugget to pass along Yes' album Close to the Edge was released 45 years ago! You will see some Yes tracks in this week's playlist, honoring this album and their legacy. So, alas, this week's musical melange involved going into the amorphous void and trusting the process. I hope you enjoy the end result.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Room Enough to Explore” (click here). This week's artwork, “close to the void” is a detail from a larger work by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • Room Enough to Explore

    This week's show featured a number of longer compositions where artists explored the longer temporal landscape to great effect. From trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith's homage to "Yosemite," to pianist, Fred Hersch exploring "Through the Forest," several artists featured this week used time as a means to expand and deepen their musical statement.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “More” (click here). This week's artwork, “amorphous process” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • More

    I was away from the microphone for the last couple weeks due to things demanding my time, focus, and energy outside Alloy. All good stuff, but I was spread a bit thin during the period. The upside of being away from the show for a bit means more music stacks up that I want to share! If you have not watched the excellent PBS documentary, Soundbreaking, I highly recommend checking it out. Re-watching one of the early episodes from the series inspired the short set of 70's classics by Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Cat Stevens. Sadly, jazz guitarist and deeply influential musician, John Abercrombie, passed away on August 22nd leaving behind a tremendous catalog of music. Guitarist Nels Cline shared a moving and very heartfelt tribute to John Abercrombie and the significance he played in shaping Nels' guitar approach. I invite you to read his piece here. As a tribute to John Abercrombie, I played a couple of tracks from two of his ECM releases. Finally, as you will see by this week's playlist, new music, and nearly new music, filled in around these featured artists to round out this week's playlist. It was a full two hours! Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “50...and all that jazz” (click here). This week's artwork, “more that meets the eye” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • 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!

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

Close to the Void (playlist #130)

“close to the void” by gbmediadesign

This week's show developed like a trip without a map…maybe without a compass as well! No clear destination and no end goal or theme to "guide the process," as they say. Instead, I went into the musical void to see just what would happen if the growing of the weekly playlist was left simply to the organic process of adding choice tracks as I listened to them, or as I discovered and/or was directed to them by other research and general listening. One historical nugget to pass along Yes' album Close to the Edge was released 45 years ago! You will see some Yes tracks in this week's playlist, honoring this album and their legacy. So, alas, this week's musical melange involved going into the amorphous void and trusting the process. I hope you enjoy the end result.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Room Enough to Explore” (click here). This week's artwork, “close to the void” is a detail from a larger work by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Genesis (feat. Jill Scott) De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody... Apple Music
The Gate Björk The Gate - Single Apple Music
Drum Dances Mvt I Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Bandcamp
Drum Dances Mvt II Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Not Available Yet
Drum Dances Mvt III Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Not Available Yet
Drum Dances Mvt IV Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Not Available Yet
Sweet Monk Johnny O'Neal In The Moment Apple Music
Lulu's Back In Town Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Handful Of Keys Apple Music
Spiritual For Iris Gary Meek Featuring Brian Bromberg, Terri Lyne Carrington And Mitchel Forman Originals Not Available Yet
Subconscious Lee Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
Pocahontas Neil Young Hitchhiker Apple Music
Dive Sacha Mullin Duplex Bandcamp
Sun In Your Eyes Grizzly Bear Shields Apple Music
Perpetual Change Yes The Yes Album Apple Music
Siberian Khatru Yes Close To The Edge Apple Music
South Side Of The Sky Yes Fragile Apple Music

Sounds from Pompeii

World Cafe recently featured an interview with Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour. It features David answering some interesting questions about the original 1971 "Live at Pompeii" recording/film, as well as his thoughts on his "guitar sound." It is a quick and rather satisfying interview. The interview is timed, such that it is, to support Gilmour's forthcoming album and film "David Gilmour Live at Pompeii." NPR/World Cafe explains the release:

The concert film includes footage from two concerts Gilmour played in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii in July 2016 — the same place where Pink Floyd recorded a concert film in 1971. The film of Gilmour's 2016 performances will be shown in movie theaters across the country for one night only on Sept. 13, and the concerts will also be available on CD, Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 29.

For folks who follow Alloy, and live in the greater Carlisle PA area, there is a showing of the movie on the 13th of September (next week!) at the local Regal Cinema. For anyone outside this immediate area, checkout this URL to find a screening near you.

There are a number of different ways to purchase the CD (music) and the DVD (movie) from the recorded Pompeii event. Feel free to look at some of the nifty options, here.

Room Enough to Explore (playlist #129)

“” by gbmediadesign

This week's show featured a number of longer compositions where artists explored the longer temporal landscape to great effect. From trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith's homage to "Yosemite," to pianist, Fred Hersch exploring "Through the Forest," several artists featured this week used time as a means to expand and deepen their musical statement.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “More” (click here). This week's artwork, “amorphous process” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Yosemite: The Glaciers, the Falls, the Wells and the Valley of Goodwill 1890 Wadada Leo Smith America's National Parks Bandcamp
Hammock Stories Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple Music
Glass Song Arild Andersen, Peter Erskine & Yelena Eckemoff Glass Song (feat. Arild Andersen & Peter Erskine) Apple Music
To Know Silence Perfectly Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple Music
Fog Thin Edge New Music Collective and Ensemble Paramirabo Raging Against The Machine Apple Music
Through the Forest Fred Hersch Open Book Apple iTunes
Sezopan Markus Stockhausen - Arild Andersen - Patrice Heral - Terje Rypdal Markus Stockhausen - Arild Andersen - Patrice Heral - Terje Rypdal / Karta Currently unavailable for streaming.
The Aeolian Harp Henry Cowell A Young Person's Guide To The Avant Garde Apple Music
Galaxies of Dust Lawrence English A Colour for Autumn Apple Music
Kadiatou the Beautiful Somi Petite Afrique Apple Music
Sweet Georgie Fame Negroni's Trio New Era Currently unavailable for streaming.
Home At Last Steely Dan Aja Apple Music
The Moon Song Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Beyond The Missouri Sky Apple Music
Sahara Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It Apple iTunes

More (playlist #128)

“more than meets the eye” by gbmediadesign

I was away from the microphone for the last couple weeks due to things demanding my time, focus, and energy outside Alloy. All good stuff, but I was spread a bit thin during the period. The upside of being away from the show for a bit means more music stacks up that I want to share! If you have not watched the excellent PBS documentary, Soundbreaking, I highly recommend checking it out. Re-watching one of the early episodes from the series inspired the short set of 70's classics by Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Cat Stevens. Sadly, jazz guitarist and deeply influential musician, John Abercrombie, passed away on August 22nd leaving behind a tremendous catalog of music. Guitarist Nels Cline shared a moving and very heartfelt tribute to John Abercrombie and the significance he played in shaping Nels' guitar approach. I invite you to read his piece here. As a tribute to John Abercrombie, I played a couple of tracks from two of his ECM releases. Finally, as you will see by this week's playlist, new music, and nearly new music, filled in around these featured artists to round out this week's playlist. It was a full two hours! Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “50...and all that jazz” (click here). This week's artwork, “more that meets the eye” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Zarakov's Dilemma Jeff Coffin Next Time Yellow Apple Music
4G Han-Earl Park, Bruce Coates & Franziska Schroeder Io 0. 0. 1 Beta++ Apple Music
Qualia Andy Summers Metal Dog Apple Music
Shadyland Andy Summers Triboluminescence Apple Music
Racer X Jeff Coffin Next Time Yellow Apple Music
Poet Sly & The Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Apple Music
Do You Know What? (Instrumental) Sly & The Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Apple Music
Love Having You Around Stevie Wonder Music of My Mind Apple Music
Father and Son Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman Apple Music
Tea for the Tillerman Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman Apple Music
Kept Woman Fleet Foxes Crack-Up Apple Music
On a Highway Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
The Apocalypse Song St. Vincent Marry Me Apple Music
We Put a Pearl In the Ground St. Vincent Marry Me Apple Music
One Last Time Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Apple Music
Dansir John Abercrombie Class Trip Apple iTunes
Open Land John Abercrombie Open Land Apple iTunes

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

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