Faithfulnessless
This programme will repeat on midnight Sunday unless the world ends today as predicted, in which case the repeat will be postponed. Today's programme starts with a sound poetry CDR by Gail and Marco who performed on a previous Wavelength under canvas i.e. in a tent in the studio. Next is a vinyl single by philosopher Simon Critchley, edition of 300 copies, on the Philo-Phonic label, issued by The Focal Point Gallery, Southend. The other (aa) side is by Jonathan Dronsfield (philosopher/artist). Each track ends with a locked groove, both with the title Time Will Pass You By. The following record, also issued on the Philo-Phonic label is Stand Up Now by Johnny Boy, recorded in Wigan in 2011 being a cover version with new lyrics of a Northern Soul classic by Frank Wilson. The b side; Organise and Mobilise is an edited extract of a conversation between Cornel West and Simon Critchley at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2012 talking about Critchley's book Faith of the Faithless published by Verso. Followed by "Faith of the Faithful" (my title) a selection of Gospel tracks by Shirley Ann Lee, The Rev. Johnny L. “Hurricane” Jones and The Canton Spirituals.
21st December 2012
 God is Real
A return visit by sometime street musician Fakto with his partner Lisa Lee who together and separately perform songs on a theme of religion. Bookended by two tracks from Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal; Good Lord (Run Old Jeremiah) by Austin Coleman (with Joe Washington Brown and Group) from American Primitive Volume 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel 1926-36. At the end; Shirley Ann Lee sings Songs of Light from an LP issued in 2011 on the Numerophon label.
14th December 2012
 Bob Parks
In the run-up to Christmas, Wavelength welcomes back Bob Parks to talk about his personal approach to gospel music and religion: Parks's career started out some forty years back, when he first entered into the arena of performance art during the sixties and early seventies. Born in the UK, Bob moved to South Central Los Angeles in 1972, where he immersed himself in various aspects of avant-garde culture. A stint as an actor resulted in a walk-on part in Martin Scorsese's New York New York, and further encounters with the mainstream involved appearances on The Gong Show. The R&B Feeling is an album by Bob on the Junior Aspirin label dedicated to outsider gospel and surreal lo-fi songwriting.
7th December 2012
 Un-Eraseable
Cassette number 94 of the Seddon Tapes: mildewed cassettes, reel to reel tapes and numerous mouldy VHS recordings. Captain Seddon (Royal Signals retired) would habitually recycle cassettes salvaged from the local tip and record over the top of these 'found' recordings regardless of their content. In this case, he wrongly assumed that his recording would erase the previous recording. Instead, the pre-existing recording remains, resulting in an accidental and unlikely superimposition with Maurice's telephone conversation laid over an album from 1993 by Eat Static called Abduction. The telephonic communications date from February 2004 comprising two similar, lengthy conversations about vintage motorcycles for sale. The cassette was labelled by Captain Seddon as "Un-Eraseable".
30th November 2012
 Seddon Tapes Number 74.
Number 74 of approximately 350 cassette tapes rescued from Captain Seddon's previous domicile: Datchet Cottage. In this tape, Maurice presents an audio letter to a solicitor regarding an incident in 1988 in which he took a duvet to a laundrette for a service wash and encountered Jesus Christ. Followed by Schreechenrauf from the EP Anna Russell Sings? played at the same time as Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison. Ode by John Furnival and Gentle Fire on a flexidisc issued by Ceolfrith Press in 1971 to accompany an exhibition in Newcastle. (A Slave to my) Emotion by Maria de Janeiro 1982. Prelude a la Main by Georges Gabriele and Caravaggio (Opus 108) by Denis Dufour, both from 2000.
23rd November 2012
 GER(MANIA)!
Or how German is it? Part two... a melange of recordings mixed live in the studio, including in no particular order: Captain Maurice Seddon, the Datchet tapes; Michael Degen reads Der Attentatterich (Erich Ühsam) from Ausschnitte aus einer Veranstsaltung der Akademie der Künste Berlin; Asmus Tietchens, Von Mund zu Mund; Klaus Beyer sings The Beatles; Karl Kraus reads Reklamefahrten zur Hölle; Walter Höllerer reads Ruft Seppia; various tracks from Psykoscifipoppia, unreleased Musterschallplatte 2003; and a 20 minute section of non-Germanic The Hermetic Organ by John Zorn improvising on the organ of St. Paul's Chapel NYC.
16th November 2012
 Busch, Bagpipes, Seddon Tapes.
Ballade vom Neger Jim by Ernst Busch, poem read by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Spartakus 1919 Berlin by Busch. Then side 2 of On Jones Beach by Glacial; David Watson on bagpipes accompanied by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Tony Buck (The Necks). The last 30 minutes present a small sample of reel to reel tapes by Captain Maurice Seddon recently rescued from Datchet Cottage. Thanks to James Tregaskis for laboriously transcribing the numerous tapes to a digital format.
9th November 2012
 Kaspar is tot.
Hans Arp reads Kaspar ist tot and other writings from Lyrik der Zeit 2. Roedelius and friends from snapshots/sidesteps. Ernst Jandl reads his own poems from Stimmen der Dichter. Liverflush and Kemper's lament, Ethba Music/Kadmon EP featuring Roger Smith on one side (not much information I know...) apparently edition of 500 issued in 2000... Soundtrack for GreenScreenRefrigerator 2010 by Mark Leckey from Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore.
2nd November 2012
 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes
A return visit by Bill Burns to talk about his current project: The Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir 33 rpm record, Printed Matter and New Museum New York and Art Metropole, Toronto, 2012. Artist Project: Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible, Esopus Magazine, New York, 2012. Exhibition: Veblen Goods with excerpts from a Brownnoser's Story as part of Oh Canada at MASS MoCA, North Adams Massachusetts, May 2012 to April 2013. "The Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir is a children's choir whose entire repertoire consists of the sounds of Dogs and Boats and Airplanes. The current repertoire was developed in collaboration with the students at Lord Lansdowne School and Howard Park School in Toronto. These sessions were recorded in June 2011. We are in the process of developing a choral project for 100 voices and we have a book at press with Space Poetry in Copenhagen. The students of Lord Lansdowne School and Howard Park School are the choristers and repertoire collaborators; Bill Burns is the Artistic Director; Alan Gasser is the Choir Director; and Sheetal Lodhia is Production Manager".
26th October 2012
 Gubbdrunkning
Captain Beefheart sings I'm Glad from Safe as Milk. Artists collaborate with a 1940s Wire Recorder: 7" EP with tracks by The Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo. The Dam from The Poetry and Voice of Muriel Rukeyser. Brendan Behan Talking on a Book Society flexidisc 1964 introduced by Kenneth Allsop. Bertolt Brecht Singt Die Moritat von Mackie Messer. Yom Simha by Zaky Solomon Isaac from the CD Jewish Song from Bombay of the 1930s. Gubbdrunkning by Bengt Emil Johnson. Instrumentation Verbale by Jean-Louis Brau.
19th October 2012
 We tip our hat to Mr Louis Bromberg
Two 78rpm records bought from Walden's Bookshop in London, being a radio programme first broadcast circa 1950 on KIXL, Radio Town Dallas, sponsored by a hat shop: A. Harris and Co. The tribute is preceded by Protection composed by Thomas del Signore with the voice of Margaret Fraser from The Trebus Project LP (2004). Other tracks separating sections of "We tip our hat to Mr. Louis Bromberg": Vietnam by Lars Gunnar-Bodin and Bengt Emil Johnson from Semikolon (1968?), Do you ask what we are doing? by Jarl and Sonja Hammarberg-Akesson from Text-Sound-Compositions 2 (1968), and finally Toccata by Lars-Gunnar Bodin from Dokumentation 4 (1971).
12th October 2012
 12 Paintings for Radio
A painting exhibition live from Resonance 104.4 fm, London. A project by Leonardo Vargas and part of a series of other projects proposing a reflection on the notion of presence in painting, along with /02-25-11/ and Ribba 16 (a 5-minute painting live from the van Abbemuseum). The idea of painting being an entity that occupies a specific physical space and the concept of presence itself constitute an important part in the painterly discourse. The project aims to reflect on this status of presence in painting and the render of perception that takes place within its dialogue with other systems for information flow. A series of 12 paintings (executed in traditional media and format) was produced to be later digitally photographed. The resulting 12 images were inserted into a sound software that interpreted the digital data from each picture as sound. This painting series will be only exhibited as sound for one and only time on Wavelength live from Resonance 104.4fm, London. After the exhibition, the 12 paintings will be archived to remain hidden from the public view. Followed by liquid poetry by Arrigo Lora-Totino and Piero Fogliati, "Early in the Morning" by Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon; one sided 10" vinyl record, edition of 1000. Finally "Emile Josome Hodinos: Passion Slave" by Gabriel Severin.
5th October 2012
 Bagpipe Blues etc.
All the Rufus Harley tracks come from a double CD issued in 2006 called Courage: The Atlantic Recordings compiled from 4 LPs released between 1965 and 1970. Traditional massed pipes and drums from Splendour of the Pipes. Masonic Inborn Part One featuring Albert Ayler playing two bagpipe parts employing overdubbing from Music is the Healing Force of the Universe. 4 tracks from Luminosity by Matthew Welch on Porter Records 2009 ending with a bagpipe quintet.
28th September 2012
 Gail and Marco
Gail Burton and Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly, performing live from within a tent pitched in the studio.
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14th September 2012
 Same bagpipes, different woman.
This week's programme features bagpipes so look away now... Why bagpipes? Venus With Severed Leg. Captain Maurice Seddon is rebuffed by a Canadian. Up South by Fred Morrison and Throats by David Watson, both bagpipe maestros. 16 minutes of Charles Bukowski in conversation.
17th August 2012
 Jinx Lennon followed by How German Is It?
Irish Post Punk Folk Poet and Singer Jinx Lennon live in the studio. Second half of the programme is tentatively called How German Is It? (the title of a book by Walter Abish) and includes a cassette recording of Nazi propaganda broadcasts from the 1940s introduced by Captain Maurice Seddon who sent it to a German friend. Cole Porter's song You're the Tops is altered to include lines such as you're a Stuka pilot and other less comical sentiments, a speech by the German/American Bund which becomes overrun by other Germanic sounds including Eisen by David Jackman, Schwiegerkeiten Beim Umschalten by Ror Wolf and some tracks by Einsturzende NeuBauten.
10th August 2012
 Panasonic Rage
One of many cassettes rescued from Datchet Cottage. Captain Maurice Seddon (Royal Signals Retired) recorded hundreds of telephone conversations over the years. This one dates from 4th April 1993 when he contacted Panasonic regarding repairs to a Kingfisher answering machine. The speed wanders. After 35 minutes, the programme switches to Artists' Records by Cranfield and Slade. First, 2 tracks from 12 Sun Songs, cover versions of songs which include the Sun in some way; The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore followed by Waterloo Sunset. This LP is on yellow vinyl with a yellow label and no writing so it looks like the Sun. Cranfield and Slade are Canadian. The second LP is called 10 Riot Songs and is in a very different mood. The whole of side 2 is played from Riot to Fuck You. From the sleeve notes by Eileen Myles: "...Right? I mean Olympics are always fascist opportunities to hide or epcot (sic) (?) whatever kind of urban culture remains in a place... ...It's morning in the world and everyone all of us are so fucking mad and ignited".
27th July 2012
 1000 Stations again
Adham Fisher set off at 5am Friday 13th July from a secret location for a twelfth attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for visiting every station on the London Underground. We caught up with him on the telephone as the train he was travelling on emerged from a tunnel, Bakerloo Line heading North. He was accompanied by the existing record holder; Andy James who was ostensibly helping Adham to beat his, Andy's, record. The motivations remain mysterious and intriguing. Tuesday 17th July sees the launch of the 1000 Stations Metro EP at a secret location in Dalston (https://twitter.com/1000stations/status/221347234007101440) (1000stations@gmail.com). Followed by numbers 46 to 55 of 73 Poems by Joan La Barbara and Kenneth Goldsmith, 2 tracks by Berangere Maximin, Edgware Road by Matt Westcott (from the Metro EP), and finally a 10 minute section by William S. Burroughs from Nothing Here Now but the Recordings.
13th July 2012
 You're breaking up...
Two tracks by Paul de Vree and Cor Doesburg from the rare Dutch sound poetry LP produced in 1969 called 8HAHAHAH. A New Dress by Nurse With Wound from "a bead to a small mouth" (1989), and a 25 minute piece by Leo Kupper and Exequiel Virasoro composed in 1970 called Automatismes Sonores. Interspersed with short tracks by Henry Flynt, Captain Maurice Seddon, and Ron Pate's Debonairs featuring Rev. Fred Lane.
6th July 2012
 Radio Narratives
The City Wears a Slouch Hat by Kenneth Patchen and John Cage; original radio broadcast from 1942. "In 1942, John Cage composed the score and directed the music for this surreal journey through the City with The Voice and his many bizarre and unexpected encounters". 28 minutes, Cortical Foundation CD. Then 30 minutes of a 44 minute track by William Burroughs; "Are You Tracking Me?" from the 3 CD anthology; Real English Tea Made Here. Recorded on April 20th 1965, it combines radio cut-ins with a top level cut-in track of Burroughs reading from his own work. The radio station playing on the base track is frequently changed, sometimes alighting on short wave static or Morse-code, sometimes switching from German to Hispanic stations as well as English language news and music stations.
29th June 2012
 FaKto
This programme starts with two tracks: Mdou Moctar "Tahoultine" followed by Bonobo "Between the Lines" so that we could set up the studio for FaKto; a soulful musician who has been playing on the streets for about eight years and who I heard for the first time on the Millennium Bridge about a year ago. After FaKto's live session comes an artist's record by Ror Wolf "Der Ball ist Rund" which samples German football commentaries.
22nd June 2012
 Masters of Chaos
Maitres de Desordre is the title of an exhibition at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris which runs until July 29th juxtaposing exhibits of shamanism, folk art and contemporary art: Joseph Beuys' "How to explain pictures to a dead hare" alongside costumes worn by Bulgarian wild men and African fetish objects. This week's programme includes Yoruba drums from Benin, Vincenzo Agnetti "Pieces of Sound", Archie Shepp "The Magic of Ju-Ju" and a lot of Haitian Voodoo drumming.
15th June 2012
 Adham Fisher
Interview with Adham Fisher on the eve of his attempt to break the record for visiting all 64 Zone 1 London Underground stations. Includes a track from the Metro EP 1000 Stations available for download in July.
8th June 2012
 Under Dubwood
The catalyst for today's programme is a 45rpm single which I bought a couple of days ago called Under Dubwood by the Dubwood Allstars which pairs Richard Burton reading from Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas over a dub background. After that comes a remarkable composition by Genevieve Blons dating from 1942 called Credo in US which fuses shortwave radio broadcasts from that era. Those two tracks run into a fairly risky selection of poetry, bursts of Charles Hayward from One Big Atom and some other pieces as yet undecided...
18th May 2012
 Li Yuan-Chia
Paul Martin introduces Li Yuan-Chia's "Time Toy No. 1 Symphony" a home recording Li made of his Time Toy sculptures which are de-constructed chiming clocks that he made into metal reliefs with moveable magnetic points. Li showed at the Lisson Gallery in London in the 60s before moving to Cumbria where he founded his own Museum and Art Gallery. Paul Martin showed at the LYC and helped Li hang his works for "The Other Story" at the Hayward Gallery in 1989.
11th May 2012
 Ironic, Sinister, Derivative
The first half of today's programme features three tracks by the enigmatic Slovenian band Laibach who are closely associated with NSK (Neue Slovenian Kunst) a sort of Nationalist Art movement that advocates Internationalism and issues fake passports (25 pounds each) to citizens of the World. The NSK are deeply "ironic" and pose as Nazis. The Laibach tracks are Get Back and Maggie Mae from Let it Be (Mute 1988) and Sympathy for the Devil (Mute 1988), followed by two stories by Dave Greenberger from The Duplex Planet Hour, Tishaki Miyaki sings The Everly Brothers (side B), Bicephale Ballade by Berangere Maximin, Adrift by The Robert Mellin Orchestra (music for Robinson Crusoe) and finally Traktor Go Go Go by Paul and Limpe Fuchs from the CD Anima Sound, Musik fur Alle.
4th May 2012
 Electronics
Electronic sounds including adverts by Suzanne Ciani, Lily Greenham, Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros, Jon Appleton and others.
27th April 2012
 Blind Date Parks
Today sees a welcome return visit from the phenomenon known as Blind Date Parks. As a student in Leicester Bob carried a 15 foot No Parking sign on his head for 2 weeks before pursuing a chequered career including performance artist, painter, auctioneer's assistant, film extra in Martin Scorsese's New York New York... appearances on The Gong Show, recording artist, notably on his own LP; The R and B Feeling on The Junior Aspirin label. If you look up Bob Parks on You Tube you can see him perform naked apart from a thick coat of bright yellow paint, in his adopted persona of Bignose. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEAZn7yyNBM Today Bob Parks pays tribute to the legendary Johnny Otis and is joined by his regular accompanists The Recreationals live in the studio.
20th April 2012
 Bill English, drummer, and associates
This week sees more dissociative identity disorder. Whilst searching for Bill English jazz drummer, I discovered yet another Bill English or in this case Billy English, also a drummer, who played with Willie Nelson on Across the Borderline. To further confuse matters, Billy turns out to be the same Bill English and is accompanied on this record by another percussionist by the name of Paul English (no relation to me or Bill) on two tracks. Willie Nelson was christened Willie not William but the thrash band known as William English made a track called Nelson’s County so we can include that in today’s repertoire. Full tracklist (not in strict order): Fly me to the Moon, Rollin’, and Seventh Avenue Bill, all by Bill English, first released in 1963 on the Vanguard label. If I were the man you wanted, and Farther down the line, both from Across the Borderline by Willie Nelson. Nelson’s County, and Random Obscenities by William English (thrash band). Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life by William Davis on the organ of the Granada Cinema, Tooting. Nous les Vivants, by Winter Family. Invisible Whispers, by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Philippe Petit. Eyes, by Paul Rosales. Vanity Kills, by Mark Stewart on a new CD called The Politics of Envy (this particular track includes filmmaker Kenneth Anger on Theramin) and finally Motherless Child, by Jonathan Kane from the CD; February.
30th March 2012
 Tom, Dick, but no Harry. Doppelgangers part 2.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet."...on the particular Sunday in question, several years ago, one of the performers inside the aforementioned warehouse was a certain Mr Richard Thomas who has since risen to become Content Manager of Resonance and he is one of the guests on Wavelength today. Welcome Mr Richard Thomas. Our second guest is a noted sound artist by the name of Richard Thomas. Hello Richard, thanks for coming in today. Our third guest is a noted cinematographer by the name of Richard Thomas and the fourth guest (who didn't actually arrive) is of course Richard Thomas. Thanks Richards for coming in... sorry, I was talking to Richard...
23rd March 2012
 Music for Children.
Songs of Sense and Nonsense - Tell It Again, by the unlikely combination of Moondog and Julie Andrews (and Martyn Green) first recorded in 1957 and then re-issued on CD in 2009. The Seasons from the BBC Schools Radio Series Drama Workshop presented by Derek Bowskill with poems by Ronald Duncan and Radiophonic Music by David Cain, originally recorded in 1969, now available again on the Trunk label. The Electronic Record For Children created by Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson also from 1969 and just re-issued.
16th March 2012
 Paul Gorman
Talking with Paul Gorman writer, cultural commentator and curator, author of The Look Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion.
9th March 2012
 Missing Persons
Today sees the start of extended 60 minute Wavelength programmes, beginning at 14:30. "Cambridge 1969" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono from Unfinished Music No.2, Life with the Lions, lasting just over 26 minutes, the last section accompanied by John Stevens on percussion and John Tchicai on saxophone. At the time of its release, George Martin commented "No Comment". During the programme; two calls for missing persons or at least persons missing to me: Artist Janice Kerbel, author of "15, Lombard Street" published by book works in 2001 which outlines a detailed plan for robbing Coutts Bank in the City of London. The second call goes out to Orin Anderson from South Carolina who studied English Literature at Leicester University in the 1970s and donated a demo single for my wooden Bal Ami jukebox. The single "Adam" might be unique, on the Richland label. Any information about either of these people would be appreciated. The programme finished with "Objects and Spaces" by Audio Arts, a flimsy transparent flexidisc issued with the catalogue for The Sculpture Show in 1983.
2nd March 2012
 Upside down Kangaroo.
...This particular Bill English LP was displayed on the wall in the basement of Harold Moore's Records in Soho. I had seen it there about 3 weeks ago and made a beeline for the shop, down the stairs and up to the wall. It had gone. I asked the staff who had no knowledge of it. The owner of the shop who used to do a show on Resonance passed by so I said: "What happened to the Bill English LP which is my name too". He said “I didn't know that was your name, I have nothing to do with Jazz if I can help it”. Foyle's Jazz shop have never heard of Bill English and couldn’t find any trace of it on DiscOgs or any other web site. This is a track by William English the thrash band:(T-H-C from Home). Continuing with my researches into Art and Language and the Red Krayola I have brought along an LP by them from 1981 on the Rough Trade label called Kangaroo. The cover shows a painting of a Kangaroo upside down in the manner of Baselitz. The following quote by Michael Baldwin of Art and Language, not Coronation Street, is priceless: "One of the more memorable observations made to us recently was by someone in New York who said 'It's so interesting that in relation to your earlier work you have become so lyrical’. At some point I have to regard that statement as first order. The displacements in the work were successful enough to direct that person into a 180 degree (mis)interpretation. That (mis)interpretation is as it were one of the ironies internal to the work. The attempt to produce a stable, non-radical, non-sceptical, non-ironic, non-self-inconsistent interpretation of the work must be doomed to failure, or the work has failed. This is not charismatic solipsism. The work requires the prosecution of conflict, not the luxury of the play of contrasts. This conflict may always remain ordinal. You may never get a sense of the whole. This is reality – the only chance against manipulative barbarism. The ontological problem is that a work of art tears itself apart having worn the clothes of unity. Adorno's interpretation of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is entirely germane. I think we can extract more hope than Adorno, I don't think I have to resort to quite the same artsy pessimism as he insists upon. The radical incompleteness of what he called the human project, the necessity for the radical interpretation at any and every moment in the unfolding of that project, and therefore the dry necessity of taking risks with aesthetically incomplete and self-uncompleting works, is what hope there is for a human project. This is entirely distinct from the solipsistic play of contrasts authorised as a secure cultural moment. That's Tony Hancock".
24th February 2012
 "Five American Portraits" by Art and Language and The Red Krayola.
This week we continue the investigation into the liaison between the conceptual Art group "Art and Language" and The Red Krayola, naming the members of each outfit would take up the remaining 25 minutes of the programme. Previous programmes focussed on the Red Krayola and the Familiar Ugly up to 1976 when they combined with Art and Language to produce the LP Corrected Slogans. The following quote is by Charles Harrison, himself a one time member of Art and Language from the book Essays on Art and Language: "The artists who were to form Art and Language were among those who had an intuition of what a modern and non-provincial practice might be like, and who desired something of the kind. Yet to ask in the normal places what might be the price of achieving such a practice was to discover that one's resources were in the wrong form of currency: that the prevailing medium of exchange was "pigges bones" (Chaucer). Though the supposedly magical significance of the objects in question was belied by the fraudulence of their provenance, this fraudulence was itself a function of the magic-authenticating system. As Benjamin said a propos the work of Brecht, the task was to get rid of the magic." Today I'm leapfrogging a few decades to the latest release by The Red Krayola with Art and Language in association with Drag City Incorporated: "Five American Portraits" recorded in 2008, mixed in 2009 and released in 2010. Once again, I need a magnifying glass to read the ever diminishing texts on a CD cover unlike the easily legible LP covers of old. The personnel on this record are Gina Birch; vocals and bass, Alex Dower on drums, Jim O'Rourke, Tom Rogerson, Mayo Thompson, and Tom Watson. There is no explanation of why these five were chosen from all the Americans in the world: Wile E. Coyote; the cartoon character who never catches up with Road Runner, President George W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, John Wayne and the artist Ad Reinhardt who started out as a political caricaturist and then turned to painting ever minimalist canvases of black on black squares. The lyrics of each portrait describe the details of each person's face as though one were looking at the features whilst drawing them perhaps... for example the opening lines of Wile E. Coyote: "The lower region of the inner surface of the left ear. The iris of the left eye. A bit of fur at the extreme upper right of the cheek. A highlight on the nose. Of Wile E. Coyote." This eccentric formula is repeated for each character. In each case, a bald presentation of the facial characteristics of each person is accompanied by music.
10th February 2012
 Art and Language: Corrected Slogans
Part two of a series about Art and Language and their musical collaborations with The Red Krayola. Today's programme starts with two tracks by Cornelius Cardew from his Maoist phase. Readings from Charles Harrison's Essays on Art and Language and then several tracks from Corrected Slogans (1976).
3rd February 2012
 1000 Stations
Adham Fisher interviewed. Adham has tried to enter the Guinness Book of Records by visiting every station on the London Underground in record time i.e. something less than the present record of approximately 16 hours. He's also toured the underground rail networks of Chicago, New York and Paris and along with several collaborators produced an EP based on these journeys called 1000 stations.
27th January 2012
 Red Krayola and Art and Language.
Should have been one episode but there's too much material to pack in to 30 minutes so it will be continued... The Red Krayola and their collaboration with conceptual Art collective; Art and Language. Tracks today from Red Crayola's first LP (they became Krayola after being threatened with legal action if they retained Crayola); The Parable of Arable Land, with The Familiar Ugly 1967: Free form Freak Out 5 followed by the title track Parable of the Arable Land and then Hurricane Fighter Plane (stereo edition). Then, Listen to This and The Shirt from their second album issued in 1968: God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It. Finally a couple of tracks from Corrected Slogans with Art and Language 1976.
20th January 2012
 "Wynnonia"
Today's programme plunders the distinguished career of John Wynne, presenter of Up Country, and sound artist, otherwise known as Mr Speaker after his 300 speaker installation at the Saatchi Gallery, the recording of which is ruthlessly superimposed over the original soundtrack from The Big Country; John's theme tune, cassette stuff from Material/Immaterial (1989), taking in Canadian Inuit music recorded in a Quebec hospital as well as other "Wynnonia" including early Stanley Brothers and Captain Richard Jonas.
13th January 2012