Monday, March 3, 2008

New contributor introduction

Hello everyone, my name is DaveX, and I'm the newest contributor here at Carbondale Bytelife. I have a habit of parking my vehicle in front of the Greyhound, which is how I met Dave-- on my way to WDBX of course, but luckily I had time to chat with someone new.

Naturally, our conversation eventually turned to blogging. I've been writing STARTLING MONIKER since late 2006. It primarily deals with experimental music, and my early-morning radio activities hosting "It's Too Damn Early" while broadcasting such music.

My long-stated goal has been to develop an experimental music community in Southern Illinois-- both those who create it, and those who appreciate it. The task has been rough going, but I'm finally starting to see some tangible results!

One avenue toward this end has been my dogged pursuit of working experimental musicians willing to visit Southern Illinois to play on-air at WDBX. This coming Friday night/Saturday morning (depending on how one looks at it) I will be proud to host Craig Colorusso, a New England-based artist who has been playing one enormous piece of original music since its conception in 1997.

Colorusso has this to say about the composition, entitled MB 89:

"MB 89 is an attempt for me to play a continuous piece of music that spans the greater part of my life. Unlike a composition with a discrete beginning and ending that may be played over and over, MB 89 is a composition played once, continuously; spaces between performances are to be treated as musical rests. Instead of many starts and finishes there is constant music. Thus MB 89 is a reference point in my ever-changing life."

Most folks don't realize the amazing things happening in Southern Illinois while they sleep!

Some past highlights include a fully-broadcast ghost hunt on the WDBX premises by two separate teams, the world premiere of a "dark cinema" audio work from Rhode Island, live performances by experimental musicians from all over the midwest, a 4-hour marathon of Japanese noise artist Merzbow, a live collaborative sound event with artists in various European locales, and the regular broadcasting of new experimental music from all around the world.

You can hear the show every week from 4-6:30 AM Saturday mornings, on WDBX 91.1FM. For those with poor reception, dig the online broadcast. I hope you make time for this-- let's face it, nothing else important is happening at this time, right?

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Comments:
Take your experimental noise and stick it in your ear!
 
I have been eating one continuous meal my entire life. "Spaces" between meals are treated as gastronomical "rests".
 
Anon-- I'll do that, as long as you let me stick a little in your ears too! Unfortunately, it has been known to exit from the other side, having laid eggs in the fertile center regions...

Full-- I have it on good authority that you didn't clean your plate back in Spring of 1992... so, no dessert for you!
 
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