guest DJ set list (July 22, 2021) - Soundtracks 3: 1963-2014

Thanks to ffog for inviting me to guest-DJ again on his weekly internet radio show, Myocyte.
The mix was "simulcast" on anonradio and tilderadio, and has been archived by anonradio (scroll down to "Ffog - Pleasure & Discomfort Myocyte"). An mp3 version of the mix is here: [1 hr mp3] (The show was broadcast at 1 am on July 23 UTC, which is 8 pm Central, July 22, in the US.)

This was my third soundtracks mix. [Part 1 / Part 2] The mix compiles some favorite movie and TV soundtrack excerpts. Most were first heard while watching the film or video and hunted down because they were so ear-grabbing. Some are from soundtrack albums of clips from the films or TV shows.

While the tracks were playing I "announced" via text chat on the #sally and #tilderadio channels on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Listeners could comment or ask questions. This is an interesting way to DJ, very different from my old FM radio days and a few steps up aesthetically from having everyone's data and souls leeched out on spotify, etc.

Set list and notes for the show:

0:00 Bernard Herrmann - Jason & the Argonauts (1963) - main title

2:32 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Where Is Armo? (1987) - The Last Emperor

4:52 Albert Elms - No. 6 Dances with B (1967) - The Prisoner

6:10 John Carpenter - Doolittle's Solo (1974) - Dark Star

7:16 Ennio Morricone - Scherzi a Parte (1971) - Duck, You Sucker

9:38 Krzysztof Komeda - Skiing/Castle (1967) - The Fearless Vampire Killers

12:19 Disasterpeace - Detroit - It Follows (2014)

13:32 Clint Mansell - Pi (1998) - end titles

16:25 Disasterpeace - Greg/Jay - It Follows (2014)

18:54 Krzysztof Komeda - Alfred Behind Sleigh (1967) - The Fearless Vampire Killers

20:05 Nino Rota - Love for Everybody (1965) - Juliet of the Spirits

21:59 Danny Elfman - Breakfast Machine (1985) - Pee Wee's Big Adventure

24:32 Nino Rota - Shining Faces (1965) - Juliet of the Spirits

26:06 Rolfe Kent - Election (1999) - opening credits

27:59 Bernard Herrmann - Leaving Home (1968) - The Bride Wore Black

28:46 Jürgen Knieper - The American Friend (1977) - main title

30:34 Bernard Herrmann - The Reception (1968) - The Bride Wore Black

33:40 Angelo Badalamenti - Blue Velvet (1985) - opening theme

35:00 Goblin - Deep Red (1975) - childhood flashback

37:23 Bruno Calais - Coraline (2009) - end titles

39:08 Goblin - Deep Red (1975) - main title

40:43 Francis Monkman - The Long Good Friday (1980) - main title

42:35 Krzysztof Komeda - Snowman/Sarah - The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

44:12 Ennio Morricone - Duck, You Sucker (1971) - main title

45:41 "Johnny" Williams - Penelope (1966) - title variation

48:15 Jack Arel, Swell Girl AKA Dreamy Party (1967) - The Prisoner

50:16 Rolfe Kent, Teaching Was My Life/Tracy's Table/Voting - Election (1999)

53:26 Danny Elfman, Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985) - excerpts

57:59 Mark Mothersbaugh - Pee Wee's Playhouse (1986) - end credits

Myocyte - Live Mix 90

Recommended: Joel Cook's mix for his show last week on tilderadio (streaming internet radio). (His dj name is ffog.)
A downloadable version of the entire mix is here: [.mp3]
He has also posted an annotated version with links to the individual tracks and some background info from discogs and other sources.

Ffog's mixes typically mine the internet for obscurities, heavily but not exclusively in the electronic vein. He does much of his digging on Bandcamp, a motherlode of new music that unfortunately tends to blur and flatten out for the ordinary consumer, with its thousands of uniform squares begging for attention, ranked in quality by more uniform squares ("followers"), mindless robo-filtering, and staff-assisted self-hype. Listening to ffog's mixes is a snapshot of the zeitgeist otherwise unavailable using the site's own tools.

"Live Mix 90" centers around a lesser-known composer of academic computer music, William Schottstaedt (not on Bandcamp but available on YouTube), whose digital musique concrète ranges from eerie, faraway drones to sublime banging and screeching, worthy of a Julliard-trained automobile compactor. Several Schottstaedt pieces from the 1980s are interspersed in ffog's mix, which also includes more current avant garde fare, "sound test reels" for timestretched vocals and speaker distortion, 1970s Echoplexed guitar, and the occasional stray pop song.

reading list

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Upon This Rock, Book 3: Consider Pipnonia, David Marusek
The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, and The Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson [review]
Redburn, Herman Melville
Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, Peter F. Hamilton
The Gradual, Christopher Priest
The Evidence, Christopher Priest
The Hospital of the Transfiguration, Stanislaw Lem
The Invincible, Stanislaw Lem
Lavondyss, Robert Holdstock
White Fang, The Call of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf, Jack London
In the Ocean of Night, Across the Sea of Suns, Great Sky River, Tides of Light, Furious Gulf,
and Sailing Bright Eternity, Gregory Benford
The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas
Brighton Rock, Graham Greene

"After Candy"

This was the first track I made for my current Bandcamp release, Chamber Bits. It's the ninth track on the release. In the opening segment, I am using a mouse to move a cursor around an X/Y grid, kind of like a joystick, which changes the timbre of the notes in real time. At the halfway point an "electro" beat comes in and the track kicks into higher gear. The beat is from an early-'00s softsynth that connotes "cool" and would be completely unacceptable in any classical or sound art repertoire (see my thoughts on interrogative use of the recently outmoded).