Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 48: Through Broken Glass

This terrifying edition of Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand is a mix of Philip Glass compositions and real life settings.

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It all begins with the start of Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” looped, which transitions to Pascal Pinon’s “Why Can’t I Sleep”. We hear from Phil Lapsley on C-SPAN’s BookTV talking about his book “Exploding the Phone”. This is interrupted by a famous clip from John Carpenter’s movie “They Live”. Aimee Mann’s “You Do” is looped for a brief, fleeting moment, giving way to “Into the Night” from the Twin Peaks soundtrack, by way of Angelo Badalamenti. Ken’s Last Ever Radio Extravaganza is heard talking about gravity being another way for fate, life can be as simple as a fall, it’s all so easy once you let go. We’ve got a QSL check from the SWLing Blog. Then we get to the Philip Glass set, with tracks from the “Koyaanisqatsi” album, with some Einstein on the Beach. We briefly hear the theme from Richard Hoagland’s “Other Side of Midnight” radio show. We then have clips from Terry Gilliam’s movie “Brazil”. Couldn’t stand the paperwork. Hidden within all of this is audio from when I met with an old friend I’ve not seen in 12 years. It all crashes down into Boards of Canada and more Philip Glass.

I have created art in honor of an artful person.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 46: Drifting Up

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It’s another exploration into the world of chaos and sound and layers and collaging.

Gemini horns from Boards of Canada.
Crackling noise from vinyl records.
Lewd Sums by adb6gqpe from SoundCloud.
Pitch-shifted Twin Peaks theme.
Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach
Einstein on the Beast by DJ BC. Mixes in the Beastie Boys.
Schoolhouse Rock talks about how Verbs are What’s Happening
Clips from THX-1138
Later on, Schoolhouse Rock sings about Electricity, Electricity
Somewhere in there is the Main Street Electrical Parade
Towards the end we hear from Andre Gregory from Some Girls. Mysteries going on all the time, right under our noses
Jon Hopkins with “A Drifting Up”
Drum roll from Antony and the Johnson’s “Kiss My Name”
Audio from the movie True Romance. You’re so cool.
Theme from “Joy of Painting with Bob Ross”
Please remember to turn off your television and unplug from the mains.
“Frog on My Toe” by Tori Amos

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Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 45: The Night is Alive

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On this sound collage, I took a page from and combined ambient music tracks with local scanner recordings.

Ambient music tracks used include Wolkenreise by Eroc, Missing by Everything But the Girl, Cat People by unknown, The Dining Rooms by M. Dupont, Autumn Hill by unknown, Small Memory by unknown, Neurotransmitter by Carbon-Based Life Forms, Cut Up Piano and Xylophone by Fridge. Not in that particular order, though.

Scanner recordings captured by my Uniden BCD536HP Bearcat.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 44: Imperfections of Man

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This started off without a direction, without a destination. I sampled some audio, listened to an episode of Ken’s Last Ever, and started putting stuff together. Then I remembered several weekends ago when I had my phone recording audio as I walked along the road to a diner in town, recording my footsteps on the grassy side of the road, the bare strips of sidewalk, traffic hurtling past, people staring at me, often to the neglect of watching the road ahead of them, watching me, the oddity that I am, someone walking alongside the road, how strange a sight that is, how can you not stare. I kept my phone recording as I walked into the diner, sat down at a table, ordered a meal, waited, ate, paid, left, back into the world of chaos.

This piece begins with Mogwai’s “Two Rights Make One Wrong”. I wanted that haunting melody to fade into the background, there but not overwhelming as other material settles in.

It continues with loops and samples from a documentary for a remastering of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”. I thought this entire collage would be based around that framework, but these never go that way. The actual collage always emerges, different from my initial ideas.

Breaking up the beginning is Foo Fighter’s “Everlong”, which now brings back memories of David Letterman’s final episode of the Late Show.

Going along with the Dark Side of the Moon documentary theme, I include bits from DJ Shadow’s “Building Steam With a Grain of Salt”, a tune I discovered on Carlito’s “Madhouse Live” show.

There’s some Lou Reed included in the mix, with “Street Hustle” loops.

The Cranes’ “Don’t Close Your Eyes” cascades in the background for a while.

While finishing the collage tonight, I played around with Antony & The Johnson’s “Kiss My Name”, and the collage went to some emotional places, directions I never anticipated.

That entire recording goes on for around 40 minutes, and comprises the bulk of this sound collage, providing ambiance to the myriad other samples and loops.

More later.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 43: Outside Again

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A sound collage that combines Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada with outside ambient recordings from the BBC Sound Effects Library, as well as field recordings from 12 Gates to the City via Internet Archive, with local scanner recordings scattered throughout.

The idea was to replicate what YouAreListeningTo does, that is, combine scanner audio with ambient music. The results turned out much differently, as tends to be the case with these sound collages.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 42: Anniversary of a Legend

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A sound collage to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. 30 years ago today, Zeruda no Densetsu was released in Japan for the Famicom.

Samples and tracks used include stuff from OC ReMix albums and singles: 25 Year Legend album, Threshold of a Dream album (not the Moody Blues one), Lime of the Seasons, and various singles. Also includes ambient material from the BBC Sound Effects Library, and original music from various Zelda games, as well as material from Theophany’s Time’s End Majora’s Mask tribute album.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand 40: Operating in Dreams

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This sound collage is a tribute to the Marble Operator podcast, which I officially ended this month. This collage incorporates clips from old Marble Operator episodes, Jose Gonzales “Heartbeats”, Winter Kills “Oklahoma Town”, Corpse Rider “Wolves in Tin Speakers”, lots of Boards of Canada, The Mountain Goats with “New Monster Avenue”, Julee Cruise with “I Remember” and “The World Spins”, clips from TribeTwelve, Marble Hornets, and Dark Harvest, Cranberries with “Dreams”, Aphex Twin with “Weathered Stone” and “White Blur”, Agent Cooper telling Sheriff Truman about presents in Twin Peaks, Jeff Goldblum talking about game overs and moving on from an old Jurassic Park game, Mothersbaugh’s Canon from “The Royal Tenenbaums”, we had Explosions in the Sky with “Your Hand in Mine”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “My Little Town”, St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr, Darshan Ambient with “Bless You”, and ending with the entire house burning down in Sacrificio Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky. We had everyone and everything in this collage to conclude the journey that was Marble Operator.

Thank you.