Transistor Radio for the week of December 2-8, 2015

This week on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has a 2012 set from Chicago jazz musician Jim Baker, who has been playing piano and analog synthesizer in North America and Europe (though mostly in and around Chicago) for several decades, sometimes as soloist, as was the case this September night at Transistor.

This week’s guest on Depth of Field is Tim Daisy, a Chicago-based sound artist, percussionist and composer who has been working in the fields of improvised and composed music since 1997. He has performed, recorded and toured both solo and with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from the USA and abroad. He works in a number of different environments, including modern dance, film, chamber ensembles, free jazz and improvised music ensembles. His new project, On The Ground, is an improvised solo situation that utilizes an ever-expanding arsenal of both traditional and nontraditional instruments – including radios, turntables, gongs, chains, bells, a snare drum, brushes, scrap metal, circular saw blades, sticks and alarm clocks. OTG explores the art of sound collage in a solo improvisational context, multi-layered free improvisation, with all of the instruments and objects spread out and assembled on the floor. Tim talks to Andy Miles about that project and performs an improvised set in his practice space. (Tim Daisy performs at Transistor Friday December 4.)

Our Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Jesse Giallombardo, a musician with diverse interests and projects. His solo musical works are centered around dissonant drone clusters, disorientation via layering, manipulation of prerecorded material and the celebration of impractical amplification devices. “Steeped in resonance, echo and physical distortion,” says Jesse about the piece he has contributed for Transistor Radio, “the sounds parallel the nature of the memories that ridicule us, teetering between soothing nostalgic swells and the failure of the fragile circuits we take for granted. This recording strives to be common ground between the artist and the listener, acknowledging a kinship without either party having to disclose the details.” (Jesse Giallombardo performs at Transistor Friday, December 4.)

At the bottom of the player, Scott and Odie are back with another installment ofThe Good Music Show. This week they offer up “a lonely drive home with a $2 bottle of wine and an unaccepted flower bouquet as your co-pilet while you hit deeper into the left of the dial.”

And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; this week he has another all-2015 edition of the show with recent music from Panda Bear, Youth Lagoon, Son Lux, Thee Oh Sees, Wilco, Toro Y Moi and Beach House.

We hope you’ll have a listen.


In Store

15 Songs

Depth of Field

Bring Your Own Beat

The Good Music Show


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