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New music from the 20th and 21st centuries,
composed and improvised, acoustic and electronic,
traditional and adhoc, local and global . . .
. . . from Muhal Richard Abrams to Iannis Xenakis.
If you've heard of it but never heard it, you'll hear it here.
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December 27: New releases, recent reissues, and a few rediscoveries from the vaults of electronic music, inlcuding work by Francis Dhomont..
In the Archive:
December 20: Guest co-host Thomas Gaudynski selects some favorites by the ROVA Saxophone Quartet including a recording of a Milwaukee concert in the 1980s.
December 13: Guest co-host Chris Burns introduces music from the dark corners of his record collection
December 6: Our broadcast of the concert by the Gold Watch Trio from last Sunday night at Woodland Pattern.
November 29: Jason hosts the show.
November 22: Music by Glenn Kotche, John Corbett, and Jason Roebke, members of the Gold Watch Trio.
November 15: Music by Glenn Kotche, John Corbett, and Jason Roebke in preview of their Alternating Currents Live performance on November 29.
November 8: The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo play music by Stravinsky, Varese, and Feldman.
November 1: The WMSE Fall Pledge/membership drive featuring favorite recordings from Alternating Currents Live.
October 25: A special program focusing on two compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Musik im Bauch and Tierkreis, in multiple recordings and realizations.
October 18: Our broadcast of the Edward Wilkerson Quartet performance at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
October 11: Jason hosts the show.
October 4: A preview of Edward Wilkerson's concert at Woodland PatternBook Center on October 11th. Music by Eight Bold Souls, Shadow Vignettes, and selections from his trio concert in Milwaukee in 2005 (with Tatsu Aoki and Michael Zerang).
September 20: Jason hosts the show.
September 13: A further preview of Tom Hamilton and Thomas Gaudynski 's duo concert at Woodland Pattern on September 20th.
September 6: A preview of our fall Alternating Currents Live concert with Tom Hamilton and Thomas Gaudynski . . . along with a selection from the recorded music of Joe Maneri.
August 30: Music by George Aperghis and others with special guest co-host Chris Burns (organizer of the Unruly Music Festival).
August 23: A selection of electronic music from the archives (by Pierre Henri) and some new releases (including a collection of electronic music from Persia).
August 16: Jason hosts the show.
August 9: A selection of music by cellist Tristan Honsinger along with some recent work by othr ICP musicians including Mary Oliver.
August 2: A selection of music composed by Frederic Rzewski.
July 26: Thomas Gaudynski returns as guest co-host with a second set of pieces from Anthony Braxton's Arista sessions (on Mosaic). This week we'll focus on some of his longer compositions including an extended section of his music for four orchestras.
July 19: Thomas Gaudynski is this week's guest co-host with a personal selction from Anthony Braxton's Arista sessions (on Mosaic).
July 12: The bass clarinet, composed and improvised, from Stockhausen to Ken Vandermark, along with a tribute to the music of Henri Pousseur (1929-2009) and a bit more solo piano from Ran Blake.
July 5: A mix of recent music by Matt Turner (playing the music of Stephen Foster), percussion from Gunter Sommer and some recordings (new and old) by Ran Blake.
June 29: A mix of recent music by Matt Turner (playing the music of Stephen Foster), instrumental music by Tom Hamilton, an assortment of percussion and a look back at the tape music of Noah Cheshevsky . . . with a bit of solo piano on the side (Frederic Rzewski).
June 21: A dip into the catalog of Max Schubel's Opus One Records with music by Bulent Arel, Priscilla McClean, Frederic Rzewski, and much more.
June 14: A broad mix of the lyrical and the unbound . . . from Robert Ashely to Jon Rose, from Mary Oliver to Irene Schweizer, and Karl ein Karl, to Cor Fuhler and Rudiger Carl (with the Cowws Quintet).
June 7: Our broadcast of Urs Leimgruber's concert at Woodland Pattern, along with a new recording of prepared piano by Sophie Agnel and violin and viola improvisations by Mary Oliver.
May 31: Jason hosts the show.
May 24: Our broadcast of the MiLO (Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra) concert at Woodland Pattern last Sunday and a preview of Urs Leimgruber's concert coming up next Sunday.
May 17: Jason covers the show.
May 10: A preview of the MiLO (Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra) concert at Woodland Pattern on May 17th, along with some recordings of Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
May 3: Our broadcast of Alternating Currents Live at Woodland Pattern featuring Lou Mallozzi and Michael Zerang.
April 26: Jason covers the show.
April 19: A preview of our forthcoming Alternating Currents Live concert series at Woodland Pattern featuring Lou Mallozzi and Michael Zerang on April 26.
April 12: A preview of our forthcoming Alternating Currents Live concert series at Woodland Pattern featuring Lou Mallozzi and Michael Zerang (on April 26), the Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra (on May 17), and Urs Leimgruber (on May 31).
March 29: Popular electronics . . . electronic music from the 50s and 60s created for industrial and animated films fram various studios around the world including Holland, America, France, and England.
March 22: Some more music for trumpet (and related brass), composed and improvised . . . solo and small ensemble music from many perspectives, along with some modern classics from Edgar Varese and Gloria Coates, and a preview of Present Music's next Milwaukee performance.
March 15: Music for trumpet (and related brass), composed and improvised . . . solo and small ensemble music from many perspectives, including music by Lucia Dlugoszewski and some trumpet and electronics rarities.
March 8: Music for flute (and related winds) and for double bass . . . solo and small ensemble music from many perspectives.
March 1: The music of Morton Feldman.
February 22: "Geod" by Lucas Foss, a new work from Alexandre Pierpont and Mike Ladd called "Maison Hantee" (Rogue Art), and a bit of Edgar Varese.
February 15: The music of Lucas Foss (1922-2009).
February 8: Anthony Braxton . . . solo, duo, trio, and orchestral . . . . along with some of his music for solo piano (on Leo records).
February 1: Film music by Toru Takemitsu and a electroacoustic music by Luc Ferrari.
January 26: Francois Bayle, Jose Maceda, Gloria Coates, and something new from Thomas Gaudynski's Necessary Arts.
January 18: Cecil Taylor and Mat Maneri . . . playing solo, in trios, and together.
January 11: Some Peter Garland (on Tzadik) and an appreciation of Harry Partch's "Eleven Intrusions" form 1946.
January 4: Some favorites from 2008 inlcuding new guitar music from Fred Frith and Davey Williams, along with work by Andrew Hill, Walt Dickerson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgil and others.
December 28: Composed and improvised . . . vibrophones & marimbas (inlcuding the bass marimba!) . . . a mixed assortment of Harry Partch, Sun Ra, Keiko Abe, George Russell, Toru Takemitsu, the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Karl Berger, and Walt Dickerson and others.
In the archives . . . programs from 2008:December 21: Music from John Butcher, Sergio Barroso, and Morton Feldman, among others.
December 14: Musical responses to the music of the Indonesian gamelan from Colin McPhee's Tabuh-Tabuhan (1936) to Anthony Davis' Episteme (1981), inlcuding music by Lou Harrison, Barbara Benary, I Wayan Sadra, Richard Lerman, Glenn Kotche and many others.
December 7: Music of the gamelan from Java and Bali . . . inlcuding recordings from 1928, 1941, and the late 1960s, inlcluding Colin McPhee's transcriptions for piano from 1946 (released by World Abriter).
November 30: Solo piano music - composed and improvised - from Anthony Braxton, Andrew Hill, Paul Bley, Stockhausen, Conlon Nancarrow, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, Gyorgy Ligetti, Gyyogi Kurtag, Colin McPhee, and many others.
November 23: Live electronic music by Kaffe Mathews and a survey of Joe
Maneri's archival recordings (new on Atavistic and a rarity on Avant) along
with some of his more recent ECM recordings.
November 16: Our broadcast of Alternating Currents Live with Christian
Weber and Jon Mueller . . . along with some recent work by Fred Frith
(on Tzadik) and a look back at work from the 70s and 80s by Michel Chion.
November 9: Jason hosts the show.
November 2: Jason hosts the show.
October 26: The music of Christian Weber in preview of his concert here in
Milwaukee at Woodland Pattern Book Center in duo with Jon Mueller on
October 19: The spectral music of Gerard Grisey.
October 5: Our broadcast of Charlotte Hug's concert in Milwaukee at
Woodland Pattern Book Center and a survey of recent guitar music by Fred
Frith, Mark Ribot, and Paulo Angeli.
September 28: Jason hosts the show.
September 21: A preview of Charlotte Hug's concert in Milwaukee on
Septermber 28th at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
September 14: New solo guitar music from Davey Williams, a preview of
Charlotte Hug's concert in Milwaukee on Septermber 28th, and a selection
of conductions by Butch Morris.
September 7: Electronic music by Bernard Parmegiani and chamber music
by Sofia Gubaidulina.
August 31: Our broadcast of the Alternating Currents Live concert with
Frode Gjerstad and Paal Nilssen-Love at Woodland Pattern Book Center
from August 24th.
August 17: Our preview of the Alternating Currents Live concert with
Frode Gjerstad and Paal Nilssen-Love at Woodland Pattern Book Center on
August 24: Jason hosts the show.
August 10: "Surroundings" and other works by Jean Schwartz along with
a preview of the Alternating Currents Live concert with Frode Gjerstad and
Paal Nilssen-Love at Woodland Pattern Book Center on August 24th.
August 3: New releases . . . with music by Marilyn Crispell (new on ECM),
Ikue Mori and Lukas Ligetti (new on Tzadik), and a selection of works by
July 21: New releases . . . with music by Marilyn Crispell and Morton
Feldman (new on ECM), Ikue Mori and Lukas Ligetti (new on Tzadik), and
July 14: Music by Hans Otte (on Pogus Productions and Wergo), John
Cage, and others.
July 7: Recordings from composer Bill Dixon, and a selection of music by
Mark Dresser and Susie Ibarra.
June 29: New recordings by Miya Masaoka (Of Birds, Planes, and Cellos)
and a selection of music by Bill Dixon and Tony Oxley
June 22: Our broadcast of the Rempis Percussion Quartet's performance at
Woodland Pattern Book Center.
June 15: Jason hosts the studio show. The Rempis Percussion Quartet
performs at Woodland Pattern Book Center as the third and final concert in
the Alternating Currents Live concert series for this spring.
June 8: The music of Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisy . . . a
preview of thier Milwaukee concert next Sunday.
June 1: Our broadcast of the Chicago Luzern Exchange's concert from
May 25th at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
May 25: Our preview of the Chicago Luzern Exchange's Alternating
Currents Live concert from May 25th at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
The Chicago Luzern Exchange consists of Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson,
Fran Rosaly, and Marc Unternaeher.
May 18: Our broadcast of Olivia Block's Woodland Pattern concert from
May 4th at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
May 11: Our broadcast of Olivia Block's Woodland Pattern concert from
May 4th at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
May 4: Jason's hosts the show with live music from Peter J. Woods and a
feature on the music of Jimmy Giuffre . . . as Olivia Block performs live at
Woodland Pattern Book Center (concert broadcast next week).
April 27: A preview of Olivia Block's solo concert along with live music by
Steve Nelson-Raney and Jack Grassel as part of WMSE's Spring
April 27: More electroacoustic music by Olivia Block . . . , along with new
releases from Tzadik by Steve Coleman and Marc Ribot, and chamber
music by Magnus Lindberg.
April 13: A preview of Olivia Block's solo concert at Woodland Pattern on
May 4th as the opening of the spring season of Alternating Currents Live . .
. along with aeolian music by Richard Lerman, Paul Fuchs, Mario
Bertoncinni, and others . . . and some favorites by Toru Takemitsu.
April 6: Sound sculpture recordings by Limpe Fuchs, Harry Bertoia,
Godfried-Willem Raes, and the Baschet Brothers, among others.
March 30: The music Muhal Richard Abrams, composed and improvised,
with a generous selection of works from the 80s and 90s on Black Saint an
March 23: More music by Francis Dhomont . . . along with some new
music by violinist LaDonna Smith.
March 16: Music from Brian Eno's mid 1970s Obscure label with guest
co-host Thomas Gaudynski.
March 9: Music by Francis Dhomont . . . along with new releases by Marc
Ribot (guitar) and Steve Coleman (soprano saxophone), new on Tzadik.
March 2: Music by John Butcher . . . solo, in duos (with Phil Durrant), and
ensemble work with the Chris Burn Ensemble, . . . along with new solo cds
by Marc Ribot (guitar) and Steve Coleman (soprano saxophone) both new
February 24: Some favorite recordings of musical saw (from Roy Brooks,
Jim Turner, Eddie Moore, Charles K. Noyes, Paul Lovens, Steve Noble, and
others) and, by request, a selection of recordings by clarinetist Francois
February 17: Jason hosts the show.
February 10: Piano harps and string pianos . . . music from inside the
piano featuring Lucia Dlugoszewski, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Irene
Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Denman Maroney, and others.
February 3: The music of alto saxophonist/composer Marion Brown,
including a recording of his solo piano music by Amina Claudine Myers and
his 1973 duet recording with Elliot Schwartz
January 27: From the archives, the music of
multi-instrumentalist/composer Bob Downes . . . .along with the music of
Alessandro Bossetti. and recent electronic/acousmatic works by Natasha
January 20: Anthony Braxton's Ghost Trance Music (GTM), on Firehouse
12 Recordings, and Diamond Curtain Wall music, new on Victo.
January 13:The music of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) . . . featuring
January 6: The music of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) . . . including
Ceylon, and the Helicopter String Quartet.
In the archives . . . programs from 2007:
December 30: We close 2007 with three hours of music for piano including
Juan Hidalgo's major work for twelve pianos ( as first released on the
December 23: Our broadcast of the Alternating Currents Live concert at
Woodland Pattern Book Center presenting Keefe Jackson and Fast Citizens.
December 16: Jason hosts the studio show as Alternating Currents Live
presents Keefe Jackson and Fast Citizens at Woodland Pattern Book Center
December 9: The music of saxophonist/composer Keefe Jackson in preview
of his quintet Fast Citizen's performance at Woodland Pattern Book Center
on December 16.
December 2: New releases including new solo piano from Muhal Richard
Abrams (on Pi), the improvising duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Sakoto Fujii (on
Henceforth), along with music by Sofia Gubaidulina and Magnus Lindberg.
November 25: Music composed and performed by Henry Threadgil (in our
first hour) and works by John Cage and David Tudor (in the final hour).
November 18:The music of pianist/composer Paul Bley from 1961 - with
the Jimmy Giuffre Trio - through 2008 - in his new solo recording on ECM.
November 11: Our broadcast of last week;s Alternating Currents Live
show presenting David Stackenas and Tatsuya Nakatani at Woodland
Pattern Book Center.
November 4: Jason hosts the studio show while Alternating Currents Live
presents David Stackenas and Tatsuya Nakatani at Woodland Pattern Book
October 28: Our preview of the David Stackenäs - Tatsuya Nakatani Duo
concert coming to Milwaukee on November 4th.
October 21:The music of Morton Feldman.
October 14: Guitars, drums and guitar with drums . . solo guitar music
from many perspectives along with a few guitar/drum duets and a lot of solo
percussion from Tatsuya Nakatani.
October 7: Our broadcast of the concert by Mike Reed's Loose Assembly
at Woodland Pattern Book Center on September 30th.
September 30: Jason hosts the studio show.
September 23: New releases from Paul Bley (ECM), Thomas Gaudynski
(Neccesary Arts), the Bob Downes Open Trio (Paradigm), Paolo Angeli
(ReR), Eric Richards (New World Records) and others . . . along with
preview of Mike Reed's Loose Assembly performing at Woodland Pattern
Book Center on September 30.
September 16: Electronic music, new and from the archives, including
music by Angelo Petronella.
September 9: Earle Brown's Four Systems.
September 2: Percussion music from all across the globe.
August 26: The music by Vladamir Ussachevsky, Thomas Lehn, and Kaija
August 19: The music by Moniek Darge of the Logos Foundation in
August 12: A mix of new releases along with our featured artists Ludvic
von Beethoven (as viewed by Luc Ferrari, Chris DeLaurenti, and a selection
from Lief Inge's BEET STRETCH, a 24 hour version of Beethoven's 9th, as
released by Table of the Elements) ... and, last but not least, Harry Partch.
August 5: The music by Earle Brown.
July 29: New releases along with selections from Pierre Henry's Movement
Rhythm Etude from the 1970s.
July 22: The music of Luc Ferrari.
July 15: Music by Pierre Henry, including his remarkable Variations for a
Door and a Sigh.
July 8: Mauricio Kagel's works for voice and choir including 1898.
July 1: Music by composer Annea Lockwood, including a new reissue of
her 1990 composition 1000 Year Dreaming on Pogus Productions.
June 24: Music by pianist John Tilbury with AMM and others.
June 17: New releases from Anthony Braxton, the Chicago Underground
Trio, Chris DiLaurenti (his recent "Favorite Intermissions"), and some more
music by Pierre Boulez.
June 10: Extended voices with music by Pauline Oliveros,
Robert Ashley, Unsik Chin, and others.
June 3: Music by Pierre Boulez, John Cage, and Unsik Chin.
May 27: More of music of Mauricio Kagel including Ludvic van and
Match for 3 Players.
May 20: The music of Mauricio Kagel, including music for chamber
ensembe and early electronic works.
May 13:Our broadcast of Matt Turner's solo concert from Woodland
Pattern last Sunday night.
May 6:Alternating Currents Live presents solo cello from Matt Turner as
Jason and Tom host the studio show.
April 29:Solo cello from Matt Turner and some new releases from Lol
Coxill (on Emanem), Felix Werder (on Pogus), Carolyn Hume (on Leo),
along with some rarities in the history of electronic music.
April 22:New music from Wadada Leo Smith (with Gunter Sommer on
Intakt) and a new release by Teiji Ito (on Tzadik).
April 15: Jason hosts the show.
April 8:Chant Magnetiques by Bernard Parmegiani and assorted new
releases from Guillermo Gregorio, Carolyn Hume, Tom Nunn, Anthony
Braxton, and others.
April 1: New releases (including works by Cor Fuhler, Bernard Parmegiani,
and Sofia Gubaidulina), and another selection from Cinema for the Ears.
March 25: Our broadcast of Trio Tarana for Alternating Currents Live at
Woodland Pattern on March 18.
March 18: Jason hosts the show.
March 11: A preview of Trio Tarana live at Woodland Pattern next Sunday
night, along with Joel Chadabe's 1980 Lovely Music LP Rhythms.
March 4: Cinema for the Ears . . . a short retrospective of Metamkine's
electroacoustic music series, along with a few other recordings released in 3"
February 18: Jason hosts the show.
February 18: Guest co-host Thomas Gaudynski offers a survey of
contemporary experimental music currently available through various online
February 11: Music & Time . . . with The Triumph of Time and
Chronometer by Harrison Birtwhistle, Time Piece by Pauline Oliveros,
Poeme Symphonique by Ligetti, Time's Encomium by Charles
Wourinen, Plain-Temps by Bernard Parmegiani, Pieces of Time by Kenny
Clarke and Milford Graves, and more.
February 4: More music from Sofia Gubaidulina, Richard Teitelbaum,
George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, and others.
January 28: Music by Sofia Gubaidulina. Richard Teitelbaum, Walt
Dickerson, Lee Konitz, and others.
January 21: The electroacoustic music of Bernard Parmegiani, including his
electronic setting for Dante's Inferno, along with some solo work from Joelle
Leandre and Walt Dickerson.
January 14: The music of George Lewis (including Sequel, new on Intakt)
along with solo piano from Mal Waldron.
January 7: Favorites from 2006 including new CDs from Evan Parker,
Steve Lacy, Lionel Marchetti. Earl Brown, Lee Hyla, Chrisitan Wolf, Pierre
Favre, Joelle Leandre, and more.
In the archives . . . programs from 2006:
December 31: An all-percussion end-of-the-year blast off!
December 24:Alternating Currents takes a holiday break to open the
airwaves for Paul Host's Christmas broadcast.
December 17:A bit of Mal Waldron, some Curtis Clark (piano), Ernst
Reisijer (cello), Joelle Leandre (double bass) and others in a mix of pianos
and strings from recordings new and old . . . along with some chamber
music by Ana-Maria Avram.
December 10: Music for multiple orchestras . . . by Henry Brant (Western
Springs, for two orchestras), Ana-Maria Avram (Khaosmos for two
orchestras), Anthony Braxton (Compostion No. 82 for four orchestras), and
Karlheinz Stockhausen (Gruppen, for three orchestras, and Carre, for four
December 3: The music of David Rosenboom including his work with
Anthony Braxton and with Don Buchla and the Buchla electronic
November 26: Our recording of a concert at Woodland Pattern Book
Center featuring Peter Brotzmann, Tom Raworth, Josh Abrams, and Cheryl
Lynn Bruce, a concert co-produced with the Outer Ear Festival in Chicago.
November 19: Jason hosts the show during Woodland Pattern's Alternating
Currents Live show.
November 12:A preview of a concert at Woodland Pattern featuring Peter
Brotzmann, Tom Raworth, Josh Abrams, and Cheryl Lynn Bruce, along
with some other music/text collaborations from Costin Mireau and Alice
November 5: For WMSE's fall membership/pledge drive we will host live
electronic music by Chris Burns.
October 29: A rebroadcast our recording of both sets of Marilyn Crispell's
concert at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
October 22: The music of Judy Dunaway (balloon music) and Francois
Bayle (electronic music).
October 15: Our broadcast of Marilyn Crispell's concert at Woodland
Pattern Book Center.
October 8: Our broadcast of Jim Baker's concert at Woodland Pattern
September 17: A preview of the solo piano series coming to Woodland
Pattern on October 1st (Jim Baker) and 6th (Marilyn Crispell) and new
music by Daniel Menche (on Crouton).
September 24: A preview of the solo piano series coming to Woodland
Pattern on October 1st (with Jim Baker) and 6th (with Marilyn Crispell)
along with some solo and ensemble music by Sun Ra in preview of the
major exhibition of his visual work and writings at the Hyde Park Art
Center in Chicago.
October 1: Jason hosts the show while ACLive presents solo piano by Jim
Baker at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
September 10: New releases on Pogus, XI, and Okka Disk (featuring the
September 3: Music by the Baschet Brothers, by Cor Fuhler's Corkestra,
by Tristan Honsinger, and a tribute to James Tenney (1934-2006).
August 27: The music of Jogi Yuasa . . . early tape music and computer
music from the 90s.
August 20:New music for pipa by Wu Man and by Min Xiao-Fen along
with some music by Tristan Murail.
August 13: A preivew of Ken Vandermark's Territory Band performing in
Milwaukee on Saturday, August 19, at the Todd Wehr Conference Center (a
concert co-produced by the Milwaukee Free Jazz Society, Okka Disc, and
August 6: BACH 4/7, a compositon for invented instruments by Ferdinand
Forsch, and B-A-C-H, a composition for percussion quartet by Roland
July 30:Classics of minimalism . . . including In C by Terry Riley as
performed by Bang on a Can
July 23: The music of Francois Bayle along with some new releases
(including Derek Bailey, Zeena Parkins, and more new on Tzadik).
July 16: By request, more music from Lou Harrison and Wadada Leo
July 9:New releases on mode, pogus, necessary arts, utech, and xi along
with selections from the music of Musica Electronica Viva (MEV).
July 2:The music of Lou Harrison and Wadada Leo Smith.
June 25: New solo percussion music by Eddie Prevost (on Matchless), the
music of Zeena Parkins (new on Tzadik), electronic music by Denis Dufour
(on INA GRM), and new music from Polwechsel (on hatology).
June 18: The music of György Ligeti (1929-2006).
June 11: Our recording of Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings from their
Alternating Currents Live concert in Milwaukee last Sunday evening.
June 4: Jason hosts the show.
May 28: Our preview of the Nicole Mitchell concert coming to Woodland
Pattern Book Center on June 4th.
May 21: The music of Luc Ferrari. . . a survey of early works and newly
released late work by this masterful composer of electronic, electroacoustic,
and radiophonic music.
Sunday, May 14: Our recording of the Fred Lonberg-Holm/Guillermo
Gregorio Duo concert at Woodland Pattern on April 30.
Sunday, May 4: WMSE's spring membership drive with live music from
The Mouths with Jon Mueller and Jim Schoenecker.
Sunday, April 30: Jason hosts the show.
April 23: The music of Fred Lonberg-Holm and Guillermo Gregorio
coming to Woodland Pattern on April 30.
Sunday, April 16: A preview of the concert by Fred Lonberg-Holm and
Guillermo Gregorio at Woodland Pattern on April 30 . . . along with
Samuel Beckett & music, part two.
Sunday, April 9:Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, April 2: Samuel Beckett & music, part one . . .
music inspired the works of Samuel Beckett by Steve Lacy, Morton
Feldman, Steve Nelson-Raney, Roman Haubenstock-Ramatti, Mike Mantler,
John Tilbury, and many others.
Sunday, March 26: The music of Anthony Braxton and Ran Blake.
Sunday, March 19: The music of Roman Haubenstock-Ramatti (on hat Art)
and Lionel Marchetti (on Crouton). Also: music for invented instruments
from Len Lye, the Baschett Brothers, Tom Nunn, and others.
Sunday, March 12: Acoustic and small ensemble music, composed and
improvised, from the Canvas Trio, David Holland, Steve Reich (new on
ECM), and many others.
Sunday, March 5: A mix of electronic and electroacoustic music both
contemporary (by Ikue Mori on Tzadik and Lionel Marchetti on Crouton)
and classic (Ilhan Mimaraglu), along with some recent works by Peter
Cusack and Jon Rose.
Sunday, February 26: New music by Lionel Marchetti (Red Dust on
Crouton), a mix of electronic and electroacoustic music contemporary (by
Ikue Mori and by Milwaukee composer Jeff Klatt) and classic (from the INA
GRM studios), some works by John Tilbury (on Erstwhile), and a preview
of the Tom Raworth/Steve Nelson-Raney concert at Woodland Pattern on
Saturday, March 4th.
Sunday, February 19: New music on Utech Records and the
Michigan-based label Entropy with violinist Mike Khoury, a new recording
by Lionel Marchetti on Crouton, and a survey of several recordings of John
Cage's number compositions including Five.
Sunday, February 12: New music from Leroy Jenkins on Mutable Music
(along with some early work by violinsit Leroy Jenkins from the late 70s
and early 80s on Black Saint and India Navigation). A preview of Alvin
Lucier's visit to Milwaukee this coming week.
Sunday, February 5: Guitar and others . . . some guitar music we didn't get
to two weeks ago with more from Eugene Chadbourne and Hans Reichel . .
. all in duos with other instruments. Also: some new (on Leo Records) and
older music (on Victo) from Anthony Braxton . . . and some new releases
from Utech Records.
Sunday, January 29: words or music? . . . part two of our words vs. music
series with some more story-telling from Robert Ashley, Lou Mallozzi,
Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Patchen, John Cage, and Shelley Hirsch and some
curious words from Amanda Stewart, David Moss, and others.
Sunday, January 22: all solo guitar . . . featuring Eugene Chadbourne,
some extended solo work from Hans Reichel and Davey Williams . . . and
Marc Ribot playing solo guitar music by John Zorn .
Sunday, January 15: words vs. music, part one . . . : some story-telling and
a bit of fractured langauge . . . . including work by Anthony Braxton,
Robert Ashley, Amanda Stewart, Francis Dhomont, Reese Williams (The
Sonance Project), and more.
Sunday, January 8: new releases . . . and more in our ongoing tribute in
memory of improvising guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005) . . . including a
selection of duet improvisations and more from his solo performance in
Milwaukee at Woodland Pattern Book Center in 1983.
Sunday, January 1: Our three hour tribute in memory of improvising
guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005) . . . including selections from his solo
performance in Milwaukee at Woodland Pattern Book Center in 1983
(released on cassette from Bailey's own label Incus Records in the late
In the archives . . . programs from 2005:
Sunday, December 25:Symphonic favorites from Joan Tower, Toru
Takemitsu, Roy Harris, Luciano Berio, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaija Saariaho,
Sunday, December 18: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, December 11: The Wisconsin Soundscapes Project 2005. Our fifth
annual invitational exhibition of soundscape recordings by sound artists,
musicians, writers, cultural arts presenters, and students from Rob
Danielson's location recording class at the UWM film department. This years
participants include Chris Burns, Eric Levin, Brian Coffey, Alex Moeller,
Tom Caw, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Paul Caster, Tom Crawford,
Karl Gartung, Paul Gaudynski, Jeff Klatt, and Rob Danielson.
December 4:The soundscape & music. . . sound art produced from field
recordings and natural sounds offering the raw material for musical
composition (inlcuding musci by Basil Kirchen, Moondog, Hildegarrd
Westercamp, and Luc Ferrari.
Sunday, November 27: Musical railroadism: works by the Portable Quartet,
Herbert Distel, Pierre Schaeffer, and Ellen Band. . . along with some new
releases and, from the archives, a little more music by Moondog.
Sunday, November 20: Tom Crawford hosts the show.
Sunday, November 13:Our broadcast of the Alternating Currents Live last
week at Woodland pattern Book Center.
Sunday, November 6:WMSE's fall membership drive with live music from
Far Corner and solo theremin improvisations from Paul Gaudynski.
Sunday, October 30: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, October 23: A preview of the music of Assif Tshar and
Cooper-Moore coming to Woodland Pattern Book Center next Sunday
Sunday, October 16: A mix of new releases and some longer works by
Sofia Gubaidolina and Lucia Dlugoszewski.
Sunday, October 9: New releases and some new and old music from
Sunday, October 2: The fourth program in our summer/fall solo piano
Sunday, September 25: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, September 18: The music of Henry Grimes from his late 1950s
recordings with Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner to the his classic work
with Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy, and Albert Ayler
in the mid 60s.
Sunday, September 11: A variety of electronic music along with recordings
by the Barton Workshop of music by John Cage including their recording of
Cage's Atlas Eclipicalis.
Sunday, September 4: New releases along with a major work entitled
TREE by Yuji Takahashi featuring soloist George Lewis, ans excerpts from
Uri Caine's revisions of music by Gustav Mahler.
Sunday, August 28:Tributes to the work of Robert Moog (with music by
Sun Ra, Richard Teitelbaum, Paul Bley, and Annette Peacock) and Luc
Ferrari. Here is a link to an interview with Luc Ferrari by Dan Warburten.
Sunday, August 21: Music in memory of pianist Ellsworth Snyder
including music from his 1996 performance for the Alternating Currents
Live concert series.
Sunday, August 14: New releases and more electronic music from INA
GRM in Paris.
Sunday, August 7: The third installment of our summer solo piano series
including John Tilbury's performance of Morton Feldman's "For Bunita
Sunday, July 24:A tribute to Albert Mangelsdorf (1928-2005) along with a
few new releases on Utech Records, Pogus, Tzadik, Atavistic, mode, and
more . . . and a major work for percussion orchestra by Wendy Chambers.
Sunday, July 17:A survery of electronic music from the INA GRM studios
in Paris along with more percussion music, composed and improvised.
Sunday, July 17:New releases including set of drum solos and a feature on
the work of composer Annie Gosfield.
Sunday, July10: The second in our summer solo piano series.
Sunday, July 3: Music by five American composers - Lucia Dlugoszewski,
John Cage, Ornette Colemen, Carl Ruggles, and Lou Harrison.
Sunday, June 26:Our broadcast of Paul Rutherford's performance at
Woodland Pattern Book Center in the Alternating Currents Live series.
Sunday, June 19: Jason hosts the show, while Paul Rutherford performs
at Woodland Pattern in the Alternating Currents Live series.
Sunday, June 12: A preview of Paul Rutherford's solo trombone
performance at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
Sunday, June 5: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, May 29: A three hour survey of solo piano from Misha
Mengelberg, Marilyn Crispell, Paul Bley, John Cage, Charles Mingus,
Andrew Hill, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, and many more.
Sunday, May 22: New releases from Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony
Braxton, Andrew Hill, Steven Huback and others.
Sunday, May 15: A survey of pianist/composer Misha Mengelberg's
diverse discography and new music from David Behrman (on XI).
Sunday, May 8: WMSE's spring membershp drive with live percussion
improvisation from Michael Bettine.
Sunday, May 1: Radios, turntables, and fugitive mixes ...
. . . with music from John Cage, Tod Dockstader, Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Dick Raajimakers, Christian Marclay, Martin Tetreault, and many others.....
Sunday, April 24: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, April 17: New releases on Utech Records (Steve Hubback, Paal
Nilsson-Love, and more), Mosaic (the Andrew Hill box), Atavistic (from
their Unheard Music series), and more music from George Crumb
(including A Haunted Landscape).
Sunday, April 10: Our broadcast of the Aoki / Wilkerson / Zerang TRIO
performing at Woodland Pattern Book Center in the A;ternating Currents
Sunday, April 3: Jason hosts the show, while the Aoki / Wilkerson / Zerang
TRIO. performs at Woodland Pattern in the Alternating Currents Live
Sunday, March 27: A preview on the Alternating Currents Live concert
at Woodland Pattern Book Center on April 3rd featuring the Aoki /
Wilkerson / Zerang TRIO.
Sunday, March 20:Music by George Crumb, including Margaret Leng Tan's
new recording of Makrokosmos I & II (mode).
Sunday, March 13: A tribute to Jackson Mac Low.
Sunday, March 6: The music of Anthony Braxton and Albert Ayler, with
excerpts from interviews with both composers.
Sunday, February 27: Conductions by Lawrence 'Butch' Morris, along with
assorted new releases.
Sunday, February 20: In honor of Black History Month, we offer a three
hour tribute to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Muisicains
(AACM), featuring music by Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada
Leo Smith, Fred Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill,
Amina Claudine Myers, Steve McCall and many others.
Sunday, February 13: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, February 6: Our preview of the Phill Niblock concert next Sunday
evening, February 13, at Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee. Phill Niblock is an
intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers.
Along with works by Phill Niblock, we will survey some new releases on
Crouton Records, Soutrane, and a new Milwaukee label Utech Records.
Sunday, January 30: Max Neuhaus plays Stockhausen's Zyklus (four
realizations on Algha Marghen), the Kronos Quartet plays Franghiz
Ali-Zadeh (new on Nonesuch), and Sten Sandell and Per Anders Nilsson
play improvised musique concrete (new on LJ Records), along with some
solo piano works by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Sunday, January 23: Jason hosts the show, featuring the music of Bob
Sunday, January 16: Music by Conlon Nancarrow and a tribute to English
improviser, instrument inventor, archivist and historian Hugh Davies
Sunday, January 9: Electronic music by Bernard Parmegiani, along with
assorted new releases.
Sunday, January 2: A little more music by Toru Takemitsu, some
electronic music from Francois Bayle, a few new releases, and more.
In the archives . . . programs from 2004:
Sunday, December 26: Music by Toru Takemitsu, John Downey, and
Sunday, December 19: James Joyce & music . . .
. . .three hours of music inspired by the prose and poetry of James Joyce
including music by Harry Partch, John Cage, Luciano Berio, Andre Hodier,
and John Lewis. Exceprts from two films made from Joyce's novels
Ulysses and Finnegans Wake along with rare recordings of James Joyce
reading from these works will be included in this special program.
Performers inlcude Joelle Leandre, Cathy Berberian, Joan LaBarbara, Phil
Minton, John Butcher, and many others.
Sunday, December 12: Our broadcast of the David Boykin & Expanse
concert recorded at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee last
Sunday, December 5: Jason hosts the studio show as David Boykin &
Expanse perform in the Alternating Currents Live series at Woodland
Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.
Sunday, November 28: The music of David Boykin . . . a preview of the
David Boykin & Expanse concert at Woodland Pattern Book Center in
Milwaukee on Sunday, December 5th.
Sunday, November 21: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, November 14: The music of Henry Brant . . . a preview of the
Henry Brant performance by Present Music on November 19th in
Sunday, November 7: In the midst of WMSE's fall membership drive . . .
live music from I-Beam and a preview of the Peter Brotzmann Chicago
Tentet concert on November 8th in Milwaukee.
Sunday, October 31: New music from Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori
including their new duo CD Phantom Orchids (on Mego) along with a short
retrospective on their various solo recordings and ensemble compositions.
Sunday, October 24: Chamber music by John Zorn, (Chimeras on Tzadik),
new music from the Art Ensemble of Chicago (pi recordings), and more.
Sunday, October 17: A preview of several new music concerts coming in
Milwaukee this month, including shows by Jason Weitlispach, Thomas
Gaudynski, Steve Nelson-Raney, and Jon Mueller. Also: new music by
Cooper-Moore and Tom Johnson.
Sunday, October 10: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, October 3: New releases, including new music from cellist/pianist
Sunday, September 26: A survey of Popular Electronics (new on Basta),
early Dutch electronic music, 1956-1963.
Sunday, September 19: A preview of Ken Vandermark's Territory Band
concert in Milwaukee on Saturday, September 25, including recordings by
Paul Lyton, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim Baker, Axel Dorner, and other
members of the ensemble.
Sunday, September 12: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, September 5: Horatio Radulescu's The Quest (on cpo), Globe
Unity Orchestra's Kontraste und Synthesen (from 1974 on the Unheard
Music series), and Cornelius Cardew's Octet '61 for Jasper Johns (on Hat
Art) . . and more.
Sunday, August 29: New recordings from Francois Houle (on Spool),
Cecil Taylor (Algonquin with Mat Maneri on Bridge). Horatio Radulescu (on
cpo),, and Cornelius Cardew (on Hat Art).
Sunday, August 22: Our broadcst of the Alternating Currents Live concert
at Woodland Pattern Book Center featuring Bhob Rainey, Jon Mueller, and
Sunday, August 15: Jason hosts the studio show (featuring solo recordings
on a wide variety of strings, percussion, and wind instruments).
Sunday, August 8: A preview of the Alternating Currents Live concert
coming up on August 15 featuring Bhob Rainey, Jon Mueller, and Jim
Sunday, August 1: Music from Dean Drummond's NewBand, new CDs by
Joe Maneri, Marilyn Crispell, and Steve Nelson-Raney, along with a preview
of the Alternating Currents Live concert coming up on August 15 featuring
Bhob Rainey, Jon Mueller, and Jim Schoenecker.
Sunday, July 25: Jason hosts the show
Sunday, July 18: Music from Ellen Fullman (long-string instruments) and
Evan Parker's new Electroacoustic Ensemble recording (ECM) . . . and, by
request, solo piano music by Morton Feldman (Triadic Memories).
Sunday, July 11: New releases including new music from electronic
percussionist Ikue Mori. and, by request, minimalist classics from Steve
Reich (including his 1971 Drumming).
Sunday, July 4: The music of American composer Harry Partch, featuring
the unique musical instruments of Harry Partch).
Sunday, June 27: Jason hosts a three hour feature on the music of Jimmy
Giuffre, from the late 40s through the early 1960s.
Sunday, June 20: The music by Steve Lacy (1935-2004).
Sunday, June 13: A new recording of music by Jerry Hunt on Tzadik and a
preview of the Milwaukee concert by Atomic and the Vandermark 5 on
Wednesday, June 16, at Onopa.
Sunday, June 6: New releases on Tzadik, hatology, Okka, and Pogus,
including new music by Roger Reynolds. Our first hour in tribute to the
memory of Steve Lacy.
Sunday, May 23: The music of Alvin Curran, featuring his own
compositions along with performances of music by Steve Lacy and Giacinto
Scelsi, and recordings of the ensemble improvisations of Musica Electtronica
Sunday, May 23: The music of three percussionists: Susie Ibarra, William
Winant, and Paal Nilsson-Love, featuring music composed by Susie Ibarra,
Lou Harrison, Alvin Curran, Wadada Leo Smith, Paal Nilsson-Love, and
Sunday, May 16: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, May 9: Live studio performance by Collections of Colonies of
Sunday, May 2: Our broadcast of the Koch-Schutz-Studer Trio recorded
live at Woodland Pattern on April 25th.
Sunday, April 25: Jason hosts the studio show. Alternating Currents Live
takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center featuring the
Sunday, April 18: A preview of the next Alternating Currents Live concert
on April 25, featuring the Koch-Schutz-Studer Trio.
Sunday, April 11: Our broadcast of the Josh Abrams Quartet recorded live
at Woodland Pattern on April 4th.
Sunday, April 4: Jason hosts the studio show. Alternating Currents Live
takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center featuring the Josh Abrams
Sunday, March 28: A preview of the next Alternating Currents Live concert
on April 4, featuring the Josh Abrams Quartet.
Sunday, March 21: Jason hosts the show.
Sunday, March 14: A preview of the next two Alternating Currents Live
concerts featuring the Josh Abrams Quartet (April 4) and the
Koch-Schutz-Studer Trio (April 25), along with new solo music from
Roscoe Mitchell (mutable music) and a reissue from the Revolutionary
Ensemble (mutable music).
Sunday, March 7: . . . more electronic music and some favorite recordings
from the Arditti String Quartet.
Sunday, February 29: All electronic: from early tape experiments at WDR
and Columbia-Princeton studios to contemporary 'live electronics' with
Richard Teitelbaum, Phil Durant, Pauline Oliveros, and others.
Sunday, February 22: A tribute to Malachi Favors Maghostus (1927-2004),
featuring music from his recordings with Andrew Hill, Lester Bowie, Muhal
Richard Abrams, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Sunday, February 16: Our broadcast of Mary Oliver's solo performance in
Milwaukee on February 8 at Woodland Pattern.
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