On this week’s show we’re joined in the studio by Jeff Surak, founder of the DC-based outré music label Zeromoon (home to “intelligent noise music of the non-entertainment genre”) and director of the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music.
For the past twelve years Sonic Circuits has been responsible for bringing some of the biggest names in obscure music to the District. This year’s festival—which runs September 28 through 30 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center—is possibly the most diverse yet. Featuring a massive lineup of artists, performances, and workshops, the festival is an impressive sampling of the genres, micro-genres, and not-quite-genres that make up the world of contemporary experimental music. Over the course of its three-day run, you can expect to hear everything from free improv and musique concrète to psychedelic pop and ambient drone.
Over the course of the hour, Surak walks us through some of this year’s highlights, including cuts from local acts like Janel and Anthony and tracks from world-renowned composers like Glenn Branca. Also discussed: the important distinctions between the theramin and the tannerin.
Primal Communication [excerpt] – Tatsuya Nakatani – Primal Communication
My Dear Siegfried – The David Behrman Ensemble – Statement Against the War
Sorrows of the Moon – Ergo – If Not Inertia
Game 2 – Boris Bobby Jr. – Sonic Circuits Volume 5
Rasl – TL0741 – Rasl
Held to Account – TL0741 – Rasl
3e2 – Jeff Carey – Sonic Circuits Volume 5
För Svears Väl – Trepaneringsritualen – Konung Dómaldr Vid Upsala Hängd
Sticky Fingers – Music from the Film – Vi Kommer Til Å Få Deg
Fire Shuffle – Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores – Sister Death
Big Sur – Janel and Anthony – Where is Home
Light Field (In Consonance) – Glenn Branca – The Ascension
The Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music runs September 28 through 30 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. Tickets can be picked up online or at the box office the of the event.
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