• Which Direction?

    This week’s show moved in a number of notable musical directions. Saxophonist, Roscoe Mitchell has a new release, Discussions (and more info here) an album that explores and challenges with its textural freeform sounds and open compositional spaces. Shared during the show was Mitchell’s “Discussions I” a track that typifies the musical direction of this excellent album. The Ed Palermo Big Band revisit Zappa and explore Todd Rundgren in their latest, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. I couldn’t resist playing their cover of Zappa’s “Peaches En Regalia.” The show ended with a three song set featuring music inspired by one of my favorite visual artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This was a product of serendipity meets spur of the moment—a spontaneous music search, where I fully expected to not find much. Quite the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, and you can listen to all three tracks featured by checking out this week’s playlist, where you will also find all the varied music featured on this week’s broadcast—including “sunshine pop” from The Free Design!

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Choices” (click here). This week's artwork, “direction” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • Choices

    So many fine new releases and new tracks to share this week it was challenging to narrow the choices down to an amount that would fit into the weekly show’s time format. Highlights include a new Blue Note recording, Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View that features a couple of Wayne Shorter compositions, one that features Wayne and Herbie Hancock revisiting, reimagining really, the great “Masquelero,” and another that features a stellar lineup covering the classic “Witch Hunt.” Finally, time was spent exploring the deeply influential guitarist, Terje Rypdal’s catalog. Two older Rypdal tracks (see playlist) were featured along side a track from the recently released Rypdal tribute album, Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal (read more about the album) that features Rypdal’s compositions interpreted by an absolutely stellar band. We listened to the Nels Cline track, “What Comes After” from this excellent release. All in all it was a jammed pack show this week! Checkout the full playlist to see the other new tracks featured.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Ivories” (click here). This week's artwork, “choices” is an altered image created by yours truly. It also has a companion, of sorts, that can be viewed here. Thanks for listening!

  • Ivories

    Several new tracks featured this week place the piano front and center. Myra Melford’s work on “The Strawberry” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; the Yelena Eckemoff Quintet’s, “Vision of a Hunt”; Michael Wolf’s latest cover of Sufjan Steven’s “Flint”; and Fred Hersch’s “And So It Goes” from his latest, Open Book are woven into a tapestry of other really fine new releases this week.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Close to the Void” (click here). This week's artwork, “ivories” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • Close to the Void

    This week's show developed like a trip without a map…maybe without a compass as well! No clear destination and no end goal or theme to "guide the process," as they say. Instead, I went into the musical void to see just what would happen if the growing of the weekly playlist was left simply to the organic process of adding choice tracks as I listened to them, or as I discovered and/or was directed to them by other research and general listening. One historical nugget to pass along Yes' album Close to the Edge was released 45 years ago! You will see some Yes tracks in this week's playlist, honoring this album and their legacy. So, alas, this week's musical melange involved going into the amorphous void and trusting the process. I hope you enjoy the end result.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Room Enough to Explore” (click here). This week's artwork, “close to the void” is a detail from a larger work by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

Alloy Podcast: Episode 004 | Elizabeth A. Baker | Show Notes

Elizabeth A. Baker Photos of Elizabeth A. Baker: Left and bottom right by Jim Lennon Media; Top right by Vikki Mann Photography.

I am delighted to have as my guest musician, composer, writer, and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. I learned about Elizabeth and her work only a few months ago through a short 5 question interview published on the excellent site “i care if you listen”. The interview on "i care if you listen" focused primarily on one of Elizabeth’s many projects, and one we discuss during our conversation—and that is the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, which Elizabeth is both co-founder and Festival Director. The second annual Toy Piano Festival ended back in early January, and to be honest, the idea of a creative music festival focused on showcasing music produced on a toy piano totally captured my imagination and sent me off to explore Elizabeth’s music, and ultimately, corresponding with her about her music and doing an interview. No surprise, I could have talked for hours with Elizabeth: how she approaches her music and the details of her creative process are no end interesting and fascinating to me, but given her busy schedule and her involvement in a number of creative projects, we had about an hour to cover a lot of ground. I do not want to give too much away here at the outset, but I will say that our conversation touches on a number topics including the role and importance movement, dance, silence, and community are to the work Elizabeth creates and performs. She is truly inspirational.

All music featured in episode 4 is by Elizabeth A. Baker:

The following compositions appear in this episode:

Links

Which Direction? (playlist #133)

“direction” by gbmediadesign

This week’s show moved in a number of notable musical directions. Saxophonist, Roscoe Mitchell has a new release, Discussions (and more info here) an album that explores and challenges with its textural freeform sounds and open compositional spaces. Shared during the show was Mitchell’s “Discussions I” a track that typifies the musical direction of this excellent album. The Ed Palermo Big Band revisit Zappa and explore Todd Rundgren in their latest, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. I couldn’t resist playing their cover of Zappa’s “Peaches En Regalia.” The show ended with a three song set featuring music inspired by one of my favorite visual artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This was a product of serendipity meets spur of the moment—a spontaneous music search, where I fully expected to not find much. Quite the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, and you can listen to all three tracks featured by checking out this week’s playlist, where you will also find all the varied music featured on this week’s broadcast—including “sunshine pop” from The Free Design!

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Choices” (click here). This week's artwork, “direction” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Praise / Eleven Schnellertollermeier Rights Bandcamp
Peaches En Regalia The Ed Palermo Big Band The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren Bandcamp
Roller Coaster Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy Out Of The Blue Bandcamp
Never Tell the World The Free Design Kites Are Fun Apple Music
Phineas Vincent Herring Hard Times Not Available.
Rev Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop Rev Not Available.
Discussions I Mitchell Roscoe Discussions Not Available.
Train Set Ben Reimer Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Apple Music
Forest Boats Wing Walker Orchestra Bandcamp
Waltz Of The Yellow Petals Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple Music
Vexations (1893) Erik Satie A Young Person’s Guide to the Avant-Garde Apple Music
Narita Michel Banabila Tapu Sampler 2016 Bandcamp
Der Baum Vienna Festival Symphony Orchestra Hundertwasser Musical (Film Version) Apple Music
Hundertwasser Kwes. No Need To Run - EP Apple Music
Rain 7 Andrew Deutsch, Sawako & Stephen Vitiello Regentag fur Hundertwasser Apple Music

Choices (playlist #132)

“choices” by gbmediadesign

So many fine new releases and new tracks to share this week it was challenging to narrow the choices down to an amount that would fit into the weekly show’s time format. Highlights include a new Blue Note recording, Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View that features a couple of Wayne Shorter compositions, one that features Wayne and Herbie Hancock revisiting, reimagining really, the great “Masquelero,” and another that features a stellar lineup covering the classic “Witch Hunt.” Finally, time was spent exploring the deeply influential guitarist, Terje Rypdal’s catalog. Two older Rypdal tracks (see playlist) were featured along side a track from the recently released Rypdal tribute album, Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal (read more about the album) that features Rypdal’s compositions interpreted by an absolutely stellar band. We listened to the Nels Cline track, “What Comes After” from this excellent release. All in all it was a jammed pack show this week! Checkout the full playlist to see the other new tracks featured.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Ivories” (click here). This week's artwork, “choices” is an altered image created by yours truly. It also has a companion, of sorts, that can be viewed here. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Witch Hunt” Blue Note All-Stars Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
“Masquelero feat. Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock” Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancok w/ Blue Note All-Stars Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
“I Mean You” John Beasley Monk’estra, Vol. 2 Apple Music
“The Good The Bad And The Ugly” Dave Bennett Blood Moon Apple iTunes
“And So I Said” Vandivier Under One Roof Sorry, not available yet.
“Warszawa (2017 Remastered Version)” David Bowie A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982) Apple Music
“Something in the Air” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits Apple Music
“Katana of Choice” Ben Reimer (featuring TorQ Percussion Quartet) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Apple Music
“Rabalder” The Esoteric Circle George Russell Presents the Esoteric Circle Apple Music
“Legacy” Markus Stockhausen - Arild Andersen - Patrice Heral - Terje Rypdal Karta Sorry, not available yet.
“What Comes After” Nels Cline A Tribute to Terje Rypdal Apple Music

Ivories (playlist #131)

“…” by gbmediadesign

Several new tracks featured this week place the piano front and center. Myra Melford’s work on “The Strawberry” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; the Yelena Eckemoff Quintet’s, “Vision of a Hunt”; Michael Wolf’s latest cover of Sufjan Steven’s “Flint”; and Fred Hersch’s “And So It Goes” from his latest, Open Book are woven into a tapestry of other really fine new releases this week.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Close to the Void” (click here). This week's artwork, “ivories” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen
What Happened To My Good Shoes? Gary Meek Featuring Brian Bromberg, Terri Lyne Carrington And Mitchel Forman Originals Apple iTunes
Gettin' To It Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It Apple Music
Push And Pull Tony Allen The Source Apple Music
The Strawberry Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Handful Of Keys Apple Music
Do Whatcha Wanna Interlude Kermit Ruffins • Irvin Mayfield A Beautiful World Apple iTunes
Contumbao Hilario Durán Contumbao Apple Music
Alegría (Featuring Yes) Eliana Cuevas Golpes Y Flores Apple Music
Fools (Are We) Sacha Mullin Duplex Bandcamp
Ham 'n' Eggs A Tribe Called Quest Peoples' Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm Apple Music
The Devil Theory Antizario It's Great To Be Fine Apple Music
D Jam On Toast Mother Funk Conspiracy The Mother Funk Conspiracy Apple Music
StopCock Eris 136199: Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky Anomic Aphasia Apple Music
Fog Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple Music
Vision Of A Hunt Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple Music
Walking (2013) – Chris Thornborrow Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Toy Piano Composers Bandcamp
Flint Michael Wolff Zenith Apple Music
And So It Goes Fred Hersch Open Book Apple Music

Close to the Void (playlist #130)

“close to the void” by gbmediadesign

This week's show developed like a trip without a map…maybe without a compass as well! No clear destination and no end goal or theme to "guide the process," as they say. Instead, I went into the musical void to see just what would happen if the growing of the weekly playlist was left simply to the organic process of adding choice tracks as I listened to them, or as I discovered and/or was directed to them by other research and general listening. One historical nugget to pass along Yes' album Close to the Edge was released 45 years ago! You will see some Yes tracks in this week's playlist, honoring this album and their legacy. So, alas, this week's musical melange involved going into the amorphous void and trusting the process. I hope you enjoy the end result.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Room Enough to Explore” (click here). This week's artwork, “close to the void” is a detail from a larger work by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Genesis (feat. Jill Scott) De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody... Apple Music
The Gate Björk The Gate - Single Apple Music
Drum Dances Mvt I Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Bandcamp
Drum Dances Mvt II Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Not Available Yet
Drum Dances Mvt III Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Not Available Yet
Drum Dances Mvt IV Ben Reimer (featuring Architek Percussion) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Not Available Yet
Sweet Monk Johnny O'Neal In The Moment Apple Music
Lulu's Back In Town Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Handful Of Keys Apple Music
Spiritual For Iris Gary Meek Featuring Brian Bromberg, Terri Lyne Carrington And Mitchel Forman Originals Not Available Yet
Subconscious Lee Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
Pocahontas Neil Young Hitchhiker Apple Music
Dive Sacha Mullin Duplex Bandcamp
Sun In Your Eyes Grizzly Bear Shields Apple Music
Perpetual Change Yes The Yes Album Apple Music
Siberian Khatru Yes Close To The Edge Apple Music
South Side Of The Sky Yes Fragile Apple Music

Sounds from Pompeii

World Cafe recently featured an interview with Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour. It features David answering some interesting questions about the original 1971 "Live at Pompeii" recording/film, as well as his thoughts on his "guitar sound." It is a quick and rather satisfying interview. The interview is timed, such that it is, to support Gilmour's forthcoming album and film "David Gilmour Live at Pompeii." NPR/World Cafe explains the release:

The concert film includes footage from two concerts Gilmour played in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii in July 2016 — the same place where Pink Floyd recorded a concert film in 1971. The film of Gilmour's 2016 performances will be shown in movie theaters across the country for one night only on Sept. 13, and the concerts will also be available on CD, Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 29.

For folks who follow Alloy, and live in the greater Carlisle PA area, there is a showing of the movie on the 13th of September (next week!) at the local Regal Cinema. For anyone outside this immediate area, checkout this URL to find a screening near you.

There are a number of different ways to purchase the CD (music) and the DVD (movie) from the recorded Pompeii event. Feel free to look at some of the nifty options, here.

Room Enough to Explore (playlist #129)

“” by gbmediadesign

This week's show featured a number of longer compositions where artists explored the longer temporal landscape to great effect. From trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith's homage to "Yosemite," to pianist, Fred Hersch exploring "Through the Forest," several artists featured this week used time as a means to expand and deepen their musical statement.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “More” (click here). This week's artwork, “amorphous process” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Yosemite: The Glaciers, the Falls, the Wells and the Valley of Goodwill 1890 Wadada Leo Smith America's National Parks Bandcamp
Hammock Stories Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple Music
Glass Song Arild Andersen, Peter Erskine & Yelena Eckemoff Glass Song (feat. Arild Andersen & Peter Erskine) Apple Music
To Know Silence Perfectly Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple Music
Fog Thin Edge New Music Collective and Ensemble Paramirabo Raging Against The Machine Apple Music
Through the Forest Fred Hersch Open Book Apple iTunes
Sezopan Markus Stockhausen - Arild Andersen - Patrice Heral - Terje Rypdal Markus Stockhausen - Arild Andersen - Patrice Heral - Terje Rypdal / Karta Currently unavailable for streaming.
The Aeolian Harp Henry Cowell A Young Person's Guide To The Avant Garde Apple Music
Galaxies of Dust Lawrence English A Colour for Autumn Apple Music
Kadiatou the Beautiful Somi Petite Afrique Apple Music
Sweet Georgie Fame Negroni's Trio New Era Currently unavailable for streaming.
Home At Last Steely Dan Aja Apple Music
The Moon Song Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Beyond The Missouri Sky Apple Music
Sahara Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It Apple iTunes

More (playlist #128)

“more than meets the eye” by gbmediadesign

I was away from the microphone for the last couple weeks due to things demanding my time, focus, and energy outside Alloy. All good stuff, but I was spread a bit thin during the period. The upside of being away from the show for a bit means more music stacks up that I want to share! If you have not watched the excellent PBS documentary, Soundbreaking, I highly recommend checking it out. Re-watching one of the early episodes from the series inspired the short set of 70's classics by Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Cat Stevens. Sadly, jazz guitarist and deeply influential musician, John Abercrombie, passed away on August 22nd leaving behind a tremendous catalog of music. Guitarist Nels Cline shared a moving and very heartfelt tribute to John Abercrombie and the significance he played in shaping Nels' guitar approach. I invite you to read his piece here. As a tribute to John Abercrombie, I played a couple of tracks from two of his ECM releases. Finally, as you will see by this week's playlist, new music, and nearly new music, filled in around these featured artists to round out this week's playlist. It was a full two hours! Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “50...and all that jazz” (click here). This week's artwork, “more that meets the eye” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Zarakov's Dilemma Jeff Coffin Next Time Yellow Apple Music
4G Han-Earl Park, Bruce Coates & Franziska Schroeder Io 0. 0. 1 Beta++ Apple Music
Qualia Andy Summers Metal Dog Apple Music
Shadyland Andy Summers Triboluminescence Apple Music
Racer X Jeff Coffin Next Time Yellow Apple Music
Poet Sly & The Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Apple Music
Do You Know What? (Instrumental) Sly & The Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Apple Music
Love Having You Around Stevie Wonder Music of My Mind Apple Music
Father and Son Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman Apple Music
Tea for the Tillerman Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman Apple Music
Kept Woman Fleet Foxes Crack-Up Apple Music
On a Highway Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
The Apocalypse Song St. Vincent Marry Me Apple Music
We Put a Pearl In the Ground St. Vincent Marry Me Apple Music
One Last Time Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Apple Music
Dansir John Abercrombie Class Trip Apple iTunes
Open Land John Abercrombie Open Land Apple iTunes

50…and all that jazz (playlist #127)

“reverie” by gbmediadesign

This week involved sharing music associated with two very different 50th anniversaries—the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s first studio album and psychedelic classic, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the great poet, Carl Sandberg. I can only imagine what it must have been like to drop the needle down, in August 1967, and listen to the opening tracks of “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” This early Floyd release was heavily influenced by frontman-for-one-album, Syd Barrett. His trippy, psychedelic musical influence is all over this album. Sadly, it would be the only Floyd album to feature Barrett start-to-finish. Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, was recently interviewed about the making and release of this album, as well as the influence of Syd Barrett. You can listen to his short BBC conversation here. The other 50th anniversary shared on today’s show relates to poet Carl Sandberg. Drummer Matt Wilson’s forthcoming release, Honey and Salt features Sandberg’s poetry read by the likes of Bill Frisell, Jack Black, and other unexpected personalities, is combined with music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandberg. A truly creative mix of word and sound fill this excellent release. It can be pre-ordered here. As for the rest of the show, the musical balance shifted to more new and forthcoming jazz releases mixed with some excellent recently recorded works.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Freedom” (click here). This week's artwork, “reverie” is by yours truly, and you can view the whole work here. Thanks for viewing and listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
The Iron Man Harold Mabern To Love And Be Loved Apple Music
Blues Connotation (I) Gabriel Puentes, Chris Lightcap & Leo Genovese Simple Apple Music
I Mean You John Beasley Monk'estra, Vol. 2 Apple Music
Ugly Beauty / Pannonica John Beasley Monk'estra, Vol. 2 Apple iTunes
Superphonic Space Orphan Shut Up About The Sun Apple Music
Full Tilt Darren Barrett dB-ish Not available, yet.
Heightened Alex Goodman Second Act Not available, yet.
Nu Blues Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin' Through Apple Music
Blues In Full Moon New York Electric Piano Blues In Full Moon Apple Music
On The Motorboat Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple iTunes
Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple iTunes
Paper 2 Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple iTunes
Astronomy Domine Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn Apple Music
Lucifer Sam Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn Apple Music
I Want To Go Home Baker-Barganier Duo ...and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Apple Music

Freedom (Playlist #126)

"brass bells" by gbmediadesign

This summer, WDCV has been featuring interviews with several of the "Community DJs" (non-student and/or non-staff at Dickinson folks, like myself, that have radio shows at the station). This past week the station published my profile. During my conversation about Alloy, I was reminded of just how important and essential freedom is to the process that is my little corner of the WDCV community, Alloy. It is a tremendous luxury to be able to indulge my passion for music, to play what resonates and challenges me every week, and then share my discoveries each week, with you. The freedom—the depth and breadth I am given to explore music—has expanded my awareness, understanding, and appreciation of music. No question, the exercise of creating a list of music each week has afforded (and some weeks, forced!) me to re-examine my own taste and sensibilities about music, sound, and even noise. It is a journey I delight in. No surprise, perhaps, this week's music offering is a continuation, a sub-product, if you will, of the freedom that has percolated across the many weeks and shows that is the greater Alloy arc of shows/playlists. Thanks for listening and riding the airwaves with me each week.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Old(er) is New Again” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "brass bells."

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Sculptress Standing Wave New Wave Apple Music
Graze Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
What Would I Want? Sky Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
I Think I Can Animal Collective Fall Be Kind - EP Apple Music
More And Less CHEER-ACCIDENT Putting Off Death Bandcamp
Octopus Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs Apple Music
Coral Lords Avey Tare Eucalyptus Apple Music
Deep in The Forest Michel Banabila Tapu Sampler 2016 - side A Apple Music
Dreams Baker-Barganier Duo ...and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Bandcamp
Passage secret Miriodor Signal 9 Bandcamp
Song For Andrew No. 1 Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes

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