Saturday, January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009

Ah, the last week of our twentieth quarter, coming just a week after the anniversary of our tenth year of the show. A real feeling of closure. And next week it will be time to move even futher on. I hope you'll join me.

No Q&A this week. We've got some good ones with Thousand Void Crush, DJ T-Rock, Greater Than One, Alex H and DJ Earworm coming up though, so stay tuned...

Also, hey, we announced a Call For Artists last week. Some Assembly Required and are looking for fifty-second tracks composed of at least 50% post consumer audio. If you're a regular listener and/or contributor to this show, then you'll know exactly what that means, and I hope you'll submit something. Gotten some really good tracks already and really looking forward to hearing some more. Click HERE for more information.

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson

Episode 137, Some Assembly Required

Episode 137, Some Assembly Required

01 2 Many DJs – “Push it/No fun”
02 Mophono – “My Reflection Of Andre”
03 James Tenney – “Collage #1 (blue suede)”
04 team9 – “Screaming pro”
05 RX Music - “Boys & girls”
06 Doormouse - “One Man David Lee Roth Coverband”
07 The Tape-beatles – “Please Help Me”
08 Art of Noise – “Peter Gunn theme (the twang mix)”
09 DJ QBert – “Inner Space Dental Commander”
10 Paul Garcia - “American Justice”
11 John Oswald – “Dab”
12 Table Tones in Head Space – “Sunday”
13 Jason Forrest – “War Photographer”

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

50/50: Call For Artists

Some Assembly Required And Present:
The Fifty/Fifty Compilation: CALL FOR ARTISTS

To celebrate Some Assembly Required's Tenth Anniversary, and SAR are teaming up to produce a compilation of fifty-second tracks, by as many as fifty artists...

To have your work considered for this online compilation, please submit your original works of sound collage, featuring at least 50% post consumer audio (sounds found in the media) by March 16, 2009.

Details below...

The Short Version:
Who: Everyone (outsiders, emerging and established artists from all genres are encouraged to submit little masterpieces).
What: Sound Collage tracks composed of at least FIFTY PERCENT recycled sounds, with a running time of exactly FIFTY SECONDS. See below for more details (“The Long Version”).
Where: The recycled sounds must be sourced at least 50% from the media environment (radio, tv, movies and other media). The compilation is being assembled in Minnesota. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world.
When: You’ve got FIFTY days to put together your 50-second tracks - so we’ll stop taking submissions at midnight on March 16, 2009. You may submit up to five tracks.
Why: Some Assembly Required is celebrating its tenth anniversary!
How: Send your submissions to one of the following addresses by 3/16/09:
Email: assembly (at)
Mail: Some Assembly Required, 2751 Hennepin Ave. S. (#145), Minneapolis, MN 55408

Even More Details...

The Long Version:
Who: Everyone. Since we’re working with mnartists on this project, at first we were thinking to just ask artists from Minnesota, but then decided to extend the invitation to artists in all FIFTY states. Finally, we agreed that anyone in the world was welcome to participate.
What: We’re looking for FIFTY-second tracks composed of at least FIFTY percent recycled sounds. Further, those sounds need to be recycled from the media environment. Folks who listen to Some Assembly Required on a regular basis will recognize that these are the criteria we follow when selecting tracks to play on the show. All of the sample based music and audio art featured weekly on SAR is at least fifty percent recycled from the media environment. We also tend to favor tracks whose vocals are 100% sampled, so while some instrumentation and other sounds recorded or found in places other than the media environment are permitted, it’s extremely rare that original vocals, whether it’s singing, rapping or speaking, have been aired on the show. The focus is on what an artist can do creatively, with sounds he or she finds on the radio, the television and in the movies and other media…
Where: The compilation is being put together in Minnesota, but artists from around the world are invited to participate. The compilation will be made available online - so it will be available to practically everyone, “everywhere.”
When: The call for submissions is being made today (Sunday, January 25), and we’re giving you FIFTY days to put together as many as five, short (FIFTY-second) tracks and mail them to us (mailing address below) or submit them to us electronically (email address below). So, we need to see your submission postmarked by March 16, or it needs to arrive in our email inboxes by Midnight, March 16 in order to be considered.
Why: Some Assembly Required is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and we wanted to do something fun to commemorate the occasion. Also, I’ve been getting into really short tracks lately and wanted to encourage more submissions at the same time, so this seemed like an interesting project.
How: As mentioned above, please submit (up to five) FIFTY-second tracks, composed of at least FIFTY percent recycled sounds (found in the media), and mail them by March 16, to: Some Assembly Required, 2751 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408, or email: Assembly (AT)

NOTE: Please send the highest quality soundfile you have. These are short tracks, so even if you’re submitting them as email attachments, feel free to send the largest, fullest version of the original track…

We’ll start collecting right away and won’t stop until March 16, at which point we will select our FIFTY favorites for an online compilation at

Please send questions to assembly (at)

Jon Nelson

Ten Years of Sound Collage

This Tuesday marks the passage of a decade of working on this show, and I'd be lying if I said anything less than this: I'm feeling very proud... I know it hasn't become quite the phenomenon I've sometimes fantasized it might, but it has become much, much more than I ever imagined it would, when debuting the program on January 27, 1999. It's been totally worth it.

Check out our special 10th Anniversary episode, uploaded just a couple days early, with big thanks to the Evolution Control Committee's Mark Gunderson for his part in planning this week's show. Which gets me thinking... Maybe I should take this opportunity to thank a few people. After all, it's not every weekend you commemorate a decade's worth of work.

Catherine Campion and Kate Iverson come immediately to mind. Both have been invaluable in promoting the show, both here in Minnesota and to the rest of the world. In fact, if it weren't for Catherine, we'd probably still be on just five stations, and feeling pretty good about that! With her help, the show has been heard on as many as sixty stations at one time, and we've enjoyed being broadcast on over two dozen individual stations, each week, for a solid five years.

Thanks to Steev Hise as well. In the early days, his support and encouragement were instrumental, especially with regard to establishing and maintaining a web presence. More recently, stAllio! made a big difference, by helping with the development of the current website. KUOM deserves a big thank you as well, for giving me the opportunity to prove the show on their internet stream, and then for being the first to broadcast Some Assembly Required.

I'd mention all the artists who have been interviewed, but you can just check out the list HERE. The interviews and Q&A's, to me, are the most important part of the show. Without them, this would just be a weekly playlist, and a big part of my goal when starting the show was to promote the artists whose work I felt was so important. I feel like that goal is well on its way to being met, and I hope to be able to continue to do this for at least a little while longer.

There are a lot more people who deserve a nod, but I'll try to keep this short and sweet. Check out this week's program (Episode 224) for more about the history of the show, and for just a little insight into what in the world it is I think I've been doing for the past ten years...

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson

Episode 224, Some Assembly Required

Episode 224, Some Assembly Required
(Tenth Anniversary Episode)

01 The Evolution Control Committee - “No Time For Yes”
02 Wayne Butane - “Backwash (segment)”
03 Escape Mechanism - “Culture”
04 Escape Mechanism - “What's Happening”
05 Realistic - “Post-Corporate Fantasy”
06 The Evolution Control Committee - “Rebel without a pause”
07 John Oswald - “Pretender”
08 Unknown - “Closer to da club (50 inch nails)”

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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Real Tuesday Weld

The Real Tuesday Weld

The Real Tuesday Weld (aka The Clerkenwell Kid), is a British "Antique Beat" band, founded by London's Stephen Coates. He's responsible for at least a half dozen full length records with the band, including 2008's Kix, out on Six Degrees Records, and recently had a track featured in the film, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist."

In 2007, The Real Tuesday Weld did a commissioned piece for the Rothko room at The Tate Modern, in London, and re-scored the surrealist film "Dreams That Money Can Buy" for the British Film Institute. They're known for their work on TV, in advertising, documentaries and with film makers such as animator Alex Budovsky, with whom they've won several awards. You can check out some of these animations, along with MP3s and Podcasts at their website.

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with The Real Tuesday Weld...

The Real Tuesday Weld

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: The Clerkenwell Kid

*Do you use a pseudonym? See above

*Members: Stephen Coates, Jacques Van Rhijn, Clive Painter, Don Brosnan and Jed Woodhouse. Up to ten depending on the situation.

*Founding Members: Stephen Coates

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Shellacficionados

*Another genre descriptor: Antique Beat

*Why you use this descriptor: We like to re-interpret old sound in a new way and filter new sound in an old way.

*Location: London

*Original Location:

*What is your creative/artistic background: Art student. I studied painting and design at the Royal College of Art in London.

*History: Ten years. Late last year (2008), I wrote and presented an eight hour series on Propaganda and cold war music for Resonance - the London arts station. We will be playing various festivals this year as live band and DJ. I am about to start work on a new record but at the moment I am working on music for film which is what I intend to be doing more of in the next few years

*Born: Early seventeenth century, England

*Motivations: It's a combination of inspiration, desperation and perspiration.

*Philosophy: Trying to create a little world for people to peep into.

*How would you like to be remembered: There is a corner of some foreign field that is forever England.

*Web address:

Episode 136, Some Assembly Required

Episode 136, Some Assembly Required

01 Lenlow – “Chocolate Cake Revisited”
02 Mag Wheels - “Wake Up”
03 Antediluvian Rocking Horse – “Rigorous Doughnut”
04 People Like Us – “Morning, Pedro”
05 The Evolution Control Committee – “Breakfast”
06 The Button – “Pour orange juice”
07 The Real Tuesday Weld (Clerkenwell Kid) – “Bathtime in Clerkenwell”
08 stAllio! – “Bathtime fun”
09 The Tape-beatles – “Good morning reprise”
10 David Shea/DJ Grazhoppa - “Morning Jacks”
11 Evolution Control Committee – “Toast love”
12 Negativland – “Wake Up America (Live)”
13 Escape Mechanism – “Wake up”

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Alyce Santoro

Alyce Santoro

Alyce Santoro is a multi-media conceptual and sound artist currently living in Texas. A graduate of the Rhode Island School Of Design, she has a background in marine biology and scientific illustration.

I recently received a CD housed in a case made out of recycled audio tape. The strands of magnetic tape were woven together to form an envelope to hold the album. Santoro's release, titled "Between Stations" (check it out HERE), was composed using a playback/performance device of the artist's own creation. The "Fabric Reader" is fashioned out of a recycled portable tape player, designed to play back sounds recorded onto lengths of magnetic tape which have been used to construct clothing out of the same "sonic fabric" used to make the case the CD arrived in.

One of the more imaginative attempts at performing sound collage, to say the least! Check out a couple of short videos titled, "How To Build A Sonic Fabric Reader" and "Sonic Fabric," for more information, HERE.

She has other projects and videos at her website, as well. Check it out HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Alyce Santoro...

*Name: Alyce Santoro

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: This is a little bit complicated! Sonic Fabric is the name of the project. My sonic partner, thee fabulous musician Julian Mock, and I work together on the sound collages. We consider ourselves a multi-media "collective"... The collective is called The Center For The Improbably & (Im)permacultural Research. So for now, we're calling our collaborative work Improbably Projects!

*Do you use a pseudonym? I sometimes go by Alyce B. Obvious.

Alyce Santoro:
Julian Mock:

*Founding Members: Alyce Santoro. Brief history... I had an electric pick-up installed in my flute while in high school in the mid-80's... inspired by Laurie Anderson's tape-bow violin... so that I could play in some friend’s punk band. I have been part of numerous experimental, improv ensembles over the years, and have worked with samplers and effects in my solo work... but this stuff composed entirely of collections of samples really began when I got the idea to weave with cassette tape... at first it was much less about listenability, and more about the notion of stored memory, literally weaving snippets of the human experience into a "sonic fabric"... I was so into cramming as much as possible onto the tape... I wasn't thinking at all about playback.

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I suppose Tape Manipulations describes Sonic Fabric pretty aptly in the literal sense! Though we certainly do digital deconstruction and sample from vinyl, as well as tape. Ultimately, it all gets recorded back onto tape, which itself is then turned into something else entirely. Let me take a minute to distinguish between the three "albums" created (so far...) especially for the purposes of SONIC Fabric... The first one was called The Sounds Of (1/2)Life and was composed entirely of samples I collected from my own personal greatest sonic inspirations... everything from Laurie Anderson, The Beatles “Revolution #9,” Jack Kerouac reading Haiku, recordings of my high school punk band, ocean surf, Tibetan monks chanting, etc. Most of the samples were collected from commercial recordings, and were mixed together on my old-timey analog 4-track... I never expected anyone to actually hear the recording... It was particularly personal, and pretty much completely random in the way in which it was compiled. The second one was custom made for Jon Fishman, Phish percussionist. Jon is a friend, and we were at a party in Vermont, talking around the bonfire about my plan to make fabric from tape, and he asked if I'd be willing to do something with his personal collection of 300 tapes. I said sure, and took his box of tapes - I was astounded at what I found in there - bootlegs of Jimi Hendrix jam sessions, Prince recorded live in a club in London, in front of a small audience, rare Sun Ra stuff - It was too much - I couldn't bear to actually pull the tape out of the cases... So, like a scientist, I took a sample from each and every tape in the box, and layered them all together. Again, this was not done with any sort of musicality - It was all about getting all of his inspirations crammed onto tape so I could weave it into a kind of ritual garment. (Video of Jon's live performance with the "musical suit" available on my youtube channel: Collage collection #3 is Between Stations. This is the first time I made a collage keeping in mind that someone may actually want to listen to it. The samples are all original, collected by hand, or gathered from copyright-free sources, such as (to which I am very grateful). Between Stations is intended to be a sonic interpretation of a day in the life of a post-9/11 New Yorker... One travels between neighborhoods on the subway, appreciating the flavors of different neighborhoods, cultures, and rhythms of the city - all the while daydreaming of other, more bucolic settings. Woven into these collages is a sense of calm that comes from a feeling of connectedness to the larger community as a whole.

*Another genre descriptor: I refer to much of my work, including this sonic stuff, as Philosophoprops. All of it is really just props to start a discussion about philosophy, quantum physics, sonic memory, etc....

*Why you use this descriptor: Years ago, I titled a grant proposal for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Props For The Installation And Diatribe Of Entity 3B. It was then that I realized that my work really consisted of props for use in elucidating the intangible. (I got the grant : ) ).

*Location: I relocated from Brooklyn to the mountains near Marfa, TX two and a half years ago. It's crazy out here... lots of ex-pat New Yorkers and folks from LA living the wild-west post-urban artist-community life. We're near Big Bend Nat'l Park and the Mexico border. Julian and I are trying to get completely off the grid... my studio (which is in a converted 1970's school bus) runs off solar. We do rainwater harvesting, food growing using permaculture techniques, etc. I moved out here, honestly, because of the ambient soundscape. In Bklyn, I was living right next to the Bklyn/Queens expressway, and there came a point when I could no longer hear myself think. Out here, I can HEAR everything... hard to explain, but the subtleness of the soundscape allows for some pretty intricate sonic invention.

*Original Location: I'm originally from the woods of northern New Jersey. Close enough to Manhattan so that my punk band could play at CBGB's (on Tues nites at 6 pm, usually : )), and far enough away so that I grew up in a log cabin.

*What is your creative/artistic background: I've played flute since I was 10. As a kid, I loved both art and science, and felt extremely compelled to challenge what I was learning in school about the two halves of the brain - a creative half and an analytical half, usually with one side being dominant - I wanted both sides to be equal, and had to study math and chemistry extra hard to make up for what I considered to be a deficit. At some point, I decided I wanted to make art about science, so I got a degree in marine biology, then went to grad school at Rhode Island School of Design for scientific illustration. While living in the extremely vital mid-90's loft scene in Providence (The Forcefield/Fort Thunder guys lived right across the street...), I started using silkscreen, sculpture, sound, film... almost everything but the traditional pen and ink... to make art about science. As time went on, my work got increasingly conceptual...

*History: I've been making multi-media work since the mid-90's. I've been working collaboratively with Julian Mock on sound and video projects for the past 2 years.

Me: Englewood, NJ 1968
Julian: Corpus Christie, TX 1970

*Motivations: I am motivated by a deep sense of the interconnectedness of all things... art, science, religion... all different ways of making sense of the big mysteries of existence. Not only is it all interconnected, we're all contributing, unwittingly or not, to the way it's all unfolding, via our thoughts, feelings, and actions. I think if more people could get a sense of not only the responsibility that this implies, but the empowerment to really be able to effect change, I think the world would be a happier and more peaceful place. Pretty much all of my work alludes to this notion in some way.

*Philosophy: I draw from tenets in Buddhism and quantum physics that suggest that, at the most basic level, everything is made up of little more than sonic vibration. My philosophy... or maybe it's more of a hypothesis... is that by bringing together disparate, unlikely, improbably-related sound and image, a new whole is generated that sheds new light on the original parts - and that, somehow, by doing this, the audience (and myself as well) will be inspired to see things in a way that they may not have considered before.

*How would you like to be remembered: As a paradoxical, interdimensional, highly improbable, cosmic phenomenon.

*Web address:

Sonic fabric stuff for sale:

Between stations CD:

Episode 223, Some Assembly Required

Episode 223, Some Assembly Required

01 DJ Schmolli - “Mash Me Amadeus”
02 The Evolution Control Committee - “Music for Selling”
03 notv - “Harder Than It Used To Be”
04 Steinski - “The Big Man Laughs”
05 B'O'K - “Going out”
06 DJ Abilities - “Two Men And A Lady”
07 The Button - “What's prayer”
08 Harbor - “Hopeless Teenage Dreams”
09 Escape Mechanism - “Most Wonderful”
10 Alyce Santoro - “Commute”
11 The Bran Flakes - “Mutual admiration and love”
12 RIAA - “Come As The Eighties”
13 DJ Haste - “Surgical Spirits (Operation on the Turntables)”
14 Forty One - “Love Everyone”
15 Overdub - “Come As The Starlight”

NOTE: The Playlist above is correct. (The Playlist included under the "Lyrics" heading on the MP3 of this week's show incorrectly switches track 7 and 9).

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

SAR Q&A: 2006-2008

The following 100+ SAR Q&A's represent the artist features uploaded from 2006-2008, in alphabetical order...

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson

A plus D


Jim Allenspach

The Angel

Animals Within Animals

Antediluvian Rocking Horse




Big City Orchestra


The Beige Channel

Ros Bobos

The Bran Flakes

Wayne Butane


The Button

DJ Cal

Greg Carr


Cast of Thousands

The Coherent Encoherence



Corporal Blossom

Daniel Steven Crafts

Brian Joseph Davis

Thomas Dimuzio

Steve Dirkx

Divide and Kreate

The Droplift Project


DJ Earlybird

Escape Mechanism

The Evolution Control Committee


Omer Fast

Steve Fisk

John Fleetham

DJ Food

Jason Forrest (Donna Summer)


DJ Foundation

Joe Frawley

The Freelance Hellraiser

Jason Freeman

Freddy Fresh



Girl Talk


Go Home Productions

Dickie Goodman

Grateful For The Dead

Steev Hise

I Cut People


Idiom Creak


Junkshop Coyote

Douglas Kahn

Hugo Keesing

Kid Koala

Lecture on Nothing


Listen With Sarah

DJ Lobsterdust

Tim Maloney (Naked Rabbit)

Christian Marclay

DJ Marvel

The Piss

Mr. Meridies

Matt Mikas

National Cynical Network


DJ Nikoless

Wes Nisker


Nubile G and the Spurious Whiz

Owen O'toole

Oh Astro

Orchid Spangiafora

Bob Ostertag


Party Ben


Ergo Phizmiz

Public Works

DJ Qbert

DJ Quest




DJ Riko

Tom Roe

RX Music

Kelly Patrick Ryan

Savage Ohms


Janek Schaefer

John Schnall

Jeffrey Sconce

Secret Mommy

Silica Gel

Social Security


Natasha Spencer


The Square Root Of Evil

Stark Effect


Carl Stone

Stunt Rock

Rob Swift

The Tape-beatles


James Tenney

Jan Turkenburg



Value Village People

Myeck Waters

Wax Audio

Wax Tailor

David Weir

The Who Boys



DJ Zebra

Want more?
You can find a list of all the (30+) phone interviews we've done with SAR artists over the years (most of which are available to listen to online), at the SAR Interviews page.

Check it out HERE.