Category Archives: vinyl

Alan Dunn – The Sounds of Ideas forming, volume 5: Super 8

A long time ago a movie called Peeping Tom put an end to the career of one of the best film directors Great Britain had ever seen. Michael Powell was killed by his critics. And so it goes. Alan Dunn’s Super 8 can be regarded as grandson of peeping Tom, much friendlier, but still with its creepy side. His composition works like a camera focussing on parts of furniture. Sometimes it recogizes something, sometimes it is just blurr. After a while you start noticing that something’s not right. It seems…

Anders Östberg – Golden hued antique musical lithographs. A whimsical journey to Toytown. Music from my collection.

Anders Östberg is with Radio On since April 2014. Every seven months he sends a new show. Each show is built around a theme. The songs you hear are taken from his vast collection of records. Most of the time the shows are related to cultural or fashion movements in the 1960s and 1970s, movements that appeared for a brief moment and disappeared again, without hardly leaving a trace. Anders shows can be regarded as collections of oddities, but if you look and listen deeper you will see the image…

Don Campau – A rare 7′ vinyl special

Don Campau normally presents songs from tapes that were send to him over the last thirty years. His ongoing shows here on Radio On have become a sonic encyclopedia of the individuals, that in the 1980s and 1990s have used the audio cassette as a medium for exchanging their musical experiments. The cassette culture was a very individual, a-commercial movement that mainly existed as a postal phenomena. Since Don is a radio dj for a very long time now, bands and artists also sent him their vinyls. While re-organising his…

The Scratched Vinyl Show, part 3 Station to Station by Adrian Shephard

There are parts in the -THE- book about Berlin – Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin – a saga drenched in melodrama with lots of descriptions of the city itself, that seem to be the result of automatic writing. In a time of spiritist meetings and fairytale esoterics, this assumption doesn’t seem to be too far off. I have the impression that the nowadays Alfred would walk around with a recorder and not with a notebook. In the third part of the scratched vinyl show Adrian Shephard talks about a long…

The Ben Roberts Show (part 2 of a trilogy on Ben Roberts and his found tapes)

In the second instalment of a special on Ben Roberts and his vast archive of found tapes we hear Ben introduce his work. Ben Roberts, a Brit in Madrid has been collecting found tapes ever since his youngest youth. What started in thrift stores in his hometown has developed into a fascination that borders at science. Gifted with a hypered sense of being able to read and see into the world that unspools before his very ears, he detects the signs of the past times. In the Ben Roberts Show he…

Anders Östberg – Clouds, Suns And Son Of God. Music from my collection

Anders Östberg has a vast collection of very rare and obscure records, many of them from the 1960s and 1970s. This is the fourth time he sends us an hour with music from his collection. This choice is all about obscure, homemade Jesus Music from the seventies. Says Anders “Even as an atheist, I must admit that the Devil does not always had the best music.” Playlist title – artist – album – (record label and #) – year of release – country: Intro – Whitewood – s/t – (Exotic…

Dinah Bird’s Locked Grooves Show by Adrian Shephard and Rinus van Alebeek

As a follow up to the hour dedicated to Dinah Bird’s A Box full of 78s, we played the B-Side of the record and used the locked grooves to create a new view on Dinah’s days and fictional past on Salt Spring Island. A locked groove is a locked groove on a record. The needle cannot escape from the one single rotation and moves around the center of the album until it has cut through it. Dinah put fragments of the recordings she used for Side A on it. We…

Adrian Shephard and Rinus Van Alebeek present Dinah Bird’s A Box of 78s

“A leather box that is over eighty years old and has lived in three different countries, and on two different continents. It contains over fifty 78 rpm recordings of classical music and opera hits of the day. The box and its contents were inherited by my grandmother who was born on the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, in 1910.” “She grew up on Salt Spring. She took the box with her when she left the island in 1925 and carried it to her various adult homes until her death in 2000….

Höllentag Spezial by Jeff Surak

One of the presents we got at the end of last year was Jeff Surak’s Höllentag Spezial. Höllentag Spezial was made with one record player, one recorder and a lot of records. Jeff played locked grooves. If the needle is caught in a locked groove it plays only the piece of music or sound that can be captured in a full spin. The result is a series of repetitions, that can be experienced as mechanic or trance-inducing or simply musical. Especially for its repetitious form, the mechanical element prevails, and…