A pleasant sobering atmosphere full of love and piety

#haiku Best part of waking up is Raga Bhairavi in these headphones, dude … (bowing deeply to @revoltoftheapes )

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Best part of waking
up is Raga Bhairavi
in these headphones, dude

… haiku in the style of @revoltoftheapes.

Preparing for next week’s February edition of Inter-Dimensional Music on Marfa Public Radio, navigating raga headspace with the help of Tawfiq and Tanarang. Of all our recent discoveries, Raga Bhairavi is perhaps the most enchanting, and has now become part of our regular morning routine at the Indianapolis Zen Center. From Tanarang’s raag index

Any one who claims to know or appreciate music cannot be unaware of the queen of melodies i.e. Raag Bhairavi. The soft (Komal) notes and their smooth rendering with pleasing touches – Khatke, Jhatke and Murkiyan simply mesmerizes the audience. A pleasant sobering atmosphere full of love and piety is created and one feels so close to the Supreme. Its compositions include several Thumris, Bhajans, Ghazals, Songs etc. Since it is an ocean of immense possibilities the melodic combitions can include all the twelve notes with skill.

 

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Renditions from flute specialists such as Pannalal Ghosh and Tanjore Viswanathan are highly recommended: An ideal complement to John‘s coffee and morning practice. Tune in to ID Music on Marfa Public Radio this Sunday, February 5 from 9-11pm CT for more.

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Forever Sucking Dry: Desert Surf Films Ambience

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Forever Sucking Dry, my cetacean-mind-communion soundtrack to Ballroom Marfa’s Desert Surf Films series from August is now streaming. Many thanks to Travis Bubenik and Gory Smelley for help recording and editing the mix for broadcast. The setlist includes songs from Aloha Spirit, Emeralds, Former Selves, These Trails, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more, underscored by surf ambience, whalesongs, and a cameo from Magaret Howe and her dolphin lover, Peter.

“Hello Peter!”
[dolphin voice] “Hello Margaret!”
“Niiice!”

You can find an 11” x 17” print of the Forever Sucking Dry image as the centerfold ofStay Golden, a desert surf films ‘zine designed and edited for Ballroom Marfa by Hilary duPont, Liz Janoff and Ian Lewis. Available for $10 (cheap!) from Ballroom Marfa. The ‘zine also includes prose, poetry and artwork from Joshua Edwards, Tim Johnson, Eileen Myles and Brandon Shimoda.

Inter-Dimensional Music News: October 2015

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Inter-Dimensional Music returns to the airwaves of the Big Bend on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 9-11pm (CT). As always, you can hear us the first Sunday of every month on air at Marfa Public Radio, broadcasting across the Trans-Pecos at KRTS 93.5 FM in Marfa, KRTP 91.7 FM in Alpine and KDKY 91.5 FM in Marathon. You can stream the show live at marfapublicradio.org, follow along @CosmicChambo, and find intermittent updates at interdimensionalmusic.com.

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Tonight’s show is inspired in part by the Barred Owls of Owl Pond, and the Adirondacks camp where your host spent the early part of September in communion with his family of cousins, aunts, uncles, mosses, ferns, mushrooms, trout, ospreys, damned cormorants and the aforementioned birds. Listen for Barred Owl calls throughout the broadcast. ID Music will also feature some new field recordings from Pinto Canyon Road by People & Sounds podcaster Katherine Rae Mondo.

In the first hour, new music from Matthewdavid’s Mindflight and Sun An, some (allegedly) old music from Kon Teifi, and classic ‘80s New Age from David Casper and William Linton.

In the cosmic metal hour we’ve got some thoughts on loneliness, desolation and love from Marissa Nadler, Windhand and Chongyam Trungpa, along with fresh jams from Black Breath, Deafheaven and Vanum.


The Last Marriage of Space and Time, my show featuring linen-cotton canvases inspired in equal parts by J.G. Ballard’s The Crystal World, the tapestries of William Morris, and the back-patch art of the metal and punk communities, came down last week. Exhibition documentation is now online at Into the Green.

The 56” x 38” works are printed in an unlimited edition on linen-cotton canvas, and are available from Marfa Book Company for $200 plus shipping. Contact them here.


Wildflower Sigils and Mantras is still on view at the bookstore; these unframed, unlimited-edition prints are available for $100 and $150. Works are printed with archival inks on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper by our friends at Color Wheel Digital. Contact the good people at the store for ordering information.


There’s also a new show at the squat gallery (aka the South Plateau Adobe Ruin) including works in concrete and bone by Tyler Spurgin, and an installation of my lichen canvases. Contact either one of us to schedule a visit. The gallery is hosted in an abandoned building at the south end of Plateau street in Marfa. If you visit independently, please use an inside voice, don’t bother the wasps, and enter at your own risk.

In other news …

  • Listen to Tom Michael’s Desert Surf Films interview with Ballroom Executive Director Susan Sutton, Desert Surf filmmaker Ian Lewis and yours truly on Marfa Public Radio.

  • Katherine Rae Mondo’s “West Texas Talk” interview with me and other Far West Texas EMTs about the existential and tactical challenges of life as a medic can be streamed and downloaded from Marfa Public Radio, or as a People and Sounds podcast.

  • Stay tuned to Marfa Public Radio and listen later this month for my interview with Lannan poet and NCAA basketball champ Natalie Diaz as we talk about her Marfa residency, her work with the last speakers of her people’s Mojave language, and her first collection of poetry, When My Brother Was an Aztec.

Thanks for reading.

Dream well, friends,
Cosmic Chambo

ID Music for May, Plant-Mind Wallpaper + South Plateau Adobe Ruin Updates

Inter-Dimensional Music will once again waft through the air of the Big Bend this Sunday, May 3, 2015.  If you’re out here in Far West Texas tune in from 9-11p (CST) on the first Sunday of each month at KRTS 93.5 FM in Marfa, KRTP 91.7 FM in Alpine and KDKY 91.5 FM in Marathon. You can also stream the show live at marfapublicradio.org. Streaming archives on Soundcloud.

The May broadcast is shaping up to be a murky one, with Sun Araw, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and The Healing Music of Rana seeing heavy airplay here at the home studio. The metal hour is looking grim, with funereal long-form funeral doom from Bell Witch and some Morriconne-era Earth on deck.

Minor updates to the South Plateau Adobe Ruin (SPAR), our squat gallery here in Marfa, are underway. Some old and new work on the walls, along with native ferns recommended by botanist Michael Eason now installed in the kitchen sink. We also added a Westport Chair built by Sam Winks to further enable quiet contemplation. An untitled work in concrete and bone from Tyler Spurgin is also on view. For more information on visiting the SPAR or about the work contained inside its crumbling walls, drop us a line. SPAR is an abandoned house: Enter at your own risk, and please don’t disturb the neighbors.

Our Lichens show also remains on view at Etherington Art in Marfa. In addition to the full size installations, individual rolls of wallpaper (pictured above), suitable for customizing your personal plant-mind communication chamber, are also available. Contact Mary Etherington for more information.

$3.33, August 8, 2013. Photo by Alex Marks for Ballroom Marfa.

If you’re in Los Angeles, consider stopping by Various Small Fires to experience new work from friend of the show Celia Hollander. Longtime listeners of ID Music will recognize Celia’s $3.33 moniker from past broadcasts, the Backcountry Chillout mixtape and her guest host session. $3.33 (Celia Hollander): Live Streams will run through May 16, 2015. You can buy her music, including the helpful I need some good rap music for my car.? at Bandcamp.

Inter-Dimensional Music on Twitter, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp

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The Big Bend’s top-rated New Age/Cosmic Metal radio program is now on Twitter. Follow @CosmicChambo for show updates + jokes + Marfa gossip + moss and lichen photography.

You can also keep in touch by subscribing to our bi-monthly newsletter: Click here to view the archives.

And music from the show is readily available on our Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. Thanks for listening!