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.

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Forever Sucking Dry: Desert Surf Films Ambience

Inter-Dimensional Music News: October 2015

Chambo relaxes with friends in the Adirondacks

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

Inter-Dimensional Music News: October 2015

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!

Inter-Dimensional Music on Twitter, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp

ID Music Meets Root Strata Inna Big Bend Style

Inter-Dimensional Music – the top-rated “New Age Talk” broadcast in the Big Bend since 2010! – returns to the airwaves tonight, Sunday March 1, 2015 from 9-11pm on Marfa Public Radio. Also always streaming live at marfapublicradio.org, and *rarely* archived at interdimensionalmusic.com.

We’ll be joined in studio tonight by itinerant Root Stratan Maxwell August Croy, who’s returned to Far West Texas for self-imposed exile/residency. We hope to hear more of the music he’s been working on, including a soon-coming collaboration with another friend of the show, cosmic harpist Mary Lattimore. We’ll also be talking high desert mind expansion strategies while cycling through psychedelic folk music (watch for the obligatory Dead jam), and maybe some downpressing folk metal so as to make sure our silver linings have more than a touch of grey.

We’ll also get into some music from the Marfa Myths festival, which arrives in these high desert grasslands on March 13 for a weekend of sound bathing, tape chanting and other irie activities featuring New Age-allies well known to ID Music listeners, such as Bitchin Bajas, Grouper and Jefre-Cantu Ledesma. Keep an eye on Marfa Public Radio and Ballroom Marfa for more coverage.



We’ll be back later this March with more news about Chambo’s next installation, a collection of photo-based works informed in part by the writings of Victorian proto-ecologist (and erotophobe?) John Ruskin. Fresh lichen prints are making their way to Marfa from Color Wheel Digital in Baltimore, destined for the expanding plant-mind meditation zone already in progress at Etherington Art.


Watch intothegreen.wordpress.com and danielchamberlin.com for updates.

Vaya con diosa …

ID Music Meets Root Strata Inna Big Bend Style

ID Music for February 1, 2015: AFX, Zeit, Urzeit

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Inter-Dimensional Music returns with the Big Bend’s Number One broadcast of white magic and black metal tonight, February 1, 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, and find archived sets on Soundcloud.

In the first hour we’re going to relive our late ’90s turn as a Los Angeles rave reporter for techno/hip-hop magazineURB by sifting through the trove of tracks that Aphex Twin released earlier this week. The deluge of new music triggered a massive serotonin rush in listeners of a certain age, for whom AFX represents a kind of ideal synthesis of hip-hop’s low-end thump, slinky earworms, Eno-esque ambient glide, and Throbbing Gristle-worthy transgression.

A quick summary of why some people are very excited: Richard D. James hadn’t released any new music since 2001’sDrukqs. He emerged with three new things in the past year: A single copy of a mostly unheard 1994 album of spastic breakbeat, Caustic Window, sold at auction for $46,300 to the guy who created Minecraft; an immediately beloved new album called Syro; and then a trickier EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2. Arrival of said music was heralded, in part, by the appearance of an Aphex Twin blimp in the skies over London.

Last week the ever-vigilant AFX superfans who scour the internet for any sign of the wily musician discovered aSoundcloud user who was uploading songs that sounded a lot like classic Aphex Twin. Word spread, obsessive fans debated their authenticity on message boards, and as the user48736353001 account posted more and more music aconsensus emerged that these were the real deal. Those listeners of a certain age began to rejoice as the catalog of new-old music grew to 110 songs. For some perspective, imagine if D’Angelo followed up on Black Messiah by giving away eight albums of top-shelf unheard material from his decade of silence.

The prankish nature of the release made it seem even more intimate, as the user now assumed to be the man himself cracked wise and offered inebriated philosophy in the comments …  Continue reading “ID Music for February 1, 2015: AFX, Zeit, Urzeit”

ID Music for February 1, 2015: AFX, Zeit, Urzeit

Inter-Dimensional Music for June 1, 2014

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Inter-Dimensional Music returns to the shimmering Far West Texas airwaves tonight, bringing heat stroke-averse visions from across the kosmiche spectrum.

Our summer doom mantra mix includes some heavy contemplative music from Ben Frost, Sunn O))) & Ulver, and Leyland Kirby. A high altitude chill descends as the sun fades and bats swoop through the twilight: Look for XYR, M. Geddes Gengras and Laraaji in the second hour.
Tune in from 9-11pm (cst) at 93.5 FM here in the Big Bend, or worldwide at marfapublicradio.org.
Inter-Dimensional Music for June 1, 2014

ID Music Archive: 20140302 Arp vs Chambo

(via Inter-DimensionalChambo on Soundcloud)

Hour I: Arp

Alexis Georgopolous + Daniel Chamberlin – in conversation
AKTUALA When The Light Began
FRANCO BATTIATO Aries
DAVID BEHRMAN Interspecies Smalltalk – Part 1
BEE MASK The Story of Keys and Locks
FINIS AFRICAE Doble Reflejo De La Luna En El Agua (Double Reflection Of The Moon On The Water)
LE REVELATEUR Loading Vistas
SOFT MACHINE Out-Bloody-Rageous
PORTOPIA ’81 Sunrise
INOYAMA LAND Apple Star
ROBERTO CACCIAPAGLIA Sonanze – 9th Movement
TULUM SHIMMERING Before Us Is Our Ocean

Hour II: Chambo

gaia – crickets
Arp – More (Blues)
Quilt – Tie Up the Tides
Skygreen Leopards – Jehovah Will Never Come
Six Organs of Admittance – This Hand
Silver Antlers – Dripping From the Sun
Charalambides – Namaste
MV & EE – Shotgun Willie
Lift to Experience – With Crippled Wings
High Time (19770517 Tuscaloosa) – Grateful Dead
ID Music Archive: 20140302 Arp vs Chambo