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.
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.
There’s a good reason that Inter-Dimensional Music is the number one New Age radio broadcast in the Big Bend region of Far West Texas: Since we first started transmitting on Marfa Public Radio back in the spring of 2010, each song we’ve played has been selected with the goal of offering all the souls passing through the Chihuahuan Desert a soundtrack worthy of our luminescent high country vistas.
So whether you’re waiting in line at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint; watching the lights of Boquillas from the South Rim of the Chisos; channeling the spirit of curandera Jewel Babb deep in the Quitman Mountains; decoding starlight vibrations at the McDonald Observatory; vibing on the sky island rhythms of the Davis Mountains…
Tune in to KRTS, Marfa Public Radio this Sunday night from 9-11p (CST) for a very special Inter-Dimensional Music featuring an hour of fresh tunes from Marfa-based electronic musician Celia Hollander, aka $3.33.
Plenty of Texas heads are still ringing from her recent psychedelic desert R&B AV collages in Marfa and Austin, opening for William Tyler and Demdike Stare, respectively; regular ID Music listeners will recognize some of her more ethereal compositions from past shows.
Celia will be joining ID Music host Daniel Chamberlin from 9-10pm. Chamberlin plugs his computer into the soundboard from 10-11p, delivering the usual mellow set of kosmiche slop, maybe some Terry Riley or something from the Holter/Barwick-dominated genre of angelic slow jams.
Listen at 93.5FM if you’re out here in the Big Bend, otherwise point your computer at marfapublicradio.org for the live stream.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for last night’s show: the broke-nose landscrapers in the Faubourg Marigny of New Orleans, the art collectors of Spanish Andalucia, the furniture-crafters in Red Hook, the electricians of Brooklyn, the Chuck UK family in Mount Washington, the audio designers of Lincoln Square, the salon shamans of Paris, the Greenfriars of Joshua Tree, the stargazers at McDonald Observatory, the outer-limits oilfielders of the Permian Basin and the true heads keeping it topless in the Hamptons.
And we’ve got nothing but love for the OGs out here in occupied Northern Mexico, our neighbors in Terlingua, Ojinaga, Presidio, Fort Davis, Alpine, El Paso, any long-haulers who had their ears on riding the 10, the 90, the 17 or the 67; and of course ID Music’s immediate family here in the bohemian enclave of Marfa.
Here’s what we listened to. Links go to downloads or further listening opportunities. If you were digging the gnawa jams from Mahmoud Guinia, we recommend visiting the first rate audioblog Moroccan Tape Stash at your earliest convenience.
We’re live on KRTS again on Sunday, August 5 from 9-11p (CST).
Beautiful Son – Peaking Lights – Lucifer
Hear River Jordan – Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus – Love Thy Neighbor
5.19.12 3 – M. Geddes Gengras – Leaving Records Compilation
Exodus Now – Ursprung – Ursprung
Human – Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2
Crzx – The Cyclist – Leaving Records Compilation Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Faceless Kiss – Alone Together #6
Side II – Olympus Mons – Reflections Of Bliss Lake