strange french

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sometimes
a piece of music just grabs the moment and right now for me it is la vie moderne by Léo Ferré,who was a French-born Monégasque poet and composer, and a dynamic and controversial live performer, whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World War until his death…and also we start the broadcast with Golden Dark, the haunting new collaboration between elo masing and david john hull, a tune which has grabbed me for somewhat different reasons…. 
so why ferré? perhaps this song encapsulates a particular european modernism, a swing, a twist upon so much culture, the unique francophone traditions of chanson… with the world dashing backwards from reason and truth this music has me perhaps, spinning in a better time…. 
so.. we play it four times, at different  durations (same pitch), as a meditation, and a celebration……..


my dad had 14 children
and if today I wear Dior
It’s obviously unrelated
My virtue is not excusing itself so well 
None ever knew
But when I did it had gone
The modern life, modern life
I had a nose like Cyrano 
A big, fancy, funny one
A real radar for gigolos
Since it’s been recovered
from a cheapo surgery
I can no longer sniff titties
The modern life, modern life
with then rounds of fertiliser
biology spawns children 
who come home alone to their mummy
in the labs they are horny
and in the streets they cuckolded
the hen lays eggs but sings no more
The modern life, modern life
Newspaper are like bandages
They need to be changed sometimes
Otherwise it messes with your mind
And beside no need for ideas
Because ideas make you think
and thoughts make you argue
The modern life, modern life
There are people who look exotic
and to scoff a “l’as de pique”
they would go all the way to Peking
Me without visa or prospect 
Albeit with bus tickets
I see a lot of people, even Americans / and that’s not far
The modern life, modern life
The shops are overwhelmed
selling paper gems
the kind that won’t ruin you 
Tissues that only get used once
So at least we know what
what the purpose is to have 10 fingers
The modern life, modern life

Paris sans Martin Stone, sans arcades, mais avec le marché et les amateurs de certains

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Martin Stone

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born 11 December 1946, died November the 7th 2016 at home in his apartment in Versailles on the outskirts of Paris. He died quietly in his sleep after a year long fight against cancer and was cared for by his long term partner Lynn. Martin was an English guitarist and rare book dealer. A longtime resident of Fingest in Buckinghamshire, and latterly Paris
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A re-visit of an early morning stroll thought the markets of Paris with antiquarian Book dealer, Rock star, and all round Fine Egg Martin Stone and friends.

Martin buys an Elizabethan Manuscript and Adam buys some 1970’s French Men’s magazines, which although there are no winners in any pornography, it feels slightly less offensive through the patina of age

The Future is the Past : incept date January 8th 2016

Rough Episode notes…..

lemmy, fruit machines, hawkwind, lsd,

my first heroin overdose, post bomber tour christmas party after hammersmith odeon gig (1980?)

so young, so much heroin
so young, so much heroin

hauntology points to brazil being possibly the last film ever made, even featuring Scarfolk style posters including ‘ we are all in this together’ zzzzzp which takes up to the present, which was only the future in some strange dystopian past…..

Lemmy

I’m sure the absurd david cameron or some other tory wonks must have half watched brazil

and just thought all the really bad bit were the good bits, as yes we do pay for our own surveillance, and yes we are now charged more than ever for access to a criminal justice system….. no one should ever have had to make it up but terry giliam got it all all too right….. sigh

anyway…. the future that we are not having is arriving none the less as Roy Batty’s incept date was (and is)  8 January 2016 that’s sometime this coming friday, yes friday….. it’s here, the future but it’s not, it’s the past, or the future as imagined in the past, beyond nostalgia…… spin spin spin 

Replicant (M) Des: BATTY (Roy)
NEXUS-6 N6MAA10816 [N6 = Nexus 6, M = Male, AA = Physical and Mental are both the highest grade, 100816 means his incept date was 8 January 2016.] Incept Date: 8 JAN., 2016.

 

but this weekend……

ClapTON Ensemble
ClapTON Ensemble

Plumb: composition, collaboration and molten lead

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Isotopica today is a series of compositional performance, plumbing lessons, plumbing lessons that become performance, and collaborations with and excerpts from performances of The Clapton Ensemble. Please do not attempt any of this at home without a doctorate level composer present. (we ended up semi flooded in the making of this episode).

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verb      the actor’s attempt to plumb the twisted psyche of Richard III: explore, probe, delve into, search, examine, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, sound out, go into, understand, fathom, get to the bottom of, penetrate, unravel.

elo masing with stringed instrument
elo masing with stringed instrument

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the peerless ClaAptOn Ensemble
the peerless ClaAptOn Ensemble

A Dead Drop from 48,000 inches

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Marina Rabbit in Greta
Marina Rabbit in Greta

What do you get when you place a 5.5 ft rabbit (marina sossi) in a 54 year old light aircraft with a famous photographer turned academic (spencer rowell), a maverick artist and broadcaster (simon tyszko), fly it up to 48, 000 inches, then turn off (idle) the engine and attempt to glide back to earth while discussing art, photography and death, you get…dead drop, this week’s episode of isotopica

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Seanace, Science and an interview with God (Delia Derbyshire)

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The Isotopica studio during our seance, channeling the magnificent Delia Derbyshire who helps us to understand THERE IS NO GOD, phew!Recording today's episode required more than the udsual studio set up

Recording today’s episode required more than the usual studio set up

oh dear, there is no god
oh dear, there is no god

Delia Derbyshire could spot the individual instruments in the grooves of a vinyl recording. Perhaps she had gifts from heaven.
Delia (with her colleagues at the bbc radiophonic workshop) invented techno electronic music, was instrumental in developing sampling and was light years ahead of the world she inhabited.
I recently listen to a small selection of her work and felt dwarfed in its presence. Today’s episode is an homage……..

Fire: Damaged Sale (pay us to save these children or else)

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The first ever live and utterly made up on the spot ISOTOPICA
featuring Marina Sossi Mystic Yogi, fundraising, faith healing, and setting this troubled world to rights with Simon Tyszko

Burning Children to head off notional sharing of resources (communism)
Burning Children to head off notional sharing of resources (communism)

for this resonance 104.4fm fundraisng week tyszko and sossi will perhaps (or perhaps not) heal some right wing children.

Oh Jesus

They will set your soul free by helping you to contribute to your very own emptiness, find out how and view magical items here, including a bubble bath under an aeroplane wing.

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Edie’s Acid

Free of One’s Melancholy Self

A very big Quaalude

Often prescribed to nervous housewives, a quaalude was something between a sleeping pill and a sedative. First synthesized in the late fifties, by 1965 ’ludes were being manufactured by William H. Rorer Inc., a Pennsylvania pharmaceutical company. The name “quaalude” is both a play on “Maalox,” another product manufactured by William H. Rorer Inc., and a synthesis of the phrase “quiet interlude”—a concept so simple and often so out of reach. Just whisper “quiet interlude” to yourself a few times. Seductive, no? It’s the pill in the “take a pill and lie down” directive thousands of Don Drapers gave their Bettys.
Personally i was lucky enough to have a few years when the english version of Methaqualone Maandrax was still just available on our very black market. In the very early eighties i managed to get several boxes of a South African branded capsules which were that last of this particular drug i have every seen.

 

There are no mention of Quaaludes in this episode, they just sprang to mind while writing this podcast, yet would certainly have been on Edie’s regular lists.

 

 

The Godfather: stuart Brisley

What a treat for me…….

Isotopica at 3pm – Stuart Brisley, Godfather of British Performance Art
May 7th, 2013
Cultural sonic detours with artist Simon Tyszko in Isotopica at 3pm. Today: the eternal and subversive Godfather of British Performance Art, Stuart Brisley. Picking from over five decades of works and actions at the very edges of contemporary art, Simon discusses topics ranging from Stuart’s blacklisting by the British Council, setting fire to the outside of Tate Britain, and Agitation Propaganda. [Repeated Sunday 6am.]

Confessions of a Barbiturate user: madness, a review part 1

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At 3pm in Istopica, artist Simon Tyszko considers madness, using interviews, field recordings and sonic collage in a programme which promises to be very dark. Note: some listeners may find the graphic descriptions of the hazards of drug usage disturbing.

Indeed! Considering my own dalliance with curious mental health (addiction, depression, the vapours), this is first in an occasional series on the human psyche.
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The King and I

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A Fine treat with friend and comrade in (artistic) arms
Mr Bob Kingdom.
Bob is the one man show,
he conceives, he researches, he writes, he presents and performs,
holding the stage in an intense and intimate audience with his chosen study.

In todays episode we wander around his thoughts and meander through reminiscence, while he sports the Duke Of Windsor’s Haircut, a delight, im sure you will agree.

Just Who Is Bob Kingdom. Seen here in my studio, bob appears as a West Coast Hitman
Just Who Is Bob Kingdom.
Seen here in my studio, bob appears as a West Coast Hitman

 

Bob Kingdom Seen Here As Dylan Thomas Having An Impossible Chat With Quentin Chrisp (Betty Bourne), photographed by me at the Edinburgh Festival once upon a time
Bob Kingdom Seen Here As Dylan Thomas Having An Impossible Chat With Quentin Chrisp (Betty Bourne)
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Bob Kingdom As The Duke Of Windsor
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Bob Kingdom as J.Edgar.Hoover Himself

lovers, threads, and a tragic base jump

the passions

Relationships, causality, isotopes, Psychoanalysis

the passions
one of these was my first rock star girlfriend

lora logic photographed by simon tyszko in 1978? for the first essential logic album beat rhythm news
lora logic photographed by simon tyszko in 1978? for the first essential logic album beat rhythm news, we briefly were
the girlfriend who has changed her name and can no longer be named
the girlfriend who has changed her name and will no longer be named

playlist in incorrect order
i) Alap ii) Jorh iii) Jhalla
im in love with a german film star the passions
Architecture of Loss Valgeir Sigurdsson
Angels And Demons At Play Sun Ra
Another Time, Another Place Arthur Prysock
C6::counterpoint Ryoji Ikeda
A Demain My Darling Marie Laforet
on with the show the rolling stone
you call everybody darling the andrew sisters (78 transcription)
3 beautiful and mysterious tracks from the european girlfriend who has changed her name to ********* with music by her ex who died in a base jumping accident, strange world or ……………………………

‘Nobody Told Me (There Would Be Days Like These)’ Hand knitted Arran wool straight jacket 1995.
‘Nobody Told Me (There Would Be Days Like These)’
Hand knitted Arran wool straight jacket 1995.

Paris sans arcades, mais avec le marché et les amateurs de certains

An early morning stroll thought the markets of Paris with antiquarian Book dealer, Rock star, and all round Fine Egg Martin Stone and friends.
Martin buys an Elizabethan Manuscript and Adam buys some 1970’s French Men’s magazines, which although there are no winners in any pornography, feels slightly less offensive through the patina of age

The Southwest Bank Show (Mervin, Simon And The Ghost Of Bacon)

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Lost in the archives, as was much of the Seventies, Eighties and through an inverse process (therapy) the Nineties, today’s episode is a simple conceit, as are these Images, especially made for radio during the recording of the show
Images Made For radio

Polaroids in the Style of Bacon
Polaroids made for Radio
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Polaroids made for Radio
Polaroids made for Radio
Polaroids made for Radio
Polaroids in the Style of Bacon
Polaroids in the Style of Bacon

we end up today with a tribute to Ravi Shankar playing Homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
Raga Mohan Kauns

the episode also features soundscapes from Amusing Amusements, Southend on Sea

Home Heroin Manufacture (out takes, in takes, and all)

mickey mouse opium
addictive to even the purest soul
over the counter

Todays Isotopica is a meditation on ritual, performance and obsession.
The fetish of addiction, and the perfect commodity of heroin, are obliquely and amusingly explored in this series of takes and retakes from a recording session for a performance on the bathtub manufacture of heroin from raw opium.

remixed over a soundtrack including rare arabic 78 shellac recordings and avante guard electronica, this episode is perhaps the perfect product
the sheer banality of domestic addiction

 

Buñuel, The Virgin Mary and some Gin

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* Buñuel, The Virgin Mary and some Gin is an extended minimalist existential mediation on the nature of class, revolution and the perfect martini with master filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s magnificent musings the perfect recipe for this classic cocktail compared to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

*this episode contains a punchline
playlist
Ananda Lahari  clogs
Heijastuva Ø
Anksiolyytti Ø
Arctic Hysteria  The Residents
013 +- 6.18   Christian Fennesz
Carillon Michael Harrison
Animus Redhooker
Minor Key Simon tyszko

Un Chien Andalou (French pronunciation: [œ̃ ʃjɛ̃ ɑ̃dalu], An Andalusian Dog
from the 1929 film by Buñuel and Dali

Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by the American artist and photographer Andres Serrano

 


simon tyszko ‘ worry’
Perhaps an underlying theme for this episdoe and one echoed by the text and ‘punchline’ as narrated by tyszko at the end