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Love, sex, relationships, and the patriarchy………

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In this episode we meet death and death falls in love with us, and despite her parent’s plans Grazia also falls for Death, and Death falls for Grazia, her fiancé get’s confused and perhaps we find ourselves in a love hexagon…. or some other equally complex shape.

Death Plays Jenga
Death plays Jenga with a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) in Bergman’s classic The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet)

Sign Waves for Cats and Dogs (and other people too)

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Continuing our cross species experimentation (with Elo Masing in Berlin), we present today a new composition by Simon Tyszko specifically made for and with the help of other kinds of animals (apart from the usual Homo sapiens suspects, plus the usual conversation and cultural fillers that so define ISOTOPICA.

A Telephone Rings and Someone Speaks

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exchange

| ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ, ɛksˈtʃeɪndʒ |
noun
1 an act of giving one thing and receiving another (especially of the same kind) in return: negotiations should lead to an exchange of land for peace | [mass noun] : opportunities for the exchange of information.
I have always held a fascination for the sheer magic of telephony, with the transmission of disembodied voices across unimaginable distance, combining a direct intimacy with a paradoxical anonymity, a voice speaking directly into ones ear as if relating secrets,   with 


magical powers to connect us across great distances. I would describe this as 
magic in it's purest form, the transformation of base materials into new forms using the ritualised methods of science 

walking nowhere thinking everything

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From lockdown we take a phantom stroll with Jimmy Fox, inspired by Walter Benjamin, who, drawing on the poetry of Baudelaire, made the Flâneur an emblematic archetype of the modern urban experience. The Flâneur of course evolved into the psychogeographer via Guy debord and his theory of the derive, to Iain Sinclair in twentieth century London, to the pandemic aetheric and haunted steps of Zigmund Freud’s great great grandson Jimmy Fox.

Is it that time already?

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It’s now always a late 1970’s Sunday afternoon in the in the days of the contemporary Pest

A mechanical timer prised from a discarded kitchen in a Bruxelles back street, provides an analogue rhythm around which we build today’s program.  Camus provides some words, we tune in to some intercultural networked improvised music from The Ethernet Orchestra, sample a new livestream sound work from Matthew Olden, and all as we gently muse on our world spun upside down on an unfamiliar axis.

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Ethernet Orchestra 

is an Internet-based musical ensemble that explores intercultural improvisation through musical performances in located venues and on the web. Founded by trumpeter Roger Mills, the ensemble was formed to address the underrepresentation of the diverse musical cultures in online music making.  The group combines electronic and traditional instruments, including Mongolian moron khuur (horse fiddle) and throat singing, tabla,  Persian tanbur, tar, balaban, and the Japanese shakuhachi, blended with Buchla synthesizer, DX7, Ableton, voice, guitar, trumpet, and sax. 

Oceans between Sound is the second album by Ethernet Orchestra and covers a 4 year period of the groups performances and online jam sessions. It is free to download with artwork and CDR disc prints from the Chilean net label Pueblo Nuevo https://pueblonuevo.cl/catalogo/oceans-between-sound/

Plays For Horses

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The Train Rolls On Chris Marker Le Train En Marche (1971)

First the eye, then the cinema, which prints the look….

A stunned episode
post tory election landslide,
in which we listen simultaneously,
to both the French and English soundtracks,
of Chris Marker's
Le Train En Marche,
in an attempt
perhaps,
to revisit,
and even
find a route back to,
the utopian
dreams
and projects
of both early and late
twentieth century cultural marxism.

…the train of revolution, the train of history has not lacked reverse signals and switched points but the biggest mistake one could make was to believe that it had come to a halt.

“If Chris asked you to do something you did it: There was no question”, recalls Marc Karlin in one of his last interviews before his death in 1999. ‘Chris’, needless to say, was Chris Marker, Karlin’s friend who he called ‘le maitre’. The task was to provide an English version of Marker’s recent film Le train en marche (1971) – a celebration of the Soviet era filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin and his mythical ‘kino-poezd’ – a ‘cine train’ re-fitted with cameras, editing tables and processing labs, that travelled the breadth of Russia to make films for and with the workers. Films made on the spot, in collaboration with the local people, (workers in factories, peasants in kolhozs), shot in one, day, processed during the night, edited the following day and screened in front of the very people who had participated to its making… Contrarily to the agit-prop trains which carried official propaganda from the studios to the people, here the people was his own studio. And at the very moment bureaucracy was spreading all over, a film unit could go and produce uncensored material around the country. And it lasted one year (1932)!

Medvedkin saw his kino-poezd (294 days on the rails, 24,565m of film projected, 1000km covered) as a means of revolutionising the consciousness of the Soviet Union’s rural dwellers. Marker hoped his recent unearthing would incite similar democratic film-making. In tribute, Karlin and other kindred spirits in London joined Cinema Action.” There was a relationship to the Russians. Vertoz, the man and the movie camera, Medvedkin, and his agitprop Russian train; the idea of celebrating life and revolution on film, and communicating that. Medvedkin had done that by train. SLON and Cinema Action both did it by car. Getting a projector, putting films in the boot, and off you went and showed films – which we did”.

The people were brought the filmmaker’s cinema, in the same way they were brought the artist’s art and the expert’s science. But in the case of this train the cinema was to become something created with contact through the people and was to stimulate them to make their own intervention.

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Music For Birds

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Performed by humans, Produced by birds.

An international phone conversation, London to Berlin, with Elo Masing representing Berlin based WIG (improvisational trio), and Simon Tyszko in London, discussing the world’s first musical transcription produced by birds,
Music For Birds 
by WIG, and It’s genesis within the glamorous and rarefied world of cross species art with avian tandem Kakaduu.Agapornis Fischeri, better known by the artist name Kakaduu, is originally from Central Africa and now based in Berlin, Germany. They established themselves as artists in London, UK, where they lived from 2010 to 2015.

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Unprepared Piano stories

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From Chile to Chatham both haunted and alive.

Some field recordings and ambient sounds from summer 2019.

A zoom recorder balanced just below the pendulum of an ancient yet working grandfather clock in a central room of a venerable Kent House, picks up the steady yet illusory passage of time along with snippets of family life and conversations.
We feature the story of a piano in Chile played by spirits, after stumbling across Julian*s evocation of those ghosts on an old detuned upright in a lost bedroom, bringing us perhaps to consider the psychogeography of an unprepared piano. Peter Suchin riffs on the semiotics of image via Roland Barthes, and an endless vortex filling of a narrow boat water tank punctuates a summer day on the last pirate island of London (as far as we know), as the clock tic toc tic tocs us along to almost certain extinction, and we wonder how to, or even if to, make art, as time is undeniably running out. Read More

Voiced, spoken, said, uttered, expressed, articulated, oral, by mouth.

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A Radio impression of VOCALIS, an irregular performance event at the delicious Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall London.

VOCALIS places emphasis on giving voice in many forms; sharing ideas, drawing on collective memory and Beaconsfield’s long engagement with text, time-based/live art, performance and sound. Informal and open, Vocalis happens in Beaconsfield’s intimate cafe space – where food and fluids mix with electrical impulses and vocalised concepts.
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extinction or rebellion, rebellion or extinction….THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

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99.7% scientific consensus
414 parts of CO2 per million, the highest in earths history.
Once in a lifetime weather events every week.
Mass extinction and loss of natural habitat happening now.
Short term profits in place of life as we know it.

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.

this is not a drill this is not a drill this is not a drill

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Multilingual, multifaceted, Intended, Multiplex, Zoe Zakovski

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A play on words
Zoe Zarkovsi and Simon Tyszko engage in Word play or wordplay (also: play-on-words) being a literary technique and a form of wit in which words used become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect or amusement.
Examples of word play include puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, double entendres, and telling character names (such as in the play The Importance of Being Earnest, Ernest being a given name that sounds exactly like the adjective earnest). Word play is quite common in oral cultures as a method of reinforcing meaning. Examples of text-based (orthographic) word play are found in languages with or without alphabet-based scripts; for example, see homophoerate our accompanying nic puns in Mandarin Chinese. 

Deleuze and food, time and chance, combine with a collection of pure data patches that algorithmically generate our accompanying soundtrack, the hidden hand of a god who simply never existed.

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Le menu est la liste des divers mets qui composent le repas. Dans un restaurant, ou à la cantine, c’est l’ensemble des mets qui peuvent être servis pour un prix déterminé.

Par métonymie, le menu est le feuillet, le carton, le tableau, l’affichette, l’objet ou la brochure qui liste :

  • les mets servis lors d’un repas : manuscrit ou imprimé, illustré ou non, il présente au convive la liste des mets et boissons qui vont lui être servis lors d’un repas ou d’un banquet. Cette pratique, qui remonte au xixe siècle, et qui tend à se perdre (sauf dans les réceptions officielles), participe à l’art de la table ; elle offre de précieux renseignements aux historiens de la cuisine ;
  • le choix des différents mets pouvant être servi pour un repas au restaurant.

Right now this is a collaboration with you Anne Bean

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Today’s program is a conversation and absolutely not a documentary… as the sheer longevity and variety of Anne’s practice utterly defies that within a 55 minute radio slot…

We are in a walking conversation in annes recent exhibition in a temporary west end gallery space where England and Co, whom anne is working with are presently residing… 

Taken from anne’s website annebeanarchive.com which has a page for every year of her practice from 1970 to the present day there is this delicious guiding text which I realised rather beautifully encapsulates the way conversational programs on isotopica tend to operate 

An ongoing Autobituary

The content of this website is not the work.

Nor is it a document of the work.

It is a physical manifestation of certain intersecting circumstances

More organised but no more significant than any others.

My work is a continuum.

Right now it is a collaboration with you.

No work attributed to me is copyrighted.

Anne Bean’s work is wonderfully difficult to classify or even pin down,
Reading Anne’s CV is like following a continuous performance,
a continuous response to the world stretching from 1970 to the present day.
The variety and specifics of time, space and location,
interiors, exteriors, seasons, publics, materials, concepts, tools,
is simply astonishing: Noted materials include fire and pyrotechnics, weather balloons, explosives, wind, steam, honey, slide projections, drawing, photography, video and of course sound.

Yet throughout this bewildering meta interest there is an absolute unity

Together with Richard Wilson and Paul Burwell they formed now legendary  Bow Gamelan in 1983 which was an anarchic industrial sculptural performance collective, with roots firmly in the world of free improvisation, situationist spectacle and the collaborative squat aesthetic that informed the more dynamic artistic threads in the pre neoliberal world…… and one I’m finding, personally, more and more missed..

Paul Burwell was also the founding member of the London musician collective, member number one in fact, a phenomena from which this this experimental radio station resonance fm was born……

A convivial conversation with a cat on a bike as the crane cries

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This particular episode revolves around a trip to the vet with Idoru the cat, during which we share a delightful conversation around topics of the day.

Our cycling conversation perfectly sets the scene for a program approaching the cutting edges of trans-species art research,  featuring tracks from a new album entitled ‘Crane Cries’, which revolves around a live recording emulating the sounds and intentions of cranes through string improvisation and unusual techniques, by the quartet of Estonian violinist Elo Masing, German violinist Dietrich Petzold, Portuguese violist and cellist Ernesto and Guilherme Rodrigues, who name each of the 8 tracks after the behaviour of cranes,  forming a flock, migration, fighting, ritual dancing, and nesting.


This conflation of the chat with a cat on a bicycle, and the avian themed avant guard music is purely coincidental, and only came about when isotopicee Elo Masing sent this latest release hot off the presses from Berlin, which is available as a limited edition from various online outlets including Ernesto Rodrigues’ Bandcamp site here.
Yet at the same time Elo has been working for several years now with avian artistic tandem Kakaduu, Agapornis Fischeri, originally from Central Africa and now based in Berlin, Germany. Kakaduu established themselves as artists in London, UK, where they lived from 2009 till 2015. They have been active in the visual arts since 2010 and first gained recognition with the wood veneer and cardboard sculpture “Me and My Home”. Other well-known works include “My Cage” and “My Nightmares About the Cat”.
Most recently Kakaduu been the worlds first birds to have produced a human musical record release with Berlin based WIG ensemble’s unique album Music For Birds, which features in a future edition is Isotopica.

Much more to follow on our trans-species investigations to follow.

Meanwhile
as it turned out, Idoru was not unwell, and her recent strange behaviour was simply one of those cat things, although the vet (at the amazing and wonderful animal charity The Blue Cross)   mentioned several time that Idoru was fat….
Subsequently our new crash diet seems to have bought out the hidden kitten in both Voltaire and Idoru, and we have entered an exciting and new athletic phase under the aeroplane wing here at Phlight

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Ken Livingstone’s London. Red, Red, and very very missed

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Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone, The only truly successful left-wing British politician of modern times


……is an English politician who served as the Leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) from 1981 until the council was abolished in 1986, and as Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent East from 1987 to 2001

Born in Lambeth, South London, to a working-class family, Livingstone joined Labour in 1968 Ken went on to become the head of the GLC.


The GLC began as an effort to rationalise London-wide planning, London in the 1950s could be a grim place. Large swathes of residential streets remained derelict after being bombed out during the war and the houses still standing were often squalid and overcrowded. Thick fog hung over the city and roads were dirty and dangerous…….

The GLC under Ken Livingstone was an an administration that successfully enacted a historically unprecedented radical program of successful and popular socialist policies, including massive investment in job creation, reducing public transport fares, the declaration of London as a nuclear free zone, saving over a million pounds annually spent on utterly cometic and pointless defence plans nik e hiding under a table before the bomb went off).


Arguing that politics had long been the near-exclusive preserve of white middle-aged men, the GLC began an attempt to open itself to representations from other groups, principally from women, the working-class, ethnic minorities and homosexuals but also from children and the elderly.


They initiated a raft of
measures to improve the lives of minorities within London,  this included funding for groups such as London Gay Teenage Group, English Collective of Prostitutes, Women Against Rape, Lesbian Line, A Woman’s Place, and Rights of Women, and the Ethnic Minorities Committee.


Understanding the clear evidence that the Metropolitan Police was an institutionally racist organisation, he appointed Paul Boateng to head the Police Committee and monitor the force’s activities.
[100]  the police he remarked are highly political organisation, noting that when canvasing police flats at election time, you find that they are either Conservatives who think of Thatcher as a bit of a pinko or they are National Front.”[100]


An outspoken republican he politely refused an invitation to Diana and Charles Windsor’s wedding and the list of righteous achievements simply goes on and on, and of course 

Just as today our overwhelming right wing press rabidly attacked such egalitarian policies, snowflake like and steeped in patriarchal white privilege they moaned that such policies only served “fringe” interests, and also like today their criticisms often exhibited overt racist, homophobic and sexist sentiment…

 

The GLC ended after an extended and fierce face-off between perhaps two of the most popular and divisive figures in British politics: Margaret Thatcher and Ken Livingstone, with Thatcher shamelessly abolishing the London’s Council she simply could not defeat by democratic means, with it’s formers headquarters, county hall still facing parliament from the south bank as an irony free monument to her neoliberal policies, the building now a Macdonalds,  a tourist trap aquarium and of course a hotel for the fifty rich.

 

This list of adventures and landmark achievements goes on and on, including two tenures as London mayor (the first time as an independent winning against Tony (call me Maggie) Blaire’s official labour candidate, he as been Characterised as “the only truly successful left-wing British politician of modern times, and today Ken Joins David Ellis and me Simon Tyszko on Isotopica live on resonance 104.4 FM.

 

Mr Dante fontana and some Free Jazz, as political lens, or mirror?

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AntiFa

a doctored image, not fake

The song Mr Dante Fontanna, comes from the 1966 film Fumo Di Londra a vehicle for Alberto Sordi and was composed by Piero Piccioni who was in turn pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and architect, he was also the prolific author of more than 300 film soundtracks. He played for the first time on radio in 1938 with his “013” Big Band, to return on air only after the liberation of Italy in 1944. “013” was the first Italian jazz band to be broadcast in Italy after the fall of Fascism. A facism which is unbelievably on the rise pretty much across the word, a phenomena not loosely connected with the climate emergency that is slowly enveloping us as millions flee wars and starvation at least partially caused by the climate disruption we are all ready seeing… 

I have often mentioned a proposed study into right Wing thought a disability, a deficiency in basic humanity and I guess in that case  fascism would be it’s cancerous analogue….

The music of Piero Piccioni to me represents that almost utopian period of optimism that sprang from the socialist post war settlement, the defeat of fascicm and the progressive redistribution of wealth creating a socially mobile and aspirational society that is in complete contrast to the , paraphrasing the UN Special rapporteur on extreme poverty in the uk he was describing an immiseration of millions of our people, and how the UK’s poorest people face lives that are “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”.

The description contains what has been called one of the best-known passages in English philosophy, which describes the natural state humankind would be in, were it not for political community:[22]


In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving, and removing, such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.[23]

 

Yet Reading Corbyn’s words yesterday had my head spinning, as our dreams of a socialist revolution coming to save the many from the few met Jeremy Corbyn’s absurd statement on his plans for an imaginary soft brexit.

This being both as absurd as Theresa May’s “brexit means brexit”, and at the same time even more morally reprehensible, as his stance as leader of the greatest grass roots progressive movement in recent times, proves to be yet another tone deaf and deluded Blaire like dictator, feebly enabling and ‘respecting’ the most reprehensible political car crash and malign right wing coup in our political history.

Just imagine……

An internationalist ’Corbynism’, defeating the hateful, abusive, and isolationist Brexit, could have been the shining light banishing the rising reactionary and xenophobic tide across Europe and the world, as we linked arms with our fellow Europeans to fight the truly vital issues of capitalist climate and ecological catastrophe, and together sheltering the many resultant refugees from a dying planet we have played such a large part in setting on fire.

Anthony Braxton (born June 4, 1945) is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist who is known in the genre of free jazz.[1]

Since the 1960s, he has released more than 100 albums. , in addition to flute, alto flute, and piano.

Braxton studied philosophy at Roosevelt University. He taught at Mills College in the 1980s, and was Professor of Music at Wesleyan University from the 1990s until his retirement at the end of 2013. 

He taught music composition and music history, with a concentration on the avant-garde, In 1994, he was given a genius grant by the MacArthur Foundation. In 2013, he was named a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.[2]

and back to Dante Fontana….” is an antique dealer of Perugia, and is infatuated with British culture. But he is always thwarted by his wife and relatives, who see him as a silly dreamer who gets lost in stories rather than doing serious work.”

Get your bowler hat at Lock. 

Look around you. 

See who is around you. 

Get that hat at Lock. 

Buy your style of shoe at Lobb. 

It’s the done thing. 

Stroll and walk around in shoes from Mr Lobb. 

Your umbrella straight from Brigg. 

Never never trust the weather ever. 

Get your brolly from Brigg. 

Then you’ll find at Fortnum & Mason a beautiful red carnation. 

A moment of sweet fascination will linger with you. 

From Dunhill a pipe for the manly type. 

Get your ties each day the Piccadilly way. 

Gentlemen everything is just okay …” 

Extinction or Rebellion. Our only choice now?

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oday on Isotopica we are in conversation with co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Roger Hallam.

Recent raw broadcasts mostly naked, without title, as yet not annotated

The world feels like it's spinning faster every day as we head towards such radical climate disruption that most everything as we know it will simply fall to pieces. Therefore I have simply not had the time to upload and annotate all of the most recent Isotopicas...... yet Resonance FM has them all online, mostly naked, without title, nor context, other than pure experimental radio..  follow the link below
The most recent Isotopica broadcasts

every Sunday resonance 104.4 fm as a mixcloud playlist as so far, not documented here.

Dead Tired

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Dr Ben Sessa and Eye

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“As part of the UCL psychedelic research team, Iv’e been legally administered LSD, Psilocybin, DMT, ketamine, and MDMA in the past ten years ” (by Professor David Nutt no less).

hobart

Subtitled Radio is an accompanying visual project to the Isotopica Radio series.
Originating from a  study of Leni reifenstahl’s Fascist Epic ‘Olympia’, the first modern propaganda olympic games in 1936 Berlin, Tyszko rendered the films in reverse, whereby medals were returned, competitors un-achieved and by the end, everyone was equal.

Potemkin and an improvised score

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Ingredients.
An impending anniversary of revolution, one of the great films of the 20C, an assembled group of musicians, some professional, some not, a beautifully restored 150yr old cinema, a mastermind or two.
Mix the ingredients without any rehearsal or predetermination (in the style of Cardew‘s scratch Orchestra), screen the film and improvise (with collaboration from the audience).
Enjoy.

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Today we listen to an edited recording from this remarkable event, one of many coming up to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution of Oct 1917.
Originally conceived as part of a cycle of films commemorating the revolutionary events of 1905, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin recreates in documentary-style the failed mutiny of the Black Sea fleet and the subsequent massacre of the people of Odessa. Innovative cinematography and editing techniques heighten the horrific nature of events.

Although banned outright in many countries outside Soviet Russia, the film became an international sensation, and has had a lasting impact on world cinema. The arresting sequence of the massacre of civilians on Odessa’s steps is one of the most celebrated, analysed, and quoted in cinema history.

The screening is accompanied by an entirely original soundtrack, devised and created in a direct response to the film. Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt will lead an instant orchestra of professional and non-professional musicians, drawn from across London, to bring a contemporary response to an extraordinary piece of Soviet cinema.

Isotopica will be performing Spectre, a 12 hour live improvisation based around a Morse code rendering of the Communist Manifesto on October 17th as a part of these centenary events on Resonance Extra.
Spectre can be heard here

 

Coltrane, Einstein, and the Bomb

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Dartmouth professor and astrophysicist Stephon Alexander describes his jazz epiphany as occasioned by a complex diagram Coltrane gave legendary jazz musician and University of Massachusetts professor Yusef Lateef in 1967. “I thought the diagram was related to another and seemingly unrelated field of study—quantum gravity,” he writes in a Business Insider essay on his discovery, “What I had realized… was that the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s theory was reflected in Coltrane’s diagram.” joshua jones openculture.org

in this episode, we bare this beautiful confluence  in mind

my dead brother stefan poses for this modernist autobiographical shot from around 1966 with both miles davis , herman neitze, and coltrane placed, artfully in plain sight

Binaural Sine Waves, Mind Control, And Some Radiation (In A Storm)

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mind control through sound…
beta and gamma radiation….
a radioactive thunderstorm…
past life regression…. and much much more on isotopica…. like wow!

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A Saucepan, A Freud, A Fox, And I

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we prepared a saucepan,
and played it as a semi autonomous instrument
by lighting and adjusting the gas.
we added a partial recording of a new text by jimmy fox (16 and a half)… we then added some wax cylinder recordings and other sound items,
which we treated with a complex array of digital effects, and then mixed the various sound files into todays edition of isotopica.

and basementApril 15, 2017--7

en paris jimmy fox freud

en paris jimmy fox freud

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sutton ritzy

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simon tyszko in conversation with dudley sutton, in which dudley tells us about his experience of the english middle class, censorship and the queen

Dr Sutton talks paranormia

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dudley sutton and i converse live whilst raising funds for resonance fm dot com……
dudley imdb  dudley wikipedia 

dudley sutton, national treasure

dudley sutton, national treasure

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international brigades (south west london)

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a field recording of a moving event in bishops park fulham at a memorial for the local lives lost and the wider struggle of the international brigade in their historic fight against the facists in spain.
the memorial was placed by the socialist council in 2007.
the event recorded here marks the anniversary of The Battle of Jarama (February 6–27, 1937), which was an attempt by General Francisco Franco’s Nationalists to dislodge the Republican lines along the river Jarama, just east of Madrid, during the Spanish Civil War. Elite Spanish Legionnaires and Moroccan Regulares from the Army of Africa forced back the Republican Army of the Centre, including the International Brigades, but after days of fierce fighting no breakthrough was achieved. Republican counterattacks along the captured ground likewise failed, resulting in heavy casualties to both sides.

i was accompanied by oldest friend john kenton who’s father lou was one of the longest living brigadista, having died only two years ago at the age of 103.

lou kenton

Lou Kenton was an English proofreader who served as a medical courier and ambulance driver with the International Brigade and was its oldest surviving member at the time of his death.

bingo number stations (ode to brexit)

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as britain heads towards the cultural cliff edge of the foul brexit, isotopica considers this fate with a kind of ‘carry on’ number stations edition…. early edison wax cylinders, field recordings and judiciously selected samples make up this edition, as well as a world premiere of ‘ode to brexit’ by yours truly.

pleasant yet sad piano

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another long slow one,
a glimpse of an even longer pice in progress,
filmic reference,
field recordings,
spectral effects,
and moods…….

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

early reverb

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my dark mood presents time stretched early music, ivor cutler, gina birch and a treacle thick drone, what’s not to like?

agit prop rev olt

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REVOLTING

a collage of political spoken word collected from 1960’s radical cinema (heavily from jean luc goddard’s sounds of england),
field recordings and attenuated recordings of installation at of wall mounted airflow instruments.

devil cat

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The “LionMan” is the earliest known work of figurative art, reliably dated to before 40,000 BCE, this mystery piece was fashioned from a mammoth tusk,  and depicts a leonine head with a human mouth, atop a leonine body with human arms, standing erect on human legs.
Rediscovered in the Swabian Alb, south-west Germany, just two days before the outbreak of World War 2, the story of the LionMan is extraordinarily rich in so many interesting ways.

two thousand and sixteen a reverb review

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2016 & very left wing

At the end of 2016 isotopica find’s itself politically twisted, exhausted, and for virtually the first time ever, almost stunned into a radio silence.. 

As the banal and reactionary forces breaths a foul new life into intolerance ignorance and prejudice,  we present a highly processed and viciously attenuated ultra modernist sampling from this years isotopica musical playlists to hopefully remind us all, that despite many of our heroes having died and our enemies having even greater power……..  we will always be the resistance.

hey radical

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Isotopica today takes a detour around Radical Voices, an exhibition of radical literature in UCL’s Senate House library with artist in residence Orlando Harrison and secret guests, we also do a little secret urban exploring via tiny book lifts around the secret shelves in the great Senate tower.

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strange cycles

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today we are featuring

GOLDEN DARK
which…..
was born out of the serendipitous meeting of two musical dyslexics – Elo Masing and David John Hull – who had been feeling their way through seemingly radically different musical traditions: psychedelic folk and experimental new music.
The result is a strikingly original melange that cannot fail to leave the listener untouched.

golden dark
looking out as the snow that falls upon the cold winter frozen ground
the sky turns grey and the trees are bare a view i know where you cant be found
’cause i know that you belong here sweet girl eccentric golden
dark
and i believe that you possess things i forgot things i like tofind
christmas time and the rush is on, we had our day for all to beseen
i need to you to grow a little concentrate and find your thing
cause i know that you belong here sweet girl eccentric golden
dark
and i believe that you possess things i forgot things i like tofind
its conditional is all i can offer its a way after all its a
modern world
cause i know that you belong here sweet girl eccentric golden dark
and i believe that you possess things i forgot things i like to find

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
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St Tropez et Le Catholique

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a post reality episode including poetry, abortion, god & it’s patriarchy, references to st tropez and more

back in the sea oh engerlund

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David Ellis and Simon Tyszko  groan and moan about the utter banality & sheer absurdity of brexit ad nauseam and infinitum… they try not to swear
tyszko ellis

who am eye (my european identity)

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Polly

who am eye.

Cary Grant was very excited by and fond of LSD

Cary Grant was very excited by and fond of LSD

 Post unnecessary plebiscite, handed down to the uk by simply the most arrogant and incompetent prime minister we have ever experienced,  

this silly little island is in search of an identity….. like an early teenager trying on new styles and fashions engerlund, is struggling to understand what a nasty and shitty step it has taken…..  “what us”, xenophobes?  what does that even mean, the plebysiteees ask…
eye obviously have no  answers as such but i have made this algorithmically engineered sonic poem with a very confused cary grant to help us  s0rt it out. 
in this work, cary, an emigreé working for an immigrant  (Alfred Hitchock)wizz around and help us think… who are we now?  features dr lucilee bach on secret vocals
 

br-exit back into the sea oh silly engerlund

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Personally, i find the whole notion of engerlund (as it is now to be known) leaving the eu to be both absurdist and obscene.
a political car crash so obvious in the making yet one this little land has sunk to embracing.
morally, politically, strategically, financially, historically it is an abortion of our liberal future. 


cunt land (canceled)

so here is an an episode about that 

titled with a swear word about brexits

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cunt

 
 
It’s a perfectly nice little word,
a word with 800 years of history;
a word used by Chaucer and by Shakespeare.
 

Semantically, it serves the same function as “dick” or “prick” – a signifier for a sexual organ which can also be used as a descriptor or insult, a word that is not passive, but active, even aggressive. 
It’s the only word we have to describe the female genitalia that is neither mawkish, nor medical, nor a function of pornography.
 
 
There are no other truly empowering words for the female genitalia. ‘Pussy’ is nastily diminutive, as if every woman had a tame and purring pet between her legs, while the medical descriptor “vagina” refers only to a part of the organ, as if women’s sexuality were nothing more than a wet hole, or “sheath” in the Latin. Cunt, meanwhile, is a word for the whole thing, a wholesome word, an earthy, dank and lusty word with the merest hint of horny threat. Cunt. It’s fantastically difficult to pronounce without baring the teeth.
*laurie penny new statesman 2011


 
 

cunt land (canceled)

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Isotopica today is in conversation with Zelda Cheatle, Photographer, Curator, Academic and the woman who influenced and oversaw the rise of Fine Art photography thru her time at the Photographers gallery and her own eponymous Gallery. A fine time was had by all....
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Zelda Cheatle

Zelda Cheatle by kurt van Steelant

photosensitive silver halide grains under an electron microscope

photosensitive silver halide grains under an electron microscope

Pour le Europa A Raga with Love

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Pour le Europa A Raga with Love 

speechless after the insane and dirty vote to leave the european union i can only play a beautiful indian raga and cry my elite urban tears into my multicultural tea in my world of no boarders where race and history and DNA are celebrated as our common ancestry and not as marks of difference…. small minded fear based politics has no place within isotopica except as a contemptible and risible target of our elite critique….. fuck them

until they elect trump, cuntland is the most stupid country in the world

until they elect trump, cuntland is the most stupid country in the world

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Ropac:s

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today on isotopica  we
speak with
Thaddaeus Ropac,
owner and director of the eponymous european galleries…..
we converse and let our toes skim the surface of what is a deep mystery to many contemporary artists….. the art market and the gallery system..  
as ever i claim few journalistic skills and actually find myself a little out of my bleak comfort zones, and instead in the dazzling bright lights where high culture meets high commerce….
Ropac, a charming man and one time student of jospeph beuys, displays a rare authenticity, especially in comparison with some of the london galleries of which many of us are so jaded and familiar….
In reality a conversation perhaps only just begun, yet i hope you enjoy this little detour thru paris……
also featuring some rare japanese shellac 78 rpm recordings, marcel duchamp, john lennon, yoko ono and of course joseph beuys

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Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim photographed by *dennis hopper
at “ICONS OF THE SIXTIES” ropac gallery pantin 2015
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photograph chosen in memory of when isotopica last met hopper and after much laughter, we asked him to adopt us…. unfortunately….

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psychic

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Mr David Ellis & Mr Simon Tyszko continue their random journeys thru the strange ephemera of empire past..... Today in the

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Pour le Europa A Raga with Love

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Pour le Europa A Raga with Love 

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Tibetan electroshock

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electro shock in the age of stupid

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Hadean Eon (formally known as pre cambrian)
Eoarchean
Paleoarchean
Mesoarchean
Neoarchean
Mesoproterozoic
Neoproterozoic
Paleozoic
Mesozoic
Cenozoic

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Subboreal,
Atlantic,
Boreal,
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