10:00am – 12:00pm
Chris Kissel w/guest Gregg Kowalsky – Contact Wave
Hosted by Los Angeles DJ and journalist Chris Kissel, Contact Wave enthusiastically celebrates the best experimental, avant garde, psychedelic, and off-the-grid music crafted in L.A. and beyond.
This week’s episode of Contact Wave features a live in-studio interview with L.A.-based performer and composer Gregg Kowalsky.
After his debut album, Through the Cardial Window (Kranky, 2006), Kowalsky began composing and performing electro-acoustic material with a focus on multi channel, site-specific works with elements of psychoacoustic phenomena. He is most known for his Tape Chants series, which explores the acoustics where the performances occur by setting up cassette players around the space with tape loops tuned to sine waves using only the cassette players’ speakers for amplification.
Kranky released the first recorded version of Tape Chants in 2009. In 2011 he was commissioned to perform Tape Chants in the WWII Battery Townsley military bunker in the Marin Headlands in Northern California. The performance was recorded and later released on vinyl by Giuseppe Ielasi, who also collaborated on the release entitled Battery Townsley (Senufo Editions, 2011). Kowalsky also collaborated with Dutch Lutist Jozef Van Wissem on Movements Through Marble and Stone (Amish, 2012), which was the final release of the Tape Chants series. The album was a recorded, live performance at Issues Project Room in Brooklyn.
Kowalsky has performed throughout Europe and the United States; participating in festivals such as WDR’s SoundArt-Köln Festival, Mexico City’s Aural Festival, and most recently the Substrata Festival in Seattle, where he performed a commissioned six-channel piece for grand piano and electronics. His recordings have released on Kranky, Thrill Jockey, Rootstrata and Important Records. He has composed for sound installations, film and acoustic ensembles. Gregg’s other project Date Palms released their third LP The Dusted Sessions on Thrill Jockey in 2013.
He currently resides in Los Angeles after a decade in Oakland, California where he completed a MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College under the tutelage of Fred Frith, Maggie Payne and Pauline Oliveros.
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Davina Two Bears – Indigenous Voice
Indigenous Voice provides a platform to share the unique traditional and contemporary music by Native Americans, American Indian, First Nations, Aboriginal, and other Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Music played will represent many Indigenous peoples and genres, like the contemporary folk music of Mohawk singer, Bear Fox, the “electronic pow wow” music of A Tribe Called Red, or the powerful lyrics of Sincangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln. Traditional music may include songs composed in Indigenous languages by such artists as the Navajo singer, Radmilla Cody, Alaskan Yup’ik teen, Byron Nicholai, or pow wow singers, such as Northern Cree. The spirit of Indigenous peoples is conveyed through their music, so listen in and experience the Indigenous Voice.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Joe Rihn – Audio Days
Audio Days are here. Cross-genre selections and conversations with the musically obsessed.
6:00pm – 8:00pm
McAllister and Kyle Art Threat – Please and Thank you
This show is a first date of a mixtape brought to you by two kindred spirits, a selection of new and old sounds brought together for your listening enjoyment. We hope you appreciate our awkward attempts to impress each other, two music nerds competing to curate a monthly blend of sounds for all the world to hear. From folk songs to post punk and everything in between, love is in the airwaves.