Sonic Landscapes

An Online, Independent Radio Show from Cornell University

Month: April, 2012

Episode XXXVI: Music for a City

Episode XXXVI: Music for a City (Click on link to hear the episode)

This week, I asked you the following question:

What song best describes your city, or a city you have visited? What sonically inspires you to think about the movement, architecture, and energy of a metropolis?

We got a fantastic array of responses, from San Francisco to Berlin. This week’s episode explores some of these urban-tinged songs–think of it as sonic tourism. Of course, we couldn’t fit all of the suggestions on the show, but you can access the entirety of the responses at the Sonic Landscapes Facebook group.

The playlist:

1. Insight – Joy Division

2. Shell of Light – Burial

3. Cities – Talking Heads

4. The Ice Dance – Bachelors of Science

5. The Sprawl – Sonic Youth

6. Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed

7. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Simon & Garfunkel

8. Wildfire – SBTRKT

9. Schwarz Zu Blau – Peter Fox

10. Trompa – Lizzara & Tatsch

11. What Makes Y’all Think – Ivan the Great

12. Envision (Ame Remix) – Osulande

13. Marathon (Peter Dundov Remix) – Namito

14. Gypsy Part of Town – Gogol Bordello

15. Wild West End – Dire Straits

16. The Guns of Brixton – The Clash

17. Cha Cha – Balkan Beat Box

18. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens

19. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen

Thank you to all who contributed music!

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Guest Mix: DJ Saggy Titties Presents…

(Click link to play episode) –> Episode 35: DJ Saggy Titties Presents…

With a name like DJ Saggy Titties, you’d better have a nice push-up bra.

Alas, nobody ever told Kimberly Hu that. Hu’s music undoubtedly “lets it all hang out.” Any passerby who has experienced her eclectic and aggressive taste for house, dubstep, hip-hop, and outer-sound are reminded of the fact that what you hear on the radio or in the club is but a mere peek into the cavernous and bizarre world of  electronic music. Kim’s selections are humbling in that way, reminding us of the vast sonic horizons which cutting edge music production technology can reveal.

She embodies the true spirit of music collection, going on daily excavations into the crypt of the internet, combing through youtube, Beatport, and her huge list of favorite music blogs in order to constantly appease “the greedy music-demon that lives in [her] inner ear.” Her words. On a recent trip to European States on official “party business” our music-demons got to know each other a little better, and I suggested she come on the program to let that little demon dance like the creepy Indian midget from “Twin Peaks.”

It is always a treat and a pleasure touching base (or BASS) with DJ Saggy Titties regarding her recent acquisitions. She is a model of the musical socialism made alarmingly easy by the internet. Her willingness to share is rivaled only by her eagerness to receive. Tonight on Sonic Landscapes, DJ Saggy Titties opens up her maternal arms to you, the listener, and invites you to come with her on a journey rivaled only by that made by Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants in 218 BC.

Without further adieu, DJ Saggy Titties.

The playlist:

1. Shotgun – Zedd

2. Dubbelfrisss (Artistic Raw Remix) – Alvaro and Afro Bro’s

3. Bass! ft. Disco Unit (Original Mix) – Bass N Whomps

4. Clifton (Original Mix) – Bassjackers

5. Can U Feel the Bass – Benny Benassi

6. Lyposuct (Original) – D.I.M. & TAI

7. Make You Pop (Trumpdisco Remix) – Diplo

8. Be Strong (The Loops of Fury Mix) – Elite Force

9. More Than Friends (Congorock Remix) – Fukkk Offf

10. Bazinga – Kenneth G

11. Generation Noise (Afrojack Remix) – Laidback Luke

12. Atom – Nari & Milani

13. Are You Ready – Pakito

14. Breathe (Original Mix) – What So? Not

15. Across the Light (PeaceTreaty Remix) – Swanky Tunes

The Music Videos of Chris Cunningham

British music video director and video artist Chris Cunningham is known for his surreal, twitchy film work for artists such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, Portishead, Squarepusher, and Björk. From that short list of clients one can get a sense of Cunningham’s unconventional aesthetic preferences. Just as these musicians and bands push the limits of what can be done with sound and technology, Chris Cunningham experiments with light, color, film quality, and eccentric speeds and tempos in his videos. His style is distinctively creepy, as you will surely see in the videos below, but there is always an underlying sense of sick humor which pervades his films. As The Telegraph articulates, Chris Cunningham’s films are “like…Looney Tunes short[s] for a generation raised on video nasties and rave music.”

Here is a selection of some of my personal favorites of the work of Chris Cunningham.

NOTE: Cunningham’s video for Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker” is considered by many the crown jewel of his portfolio. As it has already been featured on a previous Sonic Landscapes music video list, it has not been included in the following selection.

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