Research began with AVANT, a monograph on the Spanish musical avant-garde, scarcely documented until now. This series, curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, is also available at Ubuweb.
Parallel to that, COMPOSING WITH PROCESS is a series, curated by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore, which explores generative approaches to composition and performance primarily in the context of experimental technologies and music practices of the latter part of the 20th Century. Each episode is accompanied by an additional programme, entitled EXCLUSIVES, featuring unpublished sound pieces by leading sound artists working in the field.
MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... breaks through to unearth and reveal private collections of music and sound memorabilia, in order to reveal the unseen and passionate work of the amateur collector.
It may seem obvious looking back but Eric Isaacson had no idea that a childhood obsession with The Beatles and an armful of Daniel Johnston cassettes would be the foundation for his work as founder of Mississippi Records label and shop and the keeper of a uniquely free flowing record collection that is detached from time.
A selection of records that use eccentric voice manipulation techniques; from human existentialism and sound poetry to electronic, mechanical and computer distortion.
Over the past twenty years, Andy Votel has travelled far and wide in a quest to buy as many records as he could. His main motivation is to listen to music, and the only way to get the music he likes is generally to buy and collect it.
Islamic, Christian and traditional praise music, all have a place in the market stalls across Africa, and are widely represented in Brian Shimkovitz's tape collection.
The tale of how a student of ethnomusicology from Brooklyn spent a year in West Africa buying tapes off street markets... and how he managed to turn that bizarre collection into one of the most revered record labels in recent years.
Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore wrap up this series on generative and process music with a piece created specifically for the occasion: 'Two Discrete Generative Systems'.
This mix, clocking in at over two hours, is a retrospective snapshot of the musical legacy of the Institute of Sonology. It alternates classic pieces, recent works and unreleased gems from the Sonology archive.
Exclusive music by Keith Fullerton Whitman and Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Straddling art and documentation, the restoration work that Kees Tazelaar carries out is a crucial but largely unknown stage in the recovery of historical sound material. Tazelaar describes his experiences as head of the magnetic tape archive at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, in which nostalgia coexists with academic rigor.
Jonny Trunk picks his fifteen favourite tracks from the fifteen best library music companies in his collection.
This episode considers the notion of change in music. It looks at how scientific and mathematical concepts can be used to model change in the acoustic domain.
Jonny Trunk walks us through a hard-to-find and yet very familiar genre: library music. Or as he puts it: 'The strange noise that TV makes at night.'
A hyperconcentrated collection of bumpers and crazy rants from Kenneth Goldsmith's (aka Kenny G) legendary WFMU radio show, guaranteed to make you turn down the volume and run out of the house.
Two exclusive works-interviews by Goodiepal.
This episode considers the notion of change in music. It asks how we perceive and quantify change in musical structures, and how generative processes disrupt and enlarge our sense of surprise, expectation, tension and boredom.
Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of Ubuweb, takes us on a journey through his personal history as a collector of sounds that spans from his childhood to adult life and the creation of Ubuweb.
A musical selection of some of the secret jewels found in Ed Veenstra's record collection, specialised in Broken Music: records and paramusical works produced by visual artists and other avant-garde creators.
Exclusive music by Stephan Mathieu and Russell Haswell.
This episode explores sound in relation to space. It considers various ways in which composers have utilised acoustic space as an active element in the process of music composition.
Dutch collector Ed Veenstra is one of the world’s leading authorities on the genre of Broken Music: records and paramusical works produced by visual artists and other avant-garde creators.
Exclusive music by Ben Vida and THE HUB.
A musical selection of some of the secret jewels found in William Bennett's sound collection, discovering rare percussion music from West-Africa.
This episode explores the concept of duration in music. It examines the different ways that composers and musicians have explored duration in terms of both the large and small.
International noise music legend William Bennett is also an avid record collector. Both critical and eclectic in his selective accumulation, the British artist’s record collection comprises a singular labyrinth of sounds that make it possible to chart different paths through the musical preferences of its owner.
A musical selection of some of the anomalies found in Mark Gergis' sound collection, discovering rare music from the Middle East and South East Asia.
Exclusive music by Laurie Spiegel and Terre Thaemlitz
Over the past twenty years, this North American of Iraqi origins has immersed himself in popular and folk music scenes and subgenres from Syria, Iraq, Sumatra, Cambodia, Thailand and other places, in order to rescue what he calls "sound anomalies" from oblivion.
The relationship between time and music and the impact of technological development and how time is treated within a range of musical idioms.
Exclusive music by Yasunao Tone and Christophe Charles.
This episode looks at how chance has been used in a variety of ways in the composition and performance of musical works.
Exclusive music by Marcus Schmickler and EVOL.
The role of formalised systems in music making.
Exclusive music by German artist Florian Hecker and Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.
A range of sound works representing different periods, traditions and approaches to generative and systems based music.
A musical selection of Carles Santos' works from 1978 until 2008.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Carles Santos, featuring an interview with Pere Portabella.
A musical selection of Juan Hidalgo's works from 1957 until 1997.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Juan Hidalgo, featuring interviews with Esther Ferrer, Rubén Figaredo and Hénar Rivière.
A musical selection of Pelayo Fernández Arrizabalaga's works from 1985 until 2007.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Pelayo Fernández Arrizabalaga, featuring interviews with Cristina Casanova and Sergi Jordà.
A musical selection of Victor Nubla's works from 1976 until 2008.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Victor Nubla, featuring interviews with Pascal Comelade, Juan Crek and Rafael Duyos.
A musical selection of Vagina Dentata Organ's works from 1984 until 2007.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Vagina Dentata Organ, featuring interviews with Marc Valls, Pau Riba, Paco Alvarado, Xavier Cot, Eliseu Huertas i Cos and Marc Viaplana.
A musical selection of José Iges' works from 1994 until 2006.
A monographic on the work and historical context of José Iges, featuring interviews with Concha Jerez and Miguel Álvarez-Fernández.
A musical selection of Eduardo Polonio's works from 1969 until 2007.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Eduardo Polonio, featuring an interview with Claudio Zulián.
A musical selection of Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny works from 1962 until today.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny, featuring interviews with Carles Santos and Oriol Pérez.
A musical selection of José Manuel Berenguer works from 1990 until today.
A monographic on the work and historical context of José Manuel Berenguer, featuring an interview with Joan Saura.
A musical selection of Francisco López works from 1997 until today.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Francisco López, featuring an interview with Rafael Flores.
A musical selection of Llorenç Barber works from 1978 until today.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Llorenç Barber, featuring an interview with Ruben López Cano.
A musical selection of Esplendor Geométrico works from 1981 to 2007.
A monographic on the work and historical context of Esplendor Geométrico, featuring interviews with Arturo Lanz, Andrés Noarbe, Francisco López and Javier Hernando.