27 July 2011

The Komodo Dragon Show is on hiatus for the next three weeks, returning to the air on Wednesday, August 17th with the results of the country (geographical region, not twangy songsters) poll.

20 July 2011

The 100th of Marshall McLuhan
Who gave us words to clue in
On the relationship between media and messages
Which were good guessages.

With an assortment of sonic documents from 1966-69 the Komodo Dragon Show celebrates McLuhan's centenary.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Jerry Goldsmith: Seconds: Suite (1966)
William Motzing - conductor, City of Prague Philharmonic
Fantastic Voyage: A Journey through Classic Fantasy Film Music
Silva Screen Records, FILMCD 146

2. Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience) (rec. Central Park, NYC 6 Apr. 1969)
Environments 3
Atlantic, SD 66003

3. Marshall McLuhan: The Medium Is the Massage (1967)
Marshall McLuhan - narrator
CBS Records, CS 9501

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

4. Timothy Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (1967)
Timothy Leary - narrator, Maryvonne Giercarz - veena, Lars Eric - guitar, Richard Bond - tabla
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Performance Records, PERF 389CD

5. Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: The Far East Suite (rec. NYC 19-21 Dec. 1966)
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Bluebird, 82876-55614-2

Where to buy CDs featured on today's show:
Fantastic Voyage - Amazon
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out - Amazon
The Far East Suite - CD Universe

13 July 2011

Every Wednesday morning between 8-11am CT I have the pleasure of presenting three hours of music from all over the world.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Bihag (rec. 2009)
Utsav Lal - piano, Suryaksha Deshpande - tabla
Ragas Dance Off Piano Keys
Utsav Lal, n.n.

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

This week I solicit listeners' input: Where do you want to spend the rest of the summer: Bali, Burma, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, or Thailand? Tune in and cast your vote through the usual channels.

2. The Gamelan of Bali

3. Burma

4. China

5. India & Nepal

6. Sri Lanka

7. Thailand

Tracks 2-7
Percussions d'Asie
Playa Sound, PS 65026

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

8. Lubomyr Melnyk: Prelude Nr.2

9. Lubomyr Melnyk: The SELF-LUMINOUS WAY

10. Lubomyr Melnyk: The Realm of Synchronicity

Tracks 8-10
The Self-Luminous Way: Works for Solo Piano
Bandura Records, n.n.

Where to buy CDs featured on today's show:
Utsav Lal -
CD Baby
Percussions d'Asie -
Lubomyr Melnyk - Bandura Records

06 July 2011

It's an out-of-body Komodo Dragon Show this Wednesday from 8-11am CT on www.umfm.com

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. La vision de Tondal (12th century)
Katarina Livljanić - conductor, Dialogos
La vision de Tondal: A la recherche des chantres glagolitiques & latins de la Dalmatie médiévale
Arcana, A 329
(Reconstructed from medieval Croatian manuscripts, this spiritual narrative is sung with an austere serenity in Latin and Church Slavonic by an all-female ensemble. The soul of the knight Tondal, having left his unconscious body, visits both Hell and Paradise accompanied by an angel. Transformed by the experience, his soul returns, and he resolves to lead a more exemplary life. Above right, Hieronymous Bosch's take on Tondal's Vision. Below, Simon Marmion's The Visions of the Knight Tondal (ca. 1470). Read the whole story on the Getty Museum's website.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 11:00am

For the last two hours of the show chance operations will determine the placement of cuts from the two Russian bell CDs below. Follow the results live on Twitter @vonwichert.

Chimes of Russian North (rec. Arkhangelsk museum reserve "Malyie Karely" 1990)
Vladimir Petrovsky - bell ringer
Melodiya, SUCD 11-00326
(Russian concert chimes.)

Glocken russisch-orthodoxer Kirchen: Originalaufnahmen aus berühmten Kirchen und Klöstern
Christophorus, CHR 4007
(Slav-Byzantine liturgical Church bells.)

Where to buy CDs featured on today's show:
La vision de Tondal - CD Universe
Chimes of Russian North - Amazon
Glocken russisch-orthodoxer Kirchen - CD Universe