“Soft Machine released a pile of albums in their time, but for whatever reason, I never really got past the early ones, the first in particular. 1968 was the year and if you like your psychedelia wild, weird, noisy and more or less free of recognized form, well, let’s just say the revolution starts here (and possibly dissolves as well). Though in the case of We Did It Again, you get a nifty sort of drone driven garage pop that sounds as relevant (in a noisy sort of way) as pretty much anything new I’m currently hearing . All hail the eternal underground.” (Philip Random)
The eleventh of a planned forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, theme or agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.
11. Bridges + Codas
Lee Renaldo – the singing bridge of Memphis
Bill Nelson – transition 4
Neu – spitzenqualitat
Melodic Energy Commission – song of the delatron
Melodic Energy Commission – revise the scene
Can – future days
Soft Machine – moon in June [excerpts]
Autechre – lowride
Gong – pot head pixies
Rip Rig + Panic – hunger [the ocean roars its bites]
Residents – final coda [Mark of the Mole]
Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
It’s 1980 and even for the hippest of hippies, the 1960s are long over. And Daevid Allen was definitely one of those: founding member of both Gong and Soft Machine and before that, beat collaborator with the likes of William Burroughs and Terry Riley. And oh yeah, he was in Paris in May 1968, threw his hand in with the insurrection that almost brought the whole of Western Europe to the ground. But jump ahead twelve years and it wasn’t about big movements anymore, it was just you and me, eye to eye, and “… when we have killed each other, then we can the subject.”
The Solid Time of Change is our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.
Part Thirty-Seven of the journey went as follows:
Pink Floyd – one of these days
Triumvirat – Mister Ten Percent
Triumvirat – million dollars
Beatles – tomorrow never knows
Hawkwind – silver machine
Soft Machine – moon in June [excerpts]
Robert Wyatt – Alifib
Robert Wyatt – Alifie
Robert Wyatt – little red robin hood goes riding
David Bowie – quicksand
Genesis – stagnation
Peter Hammill – (this side of) the looking glass
Van Der Graaf Generator – house with no door
Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 records from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.
Part twelve of the journey went as follows:
Yes – America
Yes- a venture
Strawbs – midnight sun
Renaissance – can you understand?
Soft Machine – hope for happiness
Soft Machine – why are we sleeping?
King Crimson – epitaph
King Crimson- exiles [live]
Guru Guru -oxymoron [immer middle]
Bill Bruford – Sahara of snow [part-1]
Bill Bruford – fainting in coils
Vangelis – to the unknown man
Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.
Also known as as the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, the Solid Time of Change is Randophonic’s latest countdown, an overlong yet incomplete history of whatever the hell happened between 1965 and 1979 – not in all music, not even in most of it, but definitely in a bunch of it.
What is Prog Rock? Is it different from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? These may seem simple questions but they are in fact doors that open unto some of the most complex enigmas of this split-atomic age. And thus we are committed to exploring them in depth with a radio journey that shall likely take us a full year complete.
Part three of our journey went as follows:
Triumvirat – The march to the Eternal City
Aphrodite’s Child – you always stand in my way
Aphrodite’s Child – do it
Renaissance – the vultures fly high
Camel – freefall
Alice Cooper – The Man with the Golden Gun
Alice Cooper – unfinished sweet
Soft Machine – a certain kind
Yes – wonderous stories
Bee Gees – Odessa (City on the Black Sea)
Led Zeppelin – ten years gone
Genesis – looking for someone
Vanilla Fudge – some velvet morning
Hawkwind – 10 seconds of forever
Hawkwind -down through the night
Quicksilver Messenger Service – the fool
Installment #4 airs Saturday, May 28 at 9pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.