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David Toop of Miles Davis

Friday 26 May 2006 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall are joined by writer and musician David Toop to discuss the influence and legacy of Miles Davis' early electric period.


1 hour 15 minutes



Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall
Produced by Felix Carey
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

Tel. 020 7765 4661
Fax. 020 7765 4378
e-mail mixing.it@bbc.co.uk

Friday 26 May 2006, 10:15pm

Child of an Android: Confused (1.25)
This piece of music was originally sent into Mixing It attached to an e-mail from its 11 year-old creator, a Mixing It listener called Charis. Inspired by her dad's old Human League and Ultravox cassettes, Charis put this piece together using Magix Music Maker software and a £3 microphone.
album: Album 1
Home-recorded demo, not commercially available

Bernard Parmegiani: La Roue Ferris (9.52)
The French electro-acoustic and musique concrète composer Bernard Parmegiani is 80 next year. He was honoured in March with a special award at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in Paris. This piece was made in 1971 and appears on the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards compilation. It was created on harpsichord and a synthesiser created at GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales). It was inspired by a ferris wheel firework display that the composer saw in Mexico.
album: Qwartz Electronic Music Awards (various artists)

Herbert: Those Feelings (4.21)
The vocalist on this track is Dani Siciliano.
For his latest album release, Matthew Herbert has concentrated on writing songs, although his experimental side is still very much at work, with sound sources as diverse as coffins, petrol pumps and an RAF Tornado bomber, and drum tracks recorded in a variety of locations: a hot air balloon, under the sea and in a car travelling at 100mph.
album: Scale
!K7 Records !K7202CD

Interview: David Toop on the early 1970s electric period of Miles Davis
David Toop is a musician, sound curator, and author of books such as Ocean of Sound (Serpent's Tail ISBN 978-1-85242-382-7) and Haunted Weather (Serpent's Tail ISBN 978-1-85242-812-9)

Miles Davis: Black Satin (5.31)
Recorded 7 July 1972 in New York City
Miles Davis (trumpet); Carlos Garnett (soprano sax); Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet); David Creamer (guitar); Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes electric piano/synthesiser); Chick Corea (Fender Rhodes electric piano); Harold 'Ivory' Williams (organ/synthesiser); Michael Henderson (bass); Billy Hart, Jack DeJohnette, Al Foster (drums); Khalil Balakrishna (electric sitar); Badal Roy (tabla)
album: On The Corner (originally released 1972)
Columbia/Legacy CK 63980

Miles Davis: Rated X (6.47)
Recorded 7 July 1972 in New York City
Miles Davis (organ); Cedric Lawson (piano); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Badal Roy (tabla); Michael Henderson (Fender bass); Reggie Lucas (guitar); Al Foster (drums); Mtume (African percussion)
album: Get Up With It (originally released 1974)
Columbia COL 485256 2

Miles Davis: Nem Um Telvez (4.02)
Recorded 3 June 1970 in New York City
Miles Davis (trumpet); Steve Grossman (soprano sax); Chick Corea (electric piano); Keith Jarrett (organ); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums); Airto Moreira (percussion); Hermeto Pascoal (drums/vocals)
album: Live-Evil (originally released 1971)
Columbia/Legacy C2K 65135

Scott Walker: Jolson and Jones (7.33)
Ian Thomas (drums); Steve Pearce (bass); Hugh Burns (electric guitar); Thomas Bowes (violin); Scott Walker (alto sax); Mark Warman (keyboards); Alasdair Malloy (percussion); Peter Walsh (sound treatment/man descending stairs); Andrew Cronshaw (concertina); strings orchestrated and conducted by Mark Warman
album: The Drift
4AD cad 2603 cd
Click here for a review of this album

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti 5: Interesting Results (2.43)
All instruments by Ariel Pink except drums by coL
Recorded at home in Los Angeles between October 2001-June 2002 on 8-track cassette
album: House Arrest
Paw Tracks PAW 8
Originally issued as a double CD with Loverboy on Ballbearings Pinatas in September 2002
Ariel Pink plays at the Venn Festival in Bristol on Saturday 3 June

Bath International Music Festival is currently running in various venues around Bath. The artistic director this year is pianist Joanna MacGregor. Mixing It will be recording Maja Ratkje's performance at the Assembly Rooms on Friday 2 June to broadcast in the programme on Friday 16 June.

Phon-Noir: A hymn for silence (3.26)
Phon-Noir is 23 year-old Berlin-based musician Matthias Grübel.
album: Putting holes into October skies
Quatermass QS162

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