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9 December 2005

Friday 9 December 2005 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall head to LA and talk to electronic musician Ken Gibson (aka Eight Frozen Modules); percussionist Amy Knoles - of the California EAR Unit; and guitarist and producer Ry Cooder about his project Chávez Ravine.

They also explore some of the city's alternative music history with arranger Van Dyke Parks and Frank Zappa collaborator Don Preston.

Duration:

1 hour 15 minutes

Playlist

MIXING IT

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 9 December 2005, 10:15pm


Click here to see photos relating to this programme

Link: Mark and Robert on Venice Beach
With its surfers and street artists Venice Beach is perhaps the best known and busiest of Los Angeles' many beaches, looking out across the Pacific Ocean.

Brian Wilson: Cabinessence (1.10)
With lyrics by Van Dyke Parks, this comes from the 2004 version of Brian Wilson's SMiLE album.
album: SMiLE
Nonesuch 7559-79846-2
http://www.brianwilson.com/
http://www.nonesuch.com/
The original version of this song is on the Beach Boys album 20/20 (Capitol)

Interview: Van Dyke Parks (8.53)
http://vandykeparks.com/
Click here to read more about Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke Parks: Palm Desert
album: Song Cycle
Rykodisc RCD 10452

Van Dyke Parks: The All Golden (3.39)
album: Song Cycle
Rykodisc RCD 10452
http://www.rykodisc.com

Link: Mark and Robert in Olvera Street with Mexican band busking in the background
Olvera Street is just to the north of Los Angeles' central business district. It is the birthplace of Los Angeles and home to El Pueblo Historic Monument. It is also a district with a strong link to the city's Mexican community. The sound of a Mariachi band playing to the customers in a Mexican restaurant can be heard in the background.
http://www.olvera-street.com/

Interview: Ry Cooder (12.15)
Earlier this year, Ry Cooder released Chávez Ravine: 'a musical exploration of ghetto life, corrupt politicians and dirty dealing in LA in the McCarthyite era'. It is the first album in some years credited to Cooder himself, and is inspired by photographs taken by Don Normark of an area in East LA, which was home to a Mexican Chicano community before being bulldozed for development. It was eventually turned into the Dodgers Stadium, when the team were lured from their Brooklyn home.
Click here to read a profile of Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder: Los Chucos Suaves
Lalo Guerrero (vocal); Ry Cooder (guitar); Jim Keltner (drums); Mike Elizondo (bass); Joe Rotondi (piano); Gil Bernal (tenor sax)
album: Chavez Ravine
Nonesuch/Perro Verde 7559-79877-2

Ry Cooder: Don't Call Me Red
Ry Cooder (vocal/guitar); Juliette and Carla Commagere (vocal chorus); Jon Hassell (trumpet); Jim Keltner (bongos); Joachim Cooder (timbales); Mike Elizondo (bass)
album: Chavez Ravine
Nonesuch/Perro Verde 7559-79877-2

Ry Cooder: In My Town (5.37)
Ry Cooder (vocal/guitar); Sunny D Levine (drum programming); Jacky Terrasson (piano)
album: Chavez Ravine
Nonesuch/Perro Verde 7559-79877-2
http://www.nonesuch.com/Hi_Band/rycooder/

Link: Robert and Mark at Chavez Ravine/Dodgers Stadium

Interview: Ken Gibson (4.37)
From a room in his house in the hilly, wooded district of Central Los Angeles known as Echo Park, Ken Gibson operates under a variety of aliases, including Eight Frozen Modules, [a]pendics.shuffle, Reverse Commuter, dubLoner, Electronic Music Composer (with Ian Read), The Premature Wig and Bal Cath. He was also a member of the band Furry Things.
http://www.eight-frozen-modules.com

Eight Frozen Modules: Vagina Spiders (2.39)
Composed and decomposed by Ken Gibson at the Echo Park Gadget Laboratories in Echo Park, California, January - April 2004.
album: Crumbling and Responding
g25productions g25_005/Very Friendly VF018CD
http://www.g25productions.com
Click here to read a review of this album

Link: Mark and Robert on Sunset Boulevard

Frank Zappa/The Mothers: Lonesome Electric Turkey - encore featuring Don Preston on Mini-Moog (1.49)
Don Preston (Mini-Moog); Frank Zappa (guitar); Jim Pons (bass); Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
album: Mothers - Fillmore East, June 1971
Rykodisc RCD 10512
http://www.rykodisc.com/

Interview: Don Preston (12.01)
Don Preston was building his own synthesisers in the mid-60s, and came to the attention of Frank Zappa, who invited him to join his Mothers of Invention as a synthesiser and keyboard player. Don is now a member of the Grandmothers, who keep the music of Frank Zappa alive. He is also currently working with the Don Preston Akashic Ensemble.
http://www.donpreston.com/
http://www.thinkelectronic.com/

Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka
Frank Zappa (guitar); Don Preston (piano/Mini-Moog); Sal Marquez (trumpet/flugelhorn/chimes); Bill Byers (trombone/baritone horn); Ken Shroyer (trombone/baritone horn); Mike Altschul (piccolo/bass flute/bass clarinet/tenor sax/baritone sax); Erroneous (electric bass/fuzz bass); Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
album: Waka/Jawaka
Zappa Records CD ZAP 10
http://www.zappa.com/

Frank Zappa: While You Were Art II (0.36)
Frank Zappa (Synclavier DMS)
album: Jazz From Hell
Zappa Records CD ZAP 32
http://www.zappa.com/

California EAR Unit: Girlfriend (Part One) (0.42)
Composed by Julia Wolfe
California EAR Unit: Erika Duke (cello); Amy Knoles (percussion); Robin Lorentz (violin); Vicki Ray (piano/electric keyboard); Dorothy Stone (flute); Marty Walker (clarinet/bass clarinet/narration)
album: Ear Unit - Go
Echograph Records 0201-2
http://www.echograph.com/

Interview: Amy Knoles (7.43)
Percussionist Amy Knoles is a member of the California EAR Unit, a Los Angeles-based ensemble performing, promoting and creating contemporary music. She also teaches at California Institute of the Arts, and tours as half of the audio-visual duo Wasteland with video artist Richard Hines.
http://www.amyknoles.com/
http://www.earunit.org/
http://www.calarts.edu/

California EAR Unit: Quintessence
Composed by Rand Steiger
California EAR Unit: Erika Duke (cello); Lorna Eder (piano/electric piano); Amy Knoles (percussion); Gaylord Mowrey (piano); James Rohrig (clarinet/bass clarinet); Rand Steiger (conductor/engineer); Peter Otto, Mark Waldrep (engineers)
album: The California EAR Unit
New Albion NA 019
http://www.newalbion.com/

Amy Knoles: Men in the Cities (5.56)
Composed by Amy Knoles
Amy Knoles (percussion); Robert Black (double bass); Mike Olsen (samples)
album: Men in the Cities
Echograph 9801-2
http://www.echograph.com

Link: Mark and Robert on Sunset Boulevard

Interview clip: Jon Brion (2.21)
Jon Brion is a film composer, record producer (Kanye West, Fiona Apple) and songwriter. He also has a weekly residency performing at the bar/restaurant Largo in Los Angeles. These Friday night gigs have become legendary as he takes requests from the audience, builds up his own backing tracks on a myriad of instruments, and invites some of his famous friends and collaborators on to the stage with him.
http://www.jonbrion.com/
http://www.largo-la.com/

Jon Brion: Tabla (2.35)
album: Punch-Drunk Love - original motion picture soundtrack composed by Jon Brion
Nonesuch 79813-2
http://www.nonesuch.com


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