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Maja Ratkje

Friday 16 June 2006 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present a live improvised solo set by Norwegian singer Maja Ratkje, using electronic processing to extend her voice, recorded at the Bath International Music Festival.


1 hour 15 minutes



Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall
Produced by Philip Tagney
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

Tel. 020 7765 4661
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Friday 16 June 2006, 10:15pm

Joan as Police Woman: I Defy (3.26)
Joan as Policewoman is the project of New Yorker Joan Wasser, who has played 5-string viola for the likes of Antony and the Johnsons (indeed, Antony joins her on this track) and Rufus Wainwright.
album: Real Life
Reveal Records 10Pa
Click here for a review of this album

Nalle: Sunne Song (4.33)
Nalle (which is Finnish for ‘Teddy Bear’) are Hanne Tuulikki (voice/guitar/kantele/flute/straw/percussion/shruti box/jews harp), Chris Hladowski (bouzouki/oud/guitar/clarinet/voice/percussion) and Aby Amorel Vulliamy (viola/voice). They are also all members of the Scottish folk collective Scatter, whose version of She Moved Through the Fayre was played on Mixing It last month. This album was recorded by Daniel Padden (The One Ensemble/Volcano the Bear) in Glasgow. Mixing It originally came across the track on a free Pickled Egg Records sampler acquired at this year’s All Tomorrows Parties Festival.
album: By Chance Upon Waking
Pickled Egg Records EGG 57

Maja Ratkje: Etrunenen Madchen (Brecht/Weill) (4.56)
Maja Ratkje (vocals/electronics)
Maja Ratkje is a Norwegian vocalist and sound artist who is also one half of Femail and one quarter of the free improv group Spunk. She was invited recently to come and play at the Bath International Music Festival, which was artistically directed this year by pianist Joanna MacGregor.
Recorded 2 June 2006 at the Assembly Rooms in Bath
Femail have a new album called Blixter Toad (Asphodel ASP 2033)
Spunk have a recent album called en aldeles forferdelig sykdom (Rune Grammofon RCD2048)

Art Giraffefungal: A balloon ant-eater eating balloon ants (4.37)
Art Giraffefungal is one project of Isle of Wight resident Peter Bradley (also known as Automatic Serene Gun, Super Distortion and Man In Formaldehyde). This music exclusively features noises made by balloons.
album: Balloon Animals
Pointy Bird Records PBIRD CD004

Flugelschlag: Mendiani (5.39)
Flugelschlag is the Chick Corea and Steve Reich-endorsed piano trio of Gert Wilden jr, Andy Lutter and Ralf Schmid, all playing prepared pianos on this track. The African ambience and choir was recorded by Gert in Senegal, while the pianos were recorded at Bavarian Radio Studio 3, Munich, October 1999. This track originally appeared on the 2001 album Music for 3 grand pianos, 3 composers, 3 pianists (Obliqsound 501)
album: The Obliqsound Sampler
Obliqsound 001

Tortoise arr. Takemura: TNT Takemura Remix (4.32)
This remix comes from the upcoming 3xCD Tortoise box set ‘A Lazarus Taxon’, which is an overview of Tortoise's career so far. This originally appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese issue of 1998's TNT album.
album: A Lazarus Taxon
Thrill Jockey THRILL152
Click here for more details on this artist

Brass Monkey: Accordidrocca (3.26)
A palindromic composition: that is, it begins with the sound of an accordion ‘breathing’ with the keys and buttons clicking, then the melody comes in before the chaotic middle section where the sound reverses, and the track replays itself backwards.
Brass Monkey is the project of one Tony Kemplen. This is from a collection of instrumentals using musical instruments bought in charity shops, car boot sales and the local ‘Poundland’.
album: Eine Kleine Thriftmusik
Antilogy ANT-CDR-01

Feu Thérèse: Ce n’est pas les Jardins du Luxembourg (6.03)
Feu Thérèse are Stephen de Oliveira (synthesiser/guitar/voice/organ/harmonica), Luc Paradis (drums and percussion), Jonathan Parant of Fly Pan-Am (guitar/organ/synthesiser/electronics/voice) and Alexander St-Onge (bass/voice/organ/harpsichord/electronics)
Recorded and mixed by Thierry Amar at Hotel2Tango, Montréal
album: Feu Thérèse/Ferrari En Feu
Constellation CST040-2
Click here to see the photos from Mixing It's visit to Montréal

Maja Ratkje: Erwartung (Maja Ratkje) (16.09)
Recorded 2 June 2006 at the Bath International Music Festival
More details above
Actis Band: Allende (8.03)
The Actis Band is led by Carlo Actis Dato (tenor & baritone saxes/bass clarinet), with Massimo Rossi (alto & soprano saxes), Karsten Lipp (guitar), Federico Marchesano (bass) and Dario Bruna (drums).
album: Allende
Leo Records CD LR 462

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