Xen Radio Episode 32

Happy new year! The first show of 2020 features music by Elaine Walker (aka, Zia), Mileece, John Starrett, and the Zumi-Kai Original Instrumental Group, along with a new track by Egil Kalman & Fredrik Rasten. In other news, XEN RADIO can now be found on Twitter! Follow the show there if you have Twitter and do that sort of thing.

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Xen Radio Episode 31 – HOORAY 2019!

As the final episode of the year, XEN RADIO Episode 31 is only music that was released in 2019. However, please note this isn’t a “best of” list, nor is it a showcase of the definitive xenharmonic/microtonal music of the year; rather, it’s simply a group of great tracks that all came out this year.

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Xen Radio Episode 29

Returning to the air after missing a couple weeks (due to Thanksgiving and then sleeping through my alarm) this week’s episode featured rock, punk, electronic music, and some of the more “mainstream classical” microtonality.

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Xen Radio Episode 28

XEN RADIO this week featured a little jazz, rock, electronic music, and other genres of microtonality by Billy Stiltner, Johnny Reinhard, Neil Haverstick, Trauma Triad, and others. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there is no XEN RADIO on November 30, but I’ll return on Saturday, December 7.

Episode 28 (November 23, 2019)

Trauma Triad — “Wittgenstein on Ecstasy” from Visceral Defects
Tenores Di Bitti — “Su rosignolu”
Billy Stiltnergroovy4.stiltner17.2.ji.submomentsp17.g7
Johnny ReinhardRhap(Sody)
Stick Man (Neil Haverstick) — Prelude No. 1
Philipp Gerschlauer, David Fiuczynski & Jack DeJohnette — “Hangover” from Mikrojazz
Feeding Goats — “Dawn” from Lights
Radionics RadioSocial Media (“More Friends”)
Dollshot — “She” from Lalande
Neil HaverstickIraq

XEN RADIO broadcasts on kpiss.fm Saturday at 09:00 EST, 14:00 UTC. There is no program on November 30.

Xen Radio Episode 27

XEN RADIO is back! I took a few week off to get married and then visit St. Lucia, but now I’m back, and at a new time: 09:00 Eastern / 14:00 UTC. Episode 27 was a “classic” episode with a mix of tracks from the Western classical tradition and some rock/ambient tracks. Most exciting this week is Syzygy, a string quartet by Charles Corey, which was newly recorded and released on Navona Records’ Figments Vol. 2.

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Xen Radio Episode 26, and news!

The October 22 episode of XEN RADIO featured “non-classical” music by Jack Tickner, Chicken & the Chick Flicks, and Elaine Walker (aka, Zia), but the episode was anchored by two recordings by the Los Angeles band, PARTCH. The first work is their Grammy-winning recording of Harry Partch’s Castor & Pollux, and the second was their collaboration with PRISM Quartet on Ken Ueno’s new work for Partch instruments and saxophone quartet, Future Lilacs.

Bass marimba key, photo by Steven N. Severinghaus.
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Xen Radio Episode 25: Vocal Traditions

This week’s show explores different vocal music from around the world. Some of this deliberately explores microtonality, but much of this comes from a place of simply going for what sounds good and right. In addition to some tracks from the European/Western tradition, we hear music from Australia, Indonesia, India, Tuvu, and Cameroon.

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Xen Radio Episode 24

Mostly rock — that’s the theme for this episode. Groups such as The Mercury Tree and Horse Lords are a couple of the groups heard this week among others creating what can only be described as rock music that utilizes microtonality. Among this, are some laid back “traditional” microtonal works by Lou Harrison, Aepiel, and Georg Dimitrov.

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Xen Radio Episode 23

Joined this week by my good friend and dynamic singer/performer Siobahn Sung, XEN RADIO took a listen to microtonal music by post-war American experimental composers such as as John Cage, Joan La Barbara, and others. With the exception of James Tenney, most of these composers are not known specifically for their microtonal works, so these works either unintentionally use microtonal techniques, or are specific works that reach in that genre.

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