Xen Radio Episode 43

Xen Radio

Broadcast April 18, 2020

On April 7, 2020 we lost Hal Willner due to complications associated with COVID-19, so this week features two tracks from his Charles Mingus tribute album, “Weird Nightmare” and “Work Song” which both include some of the original Partch instruments. Cut back in 1992, “Hal Willner Presents Weird Nightmare – Meditations On Mingus” is an early, early collaboration of Partch instruments with mainstream record producers. (Paul Simon attempted something similar with his 2016 album, “Stranger to Stranger.”) Particularly effective and haunting is Elvis Costello’s version of “Weird Nightmare” over the pulsing sound of the cloud chamber bowls. Also this week, music by Deep Listening Band, Elaine Walker, Frank Rothkamm, David Wilson (Radionics Radio), Saman Samadi, and John Schneider performing music by Carter Scholz.

Featured Artist from : Hal Willner


Daniel Wilson (Radionics Radio) — Peter Send Me Money so I Can Fix the Boat You Promised
Charles Mingus (Hal Willner, producer & Elvis Costello) — Weird Nightmare
Charles Mingus (Hal Willner, producer) — Work Song
Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster & Panaiotis (Deep Listening Band) — Ione
Elaine Walker / ZIA — Love Song
Frank Rothkamm — quarter fiesta 9 opus 835.00 & quarter fiesta 8 opus 834.00
Saman Samadi — Perception
Carter Scholz (John Schneider, guitar) — Rhythmicon I