Zero Squared #32: Vade Mecum

Richard Skinner’s collection of essays Vade Mecum is the topic of dicussion this week as the author discusses Eric Satie, Werner Herzog, John Cage, and the interdisciplinary life of a man of letters. Skinner is a novelist whose works include The Red Dancer, The Mirror, and now Vade Mecum.

From the jacket:

Vade Mecum brings together Richard Skinner’s best essays, reviews and interviews from 1992-2014. There are close critical engagements with writers (Kazuo Ishiguro, Italo Calvino, Shakespeare’s The Tempest) and composers (Erik Satie, Iannis Xenakis, Luc Ferrari), meditations on films and filmmakers (Antonioni, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Chinatown) and idiosyncratic reflections on Werner Herzog’s Of Walking in Ice and Steely Dan.

In this episode you’ll also hear the voice of John Cage, the music of Boards of Canada, a collage about expressionism and the avant garde, Werner Herzog describing Klaus Kinski to David Letterman, The Dell Vikings “Come Go With Me,” a brief reading from Vade Mecum on the subject of Italo Calvino’s cities, and Erik Satie’s Vexations.

Diet Soap Podcast #175: How to Listen to the New

The guest this week Michael Karman. Karman is the editor of Asymmetry Music Magazine, a magazine dedicated to exposing the general public to new and interesting art music, and we discuss how to listen, the problem of tradition, concrete music, John Cage, Coca-Cola bottles and more.

The music and sound in this episode includes A String Quartet playing Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga herself only mashed up, reversed, and filtered, an excerpt of Michael Rodd from the BBC 1979 documentary “The New Sound of Music,” Emmanuelle-Gibello’s “Crashtest 10,” Ernst Krenek’s “Sinfonia no. 4”, John Cage talking about Coca-Cola bottles, and Luc Ferrari’s “Exploitation of Concepts.”

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The music you’re listening to right now is Paul’s Dance by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Michael Karman and I discuss How to Listen to the New.
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