Some Assembly Required is a weekly focus on sample based music and audio art. Host Jon Nelson explores the world of sound collage via this weekly podcast of his nationally syndicated radio program
By Jon Nelson
August 26, 2008

Episode 73, Some Assembly Required

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Episode 73 features nine tracks by The Bran Flakes, Hromlegn Kainn, Christian Marclay (with Otomo Yoshihide), Mr. Meridies, John Oswald, Protocol Helix, Public Works, Splatt and Carl Stone. Check it out HERE.

The standout this week is "Shibucho,” by Carl Stone... A friend recently asked me to explain why I liked this kind of work, and I found myself at a bit of a loss... The more experimental stuff is often more difficult to explain, and in spite of the position I’ve put myself in here, as the host of the show, I really don’t always claim to be an expert. I do know I like it though! I suppose the untrained ear really must be forgiven for more casually dismissing this kind of thing, when at first blush it can just seem like noise. I know I’m occasionally guilty of being impatient with this kind of work, myself. However, in this case, what might have initially seemed disordered, did eventually come to be understood as very beautiful, once it was given the chance to make itself fully heard. I hope you have the time and the inclination to have the same experience.

A side note: For some reason I mispronounced the title of the track, "Shibucho" as “Shiloucho,” in this week’s episode. I feel compelled to point out that the actual title is “Shibucho,” for the record... Enjoy!

Check out Episode 73 HERE and visit the SAR Blog for this week’s SAR Q&A with Mr. Meridies.

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


Jon Nelson is an artist, curator and producer, focused almost exclusively on collage, with forays into radio, visual art, theater, writing and installation. His nationally syndicated radio program (Some Assembly Required) is a weekly radio art show, featuring the talents of audio artists who appropriate sounds from their media environments.

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