Collection Overview

Curator's Statement

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED highlighted episodes for February

There were a number of standouts this month, including our 250th episode, which was chock full of favorites by a variety of different sound collage artists. Two feature-length theme episodes, on the subjects of family, and the '60s rock band, Led Zeppelin, round out this best-of list for February...

When Minnesota artist Chris Strouth sent in his recent composition featuring sounds sourced from the band Led Zeppelin, it got me to thinking of a few other sound collages featuring the same band. The resulting collection of tracks based on bits and pieces of the popular rock group turned out to be one of my favorites, to date. Two or three very unique approaches to covering the classic, "Stairway To Heaven" are particularly memorable. Check it out HERE.

In 2003, a visit from my parents happened to coincide with a theme I was putting together on the subject of family, so grabbing a microphone for fun, I asked them a few questions about music and what they think about the music I play on the program. It's an unusual episode, but a good one. Check it out HERE.

Finally, our 250th episode aired this past month, and I marked the occasion by scouring my record collection for over a dozen of my very favorite tracks by sound collage artists from around the world. A good mix of what I personally find to be some of the best examples of work by artists exploring the fine art of recycling from the media environment. Check it out HERE.

Over two hundred episodes are now available to download at our website, along with every interview ever produced for the show. Check out the Interviews Page HERE, and for a very long list of available episodes and tracklists, click HERE. Should be more than enough to keep you busy until next month...

Until then, thanks for listening!

Jon Nelson

About the show: hosted by Minnesota artist Jon Nelson, Some Assembly Required features sample-basedmusic and audio art by a variety of artists and groups working with bits and pieces of their media environments, giving something back to the cultural landscape from which they so enthusiastically appropriate.

Since its inception in 1999, Nelson has produced over 150 artist features, and interviewed everyone from John Oswald, Steinski and The Evolution Control Committee, to Christian Marclay, Negativland and DJ Spooky, providing a variety of unique perspectives on the nature of this daring and creative style of expression. Visit Some Assembly Required online for more information, including a complete list of downloadable interviews, artist features and the weekly podcast. You can also listen to an extensive archive of back episodes here, on


Collection Classification

Digital Art, Mixed Media, Music, Performance, Unclassified