Album Review

Anderson, Casey – “Radios” – [A Wave Press]

Naysayer   7/1/2018   A Library, CD

When I was in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing several sets by electronic experimental artists who came out of the magic that is Cal Arts. So many amazing folks have come out of that program and here we have a sample of the continuing excellence from it. Casey Anderson is an artist working with sound in many different formats. He currently teaches at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. His work has been heard and seen at some prestigious institutions around the US including The Walker Art Center, MOCA Mass, Geffen Contemporary LA MOCA, Atlantic Center For the Arts. He also has his own label, A Wave Press, which puts out experimental electronic works. This CD, “Radios”, is 3 long tracks of radio station transmissions, mostly from the LA area. These are not cut up, fast changes, but minutes of shows, talk, adult contemporary hits. Listeners will think they got the wrong station. I thought I had accidentally hit the FM dial instead of CD when I first heard it. Each selection is filled with static, like not actually getting the station to come in clear, so that adds to the frustration and fascination. It becomes a bit hypnotic, listening to the advertisements, station IDs, and bad music selections that are part of our collective adult contemporary DNA. And then the static. It takes over but never dominates, making you listen closer to the waves of static sound. Radio love for sure. Track two has the addition of a chime being struck intermittently throughout the broadcasts which gives it this more academic feel. It’s really odd and wonderful. Don’t adjust the dial. We have the control.

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