If you follow the podcast version of UB Radio Salon (which usually is available at some point after the live broadcast on Sunday), then you may have noticed that there was a Mini-Mutations appearance… yet again!
DFM.nu, a station in Amsterdam that has roots going back to the late 60s, decided to air every performance from all three days of NorCal NoiseFest this year, which was yet another way that people may have heard the stuff that we do. It was really cool to know that there were multiple ways, across several platforms, that you could see and hear what we do, with live interactive chat on top of it all. We had people from all over the world involved with, performing in, and listening to / watching, our performances. It was really cool.
Anyway, I was performing from my studio on the web stream roughly around the time that UB Radio Salon usually airs, so for their show (and on the re-broadcast, and finally, on the podcast), the Mini-Mutations set is included… along with some excellent and amazing other performers, too. This is at normal speed, but seems to be the audio from the stream… so you can hear what it was like for people live. (I made a remastered version will audio captured off of my mixer live, that sounds a little better.)
Here’s a radio treat that can’t be beat! WSLR in Sarasota, Florida has a radio show that features a wide range of strange and interesting music. “Lumpytunes! Definitely Difficult Listening” is a wonderful show that brings you all sorts of music that you cannot hear anywhere else. On Tuesday, October 5th, they decided to broadcast four hours of NorCal NoiseFest, by playing it all back at 200%, and cramming it into a two-hour block. Maddness, you say? But of course! And it sounds wonderfully weird, too.
Check the station archives to hear the show. There’s a Mini-Mutations shout-out at around One Hour, 24 Minutes into the show. Then you can hear LOB begin to introduce “Health Habits” around the One Hour, 36 Minutes Mark. (Thank you Dylan Houser for bringing this to my attention!) Always fun to hear Mini-Mutations on the radio.
As our lives change, there is a need to break off the things you were doing before, to make room for your new way of life. It’s incredibly common: people start new jobs, new relationships, and new chapters of their lives, almost constantly, depending on how you craft the particular narrative you are interested in making about your own life. This seems to be a fairly common practice for many people: we focus on the new way our life will take shape, and then decide what part of our old life still fits into the way things are now.
This week has been spent playing catch-up, for sure, and I’m still not fully there. “Things” are afoot, and as I learn the new steps of this dance, I’m far less close to the parts of the ballroom I once frequented, where plenty of previous chapters of my life all happened. I’m still trying to figure out what I can still reach here, and where those things will fit into these new dance steps that are very new to me.
I’ve always been good at starting things, but wrapping up a chapter has always been challenging for me. I feel like I never know exactly how to “land” the story until well after I already have, and the urge to go back and do it right this time often leaves me to either freeze up, never end things, or worse, overthink the ending to the point where it only makes sense to me. Perhaps this is a portent of how difficult future endings will be, but certainly, it makes me wonder why ends are like this. Saying goodbye, graduations, transitions. All of these things seem to be common experiences for almost everyone, and yet, they seem more difficult than almost anything else.
As I pirouette around the close of some chapters and as I two-step my rewrite on others in this new mixed-metaphor book / dance I’m trying to learn, I wonder: what part of all of this will feel like it needs a revision in five years, and which parts will I finally come to terms with, regardless of how it all turns out?