On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff
1996 - 1997
Mental Notes was a different kind of Radio Show than I have ever experienced as a performer or listener. I would call it a Radio Broadcast Performance (with mad genius Craig Schildhauer using the entire Radio Station as an instrument). When I met Craig he had been doing this for years most every Saturday night at midnight. He would make a single uninterrupted mix for the entire length of his program. His show was 2 hours, but he would do it until the next DJ arrived - sometimes for 5 or 6 hours in a row. WMFO had three studios and Craig would use all three of them at the same time. He created loops and tapes in advance, he set up huge analog tape loops with two reel-to-reel decks, he sampled albums of all kinds from the library, he set up his bass and then he ran around between the three studios all night like a crazed fiend. He invited all kinds of different improvising musicians to come and play both as ensembles and as ensembles with Radio Station accompaniment. I was fortunate to participate about 20 times in 1996 and 1997 and I always brought blank DAT tapes with me so I could document the results. These discs are from those performances.
PEK - Fall 2014