Monday, 18 June 2007


This week, and the next six weeks, the time-machine presents one very long, three-hour mix chopped up into digestible half-hour chunks. For the next few weeks the TTMB blog will remain on this post - Mr Phizmiz is away on adventures!

We're not 100% sure which tracks were used on which section of the mix, and intermittenly over the next few weeks will be randomly back announcing, but anyways ... here is a list of every record we used in this filthy trombone of a mix ...

Pereyra and his Tropical Harp
The Royal Latin Orchestra
Lyn Marshall's Yoga
Pepe Jaramillo
Roberto Delgado
Louis Jordan
Various Sound-Effects 7"s
Pablo Rotero and his Mexican Brass Boys
Boogie Woogie Corner
Pinky & Perky
George Malcolm
Billie Holiday
Geoff Love Singers
Wayne King
Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra
Cole Porter
Fairground Fantasia in Stereo
Classical Gold
West Side Story
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Elvis Presley
Erik Satie
Harpo Marx
The Companies Act 1967
Raymond Scott
Franz Liszt
Django Reinhardt
Indo-Jazz Suite
Pacific Serenaders
Kai Warner Singers & Orchestra
Four Traditional Fairytales
Mornington Island Corroboree Songs
BBC Sound Effects
The Strauss Family
Edmundo Ros & his Orchestra
Koledy Polskie
Arthur Sullivan
The Sound of Music
Spike Jones & his City Slickers
Glenn Miller
Wendy Carlos
Noel Coward
The Chaplin Collection
Bird Sounds in Close-Up
Marlene Dietrich
Siegfried Wendel
Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass
Nat King Cole
Dr Dolittle
Kathleen Ferrier
David Carroll & his Orchestra
The World of the Cinema Organ
Louis Armstrong
The New Sound Crusaders Steel Band
Led Zeppelin
Hungarian Folksongs
Breakthrough Studio 2 Sound
Johann Strauss II
Hansi Roler
Ludwig Koch
Bert Kaempfert & his Orchestra

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Pictures of the catastrophe ...

Monday, 11 June 2007

Damp Squib Minimix Fiesta

This week in the time-machine, a brand new experiment in "minimixing", inspired by the quizzical expression of the eastern gentleman pictured above. Taking four 7" records, namely:

... and working entirely with a single side of each record, across four turntables, to produce short, improvised mixes. With each mix we swapped records and had much fun playing about with accident and chaos. Business as usual, then, but with a mini, fun-size twist.

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Beats & Bobs

A hhhhuge server crash at WFMU meant that this podcast didn't go out on time, but it's now available, albeit with a rather minimal blogpost. A 25 minute mix of drums, Stravinsky, Grieg, and all sorts of shattering and clattering. Perhaps the sound of a crashing server?

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Monday, 28 May 2007

Norman's Attic : Volume Two

This week in the time-machine, disaster results in new approaches to time-travelling! The window at the top of the time-machine was left wide open on a sunny day, which became a rainy night, during which time Ergo & The Mongoose used conventional transport to travel a mere 100 miles away (with a few detours). Returning to the time-machine, they found a thoroughly washed mixer, and many drenched records. Fortunately amplifier, turntables, and recording facilities were left unwashed.

Phew! The mixer now sits by a radiator, soaking up the heat and hopefully soaking out the soak.

But there was a podcast to make! What resulted was attaching two Vestax turntables to the left and right inputs of the amplifier, placing the Dansette monarch next to them, and then miking up the three speakers.

By the time this has been figured out, it was very late in the day. Maybe that is why what has resulted is a very quiet, slow and spacey mix. Which the time-travellers are pretty happy with.

Using the next batch of records found in Norman's Attic, no pre-monitoring, and no effects, we hear Don Williams (incidentally also the name of Ergo's grandfather) singing with the Geoff Love Choir, multiple versions of Concerto de Aranjuez bouncing off each other, a Camel carrying a Snow Goose, a bizarre man at the piano with an eyeless woman, and a very warped Dvorak New World Symphony.

The main visual anomaly of the set, though, was definitely this disturbing shot of Nicholas Nicholas playing piano, accompanied by the woman with no eyeballs ....

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Monday, 21 May 2007

Norman's Attic : Volume One

This week on TTMB, an ubermix of 80s and classical music cats, from a pile of records discovered in the attic of a man called Norman (the pictured lady is not Norman).

No pre-listening, straight to the studio within ten minutes of discovering the records, spontaneous junk mix of prog, Belinda Carlisle, Beethoven, Black Box, and non-stop rock!

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Next week, Norman's Attic : Volume Two!

Some discoveries and phenomena ...

Monday, 14 May 2007

Sweaty Satch and String Vest

This week in the time-machine, further shenanigens with broken CDrs and lock-grooves (see last week's blog-entry for Blue Peter style demonstration. Swathes of classical guitar clashing with jazz, acid, and Erik Satie. Along the way we picked up Spike Jones and his City Slickers, then dropped them off the 16th century to alter the course of musical history. Lockgroovetastic!

A fairly minimal blog this week, because en-route to the Battle of Hastings in the time-machine we realised we'd forgotten the camera. Instead, feast your eyes on this blue tuba!

And a man in a string vest ...

We tried to find a picture of a vest in a string-man, but no luck ....
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Monday, 7 May 2007

Things to make and do .....

This week we went all handicraft in the time-machine, travelling through the ages armed with scissors and blu-tack, making origami animals as we mixed a lockgroovetastic lovefest of jazz, bossa-nova, and spacetime samba.

Four turntables, four broken CDrs, eight pieces of blu-tack, one-delay button, one very late night, one intense time-travelling experience.

To your right is a picture of the inside of our refrigator.

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(And if that's not enough time-travelling for you, you can hear our recent TTMB 3 hour WFMU show HERE)