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Andrea Silenzi is the Managing Director of the Free Music Archive at WFMU.

She also hosts the show Why Oh Why every Wednesday night 7-8pm ET on WFMU, and produces the show Seven Second Delay. She previously worked as a public radio show producer at KCUR in Kansas City, and as a Culture Producer for in New York. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Wesleyan University.

Her work has aired on The Organist, PRI's Studio 360, BBC4, WNYC News, Re:Sound, APM's Performance Today, Saltcast, and on WFMU's Too Much Information. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that's 68.

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ange on 04/01/2014 at 05:00AM

Hear the Unheard: Trance Music Seeker Arrington De Dionyso

Arrington de Dionyso is interested in blurring the lines between sacred ritual and popular entertainment. A former Old Time Relijun freak-folker, his recent solo work incorporates overtone-singing, shruti-box, jaw harp, and Kadri Gopalnath-inspired bass clarinet, and many of his latest releases feature recordings from his travels and collaborations. Whether it's a 13th century chapel in Italy, a volcanic cave in Java, or his homebase at K Records' Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, WA, his music is influenced by (and influences) his surroundings.

His work also strives to form human connections, both with his fans and musical collaborators. Back in 2011, de Dionyso traveled and recorded music throughout Java, Bali, and Lombok Islands with support from a successful Kickstarter campaign. With help from another Kickstarter push, he went back in November 2013, and is planning another trip for the end of 2014. Many of the concerts and improvised recording sessions are available for pay-what-you-wish on Bandcamp and the Free Music Archive, including his latest in the Unheard Indonesia series.

Many of your releases directly relate to where you were when you recorded them. What's the role of traveling in your music? 

Although I have lived in Olympia, Washington for over 20 years, and I have a wonderful label and studio to work with here. (K Records' DUB NARCOTIC STUDIO, just ten blocks from my house!) I am traveling on tour doing art shows and concerts almost half the year. This puts me in contact with an incredible variety of different people playing all kinds of instruments with different approaches to the music they make. But even when I am working on a solo recording, I think the place in which you choose to make a recording has a huge effect on the kind of result you're going to get, whether it's the specific acoustic properties of a 13th century chapel in Italy, a volcanic cave in Java, or a fancy studio in Berlin—the way I play my music is going to change according to how I respond to being in these places. The music changes even more when other people are involved!

Tell me about UNHEARD INDONESIA VOL. I: The Trance Music of East Java. What did you learn about trance music from your travels in East Java, and from collaborating with other musicians there? 

That's a recording of the very first opportunity I had to perform with Jaranan groups in Java, back in 2011. Jaranan, or "Jathilan" is an incredible living tradition that takes many different forms, sometimes including forms of spiritual possession. People have a lot of different ideas as to what really constitutes "trance" but I approach these experiences as a participant and collaborator with many years of experience with my own versions of "trance music" via the rock and roll tradition (a tradition derived almost completely directly from African trance musics, by the way, this is very well documented).

When I perform with these groups I am joining a shared experience and sharing my own unique contribution to that experience. I guess I am particularly drawn to Jaranan because in this tradition there isn't a clear line between what is "sacred ritual" versus "popular entertainment." It's all mixed up there, as I feel it really should be. Why shouldn't something entertaining also be "sacred"? and what do we mean by "sacred" anyways? In much of Indonesia, musicians are performing to entertain the world of spirits just as much as the world of humans. It happens at the same time, and nobody sees any contradiction there, so why should I?

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ange on 03/15/2014 at 12:45AM

WFMU Showcase at Beerland in Austin

WFMU is hosting a free daytime party at Beerland in Austin, that promises to be a dynamite non-stop afternoon of beer-and-BBQ fueled rock!

On tap inlcudes many bands who have recorded live sets at WFMU that are available here on the FMA, including Protomartyr, Spray Paint, Obnox, Guerilla Toss, and Pampers! WFMU's Liz Berg and Brian Turner will be hosting the broadcast live from the club on Saturday, March 15th. More info on Facebook.

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andrea Is a Fan Of...

Lee Rosevere, Lexie Mountain Boys, Expwy, Dolchnakov Brigade, Obits, Ethan Persoff, Dr. Phibes and The Ten Plagues of Egypt, MI-GU, Little Howlin' Wolf, Toussaint Morrison, Ignatz, USAISAMONSTER, The Units, Free Birthday Songs, Ga'an, Broke For Free, The Ananas, Measles Mumps Rubella, Lonnie Holley, Vitus Von Degen, The Custodian of Records, Blank & Kytt, Spider Bags, Blake Fleming, Snowboarder, Oorutaichi, The Woolen Men, Ghosts, Discount Fireworks, Ex Cops, Kai Engel, The Womb, Kakurenbo, Crawl, The Agrarians, Creative Commons, Yellow Dogs, Leggysalad, The Lothars, The Conet Project, A Magnifique Bande dos Homes sen Medo, Los Amparito, So Cow, Reigning Sound, Nat Roe, The Relatives, VAZ, Southern Nights, Čaj na Ex, Wooden Shjips, Thee Oh Sees, Two Bicycles, LE CLUB DES CHATS, springtide, Trepanning, Chris Zabriskie, No Class, Ben Seretan and Alex Lewis, Nick Klein, Various Artists [WM Recordings], Edward Shallow, Javelin, The Procedure Club, Bing and Ruth, Party People in a Can, Liturgy, Profligate, Classwar Karaoke, Chad VanGaalen, A.M/Uton, Jacco Gardner, Los Vigilantes, Stems, Noveller, Chop Shop, RÉGIS VICTOR, The Blank Tapes, Lucky Dragons, Pauline Oliveros / James Ilgenfritz, Secret Boyfriend, Crash Symbols, Lightning Bolt, Talkshow Boy, Arthur Doyle, The Undynamic Pop Experiment, Bob Ostertag, Tashi Dorji, Jared C. Balogh, Gary War, Delicate Steve, Glenn Branca, Pak, Kuupuu, Brian Chase, Indian Wells, Alligator Indian, Bare Wires, People Like Us, King Ghidorah!, Julian Winter, Jaan Patterson

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on 12/07/2012 at 11:12AM
hey Andrea, thanx a lot for promo post about my compilation)) it's really appreciated. hope this project will push up the whole Finnish psych scene. best!
on 11/15/2012 at 05:13PM
Respect due to the new FMA commander-in-chief. Excellent interview with Tim Pool, by the way.
on 09/26/2012 at 07:07PM
Wow! Great resume, Andrea. Welcome aboard, and nice to meet you, Captain!