Wet Dreams of the Pope by bart plantenga & Black Sifichi. Oneirogmophobia is the fear of wet dreams and papaphobia is the fear of Popes. So what’s a fear of “Wet Dreams of the Pope”? Produced as a radio play in 2007 for VPRO, Dutch national public radio by Lukas Simonis, starring Sifichi, Plantenga, Roma Napoli, DJ Pausa & Yosel as the Polish Pope. The story is about power, corruption, Papal malfeasance, Popely lust, mermaids, & the extreme right wing intrigue surrounding the death of reformer Pope John Paul I... It appears in part on a Jarring Effects EP-CD as atmospheric dub versions of excerpts from Wet Dreams of the Pope by Black Sifichi vs Brain Damage on The Balance of the Cube in the short story collection Wiggling Wishbone [Autonomedia]. Published as a a chapbook by Eraserhead Press. Rebroadcast on Resonance FM and Radio Joy [still available for listening!] in London in 2009.
REI HISTORY: REI #1: March 1999 / Radio 100 / Amsterdam. It began as a thematic evening on Wreck This Mess. It included a 60± minute mix of archival and pre-recorded radio sounds from various parts of the world. REI also recognized that radio is a musical instrument, compositional element, or evocative ambience used by musicians such as John Cage, Holger Czukay, Francis Dhomont, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Richard H. Kirk, et al. who employ radio sounds compositionally.
- REI #2: March 1999 / Radio Patapoe / N5M3 (Next 5 Minutes Tactical Media) Conference / Amsterdam. This special 180-minute live broadcast during N5M3 featured numerous new radio samples as well it re-utilized elements of REI #1 plus an old dial radio plugged into the soundboard which was employed as a freeform/chance musical instrument. "Music" in this case being the random sounds of radio accessed by strategic turns of the dial while browsling the entire radio band of FM/AM frequencies. A collage of overlapping radio archival references were funneled into its own bandwidth — frequency 97.2 [at the time].
- REI #3: Remixed together with Black Sifichi in Paris. Here, further incursions of freeplay, sampled sources, shortwave and Paris radio signals were mixed in.
- REI #3a: July 1999 / Radio Patapoe / live broadcast created yet another template version, another hybrid exploration of radio communicating back into itself.
- REI #XX: CD excerpts have since been rebroadcast at Radio Libertaire [Paris], WBAI [NY], Future Radio, [Bristol, UK], Radio 100 [May 2000], Radio Patapoe [June 2000], RaDio Burst!, radio art festival / Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario [June 2000] as “REI — The Expansive Ether.” Berlin’s Juniradio in June 2003 Rebroadcast occasionally until the present day.
Morosophy / Morosofie: Also presented as part of the Cafe Sonore series that WORM produced for VPRO radio. It is my cut n paste interpretation of the subject. Personal philosophies with a tremendous amount of logical inertia and dynamic fervor. The more ridiculous the theory the more fervent its defender-creators. Soundscape broadcast in May 2007 as part of a night of investigating the major morosophes on Dutch public radio VPRO (samples Willem Breuker's "The Typewriter"). You can listen here at WRECK Mixcloud.
Various Historic Cassettes [on CD or mp3]
- Wonderful World of Word is the Bird: is the first 90m-cassette compilation of spoken word highlights from my spoken word radio program. "Exploring Science": Bart Plantenga with the Vanilla Bean at the controls, originally appeared on a WFMU cassette.
- Wreck This Mess: Nasty Girls: Mega-sampled Mess, raw, rough, prehistoric samples dating from 1989.
- Sperm Motility Control: Best of Word is the Bird is the 2nd 90m-cassette compilation of live and pre-recorded highlights from long running radio sub-program devoted to spoken word. Ron Kolm reads "Duke & Jill Do Drugs", live at Tin Pan Alley, 1988.
- Radio Hypnosis: A 60m-cassette compilation of Paris radio tape and word manipulations dating from 1990. "You Can't Get It Up" is one of many pieces cut and pasted on a boombox.