Some moments in our lives are just wistful memories of which we have little record. But sometimes, you get a glorious snapshot of something from the past, and when you revisit it, you realize there is wisdom and glory is looking back on what had been done before.
For a short period of time in 2014, I returned to KPSU while I was working at PSU. I had twice left the station before, to work on other radio projects elsewhere, but as a student, alumni, and then employee of the school, KPSU was never far from my mind, or my memory. I would hear it as I roamed the campus during work hours, and it soon filled my mind with all sorts of ideas about a new was of doing radio. It’s not like I’d ever strayed too far away. Every iteration of my show has been, essentially, the same. (That is to say, me and my interests, on display, for all the world to hear.) But I wanted to distill all the facets of my radio personality into one, rambling, massive, pulsing thing that was, for all intents and purposes, me in audio form.
It took a long time to set this up. Starting in 2013, I began planning and preparing, working with the station and with Miss Rikki to get it to come into being. There were delays and setbacks, and stations management changes that always make it difficult to explain everything all over again to someone new. But we launched, at the end of January, and for most of 2014, this became my favorite thing to do, creatively.
While the show was never supposed to include anyone else other than myself, Rikki had been so much a part of planning this show, that it only made sense to have her on the first one. Then, very quickly, she was there for every show, and so was a whole cast of characters that littered the conversations and spots on the program, none of which are represented here. The backbone, the essence of the show was Miss Rikki and I, mixing records and other stuff, and seeing how it all turned out.
In fact, aside from the first DJ set of the first show, almost none of what was aired on A Momentary Lapse of Reason was planned any way. The spontaneous and improvised nature of the show relied heavily on the KPSU music archive, which we played relentlessly in various capacities, but this sort of ignores that both Rikki and I would bring piles of stuff to play, too. But one we got to chatting, and picking stuff out, it always became clear that the shows were never going to even get to the stuff we’d selected before, a tradition that is long standing a common in radio.
This show was short lived, and perhaps I’ll talk about the ending in the next episode. But here, let’s focus on some of the best and choicest moments from the first several episodes. While our show was full of segments, talk, calls, and live music, the connective tissue / thread that would hold it all together was our mixes. This is the stuff that has aged the best, represents the spirit of the show that I remember fondly, and is truly wild in a way that makes me want to bring this element back to Mid-Valley Mutations in a big way.
As a special treat, there are a few extra “bonus minutes” on the podcast version, that the FM version did not get. If you were listening live, and want to hear that, the bonus minutes are at the end. And: stay tuned next week, as we continue this exploration, and bring you more magnificent mixes from Miss Rikki and myself.
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I)
Part I: (From Episode 2, 5 February 2014)
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Silence vs. Answers * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part II: (From Episode 6, 5 March 2014 & Episode 7, 19 March 2014)
03.) That Neu Number Station In Astro Space * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part III: (From Episode 8, 26 March 2014 & Episode 12, 23 April 2014)
04.) Full Skronk Git Down * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part IV: (From Episode 14, 14 May 2014 & Episode 17, 4 June 2014)
05.) The Jazz Numbers Theory on Botflys & Mr. Topsy Turvy * A Momentary Lapse of Reason w/ The Professor & The Professor’s Wife * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part V: (From Episode 17, 4 June 2014 & Episode 18, 11 June 2014)
06.) The Meta-morph-osis * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
07.) Tonto * Battles * Mirrored * Warp Records (2007)
Part VI: (From Episode 3, 12 February 2014)
08.) As of Now * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records (2004)
09.) Tommy Goes Berserk * Melvins Lite * Freak Puke * Ipecac Records (2012)
10.) Gauze * KARP * Stars Kill Rock * Kill Rock Stars (1993)
Part VII: (Episode 3, 12 February 2014 2014 & Episode 6, 5 March 2014)
11.) SPMC * The Icarus Line * Mono * Buddyhead Records (2001)
12.) Up In Her Room * The Seeds * A Web of Sound * GNP Creshendo (1966)