02 Nov 2010 /


By jon leidecker

Variations radio host Jon Leidecker delineates the history of the potential for the radio receiver to be used as a musical instrument from its early beginnings in the Twenties as captured on a comedy record, to formal art experiments in the Forties and Fifties, to its nostalgic presence in one of the very first song-based pop music collage albums, which herald the now familiar practice of sampling.

Jon Leidecker was born in 1970 in Washington, D.C. to two physicists. Since 1990 he has performed appropriative collage music under the pseudonym Wobbly, improvising live with pre-recordings to coax the harmonies out of the recorded sounds of individuals from disparate cultures. Albums have been released on the labels Alku, Phthalo, Illegal Art, Tigerbeat6, Important and Vague Terrain. Previous and ongoing projects include the bands Chopping Channel (with Don Joyce & Peter Conheim of Negativland), Sagan (with Blevin Blectum, Lesser and Ryan Junell), the Freddy McGuire Show (with video artist Anne McGuire) and Amen Seat (with MaryClare Bryztwa), as well as live and studio collaborations with People Like Us, Matmos, Negativland, Thomas Dimuzio, Tim Perkis & Xopher Davidson, Hrvatski, The Tape-beatles, The Evolution Control Committee and Otomo Yoshihide.

In 2009 he was commissioned by Ràdio Web MACBA to produce Variations, an ongoing radio show on the history of musical collage & sampling.

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