On January 15, 2006, the Blind Spot radio program aired Twilight of the Idols, an experimental narrative that revolved around the CIA, the end of the world, Miami Vice fan-fiction, Nietzsche and Kelly Clarkson.
Featuring the voice talents of Anna Clark, Eric S. Humphrey, Peter Rosenbloom, and John Wanzel, engineered by Philip von Zweck, produced and written by Peter Rosenbloom and John Wanzel.
Blind Spot was founded in 2003 by Philip von Zweck and John Wanzel. In its two-year run on WLUW 88.7 Chicago, Blind Spot produced over 90 episodes of live experimental radio. The website for the program is old, incomplete and outdated. I am repackaging a few radio works from the 2000’s and re-releasing them on the podcast in hopes of reintroducing the work to a wider audience.
On January 9, 2005, the blind spot radio program filled the on-air studio with as many balloons as Eric, Jake and I could blow up (which happened to be 1,190) and then entered the room and popped them one at a time with a needle taped to a stick.
Conceived by Eric Humphrey and John Wanzel. Performed by Jake Quickel and Eric Humphrey, engineered and produced by John Wanzel.
This is the first time the complete recording of the program is available. I had hoped to fill the studio with 3,000 balloons, but my budget and the 2 hours we had to blow them up were the limiting factors.
I am repackaging a few radio works from the 2000’s and re-releasing them on the podcast.
For the Country Entirely is a sonic re-staging of the Gertrude Stein short story of the same name. The piece is voiced by Anna Benavides, Brian Taylor and John Wanzel. Sounds and text were arranged and edited by John Wanzel.
The piece was created for Erik Belgum’s softpalate in celebration of the roughly 100th anniversary of Gertrude Stein’s Geography and Plays. This piece and five others were released in around 2002 on ubu web.
The beach, bombs, parachutes, gunfire and a song. The 24 hours of the D-Day invasion has been compressed into one.
The second in the ad hoc War Trilogy- DDAY60 first aired on The 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion (June 2004) as part of the Blind Spot radio program. Featuring the voices of John Wanzel and Brian Taylor with Peter Rosenbloom on cello and Jacob Christopher on computer, engineered by Philip von Zweck, written, composed and produced by John Wanzel.
In the future… Charlton Heston’s unfrozen head is the last banker in a communists dystopia; a story about studdering, language and new years; interviews about the United States; a song about jetpacks.
The Omega Banker first aired in July of 2000 on the Something Else ( WLUW 88.7 Chicago 1995 – 2010), hosted by Philip von Zweck . It is the first of the ad hoc War Trilogy. I am repackaging a few radio works from the 2000’s and re-releasing them on the podcast.
The piece features the voice talents of Jen Crouse, Carrie Harold, Doug McHoney, and John Wanzel. It was written by James Zika and John Wanzel and produced by John Wanzel. About 50 minutes.
The third work in the ad hoc Young Love Trilogy, I haven’t been to Philidephia, it’ll be alright, was produced in 2004 for the Blind Spot radio program, wluw 88.7 Chicago. Featuring the voice talents of Eric Humphrey, Brian Taylor and Carolina Wheat. Engineered by Philip von zweck. Written, composed and produced by John Wanzel.
I am repackaging a few radio works from the 2000’s and re-releasing them on the podcast. A version of I haven’t been.. was written as a website in 2003 for a now defunct web-zine, I have posted the original html here.