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Halloween 1989

Show date: October 19, 2015

Twenty-six years ago a group of artists in Bloomington, Indiana got together to celebrate an empty bus garage and Halloween.

Here's sixty-eight minutes from Halloween 1989.


Show date: May 1, 2014


  1. originally, a) of the home; domestic; b) familiar; intimate; c) fond of home.
  2. a) characteristic of or suitable for home or home life; simple; plain; everyday; as homely virtues; b) crude; unpolished
  3. not attractive; plain; ugly

House music by Dan Willems and Heather Floyd

Sauter Night

Show date: May 22, 2013

Welcome to Radio Hour #5, which presents the David Sauter Memorial Concert featuring KARK.

The concert took place January 20, 2007, at the University of Louisville Red Barn.

Goldsberry, Missouri

Show date: April 5, 2013

This edition of the adept recordings radio hour focuses on recordings made "in the field". Early in the 1990's, the Sick City Trio were asked to be the crew for a documentary film entitled, "Missouri 149", produced and directed by Brooks Bushnell. Heather mainly ran the camera, I mainly recorded sound and Chris did both camera and sound. Almost 200 reels of audio tape were recorded during the year-long production and afterwards I was able to dub a few of them for personal keep-sakes because all of the gear and materials were going away.

The time I had to transfer tape was short, so I picked the recordings that meant the most to me: the sounds of cows, ghost towns, old timey songs & church hymns, story telling, water and the ever present wind. You'll also hear the crew scouting locations, Brooks giving direction, wind up Bolex 16mm cameras clicking and whirring, dishwashing machines (a sound recordist's nightmare). But I've left all that in because it shifts the focus to the crew at work "in the field".

Life at the end of a shot-gun microphone can be a strange one, if not downright surreal. The sound you hear is louder, more focused and detailed than anyone else's perception in the room or out in the wild. Many times I could hear something before I could visually locate it. Even if it was right in front of me. And you could completely "get lost" while amplifying the tiniest soundscape.

Thanks to Brooks Bushnell for the opportunity to make these recordings and for his permission to let you hear them.

Enjoy! Dan Willems

Shuffling Electricity featuring the Melo-Sonic 350

Show date: January 20, 2013

Welcome to radio hour number three, presenting Sick City Four live in the studio.

Sounds organized by another human being.

Show date: November 18, 2012

This is program number two. Newly released, re-released and unreleased.

00:00-02:081. Radio Hour Intro
02:09-06:372. Anderson-Caskets (1995)
06:38-17:023. Norman Minogue-Stockhausen Collage (2009)
17:03-21:394. Mark Anthony Mulligan-The Louisville Kentucky Song (1995)
21:40-25:235. The Belgian Waffles!-Day Off (2006)
25:24-27:556. Humongous-Hook Up the Keyboard (Live 2012)
27:56-44:107. Black Kaspar-Live at Cropped Out Festival (2012)
44:11-01:02:338. Floyd-Willems Duet at Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, KY (1998)
01:02:34-01:02:569. Radio Hour Outro

What planet is this anyway?

Show date: October 12, 2012

Welcome to program number one. This time we present the electronic audio seance that is 4-Track Mind.

00:00-10:261. Radio Hour Intro
10:27-16:182. Ball of Dirt
16:19-26:543. 10 Instruments
26:55-36:574. Montag Insists
36:58-56:455. Bacrrack
56:46-58:006. Radio Hour Outro