Podcast: “Forgetting” with Ingrid Lee

Only Edison Could Speak to the Dead

Only Edison Could Speak to the Dead (7″ LP in 400-grit sandpaper sleeve)


Following in the footsteps of the Dadaists, of Fellini and Umberto Eco, of Man Ray and Duchamp, of the tape experiments of Steve Reich, Ligeti, and Stockhausen, our subject is new art about ‘forgetting’. Special guest composer Ingrid Lee introduces an avant-garde playlist of memorable sounds, which may or may not all be specifically music. This show will enlarge your brain, and challenge your ears!   In this episode of American Highways, Guy Livingston and Ingrid Lee offer music of William Basinski, Christian Marclay, the band Thumb Thumb, Bernard Hermann, Marjorie Barnes, and Frances White.

listen-to-CZ-button now-on-itunes-buttonAMERICAN HIGHWAYS #45: FORGETTING PLAYLIST

Ingrid Lee is a composer and performer of things not limited to sound. Her work has taken the form of compositions, installations, performances, lectures and objects that explore collective listening practices, the physicality of sound and themes of failure and erasure. Ingrid has been 1/2 of Come On You Fuckers, co-founder of the L.A. Stylophonic, and co-curator of the Paarden Eiland Concert series in Cape Town, South Africa. Ingrid is from Hong Kong/Los Angeles and now resides in the Netherlands where she runs a lecture series, experiments with food and makes noise.

Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

William Basinski
Disintegration Loops dlp 1.3 (2008)
William Basinski, tape loops
Temporary Residence Limited TRR226

Bernard Hermann
Farenheit 451
Elmer Bernstein Conducts The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Milan 7313835643-2

Composed by Frances White, written by Valeria Vasilevski
She lost her voice that’s how we knew
Kristin Norderval, vocalist
Ravello Records ‎– RR7915

Object to be Destroyed, by Marcel Duchamp

Object to be Destroyed, by Marcel Duchamp

Christian Marclay
Record without a cover (1985)
Manipulated records on multiple turntables. Recorded on 4-track. (abridged version recorded by A.J. Machete)
Recycled Records (2) or Locus Solus LSV01

Ryan Maguire (manipulated version of Tom’s Diner, by
Ghost in the mp3 (2014)
https://soundcloud.com/magwhyr/modernist (no label)

Thumb Thumb
Allto Morrows
Adam Adhiyatma
Digital Album on Bandcamp: http://thumbthumb.bandcamp.com

Bernard Hermann
Farenheit 451
Elmer Bernstein Conducts The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Milan 7313835643-2

jazz standard
Forever is a Long Long Time
Marjorie Barnes
Blue Flame RE 829410999052


She lost her voice that’s how we knew

Composed by Frances White, written and directed by Valeria Vasilevski, and performed by vocalist Kristin Norderval, the work is open to the universal issues that are implied by the idea of this loss of voice. Norderval’s voice provides the fingerprint for the electronic score. The album contains no explicit narrative, rather it offers an interior drama with an emerging persona, which carries many voices: an inner voice, a voice of memory, a singing voice, a silenced voice, and more. This persona is also a listener, hearing the cries of all these different voices.



Shredded CIA documents reconstructed by Iranian students with the help of carpet weavers during the Iranian Revolution of 1979.



“moDernisT” was created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song “Tom’s Diner”, famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original, scrambled artifacts hinting at what once was.


Allto Morrows (text)
All tomorrows bleed forward
all yesterdays bleed into today
Mystery. I hate the sound of it
it should mean ineffable, transcendant,
but instead in means rerouting the circuits
of blood from yesterday into
the inputs for tomorrow
thumbthumb does not exist in the future
thumbthumb does not exist in the past
thumbthumb is not mysterious.


Time Atlas of the World Dust_Color

The Times Atlas of The World (Dust Diptych) Augustina Woodgate: artwork of collected dust from sanded World Atlas (515 pages) , Walnut frame 41” x 33” x 2” 2012


3 comments to “Podcast: “Forgetting” with Ingrid Lee”
  1. Hi! This is Ada // thumbthumb
    Would just like to clarify that I am not, in fact, a band – just one person who uses “they” as my pronoun. Thanks for the feature!!

    • Hi Ada — you bet, we are delighted to include you in our show. Ingrid introduced me to your music, which I hadn’t heard before, but which (despite its being mysterious or not mysterious) I really liked. Keep me up to date; @radioguylive on twitter is a good route.

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