Over the Edge
Over the Edge
In the mid-1980's, when Joyce began collaborating with Negativland, OTE established distinctive format it currently follows. The opening theme music is from Heaven and Hell (1975), by Vangelis. At the end of each episode, a woman's voice is played, reading a statement attributed to Man Ray: "To reproduce is human, to create is divine." Joyce typically follows one theme for an entire program. Topics vary wildly, from motion pictures, to various music and copyright issues to UFOs and the CIA; one episode each was devoted to Ken Nordine and to radio comedy team Bob and Ray. Joyce uses sound collage techniques, weaving many sources together throughout the program. Sources might include recordings of other radio programs (including old time radio shows), portions of documentary films, songs and various special effects.
Joyce declares that with OTE, he and his collaborators "create 'direct-reference' collages, manipulating and mixing both found and original sounds to produce a new kind of audio animal. O.T.E. is always concerned with recycling existing cultural elements to some new, unintended effect." The audience phone participation ("Receptacle Programming") is another element: listeners are encouraged to call-in, and are placed on-air with no prior screening. The highly improvisational content and late hour of the broadcast attract a variety of colorful callers.
There are only two rules for callers: 1)When the phone stops ringing, you're on the air. 2)Don't say "Hello." In the same essay cited above, Joyce writes that Receptacle Programming is, ideally, a collaboration: "Receptacle programming is there to deposit ideas and sounds from the real, live, simultaneous life outside our broadcast studio. Real-time participation allows a direct interaction with our mix as it is happening. Thus, musicians can join in with an over-the phone instrument and follow our live beat or provide a responsive bed for our elements.
This, as we like to say, is best accomplished by listening to the show on stereo headphones tuned to KPFA when you call, and holding the telephone like a microphone. Then the caller is "in" the mix, hearing his or her own real-time sounds being broadcast right along with our mix in headphone stereo. Some callers have their own mixers which they connect to their phones and send in their own rather elaborate mixes of music and tapes with their own effects added. Throughout the 80's and 90's and beyond, Over The Edge has also been an outlet for Negativland's creativity. The group participated in many of the shows, a few of which have been released as edited-down CDs: * Over the Edge Vol.
1: JAMCON'84 (1985) * Over the Edge Vol. 1½: The Starting Line with Dick Goodbody (1995, partial reissue) * Over the Edge Vol. 2: Pastor Dick: Muriel's Purse Fund (1990) * Over the Edge Vol. 3: The Weatherman's Dumb Stupid Come-Out Line (1990) * Over the Edge Vol.
4: Dick Vaughn's Moribund Music of the 70's (2001, expanded reissue) * Over the Edge Vol. 5: Crosley Bendix: The Radio Reviews (1993) * Over the Edge Vol. 6: The Willsaphone Stupid Show (1994) * Over the Edge Vol. 7: Time Zones Exchange Project (1994) * Over the Edge Vol.
8: Sex Dirt (1995) * It's All in Your Head FM: Over The Edge Live On Stage (2006) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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