Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone

"Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart.

Each week, Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals all within minutes of each other, presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host.

Not exactly what you'd call mainstream, but it cuts deep and oozes non-pretentious musical profundity."

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart.

Each week, Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals all within minutes of each other, presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host.

Not exactly what you'd call mainstream, but it cuts deep and oozes non-pretentious musical profundity.

Episodes

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20170514 (6M)

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

20170528 (6M)

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

20170507 (6M)

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

20070107

The Freak Zone presents a Bookworm special taking a look at albums inspired by literature. Expect musical interpretations of Dylan Thomas, The Bible, Don Quixote and many many more.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.The Freak Zone presents a Bookworm special taking a look at albums inspired by literature. Expect musical interpretations of Dylan Thomas, The Bible, Don Quixote and many many more.

The Freak Zone presents a Bookworm special taking a look at albums inspired by literature.

Expect musical interpretations of Dylan Thomas, The Bible, Don Quixote and many many more.

With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.The Freak Zone presents a Bookworm special taking a look at albums inspired by literature.

20070114

Music from unconventional bands.

20070121
20070128

Today's featured album is Frank Zappa's 1979 effort Sheik Yerbouti.

Meanwhile, Professor Justin Spear delivers a University Of The Strange lecture concentrating on the world of British Jazz and there's a live session from The Bench Connection.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

Today's featured album is Frank Zappa's 1979 effort Sheik Yerbouti. Meanwhile, Professor Justin Spear delivers a University Of The Strange lecture concentrating on the world of British Jazz and there's a live session from The Bench Connection.

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20070218
20070304

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. Including a live session from former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci guitarist Richard James ahead of the re-release of his debut album The Seven Sleepers Den.

Including a live session from former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci guitarist Richard James ahead of the re-release of his debut album The Seven Sleepers Den.

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20070401

The Freak Zone dons its jazz hat this evening with a live session from The Neil Cowley Trio.

20070408

The Freak Zone welcomes esteemed record label owner, DJ and archivist Jonny Trunk into the studio as he previews a posthumous release by avant-jazz composer Basil Kirchin.

Also joining Stuart to perform live this Easter Sunday will be singer/fiddler Lisa Knapp.

20070415
20070422
20070429

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

Seventh Wave - Return To Foreverland

FEATURED ALBUM: A RAINBOW IN CURVED AIR

Terry Riley - A Rainbow In Curved Air

Bjork - Hidden Place

Shirley Collins - Seven Yellow Gypsies

Aphrodites Child - The Seventh Seal

UNIVERSITY OF THE STRANGE: Manchester '80 / '81

Ludus - Anatomy Is Not Destiny

The Swamp Children - Boy

Crawling Chaos - Arabesque

Thick Pigeon - Subway

The Readymen - Shortnin' Bread

Terry Riley - Poppy Nogood and The Phantom Band

The Keith Tippet Group - Thank You For The Smile

The Sensational Guitars Of Dan and Dale - Batman and Robin Swing

Eire Apparent - Yes I Need Someone

Efterklang - Himmelbjerget

Invisible - El Diluvio Y Pasajera

King Tubby - Marcus Dub

Jim O'Rourke - Pictures Of Adolf Again

Ivor Cutler - Glasgow Dreamer

Bardo Pond - JD

Pan American - Lights Of Little Towns

The Bench Connection - Stainless

The Neon Philharmonic - Brilliant Colours

Barry Gray - Thunderbirds Discarded Theme

LIVE FREAKS: The Left Outsides

Fallen By The Wayside

The Third Light

I'll Be Your Mirror

The Chico Hamilton Quintet - Lady Gabor.

20070506
20070513

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

Tonight's featured album is Can's Future Days, from 1973.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. Tonight's featured album is Can's Future Days, from 1973.

20070520
20070527

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

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20070610
20070624

A look at Perverted by Language, the new anthology of fiction inspired by The Fall, with editor Peter Wild.

20070701
20070708

The Freak Zone includes an archive session from Robert Wyatt's post-Soft Machine outfit, Matching Mole.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. The Freak Zone includes an archive session from Robert Wyatt's post-Soft Machine outfit, Matching Mole.

20070715
20070722

Two live sessions in a folk vein as Stuart welcomes both Sharron Krauss and Charlotte Greig into the studios.

20070729
20070805

Tonight's show includes a rare live session from Welsh legend Meic Stevens, once championed by 6 Music's own Bob Dylan.

And continuing the Welsh theme, Stuart is joined by Euros Childs and Julian Cope.

20070812

Tonight's show includes an exclusive session recorded for the show by Candidate, featuring tracks from their album Oxengate.

20070819

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

Including the show's second session from the Sargasso Trio, plus a featured album from Alice Coltrane.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. Including the show's second session from the Sargasso Trio, plus a featured album from Alice Coltrane.

20070902

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

Enrique Delgado Y Los Destellos - Boogaloo Del Perro

FEATURED ALBUM: Sleep - Jerusalem

Sleep - Jerusalem Part 2

Jenny Hoyston - Spell D.O.G

Martin Simpson - Never Any Good

Peter Blegvad - Gold

Voice Of The Seven Woods – Silver Morning Branches

Vigrass - Stop

Kate Strange - Girl

New Order – Elegia (full version)

Philip Glass - Prophecies

T-Rex - Great Horse

Sleep - Jerusalem Part 3

The Earlies - Foundation And Earth

Ed Askew - Peter And David

Chrome Hoof - Moss Covered Obelisk

Jethro Tull - Skating Away

Greg Weeks - I Will Fall To Meet Her

Fred Frith - Romanisches Café

Leilo Padovani - Chasing The Muse

Kraftwerk/Hot Chip - La Forme

Animal Collective - Derek

Kevin Ayers - Unfairground

Albert Ayler - Spirits Rejoice

Songs Of Green Pheasant - Fires P.G.R

John Adams - China Gates

Roy Wood - Dear Elaine

LIVE FREAKS: The Flowers Of Hell

The Flowers Of Hell – Foreign Lands

The Flowers Of Hell – Sympathy For Vengeance

The Flowers Of Hell – The Joy of Sleeping

Sleep – Jerusalem Part 6.

20070916
20070923

Stuart has an interview with Robert Wyatt, recorded at the singer's home in Lincolnshire ahead of the release of his new album, Comicopera.

20070930

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

Includes an interview and studio session with Vashti Bunyan.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. Includes an interview and studio session with Vashti Bunyan.

20071007
20071014
20071021

Animal Collective – Chores

Featured Album White Noise – An Electric Storm

White Noise – My Game Of Loving

Prefuse 73 – The Class Of 73

Tasavallan Presidenti – You'll Be Back For More

Frequency – Optimystic

To Rococo Rot – Freitag

Kraftwerk – Strom

University Of The Strange Jean-Luc Godard – Histoire(s) de Musique

Antoine Duhamel and Anna Karina – Mic et Mac

Martial Solal – Duo

Michel Legrand and Anna Karina – Chanson d'Angela

George Delerue – Camille

Antoine Duhamel and Claude Channes – Mao Mao

Rachel Unthank And The Winterset – Fareweel Regality

White Noise – The Visitations

Milenasong – Love Feel You Do

Pamela Ann Shannon – Courting Autumn

Chico Hamilton – Chic Chic Chico

Guest Dave Lambert and Dick Dufall of Fire

Fire – Fathers Name Is Dad

Fire – Treacle Toffee World

Fire – I Can See The Sky

Fire – Flies Like A Bird

Hecuba – Peace And Money

Kyle Tomezo – Bicycle

Charalambides – Uncloudy Day

Jefrey Leighton Brown – 1968

Dave Rees-Williams Trio – Picardy

Marcus Fjellstrom – Reanimation Music

Live Freaks

TheLightShines – Anywhere Is Everywhere

TheLightShines – You

White Noise – Your Hidden Dreams

Tussle – Flicker / 33.3.

20071028

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

Alan Hawkshaw – Beat Me Till I'm Blue

Featured Album Amon Duul 11 – Yeti

Amon Duul 11 – Archangel's Thunderbird

The Fiery Furnaces – Navy Nurse

Devendra Banhart – Seahorse

Colleen – Le Bateau

John Renbourn – The Trees they Do Grow High

The London Jazz Four – Scarborough Fair

University Of The Strange French 45'S

Proud Your Self – Harpsi Pop

Lucifer And Co.

– Amen

Eden Rose – Travelling

Mao Mao – Mao Mao

New Creation – The Status Quo Song

Amon Duul 11 – Flesh Coloured Anti-Aircraft Alarm

Cecil Taylor – Of What

Jeremy Bible – Diffuse

The Residents – Infant Tango

Aphrodite's Child – Seven Trumpets

Aphrodite's Child – Altamont

Aphrodite's Child – The Wedding Of The Lamb

Aphrodite's Child – The Capture Of The Beast

Sharon Krauss – All Hallows

Man – Daughter Of The Fireplace

Nosferatu – Highway

Inhabitants – Cozy Forever

Trader Horne – Morning Way

Hauschka – Chicago Morning

Scout Niblett – Nevada

Eclection – Mark Time

Live Freaks

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset –Whitehorn

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset – Sea Song

Amon Duul 11 – Sandoz In The Rain

Fuzz Against Junk – Trane To Neptune.

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20071202
20071209

The Freak Zone poses the question Who Will Save The World? The answer being The Mighty Groundhogs in their featured album.

Plus Professor Justin Spear's seminar takes the early electronica experiments of Raymond Scott as its subject and on Live Freaks there's a repeated session from the charming Coleen.

Dick Hyman - Alfred The King Of Disco

Featured Album

Groundhogs - Who Will Save The World

tracks:

Earth Is Not Room Enough

Music Is The Food Of Thought

Wages Of Peace

Robert Wyatt - God Song

Wilson Lee Bentley - Laxing Lizards Resume

Canterbury Glass - Nunc Dimittis

Simon Bookish - Prince Of Wales

Deerhoof - You, Dog

University Of The Strange: Electronic Inventor/Composer Raymond Scott

Raymond Scott - Toy Trumpet

Raymond Scott - Portofino

Raymond Scott - Lightworks

Raymond Scott - Vicks: Medicated Cough Drops

Raymond Scott - Baltimore Gas and Electricity Co.

Raymond Scott - B.C 1675

Ball Of Flame Shoot Fire - Red Meat

Cobblestone Jazz - Lime In Da Coconut

Tortoise - Plum

Connie Capri Organs Chamber Orchestra - End Of Transmissions

The Watersons - Windham

F*** Buttons - Bright Tomorrow

Ungdomskulen - Glory Hole

Morgan Packard - Waterbugs

Electric Wizard - Torquemada

Vic Dana - Hello Roommate

Popol Vuh - Hosiannah Mantra

Spirogyra - Old Boot Wine

Radio Massacre International - Better Days

Marjoe Gortner - Hell With The Lid Off

Live Freaks:

Coleen - Les Ondes Silencluses

Coleen - Sea Of Tranquility

Coil - Going Up.

20071216
20080309

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring tracks Adem, King Crimson and Fad Gadget, plus a session from Fairport Convention.

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20080511

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

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20080706

Stuart takes a stroll through the corners of the music world, featuring a session from virtuoso twelve-string violinist James Blackshaw and the Prof discussing French Cold Wave.

20080713

This week's featured album comes from Jan Dukes De Gray and the archive live freaks will be Neil Ardley Orchestra from 1970.

20080803

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

Incantations by Mike Oldfield is the featured album.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. Incantations by Mike Oldfield is the featured album.

20080831

Featuring Professor Justin Spear dipping his academic toe in to the waters of Swedish Jazz in the University of the Strange.

Plus archive session material from The Soft Machine.

Featuring Professor Justin Spear dipping his academic toe in to the waters of Swedish Jazz in the University of the Strange. Plus archive session material from The Soft Machine.

20080907

Stuart's featured album comes from cosmic hippies Quintessence, plus a seminar from Professor Justin Spear on the work of Polish jazz and soundtrack luminary Krystof Komeda.

Stuart's featured album comes from cosmic hippies Quintessence, plus a seminar from Professor Justin Spear on the work of Polish jazz and soundtrack luminary Krystof Komeda.

20081019

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring an archive session from Stereolab.

20081026

The Freak Zone devotes itself to celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

20120513

Stuart chooses Portishead's third album, aptly named 'Third' as this weeks featured album.

Stuart chats to Adrian and Geoff from the band who confess that the music they heard on the Freak Zone back in 2007 was a big influence on them during the making of Third.

20170507
20170514
20170528

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

Stuart talks to the legendary avant-garde and left-field rock musician Jean-Hervé Peron of faUSt, about the band's new collaborative project 'Fresh Air'. Throbbing Gristle's 1979 album '20 Jazz Funk Greats' is added to the Essential Collection And there's music from The Gasman, Momus and Alice Coltrane.

20170604

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

Stuart's featured album is Tasavallan Presidentti's jazz-rock classic 'Lambertland'. We explore experimental music in sci-fi with Patrick Gyger, the curator of 'Into The Unknown', a major new sci fi exhibition at The Barbican in London. And there's music from Kamasi Washington, Siobhan Wilson and the late great jazz guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

20170730

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

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*20080106

Ferrante And Teicher - Soundproof

Featured Album

Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame

Meeting Of The Spirits

You Know You Know

The Noonward Race

Mum - Blessed Brambles

Fuzz Against Junk - Train To Neptune

David Axelrod - Urizen

Nancy Elizabeth - Cornfield

Vashti Bunyan - Migrating Bird

University Of The Strange: Lee Scratch Perry

The Upsetters - Medical Operation

The Upsetters - Fresh Up

The Upsetters - Dracula

Lee Perry + The Upsetters - Puss-See-Hole

Sisters Of Transistors - Beat Girl

Champion Kickboxer - Clouds

Monsters Build Mean Robots - Sometimes We Sit And Stare At Passing Tanks

Black Mountain - Wucan

Black Sabbath - The Wizard

Claire Hamill - River Song

Belbury Poly - Monstroon

Carsick - Fringe Bananas

Kraftwerk - Heimcomputer

Amon Duul II - Green Bubble Raincoat Man

The Balloon Farm - A Question Of Temperature

Tasavallan Presidentti - Solitary

Earthling Society - Lucifer Starlight

Efterklang - Frida Found

Morton Feldman - Madame Presse Is A 100 Years Old

Steveless - Steveless Is A Bad Friend

Live Freaks:

John Coltrane - One Down One Up

Archie Shepp - Call Me By My Rightful Name.

*20080113

Naing Naing - Brosse A Danse

Featured Album

Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He Who Am The Only One

Emperor In His War Room

Lost The Dance In Sand And Sea/ The Dance In Frost

Squid Octopus

Eldridge Skell's The Rude Staircase - Variations On A Theme By Michael Jackson

Devendra Banhart - Freely

Burial - Untrue

Peter Ulrich - The Scryer And The Shrewstone

Three Crowns - The Triple Tree

Deepchord - Elysian

This Is The Kit - Tangled Walker

Ghana Postal Workers - Cancelling Stamps At The University Of Ghana

FS Blumm - Binsen And Bast

Combination Head - Glass And Steel

Sunburned Hand Of The Man - Fire Escape

Kenny Rankin - The Dolphin

Tangerine Dream - Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities

The Fall - Spoilt Victorian Child

Black Mountain - Devastating Sky

Sylvain Chauveau - Composition

Devotional Ensemble - Section 0

Simon Breed - Low Blood Sugar

Arvo Part - Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten

Casper The Friendly Ghost - Motorcycle Policeman

Live Freaks:

Caravan - Feeling, Reeling and Squealing.

*20080316

Stuart chats to Irmin Schmidt, founder member of Can, plus he plays tracks by Faust, Gentle Giant and Pierre Arvay.

*20080323

With tracks from The Fall, Ivor Cutler and Caravan, plus an exclusive session from Colleen.

*20080406

Stuart plays tracks by Peter Hammill, Soft Machine and Donovan, plus a Jack Rose session recorded exclusively for 6 Music.

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Professor Spear investigates the world of Stomu Yamashta.

Plus some far out atonal piano stylings, care of Cecil Taylor, on Live Freaks.

Professor Spear investigates the world of Stomu Yamashta. Plus some far out atonal piano stylings, care of Cecil Taylor, on Live Freaks.

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Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, and psychedelic innovator Kevin Ayers pops in for a chat.

*20081005

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a live session from Mancunian jazz trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall.

*20081102

The Freak Zone features live material from the North Sea Radio Orchestra.

*20081109

Stuart present Live Freaks, featuring an archive Peel session from Gentle Giant recorded in 1972.

*20081116

Stuart presents Live Freaks featuring modal jazz grooves from Yusef Lateef, recorded at Pep's Cafin 1964.

*20081123

ibrary - Happy Harry (On The Buses Theme)

Featured Album: Freedom Is Frightening by Stomu Yamashta

Wind Words

Pine On The Horizon

Rolling Nuns

Bonnie Prince Billy - Cursed Sleep

Beth Jeans Houghton - Sink

Ash Ra Tempel - Le Sourire Volé

The Third Bardo - I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time

The Beach Boys - Never Learn Not To Love

University Of The Strange: Progressive Kraut Folk

Emtidi - Walkin' In The Park

Emtidi - Love Time Rain

Bröselmaschine - Schmetterling

Deerhoof - Numina O

Au - Summerheat

John Renbourne Group - A Maid In Bedlam

Shelagh McDonald - Dowie Dens Of Yarrow

Mellow Candle - Reverend Sisters

Alps - Trem Fantasma

Gnidrolog - Time And Space

Redmalm - The Bravest Person

Peter Baumann – White Bench And Black Beach

Sun Ra - Outer Spaceways Inc.

Live Freaks: Euros Childs

A Thousand Pictures Of You

The Dog

My Baby Joy

Free Pop Electronic Concept - Chewing Gum Delirium.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a newly-recorded session from Euros Childs.

Stuart presents a recorded session from Euros Childs.

*20081130

Stuart presents a newly-recorded session from Welsh singer-songwriter Sweet Baboo.

Brigitte Bardot - Écoute Le Temps

The Giuseppe Logan Quartet - Bleeker Partita

Stuart presents a newly-recorded session from Welsh singer-songwriter Sweet Baboo.

* Alusa Fallax - Intorno All Mia Cattiva Educazione20080210

Porter Waggoner - The Rubber Room

Featured Album - Alusa Fallax - Intorno All Mia Cattiva Educazione

Solilioqiuio

Intorno All Mia Cattiva Educazione

Splendida Sensazione

Silje Nes - Shapes

Russell Wickwar - No Words Attached

Rodelius/Story - As It Were

Ancient Grease - Eagle Song

Fire Engines - New Thing In Cartons

The Jazzateers - Blue Moon Over Hawaii

University Of The Strange - KPM Jazz Library Module

Sid Dale - Walk and Talk

Bill Lesage - Jazz in Waltz Time

Tony Kinsey - Factory Fresh

Frank Zappa - Montana

Glenn Branca - You Got Me

John Cage - Imaginary Landscape No 1

Monade - Lost Language

Yes - Heart Of The Sunrise

Autechre - Simmm

London Chamber Jazz Orchestra - Sweet Nell/Helen Of Troy

Michael Moorcock/Deep Fix - Ferris Wheel

Holger Czukay - Holger Czukay's Message To The Sales Force

John Renbourn - The Moon Shines Bright

Ultimate Spinach - Hop Death Godess

Live Freaks:

Paul Horn - Pit Crew Promotion

Paul Horn - Than You Man...Thank You Woman

Mild Horses - The First Spacewalk.

* Carla Bley/paul Haines - Escalator Over The Hill20080203

Stuart's special guest is Mike Always, the man behind the El record label.

Plus there's live material from Aberdeen Music Hall 1970 courtesy of Pentangle.

ee Mallory - Take My Hand

Featured Album - Carla Bley/Paul Haines - Escalator Over The Hill

Time Is Here/Escalator Over The Hill

Smalltown Agonist/Detective Writer Daughter

Businessmen

Robert Wyatt - Alifib

Inch-Time - Pt 1

Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido - Jaja Pipi

Stackridge - Save A Red Face

University Of The Strange - Edda Dell'Orso

Berto Pisano - To Jean

Alessandro Alessandori - Vocali Sul Pentagramma

Ennio Morricone - Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora

Ennio Morricone - Alla Serenita

Teardrop Explodes - Better Scream/Make That Move

Vetiver - You May Be Blue

Roberto Colombe - Il Retorno De Ukembe

Volcano The Bear - Splendid Goose

Guest: Mick Alway from El Records

Bad Gas Dream Fancy Dress - Chorboys Gas

Quarteto Em Cy - Aleluia

Gary Mcfarland - Oh Moro

Gabor Szabo - Stormy

Ennio Morricone - Ninna Per Adulteri

Frank Zappa - Montana

The North Sea - Cover Me With Knives

Nick Chapman - My World Is Very Small

Fred Frith - Laughing Matter/Esperanza

Locomotive - Coming Down/Love Song For The Dead Che

Live Freaks:

Pentangle - Pentangling.

Stuart's special guest is Mike Always, the man behind the El record label. Plus there's live material from Aberdeen Music Hall 1970 courtesy of Pentangle.

* Focus - Focus 320080330

Captain Beefheart - Big Eyed Beans From Venus

Featured Album: Focus - Focus 3

Round Goes The Gossip

Focus III/Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers!

Anonymous Two

Wim Oudijk - The Leprechaun

Mothlite - Cauldron

Waterson/Carthy - Norwegian Wood

Spiers And Boden - Run For Your Life

University Of The Strange : Dory Previn

Dory Previn - Lady With The Braid

Dory Previn - Sea Shells

Dory Previn - Beware Of Young Girls

Dory Previn - Esther's First Communion

Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense And Peppermints

Vashti Bunyan - Pink Sugar Elephants

Jackie O Mofo - The Tree

A R And Machines - Alles Inclusive

Wooden Wand - We Must Also Love The Thieves

Pat Metheny - Fear And Trembling

Rebsie Fairholm - The Cursing Song

A Box Of Birch - A Sundering Path

Boris - Laser Beam

Volcano The Bear - Before We Came To This Religion

France Gall - A Banda

Live Freaks:

John Renbourn - Blues Run The Game

John Renbourn - Great Dreams

John Renbourn - Sweet Potato

John Renbourn - Getting There.

Stuart presents tracks from Captain Beefheart, Mothlite and Volcano the Bear plus an exclusive session from John Redbourn.

* Horslips - The Tain20080127

Lark - Hatbox

Featured Album - Horslips - The Tain

Dearg Doom

Time To Kill

Charolais

Burial - Etched Headplate

D-RrADIO - Way Out

Slapp Happy - Blue Flower

Steve Martland - Principia

Das Wanderlust - Turn To Grey

University Of The Strange - Children's Songs

Choir of Hampstead Garden Suburbs Junior School - One More River

Choir of Hampstead Garden Suburbs Junior School - Oats And Beans And Barley

Choir of Hampstead Garden Suburbs Junior School With Joan Rimmer and James Blades - Soldier Soldier Mary Rowland and Pat Shaw - Aiken Drum

Cyril Tawney - I Had A Little Cock

The Superimposers - Autumn Falls

Faust - No Harm

Nic Jones - Barrack Street

Mono - Ode

Guest: Nick Saloman from record label Pychic Circle

The Bevis Frond - Portobello Man

Hex - Doubt

Dave Hunter - She's A Heartbreaker

The Sound Of Jimmy Nicol - Roaring Blue

The Liverpool Five - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone

Anathallo - Hanasakajijii

Shicke - Fuhrs - Frohling - Pictures

Monade - Elle Topo

Ass - Guidelines For Bespoke

Clark - Ache Of The North

Live Freaks:

Thistletown - Dance With The Sea

Thistletown - Glow Worm

Thistletown - Under The Trees

Thistletown - Eyeless.

* Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain20080302

Philip Green - Las Vagas Vacation

Featured Album: Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain

Saeta

Concierto De Aranjuez

Solea

Deerhoof - Spirit Ditties Of No Tone

Pentangle - So Clear

Nucleus - Song Of The Bearded Lady

Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard

Moving Sidewalks - You Make Me Shake

University Of The Strange : DIY Wales

Reptile Ranch - Don't Give The Lifeguard A Second Chance

Lewis And Debbie - Fish

Table Table - Magic Moments

The Janet and The Johns - I Was A Young Man

Ralph and The Ponytails - Splendid Stories

Family - The Weavers Answer

Crispy Ambulance - Are You Ready?

The Royal Family And The Poor - White Stains

Guest: Shirley Collins

Graham Coxon - Just As The Tide Was A 'Flowing

Shirley Collins And The Albion Country Band - Just As The Tide Was A 'Flowing

Fred McDowell - 61 Highway Blues

Martin Simpson - Polly On The Shore

Shirley Collins and Davy Graham - Dearest Dear

Nova Robotica - Retox

John Cage - Primitive

Jack Kerouac Steve Allen - October In The Railroad Earth

Arvo Part - Fur Alina

Birth Control - No Time To Die

Petula Clark - Have Another Dream On Me

Live Freaks:

Yellow Moon Band - Maybach

Yellow Moon Band - I Want You To Know

Yellow Moon Band - Chimney

Teo Macero - T.C's Groove.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, with live sessions and hidden treasures. Treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

* Supersilentt - Six20080504

Love Sculpture - Farandole

Featured Album: Supersilentt - Six

6.2

6.1

6.4

Nancy Elizabeth - Coriander

Paavoharju - Tytto Tanssii

Laurie Anderson - Two Songs For Tape Bow

Harry Patch - Frabjous Joy

Furious Pig - Johnny's So Long

University Of The Strange: more from the selection box

The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet - Bath Sheba

Lula Cortes E Ze Ramalho - Nas Paredes Da Pedra Encantada

Hal Singer/Jef Gilson - Liberation

Earthling Society - Sundropped

Dr Strangely Strange - Horse Of A Different Hue

Premiatia Forniera Marconi - Generale!

National Health - Portrait Of A Shrinking Man

Mount Vernon Arts Lab - Bad Vibrations

Robert Wyatt - Just As You Are

Schengen - Bake-Off Part 1

Toy - Golden Fish In Pool

Gryphon - Spring Song

The Neat Change - I Lied To Auntie May

Art Zoyd - Sortie 134

Boards Of Canada - Nlogax

Gong Yi - Antique Air

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - The Summer's Been Good From The Start

Pure Reason Revolution - Victorious Cupid

Live Freaks:

Toumani Diabate - Kaira

Toumani Diabate - Kaounding Cissko

Port Royal - Karola Bloch Opn Remix.

Hear tracks from Supersilent, Furious Pig and Robert Wyatt. Plus a session from Toumani Diabate.

* Third Ear Band - Alchemy20080217

Barry Booth - He's Very Good With His Hands

Featured Album :Third Ear Band - Alchemy

Stone Circle

Ghetto Raga

Area III

Siberian Newspaper - Miss Silence

Jethro Tull - Velvet Green

In The Labyrinth - Night Of The Baskerville Killer

Guy Woolfenden - White Theme

Guy Woolfenden - When Daffodils Begin To Peer

University Of The Strange : French Pop

Dani - Le Machine

Clothilde - Fallait Pas Ecraser La Fueue Du Chat

Serge Gainsbourg and Michele Arnaud - Les Papillion Noir

Stephane Varegues - Le Pape Du Pop

Wire - Blessed State

Felicia Atkinson and Sylvain Chaveau - Aberdeen

The Lickets - Jero

Jandek - Jaws Of Murmur

Guest: Roger Cotterell

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet - Tan Samfu

Michael Garrick - The Trees

Michael Westbrook Concert Band - Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You?

Michael Westbrook Concert Band - Can't Get It Out Of My Mind

Johnny Griffin - Concerto No 4 L'Hiver: 3'eme Mouvement

Brigitte Bardot - La Madraque

Aphex Twin - Digeridoo

PFM - The Mountain

Extremities - Bite Me

Aphrodites Child - Hic Et Nunc

Live Freaks:

Monade - The Swim

Monade - Lost Language

Monade - Becoming

To Rococo Rot - Zigue Zague.

07/05/2017
A Gift From A Flower To A Garden By Donovan *20081207

Roger Jackson - Flashpoint

Featured Album: A Gift From A Flower To A Garden by Donovan

Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Epistle To Derroll

Sun

Testbild! - Labyrinthine

Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Great God Pan Is Dead

Darryl Way's Wolf - Saturation Point

Brightblack Morning Light - Another Reclamation

Philamore Lincoln - The North Wind Blew South

The Barbara Moore Singers - Singing Low

University Of The Strange: British Psychedelia

Al Jazzbo Collins - The Invention Of The Airplane

July - Dandelion Seeds

July - The Way

The Web - Harold Dubbleyew

Bill Drummond - Julian Cope Is Dead

Jeffrey Leighton Brown - Devotion

Art Bears - Joan

Speck Mountain - Chlorine Fields

Pere Ubu - Non Alignment Pact

Donald McPherson and Tetuzi Akiyama - Grotto

Henry Kaiser - Best Of Times

No Regrets For Our Youth - Thinking Different Doing Same

Joanna Newsom - Bridges And Balloons

Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid Departure

Ferrante And Teicher Man From Mars

Live Freaks: Ivor Cutler

Back Home

I'm Fixed

Knockin' At My Door

It's Snowin'

I'm Walkin' To A Farm

Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol.

II Episode 10

Pedro Iturralde - Zorongo Gitano

Amon Duul 2 - Tanz Der Lemminge *20080601

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a session from classical guitarist Tom James Scott.

Leonard Nimoy - Alien

Featured Album: Amon Duul 2 - Tanz Der Lemminge

Syntelman's March of The Roaring Seventies

Restless Skylight transistor Child

Toxicological Whisperings

Bonnie Prince Billy - Lie Down in The Light

Michel Blanc - Le Visage De Amelie

Wendell Austin - LSD

Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore - LS Bumblebee

University Of The Strange: Selection Box - Jazz Rock ,Children Folk and Kid funk.

Abraxis - Sweet Tank

Bonnie Dobson - Poor Little Girls of Ontario

Bonnie Dobson - Thyme

Angela Simpson - Rapping

Pattern Is Movement - Right Away

Joey Beltram - Energy Flash

Sandy Denny - Blackwaterside

The Residents - the Angry Angakok

Will Sargeant - Incandescent Transistor

Henry Cow - Beautiful As The Moon, Terrible As An Army With Banners

Kimma Pohjonen - Ulaani

Ivor Cutler - One At A time

Minghe Morte - Mothership

Throbbing Gristle - Tiab Guls

The Groundhogs - Light My Light

Lee Gagnon - Suite a) Intro b) Tendresse c) Jazztek

The Subterranean Monastery - Realistic Patterns

Live Freaks:

Tom James Scott - Earthlight

Tom James Scott - Crane In the North

BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Technology Pavillion.

Annette Peacock Sits In20170521

New York pianist, composer and vocalist Annette Peacock sits in for Stuart Maconie.

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992 *20080928

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a session from veteran jazz-punk outfit Blurt.

Globo - LA

Featured Album: Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992 by Aphex Twin

Ptolemy

We Are The Music Makers

Green Calx

Shirley Collins - George Collins

Linedotstar - Desponder

The Fiery Furnaces - Wicker Whatnots

Art Bears - The Dance

Magazine - The Thin Air

Wire - Fragile

University Of The Strange: Top Shelf Italian Library Music

Alessandro Alessandroni - Ricciamo

Alessandro Alessandroni - Flute In Three

The Fine Machine - Crazy Eel

Piero Umiliani - Magical Children

Piero Umiliani - Folk Time

9Bach - Cweirich Fy Ngelwy

Lars Hollmer - Paztema

Fursaxa - Alone In The Dark Wood

Merzbow - Minotaurus

Gert Wilden And Orchestra - Follow Me

Voice Of The Seven Woods - Second Transition

James Blackshaw - Spiralling Skeleton Memorial

Web - I Spider

Todd Sickafoose - Future Flora

North Sea Radio Orchestra - Copt Guilders/Golden Cage

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Se Tche We Djo Mon

Euros Childs - Farm Hand Murder

John Hill - Ganymede

Matthew Halsall - Reflections

Frank Zappa - Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

Live Freaks: Blurt!

Ubu

Cherry Blossom Polish

Paranoid Blues

Some Come

Inch-Time - Thought Objects

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a session from veteran jazz-punk outfit Blurt.

Beatles Special20060604
Ben Frost20170924

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Ben Frost joins us from his home in Reykjavik to discuss the making of his new album 'The Centre Cannot Hold'. The Featured Album is Brian Eno's second solo album 'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)'. And there's music from Hannah Peel, Tony Allen, Caravan and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.

Bert Jansch - Avocet20080224

Fortune And Maltese - Truth Serum

Featured Album : Bert Jansch - Avocet

Kingfisher

Avocet

Bittern

The Bevis Frond - Snow

The Mars Volta - Ourobouros

Stella Chiweshe - Huvhimi

Jet Harris - The Man With The Golden Arm

Dick Dale And The Del-Tones - Banzai Washout

University Of The Strange : Prof.

Spear goes Brazilian

Mario Castro Neves and Samba S.A - Candomble

Mario Castro Neves and Samba S.A - Nana

Quarteto Em Cy - Ate Londres

Brasil Aquarius - Agua De Beber

Brasil Aquarius - Sonho

Villalog - Kurt Kaeshi

Nico - Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

Mike Heron - Audrey

The Web - Concerto For Bedsprings

Sufjan Stevens - Romulus

Marie Applebee - Down By The Sea

Matthew Dear - Fleece On Brain

John Cale - I'm Not The Loving Kind

Philip Cohran And The Artistic Heritage Ensemble - Malcolm X

Philip Cohran And The Artistic Heritage Ensemble - Hajj Malik El Shabazz

American Analog Set - Hard To Find

Manogurgeil - Vesikavelijat Valtaavat Altaat

Peter Cook/Dudley Moore - The L.S Bumble Bee

Live Freaks:

To Rococo Rot - Freitag

To Rococo Rot - Enigma

To Rococo Rot - Eisfeld

Pete La Roca - Love Planet.

Bibio20171105

talks about his album Phantom Brickworks.

The english producer, multi instrumentalist and AV artist Bibio joins Stuart to discus his latest album for Warp Recordings, 'Phantom Brickworks', which was produced over a ten year period and features field recordings and improvised loops. Stuart's Featured Album is Squarepusher's 'Music For Robots'; a five track EP released in 2014 which is made up of music composed for, and played by, robots. And there's music for human consumption from the likes of Yes, King Krule and Prefuse 73.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field.

Bluffer's Guide To Varese And Berio - Frank Zappa, The Yellow Shark20130811

Stuart Maconie offers a bluffers guide to classical composers Varèse and Berio whose works are being performed at the 6 Music Prom. Impress your friends with everything you need to know about these two modern composers and why their music is still celebrated today.

  1. Edgar Winters Band: Frankenstein
  2. Piano Magic: I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
  3. Frank Zappa: Dog Breath Variations - Ruth Is Sleeping
  4. Vareses: Ionization
  5. Varese: Poeme Electronic
Bonzo Dog Band - Keynsham20070617

Tonight's featured album is the Bonzo Dog Band's Keynsham.

Plus Stuart meets author Peter Wild, the editor of a new anthology of short fiction inspired by The Fall.

And in the University of the Strange Professor, Justin Spear takes a look at a bevy of French Ye-Ye Girls from the groovy '60s.

A stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world.

Plus Stuart meets author Peter Wild, the editor of a new anthology of short fiction inspired by The Fall. And in the University of the Strange Professor, Justin Spear takes a look at a bevy of French Ye-Ye Girls from the groovy '60s.

Chelsea Wolfe20170917

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Stuart is joined by the American Singer songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, ahead of the release of her sixth studio album 'Hiss Spun', which was recorded in the depths of winter in Salem Massachusetts. The Featured Album is the very rare 1973 double album 'Stockhausen's Greatest Hits'. And there's music from Laura Cannell, Dean Blunt, Wand, Captain Beefheart and a Live Freaks session track from Mount Kimbie.

Circuit Des Yeux20171022
Co-host With Mary Anne Hobbs20170716
Death May Be Your Santa Clause20170806

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades.

This week's Featured Album is the 1971 work 'Death May Be Your Santa Clause' by proto-prog outfit Second Hand. Live Freaks features Holly Herndon at the Manchester International Festival. And there's music from Lahore, Berlin and Formby courtesy of The Sachal Orchestra, Emtidi and Cavalier Song.

Diagram Brothers - Some Marvels Of Modern Science20070225

Rolf Harris – War Canoe

FEATURED ALBUM – SOME MARVELS OF MODERN SCIENCE

Diagram Brothers – Bricks

Marissa Nadler – Diamond Heart

Joanna Newsome - Sadie

Albert Ayler – Holy, Holy

Josie and The Pussycats - Josie and The Pussycats

UNIVERSITY OF THE STRANGE – PSYCHEDELIC BOSSANOVA!

Luis Bacalov – L'Amica

Teleco-Teco – Per L'Eternita'

Daniele Patucchi – Uomini Del Mare

Bruno Zambrini – Crociera Verso Il Sud

Bruno Zambrini – Racconti Di Mare

Tussle – Trappings

Diagram Brothers - I Didn't Get Where I Am Today By Being A Right Git

Diagram Brothers - Aggeravation

Evils –Banjo-Uke Blues

Mira Calix – The Stockholm Syndrome

Gentle Giant – River

Manicured Noise – Faith

Tinariwen – Cler Achel

Moon Wiring Club – The Stone Sun

Basil Kirchin – I Start Counting

Colin Scot – Nite People

Mars Volta – Inertiatic

Project Perfect – Three Titles

Weekend – Red Planes

Spacemen 3 – Lord Can You Hear Me?

C.O.B.

– Spirit Of Love

El Fog – Mountain Dub

The Monkees – Star Collector

LIVE FREAKS – THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF MAY

The Eighteenth Day Of May – January

The Eighteenth Day Of May – Walking With Jesus

The Eighteenth Day Of May – Bring A Torch Janette Isabella

Diagram Brothers - There Is No Shower

Diagram Brothers - I Would Like To Live In Prison

L.

Pierre - Drift.

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven20060625

This was a double album released by the Montreal rock band on Constellation Records and Kranky in 2000. It is structurally and conceptually closer to a symphony than a conventional pop or rock album and the four tracks are instrumental, except for sampled voice inserts. In 2001, Q magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.

Grumbling Fur20170611

join Stuart to talk about their collaboration with Charlemagne Palestine.

Halloween20171029
Joe Meek And The Blue Men - I Hear A New World *20081012

Stuart goes back to the Roundhouse in 1975 for a set from The Pink Fairies.

Amor Indio - Amor Indio

Featured Album: I Hear A New World by Joe Meek And The Blue Men

I Hear A New World

The Bublight

Love Dance Of The Saroos

Magnetic Field

Dribcots Space Boat

Disc Dance Of The Globbots

Greg Weeks - You Won't Be The Same Ever Again

David Lee Myers And Marco Oppedisano - Roog

Dry Rib - Suspense

Fifth Dimension - Carpet Man

The Association - Along Comes Mary

University Of The Strange: Jazz Oddities

MT Lucianni - Traffico Chaotico

Don Ellis - New Horizons

Don Rendell Quintet - Space Walk

Gong - Eat That Phone Book Coda

Prefuse 73 - Class Of 73 Bells

Anis Fuleihan - Concerto For Theremin and Orchestra

Alison O'Donnell - Frozen Warnings

Clinic - The Witch

Andy Votel In Conversation

Jean-Pierre Massiera - Inside My Brain

M.

Ashraf - The Sound Of Wonder

Andy Votel - One Nation Under A Grave

John Zorn - Snagglepuss

Live Freaks: Pink Fairies

Uncle Harry's Last Freak Out

The Jellyheads - Polonium Harmonium

John Maus20171210

talks to Stuart about his album Screen Memories.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. In this episode, the American singer John Maus talks about his album 'Screen Memories'. Derek Bailey's virtuosic album 'Ballads', an experimental take on standards from the American Songbook, is the Featured Album. And there's music from Talk Talk, Nai Palm and Matt Berry.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith20171008

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. in this edition, Stuart talks to the American producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith about modular synths, and her new album 'The Kid'. There's music from Burial, John Maus, Ariel Pink and The Monks. And the Featured Album is Amon Düül II's 'Yeti'.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard20170618
Kiran Leonard Session20171217

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field.

Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express - 120070909

Blues Magoos – Pipe Dream

Featured Album: Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

Caribou – After Hours

Arthur Russell – She's The Star/I Take This Time

John Fahey – America

John Barry – Beat For Beatniks

John Barry – The Ipcress File

University Of The Strange – British Jazz

Stan Tracey Band – Alice In Jazz Land

The Mike Taylor Trio – The End Of A Love Affair

The Gordon Beck Trio – Gyroscope

Wire – A Question Of Degree

Kraftwerk – Europe Endless

The Patron – The Patron

Okkeril River – John Allyn Smith Sails

Eric Dolphy – Come Sunday

Guest: Bob Stanley

All tracks taken from the new album Tea and Symphony

Graham Gouldman – Nowhere To Go

John Kerruish – Time To Wonder

Lea Nixon – Off To Find A New Land

Les Payne – Very Well

Gentle Giant – Alucard

Jackie O Motherf***Er – The Cage

Ariel Pink – Among Dreams

Dragon – Darkness

Healing Force – Golden Miles

Donovan – The Trip

Live Freaks: Voice of the Seven Woods

Voice of the Seven Woods – Valley of The Rocks

Voice of the Seven Woods (with Hush Arbors) – Return To Byzantium

Kraftwerk – Showroom Dummies

Kevin Ayers – Blue Suede Shoes.

Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express - 220080615

Deadly Ones - It's Monster Surfing Time

Featured Album: Trans Europe Express

Trans Europe Express

Europe Endless

Showroom Dummies

The Dodos - Paint The Rust

June Tabor - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Boojwah Kids - Pojke Motor Flicka

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Wild Life

Retribution Gospel Choir - For Her Blood

Mike Oldfield -Wonderful Land

University Of The Strange: Selection Box

Piero Umilani - Africa Today

Sunforest - Pepermint Store

Sunforest - Garden Rug

Sunforest - Magician in the Mountain

Colorblind James Experience - Buster Cornelius

Caravan - Be Alright / Chance of a Lifetime

National Health - Borogroves Pt 1

Ricardo Villalobos - Unflug

Yes -Cound Chaser

King of the Slums - Up to the Fells

Aphex Twin - The Waxen Pith

Milind Tulankar - Puriya Kalyan

Kevin Ayers - whatevershebringsesing

Khan - Mixed up Man of the Mountain

Return to Forever - Medieval Overture

Silver Apples - Water

Lothar and the Hand People - Machines

Live Freaks:

Miles Davis - Friday (live at the Fillmore East, 1970).

Laurel Halo20171015

Stuart talks to the Michigan-born, Berlin-based, electronic music producer Laurel Halo.

Linda Catlin Smith20170430

Stuart features Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith and John Cage's early piano music.

Liverpool Psychfest20171001

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

The Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia took place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September in the city's Baltic Triangle. We hear from two of the festival's headliners, Laetitia Sadier and The Black Angels, and the festival director Craig Pennington. The Featured Album is a cosmic-psych classic from 1967 by The Zodiac, a concept album released on Elektra Records. And there's music from Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Kiran Leonard and King Crimson.

Long Songs Special20050814

Focus - Eruption

UNIVERSITY OF STRANGE

The Dong With A Luminous Nose told by Ivor Cutler and Three Poems: after Long Silence, She Weeps Over Rahoon and Will You Walk A Little Faster all sung by Norma Winstone, all music by Neil Ardley

Ash Ra Tempel - Traummaschine

Triumvirat - Illusions On A Double Dimple

God Speed You Black Emperor! - Gathering Storm

Sandy Bull - Blend.

Long Songs Special - Zappa, Scott, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Branca, Focus, Eno20070826

Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy Part 1 and 2

Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds for Baby

Volume 1 (1 to 6 months) - Lullaby

Volume 2 (6 to 12 months) - The Happy Whistler

Volume 3 (13 to 18 months) - Little Miss Echo

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Theme De Yo-Yo

Anthony Braxton - Composition No 289

Glenn Branca - First Symphony (Tonal Plexus)

Focus - Focus 2

Focus - Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers!

Focus - Focus 3,

Focus - Eruption

(from Focus At The Rainbow)

Brian Eno - Discreet Music.

Matthew Bourne20170827

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Moondog - Elpmas *20080525

Eddie Carr - Evil Evil Knievel

Featured Album: Moondog - Elpmas

Windriver Powwow

Cosmic Meditation

Suite Equestria

Stereolab - Three Women

Matmos - Rainbow Flag

Pazop - And The Hermit Shall Be The Master

Owl Service - Corn Dollies

Anne Briggs - The Doffing Mistress

Dick Gaughan - The Auchengeich Disaster

University Of The Strange: Obscure French 45's

The Manhattan Trio - Manhattan Score

The Manhattan Trio - We Don't Need Them

Kalafate - La Pub Erotique

The Supsonic - Mach 2.2

The Boogoos - Theme De Yoyo

Robert Rental - Double Heart

Various - Blessing Over The Candles/Matovu Borchu

Six Organs Of Admittance - They Fixed The Broken Mirror Today

Christian Amigo - Guitar Gestures 1

Third Ear Band - Fleance

Lucas - Hay W'happen

Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band - Return Of The Prodigal Son

90° South - Citroen DS

Question Mark - Freaking Out

Second Hand - Hanging On An Eyelid

Live Freaks:

Mary Hampton - Concerning A Frozen Sparrow

Mary Hampton - Because You're Young

Mary Hampton - Honey

Tortoise - Whitewater.

Motorspycho And Art Music20171203

Motorpsycho talk to Stuart about the Freakzone's Album Of The Year, The Tower.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades.

This week Stuart talks to the scandinavian trio Motorpsycho about the Freakzone's Album Of The Year 'The Tower'. All the music in the show relates to art, including tracks from Bowie, John Cage, Momus and The Art Bears. And Stereolab's mini album 'Music For The Amorphous Body Study Centre' is added to the Freakzone's Essential Collection.

Panasonic - Kuma20111211

Stuart picks his current favourites from the world of the obscure, the unusual, the weird and the fabulous.

This week's featured album comes from experimental electronics duo Panasonic.

Inspired by the industrial sound of early 80s acts such as Throbbing Gristle, their 1997 album Kulma builds on this with restless beats, big bass drones and plenty of overdrive distortion.

Pentangle - Basket Of Light *20080720

Rumplestiltskin - Rumplestiltskin

Featured Album: Basket Of Light by Pentangle

Hunting Song

Train Song

House Carpenter

The Instruments - Cello Ballad

Robert Wyatt - Sea Song

Mum - Guilty Rocks

Rondellus - Verres Militares

Black Sabbath - Laguna Sunrise

University Of The Strange: Progressive Library

Sandro Brugnolini - Alipid

Le Groupe 'X' - Transfert 2002

Giuliano Sorgini - Mad Town

Sun Ra - Message To Earthman

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - East Hastings

Berto Pisano - Patrick Still Lives

Monade - Lost Language

Birth Control - Plastic People

The North Sea - We Conquered The Golden Age

Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

Loefah - System

John Cage - Imaginary Landscape

Chris Hughes - Part Two

Augustus Pablo - Meditation Dub

Velvet Underground - I'm Sticking With You

Live Freaks: Gong

Magick Brother

Clarence In Wonderland

Matt Deighton - Villager/Bone Dry Boat.

Philip Glass In Conversation *20080921

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a two-hour audience with the rarely interviewed Phillip Glass.

Pink Floyd - Remember A Day

St.

Just Vigilantes - Rose Grenades

Bob Downes Open Music - Sacrifice

French Frith Kaiser Thompson - Drowned Dog Black Night

Machinefabriek - Porselein

Phil Wilson - Neon Lights / It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl

University Of The Strange: Globe-trotting Selection Box

Collage - Uheskoos

Collage - Petis Peiu

William Sheller - Introit

Lucio Battisti - Dieci Ragazze

Philip Glass In Conversation

Early Works: Music in Similar Motion

Early Works: Music with Changing Parts

Einstein on the Beach: Trial 2 / Prison: "Prematurely Air-Conditioned Supermarket"

Einstein on the Beach: Spaceship

Powaqqatsi: New Cities in Ancient Lands, Africa

Powaqqatsi: New Cities in Ancient Lands, India

Powaqqatsi: Mr.

Suso #2 with Reflection

Powaqqatsi: Powaqqatsi

Mishima: Opening

Mishima: November 25: Morning

Mishima: Closing

Symphony No.

3: Movement III

8: Movement II

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world, featuring a two-hour audience with the rarely interviewed Phillip Glass.

Richard Dawson20170709
Rob Crow And Kavus Torabi20170813
Scott Walker Special20170723

Stuart Maconie celebrates the godlike experimental genius of Scott Walker. Featuring his 2014 interview with Scott around the SUNN O))) collaborative album 'Soused'. The Featured Album is Walker's 2006 dark masterpiece 'The Drift'. And there's music from Can, Laurel Halo and an archive session track from Nadine Shah (who cites Scott Walker as a major influence).

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

Selected Ambient Works 85-9220170910

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music. Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92' is this week's Featured Album. Live Freaks comes from Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock, in session for Marc Riley. And there's music from Can, Kemper Norton, North Sea Radio and McCoy Tyner.

Sensory Percussion With Greg Fox20170903

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

Stuart is joined by the virtuoso American drummer Greg Fox, who has played with the likes of Colin Stetson and in bands Ex Eye and Liturgy amongst others. Greg speaks about his use of sensory percussion and his new album, The Gradual Progression. This week's Featured Album is the reissued lost classic Bright Phoebus by Lal and Mike Waterson, of the folk dynasty The Watersons. Plus, there's music from the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Refugee, Holy F and Ergo.

Serafina Steer20171119

Stuart talks to vocalist and harpist Serafina Steer.

Stuart talks to vocalist and harpist Serafina Steer about the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award, and her new project Bas Jan. There's music new and old from Hannah Peel, Jethro Tull, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and Thundercat. And Eric Dolphy's 1964 classic for the Blue Note label, 'Out To Lunch', is the Featured Album.

Shabazz Palaces.20171126

Shabazz Palaces in conversation.

Stuart talks to Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces about their recent UK tour, and the making of their companion albums 'Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star' and 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines'. At the other end of the musical spectrum, Jethro Tull's 1977 'Songs From The Wood' is a Featured Album. And there's music from Matt Berry, Nai Palm and Gong.

Slapp Happy - Acnalbasac Noom20070204

Professor Justin Spears delivers the first of a 2 Part University Of The Strange lecture concentrating on the work of Joe Meek.

Plus, Stuart's special guest this evening is former Hawkwind Sax player/Flautist Nik Turner who'll be in to discuss the reissue of his own Xintoday album which was recorded in Egypt in 1978.


Track listing:

Feelies - Fa Ce La

Slapp Happy - Moon Lovers

Joanna Newsom - Sadie

Alan Stivell - Y's

Pavement - Rattled By The Rush

Edwin Astley - The Saint

Jerry Goldsmith - The Man From Uncle

University Of The Strange

Humphrey Lyttelton – Bad Penny Blues

Kenny Graham and His Satellites – Lullabye

The Blue Men – The Bublight

Joy and Dave - Chahawki

Sarah Nelson - Tempus Trumpus

Slapp Happy - King Of Straw

Keith Tippet and Peter Fairclough - The Emerald Lake

Holdfast - Wide Open

Nik Turner's Sphynx – Thoth

Nik Turner's Sphynx - God Rock

Robert Calvert - Ship Of Fools

Nik Turner's Sphynx - Pyramidaflutenik

Donovan - Season Of The Witch

Trans AM - North East Rising Sun

Tussle - Flicker

The Free Design - There Is A Song

Aus - Apt

Jacqueline Taibe - 7am

The Deviants - Lets Loot The Supermarket Again

Live Freaks

Animal Collective - Pride and Fight

Slapp Happy - The Drum

Slapp Happy - Everybody's Slimming

Tangerine Dream - Movements Of A Visionary.

Plus, Stuart's special guest this evening is former Hawkwind Sax player/Flautist Nik Turner who'll be in to discuss the reissue of his own Xintoday album which was recorded in Egypt in 1978.

Steve Reich Special20061022

Ennio Morricone - Samba In Tribunale

Champion Kickboxer - Thinking

Espers - Mansfield And Cyclops

Robert Wyatt - Just A Bit

Arkham - Eve's Eventful Day Part Three

Colleen - Under The Roof

Stackridge - The Galloping Gaucho

Luke Haines - Freddie Mills Is Dead

UNIVERSITY OF THE STRANGE - THE IN KRAUT

Osterwald Jet Set – Swinging London

Hildegard Knef – Holiday Time

The Inner Space – Kamera Song

Dieter Reith – No No No

TWO HOUR STEVE REICH SPECIAL

Steve Reich - It's Gonna Rain

Junior Walker and The All Stars - Shotgun

John Coltrane - Africa

John Coltrane - Brass

Steve Reich - Four Organs

Steve Reich - Drumming (parts 4 and 5)

Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians

Steve Reich - Tehillim

Steve Reich - Different Trains

Steve Reich - You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are.

Syd Barrett - Barrett20060423

Pink Floyd's founder and original singer and songwriter is a mysterious figure. After leaving Pink Floyd, he made two albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, both in 1970. Then he became a recluse and didn't release any more music. Both albums have since become cult favourites. We prefer Barrett, that's why its this week's Featured Album!


Elton Motello - Jet Boy/Jet Girl

FEATURED ALBUM: SYD BARRETT - BARRETT

Syd Barrett - Baby Lemonade

Free Design/Stereolab/High Llamas - Harvey Daley Hix

Fields - Song For The Fields

Brian Eno and David Byrne - Number 8 Mix

Wire - Trash/Treasure

Blossom Toes - When The Alarm Clock Rings

Tomorrow - My White Bicycle

UNIVERSITY OF THE STRANGE

John Cameron and Keith Mansfield

John Cameron - Survival

John Cameron - Regular Progress

Keith Mansfield - Husky Birdsong

Keith Mansfield - Crash Course

The Moody Blues - Cities

Syd Barrett - Gigolo Aunt

Sun O)))) - Bow 1

Black Widow - Attack Of The Demon

Icebreaker - Evol

The Shadows - Thunderbirds Theme

The Moomins Theme

Porcupine Tree - Signify

Sargasso Trio - X Is Y

Getachew Mekurya - Yevgenet Musica

Ravi Shankar - Reflection

The Fall - M5#1

John's Children - Desdemona

Loose Fur - Apostolic

Tells - Grey Stones

Stereolab - Widow Weirdo

Boards Of Canada - Sixtyniner

Chick Corea - Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant

Som Imaginario - Feira Moderna

Johnny Wakelin - In Zaire

LIVE FREAKS

Can - Mighty Girl

Can - Geheim

Syd Barrett- Dominoes

The Happy Jazz Band - Stratosphere Inspiration

The Guitar And Other Machines20171112

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. This week we have music from John Maus, Focus and Mary Epworth. And Stuart's Featured Album is a new three-disc reissue of The Durutti Column's 'The Guitar And Other Machines'.

Music from John Maus, Focus and Mary Epworth. And a Featured Album from The Durutti Column

The Residents - Duck Stab20080518

John Barry - The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair

Featured Album: The Residents - Duck Stab

Constantinople/Sinister Exaggerator

Semolina/Birthday Boy

Hello Skinny/The Electrocutioner

Alexander Tucker - Poltergeists Grazing

John Fahey - Lion

Ian Shaw - Dinosaur Egg

C Joynes - West Cavaliers

University Of The Strange: The In-Kraut: groovy German tunes

Acid - Hipguard

Daisy Clan - Glory Be

Ambros Seelos - Hangman's Rope

Hazy Osterwald Sextet - The Call

Eternity's Children - The Thinking Animal

Shearwater - The Snow Leopard

Bjork - Declare Independence

Svartbag - Cairo

Guest: Alison O'Donnell

Mellow Candle - Heaven Heath

Mellow Candle - The Poet And The Witch

Mellow Candle - Buy Or Beware

Mellow Candle - Boulders On My Grave

Black Sabbath - Into The Void

North Sea Radio Orchestra - Shelley's Skylark

John Surman - Winding Passages

People Like Us And Ergo Phizmiz - Social Folk Dance

The Monochrome Set - Lester Leaps In

Live Freaks:

The Teak Project - First Time Lucky

The Teak Project - Emily

Flying Saucer Attack - Goodbye.

The Stark Reality - Now20080120

DJ Q Bert - Demolition Pumpkin

Featured Album - The Stark Reality - Now

All You Need To Make Music

Sunday's Song

Roller Coaster Ride

Suzy Mangion - Ohio The Homeland

a.P.A.t.T - The Stars Spell Out Your Name

Spontaneous Music Ensemble - Withdrawal Sequence II

The Owl Service - Daniel/Take Me To Your Lover

The Owl Service - Marianne

University Of The Strange - cult Finnish jazzer Eero Koivistoinen

Eero Koivistoinen - Five Blue Tones

Pekka Streng - Puutarhassa

Eero Koivistoinen - Country Jive

Eero Koivistoinen - Folk Song

Echo Park Orchestra - Apocalypso

Kevin Ayers - Friends And Strangers

James Blackshaw - The Mirror Speaks

Colleen - Le Bateau

Guest: Richard Morton Jack - Sunbeam Records

The Sound Of Feeling - Hurdy Gurdy Man

The Human Beast - Appearance Is Everything, Style Is A Way Of Life

The Human Beast - Brush With The Midnight Butterfly

Blossom Toes - I Will Bring You This And That

Manogurgeil - Alue

Univers Zero - Jack The Ripper

OST - Socrates Dream

Hertford - Separation

Hamster Dragsters - In The Year 2525

Live Freaks:

Matana Roberts - Exchanger

Matana Roberts - Thrills.

Tom Rundgren - Utopia *20080810

Stuart's featured album is a 1969 release by sisters Wendy and Bonnie Flower.

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As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Velvet Underground, Stuart chooses John Cale's 1972 solo record The Academy In Peril as this weeks featured album.

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Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

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Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freak Zone.

6M20141123

Patrolling space ships and ancient alien life feature in Stuart's science fiction special. Writer Ken Hollings joins Stuart with soundtracks to The Day The Earth Stood Still, Akira and Forbidden Planet. Plus Gabrielle Jenks from Abandon Normal Devices talks about commissioning Oneohtrix Point Never to create a new soundtrack to the Japanese anime Magnetic Rose.

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Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

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Stuart looks at the sonic arts commission Saisonscape and talks to experimental musician Rob St John about landscape, sonification and submerging quarter inch tape in polluted rivers.

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Stuart talks to composer and musician Richard Skelton plus Saisonscape finalist Laura Cannell.

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Stuart chats to Brooklyn-based artist Oneohtrix Point Never about Garden of Delete, his new album of 'hypergrunge' electronica. Released via Warp Records, G.o.D. is his seventh studio album and reveals his love of sci-fi by introducing Ezra, an alien with a blog who handed the album to Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) on a USB stick. The resulting music acknowledges the essential traits of dance music, but pushes through the cliches to find varied and intriguing sound world.

6M20160501

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Each week Stuart features a classic album of experimental music and chats to pioneering artists laying the foundations for future generations.

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Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

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Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

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Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music.

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6M*20090104

Featuring more Live Freaks from the BBC archives, plus Professor Justin Spear.

A walk on the unconventional side of music, featuring more Live Freaks from the BBC archives plus Professor Justin Spear and the usual mix of strange and beautiful tunes.

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A walk on the unconventional side of music, featuring more Live Freaks from the BBC archives plus Professor Justin Spear and the usual mix of strange and beautiful tunes.

Featuring more Live Freaks from the BBC archives, plus Professor Justin Spear.

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A walk on the unconventional side of music, featuring XTC's Andy Partridge joining Stuart to talk about the reissue of the band's Dukes of Stratosphear material.

XTC's Andy Partridge joins Stuart to talk about the Dukes of Stratosphear reissues.

6M*20090419

A walk on the unconventional side of music with Stuart, featuring more strange and beautiful esoterica courtesy of Professor Justin Spear.

A walk on the unconventional side of music, featuring more strange and beautiful esoterica

6M*20090426

Stuart profiles cult band Psychedelic Texans with the help of biographer Paul Drummond, plus there's archive tracks from Hawkwind.

Stuart profiles cult band Psychedelic Texans with the help of biographer Paul Drummond.

6M*20090503

Julian Cope's Black Sheep grace The Freak Zone with a session recorded at Maida Vale.

Expect lengthy ambient psych workouts with a gentle Cosmiche groove.

Featuring a session from Julian Cope's Black Sheep recorded at Maida Vale.

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Stuart is joined by prog rock veteran Bill Bruford for witty badinage and anecdotes, plus there's more strange and beautiful tunes from Professor Justin Spear.

Stuart is joined by prog rock veteran Bill Bruford for witty badinage and anecdotes.

6M*20090524

It's a Post Punk Special featuring all the hits and more from the likes of Swell Maps, The Raincoats, Test Dept, Wire, The Pop Group and many, many more.

Plus a '79-'83 themed University Of The Strange from the angular and austere academic 'Prof' Justin Spear.

And, as if that wasn't enough, there's a new session from post-punk-art-skronk-sax-wielding veterans Blurt!

Stuart presents a post-punk special featuring Swell Maps, The Raincoats, Wire and others.

6M*20090705

A terrifying folk horror LP from Comus gets the featured album treatment.

Plus 'Prof' Justin Spear...in the same show....aaaarrrrrrrgggghhhhhhh!!!!!

Also, just to calm everything down, there's a newly recorded session from Bill Wells and the National Jazz Trio of Scotland.

Stuart has sessions from Bill Wells and the National Jazz Trio of Scotland.

6M*20090712

Stuart welcomes author Jonathan Coe and musician Sean O'Hagan in to the studio to discuss their joint collaboration.

Plus the regular musings of Professor Justin Spear, and a tribute to the late Hugh Hopper in the form of featured album Soft Machine: Volume Two.

And, as if that wasn't enough, you also get a Kevin Ayers Top Gear session from 1970.

It's gotta be better than Antiques Roadshow...

Stuart is joined by author Jonathan Coe and musician Sean O'Hagan.

6M*20090802

Fairport Convention's original vocalist Judy Dyble in conversation with Stuart.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Professor Justin Spear presents a symposium on Freaky Jazz.

Plus there's an excavated rarity care of Henry Cow from the vault marked Peel Live Sessions.

The Peppermint Rainbow - Don't Wake Me Up In The Morning Michael

Featured Album: The Stranger

Some People Need Heroes

Let Me Be Void Still

Like A Happy Child Lost In A Sudden Dream

Orchestre National Du Jazz - Kew Rhone

Demon Fuzz - Past Present and Future

Ivor Cutler - Out With The Light

Ivor Cutler - Between Two Walls

University Of The Strange: Wonky Jazz Oddities

Alessandroni - Statistica

Emil Richards and The Microtonal Blues Band - Maharimba

Emil Richards and The Microtonal Blues Band - Mantra

Rolf and Joachim Kuhn and The Mad Rockers - Funny Bird

John Berberian and The Rock East Ensemble - Iron Maiden

Asa Ransom - Strangeways In Pale Of Splendor

Jackie O Mo Fo - Skylight

Amy Kohn - My Epoxied Rose

Jacasek - VI

Incredible String Band - Gently Tender

*Guest - Judy Dyble*

Fairport Convention - One More Thing

Giles, Giles and Fripp - Murder

Trader Horne - Trader Horne

Jud y Dyble - Jazzbirds

Judy Dyble - Grey October Day

Horslips - Time To Kill

Live Freaks: Henry Cow

Guilder Tells of Silent Airborne Machine

Bee

Partisans - Partisans

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Normal service is suspended for a 150-minute trip into the unknown with Stuart.

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Weird Americana c/o Bardo Pond as the featured LP and a live set from The Soundcarriers.

Stuart presents a live set from The Soundcarriers.

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Tony Engle Of Topic Records discusses the 70th anniversary of the worlds oldest label.

Featuring Tony Engle of Topic Records discussing the world's oldest record label.

6M*20091025

Eerie Northern Folk Stylings take centre stage as Mr Fox seize the Featured Album slot.

Mr Fox seize the Featured Album slot with their eerie Northern folk stylings.

6M*20091129

Alisha Sufit-of cult Psych-Folk act Magic Carpet-is welcomed in to the bosom of the Zone.

Stuart welcomes Alisha Sufit of cult psych-folk act Magic Carpet into the Zone.

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You pay the licence fee, you pick the tunes.

The Children Of The Zone take over.

Be afraid.

You pay the licence fee, you pick the tunes. The Children Of The Zone take over. Be afraid.

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A 150-minute trip into the unknown with Stuart.

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Black Sabbath's debut,Art-Rock in a Slapp Happy style, and an archive set c/o the Cravats.

Music and featured items

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Paul Revere and The Raiders - Just Like Me

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Featured Album: Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath - N.I.B

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Black Sabbath - The Wizard

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Jóhann Jóhannsson Jóhann Jóhannsson - Theme

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Kammerflimmer - We Paint The Town Beige

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Pazop - Crying For Disasters Hand

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SubtractiveLAD - Beginning Again

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Amaqawe Omculo - Jabulani Balaleli Part 2

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S.Piliso and His Super Seven - Kuya Hanjwa

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University Of The Strange (4 tracks)

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Slapp Happy - In The Sick Bay

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Slapp Happy - The Secret

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Fred Frith Fred Frith - The Boy Beats The Rams

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Art Bears - Collapse

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The Residents The Residents - Sinister Exaggerator

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Metal Machine Trio - Part 1 Night 1

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Guest: Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle)

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The Advisory Circle - Mind How You Go

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The Advisory Circle - Osprey

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The Advisory Circle - Nuclear Sub Station

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The Advisory Circle - A Chance To Stare At Gorgeous Colour

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Os Brazões - Espiral

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Live Freaks: The Cravats

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The Cravats - Ice Cubist

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The Cravats - Rub Me Out

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The Cravats - Terminus

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The Cravats - Fireman

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Harmonic 313 - Quadrant

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A 150-minute trip into the unknown with Stuart, including Cluster's new material, Aphex Twin's 'I Care Because I Do' and Spanish Psychedelia, all in the zone this week.

Cluster, Aphex Twin and Spanish Psychedelia all in the zone.

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A walk on the unconventional side of music, featuring an archive session from Tim Buckley.

A walk on the unconventional side of music, featuring more Live Freaks from the BBC archives plus Professor Justin Spear and the usual mix of strange and beautiful tunes.

Featuring more Live Freaks from the BBC archives, plus Professor Justin Spear.

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Hey Freak Fans, it's a Kids music special.

Cos' Christmas is all about children isn't it ?

It's a kids' music special, because Christmas is all about children, isn't it?

6M* *20100110

A featured LP from COB, live material from Sun Ra, and Professor Justin Spear on post-punk.

Including a featured LP from COB and live material from Sun Ra.

6M1969 Special20091227

It's 1969 OK, and here on the 'zone there'll be some weirdness from the end of the decade.

It's 1969 OK, and on the 'Zone there'll be some weirdness from the end of the decade.

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It's 1969 OK, and here on the 'zone there'll be some weirdness from the end of the decade.

It's 1969 OK, and on the 'Zone there'll be some weirdness from the end of the decade.

6M2 Oz's Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle By Man20090816

The Seeds - Evil Hoodoo

Featured Album: 2 OZ's Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle by Man

It Is As It Must Be

Prelude The Storm

Brother Arnolds Red And White And Striped Tent

Freeze Puppy - June's On TV

Oen Sujet - We Coloured You

Terry Edwards and The Scapegoats - Boots Off

Aphrodites Child - Babylon

The Chocolate Watch Band

University Of The Strange: Groovy vocal module

Je Suis Animal - Hotel Enrique

Soy Un Caballo - Travels In The Snow

Beth Jeans Houghton - Night Swimmer

Sound Carriers - Time Will Come

Michel Magne - Genevieve Et Renaud

The Martin Green Machine - Rory

Crimetime Orchestra - Atomic Symphony

Fiery Furnaces - Whicker Whatnot

Cougar - Rhinelander

Zechs Marquise - Black Ark Dub

Refugee - Papillon

Lucky Elephant - When You Fall To Earth

Musique Arabo - Andalouse

Slapp Happy - Everybody's Slimmin

Live Freaks: Monochrome Set

Apocolypso

4 or 5 Lines

Toy - High In The Ceders

John Fahey - Ann Arbor Death By Reputation

6M2 Oz's Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle By Man *20090816
6M40 Years Of Virgin Records20130526

Marking 40 years since the very first release on Virgin Records; Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, Richard Branson chats to Stuart about how the Virgin empire began with a bunch of odd records.

Speaking at Virgin's new London offices Richard tells Stuart how his unique hippy capitalism started with a painfully shy 15 year-old Mike Oldfield, a bold risk-taking attitude and his faith in good music.

The interview follows the history of the label up to the release of Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks. The signing propelled them from an alternative independent to major status following the publicity and controversy surrounding the albums title.

6M50 Years Of Nonesuch20140518

As Nonesuch Records celebrates 50 years Stuart chats to its current Director Robert Hurwitz. In his 30 years at the top Bob expanded the repertoire from its classical music roots to include jazz, folk and 'new music'. Nonesuch is home to iconic artists such as Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet and Johnny Greenwood and continues to build its reputation as a global label for experimental music. Plus Stuart plays tracks from Wendy Carlos.

6M6 Music Celebrates Libraries20141116

Stuart raids the music room of Manchester Central Library, heady in nostalgic memories of doing the same at Wigan Library as a teenager.

Plus, he speaks to artists performing in a library as part of Chaos to Order, a collaborative artistic residency curated by Everything Everything. Pianist Matthew Bourne and saxophone player Christophe de Bezenac were invited by Everything Everything to explore the sonic and visual possibilities of the performance space of Manchester Central Library. The result is a part-performance part-installation that will capture and scramble ambient sound and movements in the immediate surroundings. Stuart takes a tour of the installation and finds he is literally in on the act.

6MA Colin Special20161204

After choosing A-Z by Wire's frontman Colin Newman as his featured album and realising it fell in the same week as a chat with saxophonist Colin Stetson, Stuart made a rod for his own back by dedicating the entire 2-hour show to Colin's. Tune in to hear the most creative Colin's of all time, from Blunstone to Towns, Phil to Shirley and Dolly, they're all there.

Another world class Colin, the bass saxophonist Colin Stetson talks about his new project Sorrow, a reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd symphony performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016. Stetson is best known for his visceral, physical playing which utilises circular breathing, multi-phonics and growling. In Sorrow, he arranges the popular symphony for a 12-piece ensemble of virtuoso players including Liturgy's Greg Fox on drums, Sarah Neufeld on violin and his sister Megan Stetson on vocals.

6MA Featured Album From Boards Of Canada20130127

Stuart features the debut album from Scottish duo Boards of Canada. Known for their creative minimalist electronica, BoC's music uses themes of nature, childhood and nostalgia.

6MA Rainbow In Curved Air20120401

This week Terry Riley's A Rainbow In Curved Air gets the featured album treatment. The follow up to his break-through piece In C, A Rainbow In Curved Air moved minimalism from the classical concert hall to the grungy rock venue. Featuring Riley's virtuoso keyboard technique, tape looping and adventurous time signatures the 20 minute composition concentrates on just one chord, (the Amaj7) with unbelievable variety.

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful. Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals - all within minutes of each other and presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host.

Freakmaster General Maconie features Terry Riley's A Rainbow in Curved Air.

6MA Winged Victory For The Sullen20150802

Ambient duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen chat about performing at the 6 Music Prom and working with choreographer Wayne McGregor. This weeks featured album is a true classic of British music - Master of Reality by Black Sabbath and there's new music from Rozi Plain, Theo Travis and Circuit Des Yeux.

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MAlex Neilson's 30-minute Mix20130106

Stuart features a 30-minute mix from Alex Neilson, singer and drummer with Trembling Bells. Alex's eclectic tastes come to the fore in the mix with free jazz from Albert Ayler, Gaelic Psalms from Scotland, Jandek and more.

Plus a look back at the Freak Zone musical highlights of 2012 including tracks from Woodpecker Wooliams, Flying Lotus, Elephant 9 and Focus.

6MAndrew Weatherall20160306

joins Stuart to talk about his new album Convenanza. A dubby, funky, synthy record that was co-written by the Sabrettes' Nina Walsh, Convenanza shows Weatherall's wide ranging influences from the poetry of John Betjeman to the dance floors of East London.

6MAnna Meredith20160717

Stuart chats to Anna Meredith about her new record Varmints and working with the Museum of Science and Industry to encourage emerging female artists. Anna's career began in modern classical music, she is a former composer in residence at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has judged the Young Musician Of The Year competition. Since 2012 she has released adventurous electronic music that draws from elements of sci-fi iconography, soundtracks and club DJs. Referred to as "silly, striking and smart" by the Guardian, Varmints brings her two musical worlds closer together combining orchestral instrumentation with synthesised sounds.

6MAnna Meredith Chats To Stuart20130818

about her new EP Jet Black Raider and a new project that involves music stored in soap bubbles. Plus live music from the 6 Music Prom and new music from The Gasman.

6MAnna Meredith Sits In20161023

Composer and musician Anna Meredith showcases the breadth of her record collection and the music that inspires her own work. Orchestral inspiration comes from Bartok's opera Bluebeard's Castle whilst harmony is learnt from James Blake. Plus a perfectly balanced pop song from Teleman and thought-through silliness from contemporary composer Andrew Hamilton.

6MAphex Twin: Come To Daddy20120408

Stuart Maconie presents two hours of gorgeously freaky music in a new time slot from 8-10pm.

As 6 Music Celebrates: Dance Music throughout the month of April, Stuart takes the opportunity to feature a classic album from the world of experimental dance music, Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy.

The title track is a terrifying mix of death metal, acid house and vocal samples and is often regarded as one of his best ever tracks. The EP as a whole however is varied and covers his earlier ambient style together with upbeat poly-rhythms and peculiar childlike vocal samples.

Stuart features Aphex Twin's 8-track EP Come to Daddy.

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Barry Gray - The Shef March

Featured Album: Apollo by Brian Eno

Understars

Stars

An Ending (Ascent)

Modular - La Pocion De Dr Hoffman

Tim Exile - Fortress

Steeleye Span - Saucy Sailor

Kemper Norton - Cowfolding

Digital Dinosaurs - The Sideways Man

Danny And The Dressmakers - Don't Make Another Bass Guitar Mr Rickenbacker

University Of The Strange: Groovy vocal module

Aldemaro Romero And His Onda Nueva - Someone

Aldemaro Romero And His Onda Nueva - Little Lovebird

Barbara Moore - Go Girls

Lee Mason - The Connection

Lee Mason - Fancy Travel

Extra Life - The Refrain

Derek Bailey - M3

John Abercrombie - Evensong

Obfusc - Oceanic Glow (Night Mix)

Blue Fanthom - Micro Chaos

Dick Heckstall Smith - Future Song

Mulatu Astatqe - Gubelye

Gong - Escape Control Delete

Rachael McShane - The Broomfield Wager

Rachael McShane - The Gardener

Peter Wyngarde - Neville Thumbcatch

Live Freaks: Kenny Garrett

Intro To Africa

Travis And Fripp - The Apparent Chaos Of Blue

6MApollo By Brian Eno *20090809
6MAquasonic20160612

Stuart finds out how to sing underwater with Aquasonic, a Danish group who play instruments and sing in glass tanks filled with water. Artistic Director Laila Skovmand talks through how she has spent the last 10 years perfecting her underwater music which has meant creating a whole range of new instruments and breathing techniques.

Plus there's new music from Claudia Quintet, Jo Mango and Friends and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Stuart's featured album is Faust IV, the final record from the German experimental group before they disbanded in 1973.

6MAutobahn By Kraftwerk *20090118

The Douglas Wood Group - Drag Racer

The Douglas Wood Group - Pop Goes Bach

Featured Album: Autobahn by Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk - Kometenmelodie No.

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Kraftwerk - Autobahn

Kraftwerk - Mitternacht

Belbury Poly - From An Ancient Star

Animal Collective - Daily Routine

Magma - Zombies (Ghost Dance)

Russ Garcia - Wow!

Casiokids - Fot I Hose

University Of The Strange: New Weird America (Part Deux)

MV and EE With The Bummer Road - Cold Rain

Samara Lubelski - Keeper Of Beauty

Charalambides - I Don't Know You Stuttgart

The Visitations - Untitled

Basil Kirchin - Prelude And Dawn

Frank Zappa - I'm The Slime

John Cage/Robert Wyatt - Experiences No.

Jan Steele - All Day

Le Orme - Notturno

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Per Un Amico

Selda - Karaoglan

Live Freaks: Miles Davis

Maiysha

White Rainbow - Mystic Prism

The Douglas Wood Group - Drag Racer

6MBark Psychosis And The Beginnings Of Post-rock20120909

This week Stuart selects Hex by Bark Psychosis as his featured album.

Released in 1994, it is considered to be the first ever post-rock album after Simon Reynolds used the term in an album review for Mojo magazine. In spite of this, the album received very little media attention, in an era when Britpop was at its prime.

Influenced by the noisy guitar sounds of Sonic Youth and Butthole Surfers and hardcore bands such as Big Black and Swans. Bark Psychosis actually started life as a Napalm Death cover band, before composing their debut record.

Recorded in a church in Stratford, Hex illustrates the band's move away from its thrash rock beginnings in favour of a more atmospheric, experimental sound.

Stuart selects Hex by Bark Psychosis as his featured album.

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chat to Stuart about their appearance at Supernormal Festival.

Bas Jan chat to Stuart about their appearance at Supernormal Festival and how triangulation occurs whenever they perform live. The featured album this week is a summery slice of Canterbury prog from Egg and their second record The Polite Force. Plus new music from the North Sea Radio Orchestra and the Charles Hazelwood Para Orchestra perform Philip Glass' Heroes Symphony live at Glastonbury.

chat to Stuart about their appearance at Supernormal Festival and how triangulation occurs whenever they perform live. The featured album this week is a summery slice of Canterbury prog from Egg and their second record The Polite Force. Plus new music from the North Sea Radio Orchestra and the Charles Hazelwood Para Orchestra perform Philip Glass' Heroes Symphony live at Glastonbury.

6MBasil Kirchin20170212

Stuart celebrates the late great British composer and drummer Basil Kirchin ahead of Mind on the Run, a 3-day festival celebrating Kirchin's legacy. Plus Vangelis' stunningly arranged synth classic Heaven and Hell from 1975 enters into the Freak Zone's Essential Collection and there's new music from Norwegian group Krokofant, dreamy psych from Grails first release in six years and listener Tim Collins provides a metallic themed Wyrd Dysko of foot-stomping post-punk.

6MBasil Kirchin's Abstractions Of The Industrial North20121202

Stuart features the pastoral jazz and instrumental music of Basil Kirchin's imaginary music for film, plus new music from Benjamin Kelly and Scott Walker.

6MBattles20151101

talk about their new instrumental album La Di Da Di and coping with the departure of singer Tyondai Braxton. Stuart's featured album is the first solo album by the Greek god of hair Demis Roussos and The Greek Side Of My Mind. Plus new music from Gurgles, Giant Claw and Nat Birchall.

Battles talk about their new instrumental album La Di Da Di and coping with the departure of singer Tyondai Braxton. Stuart's featured album is the first solo album by the Greek god of hair Demis Roussos and The Greek Side Of My Mind. Plus new music from Gurgles, Giant Claw and Nat Birchall.

6MBest Bits Of 201320131229

Stuart revisits some of the best moments on the show from the past 12 months. Including words from Scott Walker, Richard Branson and James Dean Bradfield and new music from Haxan Cloak, Pat Metheny and Oneohtrix Point Never.

6MBest Of 201420141228

Stuart revisits his favourite moments from the Freak Zone in 2014. Including Johnny Greenwood on modern classical music, Scott Walker on his collaboration with Sunn O))) and The Pop Group reforming.

6MBilly Cobham: Spectrum20120610

Stuart Maconie guides you through two hours of experimental music, from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

This week Stuart features a classic album from the divisive genre jazz-rock fusion, Billy Cobham's Spectrum.

Unlike so many albums within jazz-rock, Spectrum stands up in the test of time as impressive feat of hard rock, jazz improvisation and heavy grooves. The inclusion of guitarist Tommy Bolin over the more obvious and jazzier choice of John Mclaughlin offered up a raw and raucous edge that appealed to rock, jazz and funk fans equally.

On its release in 1973, Spectrum set a new standard in fusion that heavy-weight jazzers, hard rockers and funky groovers have tried to replicate ever since.

6MBirds Of Fire By Mahavishnu Orchestra *20090322

Doris Stokes - Welcome To My World

Featured Album: Birds Of Fire by Mahavishnu Orchestra

Birds Of Fire

One Word

Sanctuary

Cornelius Cardew - Nothing To Lose

Remember Remember - Genie

The Allusions - The Dancer

The Beatles (?) - Peace Of Mind/The Candle Burns

University Of The Strange: Psychedelic Library

Alessandro Alessandroni - Spiagge Azzurre

Distortions Pop - Diodo

D.

Robert - Black Trebor

I Pyranas - Juliet

John Maus - My Whole World Is Coming Apart

Incredible String Band - Maker Of Islands

Black Sabbath - Laguna Sunrise

Low - Don't Understand

Prefuse 73 - Preparation's Kids Choir

Black Sheep - Lella Khaled

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Four Holes In The Ground

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Kaleidoscope

The Chap - Ethnic Instrument

Live Freaks: Pig Bag

The Dug-Out

You Can Wiggle My Toe To That

Tinariwen - Ahimana

6MBitchin Bajas20160522

Stuart chats to Bitchin Bajas about two of their recent projects; a collaboration with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and a soundtrack to a documentary about the Moken people who live on thatched huts and rafts on the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand and Burma. Plus Stuart's featured album is Agarta, a live concert from Miles Davis recorded in 1975 in Osaka, Japan one of his final performances before a 5 year hiatus.

6MBlack Sabbath Get The Featured Album Treatment20120729

Stuart Maconie takes you on a two hour journey into the world of strange and forward thinking music. This week he features the 1970 debut album from Black Sabbath.

Stuart features the 1970 debut album from Black Sabbath.

6MBlanck Mass20151011

John Power talks about his solo project Blanck Mass and how his track Sundowner came to be in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. Plus Stuart features Bert Jansch's under appreciated Moonshine album and there's music from Steve Martland ahead of a Freakier Zone special next week.

6MBlue Note's Don Was Sits In20161009

President of Blue Note Records, Don Was takes over the Freak Zone for one week only. Don brings a rare cut of Aretha Franklin, off kilter 1960s hits and new era Blue Note jazz.

6MBluffer's Guide To Varese And Berio20130811

Stuart Maconie offers a bluffers guide to classical composers Varèse and Berio whose works are being performed at the 6 Music Prom. Impress your friends with everything you need to know about these two modern composers and why their music is still celebrated today.

6MBoards Of Canada20130609

Stuart plays two brand new tracks from Boards of Canada's forthcoming album and provides a Bluffers Guide to Boards too get you up to speed with the essentials. Plus this weeks featured album is Spiritual Unity, saxophonist Albert Ayler's seminal record of earthy contemporary jazz recorded in 1965.

6MBrazilian Tropicalia From Os Mutantes20140223

Stuart picks psychedelic Brazilian tropicalia from Os Mutantes for the featured album slot. Plus the usual mix of strange and succulent sounds including dream pop from Fenster and a cappella folk from Teesside's The Young'uns.

6MBrian Reitzell20140622

Stuart chats to film composer Brain Reitzell about his new album Auto Music which features Kevin Shields from My Bloody Valentine.

Best known as a music supervisor and composer in Hollywood, Reitzell has chosen the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, Gus Van Sant's Promised Land and collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never on various scores.

6MBrit Psych From Kaleidoscope20131117

Stuart's featured album is Kaleidoscope's debut, ahead of their first gig in 40 years.

Kaleidoscope's psychedelic debut is the featured album ahead of their first gig in 40 years. Plus Stuart pays tribute to composer John Tavener who passed away this week.

6MBullhead By The Melvins20130707

The Melvins' 1991 release Bullhead gets the featured album treatment.

6MCharles Hayward20170409

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Featuring a conversation with drummer Charles Hayward, founding member of This Heat, about his music making which straddles experimental rock, free improvisation and the avant-garde.

6MCharles Hazlewood Sits In20140420

Globe trotting orchestral conductor and musical chameleon Charles Hazlewood sits in for Stuart with his favourite freaky tracks. Charles explains how unusual harmonies and dissonance in music can make it all the more intriguing, plus his love of the organ and of course, the orchestra. A multi-award winning conductor his genre-crossing approach to music knows no boundaries.

Conductor and musical chameleon Charles Hazlewood sits in for Stuart with his favourite left-field music. Charles' recent projects include orchestral drum n bass with Squarepusher, creating Britain's first Paraorchestra with disabled musicians and interviewing Philip Glass.

6MChris Clark's 30-minute Mix20120415

As BBC Radio 6 Music continues to celebrate dance music throughout the month of April, Freak Zone is getting involved with a series of 30 minute mixes from some of the most forward-thinking names in electronica.

Instead of our usual featured album, Stuart will hand over half an hour to an artist who is currently pushing the boundaries of dance. This week it's the turn of Chris Clark who has just released his sixth album on Warp Records, home of experimental electronica.

Electronic artist Chris Clark takes the reins for a 30-minute mix of leftfield beats.

6MChris Cutler From Henry Cow20141109

chats to Stuart about reforming in memory of Lindsay Cooper. Active from 1968 to 1978 Henry Cow combined the sensibilities of rock with contemporary classical music and jazz. They coined the term Rock In Opposition to advocate their political ideas and the progressive aspects of their music. Lindsay joined Henry Cow as a saxophonist and bassoonist but soon began to contribute her own compositions and wrote half of the songs on their last album Western Culture. Chris pays tribute to Lindsay, describes his arguments with composer Cornelius Cardew and outlines his growing disappointment with the worldwide web.

6MChris Watson: The Town Moor - A Portrait In Sound20160619

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Each week Stuart features a classic album of experimental music and chats to pioneering artists laying the foundations for future generations.

6MCircuit Des Yeux20151129
6MCluster And Eno Is The Featured Album20120603

The only show on radio to offer brutal electronica, squawking jazz and psychedelic wig outs side by side. With the King of Freaks, Stuart Maconie as your guide, open your ears for two hours of tracks from the farthest flung corners of popular music.

This week Stuart plays several tracks from Brian Eno and Cluster's first collaborative record as the featured album. The record was made in 1977, at a time when electronic music seemed boundless, technological developments happened almost daily and expansion was exponential.

Eno already had a string of successful ambient electronic records under his belt when he traveled to Conny Plank's studio in Germany where Dieter Moebius and Hans Joachim Roedelius were making music under the name of Cluster. The resulting album is an organic combination of Eno's interest in processing sounds and Cluster's clean rhythmic loops. Featuring eerie drones, Indian inspired twangs and gently modulating synths that will melt your heart.

6MCob - Spirit Of Love20121028
6MColin Stetson20161204

Stuart chats to bass saxophonist Colin Stetson about his new project Sorrow, a reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd symphony performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016. Stetson is best known for his visceral playing which utilises circular breathing, multi-phonics and growling. In Sorrow, he arranges the popular symphony for a 12-piece ensemble of virtuoso players including Greg Fox on drums, Sarah Neufeld on violin and his sister Megan Stetson on vocals.

6MCosmic Sounds - The Zodiac *20090125

Barry Gray - Fireball XL5 Zero G

Featured Album: The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds by Mort Garson

Aries - The Fire-Fighter

Taurus - The Voluptuary

Cancer - The Moon Child

Leo - The Lord Of Lights

Pisces - The Peace Piper

Aquarius - The Lover Of Life

Spider and the Flies - Metallurge

Felt - Spectral Morning

Gentle Giant - Pantagruel's Nativity

Silicon Teens - Just Like Eddie

Robert Rental - On Location

Wilkinson, Edwards and Noble - Spellbound

Barry Gray - Captain Scarlet Pop Theme

Richard Skelton - Shore

Softboiled Eggies - Only Loved At Night

Low - Landlord

Barry Gray - Secret Service End Theme

Maartin Allcock - Armelle

Urban Farmhand - Mallet Loop

Matthew Herbert Big Band - The Story

Sosuma Tokuta - A Flower White

Mordant Music - The Tower

Barry Gray - Thunderbird Six Skyship Theme

Live Freaks: Animal Collective

What Would I Want Sky

Lion In A Coma

Anthony Braxton and Kyle Brenders - Composition No.

356

6MCult, Sci-fi And Horror Soundtracks20131006

Stuart looks at The Wicker Man's iconic soundtrack with help from the films associate music director Gary Carpenter as part of the BBC's Sound Of Cinema season. The Wicker Man pioneered a new approach to horror with its crazed paganism, eerie psy-folk soundtrack and terrifying climatic ending.

Surrounding the interview Stuart delves into the freaky world of cult, sci-fi and horror soundtracks from across the decades.

Stuart looks at The Wicker Man's iconic soundtrack with help from the films Associate Music Producer Gary Carpenter as part of the BBC's Sound Of Cinema season. The Wicker Man pioneered a new approach to horror with its crazed paganism, eerie psy-folk soundtrack and terrifying climatic ending. Surrounding the interview Stuart delves into the rich world of British sci-fi and horror soundtracks from across the decades.

6MCurrent 93 - Nature Unveiled20120115
6MD I Y Weekend20100829

1: Delia Derbyshire and Anthony Newley - Moogie Bloogies

2: Featured Album: La Dusseldorf: Viva

3: La Düsseldorf - Viva

4: Brainticket - One Morning

5: Cabaret Voltaire Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mask

6: My Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine - To Here Knows When

7: John Martyn John Martyn - Spencer The Rover

8: Karol Keyes - Can't You Hear The Music

9: La Düsseldorf - Rheinita

10: The Courtesy Group - By The Time I Finish My Sentence

11: Tunng Tunng - By Dusk They Were In The City

12: Dome - Rolling Upon My Day

13: Arkania - CD Traces

14: John Cage John Cage - Williams Mix

15: Half Man Half Biscuit Half Man Half Biscuit - Running Order Squabble Fest

16: Crispy Ambulance - Are You Ready?

17: Frank Foster - The Loud Minority

18: Lloyd Miller - Latin

19: Lloyd Miller - Rain Dance

20: Lloyd Miller and Heliocentrics, The - Modality

21: Renaldo and The Loaf - Bpm

22: Live Freaks: Ludus

23: Ludus - Wrapped In Silence

24: Ludus - Covenant

25: La Düsseldorf - Geld

26: Irene Schweizer Trio and Dewan Motihar Trio - Brigach and Ganges

6MDamon Albarn And Dr Dee20120422

Stuart Maconie talks in-depth to Damon Albarn about his eclectic musical output and presents an exclusive performance of his first opera Dr Dee.

As a musician Damon needs no introduction; the founder of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and the Queen, he's widely regarded as one of the most innovative musicians of the past two decades.

First premiered at last year's Manchester International Festival, Dr Dee tells the story of John Dee; mathematician, astronomer, occultist and advisor to Elizabeth I. Recorded last year in Salford with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the opera sets Dee's story to a sonic backdrop of early English period instrumentation, African beats, and Renaissance flourishes, described by Albarn as "strange, pastoral folk".

Stuart talks in depth to Damon about the opera, his recent production work with Bobby Womack, his collaboration with Tony Allen and Flea from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Rocket Juice and The Moon - and the future of Blur.

Stuart Maconie chats to Damon Albarn and plays an performance of his opera Dr Dee.

6MDaniel Miller Sits In20150118

Founder of Mute Records, Daniel Miller sits in for Stuart with his favourite left-field music. Including tracks by Liars, The Pretty Things and Plastikman.

6MDaniel Patrick Quinn20160710

Stuart chats to eccentric British folk artist Daniel Patrick Quinn about his new record I, Sun. Quinn founded the group One More Grain who released several acclaimed albums in the late 2000's, he then left for Indonesia and spent five years in Jakarta working and studying gamelan music. Now back in the UK, he resides in Stornoway an equally remote location on the Scottish island of Lewis. His new music draws upon his experiences including his reverence for grass skirts and the self-explanatory 'I Followed My Imagination'.

6MDan'l Boone20140928

Stuart chats to Alex Moskos and Nate Young about their debut album with Dan'l Boone exploring the frontiers of music. Plus Stuart choses The Six Wives of Henry VIII by keyboard king Rick Wakeman as the featured album and there's new music from Mark Fry, Cheer Accident, David Thomas Broughton and Samuel Andreyev.

6MDave Brock From Hawkwind20140112

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MDavid Bedford - The Odyessy20111030

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

Tonight's featured album marks the recent passing of its composer David Bedford.

The Odyessy was an adventurous album inspired by Homer's poem and features Mike Oldfield, Kevin Ayres and an all female choir.

David Bedford's The Odyessy is the featured album, and Live Freaks is from Matthew Halsall

Tonight's featured album marks the recent passing of its composer David Bedford. The Odyessy was an adventurous album inspired by Homer's poem and features Mike Oldfield, Kevin Ayres and an all female choir.

6MDavid Bowie's Low Is The Featured Album20130331

Stuart celebrates Low, the first of David Bowie's hugely influential Berlin LPs, featuring Brian Eno's atmospheric keyboards to the fore.

6MDelia Derbyshire - Electrosonic20100124

Delia Derbyshire's experimental electronica, avant-garde flute fare and Brit-jazz?

Running order

1.

The Plague - I Gotta Be Going

2.

Featured Album: Delia Derbyshire - Electrosonic

3.

Delia Derbyshire - Quest

4.

Delia Derbyshire - Quest (Fast)

5.

Delia Derbyshire - Computermatic

6.

Delia Derbyshire - Frontier To Knowledge

7.

Delia Derbyshire - The Pattern Emerges

8.

Delia Derbyshire - Freeze Frame

9.

Delia Derbyshire - Plodding Power

10.

Delia Derbyshire - Busy Microbes

11.

Delia Derbyshire - Liquid Energy

12.

Delia Derbyshire - Liquid Energy (Bubbling Rhythm)

13.

Delia Derbyshire - No Man's Land

14.

Delia Derbyshire - Depression

15.

Delia Derbyshire - Nightwalker

16.

Delia Derbyshire - Electrostings

17.

Delia Derbyshire - Electrobuild

18.

Delia Derbyshire - Celestial Cantabile

19.

Delia Derbyshire - Shock Chords

20.

Mark David Ashcroft - Sometimes It Turns Dry And The Leaves Fall Before They Are Beautiful

21.

John Abercrombie John Abercrombie - Red And Orange

22.

James Chance and the Contortions - That's When You're Heartbreaks Begin

23.

James Chance and the Contortions - Twice Removed

24.

University Of The Strange: Bob Downes

25.

Bob Downes - Electric City

26.

Bob Downes - No Time Like The Present

27.

Bob Downes - Crush Hour

28.

Bob Downes - Spanish Plain

29.

Brigitte Fontaine - Il Se Passe Des Choses

30.

Alexander Tucker - Poltergeists

31.

Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer

32.

Biancardi - Gloo

33.

Max Tundra - Nord Lead Three

34.

Peter Hammill Peter Hammill - Re-Awakening

35.

Roger Kleier - What Is The Price Of Iron

36.

Philip Cohran and The Artistic Héritage Ensemble - Spanish Suite

37.

C.A.

Quintet - Sleepy Hollow Lane

38.

Tony Coe - Aristotle Blues

39.

Tony Coe - Reza

40.

Kitkalitto - Swamp

41.

Live Freaks: Tony Coe

You've come to the right place.

6MDinos Chapman Chats To Stuart20131020

Experimental visual artist Dinos Chapman on his departure into creating music.

Experimental visual artist Dinos Chapman chats to Stuart about his departure into creating music. Chapman has played with sound for 10 years and finally released a 13-track album earlier this year. He describes what made him decide to pursue music, his influences and plans for the future.

6MDiversions! By Barry Booth *20090510

Ahead of the publication of his autobiography veteran prog/jazz drummer Bill Bruford provides advice on how to acquire gainful employment knocking out tricksy time signatures.

Featuring an interview with prog/jazz drummer Bill Bruford.

Wanda Jackson - Funnel Of Love

Featured Album: Diversions! by Barry Booth

Problems Of A Simple Man

Mole

Hottest Day Of The Year

Sad Jolly Song

Henry Smith Addresses A Butterfly

Circulus - Within You Is The Sun

Euston Piret - It Is There

Ornette Coleman - Ramblin'

Little Phil and the Night Shadows - 60 Second Swinger

The Alarm Clocks - No Reason To Complain

University Of The Strange: Music For Children

Free Design - Butterflies Are Free

Carl Orff - Cuckoo, Where Are You?

Carl Orff - Instrumental Piece

Carl Orff - Girls And Boys Come Out To Play

Toy - Rabbit Pushing Mower

Dr.

Strangely Strange - Dark Haired Lady

Amazing Blondel - Willowood

The Human League - Toyota City

Basic Channel - Presence Edit

Pattern Is Movement - Sound Of Your Voice

Manogurgeil - Häiritsevä Kaktus

The Martin Green Machine - Quayle Paint

Trembling Bells - A Garland Of Stars

Terry Durham - Stills From A Late Night Movie

Marnie Stern - Transformer

Live Freaks: Can

Tony Wanna Go

Fridge - Our Place In This

Matmos - Rainbow Flag

6MDiy Weekend20100829

A 120-minute trip into the unknown with Stuart.

6MEarly British Electronic Composers20160529

Stuart chats to Ian Helliwell, composer, instrument builder and author of Tape Leaders: A Compendium of Early British Electronic Composers. Focusing on analogue electronics from the 1950s - 1970s, Tape Leaders celebrates the unsung heroes of British electronic music history as well as more well known figures like Delia Derbyshire and David Bedford.

Plus the featured album is Holgar Czukay's Movies, his second solo album after Can and there's new music from Autechre, Legendary Pink Dots and Circuit Des Yeux's new project Jackie Lynn.

6MEberhard Weber - The Colours Of Chloe20120122

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart. This week's featured album is a 1973 symphonic jazz record from German bassist Eberhard Weber.

The Colours of Chloe was Eberhard's first release as a bandleader and helped define the moody atmospheric sound of the now iconic European jazz record label ECM. As well as his own music, Weber is a frequent collaborator with Kate Bush, who cited him as a major influence on her recent album. He has also spent many years touring with fellow ECM artist, saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

The featured album is a 1973 symphonic jazz record from Eberhard Weber.

6MEberhard Weber: The Colours Of Chloe20120122

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart. This week's featured album is a 1973 symphonic jazz record from German bassist Eberhard Weber.

The Colours of Chloe was Eberhard's first release as a bandleader and helped define the moody atmospheric sound of the now iconic European jazz record label ECM. As well as his own music, Weber is a frequent collaborator with Kate Bush, who cited him as a major influence on her recent album. He has also spent many years touring with fellow ECM artist, saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

The featured album is a 1973 symphonic jazz record from Eberhard Weber.

6MEdgar Froese From Tangerine Dream Chats To Stuart20120624

Stuart is joined by Edgar Froese, founder and longest-standing member of Tangerine Dream, who were declared "the world's leading synth band" by the New York Times.

Tangerine Dream exploded onto the scene in 1970 with their debut album Electronic Meditation and Stuart plays several tracks from this improvised modular synth classic throughout the show.

They are often credited with being the pioneers of what was to become Krautrock, a loose label incorporating all genres of forward-thinking German music that didn't follow the Anglo-American model. Other bands under this banner include Kraftwerk. Faust, Neu! and Cluster.

Stuart chats to Edgar about this and how he has kept it fresh over the 200+ albums they have released over the years.

6MFar Out And Freaky Sounds20170319

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Tonight's show features Squarepusher's new band Shobaleader One, harpist Mary Lattimore and Kendrick Lamar's trumpeter Josef Leimberg's new record of spiritual jazz.

6MFaris Badwan And Rachel Zeffira20150215

Stuart finds out about the soundtrack to Peter Strickland's new film The Duke Of Burgundy written by Faris Badwan from The Horrors and Italian-Canadian soprano Rachel Zeffira. Plus members of Slint and Grails chat about their new band WATTER and the featured album is Michael Rother's Katzenmusik.

6MFaust - The Faust Tapes20130120

King of Freaks, Stuart Maconie features The Faust Tapes in this week's show.

A fine example of 1970s German krautrock, it skips seamlessly from art-rock to folk and spoken word in a Zappa-esque collage.

The album was sold for just 49p by the newly formed Virgin Records and enabled Faust to "break" Britain.

6MFaust By Faust20090621

John Cameron - Front Titles

Featured Album: Faust by Faust

Why Don't You Eat Carrots

Miss Fortune

Meadow Meal

Trembling Bells - When I Was Young

Quinta - Two Dead Birds

Tim Friese-Greene - Sketch 4

The Searchers - Popcorn Double Feature

Sir Gibbs - People Grudgeful

University Of The Strange: Trumpton

Freddie Phillips - Trumpton Main Theme

Freddie Phillips - Chime And Clock Theme

Freddie Phillips - Mr.

Munning's Song

Freddie Phillips - Walter Harkin's Song

Freddie Phillips - The Band Concert

Freddie Phillips - Chigley Main Theme

Freddie Phillips - Chigley Train Driver

Freddie Phillips - Chigley End Theme

Icy Demons - Miami Ice

Mr.

Fox - Join Us In Our Game

Bob Stewart - Spring Song

Richard Morton Jack In Conversation

Mandy Moore - God Only Knows

Michael Raven and Joan Mills - Death and The Lady

Joe Harriot and Amancio D'Silva - Hum Dono

Stereolab - Vonal Declosion

Live Freaks: Kraftwerk

The Robots

Radioactivity

6MFaust By Faust *20090621
6MFestival Number 620150913

Stuart presents live music from Welsh psychedelic outfit HMS Morris and a teenage duo from Norfolk who go by the name Let's Eat Grandma recorded at the bijous BBC Wales campervan at Festival Number Six in Portmeirion.

The featured album is from 1956 and the debut from The Viking of 6th Avenue - Moondog. Plus Saisonscape is back - a seasonal commission for emerging experimental artists to perform alongside an established headline act. This time the theme is decay and the headline act is William Basinski, Stuart will be announcing the two supporting acts throughout the show.

6MFilm Producer Stephen Woolley20170423

Stuart chats to critically acclaimed film producer Stephen Woolley about his love of left-field music in film and his season at the BFI Southbank called Girls Like Us: British Women and WWII Cinema. Plus American Analog Set's Promise of Love gets the featured album treatment and there's new music released on limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day by synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani, German experimentalists Faust and Colleen's baroque inspired avant-folk.

Stuart chats to critically acclaimed film producer Stephen Woolley about music and film.

6MFolk Guitarist Jon Renbourn20131013

Stuart features the album Sir John A Lot by folk guitarist Jon Renbourn. Plus the first release from The Books in 5 years and some monolithic crawling doom from Wicked King Wicker.

6MFour Tet Chats To Stuart20131110

Four Tet talks about how he's getting out of the game but still making music. In only his second interview this year following a sold out night at The Warehouse Project with Field Day, Kieran Hebden describes why his new album was not circulated to the press and his idea to make a blissed out new age record using samples from pirate radio.

6MFreaky Cassette Goodness From Factory Benelux20121209

Stuart Maconie hosts another Sunday evening of mind bending musical brainstew, dipping his toes into jazz, post-rock and experimental sounds.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: 50 Years of the Cassette, Stuart has a featured album from the Belgium's Factory Benelux label. From Brussels With Love came out in 1980 and showcased 22 tracks from international new wave and avant garde scene including the Durutti Column and John Foxx.

Not released on vinyl until 6 years later, the cassette copy remains highly collectable and much sought after by fans of 1980s experimental music.

6MFred Frith's Solo Album Gravity20120805

Stuart Maconie examines Fred Frith's solo album Gravity.

6MFrederick Rzewski - Coming Together20100502

Modern Classical Attica Riot themed shenanigans to the fore.

It's gotta be The Freak Zone.

Music and featured items

1.

Jo Ann Campbell - Kookie Little Paradise

2.

Featured Album: Frederick Rzewski - Coming Together

3.

Frederic Rzewski - Attica

4.

Frederic Rzewski - Coming Together

5.

Frederic Rzewski - Les Moutons De Panurge

6.

Tim and Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim and Sam - All Tucked Up

7.

Heron - Harlequin

8.

Keaver and Brause - Awake

9.

Savvas Ysatis and Taylor Deupree - Reservoir

10.

The Residents The Residents - Laughing Song

11.

Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt - Stalin Wasn't Stallin

12.

Brian Eno Brian Eno - Virtual Bells, Thick Glass

13.

Deerhoof Deerhoof - +81

14.

Martin and Haynes - Clockwatchers

15.

Supersister - Radio

16.

Man - Empty Room

17.

Volcano the Bear - Spongecake Cathedral

18.

Lloyd Miller Trio - Way Out East

19.

Katja Ebstein - A Hard Day's Night

20.

Live Freaks: Caravan

21.

Caravan Caravan - Feelin' Reelin' Squealin'

6MFutureeverything Festival20140406

The Space Lady, an eccentric cultish busker from the US and electronic artist Evian Christ talk about their performances at the Future Everything festival in Manchester.

6MGavin Bryars' The Sinking Of The Titanic20120722
6MGeorge Harrison's Wonderwall20111016

Following the release of Martin Scorsese's current George Harrison biopic, 'Living In The Material World', Stuart looks at the quiet Beatle's debut solo album, released in 1968 before the band split.

It's a strange and often overlooked concept album, mainly consisting of instrumentals, made for the Joe Massot film 'Wonderwall'.

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart. Each week, Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful. Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals all within minutes of each other, presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host. Not exactly what you'd call mainstream, but it cuts deep and oozes non-pretentious musical profundity.

Following the release of Martin Scorsese's current George Harrison biopic, 'Living In The Material World', Stuart looks at the quiet Beatle's debut solo album, released in 1968 before the band split. It's a strange and often overlooked concept album, mainly consisting of instrumentals, made for the Joe Massot film 'Wonderwall'.

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart.

6MGeorge Monbiot Chats To Stuart20130915

George Monbiot, author, environmental activist and fan of the Freak Zone chats to Stuart. George shares stories of going down the pub with Thom Yorke, his philosophies on the English countryside and how music has influenced him.

6MGilles Peterson Sits In20160821

Gilles Peterson travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Featuring a classic album of experimental music and chats to pioneering artists laying the foundations for future generations.

6MGoblin's Claudio Simonetti20140216

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MGodley And Creme - Consequences20130203

Stuart features the triple-disc concept album Consequences by ex-10cc members Godley and Creme. Plus the usual mix of out-there pop, rock, folk, jazz, electronic and all in-between.

6MGong But Not Forgotten20150322

Following the passing of singer Daevid Allen, Stuart pays tribute to one of his favourite bands Gong and chooses Camembert Electrique as his featured album. Plus new music from Sanguine Hum, guitarist Neil Campbell and Fire Orchestra.

6MGraham Collier's Down Another Road20111002

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart. Each week, Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful. Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals all within minutes of each other, presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host. Not exactly what you'd call mainstream, but it cuts deep and oozes non-pretentious musical profundity.

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart.

6MHawkwind: Doremi Fasol Latido20120325

The only show on radio to offer brutal electronica, squawking jazz and psychedelic wig outs side by side. With the King of Freaks, Stuart Maconie as your guide, open your ears for two hours of tracks from the farthest flung corners of popular music.

Hawkwind are often credited as the inventors of space rock, a genre that joined the rawness of punk and the dreamy hippy vibe of the early 1970s. Tonight Stuart celebrates their third album, Doremi Fasol Latido.

Bringing together the technical nonchalance of punk with outer space synths and the extended forms of progressive rock, Doremi Fasol Latido cemeted Hawkwind's reputation as a genre-defying band. It was also the first to feature Lemmy in his pre-Motorhead days, bringing a rougher, harder sound to the bands previous albums.

Stuart celebrates Hawkwind's third album Doremi Fasol Latido.

6MHawkwind's Warrior On The Edge Of Time20120527

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 2 hours of not-normal music for your delight and discovery. Each week Stuart features a classic album from the world of outsider music, this week as 6 Music celebrates the written word during the month of May it's Hawkwind's fifth studio album Warrior On The Edge Of Time.

The album features spoken word parts from science-fiction writer Michael Moorcock based around his character Eternal Champion, a hero chosen by fate to fight for cosmic balance in the multiverse. Released in 1974 when Hawkwind had built a solid base of space-rock fans, bridging the gap between punk and hippie cultures, the album was considered their most accomplished to date.

6MHedvig Mollestad Trio20140608

Stuart chats to Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad about her new instrumental rock album Enfant Terrible. Released on Rune Grammofon, The Hedvig Mollestad Trio sits happily beside label mates Elephant 9 and Motorpsycho bringing together heavy metal and electric jazz influences with impeccable playing.

6MHerman Chin Loy: Aquarius Dub20120812

Celebrating early dub music and Herman Chin Loy, as part of Jamaican Independence month.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: 50 Years of Jamaican Independence, Stuart features an early dub record - Herman Chin Loy's Aquarius Dub. Released in 1973, it is thought of as one of the first ever dub recordings.

6MHow The Occult Saved Rock And Roll20141130

American author Peter Bebergal talks to Stuart about his new book 'How The Occult Saved Rock and Roll'. Featuring examples from Elvis Presley, Black Sabbath and Mort Garson. Plus Stuart reviews the Henry Cow concert at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in honour of the late Lindsay Cooper and this weeks featured album is the 40th anniversary re-mastering of Relayer by Yes.

6MHoward Eynon20151213

joins Stuart to chat about his under-appreciated acid-folk album from 1974 'So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam'. Born in England Eynon moved to rural Tasmania with his parents and made music reminiscent of his British contemporaries Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and Kevin Ayres but with the colloquial humour of an Australian. At the age of 17 Eynon travelled to Melbourne on his motorbike in search of fame and fortune and acheived success as an actor with a part in the original Mad Max film. At this time he recorded his only album, a gem of the acid folk genre released on a tiny label which was promptly lost to the mists of time, until now.

Howard Eynon joins Stuart to chat about his under-appreciated acid-folk album from 1974 'So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam'. Born in England Eynon moved to rural Tasmania with his parents and made music reminiscent of his British contemporaries Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and Kevin Ayres but with the colloquial humour of an Australian. At the age of 17 Eynon travelled to Melbourne on his motorbike in search of fame and fortune and acheived success as an actor with a part in the original Mad Max film. At this time he recorded his only album, a gem of the acid folk genre released on a tiny label which was promptly lost to the mists of time, until now.

6MIce Music Festival20140126

Terje Isungset chats to Stuart about his Ice Music Festival in Norway where all the instruments are made out of ice. Founded in 2006 by Terje, Ice Music is a three day festival featuring the extraordinary sounds produced by horns, harps and percussion carved from pure frozen water.

Plus The Return of the Durutti Column is Stuart's featured album and there's new music from jazz giant John Sinclair and lo-fi pop queen Keel Her.

Terje Insungset chats to Stuart about his Ice Music Festival in Norway where everything from the instruments to the stage and seats is carved out of ice.

Founded in 2006, Ice Music is a three day festival founded by Terje and this year will feature for the first time a full ice orchestra.

6MIrmin Schmidt20151220

Stuart chats to influential German composer Irmin Schmidt about his solo career following Can including his film soundtracks, operas and LPs. Schmidt studying composition with Stockhausen and Ligeti before forming Can in 1968, the group transcended mainstream influences fusing psychedelia, funk, new classical music and electronics which has left a lingering influence on popular music. After Can's decision to split in 1978, Schmidt began composing for film and TV and has sound tracked over 100 films. In 2015 he was awarded a knighthood - the Chevalier De L'Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres - for his contribution to arts and culture by the French Ministry of Culture.

6MIvor Cutler's Dandruff20121230

Stuart Maconie presents two hours of not-normal music. This week's featured album is Scottish poet Ivor Culter's 1974 album Dandruff. Featuring austere childhood tales and what it's like to have a face like a lemon. Plus new tracks from Gogo Penguin, Deerhoof, Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin.

6MJaga Jazzist20150531

Stuart catches up with Lars Horntveth from Jaga Jazzist about their new album Starfire. Plus the featured album comes from Belgian jazz pianist and composer Marc Moulin.

6MJaki Liebezeit And Joachim Irmler20150705

Two legends of German progressive music, Joachim Irmler from Faust and drummer Jaki Liebezeit from Can chat to Stuart about their new record of improvised duos influenced by the Danube river and feeling homesick for England.

6MJames Dean Bradfield Sits In20130901

Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield sits in for Stuart with his favourite left-field music. James shares his excitement for bands that come to life in their B-sides, the record he bought Nicky Wire for his birthday and music with narration.

6MJan St Werner20150201

from Mouse on Mars chats about his new album and live event Miscontinuum. Jan describes how a sunrise in Japan inspired him to treat time as a vertical rather than horizontal force and that Miscontinuum is simultaneously an audio book, radio play and theatrical performance.

6MJazz For Moderns20091122

Stuart revisits the BBC's Jazz for Moderns via reissues of sets from Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott.

Stuart revisits modern jazz sets from Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott.

Tracklist

1.

Marta Kubišová - Kdo Ti Radu Da

2.

The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Sins Of The Fathers

3.

The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Joker's Grave

4.

The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Light My Light

5.

Broadcast - Sixty Forty

6.

Boards of Canada - Seven Forty Seven

7.

The Movements - The Grasp Of The Kings Hand Is Not Enough

8.

The Decemberists The Decemberists - The Abduction Of Margaret

9.

Trembling Bells - Seven Years A Teardrop

10.

Eskaton - Dagon

11.

George Garanian With the Melodiya Jazz Ensemble - The Big Search

12.

Armando Sciascia - Circuito Chiuso

13.

The Group - The Feedback

14.

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Smell Of Incense

15.

Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid With You

16.

Max Tundra - Clive's Folly

17.

The Joe Harriott Quintet - Shepherd's Serinade

18.

The Joe Harriott Quintet - Pictures

19.

Tubby Hayes Tubby Hayes - Down In The Village

20.

Tubby Hayes Tubby Hayes - Peace

21.

Triumvirat - Dimplicity

22.

Euros Childs Euros Childs - Clap A Chan

23.

Euros Childs Euros Childs - Spin That Girl Around

24.

Euros Childs Euros Childs - Tete A Tete

25.

Euros Childs Euros Childs - Like This? Then Try This?

26.

Jack DeJohnette - Brown, Warm and Wintry

6MJazz For Moderns *20091122
6MJean Claude Vannier - L'assasin20090719

A featured French LP and a modal jazz session from Salford are among the highlights on this evening's episode of the freakiest show on the wireless.

Rusty Goffe - The Music Man

Featured Album: Jean Claude Vannier L'Assasin

L'enfant Au Royaume Des Mouche

Mort Du Roi Des Mouches

Les Gardes Volent Au Secour

Goa - L'Etoile Tombien Du Ciel

Roedelius - Breitengrad

John Renbourn Group - A Maid In Bedlam

Sir Richard Bishop - Morella

Renate Kern - Das Wasserman

Jane Morel - Special Agent

University Of The Strange:

Affinty - The United States of Mind

Affinty - Eli's Coming

Fifty Foot Hose - Red the Sign Post

Moving Sidewalks - 99th Floor

Diana Renay - Navy Blue

Topology - The Whitlam Dismissal

Glass - Overture

Fire - I Can See The Sky

Jack The Hard Worker - Untitled

Clark - Outside Plume

Opeth - Credence

Van Der Graaf Generator - House With No Door

Larry And Shirley - The Cuckoo

Live Freaks: Nat Birchall

Opening Up The Gates

Going To The Mountain

Icarus - Keet

6MJean Claude Vannier - L'assasin *20090719
6MJenny Hval20160925

Stuart's guest is Jenny Hval who talks blood, vampires and capitalism - themes that appear on her new album recorded in a garden shed in Oslo. Plus Todd Rundgren's Utopia gets the featured album treatment and there's new music from the likes of Wovoka Gentle, Neil Cowley Trio plus an exclusive remix of Sun Ra by Japanese noise legend Merzbow.

6MJethro Tull: Thick As A Brick20120304

Following the announcement that Jethro Tull are performing their entire Thick As A Brick album live for the first time since 1972 in April this year, Stuart celebrates this seminal album in the history of British popular music.

Written to quash their critics who insisted they were a prog rock band, Ian Anderson decided to make the best prog album ever, but as a parody of the genre. Intended as a spoof, it was developed around the concept of a fictional child poet Gerald Bostock, an intelligent school boy who wrote about the trails of growing up.

Thick As A Brick expanded on The Tull's signature line-up (rock band plus flute) with a wealth of orchestral instruments and was recorded as one single 40-minute piece of music split over two sides of an LP. It was an instant success, reaching the top five in both US and UK charts.

Stuart celebrates Jethro Tull's 1972 album Thick as a Brick.

6MJethro Tull's Ian Anderson20160117

Jethro Tull's front man Ian Anderson joins Stuart to talk about the reissue of his 1976 TV special Too Old To Rock N' Roll: Too Young To Die. From on-screen antics with Billy Idol's girlfriend to fearing for his life during a turbulent flight, Ian recounts the stories behind the making of this aborted stage musical, which became a TV special.

6MJethro Tull's Ian Anderson Sits In20161016

Jethro Tull's frontman and flautist Ian Anderson sits in for Stuart as the BBC's My Generation series hits the 1970s. In the decade when folk went electric and heavy metal was born, Ian was there... As prog-rock reached dizzying heights and was then dismantled by punk, Ian tells the story of the 1970s from his standpoint.

6MJohn Cale: Music For A New Society20120212

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful. Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals - all within minutes of each other and presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host.

This week John Cale's Music For A New Society gets the featured album treatment. A quiet introspective record that came directly after the more frenzied social commentary of Honi Soit. Music For A New Society is defined by emotional fragility, tackling feelings of regret and betrayal with stripped back arrangements and raw intensity.

John Cale's Music For A New Society gets the featured album treatment.

6MJohn Zorn And Pat Metheny20130519

Stuart Maconie talks to John Zorn and Pat Metheny about their new collaboration Tap: Book of Angels, Vol. 20. The pair talk about meeting for the first time after being long-term admirers of each others work and John offers some words of wisdom for budding composers suffering from writers block.

6MJohn Zorn: The Big Gundown20130407

Stuart features John Zorn's dramatic re-workings of Ennio Morricone's film scores. Plus the usual mix of weird and wonderful sounds from freaky folk to dark electronica and more.

6MJonny Greenwood20140720

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings - the perfect journey into the Freakier Zone.

6MJulian Cope Chats To Stuart20121104

Julian Cope is in the studio talking about and sharing tracks from new his anthology of underground music, Copendium.

Over 700 pages of album reviews, playlists and live set lists, the Copendium brings to light the most interesting underground music from the last 60 years.

6MJulian Cope Joins Stuart20140706

Stuart is joined by the Archdrude Julian Cope to discuss his first novel and its accompanying soundtrack.

Julian Cope came to prominence in 1978 as the frontman for post-punkers The Teardrop Explodes. Since leaving the group he has continually championed new experimental music and built a reputation as an expert in the occult and paganism.

6MJurg Frey20151206

Stuart chats to composer Jürg Frey about his wide, quiet soundscapes at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival where he is the composer in residence. Known for his simplistic approach to composition and precise consideration for the qualities in sound Jürg Frey is one of the pivotal figures in a new movement known as 'silent music'.

6MKeel Her20140209

Lo-fi pop queen Keel Her chats to Stuart about her debut album and collaborating with R Stevie Moore.

6MKemper Norton20140202

talks through how he creates animated ambient music through the imaginative use of field recordings on his new album Carn.

Kemper Norton talks through how he creates animated ambient music through the imaginative use of field recordings on his new album Carn.

6MKing Crimson - Islands20101114

Another dose of Freakery featuring spiritual live fare from Pharoah Sanders.

Music and featured items

1.

Peanuts - Yoneyama Sankara

2.

Featured Album: King Crimson - Islands

Untitled

3.

King Crimson King Crimson - Formentera Lady

4.

Ian Mcmillan - Nursery Rhyme

5.

Ian Mcmillan - The Burn

6.

Kenny Graham - Utsu

7.

Friends of Dean Martinez - Etchlorvynol

8.

9.

King Crimson King Crimson - Islands

10.

Ametsub - Faint Dazzlings

11.

Shobaleader One - Into The Blue

12.

Hannah Peel - Song For The Sea

13.

Autolux Autolux - Supertoys

14.

Sir Richard Bishop - The Pillars of Baalbek

15.

John Maus - The Silent Chorus

16.

The Stu Brown Sextet - Devil Drums

17.

The Stu Brown Sextet - At An Arabian Houseparty

18.

The Stu Brown Sextet - New Years Eve In A Haunted House

19.

Lilian Brooks - First Lady Of America

20.

Live Freaks

21.

Funkadelic Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

22.

23.

King Crimson King Crimson - Sailors Tale

24.

William Brittelle - Television Landscape

6MKink Gong20160320
6MKraftwerk: Radio-activity20120205

King of Freaks, Stuart Maconie, presents two hours of not-normal music for your delight and discovery. This weekend BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates Kraftwerk and Stuart picks their fifth studio record Radio Activity as the Freak Zone's featured album.

Following on from the chart success of Autobahn, Radio Activity seems to step back into the obscure. Making abstract use of oscillators, white noise and silence, this is where Kraftwerk honed their avant-garde techniques to create catchy minimalist songs with a human heart.

Stuart celebrates Kraftwerks fifth studio album, Radio-Activity.

6MKrautrock And The Building Of Modern Germany20140810

Stuart chats to author David Stubbs about krautrock and its significance in German cultural history emerging from the ruins of World War II. Stubbs addresses the controversy around the term itself and how bands as diverse as Kraftwerk, Can and Faust can come together under the same banner.

6MLaraaji - Day Of Radiance20111218

General Freakmaster Maconie guides you through a wide range of delightfully not-normal music. The playlist includes angular rock from Theoretical Girls and jazz covers of Aphex Twin. There's also a track from the family duo Frank and Moonunit Zappa, in honour of Stuart's interview with Frank's other offspring Dweezil on this week's Freakier Zone.

This week's featured album artist was discovered by Brian Eno busking in New York's Central Park on a homemade electronic zither. He loved the music so much they subsequently made an album together. The result is Ambient Three: Day Of Radiance by Laraaji, a hypnotic, shiny, gorgeous record of softly moving ambient music that was the third of four amibent records Eno released at the time.

Ambient zither music produced by Brian Eno tops the bill.

General Freakmaster Maconie guides you through a wide range of delightfully not-normal music.

The playlist includes angular rock from Theoretical Girls and jazz covers of Aphex Twin.

There's also a track from the family duo Frank and Moonunit Zappa, in honour of Stuart's interview with Frank's other offspring Dweezil on this week's Freakier Zone.

This week's featured album artist was discovered by Brian Eno busking in New York's Central Park on a homemade electronic zither.

He loved the music so much they subsequently made an album together.

The result is Ambient Three: Day Of Radiance by Laraaji, a hypnotic, shiny, gorgeous record of softly moving ambient music that was the third of four amibent records Eno released at the time.

6MLaraaji Chats To Stuart20131027

about his mystic new age music that is being re-issued by Warp.

Celestial music maker Laraaji chats to Stuart about his new age music, laughter workshops and Brian Eno leaving a note in his busking case. Laraaji's pioneering ambient zither sound is being re-issued by All Saints records building on the recent renaissance of new age music.

6MLaurence Crane20170219

Stuart talks to composer Laurence Crane about his music which celebrates simplistic beauty. The featured album is Happiness by Fridge, a British post-rock classic from Putney featuring Kieran Hebdan before he became Four Tet. Plus new and intriguing music from electronic artist Markus Popp aka Oval, the debut solo record from Ed Dowie, Gareth Sager from The Pop Groups's solo piano album and London duo Tomaga.

6MLaurie Anderson20151018

joins Stuart to talk about her new film Heart of a Dog. Starring her beloved dog Lolabelle, it is in turns a deeply personal and abstract commentary on the world today. Heart of a Dog is Anderson's first feature film in 30 years and has been described by the New York Times as a "philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs".

Stuart also features Vincent Gallo's 2001 album When and there's new music from Klaus Johann Grobe, mfo, Leo Abrahams, Midday Veil and Loose Tubes.

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MLimited Edition Vinyl Only20120101

Stuart delves into his library and finds some extra snap, crackle and pop for a vinyl special. He unearths the best mind-melting, leftfield music to be only released on vinyl as part of an entire day dedicated to the much- loved format on 6 Music.

This week's featured album is from Don Bradshaw Leather, an elusive artist that made one record in 1972 called Distance Between Us. A dark, gothic album with dramatic piano flourishes, haunting strings and tribal drums, it sounds like it could have been the music to the scariest silent movie ever made! We've three lengthy tracks from this freakish record plus music from folk collective Owl Service, the Rob Jo Star Band and Lotti Golden.

Stuart unearths vinyl-only leftfield music and features an album by Don Bradshaw Leather.

6MLive From The Laugharne Weekend Festival In South Wales20140504

Stuart presents the Freak Zone live in front of an audience of 150 in Laugharne as part of the centenary celebrations of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Stuart is joined by Gruff Rhys to talk about his soundtrack to a new film about Dylan Thomas; folk singer Alasdair Roberts and Welsh krautrock group R Seiliog perform live; poet and jazz guitarist Don Paterson and actress Helen Griffin performs an extract of her one-woman show about Caitlin, Dylan Thomas' wife.

6MLiverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia20130929

Celebrating the influence of psychedelia on today's music Stuart brings reports from the Liverpool Psychedelic Festival. Including interviews with headliners Moon Duo, Eat Lights Become Lights and Mordant Music.

6MLiverpool Psych Fest20140921

Stuart Maconie has an interview with an artist from Liverpool Psych Fest.

6MLove To Read20161106

Stuart returns to the helm of the good ship Freak Zone with music from the outer edge. Joining him is the music writer and literary connoisseur, Andrew Male who introduces his top three alternative authors as part of the BBC's Love To Read season.

This weeks featured album is the second by British prog-fusion group National Health called Of Queues and Cures. There's more underground musical adventures taking in the stateswomen of British folk Shirley Collins' new record, fiddle and recorder improvisations by Laura Cannell, sibling duo Ectoplasm Girls and Icelandic choral work from Schola Cantorum.

6MLudus - Danger Came Smiling20100725

Ludus score the featured LP slot with ATV in Live Freaks on this evening's 'zone.

Music and featured items Roy Budd - Fear Is The KeyFeatured Album: Danger Came Smiling by LudusLudus - SavasanaLudus - Bitch PartyLudus - ModjuLudus - Palace of ThievesLudus - RedressLudus - Invasion of Compulsory Sex-MoralityMoon Wiring Club and Belbury Poly - The Young PeopleMoon Wiring Club and Belbury Poly - Portals and ParallelsThe Advisory Circle - New Dimensions InThe Advisory Circle With Hong Kong In The 60s - Seasons ChangePrincipal Edwards Magic Theatre - The Asimoto Running BandBridget St.

John - Fly HighJustice League - I Really Want You The Strawbs - Where Is This Dream Of Your YouthAltar Eagle - Spy Moviecane141 - Disco ToysNurse with Wound - Funeral Music For Perez PradoArthur Russell - This Is How We Walk On The MoonZouzou - To Fais Partis De PasseLive Freaks: Alternative TV Alternative TV - Fellow SuffererAlternative TV - Splitting Into 2

Ludus score the featured LP slot with ATV in Live Freaks.

6MLula Pena20170122

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Featuring a conversation with the Portugese singer Lula Pena about her new album Archivo Pittoresco of haunting Fado influenced vocals and dark and intense acoustic guitar. And the tangs (Tangerine Dream) 1974 Virgin Records hit-release Phaedra gets added to the Freak Zone's Essential Collection.

6MManchester International Festival20130714

Stuart reflects the freaky music side of the Manchester International Festival. Film maker Adam Curtis and Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja discuss their commission for the festival, plus conductor Joe Duddell celebrates the life and music of composer Steve Martland.

6MMatching Mole Is The Featured Album20120506

This week, Stuart's featured album is a new reissue of a 1970s classic from Matching Mole, a band which brought together the cream of experimental British pop from the fertile roots of the Canterbury scene.

Matching Mole comprised of Robert Wyatt, just after his break from Soft Machine; guitarist Phil Miller fresh from his stint with Delivery; ex-Caravan keyboardist David Sinclair; and bassist Bill MacCormick.

Stuart celebrates the new release by playing several tracks from the album, plus the best in weird and wonderful music from across the decades.

Stuart features a reissue from Matching Mole, Robert Wyatt's post-Soft Machine band.

6MMatmos20160131

Electronic experimentalists Matmos reveal an album made entirely of washing machine sounds. Replicating a full wash cycle, Ultimate Care II is a continuous 38-minute piece featuring rhythmic chugs, spin cycle drones and rinse cycle splashes.

6MMatmos Chat To Stuart20140601

Stuart chats to Baltimore electronic duo Matmos as they perform at Supersonic, one of the UK's leading experimental music festivals this weekend.

Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniels have been making dark avant-pop as Matmos since 1995. They talk to Stuart about creating domesticated music in their home studio, their love of heavy metal and enjoying Aerosmith's attempt at musique concrete.

Based in Birmingham, Supersonic has been promoting and curating cutting edge music since 2003. The annual festival combines all areas of experimental sounds from grindcore to jazz, prog rock and doom.

6MMatt Berry's Music For Insomniacs20140525

Actor, comedian and musician Matt Berry chats about his album 'Music For Insomniacs'. Moving away from his recent psych-folk records, Berry creates the perfect music for insomnia. He says "the results hopefully give the listener the effect of slowing down, moving backwards or stopping and resuming the journey in slow motion.".

6MMerzbow20160313

Stuart chooses a featured album by the illustrious Japanese noise maker Merzbow. Known for creating 70-minute juggernauts of harsh feedback and chaos, Tauromachine is Merzbow's most digestible album. Captivating swirls of white hot noise and violent low end appear in short palatable chunks, just enough to engross and develop without the nose-bleeding length of his more typical records. With a back catalogue of over 250 studio albums, Tauromachine is an entry point for those wishing to dip their toes into the dark sound bath of Japanese noise music.

6MMichael Gira From Swans20140511

Swans frontman Michael Gira chats to Stuart about their new album To Be Kind, the modern world and his unique take on liberation.

Swans emerged from New York's no wave scene of the early 1980s alongside Sonic Youth. Famed for their outrageously loud performances Michael Gira reformed the group with a new line up in 2010 and the new material has opened their sound out to new audiences.

6MMichael Rother20160103

from Neu! joins Stuart to talk about his music and a forthcoming tour. Rother played in a early incarnation of Kraftwerk and was a key figure in the experimental music scene in post-war Germany that has retrospectively been labelled krautrock. Michael talks about the neglect he felt after Neu!, his contentious relationship with Klaus Dinger and how his love of cats inspired the Katzenmusik album.

Michael Rother from Neu! joins Stuart to talk about his music and a forthcoming tour. Rother played in a early incarnation of Kraftwerk and was a key figure in the experimental music scene in post-war Germany that has retrospectively been labelled krautrock. Michael talks about the neglect he felt after Neu!, his contentious relationship with Klaus Dinger and how his love of cats inspired the Katzenmusik album.

6MMike Oldfield Chats To Stuart20131103

Iconic British musician Mike Oldfield chats to Stuart about how Tubular Bells affected his life, his attitude towards the music industry and his new album Man On The Rocks.

Iconic British musician Mike Oldfield chats to Stuart about his career.

6MMike Patton And John Kaada20160403

Stuart chats to Faith No More's Mike Patton and Norwegian soundtrack composer John Kaada about their new collaboration of experimental cinematic sounds that dwell in the twilight zone where spooky and seductive meet.

6MMomus: Hippopotamomus20120318

Each week Stuart celebrates an album of significance from the world of gloriously unusual music. This week it's solo artist Momus and his 1991 Album Hippopotamomus.

Momus (aka Nick Currie) carved a name for himself in the 1980s making catchy pop tunes with lyrics that pushed the boundaries of acceptance. Hippopotamomus is a strange tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, full of sweet melodies and bubbly beats but underpinned by a dark dry humour and considered innuendo.

Stuart picks Hippopotamomus, a strange tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, as his featured album.

6MMotorpsycho20151115

Stuart chats to Norway's progressive avant-rock, psycho-pop, jazz-metal exponents Motorpsycho about their new release Supersonic Scientists: A Young Person's Guide To Motorpsycho. Plus the featured album comes from funky-free jazzers The Art Ensemble of Chicago and their 1970 soundtrack to Les Stance De Sophie and there's new music from Swiss trio Rusconi and harpist Joanna Newsom.

6MMy Life In The Bush Of Ghosts20150823

Stuart features David Byrne's pioneering album My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. Written and produced in collaboration with Brian Eno in 1981, Bush of Ghosts combined African rhythms, electronic music and is one of the first examples of prolific use samples in music. Widely referred to as one of the best albums of the 1980s Stuart Maconie re-visits the cultural circumstances under which is was made and evaluates the critical response verses audience reactions.

6MNate Henricks20140727

Stuart chats to Nate Henricks, a prolific multi-instrumentalist and lo-fi artist based in William S Burroughs hometown, Lawrence Kansas.

Nate's versatile and innovative work is created with intentionally minimal means, just one microphone and basic software. His internet generation collage style has characteristically diverse influences from chip tunes to Philip K Dick, the Incredible String Band and Neil Young.

6MNational Health20090726

Brian Eno - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Featured Album: National Health

Tenemos Road

Elephants

Borogroves Pt 1

Daniel Johnson - Chord Organ Blues

Keaver and Brause - Airborn

Hoffman/Baxter - Celestial Serenade

Ligeti - Lux Aeterna

University Of The Strange: 70's Cult Chirdrens TV shows

Reg Wale - Fruity Flute

Johnny Pearson - Mini Walking, Mini Clarinet and Mini Movement

Alan Parker - The Free Life

Cliff Johns - Goofy

Johnny Scott - Glad Gadabout

Esther Ofarim - Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye

Here We Go Magic - Only Pieces

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Luxus

Daevid Allen - I Am

Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble - Cosmic Echoes

Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble - Drum Dance to the Motherland

Theme From Thank Your Lucky Stars

Live Freaks: Prince Lasha

For The Child

Search For Tomorrow

March Of The Union - Cult Stickers

6MNational Health *20090726
6MNeutral Milk Hotel: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea20120715

Stuart features an album from 90s alt-folk sensation Neutral Milk Hotel. The album was released with little impact in 1998 and soon after singer Jeff Magnum disbanded the group.

Since then their surreal poetic lyrics about love, life and Anne Frank; along with quirky arrangements for acoustic guitar, accordion and horns have been hailed as a "true lo-fi pop landmark" by critics.

6MNew Music Special20130825

As a new school year approaches Stuart celebrates the best new releases in experimental and left-field music.

6MOliver Coates20160515

Stuart chats to the cellist and electronic artist Oliver Coates about his new record Upstepping, his love for shortwave radio call signs and Deep Minimalism a three-day festival curated by Oliver celebrating iconoclastic music associated with deep listening, where there are no beats or percussion. Plus Stuart's featured album is Snowflakes Are Dancing by Japanese electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita who passed away recently. The best selling classical album of 1974, Snowflakes Are Dancing is Tomita's electronic re-workings of Debussy's piano and orchestral music.

6MOneohtrix Point Never Chats To Stuart20130922

about his new album of experimental electronica. A fragmented and visionary approach 'R Plus Seven' promises to challenge your expectations of what electronic music should and could be.

The featured album this week comes from British trio The Peddlers and their final album, a suite of tunes in collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

6MPanasonic's Kuma20111211

Stuart picks his current favourites from the world of the obscure, the unusual, the weird and the fabulous. This week's featured album comes from experimental electronics duo Panasonic.

Inspired by the industrial sound of early 80s acts such as Throbbing Gristle, their 1997 album Kulma builds on this with restless beats, big bass drones and plenty of overdrive distortion.

The week's featured album comes from experimental electronics duo Panasonic.

6MPat Metheny And Ecm Records20130616

Pat Metheny's debut record Bright Sized Life is the featured album in honour of the 70th birthday of Manfred Eicher, founder of iconic jazz label ECM Records. Plus new music from These New Puritans, Juneau Brothers and Enslaved.

6MPenguin Cafe20140309

Stuart celebrates International Womans Day with track suggestions from Mary Anne Hobbs and Nemone for leftfield ladies in electronica.

Plus Stuart chats to Penguin Café's Arthur Jeffes, son of founding member Simon Jeffes, about creating a new incarnation of the group following his fathers death in 1997.

The original Penguin Café Orchestra were revered for their ability to blend exuberant acoustic folk with a minimalist aesthetic and gained international recognition through their music being used on numerous soundtracks and advertisements.

6MPere Ubu's David Thomas20151004

Pere Ubu's front man David Thomas joins Stuart to chat about their mid-Western groove rock and brutality in Rocket From The Tombs. Plus David explains some of his famous sayings like self-expression is evil and why he thinks the whole of society would improve if littering in a public place had the death penalty!

Plus Pete Atkin's Beware The Beautiful gets the featured album treatment and there's new music from Paddy Steer, Meg Baird and Dungen.

6MPete Wareham Chats To Stuart20130804

Pete Wareham from Acoustic Ladyland and Melt Yourself Down chats to Stuart about punk-jazz.

6MPeter Broderick20161113

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. American composer Peter Broderick talks about his musical life so far, including joining the band Efterklang after befriending them on MySpace, driving through Europe with Nils Frahm and making music which brings together folk, contemporary classical in arrangements that showcase his multi-instrumental talents.

The featured album comes from pianist and bandleader Krystof Komeda and his 1965 record Astigmatic which forged the identity of European jazz, as opposed to the previously dominant American jazz. Combining free improvisation, late romantic classical and aleatoric music it features a host of luminaries including Thomas Stanko on trumpet and Rune Carlson on drums and has been described as "one of the finest jazz albums made in Europe" by The Penguin Jazz Guide.

Also in the show new music from Norwegian singer Torun Eriksen, Brazilian experimental samba star Elza Soares and techno producer Max Cooper.

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Also in the show, American musician and composer Peter Broderick talks about his musical life so far, including joining the band Efterklang after befriending them on MySpace, driving through Europe with Nils Frahm and making music which brings together folk, contemporary classical and elements of chance.

6MPeter Strickland20150712

Stuart features a chat with film director Peter Strickland about music and his movies including Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy. This weeks featured album is jazz-fusion from Chick Corea's group Return To Forever and there's new music from Matthew Herbert, Love Buzzard and reports from the Manchester International Festival.

6MPicchio Del Pozzo - Abbiamo Tuttii Suoi Problomi20111113

This week Stuart explores the phenomenon of Italian prog rock.

In the 1970s the Italians went barmy for progressive rock, in fact Van Der Graaf Generator was number one in the Italian charts for 12 weeks! Stuart plays this plus a selection from Italian natives Picchio Del Pozzo's release 'Abbiamo Tuttii Suoi Problomi' as this weeks Featured Album.

There's also a drop of punk, a tingling of electro and a swoosh of orchestral folk...

who could ask for anything more.

Stuart explores the phenomenon of 1970s Italian prog rock.

This week Stuart explores the phenomenon of Italian prog rock. In the 1970s the Italians went barmy for progressive rock, in fact Van Der Graaf Generator was number one in the Italian charts for 12 weeks! Stuart plays this plus a selection from Italian natives Picchio Del Pozzo's release 'Abbiamo Tuttii Suoi Problomi' as this weeks Featured Album. There's also a drop of punk, a tingling of electro and a swoosh of orchestral folk... who could ask for anything more.

6MPlaid20140427

Stuart is live from Salford with news from longstanding post-techno electronic duo Plaid about their 10th record 'Reachy Prints' and a featured album from Eric Dolphy.

6MPlaid20160703

Stuart is joined by Ed from the duo Plaid to talk about how their music and the culture around it has changed over 25 years and their new record The Digging Remedy. Plus Bengt Berger's combination of Ghanaian funeral music and free jazz on Bitter Funeral Beer gets the featured album treatment. There's also new music from Antoine Barbeau, Dean Blunt and Nate Henricks.

6MPortico Quartet 30-minute Mix20120429

As BBC Radio 6 Music continues to celebrate dance culture throughout the month of April, Freak Zone is getting involved with a series of 30 minute mixes from some of the most forward-thinking names in electronica.

Instead of our usual featured album, Stuart will hand over half an hour to an artist who is currently pushing the boundaries of dance. This week it's the turn of Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, a band known for their innovative approach to minimalism and groove.

Stuart hands over 30 minutes of the show to Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet.

6MPortishead's Geoff Barrow Sits In20140824

for Stuart with his favourite left-field music featuring a healthy dose of fuzz, psych and soundtracks. Plus Geoff welcomes fellow Bristolian Fat Paul on to talk about the city's musical freaks.

Portishead's Geoff Barrow sits in for Stuart with his favourite left-field music featuring a healthy dose of fuzz, psych and soundtracks. Plus Geoff welcomes fellow Bristolian Fat Paul on to talk about the city's musical freaks.

6MPortmeirion's Festival Number 620120923

Stuart celebrates the freaky side of Festival Number 6 with interviews and chat from the unique Welsh village of Portmeirion.

6MPsychedelia With John Sinclair20160724

Stuart finds out how to live a psychedelic life with the poet and activist John Sinclair as BBC Music's My Generation celebrates the 1960s. John Sinclair is best known for his jazz poetry, managing the rock band MC5 and being a founding member of the White Panther party in the late 1960s. Stuart chats to him about the creative philosophies behind psychedlia and how to open your mind.

Stuart finds out how to live a psychedelic life with poet and activist John Sinclair.

6MRegina Spektor20161120

Stuart chats to lyricist and songwriting supremo Regina Spektor during her UK tour. Plus music to make you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Each week Stuart features a classic album of experimental music and chats to pioneering artists laying the foundations for future generations.

Stuart chats to lyricist and songwriting supremo Regina Spektor during her UK tour about feeling like she's going back to university with each new record and how moving from Russia to America as a refugee in the late 1980s has shaped her outlook.

Plus new music from Mauritanian artist Noura Mint Seymali, a fresh new London trio called Strobes and soulful melancholy from Lung Dart. Stuart's featured album is the debut by 1970s folk band Mr Fox to accompany a Golden Age of British Folk playlist in the Freakier Zone.

6MRevisiting Plone's For Beginner Piano20111106

This week Stuart spins a bunch of tracks from his favourite 90s electronic group Plone and their album For Beginner Piano.

And in this week's Live Freak there's live yiddish music from Cukunft.

The usual baffling mix of music includes tracks from Ethiopian saxophonist Gétatchèw Mèkurya, classic British proggers Gentle Giant, and a new release from French crooner Jean Claude Vannier.

Stuart chooses For Beginner Piano by 90s electro outfit Plone as the Featured Album.

This week Stuart spins a bunch of tracks from his favourite 90s electronic group Plone and their album For Beginner Piano. And in this week's Live Freak there's live yiddish music from Cukunft.

6MRichard Dawson20141019

Stuart chats to Tyneside troubadour Richard Dawson about his new album of shambolically virtuosic guitar playing and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane.

6MRick Wakeman Chats To Stuart20121125

about the re-recording of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, the epic orchestral concept album which he originally recorded live in London in 1974.

Rick Wakeman chats to Stuart about the re-recording of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, the epic orchestral concept album which he originally recorded live in London in 1974.

6MRobert Wyatt And Alfie Benge20141207

Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfie Benge talk about their creative partnership with Wyatt's biographer Marcus O'Dair. Celebrating 40 years of marriage, album artwork and lyric writing collaborations this year, Robert and Alfie describe how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

6MRoberto Cacciopaglia - The Ann Steel Album20111023

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

This week Stuart picks Italian experimentalist Roberto Cacciopaglia's 1960s venture into pop music as his featured album.

With the glamorous model Ann Steel on vocals, this little known gem is being made available on CD after many years out of print.

This weeks Live Freaks is from Hannah Peel, Ty and Jason Yarde in session at Maida Vale.

This week Stuart picks Italian experimentalist Roberto Cacciopaglia's 1960s venture into pop music as his featured album. With the glamorous model Ann Steel on vocals, this little known gem is being made available on CD after many years out of print.

6MRobin Richards From Dutch Uncles20150524

Robin Richards, bass player and composer for Dutch Uncles on his soundtrack to the 1928 silent film Lonesome written for the launch of Manchester's new arts cinema HOME. Plus Stuart's featured album is the new deluxe re-issue of Emerson Lake and Palmers finest achievement - Trilogy.

6MSara Lowes20150104

Stuart looks at the best music and events in 2015 and chats to Sara Lowes about her new album The Joy Of Waiting.

6MScott Walker 70th Birthday Special20130113

Scott Walker chats to Stuart as the Freak Zone celebrates his 70th birthday and new album Bisch Bosch. Plus the usual selection of not-normal songs, old and new.

6MSeventh Wave - Things To Come20120701

The week's featured album is the debut from mid-1970s synth duo, Seventh Wave.

6MShelagh Mcdonald Chats To Stuart20140119

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MShirley & Dolly Collins: Love, Death And The Lady20120129

Folksie female siblings Shirley and Dolly Collins provide this week's Featured Album. Plus Stuart chooses his pick of not-normal music for your delectation.

Shirley Collins' uniquely plain yet prominent voice is one of the gems of English folk, accompanied here by her sister Dolly's sparse and haunting arrangements. 1970's Love, Death And The Lady is a mournful album with tales of murderers, thieves and wrong-doing.

The follow up to the more widely known Anthems In Eden, it glows with critical praise and is often hailed as the Collins' masterpiece. The music at times, seems in opposition to the vocals rather than accompanying it, which all makes for a challenging but rewarding listen.

Folksie female siblings Shirley and Dolly Collins provide the week's Featured Album.

6MShirley And Dolly Collins - Love, Death And The Lady20120129
6MSidsel Endresen20140803

Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen chats to Radio 3's Fiona Talkington at the Molde Jazz Festival ahead of a more in-depth look at her career in the Freakier Zone next week.

Stuart's featured album is Mental Notes by Split Enz, plus new music from Wayne Coyne's side project Electric Würms and live music from the Manchester Jazz Festival.

6MSilver Mt Zion: Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upwards20111127

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

Two hours of musical brainstew courtesy of Great Uncle Stuart.

6MSix Organs Of Admittance20150125

Stuart chats to Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance about his new album Hexadic. created using an assemblage of compositional systems from drawing poker cards to magic squares. Plus Stuart's featured album is Bevis Frond's debut Miasma and there's new music from Bjork, Moon Duo and Eric Cheneux.

Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MSoft Machine Get The Featured Album Treatment20130217

Stuart is fresh off the plane from Oslo's by:Larm festival and live from Salford. Soft Machine is the featured album and we've new music from Brandt Brauer Frick and Justin Velor.

6MSparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life20100425

6 Music Celebrity Specialist Matthew Wright hosts the Freak Zone.

Music and featured items

1.

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - I'm Glad

2.

Featured Album: Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life

3.

Sparklehorse - Piano Fire

4.

Sparklehorse - Sea Of Teeth

5.

Sparklehorse - Comfort Me

6.

Dark Night Of The Soul - I Can Catch It

7.

Giant Sand Giant Sand - Gelb

8.

Gong - I've Bin Stone Before

9.

Gong - Master Builder

10.

Hawkwind Hawkwind - Magnu

11.

Hawkwind - Damnation Alley

12.

Here And Now - This Time

13.

Cardiacs Cardiacs - In A City Lining

14.

The Ullulatars - Don't Thump The Hamster

15.

Wasted Youth - I Wish I Was A Girl

16.

Wasted Youth - Pinned And Grinning

17.

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - When Big Joan Sets Up

18.

Frank Zappa Frank Zappa - Help I'm A Rock

19.

Butthole Surfers - John E Smoke

20.

Grateful Dead Grateful Dead - Eyes Of The World

6MSquarepusher20140330

explains his new project making music for Japanese robots with advanced musical capabilities and his aim to make them engage emotionally.

Known for playing live bass on stage, electronic artist Tom Jenkinson a.k.a. Squarepusher has long admired the player piano works of Gyorgy Ligeti and the appeal of hearing familiar instruments being played in an unfamiliar way. Jenkinson describes the capabilities and limitations of the music-performing systems and the challenges he faced in making expressive, poignant music.

Squarepusher explains his new project making music for Japanese robots with advanced musical capabilities and his aim to make them engage emotionally.

6MSquarepusher Sits In20161030

for Stuart and showcases the outer edges of his record collection on a journey to hell and back. Beginning in the comfy surroundings of Alan Hawkshaw's Sheer Elegance, travelling into the microtonal methods of Harry Partch and landing deep in the pits of An Electric Storm In Hell. Squarepusher aka Tom Jenkinson guides you safely back to the land of the living, well pirate radio and before a final decent into the flames of Metallica and plunderphonics.

6MSquarepusher's Music Is Rotted One Note20120826

Stuart's featured album is Music Is Rotted One Note by Squarepusher, an artist for his performances where he mixes live whilst playing the bass guitar.

Stuart features Squarepusher, an electronic DJ who embraces live performance.

6MStephen O'malley Sits In20151122

Stephen O'Malley from the band Sunn 0))) takes over the Freak Zone with a 120-minute sonic adventure to the furthest flung corners of popular music. Things get hot under the collar with Annette Peacock's X-Dreams, Stephen introduces an artist he describes as a female Scott Walker and there's speed metal from The Secret. The play list also reflects artists performing at Le Guess Who? festival curated by Sunn 0))) including a rare performance by jazz saxophonist Bennie Maupin.

6MStephen Tanner20140817

, bassist in Harvey Milk, talks to Stuart about his new solo record.

Stephen Tanner, bassist in Harvey Milk, talks to Stuart about his new solo record.

6MSteve Davis: Snookerstar Dj20160417

Stuart chats to the snooker champion, weird music enthusiast and devoted record collector Steve Davis over a game of snooker. Steve's self-styled boring image as a straight-laced snooker star in the 1980s has been smashed apart by his love for far-out and freaky sounds. An increasing number of people are finding out about his love of the left-field from French progressive band Magma to Berlin techno of Surgeon and the American jazz-funk greats Steve comes out as the freak that he truly is. Now retired from the game, Stuart asks Steve about his burgeoning music career, his own radio show on a community station in Essex and DJing in front of thousands at the Bloc weekend. As BBC Music supports Record Store Day this weekend Steve shares his passion for vinyl and how the staff in record shops have had a big part to play in his diverse and beloved collection.

6MSteve Howe Chats To Stuart20140105

Stuart looks forward to the big events in 2014 including Yes' epic three-album tour this spring. Guitarist Steve Howe talks about why they chose to play The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Going For The One in full every night. Plus new music for the new year from Silver Mt Zion, Jemma Roper and Brain Joseph Davis.

6MSteve Reich - Different Trains/electric Counterpoint20100411

1.

Pedro Santas - Dentro Da Selva

2.

Featured Album: Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint

3.

Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - Fast

4.

Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - Slow

5.

Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - Fast Again

6.

Älgarnas Trädgård - Children Of Possibiiies

7.

Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom - You And Me Bess

8.

This Heat - Paper Hats

9.

Tlahoun Gèssèssè - Tchuheten Betsemu

10.

Barbara Morgenstern - Kleiner Auschnitt

11.

Diamanda Galás - 25 Minutes To Go

12.

Gyratory System - Sea Containers House

13.

John Surman John Surman - No Twilight

14.

The First Edition - Shadow In The Corner Of Your Mind

15.

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre - Lament For The Earth

16.

Bridget St.

John - Autumn Lullaby

17.

Burial and Four Tet - Moth

18.

Jan Dukes de Grey - Venus Time Trap

19.

The Liverpool Scene - The Morning The Sky Went Away

20.

Live Freaks - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

21.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire Poem

22.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire

23.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Come and Buy

24.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Nightmare

25.

Mordant Music - Plant Room

26.

Ryoji Ikeda - Data Matrix

27.

Four Tet Four Tet - Smile Around The Face

6MSteve Reich's Eightieth Birthday20161002

Stuart chats to American composer Steve Reich on the weekend of his 80th birthday and presents a live recording of his seminal piece Different Trains performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra at Edge Hill train station.

6MStewart Lee Joins Stuart Maconie20130317

Comedian Stewart Lee chats to Stuart Maconie about the music he uses for his stand-up. Plus this weeks featured album is Miles Davis' On The Corner from his electric period.

6MStewart Lee Sits In20150111

Officially the 41st best stand up ever, comedian Stewart Lee sits in for Stuart Maconie with his favourite left-field, experimental and out-there music. Including tracks by Fish Police, Hawkwind and Brian Blessed, Gary Le Strange and more.

6MStewart Lee Sits In20150412

for Stuart Maconie with the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

Stewart Lee sits in for Stuart Maconie with the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

6MStewart Lee Sits In20150816

Comedian Stewart Lee presents the Freak Zone with an Edinburgh Fringe themed special. Stewart has attended every Edinburgh Festival bar one since 1987 and shines a light on some of its lesser-known characters and musicians.

There's music from folk artist Daniel Patrick Quinn who quizzes The Burrymen a thistly character seen only once a year, Arthur Smith declares I've Seen Your Arse backed by high brow sound artists Rothko plus great music from jazz singer Carol Grimes and established free form punk jazzers The Ex with Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya.

6MStewart Lee's Atp20160424

Stuart has a report from Stewart Lee's ATP, a cross-genre festival of left-field music curated by the left-field stand-up comic and lover of all things avant-garde Stewart Lee.

6MStuart Revisits Loose Tubes' Debut20120226

King of Freaks Stuart Maconie presents two hours of his favourite weird and wonderful music from prog to folk, jazz to electronica and all the cracks in between.

This week, Stuart features seminal big band Loose Tubes and their self-titled debut album. Fuelled by a witty attitude and desire to progress the music, they rejuvenated the British jazz scene for a younger audience in the 1980s.

A collective group, with no official leader, Loose Tubes featured many names that are still synonymous with great British jazz including Django Bates, Chris Batchelor and Iain Ballamy.

Stuart features seminal big band Loose Tubes and their self-titled debut album.

6MStuart Revisits Loose Tubes' Debut - Delightful Precipice20120226

King of Freaks Stuart Maconie presents two hours of his favourite weird and wonderful music from prog to folk, jazz to electronica and all the cracks in between.

This week, Stuart features seminal big band Loose Tubes and their self-titled debut album. Fuelled by a witty attitude and desire to progress the music, they rejuvenated the British jazz scene for a younger audience in the 1980s.

A collective group, with no official leader, Loose Tubes featured many names that are still synonymous with great British jazz including Django Bates, Chris Batchelor and Iain Ballamy.

Stuart features seminal big band Loose Tubes and their self-titled debut album.

6MStuart's Best Discoveries Of 201120111225

Stuart revisits some of his favourite musical discoveries of the last 12 months. From the American commercial musicals that have served as the opening credits to many shows, to Stuart's new found love of Italian prog.

He also marks the passing of those in the Freak Zones world we've lost this year: Bert Jansch, Michael Garrick and David Bedford. Plus there's a cosmic Christmas mix courtesy of Jonny Trunk, guaranteed to make your turkey sandwiches taste sweeter.

Stuart plays his best freaky discoveries of 2011, plus a festive mix from Jonny Trunk.

6MSun Ra - Space Is The Place20120108
6MSupernormal20150809

Stuart chats to the organisers of Supernormal, a happening for experimental art and music in Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. The featured album combines dark knotty classical music with jazz and the muscularity of rock. It's the debut record from Belgium's Univers Zero, followers of the Rock In Opposition movement which strove to contrast the commercial punk and disco of the late 1970s with dense challenging music.

6MSupersonic Festival20150329

Stuart has an exclusive announcement of who is playing at the Supersonic, an internationally renowned experimental music and arts festival based in Birmingham. Will Gregory from Goldfrapp chats about his Moog Ensemble who will open the festival and Stuart makes a special announcement for Saturday's lineup.

6MSuspiria Ost By Goblin20090201

Rentaghost - Theme Tune

Featured Album: Suspiria OST by Goblin

Witch

Suspiria

Sighs

Blue Roses - Doubtful Comforts

Ben Butler And His Mouse Pad - Electric Bamberboo

ARC - Hello Hello Monday

Dollboy - California

The Emperor Machine - Swiss Machine

Philamore Lincoln - Early Sherwood

University Of The Strange: Deja Vu

Claudia - Macumba

Egotrya - Volcano

Lee Konitz - Giovanni D'Oggi

Marinacci - Un Volto Una Storia

The Left Banke - She May Call You Up Tonight

The Fall - City Hobgoblins

Morton Feldman - A Very Short Trumpet Piece

King Tubby - King At The Controls

Jackie O - Valley Of Fire

The Enid - Humouresque

Vincent Bergeron - Aux Limities

Evan Parker - Pibroch The Call

Anne Briggs - Travelling's Easy

Plastikman - Psyk

Vashti Bunyan - Train Song

Live Freaks: Cornelius Cardew

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6MTania Tagaq20170129

Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. Each week Stuart features a classic album of experimental music and chats to pioneering artists laying the foundations for future generations. This week it's the turn of Canadian Inuit throat singer Tania Tagaq as she arrives in the UK for a series of concerts.

6MThe (other) One Show20170101

Move over Matt Baker, the Freak Zone brings in the new year under the theme of #1. Tonight's featured album is a blissful beatific beauty from 1981 and Michael Stearns brilliant new age album Planetary Unfolding. Plus a new year deserves a new feature, Stuart launches his Wyrd Dysko of back to back bangers from left-field music.

6MThe 1950s And John Cage20160410

Stuart explores the alternative side to music in the 1950s through the words of John Cage. Featuring archive interviews and extracts from Cage's writings alongside his music. Cage's early philosophies have been captured in the book Silence: Lectures and Writings which is widely considered one of the most important texts on music of the 20th Century. In it he challenges the concepts of sound, silence and listening addressing questions which arose after his 1952 composition 4'33" which instructs the performers not to play their instruments for the duration of four minutes and thirty three seconds and encourages the listener to tune into the sounds present in their surrounding environment.

As part of BBC Music's My Generation uncovering the history of popular music a decade at a time, Stuart looks at how Cage's writings and compositions in the 1950s helped lay a new foundation for future generations and where Cage's impact can be seen today in the outer edges of popular music.

6MThe Best Freaky Music From The Last Decade20120311

Stuart celebrates 6 Music's 10th birthday live from Salford with the best freaky tracks from the last decade.

Stuart celebrates 6 Music's 10th birthday live from Salford with the best freaky tracks.

6MThe Best Of Tropicalia20140615

Stuart Maconie explores the Brazilian counter-culture movement called Tropicália with a back-to-back mix. Fusing elements of bossa nova, Western rock n roll and African rhythms Tropicalia was founded in 1967 by artists and musicians who were frustrated by the government's use of the nation's traditional samba as a marketing tool, regarding any deviation from it as un-Brazilian.

6MThe Comet Is Coming20160207

Purveyors of freak-out space funk The Comet Is Coming chat to Stuart about their new Prophecy EP, five tracks of super-charged psychedelic jazz punk mayhem from a trio of British jazzers known as King Shabaka, Danalogue The Conqueror and Betamax Killer.

6MThe Dark Outside20150607

Stuart finds out about The Dark Outside FM, a pop-up 24-hour broadcast of unheard music in a remote part of Scotland. Now in it's fourth year The Dark Outside asks for donations of music from artists including un-released tracks, demos and remixes to special collaborations specifically for The Dark Outside. The music is broadcast over FM radio in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park around a giant neon art installation and 19th Century monolith.

6MThe Finest Italian Prog20120902

This week Stuart's featured album is Felona e Sorona by Italian trio Le Orme.

Having formed in 1966 in Venice, they are known as one of the most notable progressive-rock acts of the 70s and one of the few Italian acts to have had success outside of their native country.

Felona e Sorona is their fourth album, released in 1973. In true prog-rock fashion, Felona e Serona is a concept album; which tells the story of two revolving planets.

The album is seen as their most successful release and was named one of the "finest examples of Italian progressive rock" in The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock.

Stuart's featured album is Felona e Sorona by Italian trio Le Orme.

6MThe Finest Italian Prog20120909

Stuart celebrates the finest Italian proggers Le Orme and their seminal album Felona e Sorona.

With all great prog albums comes a great concept and Le Orme do not disappoint. Felona and Sorona are the names of two planets that orbit each other.

Felona is a peaceful and contented place to live, whilst Sorona is plague-ridden and disastrous. Throughout the album the fate of the two planets is reversed.

6MThe Flying Lizards20130505

Stuart features The Flying Lizards, a collective group best known for their chart-topping cover of Barrett Strong's Money. Plus there's new music from papal rockers Ghost B.C., Welsh chamber pop from Winter Villains and Freak Zone favourites The Chap.

6MThe Freak Zone's Masked Ball20170416

Stuart hosts a masked ball inviting all anonymous and masked musicians to relax in their cloaked identities. Party guests include hip hop maestros Madvillan, chicken loving Buckethead and experts of eyeballing anonymity The Residents.

6MThe Freak Zone's Office Christmas Party20161218

Stuart celebrates 2016 with special guests from the freaky family. Fiddle and recorder player Laura Cannell performs music from her album Simultaneous Flight Movement. Musical mavericks Paddy Steer and Graham Massey create the Freak Zone house band with twisted covers of festive classics plus an Icelandic Dickensian Buffet performed on a home-made horror table and the music writer Andrew Male comes armed with his top three albums of left-field music from 2016. Holding it all together like a rubber band is the genial General of experimental sounds; Stu-pot Maconie.

6MThe Freaky Side Of Robin Gibb20120708
6MThe Freaky Side Of The 6 Music Festival20140302

Stuart celebrates the freaky fringes of the 6 Music Festival with live music from The Radiophonic Workshop and Graham Massey's Sun Ra Arkestra tribute.

6MThe Freaky Side Of The 6 Music Festival20150301

The Freak Zone's highlights of the 6 Music Festival including live music and chat with Graham Lewis of Wire, Tyneside troubadour Richard Dawson and 9-piece marching band Brassy B.

6MThe Freaky Side Of The 6 Music Festival20160221

Stuart presents live music and chat from arch-drude Julian Cope. Themed around his forthcoming nuptials Julian performs something old, something new, something borrowed and... well the last one isn't exactly radio-friendly! Plus Portishead's Geoff Barrow joins The Pop Group on stage at last weeks 6 Music Festival in Bristol and there's more live festval highlights from The Invisible and Blanck Mass.

6MThe Freaky Side Of The 6 Music Festival20170402

Stuart chooses his freaky highlights of the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow, including live music from Gaika, Yorkston / Thorn / Khan and Forest Swords.

6MThe Gasman20141214

Stuart chats to Chris Reeves who works under several pseudonyms, his most well known being The Gasman. Working in isolation using his home set-up in Portsmouth, Stuart finds out how a deep love of The Cardiacs and Detroit techno have helped Reeves create super-charged, angular approach to electronic music.

6MThe Haxan Cloak Chats To Stuart20130414

Stuart chats to The Haxan Cloak about his new album of dark and disorientating soundscapes. Plus the featured album is an epitome of progressive black metal from Varg Vikernes.

6MThe Heliocentric World Of Sun Ra - Vol 120121021

Stuart's featured album is the Heliocentric World of Sun Ra Vol. 1, a landmark in the beginnings of freely improvised music.

6MThe High Llamas20160124

Stuart takes a stroll through the unconventional corners of the music world. With live sessions and hidden treasures, treat your ears to a taste of the weird and wonderful.

6MThe Human League20121007

Stuart features the early dark-electronic sounds of The Human League as part of 6 Music Celebrates Sheffield.

The Golden Hour of The Future is a compilation of tracks recorded by the band in their early incarnations, prior to several member-changes and a deal with Virgin records.

Released in 2002, the album features 20 rare tracks, recorded in various studios and an abandoned factory in Sheffield, between 1977 and 1979.

It was compiled by record producer Richard X who has worked with the likes of New Order, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.

The Golden Hour of The Future showcases the early dark-electronic sounds that The Human League would later move away from, in favour of commercially successful synth-pop.

Stuart features the early dark-electronic sounds of The Human League as part of 6 Music Celebrates Sheffield.

The Golden Hour of The Future showcases the early dark-electronic sounds that The Human League would later move away from, in favour of commercially successful synth-pop.

  1. Higgs Boson: Atlas
  2. Gyratory System: 1968
  3. The Human League: Dance Like A Star
  4. The Human League: New Pink Floyd
  5. The Matthew Herbert Big Band: The Story
  6. Rebecca Peake: Thespian
  7. Paradoxical Frog: Second Strike
  8. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band: Sun Zoom Spark
  9. The Human League: Last Man On Earth
  10. Antique Doll: Flickers
  11. Dando Shaft: Cold Wind
  12. Schneider TM: Bimanual Complexity
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes
  14. Matching Mole: Gloria Gloom
  15. Grizzly Bear: Sun In Your Eyes
  16. Kid Koala: 6 Bit Blues
  17. Sunn O))) and Boris: Etna
  18. Shogun Kunitoki: Montezuma
  19. Broadcast: The World Backwards (GLR Session)
  20. The Human League: Once Upon A Time In The West
  21. The Human League: Dominion Advertisement
  22. The Human League: Year Of The Jet Packs
  23. Voice of the Seven Thunders: Cylinders

6MThe Incredible String Band - Wee Tam20130728
6MThe Music Of Barry Gray20160327

Stuart presents the iconic music of TV composer Barry Gray performed by Charles Hazelwood's All Star Collective at St George's Bristol. Barry Gray created some of the most memorable music on British television and film from the 1960s onwards including Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and Stingray. His style combines big band swagger, sci-fi strangeness and soaring theme tunes. Conductor Charles Hazelwood is joined on stage by a stella cast of musicians including Jarvis Cocker and members of the British Paraorchestra.

6MThe Nightmare Of J B Stanlislas20111120
6MThe Nurse With Wound List20120520

Stuart features the 1978 debut record from Steve Stapleton's experimental improvisation, kraut-rock and avant-garde inspired group Nurse With Wound.

Recorded in a single six hour studio session, Steve gathered friends John Fothergill and Heeman Pathak and all the instruments they could find and set the tapes running. Guided by a love for experimental music and little knowledge of their instruments the result is a savvy interpretation of countless hours spent analysing the works of artists like Luc Ferrari, Hugh Hopper and Kraftwerk.

In fact their influences have been well documented, the sleeve notes for the album contained a list of 291 musicians and bands who influenced the record. It has since become a bible for fans of psychedelic, progressive, avant-garde and revolutionary music. On Friday's Freakier Zone, Stuart spends an hour exploring the Nurse With Wound List with the help of Steve Stapleton himself.

6MThe Pop Group20141012

Stuart chats to Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager from The Pop Group about reforming for a UK tour and releasing previously unheard material.

The Pop Group formed in Bristol in 1978 and were known for their experimental and politically charged music. Combining elements of dub, punk, jazz and noise the band released two critically acclaimed albums before splitting in 1981.

Mark and Gareth chat to Stuart about their upcoming live dates and 'Cabinet of Curiosities' a new 9-track compilation of previously unreleased material.

6MThe Residents - Fingerprince20110403

More far-out freakery from the show that likes to soundtrack your Sunday with a skronk.

Music Played

Pat Dixon - Bye Bye Blubber

The Residents - You Yes Yes Yes You

Explosions in the Sky - Trembling Hands

Rene Hell - Lighthouse Marvel

John B Brooke/Cannonball Adderley - Themes Tramping Loop

Rob Jo Star Band - Story Dangerous

The Residents - Six Things To A Cycle

Murphy Blend - Past Is Gone

CAN - Come Sta Sta Luna

Kate Harrison - England

Sproatly Smith - I Shall Leave You There

Andrew Hargreaves - Handwritten Notes

Mike Adkins - The Invaders

The Residents - Tourniquet Of Roses

Kreidler - Kremlin Rules

6MThe Residents - Not Available20111009

Recorded in 1974 this weeks featured album was immediately locked away in a bank vault never to be seen again.

Created by art-rockers The Residents under the Theory of Obscurity it was never intended to be heard by an audience and would live in obscurity until the band had completely forgotten it’s existence.

The record company had other ideas, and tonight you can hear three of the five tracks from this elusive release.

  1. bonnie dobson - milk and honey
  2. camel - rhayader goes to town
  3. consortium - cynthia serenity
  4. horace arnold - benzele windows
  • j c penney company - he’s a penney man
  • john cohen solal - ludions
  • matthew herbert - september
  • nicolas jaar - love you gotta loose again
  • panda bear panda bear - tomboy
  • pierre bastien - vipers
  • sufjan stevens - now that i’m older
  • the residents - edweena
  • the residents - never known questions
  • the residents - the making of a soul
  • the wicked whispers - amanda lavender
  • trees - streets of derry
  • wibutee - two with nature
  • 6MThe Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman20091108

    Stuart hosts an interview and Q and A with LA mavericks Sparks, recorded at the BBC's Radio Theatre, followed by

    The UK premiere of The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman, a Radio Musical penned by the veteran sibling duo.

    Featuring an interview with LA mavericks Sparks and the premier of their radio musical.

    Running order

    1.

    Scott Walker Scott Walker - Seventh Seal

    2.

    Dungen - Gjort Bort Sig

    3.

    Bo Hansson - Battle Of The Pelennor Fields

    4.

    Mike Oldfield Mike Oldfield - Arrival

    5.

    Lars Hollmer - Paztema

    6.

    Bluebridge Quartet - Spektrum

    7.

    UK premiere of 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman', a Radio Musical penned by Sparks

    8.

    Sparks Sparks - 1956 Cannes Film Festival

    9.

    Sparks Sparks - I Am Ingmar Bergman

    10.

    Sparks Sparks - Limo Driver (Welcome To Hollywood)

    11.

    Sparks Sparks - Here He Is Now

    12.

    Sparks Sparks - Mr Bergman, How Are You?

    13.

    Sparks Sparks - He'll Come Around

    14.

    Sparks Sparks - En Route To The Beverly Hills Hotel

    15.

    Sparks Sparks - Hollywood Welcoming Committee

    16.

    Sparks Sparks - I've Got To Contact Sweden

    17.

    Sparks Sparks - The Studio Commissary

    18.

    Sparks Sparks - I Must Not Be Hasty

    19.

    Sparks Sparks - Quiet On The Set

    20.

    Sparks Sparks - Why Do You Take That Tone With Me?

    21.

    Sparks Sparks - Pleasant Hotel Staff

    22.

    Sparks Sparks - Hollywood Tour Bus

    23.

    Sparks Sparks - Autograph Hounds

    24.

    Sparks Sparks - Bergman Ponders Escape

    25.

    Sparks Sparks - We've Got To Turn Him 'Round

    26.

    Sparks Sparks - Escape (Part 1)

    27.

    Sparks Sparks - Escape (Part 2)

    28.

    Sparks Sparks - Oh My God

    29.

    Sparks Sparks - Garbo Sings

    30.

    Sparks Sparks - Almost A Hollywood Ending

    31.

    Sparks Sparks - He's Home

    32.

    Änglagård - Sister Somrar

    33.

    Samla Mammas Manna - Musmjölkningsmaskinen

    6MThe Shape Of Jazz To Come20140831

    Stuart Maconie's featured album is Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come.

    King of the Freaks, Stuart Maconie features Ornette Coleman's 1959 benchmark album, The Shape of Jazz To Come. Plus two hours of esoteric and out-there tunes including brand new tracks from Vessel, Flying Lotus and Libbe Matz Gang.

    6MThe Soundtrack To Ken Loach's Kes20170312

    Stuart features the soundtrack to Ken Loach's film Kes alongside the usual wonderful weirdness including new music from virtuoso vocalist Diamanda Galas and Welsh artist Toby Hay.

    6MThe Third Ear Band - Macbeth20100523

    The Freak Zones featured album comes from The Third Ear with their haunting soundtrack to the 1971 film score Macbeth.

    And British Blues band The Groundhogs are this weeks Live Freaks.

    The Third Ear provide the featured album and The Groundhogs are the week's Live Freaks.

    Music and featured items

    1.

    John Barry John Barry - The Adventurer

    2.

    Featured Album: Third Ear Band - Macbeth

    3.

    Third Ear Band - Overture

    4.

    Third Ear Band - Fleance

    5.

    Third Ear Band - Inverness

    6.

    David Thomas Broughton - Ain't Got No Sole

    7.

    Ekkehard Ehlers - Tief ( Deep)

    8.

    Brainticket - Black Sand

    9.

    Faust Faust - Mamie Is Blue

    10.

    Kathe Green - Promise Of Something New

    11.

    Mats Morgen - Please Tell Me

    12.

    Bo Hansson - Attic Thoughts

    13.

    The Decayes - The Paranoid Dep

    14.

    Caravan Caravan - Grandma's Lawn

    15.

    Tony Oxley - Contrasts

    16.

    London Sinfonietta - Polygon Window

    17.

    Ferrante and Teicher - Frenesi

    18.

    The Melody Aces - Asaw Fofor

    19.

    Live Freaks - The Groundhogs

    20.

    The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Split

    21.

    The Groundhogs - Garden

    22.

    Bob Drake - Plinth Shriveller

    23.

    Belbury Poly - A Great Day Out

    6MThird Ear Band20161211

    Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. This week Stuart features Third Ear Band's 1969 album Alchemy which combines Eastern and Western chamber music traditions. Plus new music from Turner Prize Winner Martin Creed, a Toronto octet called Film In Music and five short miniatures from Euros Childs.

    Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. Celebrating the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades. This week Stuart features Third Ear Band's 1969 album Alchemy which combines Eastern and Western chamber music traditions.

    6MThis Heat - This Heat20101107

    From the cosmic to the avant-garde, via the wonderful, the weird and the wiggy - it's the Zone.

    From the cosmic to the avant-garde, via the wonderful, the weird and the wiggy.

    Music and featured items

    1.

    The Tony Hatch Orchestra - Man Alive

    2.

    Featured Album: This Heat - This Heat

    Untitled

    3.

    This Heat - Horizontal Hold

    4.

    Family Fodder - Ancestor's Feet

    5.

    Pram Pram - Cotton Candy

    6.

    Sam Gopal - The Dark Lord

    7.

    Head South By Weaving - Rain

    8.

    Tammy St.

    John - Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways

    9.

    10.

    This Heat - Not Waving

    11.

    Roy Luxembourg - Epic

    12.

    Deuter - Gammastrahlen-Lamm

    13.

    Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens - Djoharia

    14.

    John Cale and Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax

    15.

    Interview with Terry Riley

    16.

    Terry Riley Terry Riley - Lifespan II

    17.

    Terry Riley - Salome Dances For Peace

    18.

    The Tony Hatch Orchestra - Sportsnight

    19.

    Live Freaks: Michael Garrick Quartet - Silhouette

    20.

    Michael Garrick Sextet - A Welter of Phenomena

    21.

    Michael Garrick Quintet - Silhouette

    22.

    Michael Garrick Quintet - Threesome

    23.

    24.

    This Heat - Twilight Furniture

    25.

    The Hardy Tree - Walter R.

    Stokes

    6MThrobbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats20100314

    Music and featured items

    1.

    Toy - Grass Beatbox

    2.

    Featured Album: Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats

    3.

    Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle - Hot On The Heels Of Love

    4.

    Throbbing Gristle - Still Walking

    5.

    Throbbing Gristle - Walkabout

    6.

    Trembling Bells - Goathland

    7.

    Kath Bloom and Loren Connors - You Cleared Up The Sky

    8.

    Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy - Something Sweet Something Tender

    9.

    Suicide Commando - No More

    10.

    Art Bears - On Suicide

    11.

    University Of The Strange (4 tracks)

    12.

    Carl Orff - Winteraustreiben

    13.

    Carl Orff - Berceuse

    14.

    Carl Orff - Abendlicher Tanz

    15.

    Carl Orff - Traumtanz

    16.

    Harvey Milk - Merlin Is Magic

    17.

    Wigwam - Bless Your Lucky Stars

    18.

    Brand X Brand X - Running On Three

    19.

    Inhabitants - Phototropism

    20.

    Guest: Miles Cleret of Soundway Records (4 tracks)

    21.

    The Hygrades - Rough Rider

    22.

    Manuel Alvarez Y Sus Dangers - Esclavo Moderno

    23.

    Tall Emma and His Skippers - Hammatan

    24.

    Les Loups Noirs - Pile Ou Face

    25.

    My Teenage Stride - Creep Academy

    26.

    Live Freaks - Gyratory System

    27.

    Gyratory System - Baron's Court

    28.

    Gyratory System - Yowser

    29.

    Gyratory System - Party Unlimited

    30.

    23 Skidoo 23 Skidoo - The Gospel Comes To New Guinea

    6MThrobbing Gristle - D O A: The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle20101212

    TG get the featured LP spot, Lennon's Plastic Ono Band make a racket in Live Freaks.

    1. The Fall: Rowche Rumble
    2. Throbbing Gristle: Dead on Arrival
    3. Hi Fiction Science: Fleance
    4. Avey Tare: Ghost of Books
    5. Out of Focus: Black Cards
    6. Jethro Tull: Sweet Dream
    7. Throbbing Gristle: Weeping
    8. Punch Brothers: The Blind Leading the Blind
    9. Heinz Holliger: Studie Über Mehrklänge Für Oboe Solo, 1971
    10. Talk with Paul Stump, author of The Music’s All That Matters
    11. Genesis: The Fountain of Salmacis
    12. Egg: Whie Growing My Hair
    13. Joanna Newsom: Monkey and Bear
    14. The Residents: Mickey (The Mumbling Midget)
    15. Plastic Ono Band: Live Peace in Toronto 1969 (2 tracks)
    16. The Plastic Ono Band: Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)
    17. The Plastic Ono Band: John, John, Let’s Hope For Peace
    18. Throbbing Gristle: Hamburger Lady
    19. Michael White and Bill Frisell: The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

    From the weird to the obscure, via the neglected. There's nothing out there like the Zone.

    6MTim Hecker20141102

    Canadian sound artist Tim Hecker chats about his music ahead of a UK tour. Loosely described as an ambient musician Tim discards the traditionally smooth production style to explore the intersection between distortion and melody. Over the last decade he has toured with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ros and collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never. His latest album Virgins moved away from the slow-moving textures of his previous records to a more propulsive and varied soundscape.

    6MTomorrow - Tomorrow20121216

    Luminaries of the psychedelic scene, rock band Tomorrow come together for the week's eponymous featured album.

    6MTortoise20160228

    Stuart chats to Chicago post-rockers Tortoise about their new album The Catastrophist which includes an intriguing cover of David Essex's Rock On. The featured album is Midnight Mushrumps by Renaissance experimentalists Gryphon, combining medieval English folk, skilled musicianship and the extended forms of progressive rock.

    6MTortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die20101128

  • Marie Laforêt - A Demain My Darling
  • Tortoise - The Taut and The Tame
  • Basil Kirchin - The Freelance Part 1
  • Lars Horntveth - Pooka
  • Seeland - Mindrocker
  • µ-Ziq - Fine Tuning
  • Barry Booth - The Last Time I Saw You Was Tomorrow
  • Tortoise - DJed
  • Trees - Murdoch
  • The Bevis Frond - New River Head
  • Magic Carpet - The Magic Carpet
  • Magic Carpet - The Pheonix
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie - Poppies
  • The Other Window - The Illusion of Freedom
  • Teddy Robin and The Playboys - Magic Colors
  • Test Dept - Hunger (BBC Session 15/08/83)
  • Test Dept - Shockwork (BBC Session 15/08/83)
  • Test Dept - State of Affairs (BBC Session 15/08/83)
  • Tortoise - Glass Museum
  • Jon Hassell - Hex

    From the weird to the obscure, via the neglected. There's nothing out there like the Zone.

  • 6MTribute To Kevin Ayers20130303

    Robert Wyatt joins Stuart to pay tribute to Kevin Ayers who passed away recently. Friends since they were teenagers, Robert and Kevin were founding members of The Soft Machine. Stuart also choses Kevin's third solo album 'Whatevershebringswesing' as this weeks Featured Album. Plus there's new music from The Haxan Cloak, Wolf People and Viv Albertine.

    Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

    6MVan Der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill20160918

    Stuart chats to Peter Hammill from Van der Graaf Generator about their 13th album, Do Not Disturb and the Featured Album is Bjork's Medulla an epic feat of a cappella vocals. Plus new music from the Duke St Workshop, Loka and DM Stith as Stuart celebrates the best in psychedelia, adventurous electronica, avant-rock, cosmic creations, progressive, drone and general weirdness from across the decades.

    6MVan Dyke Parks20160807

    Stuart Maconie celebrates Song Cycle, an often overlooked album by Van Dyke Parks.

    Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

    6MVashti Bunyan20141005

    Stuart is joined by singer Vashti Bunyan to talk about her new record Heartleap. Bunyan's 1970 album 'Just Another Diamond Day' sold few copies at the time but gathered a huge cult following with original copies selling for thousands. After its reissue in 2000 her following increased even more, picking up fans including Devandra Benhart and Joanna Newsom and she began to record new music. Heartleap is her second album since 2005 and returns to her simplistic folk roots, recorded, edited and performed by Vashti alone.

    6MWardruna20161127

    Stuart talks to Wardruna about their Runaljod trilogy based on the ancient runic alphabet and Norse histories. Celebrated outsider artist Daniel Johnston's 1990 is tonight's featured album and there's new music from Ed Dowie, Matt Berry and The Still.

    6MWayne Coyne On Electric Wurms20140907

    Stuart chats to Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips about his new cosmic side project Electric Würms. Plus Bristol-based producer Vessel on his hotly tipped second album Punish, Honey including making flutes out of bicycles and percussion from sheets of metal.

    6MWayne Coyne's Popular Guide To Unpopular Music20170108

    Stuart invites The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to give a popular guide to unpopular music. Plus strange sounds from across the decades and a featured album to add to your Essential Collection.

    6MWilliam Basinski20140316

    Minimalist composer William Basinski chats to Stuart about his best-known piece The Disintegration Loops, his legendary New York loft venue Arcadia and performing in London. Plus a featured album from Marsupilami and new UK jazz from Alexander Hawkins and Dominic Lash.

    6MWilliam Basinski: The Disintegration Loops20120219
    6MWolf People In The Studio20130428

    Stuart chats to Wolf People about their new album Fain. Plus the featured album is a ground breaking example of symphonic rock from Italian prog-rockers It's New Troll.

    6MWolves In The Throne Room20140713

    Stuart chats to Wolves In The Throne Room about their new album Celestite.

    Over the last decade brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver have developed their sound from the black metal genre incorporating mythical influences from the unseen world of spirits and magic around their woodland home, the Pacific Northwest.

    Leaving the drums, guitar and black metal vocals behind Celestite expands on their interest in synthesizer acts like Tangerine Dream and Popul Vuh, creating a new visionary soundscape.

    6MWyrd Dysko20170115

    Stuart Maconie travels to the furthest flung corners of left-field music to create a playlist that makes you rock back on your heels with the sounds of newness and difference. A listener choses three back to back bangers for the Freak Zone's first Wyrd Dysko.. Plus Annette Peacock's pioneering album combining soul, blues, electronic and avant-garde I'm The One is added into our Essential Collection.

    6MYes: Close To The Edge20130623

    Featuring all three tracks from Yes' classic album Close To The Edge following Stuart's unlikely encounter with the record whilst lying in a dentist's chair. Plus the usual mix of strange and sumptuous tunes from the likes of Ghost Money, Demdike Stare and Mordant Music.

    Strange, surprising Sunday evenings - the perfect journey into the Freakier Zone.

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