Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone

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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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Seventh Wave - Return To Foreverland


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.


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

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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

Includes an interview and studio session with Vashti Bunyan.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

Incantations by Mike Oldfield is the featured album.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


Professor Spear investigates the world of Stomu Yamashta.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Brigitte Bardot - Écoute Le Temps

The Giuseppe Logan Quartet - Bleeker Partita

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Porter Waggoner - The Rubber Room

Featured Album - Alusa Fallax - Intorno All Mia Cattiva Educazione


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


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.

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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.

* Horslips - The Tain20080127

Lark - Hatbox

Featured Album - Horslips - The Tain

Dearg Doom

Time To Kill


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.

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Philip Green - Las Vagas Vacation

Featured Album: Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain


Concierto De Aranjuez


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.

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Love Sculpture - Farandole

Featured Album: Supersilentt - Six




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.

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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.

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


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.

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


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!


Cherry Blossom Polish

Paranoid Blues

Some Come

Inch-Time - Thought Objects

Basil 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.

Beatles Special20060604
Bert Jansch - Avocet20080224

Fortune And Maltese - Truth Serum

Featured Album : Bert Jansch - Avocet




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.

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.

Diagram Brothers - Some Marvels Of Modern Science20070225

Rolf Harris – War Canoe


Diagram Brothers – Bricks

Marissa Nadler – Diamond Heart

Joanna Newsome - Sadie

Albert Ayler – Holy, Holy

Josie and The Pussycats - Josie and The Pussycats


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?


– Spirit Of Love

El Fog – Mountain Dub

The Monkees – Star Collector


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


Pierre - Drift.

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.

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


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 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.

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).

Kraftwerk: 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.

Laraaji - 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.

Long Songs Special20050814

Focus - Eruption


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.

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.

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


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

Silver Mt Zion: Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upwards20111127
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.

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


Osterwald Jet Set – Swinging London

Hildegard Knef – Holiday Time

The Inner Space – Kamera Song

Dieter Reith – No No No


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


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


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


Can - Mighty Girl

Can - Geheim

Syd Barrett- Dominoes

The Happy Jazz Band - Stratosphere Inspiration

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Plus 'Prof' Justin 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.


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.


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


Partisans - Partisans



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Music and featured items


Paul Revere and The Raiders - Just Like Me


Featured Album: Black Sabbath


Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath


Black Sabbath - N.I.B


Black Sabbath - The Wizard


Jóhann Jóhannsson Jóhann Jóhannsson - Theme


Kammerflimmer - We Paint The Town Beige


Pazop - Crying For Disasters Hand


SubtractiveLAD - Beginning Again


Amaqawe Omculo - Jabulani Balaleli Part 2


S.Piliso and His Super Seven - Kuya Hanjwa


University Of The Strange (4 tracks)


Slapp Happy - In The Sick Bay


Slapp Happy - The Secret


Fred Frith Fred Frith - The Boy Beats The Rams


Art Bears - Collapse


The Residents The Residents - Sinister Exaggerator


Metal Machine Trio - Part 1 Night 1


Guest: Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle)


The Advisory Circle - Mind How You Go


The Advisory Circle - Osprey


The Advisory Circle - Nuclear Sub Station


The Advisory Circle - A Chance To Stare At Gorgeous Colour


Os Brazões - Espiral


Live Freaks: The Cravats


The Cravats - Ice Cubist


The Cravats - Rub Me Out


The Cravats - Terminus


The Cravats - Fireman


Harmonic 313 - Quadrant


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.

6M* *20090308

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.

6M* *20091220

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 Special
6M1969 Special * *20091227

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 Man *20090816

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


4 or 5 Lines

Toy - High In The Ceders

John Fahey - Ann Arbor Death By Reputation

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.

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.

6MApollo By Brian Eno *20090809

Barry Gray - The Shef March

Featured Album: Apollo by Brian Eno



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

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.


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


White Rainbow - Mystic Prism

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.

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


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


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

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.

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.

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
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.


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.

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

6MDelia Derbyshire - Electrosonic20100124

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

Running order


The Plague - I Gotta Be Going


Featured Album: Delia Derbyshire - Electrosonic


Delia Derbyshire - Quest


Delia Derbyshire - Quest (Fast)


Delia Derbyshire - Computermatic


Delia Derbyshire - Frontier To Knowledge


Delia Derbyshire - The Pattern Emerges


Delia Derbyshire - Freeze Frame


Delia Derbyshire - Plodding Power


Delia Derbyshire - Busy Microbes


Delia Derbyshire - Liquid Energy


Delia Derbyshire - Liquid Energy (Bubbling Rhythm)


Delia Derbyshire - No Man's Land


Delia Derbyshire - Depression


Delia Derbyshire - Nightwalker


Delia Derbyshire - Electrostings


Delia Derbyshire - Electrobuild


Delia Derbyshire - Celestial Cantabile


Delia Derbyshire - Shock Chords


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


John Abercrombie John Abercrombie - Red And Orange


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


James Chance and the Contortions - Twice Removed


University Of The Strange: Bob Downes


Bob Downes - Electric City


Bob Downes - No Time Like The Present


Bob Downes - Crush Hour


Bob Downes - Spanish Plain


Brigitte Fontaine - Il Se Passe Des Choses


Alexander Tucker - Poltergeists


Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer


Biancardi - Gloo


Max Tundra - Nord Lead Three


Peter Hammill Peter Hammill - Re-Awakening


Roger Kleier - What Is The Price Of Iron


Philip Cohran and The Artistic Héritage Ensemble - Spanish Suite



Quintet - Sleepy Hollow Lane


Tony Coe - Aristotle Blues


Tony Coe - Reza


Kitkalitto - Swamp


Live Freaks: Tony Coe

You've come to the right place.

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


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


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

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.

6MFaust By Faust *20090621

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


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


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


Jo Ann Campbell - Kookie Little Paradise


Featured Album: Frederick Rzewski - Coming Together


Frederic Rzewski - Attica


Frederic Rzewski - Coming Together


Frederic Rzewski - Les Moutons De Panurge


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


Heron - Harlequin


Keaver and Brause - Awake


Savvas Ysatis and Taylor Deupree - Reservoir


The Residents The Residents - Laughing Song


Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt - Stalin Wasn't Stallin


Brian Eno Brian Eno - Virtual Bells, Thick Glass


Deerhoof Deerhoof - +81


Martin and Haynes - Clockwatchers


Supersister - Radio


Man - Empty Room


Volcano the Bear - Spongecake Cathedral


Lloyd Miller Trio - Way Out East


Katja Ebstein - A Hard Day's Night


Live Freaks: Caravan


Caravan Caravan - Feelin' Reelin' Squealin'

6MGavin Bryars' The Sinking Of The Titanic20120722

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

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'.

6MGraham Collier's Down Another Road20111002
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.

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.

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.

6MJazz For Moderns *20091122

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.



Marta Kubišová - Kdo Ti Radu Da


The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Sins Of The Fathers


The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Joker's Grave


The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Light My Light


Broadcast - Sixty Forty


Boards of Canada - Seven Forty Seven


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


The Decemberists The Decemberists - The Abduction Of Margaret


Trembling Bells - Seven Years A Teardrop


Eskaton - Dagon


George Garanian With the Melodiya Jazz Ensemble - The Big Search


Armando Sciascia - Circuito Chiuso


The Group - The Feedback


West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Smell Of Incense


Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid With You


Max Tundra - Clive's Folly


The Joe Harriott Quintet - Shepherd's Serinade


The Joe Harriott Quintet - Pictures


Tubby Hayes Tubby Hayes - Down In The Village


Tubby Hayes Tubby Hayes - Peace


Triumvirat - Dimplicity


Euros Childs Euros Childs - Clap A Chan


Euros Childs Euros Childs - Spin That Girl Around


Euros Childs Euros Childs - Tete A Tete


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


Jack DeJohnette - Brown, Warm and Wintry

6MJean Claude Vannier - L'assasin *20090719

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

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.

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.

6MKing Crimson - Islands20101114

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

Music and featured items


Peanuts - Yoneyama Sankara


Featured Album: King Crimson - Islands



King Crimson King Crimson - Formentera Lady


Ian Mcmillan - Nursery Rhyme


Ian Mcmillan - The Burn


Kenny Graham - Utsu


Friends of Dean Martinez - Etchlorvynol



King Crimson King Crimson - Islands


Ametsub - Faint Dazzlings


Shobaleader One - Into The Blue


Hannah Peel - Song For The Sea


Autolux Autolux - Supertoys


Sir Richard Bishop - The Pillars of Baalbek


John Maus - The Silent Chorus


The Stu Brown Sextet - Devil Drums


The Stu Brown Sextet - At An Arabian Houseparty


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


Lilian Brooks - First Lady Of America


Live Freaks


Funkadelic Funkadelic - Maggot Brain



King Crimson King Crimson - Sailors Tale


William Brittelle - Television Landscape

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.

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

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.

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.

6MNational Health *20090726

Brian Eno - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Featured Album: National Health

Tenemos Road


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6MRick Wakeman Chats To Stuart20121125

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.

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.

6MSeventh Wave - Things To Come20120701

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

6MShirley And 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.

6MSparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life20100425

6 Music Celebrity Specialist Matthew Wright hosts the Freak Zone.

Music and featured items


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


Featured Album: Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life


Sparklehorse - Piano Fire


Sparklehorse - Sea Of Teeth


Sparklehorse - Comfort Me


Dark Night Of The Soul - I Can Catch It


Giant Sand Giant Sand - Gelb


Gong - I've Bin Stone Before


Gong - Master Builder


Hawkwind Hawkwind - Magnu


Hawkwind - Damnation Alley


Here And Now - This Time


Cardiacs Cardiacs - In A City Lining


The Ullulatars - Don't Thump The Hamster


Wasted Youth - I Wish I Was A Girl


Wasted Youth - Pinned And Grinning


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


Frank Zappa Frank Zappa - Help I'm A Rock


Butthole Surfers - John E Smoke


Grateful Dead Grateful Dead - Eyes Of The World

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.

6MSteve Reich - Different Trains/electric Counterpoint20100411


Pedro Santas - Dentro Da Selva


Featured Album: Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint


Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - Fast


Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - Slow


Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - Fast Again


Älgarnas Trädgård - Children Of Possibiiies


Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom - You And Me Bess


This Heat - Paper Hats


Tlahoun Gèssèssè - Tchuheten Betsemu


Barbara Morgenstern - Kleiner Auschnitt


Diamanda Galás - 25 Minutes To Go


Gyratory System - Sea Containers House


John Surman John Surman - No Twilight


The First Edition - Shadow In The Corner Of Your Mind


Principal Edwards Magic Theatre - Lament For The Earth


Bridget St.

John - Autumn Lullaby


Burial and Four Tet - Moth


Jan Dukes de Grey - Venus Time Trap


The Liverpool Scene - The Morning The Sky Went Away


Live Freaks - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown


The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire Poem


The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire


The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Come and Buy


The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Nightmare


Mordant Music - Plant Room


Ryoji Ikeda - Data Matrix


Four Tet Four Tet - Smile Around The Face

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
6MSuspiria Ost By Goblin20090201

Rentaghost - Theme Tune

Featured Album: Suspiria OST by Goblin




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

Paragraph 1 Of The Great Leaning

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 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 Freaky Side Of Robin Gibb20120708
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 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.

  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 Nightmare Of J B Stanlislas20111120

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.

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 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


    Scott Walker Scott Walker - Seventh Seal


    Dungen - Gjort Bort Sig


    Bo Hansson - Battle Of The Pelennor Fields


    Mike Oldfield Mike Oldfield - Arrival


    Lars Hollmer - Paztema


    Bluebridge Quartet - Spektrum


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


    Sparks Sparks - 1956 Cannes Film Festival


    Sparks Sparks - I Am Ingmar Bergman


    Sparks Sparks - Limo Driver (Welcome To Hollywood)


    Sparks Sparks - Here He Is Now


    Sparks Sparks - Mr Bergman, How Are You?


    Sparks Sparks - He'll Come Around


    Sparks Sparks - En Route To The Beverly Hills Hotel


    Sparks Sparks - Hollywood Welcoming Committee


    Sparks Sparks - I've Got To Contact Sweden


    Sparks Sparks - The Studio Commissary


    Sparks Sparks - I Must Not Be Hasty


    Sparks Sparks - Quiet On The Set


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


    Sparks Sparks - Pleasant Hotel Staff


    Sparks Sparks - Hollywood Tour Bus


    Sparks Sparks - Autograph Hounds


    Sparks Sparks - Bergman Ponders Escape


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


    Sparks Sparks - Escape (Part 1)


    Sparks Sparks - Escape (Part 2)


    Sparks Sparks - Oh My God


    Sparks Sparks - Garbo Sings


    Sparks Sparks - Almost A Hollywood Ending


    Sparks Sparks - He's Home


    Änglagård - Sister Somrar


    Samla Mammas Manna - Musmjölkningsmaskinen

    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


    John Barry John Barry - The Adventurer


    Featured Album: Third Ear Band - Macbeth


    Third Ear Band - Overture


    Third Ear Band - Fleance


    Third Ear Band - Inverness


    David Thomas Broughton - Ain't Got No Sole


    Ekkehard Ehlers - Tief ( Deep)


    Brainticket - Black Sand


    Faust Faust - Mamie Is Blue


    Kathe Green - Promise Of Something New


    Mats Morgen - Please Tell Me


    Bo Hansson - Attic Thoughts


    The Decayes - The Paranoid Dep


    Caravan Caravan - Grandma's Lawn


    Tony Oxley - Contrasts


    London Sinfonietta - Polygon Window


    Ferrante and Teicher - Frenesi


    The Melody Aces - Asaw Fofor


    Live Freaks - The Groundhogs


    The Groundhogs The Groundhogs - Split


    The Groundhogs - Garden


    Bob Drake - Plinth Shriveller


    Belbury Poly - A Great Day Out

    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


    The Tony Hatch Orchestra - Man Alive


    Featured Album: This Heat - This Heat



    This Heat - Horizontal Hold


    Family Fodder - Ancestor's Feet


    Pram Pram - Cotton Candy


    Sam Gopal - The Dark Lord


    Head South By Weaving - Rain


    Tammy St.

    John - Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways



    This Heat - Not Waving


    Roy Luxembourg - Epic


    Deuter - Gammastrahlen-Lamm


    Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens - Djoharia


    John Cale and Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax


    Interview with Terry Riley


    Terry Riley Terry Riley - Lifespan II


    Terry Riley - Salome Dances For Peace


    The Tony Hatch Orchestra - Sportsnight


    Live Freaks: Michael Garrick Quartet - Silhouette


    Michael Garrick Sextet - A Welter of Phenomena


    Michael Garrick Quintet - Silhouette


    Michael Garrick Quintet - Threesome



    This Heat - Twilight Furniture


    The Hardy Tree - Walter R.


    6MThrobbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats20100314

    Music and featured items


    Toy - Grass Beatbox


    Featured Album: Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats


    Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle - Hot On The Heels Of Love


    Throbbing Gristle - Still Walking


    Throbbing Gristle - Walkabout


    Trembling Bells - Goathland


    Kath Bloom and Loren Connors - You Cleared Up The Sky


    Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy - Something Sweet Something Tender


    Suicide Commando - No More


    Art Bears - On Suicide


    University Of The Strange (4 tracks)


    Carl Orff - Winteraustreiben


    Carl Orff - Berceuse


    Carl Orff - Abendlicher Tanz


    Carl Orff - Traumtanz


    Harvey Milk - Merlin Is Magic


    Wigwam - Bless Your Lucky Stars


    Brand X Brand X - Running On Three


    Inhabitants - Phototropism


    Guest: Miles Cleret of Soundway Records (4 tracks)


    The Hygrades - Rough Rider


    Manuel Alvarez Y Sus Dangers - Esclavo Moderno


    Tall Emma and His Skippers - Hammatan


    Les Loups Noirs - Pile Ou Face


    My Teenage Stride - Creep Academy


    Live Freaks - Gyratory System


    Gyratory System - Baron's Court


    Gyratory System - Yowser


    Gyratory System - Party Unlimited


    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

    6MTomorrow - Tomorrow20121216

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

    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