All Chemix Radio series (1/3)

All Chemix Studio
Above: Willem De Ridder & Cora Emens.

The All Chemix Radio broadcast series started mid 1980s and amounted to several dozens of 30 minutes plays, each documented on cassettes sent to radio stations worldwide. Launched by ‘The Institute for Invisible Language’ and through The Radio Art Foundation in Amsterdam, it was actually the brainchild of Willem De Ridder, a radio and TV activist.

A noted fluxus artist, De Ridder, born 1939, launched the erotic magazines ‘Aloha’ in 1965 and ‘SUCK’ in 1969. He is a member of the Fluxus movement with several contemporary sound art pieces, like ‘Laughter’ (1963): ‘Musicians appear on stage wearing laughing masks and remain motionless untill the audience is roaring with laughter’. De Ridder had many radio shows, before and after ‘All Chemix Radio’, like the ‘Radiola Salon’ program where he would unconditionnaly play any tape that’d be sent to him: ‘You heard me on the radio opening envelopes, taking out the tapes and playing them’ – for 1 minute or 1 hour, depending on how he liked the tape. He also had many projects involving a test person wearing a walkman and headphones and listening to the instructions being given on the tape (like, below: innocent Annie Sprinkle in a documentary on De Ridder made in Italy, 1979).

Annie Sprinkle

People involved in the All Chemix Radio series (approx. 1984-1994): Z’ev, Alvin Curran, Jon Rose, Annie Sprinkle, Hessel and Nicole Veldman, Cora Emens, Kristine Ambrosia, Veronica Vera, Prince Lobckowicz, William Levy, Andrew McKenzie, Enno Velthuijs, Henry Plaat, Hans Claessen, FNTC, John Duncan, amongst others.

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Here’s cassette #10 in the All Chemix Radio series, ca 1984-85.

01 Just Relax Girl (26:20)
Hans Claessen: voice
Cora Emens: voice
Willem De Ridder: voice, electronic sounds & treatments

  • Like all other volumes, this radio play is delivered in english – admitedly with dutch accent. Cora is playing the role of an innocent mother about to be jeopardized by 2 malign men. The first we hear is Hans Claessen, whose deep voice seems just out of a horror movie. A fearful, terrifying story and a genuine, captivating radio play.

02 Paganini’s Grave (29:18)
Jon Rose: violin & voice
Cora Emens: voice
Willem De Ridder: voice

  • A beautiful story where Jon Rose’s violin is playing the leading role. His violin playing sounds fresh and lively throughout the piece, using many different techniques. He might be using a home built violin and/or multi tracking technique, as far as I can tell. Amazing.

Get the holy shit.

6 Responses to “All Chemix Radio series (1/3)”

  1. 1 doroskedeho November 12, 2007 at 7:12 am

    thank you always, every posts are interesting.
    i’m jap.
    Would you tell me your favorite japanese music (sound style , band or label ? ?) ?
    My favorite’s are Inoyamland, Hosono, Yasuaki Shimizu, Kiyoshi Mizutani, Yoko Suzuki – Nexus 6 and more.

  2. 2 continuo November 12, 2007 at 9:05 am


    As for my tastes regarding japanese music:

    Toru Takemitsu ‘Film Music’ (6CD set on JVC)
    Toshi Ichiyanagi ‘Opera from the works of Tadanori Yokoo’
    Les Rallizes Dénudés ‘Mizutani’
    Keiji Haino ‘Affection’ and ‘Execration…’
    Haruomi Hosono ‘Tropical Dandy’, ‘Cochin Moon’ and ‘Paraiso’
    Yasuaki Shimizu ‘Music for commercials’ on Made To Measure/Crammed Discs
    Otomo Yoshihide ‘Revolutionary Pekinese Opera’
    Yximaloo cassettes

    Some bands I enjoy in concert but not on records, like Merzbow, Acid Mothers Temple, Rioji Ikeda or The Boredoms. I’ve heard good things by Taj Mahal Travellers and Aki Honda, but need to know more. I hope this will answer your question.

    What is ‘Inoyamland’ by the way?

  3. 3 doroskedeho November 13, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Inoyamland is pre-Hikashu (one of Japanese Techno-Pop like Y.M.O. etc)
    and After Hikashu, Two of Hikashu play ambient with synthesizer.
    their first album ‘danzindan-pojidon’ sound like German electronic (cluster etc).
    ‘danzindan-pojidon’ is produced by HOSONO.
    recorded by WATER DELAY SYSTEM
    I like ambient, soundscape, electoronics and your selection.

  4. 4 doroskedeho November 13, 2007 at 7:34 am

    oooo sorry my careless
    ‘inoyamland’ >>>>>>> ‘inoyamaland’
    japanese spell is イノヤマランド.

  5. 5 dannysnelson November 19, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    funny you get such japanese air on yr site continuo!!!

    — writing you now from tokyo-to, tho i’m in brooklyn at heart (er always best said these myriad digital passageways, s’pose) —

    beyond space-time trifles, these chemix uploads are resplendent! — absolutely marvelous to see them here! &am digging the continuing archival excavation underway this frantic coxhill evening i’ve midway.

    would be great to get my grubbies on more of this de ridder material. have you seen others whereabts? > > will be ears to the sounding boards.. .

    O!’n keep the net’sploring tracks — am happily unzipping a tiny toy piano & tinkering with a DTA’s slew of aural automata THX yr webworks.

    more shortly indubitable.

    j.h c

  6. 6 continuo November 19, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Well, with readers like JH Chunko & Doroskedeho, this blog is certainly justified in navigating unexpected territories.
    As for ‘inoyamaland’, I couldn’t find (d/l) anything on the web.
    Re more All Chemix Radio: I’ve sent messages abroad to dutch bloggers asking for help, to no result, alas, at time of writing . . .
    Oh, and . . . do you guys intent to make comments only on this specific post or what?
    Thanks for visiting, anyway.

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