Esoteric Island Discs: Ben Chasny

[Esoteric Island Discs is an esoteric homage to the great Desert Island Discs, a classic radio programme which is owned entirely by the British Broadcasting Corporation. We hope they receive it in the loving spirit in which it is intended.]

Our castaway today is Ben Chasny, better known to many as the multi-instrumentalist behind the long-running musical project Six Organs of Admittance. Chasny is also a member the bands Rangda, New Bums, Badgerlore, Comets on Fire, and sometimes plays guitar in the band Current 93.

He is currently at work on a collaboration with Shackleton, who composed the delightful Esoteric Island Theme you’ll hear at the beginning and end of every episode of EID.

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Cited in the Interview:

Morton Feldman. Give my Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman. B.H. Friedman, ed. Cambridge, MA, Exact Change, 2000.

John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, Radio Happening I of V recorded at WBAI, New York City, 1966 – 1967.

Chasny’s hexadic system of composition can be checked out here and here.

Charley Hayden hangs out with Carlos Parades on youtube.


Townes Van Zandt – Rex’s Blues off the album Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 1977.

Morton Feldman – excerpt from Triadic Memories off the album of the same name performed by Aki Takahashi, ALM Records 1989.

Fushitsusha (不失者) – 4th song from the first disc of Live 2 (PSF 15/16), P.S.F. Records 1992.

Silver Jews – Random Rules, off the album American Water, Drag City 1998.

John Coltrane – excerpt from Ascension,  Impulse! 1966.

Henry Flynt – You Are My Everlovin’, off the album You Are My Everlovin / Celestial Power, Edition Hundertmark 1986.

Carlos Paredes – Verdes Anos, off the album Guitarra Portuguesa, Columbia 1967.