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Saturday October 9th, 2021 with Heavy Ben
environments: the lullaby of waves without the sand in our trunks

2 hours of idealized field recordings interspersed with a biography of this forgotten 1970s-era hippie polymath. Born today: Irv Teibel (October 9, 1938 – October 28, 2010), founder of Syntonic Research Inc., that produced 11 volumes of "environments" records between 1969-1979. These recordings are not what they seem. It's not about re-connecting with nature, it's about shutting out the world and coping. Though it was soon commonplace and watered down, in 1969 it was literally cutting edge (tapes & razor blades) to record and synthesize (IBM mainframe!) idealized versions of nature for the public to relax to. Irv Teibel was quite a character - simultaneously a fast-talking, Cadillac-driving hustler who was no environmentalist, and a new age visionary. Almost 10 years before Eno's first "ambient" album, and preceding countless records/cassettes/CDs of whale sounds, rain, and crickets, Teibel's "environments" series hatched the genre. Teibel also produced an early tape cut-up in "The Altered Nixon Speech" (1973), whereby we hear Tricky Dick being honest for once and admitting that he totally planned Watergate. Irv had a wicked sense of humour that included planting Easter eggs in environments records such as his own voice played backwards and declarations of “legalize marijuana!”. Thank you to those who keep journalism alive. Info & text sourced from: https://www.irvteibel.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irv_Teibel https://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/natural-selection/ https://www.documentjournal.com/2018/03/listening-to-irv-teibels-environments-in-the-future/
Hour one
The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore (16 rpm)
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 1 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1969
The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore (33 rpm)
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 1 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1969
The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore (45 rpm)
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 1 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1969
Optimum Aviary
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 1 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1969
Tintinnabulation (Contemplative Sound)
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 2 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1970
Dawn at New Hope, Pennsylvania
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 2 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1970
Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience)
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 3 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1971
Dusk at New Hope, Pennsylvania
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 3 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1971
Ultimate Thunderstorm
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 4 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Gentle Rain in a Pine Forest
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 4 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Ultimate Heartbeat
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 5 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Wind in the Trees
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 5 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Hour two
The Altered Nixon Speech
Richard Nixon - 7" - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1973
Dawn in the Okefenokee Swamp
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 6 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Dusk in the Okefenokee Swamp
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 6 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Intonation
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 7 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1976
Summer Cornfield
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 7 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1976
A Country Stream
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 8 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Wood-Masted Sailboat
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 8 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1974
Caribbean Lagoon
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 9 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1979
Pacific Ocean
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 9 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1979
English Meadow
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 10 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1978
Night in the Country
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 10 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1978
Alpine Blizzard
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 11 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1979
Country Thunderstorm
no artist (recorded and processed by Irv Teibel) - environments 11 - Syntonic Research Inc. - 1979
Interactive CKCU
Adriana
Shamefully, I did now know about Irv Teibel until now. Incredible mind, artist, and visionary. Thank-you for putting this together.

8:03 AM, October 9th, 2021
Wally
I didn't know about Irv either and very enjoyable 👌

8:12 PM, October 9th, 2021
allan
I can smell the oil! enjoying the sounds. thx

9:20 PM, October 9th, 2021
Heavy Ben
Hi Adriana, thanks for tuning in early and letting me know.

9:29 PM, October 9th, 2021
Heavy Ben
Wally, indeed a most fascinating character

9:30 PM, October 9th, 2021
Heavy Ben
Good to hear Allan. I am having an environments session, outdoors surrounded by trees, by the lake, listening to water recorded 50 years ago through a cellphone speaker

9:33 PM, October 9th, 2021
Heavy Ben
Enough of this nature experience. It's staring to rain, the wind has picked up, the temperature is less than ideal. I'm going inside.

9:35 PM, October 9th, 2021
Mary-Sue
Discovered program by accident -- lovely environment and nature sounds. I really found it restful. Wish I could hear shows like this every week.

10:03 PM, October 9th, 2021
Dave JC
I hadn't heard of Teibel either. Nice show, and very relaxing, particularly in accompany my mundane tasks tonight.

10:13 PM, October 9th, 2021
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks Mary-Sue for letting me know. I like a chance meeting on the dial.

5:05 PM, October 10th, 2021
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey Dave JC, good to know. You never know what you'll get on Heavy Friends, but it will be interesting.

5:07 PM, October 10th, 2021