The Radiolarian Series
|The Radiolarian Series|
|Studio album by|
|Released||Vol.1: September 30, 2008|
Vol.2: April 14, 2009
Vol.3: August 4, 2009
Box Set: November 24, 2009
|Producer||Medeski Martin & Wood|
|Medeski Martin & Wood chronology|
The project is atypical among studio albums because, in a reversal of the typical recording process, the band decided to compose and then develop the songs through a series of tours before recording the music in the studio.
In early 2008 the band announced on their official website: "Medeski Martin & Wood are planning three tours, plus three albums in 2008. Each tour and subsequent album will consist of all NEW MUSIC. The plan: Write > Tour > Record > Repeat." 
"The problem with us," keyboardist John Medeski explains, "is that when we record an album, by the time a record company gets it out, we’ve already been playing the music for six or eight months, and we’re ready to move on."
The three volumes of The Radiolarian Series were first released as three separate albums. The series was also released as a 5-CD box set in 2009.
The Radiolarian Series takes its name from radiolarians (also radiolaria), amoeboid protozoa that produce intricate mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the cell into inner and outer portions, called endoplasm and ectoplasm.
Radiolaria grow their intricately beautiful patterned skeleton around their soft core in defiance of normal biological process. This is, according to the band, "similar to Medeski Martin and Wood's latest creative cycle." 
The Radiolarian Series consists of music composed and developed over the course of the band's three-part 2008 "Viva la Evolution" Tour:
- Part One: February 19–29 (Northeast U.S.)
- Part Two: July 11–18 (Southeast U.S.)
- Part Three: November 12–22 (Pacific Northwest (U.S. & Canada))
All tracks by Medeski Martin & Wood unless otherwise noted.
- First Light
- Cloud Wars
- Muchas Gracias
- Professor Nohair
- Free Go Lily (traditional)
- Rolling Son
- Sweet Pea Dreams
- God Fire
- Hidden Moon
- Flat Tires
- Riffin' Ed
- Amber Gris
- Chasen vs Suribachi
- Dollar Pants
- Amish Pinxtos
- Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (traditional)
- Chantes des Femmes
- Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down (traditional)
- Walk Back
- Jean's Scene
- Broken Mirror
- Gwyra Mi
Radiolarians Box Set
The 2009 box set included the original three discs, plus a full-length DVD, a live disc, a remix disc, and two vinyl records.
Produced by Medeski Martin & Wood Recorded at Shackston Studio, Kingston, NY Mixed at Synergy Recording, Kingston NY Recorded & Mixed by David Kent, Assisted by Jed Kosiner Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf Mastering Management by Liz Penta, Emcee Artist Management
- RFC Interview with MMW's Chris Wood | Extended Version - November 2009 Interview with bassist Chris Wood
- MMW and the Power of Creation - September 2009 Interview with drummer Billy Martin about Radiolarians
- Citizen Dick Interview - August 2009 Interview with drummer Billy Martin about Radiolarians
- PopMatters Reviews of Radiolarians 2 and Radiolarians 3 - at PopMatters.com