If you have on your computer any of the various free software that allows you to “DJ” with MP3 files (Disquiet, a longtime “WinTel” hostage, recently switched from PCDJ to MixVibes), it’s worth the time it takes to make a snippet of the opening, deeply ambient initial 30 seconds or so of Gustav Mahler‘s First Symphony, and to either loop it for an extended period of time, or to layer it on top of itself. The free edition of MixVibes allows two tracks to play simultaneously, but the affordable upgrade versions allow for four, even sixteen tracks. In most renditions of this Mahler symphony, such as the Leonard Bernstein on CBS Masterworks or the Christoph Eschenbach on Koch, this segment starts as quietly as can be imagined, and proceeds tentatively, as a few, light pulses introduce themselves. With most of these PCDJ-style programs, you can reduce the tempo of the track, allowing it to last longer and, generally speaking, sound deeper.
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• October 13, 2016: This day marks the start of the 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project.
• November 16, 2016: I'll be sharing the mic at Adobe Books in San Francisco with my fellow 33 1/3 author Evie Nagy for an evening hosted, from 7pm to 10pm, by Marc Kate (facebook.com).
• December 1, 2016: A likely speaking engagement. Details to come.
• December 13, 2016: This day marks the 20th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 5, 2017: This day marks the 5th anniversary of the Disquiet Junto.
• Ongoing: The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury, is now in its second printing. It can be purchased at amazon.com, among other places.
disquiet juntoThe Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 5 most recent weekly projects: • 0253 / Doorbell Rehab / Record some welcome music. • 0252 / Sonic Palindrome / Make music that sounds the same backwards and forwards. • 0251 / Soothing Sounds for Parents / Remix some music for infants with parents in mind. • 0250 / Soothing Sounds for Junto / Make some peaceful music for an infant child. • 0249 / 80 Phases / Wish the minimalist composer Steve Reich a happy birthday.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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