Ah, the immediacy of the web. On December 10 — that is, yesterday — the nimble, concept-minded techno act Underworld — easily among the best songwriters in electronic music, however small a field that may be — performed live at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in London for an audience that reportedly numbered around 50, all for broadcast on the radio show of legendary disc jockey John Peel. And now, the full, hour-long performance is up on the web (here). There are extended moments of bracing, mechanized revelry, and plenty of fan favorites, including “Jumbo,” off 1999’s Beaucoup Fish, the Trainspotting hit “Born Slippy,” and “Trim,” off last year’s A Hundred Days Off, with its bluesy guitar by member Karl Hyde. The BBC/Peel site also features a dozen or so photos of Hyde and bandmate Rick Smith performing (the group’s DJ, Darren Emmerson, left following the release of the band’s live album, Everything, Everything, in 2000).
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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.
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• 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: • 0273 / Alarm Clocked / Make music for a (new! improved!) slow-waking alarm clock. • 0272 / Exoplanetary Intervals / Use music to express the relationships between planets. • 0271 / Prison Sky / Mark the 5th anniversary of open-source software engineer Bassel Khartabil's detention. • 0270 / Just Duet / Record the second half of a duet live. • 0269 / Duet Portion / Record half of a live duet.
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