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Listening to art.
Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

Tangents (survey, scores, Alarm)

Quick Links: (1) CommonTunes.org is “a community directory of freely available music”; among its most popular tags (akin to genres) are electronic and laptop. … (2) Two video-game composers, Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising, Tony Hawk Pro Skater) and Jack Wall (Jade Empire, Splinter Cell), are going on tour (link). … (3) A student at the University of East Anglia has posted initial data from a recent survey he did of so-called MP3 bloggers (I was one of the respondents). Highlights: 98% male, over 50% between 21 and 30 years of age, 7% electronica, 15% have been around for more than 24 months (for what it’s worth, Disquiet.com was launched at the end of 1996, and its Downstream department of daily music downloads debuted October 14, 2003). Parse the results here. … (4) Team Sleep has announced the winners of its remix contest (link), and posted the entries. … (5) Info on contributing to a new compilation of “slow motion” videos, organized by media artist Ryan Junell: slomovideo.com. The site features a helpful list of “medications or substances” that one “should avoid while making/watching slow motion videos.”

New Releases: It’s a big week for new records. (1) Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto release Sala Santa Cecilia (Touch), a laptop duet recorded last November. … (2) The quasi-supergroup Githead (Malka Spigel, Robin Rimbaud [aka Scanner], Colin Newman and Max Franken) debuts with Profile (~swim). … (3 – 6) Can reissues four albums on the hybrid SACD/CD format: Future Days, Soon Over Babaluma, Unlimited Edition and Landed (all Mute). … (7) Turntablist Still‘s dark-ambient Remains surfaces (Public Guilt; see yesterday’s Disquiet Downstream entry). … Also: (8) Kero‘s Kerologistics (Neo Ouija), (9) Vidna Obmana‘s Noise/Drone Anthology 1984-1989 (Projekt). … And in related news the U.S. Supreme Court (supremecourtus.gov) is due to weigh in on filesharing when it decides “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster” tomorrow. … More new-release info at brainwashed.com/releases and videoeta.com.

Keeping Score: News on the overlap of electronic music and motion pictures: (1) The Fountain will re-team composer Clint Mansell and director Darron Aronofsky, whose Requiem for a Dream Mansell previously scored. Mansell wrote the music for the recent Sahara, and is listed as the composer for the forthcoming Doom, based on the video game. … (2) Moby and Trent Reznor are contributing original songs to the futuristic musical Southland Tales, by Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly; it’s due out in 2006. … (3) RZA (Wu Tang Clan, Kill Bill) is listed as the composer on Michael Mann‘s feature film version of his innovative TV series, Miami Vice. All that news, according to IMDB.com. … (5) The site whomix.trilete.net is dedicated to remixes (“faithful or pisstakes”) of the Dr. Who theme, originally composed by Ron Grainer (who also scored The Omega Man and wrote the theme for The Prisoner); via warrenellis.com.

… Disquiet Heavy Rotation: (1) “Insomnia,” the penultimate track on Ikue Mori‘s laptop-built new solo album, Myrninerest (released in May on John Zorn’s Tzadik label); something like an otherworldly combination of a glass harmonica and a toy piano, this should be the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake. … (2) “Not Sensitive,” a cue of backward-masked aquatics, off the “ambient” bonus disc that comes with Moby‘s recent Hotel (released in March on V2). … (3) Four Tet‘s folktronic, melody-reducing quasi-cover of “Iron Man” from the collection Everything Comes and Goes: A Tribute to Black Sabbath, which also features Matmos, Ruins, and others (released earlier this year on Temporary Residence); it makes a good companion to Four Tet’s earlier cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand,” off the compilation LateNightTales (Azuli, 2004). A full set of classic-rock covers is eagerly awaited.

… Good Reads: (1) On physorg.com, an overview of DISSCO, a software project by mathematician Hans G. Kaper and musician Sever Tipei. Says Kaper, “The computer takes a general idea and develops sheet music or recorded sound.” Check it out at dissco.sourceforge.net. … (2) Fourth-world trumpeter Jon Hassell talks with his hometown newspaper, The Memphis Commercial Appeal (link).

… Quote of the Week: “Could this end up being like The New York Philharmonic Plays the Bee Gees?” That’s Gavin Chuck, managing director of the Alarm Will Sound new-music ensemble, describing some initial hesitance before the group threw itself into preparation for its new recording, Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin (Cantaloupe). More info at alarmwillsound.com (and check out last Wednesday’s Disquiet Downstream entry for a free track off Acoustica).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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