Likes birds of a feather, sound collectors flock together. A favored web-nest of late is the Freesound project, at freesound.iua.upf.edu, which hosts raw sound files for enthusiasts, researchers, sound designers and remixers. The “Remix! tree” at Freesound represents a list of files and the remixes that result from them. This past week, about a month after a fellow named Marcus Horndt posted a two-minute field recording of birds (link), another Freesound participant, Hans Timmermans, uploaded three remixes he’d perpetrated on those unsuspecting birds, turning their natural utterances into what he described as ragas (links: 1, 2, 3), in which he digitally re-tuned the original songs as if they were being played on a sitar. The results suggest the birds’ playful squawks are reverberating gently on superfine wires. Somewhere, late avian-obsessed composer Olivier Messiaen is smiling. A little confused, but smiling nonetheless. (Side note: Though Horndt’s file is saved as a high-fidelity wav, and Timmermans’ experiments are in the equally weighty aiff format, the Freesound interface includes a preview that compresses each track to a tidy one-megabyte MP3. Just click on the “Waveform & Preview” window to check one out.)
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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.
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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: • 0263 / Overture Edit / Produce an overture to an existing album. • 0262 / Ice Code / Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it. • 0261 / Audio Journal 2016 / Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments. • 0260 / Tone Fade / An exercise in when a sound ends. • 0259 / Signals Lost / Summon up a horror story in sound.
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