Koji Asano, the prolific, self-published electronic musician, hasn’t just posted a free download on his website, kojiasano.com. He hasn’t just interrupted the steady flow of commercial recordings for a free one. He hasn’t just taken the heavily processed abstractions of his recent Spring Estuary CD (his 39th album, by his own count) and reduced them to some haunting piano’n’drone minimalism. He hasn’t just done so in a (so-called) lossless format that weighs in at 65 megabytes for 18 minutes of music. He’s gone and promised that this is the first in a weekly series of free downloads. There are, inevitably, two catches. The first is that you must enter your email address to gain access. The second is that the music is encoded in an M4A file, which isn’t copy-protected, but it doesn’t play well in a lot of players, though it does in Apple’s iTunes (it crashed my Quintessential software for Windows XP, even after I installed the recommended plugin, and it doesn’t seem to work on my portable iAudio device). Still, there are easy ways to convert M4As to MP3s, and to reduce that file size. If the full-length piece is intriguing, short snippets of the original release are available for comparison here.
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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: • 0247 / Waltz, Maybe / Interpret as a graphic score an illustration drawn upon waking by Lark Pien. • 0246 / Double, Quadruple, Sextuple / Compose a piece of music that increases speed in stages as it proceeds. • 0245 / Practical Music / Write a piece of music for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat. • 0244 / Euro Mixin / The Assignment: Combine tracks from three different European netlabels (Portugal, Spain, Switzerland) into one sonic union. • 0243 / Synth Trial / The Assignment: Share the best track from your audition tape for Blade Runner 2.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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