In the world of noise music, no one can hear you scream. Or, more to the point, your scream may be heard, but it’s likely to have been so utterly transformed by digital and analog sonic torture devices that it will not be comprehended. The squelched voices in the work by a duo going by the name Look to the Skies sound, at times, like some robot Diamanda Galas in full torque mode. There are over 20 tracks, many in the 20-minute range, at the Skies website, looktotheskies.net, and among the more recent entries, such as “A Deep Gash in the North Face” (MP3) and “A Series of 42 Negative Statements” (MP3), the human voice is heard as something so heavily sublimated that it might be mistaken for pure electronics. Still, on the former you hear a distinct if muddied melody that almost approximates singing (think of an industrial spin on Gavin Bryars’ “Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet”), and on the latter speech makes itself heard, if not understood, amid a crackle of fire and the whorl of overhead motion. Elsewhere, “56 Witnesses” (MP3) has the brute force, at times, of an ongoing battle and “Phone Box Somewhere” (MP3) follows a slow sine wave of throb and muffle until what very well may be carillon bells.
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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: • 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.
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