Another volume in the classic noise audio-journal Tellus (volume 13, “Power Electronics,” from 1986) has gone up for free download at ubu.com — 17 tracks of aggravated textures and general sonic investigatory work. Highlights include the richly squelchy opening of “Clotage” by Controlled Bleeding, who eventually shift into vaguely Hendrix-oid feedback (MP3), a vibrant torture scenario (“Gamma-Titan”) from Merzbow (MP3), haunting glossolalia (“The Sirens”) from Mitch Corber (MP3), and a bracing cut’n’paste take on Janet Jackson (“How to Kill”) from the collection’s editor, Joseph Nechvatal (MP3). Among the other participants in volume 13 of Tellus were Rhys Chatham, Psyclones and Le Syndicat, just to name a few. I owned most of these early Tellus cassettes (and, later, CDs), and it’s great to hear the music without the inherent tape hiss. It’s also great to have the songs available as individual tracks, since the amorphous sounds can bleed into one another. More background on the series at continuo.wordpress.com. Tellus dates from a time (the 1980s) when artistic use of these such mass-market media as LPs and tapes seemed inherently subversive, even anarchic, and the series’s catalog ranks up there with the Giorno Poetry Systems releases, the ROIR archive and other early remnants of commercially distributed audio experimentation.
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• May 13, 2015: Last spring-semester class meeting of the 15-week course that I teach on the role of sound in the media landscape at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I'll next teach it in spring 2016.
• December 13, 2015: The 19th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• 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: soundcloud.com.
• 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. It's housed at soundcloud.com. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 10 most recent weekly projects: • 0177: Netlabel Portrait Use samples of recent Dark Winter Records releases to produce a sonic image of the label: • 0176: Create a composition on top of a rough idea first recorded on your cellphone. • 0175: Record the composition on top of the rough draft. • 0174: Play something on your favorite instrument — wearing gloves. • 0173: Do an "over" rather than a "cover" of a pre-existing track. • 0172: Do something analog, then do the same thing digitally, and then combine them. • 0171: Rework a pre-existing field recording in response to an Oblique Strategies card. • 0170: Create a one-minute track that takes the project title as its guiding aesthetic. • 0169: Make a track using only an HTML5 drum machine. • 0168: Create an original, multi-part piece with a single audio source.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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