- Working in Menlo-Regular. Maybe I don't need Consolas after all. #
- Heard fan on Macbook Air for first time since Tuesday purchase. Now back to silent. #SSD #
- Whenever I use the term "program music" I am concerned a reader will think I mean "program as in 'computer program.'" #
- Guy outside working fervidly in cold on massive phone-line switch box. He turns around. I'm surprised he's not Robert De Niro in Brazil. #
- Actual choice in Apple email asking why I declined help setting up laptop at Apple Store: "I wanted to experience opening the box on my own" #
- Most prominent post-Windows ghost pain: absence of Consolas font. This will be addressed shortly. #switch #
- Laptop adjusting brightness relative to environment on day of passing clouds is exercise in adverse effects of automation on nervous system. #
- "exhibition’s co-curator…dreamed…Brian Eno appeared to him and declared, 'Germany Is Your America'" http://t.co/ydYSzXJN via @nytimes #
- First major back-to-Mac revelation: Keyboard Shortcuts (under System Preferences) is great. Suits all my AutoHotkey needs. #
- Noon church bells collude and collide with beep of truck backing up. #
- Exhibit by @salvagione opens tonight at Aggregate Space in Oakland. I wrote an essay for it (http://t.co/y2GsqRdb), design by @boondesign. #
- Writing on a laptop with an SSD drive is a peaceful experience. #
- .@osakimandias As Einstein said, "There is no audible tick-tock everywhere in the world that can be considered as time." in reply to osakimandias #
- Dear Hive Mind, What's a Mac application that syncs with @simplenoteapp and supports both its pin and tags features? #
- Disappointed that Chime in Valve's Steam doesn't play on Mac. (Now have Metallica going through my head: "No remorse no regret.") #
- I hear Pink Floyd. My immediate impression is that someone is watching The Wall on one of the cafe's many laptops, but it's just the radio. #
- I bought a Mac yesterday evening. It's my third Mac ever, my first since 1994. This should be interesting. (My first Mac was the first Mac.) #
- Trying out, belatedly, the @soundcloud Mac application for the first time. Nifty. Glad to see that unlike the iOS app it supports downloads. #
- My pleasure. RT @falsereactions: My set from CMKY (@communikey) was featured on Disquiet this morning. Check it: http://t.co/mCQ6HkNO #
- Fave tweet of day, and it's only 6:37am. RT @CBCarey: Construction in 4 different locations in town this AM. It's like Antheil spatialized. #
- I've got a new essay for @salvagione's new work RT @boondesign: Aggregate Space opening Fri, 6-8pm. Oakland Art Murmur: http://t.co/CTsig8sw #
- Every time you report a Twitter spambot, an angel gets its iPad. #
- Best thing about a cafe near a Russian Orthodox Church? Besides the bells, it's the regular appearance of men in cassocks using iPads. #
- This is @richard_kadrey on Esquivel: "It sounds like what James Bond's dentist must play in his waiting room." #
- iPad set to notify email arrivals with alerts. Woke to 50+ emails. Had to "dismiss" each individually. Switched to banners. #hassle #ux #
- RIP, French composer/musician/musicologist André Hodeir (b.1921); his "Anna Livia Plurabelle" & "Bitter Ending" set Finnegan’s Wake to music #
- dog-whistle auto-dramaturgy #
- 6:00pm bells pushing through traffic noise, some ancient practice struggling to be heard in modern world. #
- Work by @taylordeupree @wcraghead & @mapmap hasn't made me routinely receptive to Instagram but has convinced me it can be used exquisitely. #
- Hoping to catch Faust at the Balboa Theater tomorrow night. #
- Tuesday noon siren heard against beep of timer from kitchen of Chinese restaurant. #
- Sudden distant police siren brings background to foreground and highlights the current utter absence of bird song. #
- Admash (noun): The accidental mashup when your mouse triggers a "rich media" ad on website that's already streaming audio. #
- Based on how we read these ABC books, my 14-month-old must think the ISBN code is the 27th letter of the alphabet. #
- Apparently the song birds are getting bigger in our area: http://t.co/vU54N5mK #
- Morning alarm. Sonic sunrise. #
- RIP, Tom Keith (b. 1947), who created the sound effects for the radio series Prairie Home Companion: http://t.co/hFFNp9Lc #
- Listened to long drone concert on repeat for afternoon & early evening. Details came into focus over time. Volume increased as sky darkened. #
- One ebook at a time per device. #
- Man, the new Google Reader is lovely. #
- Will not be posting "spooky" music today because all music has the potential to be spooky. #
- My nightmare scenario? These foghorns switch from Ingram Marshall mode to John Williams mode. #
- 23 dB – 34 dB: baby snores #
- Always happy when a program informedly updates/refines its commands. Except it often means an unexpected half hour re-coding of AutoHotkeys. #
- It is so Instagram outside right now. Thick fog, bright sun. #
- It is so film noir outside in the Richmond District right now. #
- T-shirts for Russ & Daughters and for Katz's Deli sighted outside Nopalito in San Francisco. #
- Would swear the bird is chirping in between the noon church bells. Well, perhaps "swear" is the inappropriate word. #
- Half the time I see "PD" in tweets I think it's about a Puredata meetup, not police #occupy activity. #
- Hey, hive mind: I'm requesting recommendations for particularly strong/thorough biography of Wallace Stevens? Thanks. #
- The latch on the window is in fact a switch that turns on the bird-song noises. #
- Evening's highly recommended streaming: lively clicktronic kitchen-sink instrumental pop of @bacanalintruder: http://t.co/IZWZkczz #
- Windows open front & rear on sunny October day in San Francisco. Sounds of cars in living room, helicopters in backyard. Sonic crossbreeze. #
- Have been out'n'about in San Francisco for over six hours and saw just one Nintendo DS. #nintendtimes #
- Secret origin of Bluetooth. RT @ptermx: @disquiet Aye! 'twas a business invented by crazies so they could get under the radar. #
- If we're not careful, the image of our time will be individuals alone in their cars seemingly talking to themselves. #
- New Koji Asano album likely the first recording I have ever received that came with a promotional pack of tissues. #
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Spring 2013: The Disquiet Junto is assisting Geoff Manaugh in a course he is teaching at Columbia University's GSAPP, "San Andreas: Architecture for the Fault." Details at bldgblog.blogspot.com.
February 26: I'm giving a three-hour guest lecture about listening to a class on writing for radio productions at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
May 15, 2013: Last day of 15-week course I'm teaching about sound in the media landscape at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California.
Ongoing: In January 2013 I became part of the SoundCloud Heroes project, more on which in the near future. In the short term, full disclosure, I was gifted the top-level account, Pro Plus. Initial post here: "What I'm Up To."
Ongoing: The film The Children Next Door (2012), on which I served as music supervisor and collaborated with Taylor Deupree on sound design, is currently touring festivals. It won a special jury prize at DOC NYC and has also played at the Denver and Hamptons festivals. Directed by Doug Block, produced by Lynda A. Hansen. More at thechildrennextdoor.com.
Down the Pike: Concerts in the Disquiet Junto series are in various stages of planning for London, England; Portland, Oregon; and elsewhere.
Way Down the Pike: Currently writing a book about Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, for the 33 1/3 series.
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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 weekly projects to date: 1: ice cubes • 2: duet for foghorn and steam whistle • 3: expanded glass harp • 4: remixing Marcus Fischer • 5: adding sounds to everyday life • 6: remixing archival Edison cylinders • 7: create through subtraction • 8: rework Benjamin Franklin's autobiography • 9: cross-species collaboration • 10: remix a previous Junto track • 11: everyday mechanical rhythms • 12: cut and paste • 13: remixing wild Up playing Shostakovich • 14: sonic version of Matt Madden's Oubapo story • 15: aural RGB • 16: sandpaper and dice • 17: transition between field and composed • 18: relative prominence • 19: graphic score (photo by Yojiro Imasaka) • 20: use the NodeBeat app • 21: the four seasons • 22: sonic decay • 23: palindrone • 24: a suite of sonic alerts • 25: remixing project 24 • 26: making music from your trash • 27: turm the instruction text into sound • 28: remix a netlabel release • 29: music from water, inspired by William Gibson's Count Zero • 30: sounds from silence • 31: Revisiting a 1955 Yoko Ono Fluxus piece • 32: sonify the 2012 U.S. presidential election polling data • 33: making music with a turntable but without vinyl • 34: Use the theme song of the Radius broadcast as the source of an original composition • 35: Make music from a sample page of Beck's Song Reader sheet music • 36: Reworking Bach into abstract expressionism • 37: The sound of commerce • 38: Make a fake field recording • 39: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one • 40: Turn a Kenneth Kirschner duet into a trio • 41: Dirty minimalism • 42: Record a "naive melody" with your oldest and newest instruments> • 43: Make mechanical roars from the sound of a retail space • 44: Transition from storm to calm using field recordings from Sandy 2012 • 45: Combine material from the public domain adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer • 46: Investigate a recording of the voting process for its "sonic fingerprint." • 47: Turn the muffled voices of a distant party into the foundation of a recording. • 48: Celebrate the Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works by remixing music from the Three Legs Duck netlabel. • 49: Make a track, 50% of which is the sound of a tape cassette deck in motion. • 50: Encode a word or phrase in Morse Code and employ that as a track's rhythm. • 51: Create a 2012 audio diary with a dozen five-second segments. • 52: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Bump Foot netlabel. • 53: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it (redux). • 54: Create an original musical score for the day's news. • 55: Combine two Nils Frahm solo piano pieces into one. • 56: Make music from the sound of the tick of a clock. • 57: Use sounds from the Phonetics Lab Archive at UCLA to depict emotions. • 58: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Endless Ascent netlabel. • 59: Make music from three randomly assigned vowels. • 60: Record something about yourself and your music/sound in your own words and voice. • 61: Record a single for which the cover would be the image suggested by a @textinstagram tweet. • 62: Make music using just three sine waves. • 63: Make a new piece of music based on an echo-laden re-recording of Gregorian chant. • 64: Compose a piece to align with, from memory, 60 seconds of everyday sound. • 65: Compose music atop a randomly assigned segment of a pre-existing track by Jared Brickman. • 66: Collaborate posthumously with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton. • 67: Compose music for a phrase from Homer's The Odyssey • 68: Combine three songs from the first release of the new deriv.cc netlabel. • 69: Make music from field recordings of earth, water, air, and fire. • 70: Create a single piece of music from two tones and three beats. • 71: Create an original score to the trailer to Christine Knowlton's film about blind sailors.
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