- RIP, Peter Bergman (b. 1939), founding member of Firesign Theater, ingeniously used audio in satiric comedy: http://t.co/YPM7KzyG #
- RIP, Moebius (b. Jean Giraud, 1938), comic book artist. #
- Never checked out the Stones Throw Beat Battle (big influence on Junto)? It’s in its 261st week, and it’s a great one: http://t.co/W3PXB5KD #
- Yowza. The Disquiet Junto 1 one track away from its 500th track in 10 weeks: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
- Dear Hivemind: Is there a AAA version of the AA USB battery that USBCell makes? #
- Excellent reason to skip a week. RT @arbeemonkey: My new project is takin all my studio time, not sure I’ll submit for the 10th junto. #
- That premonition of typing on a keyboard becoming an antiquated practice. #
- Remembering Samuel Johnson’s emphasis on the weighting of words in drama has made me more empathetic toward emoticons. #
- If an email starts with my name there’s a 80% chance it’s from someone I don’t know; without my name: 80% chance it’s from someone I know. #
- Best bad-PR email of the week began “Dear [:name],” and second best began “Dear,” — but the week isn’t over yet. #
- RT @jbutlerjbutler: @disquiet Can we add sounds to our remix? [Yes. Additions are OK unless a specific project says they're not.] #junto #
- Sole “new iPad” comment: Was hoping it’d be lighter. But I’m a 90lb weakling. Well, more like 155lbs, but still weakling. #
- RIP, Jimmy Ellis (b. 1937), lead singer of the Trammps, perhaps best known for “Disco Inferno”: http://t.co/QvaQ1zAp #
- Nice: @webbedhand + @mystified131 remixed a track by each other for the 10th Junto project: http://t.co/anQFre9l #
- RT @jbutlerjbutler @disquiet Looking forward to this Junto project…so much material to go through! [Hoping folks go back to a fave track.] #
- 10th Disquiet Junto project: remix track from previous project. Info in English/French/Spanish/Turkish: http://t.co/XdRJsrQ9 #
- Disquiet Junto project #10 announcement goes out via email and to the Soundcloud group Info page momentarily. #
- Instructions for the 10th Disquiet Junto, to be announced later today, will be in English, French, Spanish, and Turkish. #
- RIP, computer-graphics innovator Carl Machover (b. 1927), father of musician & MIT Media Lab figure Tod: http://t.co/aDY0IlsE #
- If you volunteered to translate Disquiet Junto instructions into French or Spanish (or another), could you shoot me an email or DM? Thanks. #
- The end of The Shield is so perfect, it should be watched not just as a lesson in ending a series, but in starting one. #
- If the word “selected” works then the word “curated” probably doesn’t. #
- The text equivalent of a stock photo. #
- Thanks, @swissnexSF, for hosting the game event last night. Krautscape was so beautiful it distracted me during conversations. #
- Thursday will start the 10th weekly Disquiet Junto. It’ll be an exercise in collective reflection. #
- Nanomalism. #
- “Oh, I know: Let’s release our new album to coincide with SXSW.” #
- Was on phone with @operafella yesterday when Tuesday noon siren rang. Held phone out window so he could enjoy. #
- Someone please explain to me that I should be more excited by @sfsymphony‘s 2012-13 modern works than I am http://t.co/a2DDFA5J #
- http://t.co/PUGLKmGE says $480 to close block so I can tape wind chime, or $150 for block party, which defeats purpose (via @markrushtoncom) #
- Wondering how much it would cost to have the police block off my block for a few hours so I could get a good tape of this wind chime. #
- In which I thank (http://t.co/x3jktxwX) the thoughtful @otolythe for this @hilobrow interview: http://t.co/5CevNhcI #
- Glad my neighbor across the street has a wind chime. I like it more than if I had a wind chime. Distance makes the ear fonder. #
- Great interview with my friend Charles Hatfield about academia, comics, and his new book (Hand of Fire) on Jack Kirby: http://t.co/3ZJDc2wv #
- 71 tracks this week. RT @benjamindauer: It’s Tuesday: time to visit the @SoundCloud Junto page & begin a fresh round of listening/comments. #
- RIP, songwriter Robert B. Sherman (b. 1925), whose work in the splendid “Theme Park Songs” Wikipedia category includes “It’s a Small World.” #
- Silence is seductive according to this sign at the SF Zoo. #415 #design http://t.co/larzJaHL #
- Today in “Fun with Doppler Shift”: sound of crying child riding carousel in San Francisco Zoo heard from outside the building #
- Yow. The @soundcloud podcast that covers Junto & Instagr/am/bient is 200 listens shy of 10,000: http://t.co/JGWMqeHB #
- 63 avian/guitar hybrids in Junto #9 project. With a little less 1/2 a day to go, an uptick in slide-guitar entries: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
- Definitely. I’m fine-tuning some ideas. RT @hecanjog: @disquiet any plans for a Junto that doesn’t require use of electronics? (beyond mics) #
- Pediatrician’s office is like 40-Part Motet, but with crying babies behind doors, rather than singers emanating from speakers. #
- The fog horns seem to have a little more pep this evening. #
- With more than a full day to go, already 51 guitar/birdsong pieces in the 9th Junto project: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
- Walked to my bookshelf and found my beloved The Star Wars Portfolio by Ralph McQuarrie (b. 1929). He died yesterday. (via @robotdancerobot) #
- Cross-species avian/guitar collaboration by @iamseams, who produced that great @soundcloud #junto podcast: http://t.co/bqBcOUeO #
- The room is electrical. It says so right on the door. #415 #richmonddistrict http://t.co/RI3ecAv8 #
- RIP, Robert R. McElroy (b. 1928), whose photographs documented the art Happenings of the 1950s and ’60s: http://t.co/52WDcr9k #
- The @soundcloud podcast by @iamseams about the Junto & Instagr/am/bient projects is nearing 8,000 listens in three days. #
- Note to @otolythe: the musician @markrushtoncom, who bowed out of the Junto to reflect on what he’d absorbed the first month, is back for #9 #
- Junto folk: freesound-dot-org is back online, but please use the links from the group’s info page for the source audio: http://t.co/XdRJsrQ9 #
- The #netlabel list maintained by @dpnem is due for an update: http://t.co/tTZFsXam. He’s looking for additions, if you see anything missing. #
- Guess I meant “wordular” not “text/ural.” RT @alien_artifex: @disquiet every line of melody is ‘text’, too, even without words! 8-/ #
- Do the characters on Fringe have multiple versions of @SoundHound on their phones, or is there a single multiverse database? #
- Zagat must add a number to its rating system: DPC. That’s the average number of “devices per customer.” This cafe is 2.8. #
- Cover versions are so persistent in cafes, they are producing an alternate-universe history of pop music. #
- John Cage work at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. #415 http://t.co/edTFUdlx #
- Already 23 duets for acoustic guitar and bird song in this week’s Disquiet Junto: http://t.co/kel3Tiwn #
- I always think Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is a lost track from Moby’s Play. #
- “If you’re not interested in the text, play an instrument”: soprano Patricia Racette in today’s @metopera quiz. #
- Title of the day: Director of Supernumeraries. The one from the @metopera is talking during the break in the Aida broadcast. #
- The @metopera play-by-play is a riot. Audience is giving standing o at intermission. Ovation inflation a symptom of our time. #
- Listening to @metopera on KDFC 90.3FM in San Francisco. Apparently my buddy @operafella is part of the Opera Quiz today. #
- Disquiet Junto update: 3 ways to download source audio for Project #9 (while freesound-dot-org is inconveniently down): http://t.co/XdRJsrQ9 #
- Disquiet Junto update: 3 ways to download source audio for Project 0009 (while freesound-dot-org is inconveniently down). #
- Junto-samples update: freesound-dot-org still is down but I should have a working link to the 4 samples by 11am PST today. #
- Attention: Junto folk. The freesound-dot-org site is down. If anyone has the 4 samples available to share, please let me know. #
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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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