The rise of virtual machines has not, in fact, done away with physical machines. If anything, the opposite is the case. The rise of virtual instruments, from soft-synths to digital drum machines, has led to a wildly diverse landscape of music tools, which in turn has freed up the common understanding of instruments, and led to increased innovation of physical instruments. How else to explain the Monome, the OP-1 from Teenage Engineering, the Miselu neiro, and numerous other standalone devices, not to mention the expanding array of controllers for Ableton? Or, for that matter, the Pocket Piano? The latter is the tidy device, pictured above, that Seams (aka Jami Welch of Berlin, Germany, aka the fellow who interviewed me for the recent Soundcloud podcast about various Disquiet.com projects, just shy of 14,000 listens) employed in the performance of a tasty little bit of restrained funk. The lo-fi sound results from the manner in which it was recorded, a process described by the track’s title: “Pocket Piano via Dictaphone via iPhone.”
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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.
• January 5, 2017: This day marks the 5th anniversary of the Disquiet Junto.
• 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.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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