- I wonder if my whole interest in drones has to do with the 13-year-old me wishing the opening notes of Yes’ Fragile would go on forever. #
- Incredible sonic moire outside Old Navy in downtown San Francisco between store-entrance stereo speakers and drumming busker. #
- PR email received for band whose picture, artfully, doesn’t show faces. No description of music, just links to streaming services. #
- I suspect @tinyletter may have held up the Disquiet Junto email because it had three embedded links. Spam red flag. #
- The Disquiet Junto email just seems to have been received, even though it was sent yesterday afternoon by @tinyletter. #odd #
- We email a lot with our neighbors. I don’t miss the continuous phone ringing that was the soundscape of my childhood. #
- Yojiro Imasaka’s inspiring photo of an alley: http://t.co/bLprwyAs. It’s the graphic score Disquiet Junto musicians interpret this week. #
- The gritty-spectral background photo, by Yojiro Imasaka, for my Twitter page serves as a graphic score in the new Disquiet Junto project. #
- Instructions for 19th Disquiet Junto are now live: http://t.co/XdRJsrQ9. Project due this Monday at 11:59pm, wherever you are. #
- “rojiura” is a Japanese word for alley #
- Disquiet Junto project #19 involving graphic notation, to go live (and out to email) momentarily. #
- Found ¥10,700 in my (San Francisco) desk drawer, from my most recent (2009) Japan trip. Maybe Kinokuniya will let me pay for pens with it. #
- 19th Disquiet Junto project begins in a few hours. Join the 154 members of the announcement email list at http://t.co/f2aaVTe0 #
- Nicely put. RT @artofplanning: Commissioning, not interrupting. RT @disquiet: Rhythms of the yard by Diego Stocco:http://t.co/xLSFLESl. #
- RT @DETXL: Listening to v.90 modem negotiate connection is oddly soothing. (1998-me would beg to differ. Via ICQ, no doubt, if phone’s free) #
- Signed up to check out the “next” SoundCloud. Looking forward to checking it out. #
- Received the Japanese and Turkish translations of the instructions to this week’s Disquiet Junto project. #graphicnotation #
- #harmonica #graffiti #stencil #415 http://t.co/V3awi5YG #
- What I imagine Christian Marclay’s door looks like. (Actually a bathroom in the Haight.) http://t.co/2VqBX8gW #
- Background on graphic notation in advance of the next Disquiet Junto: http://t.co/gOohgvS5 + http://t.co/qTwGQPeK + http://t.co/wkbvGvcN #
- Classical/opera record labels really need to engage with @soundhound & @shazam to beef up their recognition software. #
- Having grown up with comics in the 1970s I’m darn happy about the Avengers’ success, but I was more of a Defenders/X-Men kid. #
- Mac OS X 10.7.4 update is 729.6 MB but won’t install because system tells me it needs 3.65 GB of space to download and install the update. #
- PR for group whose music alternates between “electronics” and “harmonies” — because, you know, there’s nothing harmonic about electronics. #
- My favorite music video game is the interactive spinning beach ball you get to play with when using iTunes. #
- The image accompanying this story about $87-million Rothko painting should accompany a New Yorker story by Don DeLillo: http://t.co/W2N3xN4E #
- Today: writing, call, call, conference call, sausage at Rosamunde Grill, writing #
- The netlabel proprietor & musician @leonrosado had his laptop stolen. Consider helping him buy a new one: http://t.co/sJHeRA8G in reply to leonrosado #
- Denver/Boulder Disquiet Junto concert in mid-August is gaining steam. Details as they come into focus — to mix metaphors. #
- Writing a bit about manga — which is to say, about telenovelas and jazz. #
- Adding a little @touchmusic to the afternoon birds/bugs/wind/cars/foghorn mashup. #
- Afternoon sounds: seagulls and other birds, bees, foghorns, muted surf of automobile traffic, wind, breeze-blown bushes/trees. #
- Neglected backyard for first 20 months of our 20-month-old’s life. That’s now corrected. Backyard looks/smells/sounds great. Foghorns agree. #
- If you live in the Richmond District and work from home and are not working outside today, consider doing so. #415 #
- Dear @idontlikewords, Please combine automated text-to-voice reading of @TheAtlantic blog posts with field recordings of urban noise. #
- Looking for lead (Python) developer http://t.co/iUxEwKHP + part-time systems engineer: http://t.co/vWRuICiV #virtualoffice #competitivepay #
- Tuesday noon siren on clear day in San Francisco, multiple speakers echoing each other like some of Philip Jeck’s turntables. #
- Advance word(s) on this coming Thursday’s Disquiet Junto project (#19): alley / 路地裏 / ろじうら / rojiura. #
- It was only last week, I think, I’d read our child, now 20 months, a Sendak book for the first time: Night Kitchen. Dough airplanes FTW. #
- Planned on working to music but the foghorns are especially beautiful and mournful today, noble beasts who lost their leader. #
- Thursday’s Disquiet Junto, project No. 19, will ask participations to interpret a provided photograph as if it were a graphic notation score #
- Rhythms of the yard by Diego Stocco: http://t.co/xLSFLESl. A Burt’s Bees commission. (Mostly for @artofplanning @boondesign.) #
- Tears before bedtime. RIP, children’s book author Maurice Sendak (b. 1928): http://t.co/CP2kvAS5 #
- All you bleeding-edge types playing with Mountain Lion: does Desktop Spaces work rationally now, or is it still not ready for primetime? #
- It’d be nice if AirPlay mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion let you use the iPad (fluidly) as a second monitor. #
- Er, that was: if you would like to help translate Disquiet Junto projects into languages other than English, lemme know. #
- Instructions to Disquiet Junto 19 have gone to translators. Glad to be back on multi-lingual schedule. If want to help translate lemme know. #
- 37 Disquiet Junto pieces in response to project #18 with just a few hours until midnight: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
- Jukebox at the Hemlock confirmed for me that South of Heaven is my favorite Slayer album. #
- Yeah, we’re talking about a possible Disquiet Junto concert in Denver/Boulder this August. #
- There’s lots of ways to draw a cloud, but the @amazon cloud silhouette looks a lot like the @soundcloud cloud backwards. #
- “Drone in G Major for Sinewaves, Wind and Bubblewrap”: http://t.co/fUsQmvrx #
- 33 entries so far in 18th Disquiet Junto, including a bunch by 1st-timers. Excellent, subtle background listening: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
- Raisins and almond slivers are my new jam. #
- One of the next Disquiet Junto projects will be: graphic scores. Details TK. #
- Genius when song breaks for train to pass overhead. #ripmca RT @audiation: So good. So sad. RT @questlove: Style http://t.co/CXoOZIJD #
- Haven’t seen Avengers yet but am hopeful there’s evidence of Nick Fury not aging, which will let Samuel Jackson be both Fury & Enoch Root. #
- RT @TheValiska: This week’s Junto submissions are especially wonderful. The 3 parts in transition offer some really interesting compositions #
- Confused by numerous Mad Men / Chemical Brothers tweets, but looking forward to sorting it out when I watch the episode later this week. #
- “Noises are important. Noises can tell you everything.” —Sherlock Holmes, season 2, episode 1. #
- The Disquiet Junto just got its 800th track and 180th participant, all in 18 weeks: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
- Today’s best sound gadget: turkey caller (wood, glass) in Berkeley hills. At least one wild turkey replied. #
- Welcome! RT @shredderghost: 1st track made for @disquiet group, Upwelling [disquiet0018 3x3]. Slow ambient tidal force. http://t.co/QQJOJttx #
- Of generic cloud syncs only Dropbox plays music from browser. Microsoft/Google/SugarSync > download. Box costs to sync. Amazon doesn’t sync. #
- Correction: Amazon’s cloud desktop app allows uploads, but doesn’t appear to do true sync. #
- Of major generic syncing clouds, only Dropbox & Amazon play music from browser. Microsoft/Google/SugarSync -> download. Box costs to sync. #
- RIP, classical violinist Zvi Zeitlin (b. 1922), modernist champion, Eastman Trio cofounder: http://t.co/TKk91Lhl #
- So glad you had the time. RT @ethanhein: New @disquiet Junto entry: Thelonious Monk meets Pac-Man meets Led Zeppelin. http://t.co/qyEBGP6P #
- Perfect opportunity to fiddle. RT @TheValiska: @disquiet Junto submission: http://t.co/8gME4K30 trying to figure out Izotope’s Iris synth #
- RIP, David Bowman (b. 1957), who wrote a lot for me in the mid-1990s:… #
- Parenting question: Does a pocket calculator count as screen time? #
- Associating a domain with Google Apps actually taking time to process. Not used to this. It’s like 1996, minus the fax sound. #
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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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