- Man, William Basinski live. That was pretty special. Thank you, SFEMF. #
- Already 8 reworkings of a Bach piece in honor of abstract expressionist Clyfford Still's affection for classical music: http://t.co/lSzme8ob #
- Glenn Gould woulda turned 80 this year. Focusing on the 100th of Cage/Nancarrow, who broke into their pianos, I've neglected the shut-in. #
- Jeepers hadn't even followed that through. Thanks. MT @subtopes: @disquiet further it's a skill needed only for doing what you're told to do #
- According to this BART sign, listening is not part of being aware of one's environment. http://t.co/3Gispjqh #
- BART between Powell and 24th is louder than most concerts I attend. #
- Getting used to the sounds in/of the room where I'll be teaching a weekly class on sound. http://t.co/IUKC7d0s #
- Really excited about hearing/seeing William Basinski live tonight at SFEMF — after a heap of tamales. #
- For @djunto folks, Ramos' narrative is interesting. Note his move away from abstract expressionism via visual sampling: http://t.co/45NV1bBo #
- My lengthy profile of painter Mel Ramos is now up at http://t.co/45NV1bBo. #
- My dishwasher is a generative-music genius. Rhythmic, fluid, lush, cantankerous. Genius. #
- Room 3012 in Sonoma State's library has a plaque thanking Tom & Betty Freeman. Different BF, but I listened to Cage's Freeman Etudes there. #
- Looks like the new Kindle Fires correct one significant gap from the previous version: they have built-in microphones: http://t.co/QrUfyvbd #
- Far too psyched about Looper. #
- 36th Disquiet Junto project has begun. Explores aesthetic influence via Clyfford Still: http://t.co/XdREURGZ + http://t.co/Fote94kZ #
- Chris Duncan LP cover from upcoming sound-in-art show at Sonoma State's art gallery. http://t.co/xGJbsSsm #
- Detail of Jack Ox graphic score from upcoming sound-in-art show at Sonoma State's art gallery. http://t.co/oYiiSUA4 #
- Detail of 1978 John Cage score from upcoming sound-in-art show at Sonoma State's art gallery. http://t.co/P74qtdtW #
- Campus noon carillon can't really compete with neighboring HVAC exhaust. #
- Interviewing Nils Frahm later today, if anyone has any questions for him. #
- Yeah, phone as chihuahua. MT @npseaver: @disquiet I hate iPhone’s default (unchangeable) SMS vibrate. Stop growling at me, tiny motors! #
- Watched/listened as Prius navigated tight parallel parking situation, the only evident sound that of tires squeaking against pavement. #
- Concept that a phone on "vibrate" isn't "silent" is a factual matter, not a highfalutin reference to oscillations. #library #sms #incessant #
- Want tesseract rainbow. MT @barrythrew: Aggregate all these pictures and it should be possible to construct a 3d model of the double rainbow #
- That's what I am getting at. Yeah. A chibi independent, if I may. MT @sethchrisman: 'A simulacrum of "independent."' #
- Everyone at SFEMF's opening night reception stepped outside to see the double rainbow installation. http://t.co/KEPjGJfb #
- Night 1 (of 5) of SFEMF. It's going to be a great festival this year. First stop: gallery opening at Million Fishes. #
- Thinking my next phone may be a Nokia/Windows (Android now), next tablet an Android (iOS now), and stick with Macbook Air. OS bioversity. #
- Probably just coincidence but very few musicians I work with or admire embrace the term "indie" despite the vast number being independent. #
- Driving a car generally exists to refute the received wisdom that 10,000 hours spent doing something makes one an expert. #
- The intimacy of a chatty PR email asking what's up with life + a "listen to this" link with URL wider than browser to track clickthroughs. #
- Reminder: this week's @djunto project will be about Clyfford Still, abstract expressionism, and aesthetic influence. #
- Only time I saw Cage in person was at @bangonacan marathon at @NYSEC in early '90s. He drifted asleep as Margaret Leng Tan played toy piano. #
- Indeed. Shame's right. MT @compactrobot: Shameful there’s no Google doodle for John Cage 100th birthday. Stare at logo for 4'33" & pretend. #
- RIP, Emmanuel Nunes (b. 1912), Portuguese composer who studied with Pousseur, Spek, Stockhausen. Solo piano piece: http://t.co/t7JoUOIv #
- Nearing-midnight sounds: refrigerator hum, general light electrical whine, less vehicular traffic than usual. #
- Dug out files in the basement — folders of correspondence with a largely pre-Internet (and now deceased) friend — for an overdue tribute. #
- In Revolution when Charlie gets her Return of the Jedi lunchbox that's a Star Wars theme in the music, isn't it, making her a female Luke? #
- Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco against the machine-drill whir of neighborhood barbershop. #
- Weird OS X Mountain Lion issues with Chrome refusing to close and Safari going into CPU overdrive. It's feeling fairly Windows 7 right now. #
- A house is truly quiet when you're alone in it the day after it had 26 people in it, over a third of them under age 9. #
- RIP, composer Michael Manion (b. 1952). Here's him writing about Stockhausen: http://t.co/dxxX2K1c #
- I like to think I sang my kid to sleep, but the fog horns definitely get credited with an assist this evening. #
- Morning duet for refrigerator and garbage truck. #
- Great trips to Denver and Long Beach, filled with art and sound — and, man, is it good to be home. #
- OK, the newly two-year-old's nap is over. Time to head to Zine Fest. #
- Retweeting is a form of change. RT @oblique: Repetition is a form of change. #
- Haven't been to Amoeba before it opened in a long time. #
- LGB -> SFO #
- Apparently 3D-printed shells sound like actual shells. (SoundWalk exhibit.) http://t.co/09iOIDbi #
- Er, that is: "simulated." #
- Beautiful stimulated rain-triggered music installation at SoundWalk. http://t.co/vqBFsXyK #
- Following glenn bach's docent tour of both SoundWalk and the ambient noise of downtown Long Beach. #
- And, yes, Disquiet Junto folks, there are glass harps at SoundWalk. http://t.co/bTJNLZfS #
- Sound and shadow (part of Eric Strauss' installation at SoundWalk). http://t.co/gkZ6UK9I #
- Just a part of the lavish tape installation at SoundWalk by lavish womb. http://t.co/jiAcCcr4 #
- Long Beach store signage that may or may not be part of SoundWalk. http://t.co/Q3jrbT6S #
- Physical Graffiti Computing #
- RIP, Hal David (b. 1921), who arguably inserted more phrases into the American consciousness than the Founding Fathers. #sayalittleprayer #
- Didn't love the PBS/BBC series Zen, but haven't since been able to have an espresso without thinking about it. #
- Major thanks again to futureprüf-dot-com for design/production support on my site. New comments style looks stellar: http://t.co/gfeQFgaU #
- Eight renditions of a sheet of Beck's Song Reader up so far: http://t.co/lSzme8ob #
- Radio station is doing a "best lead guitarist" countdown. Keith Richards is its number 2. "Beast of Burden" seems like an odd song choice. #
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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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