- Doing my part to support the economy. MT @jmmy_kppl: i walked through a shop because @djunto told me to. http://t.co/eN31Qfrn #
- “Don’t you got any Christmas music?” “This is Christmas music.” #
- Morning sounds: refrigerator hum, quiet buzz of distant traffic, passing bus. #
- 3 sonic documents of consumer space so far in @djunto #37 Simi Valley Target, Dorset Primark, Manhattan Macy’s: http://t.co/lSzme8ob #
- Cloud sync means four devices on your desk near-simultaneously signaling a calendar event. #
- Interesting standoff between networks and Apple about network IDs. Did record companies ever balk at the absence of a label field in iTunes? #
- The faces are so all familiar in the trailer to Spielberg’s Lincoln that it looks like an exercise in anachronism cosplay. #
- Nix that. Per @nynexrepublic (@disquiet “I would not be surprised to learn of a Hello Kitty taser”), confirmed existence thereof. #
- Maybe if I put Hello Kitty stickers on my Zoom H4n, fewer people will mistake it for a taser. “I’m a field recordist. We mean no harm.” #
- It helps that the dual microphones on the Zoom H4n look like deathray devices from a James Bond movie starring the Micronauts. #
- Gauging quasi-objective sound-recording quality is not exactly in my skill set, but man does this Zoom H4n sound good. #
- “Pre-Raphaelites trailer.” #
- There will be a Fringe episode titled “Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11.” That is all. #
- Week 1 of the sound class I’m teaching, with videos, syllabus, an in-class exercise, and other documents: http://t.co/Havc3p4m #
- The 37th weekly @djunto project is now live: http://t.co/XdREURGZ + http://t.co/NUE8q5zC #
- I had a blast teaching about sound (in the media landscape) yesterday. I kind of want it to be next Wednesday already. #
- Ghost bus. #
- RIP, composer, scholar (Cage, Young, Zazeela), and Internet early-starter William Duckworth (b. 1943). via @seatedovation #
- Watermarked pre-release copies means critics must have more confidence in publicists than publicists have in critics. #
- This week’s @djunto project is the first in a series related to this: http://t.co/s0pnaRgn. Details to follow. To start: field recordings. #
- Funny if auction of Eric Clapton’s Richter, “Abstraktes Bild (809-4),” meant painter henceforth more associated with him than Sonic Youth. #
- Yeah, fog horns still at it in the morning. I hope no one ever comes up with a better-than-fog-horn solution. #
- Sounds like the fog horns are pulling an all-nighter. #
- Dinner: rainbow chard, chicken habanero sausage, jasmine rice. Soon as the kid’s asleep: (last night’s) Sons of Anarchy season premiere. #
- Overly invested in this S.H.I.E.L.D. show being Marvel’s answer to @brubaker‘s Gotham Central. #
- Class homework: watching Gordon Hempton documentary (Soundtracker), reading Brian Eno essay on perfume, starting semi-daily sound journal. #
- In class showed main, alt-earth, and retro-’80s versions of Fringe opening credits; also: classic/corny and real-sound Kit Kat commercials. #
- Exercises from today’s sound class: journal entry (listening in/to the classroom; no speaking); sonic memories of average Wed. morning. #
- Best part of Apple event is watching @gewang + @dizzybanjo reactions. in reply to gewang #
- Sound Class, Week 1: sound journal, Oliveros (Deep Listening), Schafer (soundscape), JJ Abrams, Fringe, clairaudience, Kit Kat, sonification #
- This lineup of David Byrne / How Music Works conversations is pretty amazing: http://t.co/oBbszw0l #
- Nearing-midnight sounds: dishwasher, magazine being paged through, typing, light electric whine. #
- What in two decades will be the term for implemented skeuomorphism nostalgia? #
- While reading @Richard_Kadrey‘s Kill the Dead over lunch, I made thick red chili for dinner. I think its boiling is what Hell sounds like. #
- Digging the elegant literalism of the cover to Nate Silver’s forthcoming book on predictions, The Signal and the Noise: http://t.co/tmkvlheL #
- Reddit confuses me. Why’s there a link to a 50th anniversary Kind of Blue video (i.e. from several years ago) on the home page? #
- Thanks, whichever municipal worker made the crosswalk audio signals at 25th and Geary phase out of sync. #
- Turn corner, hear choral music: massive midweek funeral at neighborhood Russian Orthodox Church, its steps lined with singing parishioners. #
- Tuesday noon civic siren in San Francisco on 9/11. #
- If you need a question mark you haven’t sufficiently formulated your sentence. #
- This morning’s wake-up call: Tyondai Braxton remixing Philip Glass: http://t.co/KQ3MZQei #
- Man, the 36th @djunto project is nearing 50 entries, bringing total tracks to over 1300, total participants to almost 250. #
- Last night’s Alphas (on SyFy) continued with the infrasonic plot thread. #
- This coming week’s Disquiet Junto project will be pure field recording, a first for the series. #
- Information flows through this. http://t.co/17dj3wNr #
- The fogpunk mythology of the Richmond District: Gundam Sutro on the hill and bleating mecha whales in the bay #
- Not a speaker. (Domestic steam vent.) http://t.co/up2OpbSc #
- The Clyfford Still–themed @djunto project more active than I’d expected. Over 40 abstract works derived from Bach, with half a day to go. #
- RIP, Bill Moggridge (b. 1943), IDEO cofounder: http://t.co/Uu6dYDCo #
- SFEMF has been great, but after 4 nights in a row, I think I am skipping night 5 for some family time. #
- A great SFEMF night. I think I’ve gone every year since returning in 2003 from New Orleans, except 2010, when my kid was born 2 weeks early. #
- Loud Objects (Perich, Flanigan) at SFEMF tonight: the perfect counterpoint to last night’s Basinski. Wires in lieu of tape, solder vs decay. #
- Tonight @SFEMF: C/Kluster’s Moebius, serial inventor Richard Lerman, Loud Objects (Perich/Flanigan), Cheryl Leonard (rocks/contact-mic star) #
- Man, first @naotko and soon (on 9/23) @mapmap. Soon half the @djunto will have met up with @robert_henke. Excellebt. #
- Clearly when someone getting “a spot in the U.S. Open Men’s Final” deserves a @nytimes email alert the world is at peace & all’s well. #
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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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