What to make of “Autumnmotion” when there is so little from which to get one’s bearings? There is a title and there is sound — no liner note, no “cover” image. It is a puzzle of a track, though there are hints, especially at the start: the crunch and pace of the initial audio could be both halves of the title: leaves under foot. As time passes — four and a half minutes, all said — the track takes on the sense of the real world lightly altered. It brings to mind a casual day spent with one’s iPod set to the RjDj app. Nearby voices and passing cars, among other things, are lightly filtered, a sonic testament to our technologically mediated age.
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• December 13, 2015: The 19th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• 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: soundcloud.com.
• 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. It's housed at soundcloud.com. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 10 most recent weekly projects: • 0192: Record a 10-second loop to accompany an insane cat GIF. • 0191: One chord to rule them all — on several instruments. • 0190: Set two out-of-sync loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue. • 0189: Create a dense stack of attack-free tonal material from one audio source. • 0188: Take a provided track and make it more complex. • 0187: Shift between three renditions of the same melody. • 0186: Explore the sonic contours of a word you've spelled out loud frequently: your name. • 0185: Summon up a memory, and then summarize it in sound. • 0184: Explore the relationship between segments that consist of 1 bar, 8 bars, and 4 bars. • 0183: Insert something that plays across the stereo spectrum in an after-dark field recording.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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