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Disquiet: 15, 10 & 5 Years Ago This Week (2014.05)

Steve Reich interview, Aphex Twin on analog synths, murky RealAudio streams

This would be roughly the week of January 27 through February 2.

5 Years Ago (2009): Downstream (free download) entries included Wavespan’s music made from fields recordings of the Santa Cruz area, a “mega mix” of the Downstream entries from 2008 stiched into one single piece by Loopy C, some proof-of-concept experimentation with the Nintendo Wii, some laptop-enabled improv, live Tangerine Dream, and cut’n’paste grooves. … Quote of the week was from Fennesz. … Image of the week was of a performance art piece by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla.

10 Years Ago (2004): The quote of the week was from Aphex Twin, speaking with the Syndey Morning Herald:

For a few years, I only made stuff on a laptop just because I wanted to train myself. But now it’s like being released from a spell that I put on myself because I’m getting back into more physical inputs and loads of analogue synthesisers again.

… Downstream entries included music from GameBoys, excerpts from the Traffic score, netlabel work by Meri von KleinSmid, an ambient pop mega mix, and alien-invasion music by Gschmidt. … I posted a lengthy interview from 1999 that I’d done with Steve Reich and an interview with Pocka (aka Brad Mitchell) on his Kikapu netlabel. … And I posted reviews of the compilation Active Suspension vs. Clapping Music and the compilation freq_out.

15 Years Ago (1999): A short piece on music by Hollowman released as RealAudio streams, and how the murky quality of the format did little harm to the sound.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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