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Disquiet: 15, 10 & 5 Years Ago This Week (2014.06)

Graphic notation, Greg Egan, dusty drones

This would be roughly the week of February 3 through February 9.

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5 Years Ago (2009): Highlight of the week was definitely a twopart overview of an incredible exhibit of graphic scores at the New Langton Arts gallery in San Francisco. My photography was especially terrible, but there’s lots of documentation. These included work from Robert Ashley, William Basinski, Gavin Bryars, Cornelius Cardew, Alvin Curran, Philip Glass, Ryoji Ikeda, Joan Jeanrenaud, György Ligeti, Christian Marclay, Barry McGee, Gordon Mumma, Conlon Nancarrow, Phill Niblock, Carsten Nikolai, Raster-Noton, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Steve Roden (see above photo), Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Subotnick, Yasunao Tone, Stephen Vitiello, Iannis Xenakis, and others. The show was curated by Christoph Cox and Robert Shimshak. … Quote of the week was humorous hater comments about a white-noise app (“Good app if you like to fall asleep to static!”). … The PhotoShopping of sound. … The Downstream included some laptop-enabled improv, the latest in Taylor Deupree’s daily sound uploads, live recordings from D’Incise, some dusty drones from Eluder, and dubby 8-Bit from Simon Mattison.

10 Years Ago (2004): Quote of the week was from Greg Egan’s then new novel, Schild’s Ladder:

As she entered the chamber, she seemed to emerge from the mouth of a burrow to float above a lush, wide meadow beneath a cloud-dappled sky. The illusion was purely audiovisual — the sounds encoded in radio waves — but with no weight to hold her against the ceramic hidden beneath the meadow, the force of detail was eerily compelling. It took only a few blades of grass and some chirping insects to make her half-believe that she could smell the late-summer air.

Review of a show at the Luggage Store Gallery by Jorge Boehringer and Mohtallah (Brian O’Reilly and Stefanie L. Ku, performing with Peter Segerstrom). … Downstream entries included netlabel work from Veem, heavily mediated spoken-word experimentation from Warren Ellis and Scott Lamb, some Game Boy fun from Overthruster, a Cex remix by Colongib, and live loops from Rick Walker’s Loop.pooL.

15 Years Ago (1999): Nothing this week.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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