Among the top 10 most popular posts of the past month, May 2012, out of a total of 28 posts, all but two were drawn from the daily recommended free downloads of the site’s Downstream section: (1) XYZR_KX plays Autechre on guitar, (2) Mark Browne dips his tech in boiling water, (3) Schrödinger’s Dog recognizes the fax machine as a dubstep muse, (4) Rawore plays around, (5) Hey Exit adds a touch of the electronic to his guitar, (6) Greg Surges employs SoundCloud as a sketchbook, (7) Phillip Wilkerson records the Floridian quotidian (i.e., birds), and (8) Federico Durand‘s album preview serves as a composition unto itself.
The two remaining most popular posts were sets of automated Saturday collections of the previous week’s twitter.com/disquiet posts, from (9) May 5 and (10) May 12.
The most popular searches on the site during the month of May were: aaron, distinction, pessoa, mixes, alan morse davies, cicada, crewest, darkly, garde, intone, iron chef of music, lique, mallet, monolake, n4tural, neilwiernik, selun, sharing, sol rezza, stasisfield.
News, quick links, good reads
4’33 Neoteny: Jonathan Lethem gave the tenth State of Cinema address at the 55th San Francisco Film Festival on April 21, and wired.it posted a bootleg of the audio. The sprawling lecture, which is highly recommended, is very much a novelist welcoming film to post-relevancy. Of course, Lethem turns matters of relevancy on their head, employing the concept of “neoteny,” in which juvenile traits surface in adult behavior (that is a poor paraphrase). In the process of outlining his thinking, he attributes neotenic qualities to John Cage’s 4’33”, describing it as the sounds a child might accomplish before even beginning to learn to play piano. Lethem’s latest book is a study of Talking Heads’ Fear of Music, which was produced by Brian Eno (continuumbooks.com).
Ball, Game: The name Noah Sasso will be familiar to longtime readers of Disquiet.com due to his having been a founding member of the Kracfive collective (kracfive.com), whose Iron Chef of Music was a big presence on this site for many years, and was an influence on the development of the Disquiet Junto. Like many electronic-music practitioners, Sasso has an active role in game development, and his new project, BaraBariBall, will debut at the NYU Game Center’s Third Annual No Quarter Exhibition (nyu.edu) on May 18. He’s posted this video trailer (at vimeo.com) for the game. It has that perfect mix of pixel elegance and stellar fluid motion, like watching basketball through mosaic sunglasses:
Sasso says it was developed for Windows and Mac but has no current planned public release. More on Sasso at strangeflavor.net and soundcloud.com/strangeflavor.
App Updates (iOS Edition): Tabletop, a virtual music studio with device emulators, has improved the manner in which one swaps between devices. …
Animoog has debuted a SoundSet by Richard Devine in its in-app storefront. …
The Buddha Machine app has been updated to include sounds from the Buddha Machine 3.
Lisbon remixed, two songs for 2/22, open comments, and other reader favorites
The most popular post of February 2012, out of 28 total posts for the month, was (1) the announcement of a new Disquiet-commissioned project, LX(RMX) / Lisbon Remixed, in which eight musicians under sixteen names remixed the sounds of urban Lisbon. The project was a collaboration with artist Jorge Colombo.
Also among the 10 most popular posts were (2) an overview of the fifth in the ongoing Disquiet Junto series, this one involving adding sounds to a pre-existing documentary recording of everyday noise, (3) an announcement that this site no longer requires a comment to be approved by a moderator before being published, and (4) liner notes that I wrote for a two-song project by musicians Corey Allen and Marcus Fischer.
Three of the site’s daily Downstream MP3 recommendations made the top 10: (5) one on the persistence of the wind chime in instrumental hip-hop, (6) another on the drone-industrial complex, and (7) a third on music for koto, pitch pipe, and samplers.
Rounding out the top 10 most popular posts of the month: (8) the list of the 10 most popular posts of the preceding month, and (9, 10) two of the automated Saturday repostings of twitter.com/disquiet.
The most popular searches of the month were: harold budd live, junto, souns, autechre, bars, Buddha Machine, rjdj, dubstep, Maximin, virant, would-be messiahs, amon tobin, astralwerks, curated, flyer, gareth dickson, grouper, iron chef of music, mashup, mixtapes