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What Sound Looks Like

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This is the doorbell at the entrance to a 1959 San Francisco residence by architect William Wurster currently for sale for $7.5 million. Presumably the tiny little black circle that isn’t an exposed screw and is nestled right above the off-the-shelf plastic addition is the original button, which at some point ceased functioning.

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What Sound Looks Like

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt


Borrowing from a friend.

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3 Things to Know if You’re New to the Disquiet Junto

Points for first-timers

There’s been a significant uptick in Disquiet Junto participation. As of this writing, there are now over 1,000 subscribers to the weekly project-announcement email list, and the most recent project had 8 first-timers among its participants. Will new folks joining every day, it’s a good time for three very brief tips.

Three main points for newcomers to the Disquiet Junto:

1. Process: If you don’t join the Junto group on SoundCloud and share your track with the group, very few people will find your track, and I won’t know to add it manually to the project-specific playlist.

2. Pressure: There is absolutely no pressure to join in every week, every project. The point of the Junto being weekly (starts every Thursday, ends every Monday at 11:59pm) is it’s there when you find the time and interest.

3. Participation: Participation doesn’t just mean posting tracks. It also means, among other things, listening to and commenting on each other’s tracks and weighing in on Twitter (and, to a lesser extent, Facebook), where there’s plenty of communication about what folks are up to.

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What Sound Looks Like

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This archaic callbox stands on a street that’s been in a constant state of construction for at least a decade. New structures have risen. Old ones have been refurbished or destroyed. Entirely new tunnels have been excavated and put into use. Businesses have come and gone. The callbox, nestled into some high brush and thick weeds, was locked shut at some point along the way. Then came the indignities: the cobwebs (it should be noted these withstood a day of rain) and the mess of paint. If this box could still make or take a call, it would be an effort to access it. Perhaps it’s on a list somewhere of historic items to be protected. Perhaps it’s low on another list of things to be disposed of, or to be retrofitted. Perhaps those lists have disappeared and no one today with a municipal title even knows of its existence. Perhaps the line still works, perhaps the line is still on, and perhaps someone on the other end hears people passing, few if any providing any evidence that they note the callbox’s presence.

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What Sound Looks Like

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Street music.

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