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Now on Slack.com: Disquiet Junto Discussion

A test run is underway of the popular messaging tool

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There is now a Slack team set up (at disquietjunto.slack.com) for Disquiet Junto discussion.

If you want to participate, send me your email address. I’m at marc@disquiet.com. Apparently Slack is invitation-based, so I need to send you an invite to join in.

The general idea for the Junto Slack is it’s a replacement for the discussion boards that were once quite active on SoundCloud, before the service mothballed them, and it’s a complement (or temporary stand-in) for the disquiet.com/forums, which are running on a somewhat antiquated platform (Vanilla Forums). The disquiet.com/forums will likely be upgraded at some point later this year to a better platform, but for now the Slack team is where Junto conversation will be focused — of course, there will still be plenty of talk on Twitter, which is where many of the initial core group of Junto participants first (virtually) met up, and elsewhere.

As of this moment there are 26 members of the Slack Junto, and there are 8 channels underway, pictured up top. We’ve been (re)introducing ourselves, talking about playlist curation as cultural participation, comparing physical and software modular synthesizers, and sharing videos of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and others.

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What Sound Looks Like

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


It’s not every day that one of these doorbell images gets a sequel. Fact is, it’s not all that often that I come upon the same doorbell twice. I don’t keep track of their locations, and while I have a good sense of where some of them are, many are lost in my wandering. This one originally, weeks back, only had that A label in the upper left (see here), and at the time I pondered whether the remaining apartments would be labeled up/down or left/right, or in a circular pattern for that matter. As it turns out, it’s up/down, though there’s always the chance that these apartment-button associations aren’t official. Maybe the new lettering is an act of banal, site-specific graffiti vandalism.

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt.
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What Sound Looks Like

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


Generally speaking the word “doorbell” relates to a device, usually electric but occasionally purely mechanical, that mediates human interaction by providing an inhabitant with news of the arrival of a visitor, and the option to ignore it. There is another type of doorbell, like this set that dangles from inside the unlocked front gate of a friend’s home. When they ring, the door already has been opened. They are, in effect, a doorbell after the fact.

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt.
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Query for Junto Participants

To chat or not to chat — and where, and how

I sent an email out to the Disquiet Junto announcement list. The tl;dr version of this email is:

Would you participate in a Slack channel for Junto members, or are there other places you’d find useful for member communication?

The main uses for communication I’ve seen are:

• project-specific chatter (current, future)
• compositional/productivity tips
• gear/technique tips
• Junto satellite operations (concerts, albums, etc.)
• long-distance, asynchronous camaraderie (varied, naturally)

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What Sound Looks Like

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


That bright yellow metal sunflower seen at the bottom of the photo is a welcome presence in playgrounds around the city. It is both microphone and speaker. You can talk to someone on the other end, another metal sunflower buried deep (can you find it?) in the play structure. Doing so requires learning not only sleuthing but social coordination. You need to sense when to switch from listening to speaking and back again. It’s too bad the city’s recreation department does not also provide links between playgrounds. Then again it’s quite hot right now in Northern California, which means it’s quite foggy and cold in San Francisco’s Richmond District. At 7:15 this morning you could barely see two blocks ahead. At that moment this felt like the only playground in the city, a playground in the clouds.

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