New Disquietude podcast episode: music by Lesley Flanigan, Dave Seidel, KMRU, Celia Hollander, and John Hooper; interview with Flanigan; commentary; short essay on reading waveforms. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #field-recording, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art. Playing with audio. Sounding out technology. Composing in code. Rewinding the soundscape.


By Marc Weidenbaum

Folks expecting anything in the way of digital music from the upcoming Lollapalooza summer tour will apparently be disappointed.

The touring festival is back after a six-year absence, headlined by the rock bands Jane’s Addiction and Audioslave. The festival was once renowned for its adventurous spirit, but the acts initially reported for the 2003 edition are almost uniformly guitar-based rock bands, plus a bit of hip-hop, as well as a belly-dancing troupe. For full details, check out the tour’s website at

Jane’s Addiction is led by singer Perry Farrell, who founded Lollapalooza in 1991. Lollapalooza is widely regarded as having reinvigorated the festival circuit for a generation of music fans raised in the cathode glow of MTV. In Lollapalooza’s wake, tours such as Lilith Fair (founded by singer Sarah McLachlan in 1997), Ozzfest (overseen by heavy-metal eminence grise Ozzy Osbourne since 1996, long before an MTV reality series transformed him into a lovable alterna-patriarch) and, more recently, Area: One (which was founded by techno-pop star Moby), not to mention H.O.R.D.E. (the Blues Traveler-sponsored festival that ran from 1992 through 1998) and Warped Tour, took notice of the festival’s multiple-stage and genre-grab-bag approach.

The apparent absence of electronic music during Lollalooza 2003 is particularly striking, given that Farrell toured behind his own solo DJ album, Song Yet to Be Sung, in 2001. It would be hard to argue that the decision to exclude electronic music is primarily financial, since a number of the acts on Lollapalooza 2003 (Burning Brides, Cold, the Distillers, Kings of Leon, the Music) are hardly household names. Furthermore, the serial festivals Coachella and All Tomorrow’s Parties both focus heavily on electronic music.

From initial reports, the closest the tour gets to digital output is a pair of industrial-flavored rock acts, A Perfect Circle on the main stage and 30 Seconds to Mars on the second stage, and a pair of solid hip-hop acts, Jurassic 5 on the main stage and Pharoahe Monch on the second stage. (Of course, bands may be added down the road, and there is vague mention of “interactive wireless spectacles” in one press release.)

Electronic music had been a common sound at Lollapalooza for its initial seven-year run, from 1991 through 1997. Those tours included various electronic acts, notably Stereolab, Moby and Cocteau Twins. True to Jane’s Addiction’s epic-rock sound, much of the electronic music on these earlier tours focused on industrial music, including the bands Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Front 242. The last Lollapalooza tour, in 1997, was particularly high on electronic music. It featured the Prodigy, the Orb and Tricky.

The 2003 tour starts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 3 and ends in Seattle on August 23. It coincides with the release of the first Jane’s Addiction studio album since 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual. The new album is titled Hypersonic.

In related news, former Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha teamed up with DJ Shadow to record “March of Death,” an anti-war song, in late March. The song had been available at De la Rocha split from his three fellow Rage Against the Machine members over creative differences in the fall of 2000. While that remaining trio formed Audioslave with Cornell, whose previous band had been the grunge stalwart Soundgarden, de la Rocha has been reportedly recording with hip-hop and electronic producers for his forthcoming solo album. Various outlets, including MTV News, have reported that Shadow, Trent Reznor, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs are among de la Rocha’s collaborators.

Whereas Lollapalooza has been reborn as a largely alternative-rock affair, the generally rootsy jam band community is welcoming electronic music with open arms. In contrast with Lollapalooza’s straight-ahead rock this year, the second Bonnaroo festival, the jam-band summit scheduled this June 13 – 15 in Manchester, Tennessee, includes on its bill such electronic-oriented acts as Tortoise, Mix Master Mike, Kid Koala, DJ Z-Trip, Particle, DJ Spooky and RJD2 — in an otherwise pastoral setting headlined by the Dead, Widespread Panic, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band and Lucinda Williams. And a newly announced second 2003 Bonnaroo — Bonnaroo NE, to be held August 8 – 10 in Riverhead, New York — will include Cut Chemist, X-Ecutioners and Disco Biscuits; the NE headliners include the Dead, Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds) and Bob Dylan.

Related links: Lollalapooza’s website. All Tomorrow’s Parties’s website. Coachella’s website. Bonnaroo’s website.

/ Leave a comment ]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Subscribe without commenting

  • about

  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

  • Field Notes

    News, essays, surveillance

  • Interviews

    Conversations with musicians/artists/coders

  • Studio Journal

    Video, audio, patch notes

  • Projects

    Select collaborations and commissions

  • Subscribe

  • Current Activities

  • Upcoming
    • December 13, 2022: This day marks the 26th anniversary of the founding of
    • January 6, 2023: This day marked the 11th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.

  • Recent
    • April 16, 2022: I participated in an online "talk show" by The Big Conversation Space (Niki Korth and Clémence de Montgolfier).
    • March 11, 2022: I hosted a panel discussion between Mark Fell, Rian Treanor and James Bradbury in San Francisco as part of the Algorithmic Art Assembly ( at Gray Area (
    • December 28, 2021: This day marked the 10th (!) anniversary of the Instagr/am/bient compilation.
    • January 6, 2021: This day marked the 10th (!) anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
    • December 13, 2021: This day marked the 25th (!) anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
    • There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the book The Music Production Cookbook: Ready-made Recipes for the Classroom (Oxford University Press), edited by Adam Patrick Bell. Ethan Hein wrote one, and I did, too.
    • A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the book The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning (Oxford University Press), edited by Stephanie Horsley, Janice Waldron, and Kari Veblen. (Details at

  • My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, was published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury. It has been translated into Japanese (2019) and Spanish (2018).

  • disquiet junto

  • Background
    Since January 2012, the Disquiet Junto has been an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making community that employs creative constraints as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list (each Thursday), listen to tracks by participants from around the world, read the FAQ, and join in.

    Recent Projects

  • 0544 / Feedback Loop / The Assignment: Share music-in-progress for input from others.
    0543 / Technique Check / The Assignment: Share a tip from your method toolbox.
    0542 / 2600 Club / The Assignment: Make some phreaking music.
    0541 / 10BPM Techno / The Assignment: Make some snail-paced beats.
    0540 / 5ive 4our / The Assignment: Take back 5/4 for Jedi time masters Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

  • Full Index
    And there is a complete list of past projects, 544 consecutive weeks to date.

  • Archives

    By month and by topic

  • [email protected]

    [email protected]

  • Downstream

    Recommended listening each weekday

  • Recent Posts