The lineup for the annual Resfest video festival has been announced. The touring fest starts on September 18 in San Francisco (res.com) with a party featuring Amon Tobin and RJD2. Res is a series of screenings of adventurous, creative videos, often with an electronic-music component. One screening, titled Cinema Electronica, celebrates the electronic-video intersection with 21 shorts, including efforts by Towa Tei, Kid Koala (the exceptional “Basic Street Blues” cut), Dan the Automator, Ken Ishii, DJ Shadow, Four Tet, Bjork, Cassius, Yoko Ono, Adam Freeland and others. A Michael Gondry retrospective will feature videos he has shot for Bjork, Radiohead, Chemical Brothers, Cibo Matto and others. Another event will focus on pieces by director Spike Jonze (Fatboy Slim, Beastie Boys). The group Daft Punk has collaborated with Leiji Matsumoto for Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. After the SF dates (September 18 – 21), the festival heads to Washington, D.C., and then to New York, Chicago and elsewhere. … (2) In related news, Gondry and Jonze, along with director Chris Cunningham (Aphex Twin’s “Come to Daddy” and “Windowlicker”), conversed in the New York Times recently (“Music Videos That Show Everything but the Performance,” August 17). … (3) Among the speakers at the Music Video Wire conference on September 25 in Maitland, Florida (musicvideowire.com) is David Slade, who directed Aphex Twin’s “Donkey Rhubard” video and LFO’s “Tied Up.” … (4) Composer Cliff Martinez has scored most of Steven Soderbergh‘s movies and sadly few of anyone else’s. That seems to be changing. Following work on director Joe Canahan‘s Narc (and Soderbergh’s Solaris), he is attached to Wonderland (the story of porn star John Holmes, directed by James Cox) and Obsessed (a remake of the French thriller L’Appartement, to be directed by Paul McGuigan), according to IMDB.com. … (5) Jeff Samuel is another sound designer by day (for video games at Microsoft), electronic musician by night. The Seattle Weekly profiled him in its August 13 issue (“Passive Progression”).
Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com 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
• July 28, 2021: This day marks the start of the 500th consecutive weekly project in the Disquiet Junto music community.
• December 13, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Disquiet.com.
• January 6, 2021: This day marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
• There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the forthcoming 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 oup.com.)
• The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• 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).
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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.
• 0484 / A Movable Heart / The Assignment: Transplant the sounds of Chris Kallmyer's wind chimes to a new location.
• 0483 / Type Set / The Assignment: Use a recording of yourself typing something as the underlying rhythmic track for a piece of music.
• 0482 / Exactly That Gap / The Assignment: Make a musical haiku following instructions from Marcus Fischer.
• 0481 / Capsule Time / The Assignment: Record a time capsule for yourself in the future.
• 0480 / Ongsay Aftcray / The Assignment: Record a piece of music by employing Pig Latin as a technique.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 484 consecutive weeks to date.
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