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Monthly Archives: November 2003

Holiday Break

Just a note that Disquiet.com is taking a holiday break for the week of Thanksgiving.

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Eno Interview Stream

Brian Eno spoke at length on the KQED radio interview show Forum on November 13. The conversation is archived here. (Due to the organizational structure of the KQED website, kqed.org, it appears to be necessary to page backwards from the most recent broadcast.)

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Bushwacked MP3s (+ More)

What happens when you apply the talents of the digital-media wizards at the London-based record label Warp, home to Aphex Twin and Autechre, to the speeches of the president of the United States? “Bushwacked” is an MP3 of George W. Bush speeches, seamlessly edited to comic effect — comic in a Dr. Strangelove kinda way (here). “Bushwacked 2” is a video, plied with a similar agenda, and it’s also available as an MP3 file, and a remix (here).

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Coastal MP3

On October 8, about a week before the launch of Disquiet.com’s Downstream department, this site published a package of downloadable and streaming music and music-video files courtesy of the Ninja Tune record label. That package (“N Is for Ninja”), and similar sets of Ninja files in the past, served as a kind of inspiration for the Disquiet Downstream, which now provides an array of recommended free music from around the web each weekday. In any case, a month-plus on, the “N Is for Ninja” file that stands out most strongly is Super Numeri‘s “The Coastal Bird Scene Pt. 1” (MP3, Real Audio stream, Windows Media stream), a 12″-only track, laden with harps, cymbals, lilting guitar and other symbols of lazy days; almost five minutes in length, it takes its time getting underway, content to linger like a British folk revival band’s interpretation of Miles Davis’ electric period. The Numeri file is not electronica, in the most banal sense of the word, but it’s both enjoyable and informative to hear specific elements of Davis’ electric work — the light drum figures, which have a centering purpose akin to a film’s voiceover narrative; the ephemeral string parts, which evaporate like cotton candy — echoed by a largely acoustic ensemble. At the time of “N Is for Ninja,” of the five tracks made available for download, the Numeri was at the bottom of the list. A month on, it’s become constant listening.

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TV Theme Stream

The network Radio-Canada asked the musician who goes by the name Pheek to remix the musical themes to some of its most popular TV series, dating back at least to the 1950s. The result of that archival effort is currently available as a stream from Pheek’s webpage, pheek.com (look for the link toward the site’s upper left-hand corner). Among the TV shows whose themes are included in the mix are Le temps d’une paix (“It was about a French Quebec family of the 1900s,” said Pheek), Septième Nord (“I’d say it was our equivalent of General Hospital, but less of a soap opera”), Rue des pignons, and Les belles histoires des pays d’en haut. Listeners unfamiliar with the original broadcasts will still take pleasure in the familiar period and genre musical elements (the lush orchestrations, most notably), and with the way that Pheek has sewn them into an extended, dreamy whole.

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  • 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

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