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. • Disquiet.com 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.

Tangents (printless, networks, multitrack)

Quick Links, News and Good Reads: (1) The Hafler Trio is planning a subscription service for limited-edition releases (brainwashed.com). … (2) Grooves magazine is ceasing to be a print publication, the website announced earlier this month, opting to become a subscriber-supported website (groovesmag.com); in related news, the website has launched a podcast, hosted by the magazine’s editor, Sean Portnoy (groovesmag.com/podcast). … (3) W. Brent Latta has some initial thoughts on the musical properties of Microsoft’s newest gaming platform, the Xbox 360 (createdigitalmusic.com). … (4) DJ Krush announced in a note on his website earlier this month that his next album will be a double-disc best-of, featuring remixes, one half instrumental and one half rap, due out in 2006 (mmjp.or.jp/sus/krush). … (5) Zoe Irvine‘s sound art event involved a 24-hour quasi-party line where whenever you called in you heard someone, somewhere around the globe, singing. One inspiration was the “theatrophone” of the late 1800s: “Networks were set up, allowing subscribers to hear live performances in opera houses and theatres, much as an outside broadcast works today” (timesonline.co.uk). … (6) R.I.P, Link Wray (1929-2005), guitarist and speaker-cone splitter (nme.com, nytimes.com, newsobserver.com).

… Select New Releases: (1) The Village Orchestra‘s Et in Arcadia Ego (Highpoint Lowlife); see the November 13 Disquiet.com field notes (link). … (2) Herbaliser with Jean Grae‘s Nah’Mean, Nah’m Saying 12″ (Ninja Tune), with an instrumental cut and a Platinum Pied Pipers remix. … (3) A bunch of Van Der Graaf Generator rereleases, including H to He Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts and The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other (Caroline).

… Disquiet Heavy Rotation: (1) Greg Davis and Sebastien Roux‘s Paquet Surprise (Carpark): Don’t let Davis’ well-deserved reputation for folktronic transience, or the lulling sensibility of this album’s opening track, let you be taken off guard. Paquet Surprise, which teams Davis with Roux, a fellow at IRCAM (the legendary experimental-music institution) and a contributor to the 12k record label’s guitronic compilation (E·A·D·G·B·E), is as anxious to irritate as it is to please. For every expanse of placid ease here, there is a sharp call for attention. … (2) Nine HorsesSnow Borne Sorrow (Samadhisound): Nine Horses is three men: David Sylvian and Steve Jansen (two thirds of the band Japan, that legendarily graceful pop-fusion act) plus Burnt Friedman, the dub-minded electronic composer.

… Quote of the Week: Autechre‘s Rob Brown talks with the Japan Times: “Everyone’s got a multitrack studio in their bedroom, or in their pocket, these days” (japantimes.co.jp).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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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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