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Monthly Archives: July 2007

RSS Feed Update

The URL for Disquiet.com’s RSS feed has changed as a result of the upgrade, last week, of the site’s back-end publishing system. The new URL is:

feeds.feedburner.com/Disquiet
PS: If you subscribe via bloglines.com, a service I recommend highly for web-based RSS subscriptions, you needn’t switch from the old Disquiet.com feed URL to the new one. Bloglines provides “Publisher Tools” (see bloglines.com) that allow domain owners to change the feed for their subscribers remotely. It took a few days to take effect, but it worked.

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Spectre’s Dubstep Sidestep MP3

The track “Half Silver” by Aaron Spectre provides a glimpse at the lighter side of dubstep. He’s posted the free download (MP3) as a teaser for his recent Lost Tracks collection (Ad Noiseam), which follows up last year’s Grist. Grist was released under his pseudonym, Drumcorps; it threaded scraps of heavy metal (familiar riffs, genre-staple textures, off-the-beat masses of percussion) through latter day drum’n’bass (stop’n’go rhythms, cavernous echo), a combination that falls under the broader rubric “dubstep.”

For “Half Silver,” Spectre takes many common measures of Grist and drops them by half: speed, density, darkness. The result is a willfully tenuous beat and a sliver of a melody. Listen about two and a half minutes in, as he introduces this super-rudimentary scratching, which sounds like turntablism enacted on an old steam pipe. When posting the track, he listed its constituent parts as follows: “Dulcimer, electronics and space.” The Lost Tracks collection also features collaborations with Aarktica, Kazumi and Lapsed. More info at virb.com/aaronspectre and drumcorps.cc.

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Relaunch Beta

If this website suddenly looks a little different, here’s why: As of this morning, Disquiet.com has been ported to a new backend publishing system, WordPress (wordpress.org), thanks in no small part to the labor of Nathan Swartz, an independent web developer who makes his home at clicknathan.com. I can’t thank him enough for his effort, input and patience, and I recommend him highly.

For the next few weeks, this site will be in a kind of “beta” state, which is to say it’s a structural work in progress. Approximately 95% of the website’s content has been ported over from the previous version, but many of the interviews and essays/reports still need to be uploaded, as do some brief news items dating prior to 2005. There will no doubt be some interface issues, and broken links, but they’ll all be sorted out in the very near future. In the meanwhile, please make use of the revised site’s functionality. Each post now has an individual page, topics allow for associative linking, searches function better than ever, and interior pages list the most recent and most read items. Those are just a few of the improvements for which I have WordPress and ClickNathan to thank.

One more site-maintenance note: I changed web-hosting services as of late last night, so for the next 24 to 36 hours, there may be issues with web access and email delivery.

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Mid-Summer Silence

A website about quiet music is probably the last place where one might feel the need to explain the virtues of silence. However, two months have passed since I posted at Disquiet.com, and it’s time for a little explanation. I’m excited to report that in a few weeks, tops, Disquiet will be fully ported over to a content-management system that will improve the site in many ways. Searches will be vastly upgraded. All posts will now have their own, individual pages (as opposed to how the site currently operates, where a single Downstream or Field Notes entry appears among dozens of other posts on a single page). The addition of “topics” will allow for associative links to posts by subject, like “sound art,” “gadgets,” “noise,” “classical,” “scores,” “i-hop,” etc. Thanks for your patience during the transition. I’ll post occasionally between now and the launch of the re-engineered site.

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