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.

tangents / Ike, albums, Dylan

Quick News, Links, Bits: (1) Ike Turner, the rock’n’soul legend who will forever be remembered as Tina Turner‘s abusive husband, passed away earlier this week (November 5, 1931 ”“ December 12, 2007). I’ll never forget standing in the refurbished Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and being told the story of the chance damage to a speaker, the sound of which reportedly permeated Turner’s “Rocket 88,” thought by many to be the first rock’n’roll song (,, What I didn’t know until today is there’s a brand of home-entertainment cables called “Rocket 88,” and they’re billed — with no apparent intended irony — as follows: “Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of cable distortion.” Maybe the marketing department at should take a field trip to Memphis. (Image at left from a timeline of recording-technology history at — which borrow it from …

(2) It isn’t just that the album as a format is dying; it’s that the whole idea of a multi-song release as an even somewhat constant entity is dying. Case in point, the new EP of remixes of Amon Tobin‘s song “Kitchen Sink” (pictured left) off his excellent album Foley Room (both released on Ninja Tune). It contains four different mixes, one each by Clark, Sixtoo, Nosia and Boxcutter — but if you buy it digitally through itself, there’s a fifth track, a special vocal mix by Sixtoo. (Complicating things further — that fifth track is available on the edition of Kitchen Sink Remixes.) … (3) Among the remixers on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, an album of takes on Nine Inch Nails‘s Year Zero: Ladytron, Bill Laswell, Kronos & Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Fennesz and Saul Williams ( NIN’s Trent Reznor produced Williams’s recent The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, which, in light of said liberation, is available for free download in its entirety at

(4) Alex ( Ross proposes that today, December 17, 2007, marks the 100th anniversary of atonality: “On that date in 1907, Arnold Schoenberg sketched the song “Ich darf nicht dankend” (“I must not in gratitude [sink down before you]”), music in which conventional tonal harmonies grow exceedingly scarce.” … (5) Composer and critic Kyle Gann buys a scanner for his computer and treats readers to a 1989 photo of him with the late Conlon Nancarrow — no player piano in sight ( … (6) Also via Gann, Peter Cherches‘s new “Downtown Music” blog,, focused on the years 1971-1987. … (7) Review of one of Matmos‘s first concerts since the formerly San Fransisco Bay Area duo relocated to Baltimore ( … (8) In a spin on its own “Who Flipped It Best?” series, the great hip-hop blog pits two uses by Cut Chemist (both for the group Jurassic 5) of the same sample against each other. … (9) How a “bass trap” speaker (from can make your space quieter: … (10) Post sounds, geo-code ’em, and share: … (11) A 21st-century kalimba, Thumbtronics: … (12) Another “Lemon”? U2‘s next record, produced with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, said to be “trance” (

(13) Speaking of Lanois, I’ve received some thoughtful responses to the essay I published at last week (“Juiced In It: Bob Dylan and the Consequences of Electricity”). I finally, last night, caught the new Todd Haynes film, I’m Not There, in which six actors play variations on Dylan over the course of his career. I noticed that Moondog, the maverick blind composer (and himself the subject of a new biography, albeit in book form), appears during the opening credits — and that there appears to be a little boy playing a young version of Moondog (complete with horned helmet) in what are most easily termed “the Richard Gere sequences.” Also early on, the subject of the film — who is and is not Dylan — is described in a voiceover (by Kris Kristofferson) as a “star of electricity” and later, a British TV host (played by Bruce Greenwood) interrogates the Dylan figure Jude Quinn (played by Cate Blanchett) about his embrace of “electronic music.” The movie is a messy jumble, all in all, and my favorite part is the haunting drone of a harmonica solo just before the end credits roll, as Dylan appears to melt into an alien from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Oh, and totally off topic, David Cross does a mean Allen Ginsberg.

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tags: , , , , , / 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, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of
    December 28, 2021: This day marks the 10th anniversary of the Instagr/am/bient compilation.
    January 6, 2021: This day marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.

  • Recent
    July 28, 2021: This day marked the 500th consecutive weekly project in 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

  • Ongoing
    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:

  • 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

  • 0511 / Freeze Tag / The Assignment: Consider freezing (and thawing) as a metaphor for music production.
    0510 / Cold Turkey / The Assignment: Record one last track with a piece of music equipment before passing it on.
    0509 / The Long Detail / The Assignment: Create a piece of music with moments from a preexisting track.
    0508 / Germane Shepard / The Assignment: Use the Shepard tone to create a piece of music.
    0507 / In DD's Key of C / The Assignment: Make music with 10 acoustic instrument samples all in a shared key.

    Full Index
    And there is a complete list of past projects, 511 consecutive weeks to date.

  • Archives

    By month and by topic

  • [email protected]

    [email protected]

  • Downstream

    Recommended listening each weekday

  • Recent Posts