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 / Slumdog, Eno, DS-10 …

Them, Too: The New York Times used a Christian Marclay collage (above) to illustrate Bono‘s debut Op-Ed column, which was about Frank Sinatra: “As a communicator, hitting the notes is only part of the story, of course.” It’s at nytimes.com, dated January 9, though it appeared in the Sunday paper, January 11. When it first appeared, the piece misidentified the arranger of “My Way”; it was was Don Costa, not Nelson Riddle. … And in related news, photography by Hiroshi Sugimoto, he of the horizon-far stare, will be used as the art for the upcoming U2 album (art21.org); titled No Line at the Horizon, it was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno at least in part in Morocco (Rick Rubin reportedly worked on it early on), and is due out the first week of March. Saysindependent.ie: “But with the exception of ‘Fez — Being Born’ (which is less a song than a Zooropa-type sonic experiment bearing Brian Eno’s fingerprints) there are few musical souvenirs of their North African adventure to be found here.”

Score Keeper: PJ Harvey scored the current Broadway production of Ibsen‘s Hedda Gabler, and the online version of the New York Times article includes a stream of excerpts (nytimes.com). … Brian Eno scoring Lovely Bones for Enya fan Peter Jackson, according to pitchforkmedia.com and pitchforkmedia.com and guardian.co.uk (via twitter.com/compactrobot). … Raz Mesinai is reportedly scoring a film called Garbage Dreams (imdb.com). … Interview with Resul Pookutty, production sound recordist on director Danny Boyle‘s Slumdog Millionaire, at proaudio-central.com (via musicofsound.co.nz):

    “In one scene, the gyro noise was too disturbing, so we rerecorded the whole scene -”“ but then, we found that without the whining of the gyro, it was just not sounding right,” he recalls. “So we only ADR’d one character, notched out the high-pitched whine of the gyro to a manageable level and kept it in the scene -”“ it added a certain tension to it that both Danny and I liked. So a noise, which I thought was disturbing during the shoot, actually came to be of use to us.”
This is a remix, and though not a musical one, an interesting one. The title credits to David Mamet‘s film Redbelt, recently released on DVD, are by Andy Goldman, who took the letters from a 1905 King Lear, made in Italy, the hand-tinted credits to which Mamet had admired. “This actual alphabet and the actual colors,” Mamet explains in the DVD’s commentary track, “Andy Goldman took from that movie.” Also in that commentary track (which Mamet does with fighter Randy Couture, who appears in the film), Mamet shares one of his favorite film terms, “MOS,” which signals that a scene will be silent. He explains that the term comes from “mit out sound,” dating from a German director’s influence. More on the derivation at filmsound.org. (Hat via zazzle.com.)

Random Access: The use of interactive sound in Fanta promotions (mediapost.com). … Draw with your voice at zefrank.com (via appscout.com).

While Electroplankton for the Nintendo DS was something that pretty much had to be ordered via the Internet, the Korg DS-10 is now in GameStop stores. … And is a DJ Hero going to follow Guitar Hero? (technabob.com). … Neat idea: the “sound bulb” (engadget.com). … The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones on the Buddha Machine (newyorker.com, newyorker.com). … Sonic helmets (sonicspacelabs.com). … I’m test-driving a G1 cellphone (that’s the “Google phone,” powered by the Android OS) for the month, to see if I wanna make the switch: g1for30days.tumblr.com — any recommended music apps, besides the song-recognition tool Shazam (which is amazing)?

I recently discovered there’s a wikipedia.org page on me. (My home town isn’t Brooklyn. It’s Huntington, New York.)

Music theater by Michel van der Aa takes on Fernando Pessoa‘s The Book of Disquiet (boosey.com).

R.I.P.: exotica siren Yma Sumac, the world now seven octaves poorer (latimes.com); Telefon Tel Aviv member Charlie Cooper (idolator.com); Fluxus figure George Brecht (nytimes.com); producer Hector Zazou (independent.co.uk); Majel Barrett, among other things the voice of the Enterprise‘s computer on Star Trek (latimes.com, via twitter.com/DinoIgnacio); Grateful Dead figure and field-recording Merl Saunders (sfgate.com). … Below is a picture (via artnotart.com) of Brecht (by George Maciunas) performing his “Solo for Violin” on April 25, 1964:

R.I.P. 2: Speaking of dying, reports of radio signals from distant (time and space) stars: nytimes.com (via johnkannenberg.com). … And the excellent label Crouton has closed (croutonmusic.com). … And the great design firm Designers Republic (source of, among many other things, numerous Warp Records album covers) has closed, though founder Ian Anderson says it will likely be revived in some manner (creativereview.co.uk). … And Tom Whitwell‘s blog, musicthing.blogspot.com, has ended “for now.” Site Updates: I’ve added streaming audio to the site this past week, both to the week-daily Downstream entries, and via the introduction of a new section (titled “Listen?“) for long-form streaming mixtapes/playlists (perfect for office work, reading, and so forth). In addition, there have been a few small tweaks made, including one that makes the interior pages a little more Safari/Android-friendly than the site was previously, and the “5 Most Read” list (in the right-hand sidebar on single-post pages) now just looks at the past month, rather than the full life of the website. And I’ll likely be adding reader comments to the site shortly.

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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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