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.

Open-Source MP3 Construction Kit

The idea of community is a thread that runs through Lawrence Lessig’s book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, which I’m in the process of discussing as part of a group at the “Mind the Gap” blog at

As of this writing, my most recent post ( is partially concerned with what Bach, Bartók, and Tallis would do with the technology — software and hardware — that we take for granted today. In Remix, Lessig singles out, as examples of “community,” various open-source software projects, sometimes known as “freeware,” and there are many such examples in the world of electronic music.

I’m using each daily Downstream entry this week as an opportunity to touch on a different aspect of Remix. Today’s is a netlabel (also a subject on Monday) dedicated to a particular piece of freeware:

The latest track from the Hexawe netlabel (at has a messy, grab-bag, hodgepodge feel that so much vibrant, seat-of-your-pants, web-based electro-pop revels in. It’s equal parts bad Russian disco (is there any other kind?), video-game score, pachinko madness, regional-TV-advert jingle, culture jamming, and overall syncretic joyride (MP3). Titled “Thank You Mr. Clap” and credited to Frostedtreeandsnowyfloor, the track was made on a piece of freeware called LittleGPTracker (, which is related to a bit of music-making freeware developed for the Gameboy (activity not condoned by Gameboy manufacturer Nintendo, and a strong example of the unintended aftermarket garage ingenuity brought to bear on common household goods).

[audio:|titles=”Thank You Mr. Clap”|artists=Frostedtreeandsnowyfloor]

As I’ve mentioned in coverage of Hexawe in the past, part of what makes releases on the netlabel special is that along with each MP3 comes the code and samples that made the related song possible, so you can also listen to the 28 parts that make up “Thank You Mr. Clap,” and, if you’re up for it, install the software and drop in your own replacement tracks.

More on the musician at

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tags: , , , , , / Comments: 3 ]


  1. FTASF
    [ Posted June 14, 2014, at 7:24 am ]

    Hello, if there is still someone in there, this is Frostedtreeandsnowyfloor.

    I’ve been looking for the remains of the tracks I put once on the interwebz, and this one (Thank you Mr. Clap) is the only valid link. Actually since 8bitcollective was shut down, nearly every track I composed disappeared except for a couple in the 18GB torrent “Best of 8bitcollective”.

    Actually this track was originally my composition, but the version shown here is a remix by “The Wizard Rises”. The original wasn’t released on Hexawe, as I did not feel like it then, and accepted TWR to make this remix. The original one is maybe even cheesier.

    If I can correct something, this track was made on LGPT, but this is not a GameBoy program, but a GP32 program, a Linux based emulation console, and LGPT can be run on a PC, and on a custom firmware PSP. It is true that it is linked to the GameBoy scene, as LGPT, is inspired by LSDJ (a GB tracking program), but when LSDJ does synthesis with the GameBoy chip, LGPT uses samples, and the sound is drastically different, as the communities are. Some of the chiptuners, some years ago, did both – I myself came from GameBoy to LGPT sample tracking, and I still use both today- but most of the time they chose their side. GB, LGPT, Amiga, Atari ST, or PC generated chiptunes (usually on Fruity Loops and Renoise), we (on 8bc) had (it seems) prefered techniques, and some of us used a wider range of techniques (I used for instance LSDJ, LGPT, but also TFM tracker that emulates Master System and Mega Drive FM synthesis), or Open Modplug Tracker (also base on samples but not as compact as LGPT).

    Thank you for this review on Freeware composing, you can’t even imagine how much I miss the 8bitcollective days, and its daily dose of chiptunes. Some of them were really impressive high quality music. Due to a data loss, I lost most of the music I downloaded there, as well as a place that suits my music. Maybe someday I will re-upload them somewhere, but it will not be the same as this community, with its own codes, renown musicians, partly ultra-nerdy and partly 2nd degree dialog between real chiptuners that refused the trendy appropriation by major labels of the “chipster” sound. Nothing can be compared today (except maybe chip music forums) to the experience of 8bitcollective, which was both underground and accessible. Hexawe for example still exists but its community is I think a bit more private and closed.

    A shame that I only read your article 5 years later and now that a major part of chiptune music has been shut down, its people disseminated around the web.


    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted June 14, 2014, at 8:21 am ]

      Thanks so much for the background. Is there a place you’re currently posting your music?

      • FTASF
        [ Posted June 15, 2014, at 8:14 am ]

        Not for the moment, sadly, but I hope to do so in a near future for chiptunes but also other projects I made in these recent years :) . I just need to find the time for this and as I can’t live from my music, I have often to postpone this task, but it is something I intend to do!

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, 2022: This day marks the 26th anniversary of the founding of
    • January 6, 2023: This day marked the 11th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.

  • Recent
    • April 16, 2022: I participated in an online "talk show" by The Big Conversation Space (Niki Korth and Clémence de Montgolfier).
    • March 11, 2022: I hosted a panel discussion between Mark Fell, Rian Treanor and James Bradbury in San Francisco as part of the Algorithmic Art Assembly ( at Gray Area (
    • December 28, 2021: This day marked the 10th (!) anniversary of the Instagr/am/bient compilation.
    • January 6, 2021: This day marked the 10th (!) anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
    • December 13, 2021: This day marked the 25th (!) anniversary of the start of 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

  • 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

  • 0544 / Feedback Loop / The Assignment: Share music-in-progress for input from others.
    0543 / Technique Check / The Assignment: Share a tip from your method toolbox.
    0542 / 2600 Club / The Assignment: Make some phreaking music.
    0541 / 10BPM Techno / The Assignment: Make some snail-paced beats.
    0540 / 5ive 4our / The Assignment: Take back 5/4 for Jedi time masters Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

  • Full Index
    And there is a complete list of past projects, 544 consecutive weeks to date.

  • Archives

    By month and by topic

  • [email protected]

    [email protected]

  • Downstream

    Recommended listening each weekday

  • Recent Posts