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

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Past Week at

The plan is for this automated tool to post, every weekend, the entries I’ve made at in the previous seven days. This post shows the entries from April 26 through May 16, because for reasons beyond me the tool didn’t work for a while. That said, it didn’t skip anything, since the previous such post ( was on April 26.

  • Saturday morning sounds: grinding laptop fan, bus riding by, breathing. #
  • If you Twitter, it’s #followfriday: Godflesh in the flesh @JKBroadrick; Stanford Laptop Orchestra @slork; classical activists @classicalrev #
  • Pretty cool for Brian Eno/Oblique Strategies fans. A website dedicated to the work of Peter Schmidt, Oblique’s co-creator: #
  • Brian Eno/Peter Schmidt @ObliqueChirps Twitter app says, “Pae White’s non-blank graphic metacard.” Reminds me to visit New Langton exhibit. #
  • Gym music: new Metallica, again. Need to dig out something else with energy. But it’s way good, like Load, ReLoad, & St. Anger didn’t exist. #
  • Pre-afternoon sounds: percussive typing, conversation below (consonants muted by floor), plane drone overhead, texture of chairs shifting. #
  • Hoping to catch laptop/recorder show Thurs @ Luggage Store. Sunday’s Willits/Deupree show @ du Nord was great, especially #
  • Psyched re: tonight’s Christopher Willits & Taylor Deupree show. Opening: Classical Revolution, doing Glass, Russel, Becker, Novik, Brown. #
  • Gym music: new drones, old metal. #
  • Morning sounds: laptop whir, the world’s tiniest bicycle racing downhill; kitchen fridge, doing usual morning-after minimal-techno mumble. #
  • Gym music: The recent collaborative single by Burial & Four Tet: “Moth,” “Wolf Cub,” repeat. Lo-fi streams of both here: #
  • Wondering if/when next week my G1 cellphone will update its operating system. Wondering how to make my Twitter posts more Facebook-friendly. #
  • Contractions in @tannermenard’s re-tweet ( of my post ( suggests re-tweeting as version of Lucier’s Sitting in a Room. #
  • Kyle Gann transcribes solo piano improv by Harold Budd. Budd writes back to say he couldn’t play it in a thousand years: #
  • Saturday morning sounds: bus rumbling past. Wonder what the world would sound like if this crackling laptop fan noise weren’t masking it. #
  • Star Trek: so much fun. I hesitate to say anything more. I’d rather lower expectations so folks will enjoy it all the more. #
  • New people (thanks @warrenellis, @thegrassyknoll), I’m otaku-focused on ambient/electronically-mediated sound/art. (And spicy food & comix.) #
  • Weekend agenda: typing, cooking, gardening, Star Trek; Willits/Deupree; maybe Superconductor (Exploratorium) & Johansson Projects gallery… #
  • #followfriday @g2barmen, Determinism filmmaker; @richarddevine, Warp/Schematic musician; @douglasbenford (aka musician si-cut.db). #
  • Twitter planned maintenance 2pm Friday, day of release of new Star Trek film — are they going to see it then, or preparing for onslaught? #
  • Michael Tilson Thomas tells Greta Garbo deli anecdote in NY Times today — in letters section: (from Miami, better yet). #
  • Tonight: opening at New Langton … and then Fringe. #
  • Afternoon sounds: typing, Beck (really the Dust Brothers — the voice isn’t carrying across the room), siren in distance, chairs on wood. #
  • Web 2.0: 1. Weidenbaum: 0. You’d think setting daily & weekly to post on a WordPress-powered website is easy. #
  • Gym music: random Public Enemy instrumentals, some old-ish Paul Weller, new drones by Pixel (aka Jon Egeskov). #
  • The daily download deals at @amazonmp3 are worth tracking. Today, for just 99 cents, Ornette Coleman’s Shape of Jazz to Come. #
  • Upcoming local (San Francisco) arts agenda: New Langton gallery opening on Tuesday, Vorticella in concert on Thursday… #
  • Postalicious now works on Will have more regular feed of recommended reading. First batch: BBC on Ballard, new In C book, etc. #
  • Sunday morning sounds: distant siren, knocking window (now fixed), bus going by, whiny laptop, mumbling fridge. #
  • Trying to get Postalicious to make links post semi-automatically on, but so far no luck. More backend fiddling… #
  • Gym music: Slayer’s Reign in Blood — after all these years, its underlying pulse is a lot slower than its thrash-metal reputation suggests. #
  • Saturday morning sounds: laptop fan, a bus a few blocks away, tiny little creaks as the heater wakes the house. Too wet outside for birds? #
  • My iPod brought up the instrumental of Aceyalone’s “To the Top” (Bo Diddley beat lightly tweaked into hip-hop). Forgot how much I love this. #
  • #followfriday ambient musicians @CBissonnette and @robinrimbaud; TG member @chriscarter; illustrator @bartalos (back from the Antarctic). #
  • Thrift store came alive last night: 93-year-old Irving Fields’s Bagels & Bongos faves, Korean crossover Johnny Yune,1/2 of Burton Sisters. #
  • #followfriday ambient musicians @CBissonnette and @robinrimbaud; TG member @chriscarter_; illustrator @bartolos (back from the Antarctic) #
  • Were Saul Bellow 29 today, Dangling Man wouldn’t be about a guy waiting for his G1 phone to get the new Android OS update. But me, I wait… #
  • Apparently the guy who made the classic Bagels & Bongos album is still with us. I’m seeing him tonight in San Francisco. Irving Fields. #
  • Favorite step when making jambalaya: stirring in the rice. … Speaking of which, when’s there gonna be an album of Galactic remixes? #
  • There hasn’t been a new release from the netlabel since middle of October 2008 — another one would be nice. #
  • Mundane software wishlist: Gmail preview pane, Thunderbird grouped-by-day threading, iTunes label field, Firefox tag-to-window drag. #
  • Regarding the wind in S.F. right now: the human ear has not evolved to deal with this. Fortunately, though, we did develop hats & scarves. #
  • Fave unintended remix of day: 3 people watching same Persian pop vid at roughly same time, on different computers, all off by a few seconds. #
  • Gym music: various hip-hop instrumentals, which I find myself imagining being processed by a Korg Kaoss Pad or the Nintendo DSi sound tools. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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