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: Remix Thesis, Museum Music, 8-Bit, …

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New Online Remix Community, and Its Founder’s Thesis ( One initial impression: in a neat act of playing egg'n'chicken, on the website's navigation bar, the "Remixes" category precedes the "Songs" category. Gotta appreciate a user-interface that’s that philosophically grounded. The website's founder, John Arroyo, has a master's degree in electro-acoustic music (from Dartmouth), and his thesis ("Evolving the Remix," PDF, detail below) reads like a template for Its emphasis is on "iterative," or multi-generational, remixes.

Aukland Museum Invites Musicians to Score Its Collections ( The Aukland Museum brought in composer-performers to produce original music for the institution’s major exhibit spaces. Samples of each of the tracks are available online. Participants include Tiki Taane, Tim Coster, Don McGlashan, Richard Francis, Rachel Shearer, Phil Dadson, Chris Adams, Rosy Parlane, and Nathan Haines. (Via

Call for Submissions: Only 8-Bitters Need Apply ( Aspiring, self-restricting, retro-minded computer musicians, take note: the video-game hub has a call out to 8-bit composers to help put together a score for some vintage, but currently silent, footage of "an anonymous Atari Computer Camp excursion." Me, I never attended an Atari camp. Trying to remember if there was a TRS-80 equivalent at the time… (Via

Grey Market: Scott Tuma and Mike Weis "On Cox" ( A link to the eminently attenuated folktronic track "On Cox", off the limited edition album Taradiddle by Scott Tuma (Souled American, Boxhead Ensemble) and Mike Weis (Zelienople): MP3. According to the releasing label,, its run of 300, vinyl-only copies is sold out.

Among the Subjects at August’s Edinburgh Interactive Festival: "Sound-Only Games" (, via

Over a Dozen Artists to Lead June 7 Public "Soundwalks" in New York City (

Toronto’s Contact Ensemble Plays Brian Eno‘s ‘Discreet Music’ (

Today, May 23, Is Radiophonic Creation Day (

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  • 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

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