- The social contract one agrees to when signing up for the @stonesthrow message boards: "No hate, harassing, or bootlegging." #
- Evening sounds: hard drives, fridge, bus (and attendant house-rattle). #
- Belated RIP, Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka (b. 1928), who designed sets of Luigi Nono's first opera, Intolleranza: http://is.gd/888d1 #
- Long walk home, across San Francisco. We talk about how light differs throughout a year, and I found myself wondering whether sound does. #
- It'd be great if the mobile app for @evernote had a pause button on its audio recorder. #
- Love the description that pops up on IRC when you join the @rjdj (well, the #rjdj) channel: "Sunglasses for your ears." #
- Counting the number of languages spoken on the bus today: 7, including the bus's own beeping alerts, and its Spanish-translation intercom. #
- Perfect background reading for the new Don DeLillo novel, Point Omega: Beethoven's 9th Symphony, stretched to 24 hours: http://is.gd/7SR1r #
- RIP, saxophonist Sir John Dankworth (b. 1927), composer of, among other things, the theme to The Avengers, and the score for Darling. #
- So quiet this morning that after a year in the house I realized not two but all four of the small fluorescents in the kitchen emit a whine. #
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
• December 13, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Disquiet.com.
• 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.
• 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 oup.com.)
• 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: disquiet.com/junto.
• 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).
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.
• 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.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 511 consecutive weeks to date.