- Now that I've noticed the neighboring blocks' garbage-disposal route on Thursdays, Friday mornings seem all the more quiet. #
- Jaron Lanier expresses disregard for fragments in You Are Not a Gadget but it's written in chapters built from compressed, serial fragments. #
- Copier's sine-wave moan complements @pandora_radio instrumental-hip-hop channel played low. On now: Deltron 3030's "Time Keeps On Slipping." #
- RIP, Steve Reid (b. 1944), veteran of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Fela Kuti & most recently Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) http://is.gd/br6xr #
- Excellent! The @sfmoma has acquired a bunch of Bruce Nauman, plus Joseph Beuys, Hanne Darboven, & others: http://is.gd/boZsZ #
- I'll take your "Humanize something that is free of error" @1000DIGIKI & raise you "The tape is now the music" — also via @Oblique_Chirps #
- Listening for a down beat in the pixel patter of rain on my umbrella. #
- RIP, Larry Cassidy (b. 1953), of the Factory label's Section 25: http://is.gd/bozsZ #
- Setting one's alarm clock for early Sunday morning (an unusual thing) means learning that the local hip-hop station plays gospel. #
- Tonight, Mixmaster Mike at Yoshi's. Looking forward to this. And wondering who is the "special guest." #
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.