My 33 1/3 book, on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, was the 5th bestselling book in the series in 2014. It's available at Amazon (including Kindle) and via your local bookstore. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #sound-art, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art.
Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

Past Week at

  • Not entirely surprised that in @songbirdteam the LyricMaster display pane doesn’t pull up the words to “u_07” off Alva Noto’s album Unitxt.
  • Morning sounds: two tinkling hard drives in living room (netbook, TiVo) sound like small backyard birds; car idling a block away.
  • 27: number of downloads left in my emusic account; wondering what to snag
  • Not sure why Twitter Tools (for WordPress) consistently fails to post weekly set to, which has current builds for plugin & WP.
  • RIP, Dennis Hopper (b. 1936). Pulling out the miracle score he and Jack Nitzsche wrangled for The Hot Spot: Miles Davis vs. John Lee Hooker.
  • Synchronic sonic diptych while working on the yard: a block or two over kids sing “It’s a Small World” while sirens roar by in the distance.
  • 5.02: home DSL in Mb/s now that AT&T has fixed the trouble on the line
  • 2.91: home DSL in Mb/s before AT&T figured out there’s trouble on the line
  • Glad to hear SF’s Robotspeak gets to stay in its Lower Haight location, despite a radical change in business plan.
  • 3: The number of devices currently on my person that can record sound.
  • 85: combined number of tracks on the next two Oval releases (titled, respectively, Oh and O)
  • ♪ Afternoon listening: industrial ambience from @pulsewidth
  • Only music on the bus is the headphone leakage from a guy listening to mariachi tunes. The result sounds like a kalimba made of tinsel.
  • Helped a friend build a blog, using It’s about (written, but not drawn) fiction about superheroes:
  • Pulled up @evernote in @firefox and half expected a recent thought of mine to simply appear as a new document. Perhaps a future feature.
  • 22: The (current) rank of the word “listening” among the top 100 terms used in people’s first @twitter posts:
  • Is there a petition somewhere to get @aplusk to put an apostrophe in the word “Thats” in his Twitter bio?
  • 22,646: The number of tweets at Ai Weiwei’s @aiww account since he joined up barely a year ago, on May 31, 2009.
  • When it rains, the Civic Center Falun Gong morning exercisers take shelter under eve of Bill Graham Auditorium, amplifying their tinny radio
  • 6: The number of languages I heard on the way to work.
  • Any recommendations for free cloud database challengers to Plenty of free text/spreadsheet/image editors, but db?
  • Today’s mail: very tiny Sanyo audio recorder & copy of Steve Goodman’s book Sonic Warfare. Instructions for Sanyo are as long as the book.
  • First a new Autechre, then a new Oval, then a 2nd new Oval. Now a 2nd new Autechre:
  • If any single issue of a magazine this year has shown what a great print magazine can accomplish, it’s the David Choe issue of @juxtapoz_mag
  • RIP, Martin Gardner (b. 1914), whose Scientific American & Asimov’s columns filled my teen years. Gotta pull Annotated Alice off the shelf.
  • Some sounds from Lost that I’ll miss: smoke monster, Geronimo Jackson, Dharma-bunker alarm, Dharma-bunker clock-rewind, opening theme/drone.
  • Excited the San Francisco Symphony is performing Feldman’s Rothko Chapel in 2011. In related new, I’m going to see Red on Broadway soon.
  • The bacon beignets @francessf are like American takoyaki.
  • Just learned from ‘It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time’ by Moira Hodgson that John Cage’s favorite whisky was Laphroaig. Good man.
  • Just saw my first iPad “in the wild.” I guess the early-adopter shyness is over. Evos everywhere, thanks to the Google I/O giveaway.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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