- How to clean your records with glue, from my favorite instrumental-hip-hop blog: http://www.vinylathletes.com/archives/1179 #
- Someone should feed the fog horns. They've been crying for some time now. #
- Previous quote from review by @scarthomas (aka Scarlett Thomas) of Zero History by @greatdismal (aka William Gibson) http://nyti.ms/9WEIRK #
- "I used to play records and imagine…some other teenager on the other side of the globe was listening to the same thing at the same time." #
- ♫ Afternoon tunes: Buddha Funk's jazztronic Soundtrack to an Imaginary Film http://is.gd/f4xxQ with track "Cars and Traffic in the Distance" #
- R. Luke DuBois on making an MP3 a day for a year http://is.gd/f4lAx (@nytimes) Bonus: the site's coterie of anti-new-music comment trolls #
- #ff posthumous tweeter @_raymond_scott_ … live critic @geetadayal … nu-mu distribu @mimaroglu #
- A video was made to accompany Prehab's track from our 2006 Eno/Byrne remix compilation, Our Lives in the Bush of Disquiet http://is.gd/f4huL #
- Really wish one could easily play Tunnel Shoot to the music from Canabalt #ios #
- Scanner + Post Modern Jazz Quartet = 'Blink of an Eye,' the Nov album I'm now most excited about: http://t.co/8brFK2B via @robinrimbaud #
- Wish I could make @sfemf tonite but will mostly be home listening to soothing sounds of new baby. May make one of the shows before it ends. #
- Morning sounds: traffic, hard drives (Tivo XL more quiet than Series 2, but for now the difference in sound makes it more noticeable). #
- One of those days when I wish Moore's Law would cease, and people would focus on maximizing what we already have. #
- Thought the Braille art in (blind character) Auggie's room in TV's Covert Affairs said "AAC Love" (above his stereo) but it says "Love Love" #
- The entire new album O by Oval (aka Markus Popp) currently free on @amazon http://amzn.to/9J7Sxv (in U.S.), via @richarddevine @tobiasreber #
- "What's that high-pitched noise coming from the new TV?" "That's the Sawako track from the @12k_label Colorfield Variations DVD" "Oh, OK." #
- How thick is the fog? Somewhere between the opening of Mike Allred's graphic novel Dead Air & the end of Greg Bear's novel Blood Music. #
- Awaiting take-out at Vietnamese restaurant. I pretty much can't hear "Moon River" w/o imagining how it'd sound on Kid Koala's turntable. #
- C'mon @borders — awaiting that release-day copy of Zero History by @greatdismal (aka William Gibson) #
- Morning sounds: the speed of distant cars in stark contrast to whirring hard drives and occasional infant burp/sigh from neighboring room. #
- The house sounds so different when you open one window a crack. I'm sure that's a cheesy metaphor, but the practical reality is fascinating. #
- In the future, will people think life before Obama happened in lo-res, the way we think life before LBJ happened in black & white? #hdtv #
- Again put one small dish off center in the dishwasher to get that special off-kilter rattle. #homebrew #counterpoint #
- HDTV seems to make Mad Men and Rubicon look like episodes of Playhouse 90 (period setting and feel, respectively, notwithstanding). #
- I'm new to HDTV — is it the norm that HD versions of shows air at different times than their SDTV versions? #
- The whole single-earbud thing makes it look like much of the city is on security detail. #
- Anyone recommend a small USB-audio adapter for Win7? (I'm getting a little tired of listening through my netbook's nervous system.) #
- Happy birthday, John Cage — I'll make art with my coffee-cup rings today in your memory. #
- I think I knew this breast pump in an earlier life for its work on the record label Chain Reaction. #
- Love that the treatment of "radio" in Touch Radio logo looks more like TV; reminds me of the message in this xkcd comic: http://is.gd/eVrP0 #
- Evening sounds: tiny breaths on my chest, post-feeding; dryer and washer dueting through the wall; laptop purring like a mecha kitty. #
- Best overheard statement at the pediatrician: "Can I have another pen? I can't write with this one with the stuffed bear attached to it." #
- There's a special sense of accomplishment when your pen stops writing, and you open it up to find it entirely void of ink. #
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
• February 5, 2020: The first session of the 15-week course I teach at the Academy of Art about the role of sound in the media landscape.
• April 15, 2020: A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the forthcoming 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.)
• December 13, 2020: This day marks the 24th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 7, 2021: This day marks the 9th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
• There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the forthcoming 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.
• At least two live group concerts by Disquiet Junto members in the San Francisco Bay Area are in the works for 2020.
• I have liner notes for a musician's solo album and an essay in a book about an art event due out. I'll announce as the release dates come into focus.
• 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).
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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.
• 0465 / You Thank / The Assignment: Make a piece of music for someone or something for which you feel thankful.
• 0464 / Blanket Song / The Assignment: Play over a song, and then remove the original.
• 0463 / Making the Gradient / The Assignment: Make a piece of music inspired by the concept of a gradient.
• 0462 / Vade in Pace / The Assignment: Write a short piece of music that gets slower and slower as it proceeds.
• 0461 / Goldilocks Zone / The Assignment: Navigate a sonic space between the hospitable and the inhospitable.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 465 consecutive weeks to date.
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