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.

Past Week at

  • The @nytimes Today's Paper page is a great thing, even if article titles (when separated from articles themselves) read like crossword clues #
  • Outmoded retail = video game (that's a McLuhan paraphrase). Recordshop Tycoon more Farmville than Paperboy via @appscout #
  • #ff @audiobaum @clinicalarchive @thecentrifuge @rec72 @publicspaceslab @luvsound @stasisfield all post adventurous free music #netlabel #
  • Fave recent bioacoustics-L list entry: "Yesterday a Shark ( a bull) eated my Hydrophone." Email titled "Hydrophone bait" #
  • RIP, Frederick Jelinek (b. 1932), who helped "make it possible for computers to decipher and translate human speech" #
  • Cage's 4'33" now the name of a London literary magazine that's audio-only, @433mag (via @saraivry @weegee) #
  • If you have the time, would you please mash up the terse piano of Chilly Gonzales' "Never Stop" & the terse piano of Bad Plus' "Never Stop"? #
  • Clooney's The American would make for an interesting double feature with Swinton's I Am Love. #
  • Recent null searches: Big Daddy Kane, Alberto Caeiro, Cesar Mesa, Mackintosh Braun, Valentino Kanziani. #
  • Morning sounds: whirring hard drive, nursing child, passing buses, rumbling heater. #
  • Morning sounds: a deep rich white noise comprised of traffic (land and air), heating, plumbing, and domestic electronics. #
  • Many thanks to Thorsten Sideb0ard (@sideb0ard) for drawing my new Twitter background. More info on him at #
  • Tuesday noon siren: drone distended today, like Kid Koala's scratching it; the voice especially loud, like it's my neighbor in the yard. #
  • 4G is reportedly on in San Francisco. Does the air feel different? #
  • 11 amazing and generous ambient musicians put together this compilation of baby-friendly music (a la @_raymond_scott_) #
  • Morning sounds: heater, hard drive, bus, post-feeding child rustling in her swaddle. #
  • RIP, Buddy Collette (b. 1921), personification of Los Angeles jazz. #
  • So, @emusic only lists two artists as being "similar to" Keith Fullerton Whitman: Christopher Bissonnette with two "n"s (correct) & one "n" #
  • So quiet. Mother & child sleeping; cars slip pass outside; speakers off; one headphone earpiece on, other left open to keep an ear on kid. #
  • #np An amazing new 11-track compilation of quiet music, about which I'll be saying more in the next day or so, when it goes live. #
  • Insane @yoshisjazz month: Charles Lloyd, Logic/Wasserman, Geri Allen does Dolphy (w/ Lake), Ayers, Liebman — and George Wein conversation. #
  • ♪ Afternoon tune: MOSS (Berg, Block, Roden, Vitiello) performance excerpt from this past weekend in San Jose #
  • Autohotkey + Readability. Thank you, @autohotkey + @arc90 #
  • Guitar picks depict floppy disk, boombox, MP3 controls, more; look under Objects at — by @mapmap & @taylordeupree #
  • Geek trio in Terriers the best of its kind since the Lone Gunmen of X-Files days. #
  • Whenever I watch Mad Men, I wonder which character is closest to what Don DeLillo would have been like at the time. #
  • Still adjusting to expanded @wsj culture coverage. Keith Fullerton Whitman interview: "very bad-looking algebra problem" #
  • It Might Get Loud documentary worth it just for Jimmy Page revisiting where Zeppelin broke the levee, and playing a quick theremin solo. #
  • #♪ Afternoon listen: various KFW activities (modular and otherwise) from his website, #
  • C64 BASIC emulator has been approved for iOS app store. Any chance someone could skin it for those of us reared on the TRS-80? #tapedrive #
  • Apparently Four Tet has been on @twitter since 12:25pm on September 13: @fourtet #
  • N.E.R.D. on their favorite hip-hop producers. DJ Premiere? "Primo deserves his own pyramid. He's a pharaoh." #
  • "Sound of Shadows module… [is] like the Boss DD-3 the way that a Panther is like my cat" / Brian Biggs gets delay-ed #
  • Somehow in my dream a song off the new album by the 88 was a song by Alex Chilton and Eric Carmen. #sleeplogic #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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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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