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

  • I'm taking next 2 weeks off Twitter. Going Twitter-dark. And largely Internet-dark. 2011 approaches. See you on the other side. Back Jan 5. #
  • Managed to get a best-film-scores of 2010 list done, too. Will post it soon. (TV music doesn't get enough love. But that's for another day.) #
  • My buddy's site, which I helped him rig up, got a nice nod from @io9 today #capes #nopictures #
  • Evening sounds: laptop hard drive, TiVo hard drive, crunching and rattle of toy in baby's hands, car doors of people getting home from work. #
  • Autocorrect is the pocket calculator of the present time. #
  • Need to get some really nifty looking rechargeable batteries to put inside my clear, new Buddha Machine. #naked #
  • About to go record shopping with my daughter. She's 16 weeks old today. This should prove interesting. #
  • Great musician-wanted ad: "@djrupture We're looking for someone who plays keyboard, triggers samples, dislikes jazz & loves repetition #NYC quot; #
  • Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco: funny it should happen during this rare break from the rain. It signals, "Look outside everyone!" #
  • Forum-generated list of movie scores converted to CD from LP for first time in 2010 Day of the Locust, Once a Thief, … #
  • "2010: A year with no new movies scored by Gustavo Santaolalla or Cliff Martinez". Retracted: There was Santaolla, just no Martinez. #
  • 2010: A year with no new movies scored by Gustavo Santaolalla or Cliff Martinez. #
  • Dear @googlenews — If I opt out of main sports section, maybe your algorithm should limit sports showing in my local San Francisco feed? #
  • One of the best iPhone/Pad/Touch sound apps of 2010, Thicket, is free today via @creativeapplications & @thicketapp #
  • If you're in Charleston, WV, it's Unsilent Night tonight. @myunsilentnight #
  • Six ways of drawing the moon. Introducing Galileo, earliest known Oubapo artist @mmaddencomics (via @boingboing) #
  • Our sonic @TelegraphNews rebuttal has first bonus track, courtesy of @ethanhein: "Sigh Beats" #philipsz #lowlands #turner #
  • Susan Philipsz won Turner Dec 6. Richard Dorment of @telegraphnews dismissed it Dec 7. Yesterday we responded in sound: #
  • Going Twitter-dark in 12 hours. Looking forward to two slightly less technologically mediated weeks. (Not wholesale; e.g., still on email.) #
  • Evening sounds: plane passing slowly (making that infinite descending-bomb drone), baby's breathing, refrigerator on hum. #aanechoic #
  • RT @BoingBoing "An experimental musical petri-dish" [In which I wrote about the glorious] #
  • "@geetadayal: sound artists "answer record" responding to critic's dismissive Susan Philipsz review" Thanks, Geeta! #
  • Susan Philipsz's installation won Turner Prize. Richard Dorment of @telegraphnews dismissed it. We respond: #
  • What's more plein air than field recording? Aside, perhaps, from simply listening. #
  • Distant Traffic (Netbook Hard Drive and Fan Mix) #
  • 4'33" enters chart at #21 John Cage would be proud. The 21st I Ching hexagram "indicates how obstacles are forcibly removed in nature." #
  • Ace beatmaker Diego Bernal is running for San Antonio City Council District 1. Support his campaign: @dbernalmusic #
  • I love Google Tasks. As @lifehacker has shown repeatedly, the best form of list-making is often paper. Google Tasks is like paper + sync. #
  • Our sonic-activist "answer album" to Megan McArdle article about music industry gets best-of-2010 nod: from @vuzhmusic #
  • The @nytimes Year in Ideas includes Turbine-Free Wind Power that does away with noise/vibration issues #hallelujah #
  • Sampling: it's a cover version, not a crime. #
  • Just posted a five-minute (stationary mic) recording of last night's Unsilent Night in San Francisco: @soundcloud #fluxus #
  • If you're in Salt Lake City, San Diego, Vancouver or Los Angeles, it's Unsilent Night tonight. @myunsilentnight #
  • Sequencing our little sonic-activist project, 11 tracks (potentially a few more coming by end of day). Should be live tomorrow or Tuesday. #
  • If you were at the Unsilent Night in San Francisco, could you get in touch with me? I have a couple questions. Thanks. #
  • [email protected] Want a good take on environment in which Dead took shape, read Lesh's autobiography side by side with John Markoff's Dormouse. #
  • Three and a half hours until Unsilent Night. Load up your boomboxes. #
  • Cute THX 1138 joke in this morning's Clone Wars episode. 99 is more interesting than any character introduced in the 3 Star Wars prequels. #
  • Four, maybe five, days until I go Twitter-dark through the end of the year. Looking forward to it. #
  • Umi Nom = restaurant with "nom" in its name. Gotta love it. I guess "umi nom" means "drink" in Tagalog (per @newyorker)? It's in Brooklyn. #
  • Woo! It's Unsilent Night tonight in San Francisco: @myunsilentnight Also: Charleston, SC; Dallas, TX; Manhattan, NY. #
  • After the whole thing, find myself disinclined to type the word "yahoo." What to do? "Yay"? "Neat"? "Woo"? I'll go with "woo." #
  • The adjectives "indie" and "enterprise" bug me to equal degrees. #
  • Morning sounds: heater, netbook hard drive, a few cars, footsteps, ice against glass. Also notable: absence of last night's intense wind. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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