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Top 10 Posts & Searches from January 2011

Of the top 10 most read posts on Disquiet.com, seven were from the (now) daily (and formerly weekdaily) Downstream section of freely legally downloadable audio — that’s out of 46 posts total for the month.

Along with them, these three pieces: (1) “Too Social to Fail? Thinking About Facebook, Netlabels, Free Culture, and Commercial Interests,” reflecting on the decision-making behind an ongoing experiment in the form of the facebook.com/disquiet.fb page; (2) “Building a Better Headphone,” in which the editorial illustration (by Kevin Van Aelst) to a Virginia Heffernan article in the New York Times about headphones (an article whose alternate headline could have been “Headphone Madness”) seems to have a slightly different message than the article itself (image below); (3) and Warren Ellis, Ubu.com, Serial Storytelling,” which looks at writer Ellis’ decisions when curating the great avant-garde archive ubu.com in December 2010.

This Bud’s Not for You: Sometimes an editorial illustration tells its own story.

The seven MP3-related posts in the top 10: (4) a live improvisation with the new zither edition of the Buddha Machine by Dave Seidel (aka Mysterbear), (5) sleepy drones from Saffron Slumber (aka Kevin Stephens), (6) four variations on a track by Caribou (one of them downloadable), (7) a check in with the Stonesthrow Beat Battle during its 200th consecutive week (“Like Fight Club. But in Public. With Laptops.”), (8) a lecture on field recording by Gordon Hempton, (9) the occasion of a new netlabel called Absence of Wax, and (10) Bach, Through a Sampler, Darkly,” in which Yasuo Akai glitches up the Goldberg Variations, heard here:

 

The top post of the last 60 days was a year-end recap about recommended iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) involving music/sound, and the top post of the last 90 days was a discussion about Brian Eno‘s album Small Craft on a Milk Sea.

The top searches for the month were (in declining order, allowing for some ties): autechre, drone (which yields 341 returns, in case you were wondering — well, 342 as of this entry), Harold budd, iphone, topic, ambient mix, banks violette, beck, buddha machine, caribou, cave, chris herbert, eliane radigue, grill, instrumental hip-hop, Jon hassell, kosma, spinach prince, stars of the lid, string quartets.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • 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

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