- Morning sounds: hard drive/fan whirring, heater revving up, toilet tank refilling, fridge droning, baby cooing. #
- First blue screen (of death) I've witnessed on this machine, almost a year to the day since I bought it. (Noting for future reference.) #
- Android shoutout: PDANet (tether, SMS agent), Barnacle (wifi hotspot), OverDrive (ebook); widgets: Pure Calendar, Sticky Pad, Google Reader. #
- Upton Sinclair is the John Muir of industry. #protophonography #
- At the cafe, the flyer for the Textured Earring Workshop is tacked to the wall next to the flyer for the Digital Storytelling Workshop. #
- [email protected] A pair of ebows for one of Blood Wedding people. One for one of Vertex guys. Vertex drummer's battery-power brush may count, too. #
- Wondering if tech firms do anything that's the engineering equivalent of wearing sexy underwear in expectancy of @ifixit teardowns. #
- Spoiler: As a paranoid fantasy of professional rivalry, Unknown is more entertaining than Black Swan. + Bruno Ganz :) – No Clint Mansell. :( #
- Odd @nytimes piece calls Rothko Chapel, Satie & Cage "quirky, discerning picks"; it's syndicated @texasmonthly content: http://j.mp/g1A6C3 #
- It was a three-ebow evening. #
- Tonight's agenda: Blood Wedding and the Norwegian duo Vertex at the Luggage Store. #
- Afternoon sounds: hard drives/fans (netbook, TiVo), sleeping six-month-old's breathing, distant dog, cars on wet street, typing. #
- Samsung Galaxy S 4G pairs w/ Bluetooth Think Outside keyboard (DroidX + NexusS didn't w/o BlueInput app). Now, if only USB keyboard worked. #
- Continuing my cellphone trial-period search: now using the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G (returned Droid X and, prior to that, the Nexus S). #
- San Francisco art PSA: @gaffta exhibit by Zimoun closes Saturday. It's a must-see/hear. Video example: http://vimeo.com/20283981 #
- I'm all for removing the taboo of calling San Francisco "Frisco," if only to make it more Twitter/SMS-friendly. #
- According to SpeedTest my current phone has better web connection (T-Mobile/Samsung: 5.32â†“ 1.83â†‘) than does my home (AT&T DSL: 4.94â†“ 0.63â†‘). #
- http://www.touchradio.org.uk/ has been quiet. March will bring "new TouchRadio by Hild Sofie Tafjord" + "TouchRadio news." Can't wait. #
- Yes, briefly misinterpreted the words "animal sound or movement" today as a lyric during Baby Rhyme Tyme at local library. #
- Wishing I could make the Christian Wolff lecture (tomorrow) and concert (Saturday) at Mills, but timing conflicts abound. #
- The guy behind Jaydiohead & Dub Kweli made a Clint Mansell”“sampling rap EP based on sci-fi film Moon: http://www.seleneproject.com/ #
- Poet Toni Mirosevich will read from her The Takeaway Bin, inspired by Eno/Schmidt Oblique Strategies, @SFPLNews (Main Branch) March 2, 6pm. #
- Evening sounds: dryer, dishwasher, cars. #
- Borrowed a book (an ebook) from the library on my phone while on the bus and started reading it. #
- Noon siren on a clear day, followed by its standard announcement, so muffled that were there an emergency it would serve no purpose at all. #
- Remembering living in France (summer '86) when Libya was major threat. Was a human conversation piece, there were so few Americans in Paris. #
- Netbook days are so much more peaceful than desktop days. #
- Open-source classical: crowd-managed scores. Service named for Petrucci, who 1st used movable type to print sheet music: http://j.mp/f21obs #
- Bringing the Outdoors In: performing John Luther Adams' nature-infused "Inuksuit" http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/arts/music/22luther.html #
- Kenneth Kirschner redesigned http://www.kennethkirschner.com/ and the indeterminate pieces (halfway down page) are particularly recommended. #
- Facebook page of slain Egyptian electronic musician Ahmed Basiony who died during Jan uprising 172 followers shy of 9,000 http://j.mp/f3oOz2 #
- "[Playing ']Waterloo Sunset[' to my (nearly) six-month-old on a ukulele], I am in paradise." #
- If I'm not mistaken, the New York Times runs Phillip Alder's bridge coverage just as often as it runs Seth Schiesel's video game coverage. #
- Apple patent uses acoustic transducers as gestural interface. http://j.mp/ibyKPj Is that what Keith Jarrett's been up to all these years? #
- Much microsound music is what the Saw movies might have sounded like had Samuel Beckett conceived them. #
- Evening sounds: dishwasher, drip coffee, footsteps, hard drive/fan. #
- â–º J Lesser records a San Diego winter storm, all drizzle, wind chimes, and vehicular droning: http://soundcloud.com/lesser/stereo-rain #
- Outside it's like if Blade Runner had been set in East Germany instead of Los Angeles. #
- Sometimes I wonder if Groupon and Kickstarter are the same service with different skins. #
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
• July 28, 2021: This day marks the start of the 500th consecutive weekly project in the Disquiet Junto music community.
• December 13, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Disquiet.com.
• January 6, 2021: This day marks the 10th 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.
• A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the 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.)
• 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.
• 0494 / Insect Menagerie / The Assignment: Record a 20-second clip of the sounds of an insect that you yourself have invented.
• 0493 / AudioCorrect / The Assignment: Think about the utility and the useful failures inherent in autocorrect and apply this to your music.
• 0492 / Kintsugi Rework / The Assignment: Employ the Japanese technique of mending broken ceramics as a metaphor for remixing.
• 0491 / Footsteps Sequencer / The Assignment: Compose a piece of music structured upon a walk through your home.
• 0490 / In Conversation / The Assignment: Compose a piece of music structured like dialog.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 494 consecutive weeks to date.
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