- Finally seeing Source Code. #
- Ah, yeah. Exactly. Thanks RT @cinchel i usually use RIYL (recommended if you like) #
- Is there a more readily recognizable acronym than "LIYL" for something like "listen if you like" (for music recommendations by comparison)? #
- Continuously mistaking overprotected iPhone 4s for Nintendo DSs #newkindasidetalkin #
- The pile drivers are just enough blocks away to be pleasant. #
- A harp is a mass-produced prepared piano, right? #
- My ongoing Luciano Berio research (copyleft, proto-sampling) should bubble up as something published in the next week. #
- I listen to most netlabel releases I appreciate all the way through, often several times. It's no coincidence the 1st track's often the best #
- Early evening sounds: thunder-like wind, motorcycles, cars, bus, the scraping of a child against a floor that is newly accessible by crawl. #
- Thanks, @The_Jenius // @emh2625 I'm looking for a (former?) drummer/designer/painter from NYC named David Taub, in his mid-50s. #
- Worth a try: If anyone knows a (former?) New York drummer/designer/painter named David Taub, probably in his mid-50s, please lemme know. #
- Strong wind echoes in the fireplace like thunder. #
- RIP, Hubert Schlafly (b. 1919), developer (with actor Fred Barton Jr. & Irving Berlin's nephew) of the teleprompter http://nyti.ms/kHNnVh #
- Would that make Paul Auster Don DeLillo's Burt Reynolds? RT @saraivry I frequently confuse Don DeLillo and Dom DeLuise #
- There's like a war for my calendar between Mills and CCRMA/Stanford. #
- Surfer found dead at Ocean Beach, via @ob_kc ("Helmets are so not cool until you need one") @richmondsfblog #outerrichmond #415 #
- Coming up for air from deep in the Berio. #
- Video games are to generative art what churches were to classical music. #
- Giant wood xylophone in this Japanese ad is insane: http://t.co/tx1vm9d Video's untrammeled nature sound makes it serene beyond description. #
- Next tweet via @superheronovels — which has nil to do with ambient sound except it's a good thing to read while listening. Thanks, Eric! #
- If Twitter persists, I foresee myself doing away with "nothing" for "nil," "favorite" maybe for "fave," "San Francisco" maybe for "Frisco." #
- Maybe "Are video games art?" is the lesser question. Maybe the more pressing question is "Are video games sport?" #
- Neither free download from @rcrdlbl today is a remix. #
- Someday I will walk by a tombstone that will read, simply, "Commented on his/her own photo." #facebook #
- Wonderful footage from Portal 2 of turrets singing in harmony: http://www.thealistdaily.com/news/portal-2-turret-song/ via @alistdaily #
- Got thank-you in mail for financial support of @votediego @diegobernalmusic candidacy for City Council in San Antonio. DJs for president! #
- Faulivia definitely sounded momentarily like William Bell in her attempt to jump universes in Fringe. #cantbelieveijusttypedthatsentence #
- Guy in cafe whose laptop plays synth version of Psycho cue for each new IM doesn't have a clue of idea it puts in heads of those around him. #
- Equal number of Macs and PCs in this cafe, at least judging by laptop logos. Time for a game of Battleship, I think. #
- Tuesday noon siren, filtered through laundry-machine shuddering and email-arrival beeping. #
- And isn't this exactly what the alien invaders would want? RT @warrenellis SETI to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes http://bit.ly/e1waeX #
- Finished Osmond-Smith's Berio. Strong on mechanics, light on meaning. Nil on copyright, but we're hypersensitive today http://goo.gl/8bOoi #
- Steam appears to think I have played Chime for eight hours. I feel fairly confident this is not the case. #
- "What are you doing with her mittens?" "I thought they were socks." "They're mittens." "I put them on her feet when we went out yesterday." #
- Lone Wolf and Cub and Take-out. #
- “@sepulchra: nothing like a bell to get a dog barking”#eartwit #
- By today's copyright law, Berio's Sinfonia (1968-69) would have been in violation by interpolating Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (1895). #
- Afternoon sounds: birdsong (through closed window), desktop computer fan/drive (across room), sleeping baby's breathing (by my side). #
- Can't remember last time I actually kept my "desktop" computer on top of my desk. #
- RIP, programmer/writer Karen Kenworthy, whose Power Tools email newsletter was an early shareware bright spot. #
- … @JDKun put it better: "'copyright violation' has no single meaning and therefore should not be treated singularly" #
- I said: "'copyright violation' is a succinct term applied to a wide and disparate array of activity." … But … #
- Noon bells filtered through birds tweeting after the rain. (That's pre-Twitter tweeting on their part.) #
- Homemade Cel-Ray”“style soda syrup even better day two. (And no artificial ingredients.) #
- [email protected] The copyright filtering rankles, for sure. #soundcloud #
- [email protected] And just to be clear, I don't think most websites, paid or not, are truly communities per se, just platforms for community. #
- Wondering when the first (non-business) video-game story/event will be "worthy" of a major newspaper's "breaking news" email treatment. #
- The gate's pretty loose. Please explain when you have a chance. @JDKun Soundcloud is a gated community, not a music community #
- Genres don't die. They just slow down and take root. #
- Likely that neighbors in two-block radius of our kitchen are aware I've made another batch of celery syrup for homestyle Cel-Ray soda. #
- Wondering what the overlap in the U.S. is for audiences of Doctor Who and the royal wedding. #
- Who public-edits the public editor? @xenijardin RT @felixsalmon: What on earth is "city itself on the bum" supposed to mean? nyti.ms/hAECbi #
- Noticing that both the Beastie Boys and Paul Simon quote themselves on their new albums. #
- a body picked at aggressively can give the impression of life #
- Were DeLillo, Lucier or @greatdismal hip-hop heads they might've imagined an entire CD played in Madison Sq Garden http://t.co/Fbnwz78 #
- RIP, Norio Ohga (b. 1930), opera singer who went on to be president of Sony & help develop CD http://t.co/F2g0kRZ @washingtonpost #
- RIP, composer Peter Lieberson (b. 1946), via @dfelsenfeld @cbcarey #
- Computer. Good point. RT @danielwalker_ Is fan for your hard drive or room. I feel the distinction must be made; I am a fellow sound-logger #
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.
• 0442 / One Sentence / The Assignment: Make music that explores the shape, tone, cadence, and content of a favorite section of prose or poetry.
• 0441 / Three Stones / The Assignment: Make music that explores territory sonically.
• 0440 / Tuning In / The Assignment: Dismantle the institution known as A440.
• 0439 / Hybrid Self / The Assignment: Compose music combining the styles of two musicians you admire.
• 0438 / Deep Plan / The Assignment: Compose a piece of music in which something special is situated at the very center.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 442 consecutive weeks to date.
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