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. • Disquiet.com F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #field-recording, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

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Past Week at Twitter.com/Disquiet

  • Summon Dragonfly #shittywizardspells #
  • Not only seeing the X-Men movie today, but (1) it's a short walk and (2) there's dim sum en route. #richmonddistrict #415 #
  • Was much more of a Fantasy Trip kid than a D&D kid. #
  • RIP, jazz pianist Ray Bryant (b. 1931). #
  • Morning sounds: fridge chirping and droning like a field of insects, wind playing in the chimney, vehicles passing cautiously on wet street. #
  • All my kid's electric toys that make noise should come with a "simulated low battery" setting. #
  • Craigslist photo compression makes every posted item look like it is stolen. #
  • RT @ario: Every time a piece of tempting audio content is made available as stream-only with no download option, an angel loses its wings. #
  • A favorite from my comics-editing days. Man, 1993. RT @TrueSwamp: Here's a sweet old Lutes/Lewis morsel http://ow.ly/1trjyN #
  • Fairly certain that Pringles canister on stage is an instrument. #noiselife #
  • My first concert-going experience since the whole #noiselife thing. #
  • "Live in Tokyo" by @taylordeupree, courtesy of @selftitledmag, will be this evening's soundtrack: http://t.co/8Vhl21F #
  • In a lesser work, this is where the starkly defined parameters commonly referred to as "melody" would make themselves plainly heard. #
  • Sound Shapes game looks solid http://bit.ly/kzQUTb (via @nobuooo) But @gamespy discussion = humorously retrograde-fanboy http://goo.gl/dl3y4 #
  • Briefly enjoying inflated Twitter stats, as I've been followed in previous 36 hours by enough bots to populate an arcade game. #
  • I like when my favorite musicians correspond on Twitter. It inevitably leads to (or discloses existence of) collaboration. #
  • Afternoon audiostream: dank, shifting, pneumatic minimal techno "Trust" by Porto, Portugal's @ocp_pt_vu http://t.co/lSHdOd3 #
  • Mid-week reminder: if you do the Facebook, there's a Disquiet.com page you might Like: http://facebook.com/disquiet.fb #
  • Death metal to the left of me, chucka chucka dance music to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle. At Chinatown branch of @sfplnews #
  • Looking forward to first-Thursday art crawl this evening in San Francisco — anything soundy going on? #
  • RIP, sound mixer Bill Varney (b. 1934), who worked with Walter Murch on the restored Touch of Evil http://goo.gl/myNTB #
  • RT @morganpackard: RT @schweppits Crackling sound of browning chicken goes nicely with new Now Ensemble album. http://t.co/cEqHHBR #eartwit #
  • Speaking of #noiselife Joe Colley's Oakland newsstand @issuesshop celebrates its 4th anniversary today http://t.co/D78lvjE #
  • RT @JDKun: The hills are alive with a duet between squad car sirens and a pack of howling coyotes. #NELA #eartwit #
  • You ripped the audio from this video of a cicada-infested wall http://t.co/bhnAcCh via @io9 #noiselife #
  • What happens when you mash up @creativecommons + @youtube? We shall see: http://is.gd/j8qNan via @xenijardin #
  • Your instruments are hand-me-downs from your toddler #noiselife #
  • Whoever wrote this sign is unfamiliar with early Eddie Murphy: http://ow.ly/i/clQD #
  • Crud. Local comic store won't get this week's issues til tomorrow, due to Memorial Day shipping delay. I need my Criminal #1 #
  • Favorite colors are white, brown, and pink #noiselife #
  • Favorite digital audio formats are .gif and .png #noiselife #
  • Has no idea about this #noiselife activity because handles all communication through MySpace #
  • “@cranksatori: @disquiet "Have you ever thought of putting beats over that?"”#noiselife #
  • Doesn't use a single solitary item sold at Guitar Center #noiselife #
  • "What do you mean it would benefit from the addition of vocals? I was singing." #noiselife #
  • Closest thing to a reunion tour will involve resuscitating decade-old solo pseudonym #noiselife #
  • Has to explain to family that the harsh language in local alt-weekly coverage was, in fact, praise #noiselife #
  • Everyone in the audience is also on the bill #noiselife #
  • Shelf full of broken children's toys #noiselife #
  • Wants velcro cable ties for birthday #noiselife #
  • RT @osakimandias Airport white noise: constant dull surf of blended voices beneath checkpoint alarms, chittering like irate cicadas #eartwit #
  • Response to iPad stylus Cosmonaut http://goo.gl/oXF28 (almost 3x $50k goal) gives lie to knee-jerk anti-stylus thinking. #
  • "Artist of science" Gail Wight part of June 2 show at Patricia Sweetow Gallery: http://goo.gl/Zip0U My old Nature piece: http://goo.gl/ohAaG #
  • My kid turns 9 months today. Singing (for fun and as lullabies) helped reconnect me to the voice after many years in instrumental wilderness #
  • Excellent to see @io9 give a push http://goo.gl/k4hJ3 to Cheryl Leonard's Antarctic-music Kickstarter http://t.co/RLO04AH #
  • Wondering how song-identification services like Shazam are preparing for our generative-music future. #
  • DJ, human or algorithmic, moved from "Death of a Ladies' Man" to "Dark Side of the Moon," confirming their resemblance. #
  • San Francisco Tuesday noon siren muted by death metal at Rosamunde Grill (here for the Tuesday-only hamburger). #
  • Fairly certain I only employ the word "chic" when talking about the band. #
  • And when wipers don't match the beat. RT @taylordeupree: Hate when pitch of my tires on highway pavement don't match song I'm listening to. #
  • Not the sound of hard rain. A hard drive being re-parsed by Songbird. #
  • Yeah, I could see how typing "toot" instead of "root" could confuse a XAMPP/WordPress install. #
  • RIP, Steve Rutt (b. 1945), developer of Rutt/Etra video synth: obit http://goo.gl/Ndrqk video http://goo.gl/UdIQz plugin http://goo.gl/9Dkwz #
  • Vinyl surface noise + snippets of appropriated instrumentation + broken beats = a combination of which I will never tire. #
  • Pretty sure that "Scandinavian" is an English-language term used to suggest "I have a poor sense of geography." #
  • Really digging "Immigrant Song" by Trent Reznor and Karen O. It's a cover that sounds like a remix, blurring the idea of both. #

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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