- RIP, Jimmy Savile (b. 1926), original Top of the Pops host and Britain's "first pop disk jockey" http://t.co/lKen0kYy #
- Nice if @goodreads made API babies with movie/food/app services. Got enough books. Like to know what DeLillo fans are drinking. #
- RT gregdavismusic: @disquiet my eventide harmonizer is broken and I can't fix it #fourthworldproblems #
- Fans of Jon Hassell should reclaim the #fourthworldproblems hashtag from the science-fiction gags. #
- Thought passing siren was part of this drone I was listening to. #fourthworldproblems #noiselife #
- Pro tip: to increase volume of barber shop, close eyes. #
- Remix contests are great because it's great to focus on the individual stems that are provided. Sometimes the submissions are good, too. #
- Thanks to SFNTF (San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation) for securing support for (my local) Balboa Movie Theater (dates from 1926). #
- When Safari causes hassles in iOS 5, I think back to the Pleistocene-era "Microsoft is embedding IE in Windows!" debacle. #
- It's not just a metronome. It's a nanotech Steve Reich generator. #
- Unintentional aficionado of x.0.1 software updates. #
- "Your tracks are inspiring me to do some field recording I've been meaning to do." A good day. #
- Buying a new laptop isn't as fun as it used to be. Built-in obsolescence feels more institutionalized, cynical. OS culture wars, uglier. #
- The account of the fine artist, Scott Gilbert, who drew my Twitter background is @scottapeshot. It's the 19th in my Sketches of Sound series #
- Wondering if @cakemusic will commission a remix of its song "Arco Arena" and title it "Power Balance Pavilion." #
- Morning ambience: anxious, pulsing drone of "You've Got Less Time Than You Think" by @markrushtoncom http://t.co/wE6PtMK0 via @soundcloud #
- I know my iPad is charging because it says "Not Charging" #experience #
- The new, iPad-adapted update of the @soundcloud iOS app is splendid. I don't see a volume control or download option, but otherwise great. #
- Sonic armistice. #
- RIP, Charles Hamm (b. 1925), scholar of popular music ("traced pop’s history … [to] colonial-era compositions") http://t.co/hb8RYT4J #
- Sonic weapons. RT @sfmnemonic: copters make it hard for people to talk. … Helicopter drone raises tensions, doesn't quell or disperse. #
- Many thanks to Scott Faulkner, aka @vinylsaurus, for my Twitter background this past month. My new image is by Scott Gilbert. #
- Midway through Neal Stephenson's Reamde, standing in comic-book store, laughing at apostrophes. #
- Disappointed that Shazam failed to recognize string quartet that was serving as phone hold music. #
- Mournful foghorns clearly in sympathy with #occupyoakland #
- Nearby high school's drum corps practice (all stop and start, restart, solos, pauses, pattern repetition) is like martial broken beat music. #
- I love getting mail addressed to the "resident" at my POB. It is like a Fluxus script for a Quay Brothers film. #
- The overall impression is that time doesn't pass; it accrues. #
- From an Oct 12 blog post at 33 1/3: "Talking Heads' Fear of Music by Jonathan Lethem – this will publish in March/April 2012." #
- Doorbell rings. No one is there. Just a package with the new book of finger paintings by @thejorgecolombo. There should be more such rings. #
- Apparently there is a life-size model of Moondog at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan. We live in excellent times. #
- RIP, Walter MÃ¼ller (b. 1927), inventor of "futuristic harmonica," the MIDI wind controller Millioniser http://t.co/uriwqfGu via @cdmblogs #
- Tags that start with hyphens now appear to be functioning in @delicious. Whew. #
- If my @goodreads were accurate it would evidence that I read Zoomer Builds a Racing Car 17 times today and One Little Puppy 19. #
- Gap between quitting majoring in comp-sci freshman year & discovering Alan Moore during junior were my "non-recursive years." #
- RIP, John McCarthy (b. 1927), creator of the Lisp programming language, which always looked like an e.e. cummings poem (via @defjaf) #
- Note to self: that music you were listening to didn't descend into nearly subaudial psychedelic quiet. It ended. That was your laptop fan. #
- Pro tip: if you think your laptop's speaker isn't powerful enough, just work next to a sleeping baby. #
- Spent time confirming siren I was heard was in background of recent @io9 interview with Neal Stephenson (at 21:15) http://t.co/jcgpHtkJ #
- As always, listening in slow motion over weeks and months as my one-year-old's babbles become recognizable words ("apple," for example). #
- Ice cream store score: squeaking of stools spun by kids, milk shake machine rumble, refrigeration drone, straws rubbing on plastic tops. #
- People dialing rotary phones had additional time to mentally prepare what to say. #
- "Picture books are a form, not a genre." A children's-books manifesto: http://t.co/Ngf6aawy #
- Weird disconnect that MIT Technology Review's sci fi issue may not be readily available digitally. #
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Current Activities• October 13, 2016: This day marks the start of the 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project. • November 16, 2016: I'll be sharing the mic at Adobe Books in San Francisco with my fellow 33 1/3 author Evie Nagy for an evening hosted, from 7pm to 10pm, by Marc Kate (facebook.com). • December 1, 2016: A likely speaking engagement. Details to come. • December 13, 2016: This day marks the 20th anniversary of Disquiet.com. • January 5, 2017: This day marks the 5th anniversary of the Disquiet Junto. • Ongoing: 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, published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury, is now in its second printing. It can be purchased at amazon.com, among other places.
disquiet juntoThe Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 5 most recent weekly projects: • 0296 / Clustered Primes / Make music inspired by a prime-number query initiated by novelist Robin Sloan. • 0295 / Disregard Echoes / Make music inspired by a haiku, reflecting on Australian history. • 0294 / Offline Status / Pay tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil by turning his spoken words into music. • 0293 / Emerge/Immerse / Make music for Paige Dansinger's Palmyra 3D/VR images, paying tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil. • 0292 / Eclipse Music / In coordination with St. Louis Art Hack Day, make some solar-inspired tunes.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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